Frequently Asked Questions
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Below you will find answers to our most commonly asked questions. If you don’t see your question, please call or email us, we would be happy to help. For recital questions, please visit the recital page.
Greater Austin Dance Academy offers classes in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, leaps and flexibility, hip-hop, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, street jazz and drill prep. We have classes for children ages 2 – 18!
During the school year, we always have someone available in the office to answer questions Monday – Thursday 3:15-7:15pm. In addition, the studio is also open for class on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings (9:30-11:30). Please call for summer hours, as they vary week to week.
Greater Austin Dance Academy operates on the same school-year calendar as the Round Rock school district. Therefore, we are closed for the Thanksgiving holidays, winter holidays, and spring break. Please check with the studio in regards to Monday holidays. Often, we will still have classes even though students may be out of school on these days. Remember, monthly tuition is based on the full year. Therefore, tuition is never prorated due to holidays nor absences.
Greater Austin Dance Academy believes in limiting class sizes so that your child gets the attention he/she deserves from the dance instructor. Our creative movement classes are limited to 8 students/class, our 5/6 combo classes are limited to 10 students/class. Please call the studio for other class sizes.
Greater Austin Dance Academy operates on a school calendar. Therefore, fall classes start after Labor Day and run through the end of May. While we do take registrations throughout the fall and early January, it is best for students to begin the full year with a class. This ensures their understanding of the technique and curriculum designed for their age level.
Yes, Greater Austin Dance Academy believes every student should have a chance to show-off the hard work and artistic side of dance. Therefore, an end-of-year recital is scheduled each year at the end of May. The fall semester is spent focusing on technique. Then, after the holiday break, classes will begin putting their steps and technique together into their dances for the end of year recital! While it is not mandatory that each child participates, GADA builds all recital costs into monthly tuition rates for your convenience!
No, because we believe in limiting class sizes, students cannot come and go throughout the year. Curriculum is designed from Sept-May and attendance is necessary for students and to hold a child’s place in class. If your child does wish to discontinue his/her dance class before the end of the year, written notice MUST be given to the front office before the 2nd of the month to avoid tuition auto-draft.
Yes! We strongly encourage your child to make-up classes due to absences or illness. Please have him/her attend any class of a same or lower level. See the front desk if you have any questions about which classes to attend for make-ups. All make-ups should occur within one month of the original absence. Due to recital preparations, we do not allow make-ups after February 1st.
Greater Austin Dance Academy does not have a strict dress code in terms of colors. However we require the following depending on which class your child is taking.
tights, leotard, pink ballet shoes (skirts are fine)
tights, leotard, pink ballet shoes (skirts are fine)
tights, leotard (any color), black TAP SHOES, pink ballet shoes (boys wear black shoes) (skirts are fine)
- (ballet) PINK TIGHTS and ANY BLACK Leotard, hair pulled up in bun, braid, etc
- (tap) Black Tap shoes (transition to oxford tap shoes)
- (jazz) any color leotard, shorts or leggings (tights optional), tan jazz shoes
For ballet classes, boys generally wear a black pant or athletic shorts, with a white t-shirt. Black ballet shoes are worn, black jazz shoes, or lace up black tap shoes.
- (jr) activewear and clean athletic shoes
- (beg) activewear and tan jazz shoes
- (int) activewear and tan pedinis
- (adv) activewear and tan character heels
comfortable clothing and hip-hop sneakers. (Any pair of sneakers are fine, but they must ONLY be used for dance class so as not to bring outside dirt and debris.)
Dance pants and any form fitting tank or t-shirt, tan jazz shoes (lyrical may be barefoot, turners, or jazz shoes – NO FOOT UNDEES)
Please speak with the director if you have any other questions concerning proper attire.
All classes are designed for a specific age. There are always students who don’t quite fit into this breakdown. We’re happy to evaluate your child if you feel a different level is needed, but we’ll ask to view his/her dancing in the current level first. Remember – many factors go into deciding a dancers level besides just dance ability. Attention span, muscle development, brain development, focus, and technique are all factors considered when evaluating a student’s dance level.
All of our instructors either have or are actively pursuing college degrees related to the dance field. In addition, GADA takes great time training teachers so that consistent curriculum is taught between classes and various teachers. Please feel free to read specific teacher backgrounds on our faculty page of the website!
If you have other questions not answered here, please feel free to contact us either through the website, phone, or drop by – we’re happy to speak with you further!