Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited
FAQ

Students and their families often have questions when they begin taking dance classes. We have collected many of these questions and provided answers below. If the answers you need are not here or elsewhere in our site, please feel free to call or visit the studio and someone will be happy to help you in any way we can!

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What classes does Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited offer students?
How can I find out about classes and registration?
Can my son sign up for classes?
How old does my child have to be to take classes?
Do you have classes for adults?
What is a typical class like?
Can we try a class to see if we like it before we register?
How is my child placed in the proper class?
Will my child get individual help and attention?
How much do dance classes cost?
Are there any additional costs throughout the year?
What is your teaching philosophy?
Are the dance instructors also practicing artists?
Can I watch dance classes?
Is there a performance where my child can exhibit what he/she has learned?
Does Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited have a performance dance team?
Are summer classes offered?
What makes Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited different from other dance studios?
 

What classes does Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited offer students?
We offer Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Intro to Dance, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater, Pointe, and Tap.
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How can I find out about classes and registration?
Use the links on the left side of the home page to visit our Classes and Registration pages. The Classes page has descriptions of each of our classes plus a link to our class schedule. The Registration page contains a link to the registration form and costs.
 
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Can my son sign up for classes?
Yes! Classes are not restricted to only girls, and we certainly encourage boys to take dance classes. We find that the boys really enjoy Acrobatics, Tap, Jazz, and especially Hip Hop. We also have a male instructor teaching some of our Hip Hop classes.
 
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How old does my child have to be to take classes?
We have "Introduction to Dance" classes for 2 1/2 year olds. The classes meet once a week and are a combination of 20 minutes of Tap (for rhythm and timing), 20 minutes of Ballet (for poise and grace), and 20 minutes of tumbling (for flexibility and coordination). Motor skill development will be stressed in the Intro classes.Please note:Instructors can not manage bathroom issues or diapers during class. If your child is not completely potty trained, you must remain at the studio during the class to assist with any of these issues.
 
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Do you have classes for adults?
We have wonderful adult classes for the beginner or intermediate/advanced levels. Visit our Class Schedule on the Classes page for more information.
 
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What is a typical class like?
The first half of the class basically consists of warmup exercises and the second half of the class focuses on technique, style, and routines.
 
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Can we try a class to see if we like it before we register?
Yes. We encourage new students to try several different classes to be sure that they are placed in the right class for their age and level. If a student is in a class that is too easy, they will get bored, and if the class is too hard they will be frustrated and embarrassed.
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How is my child placed in the proper class?
Each student is personally evaluated by Dorothy and Karyn, the studio's Directors, and placed in the appropriate class.
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Will my child get individual help and attention?
Definitely! Each instructor treats each student as an individual and creates a positive environment so that student will reach their goals and full potential.
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How much do dance classes cost?
We have member and non-member prices. Please visit our Registration page for fee and membership information.
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Are there any additional costs throughout the year?
The last week of June we have our annual Recital, which is optional. There is a costume to purchase for each recital number. The costumes can range in price from $55.00-$80.00. The cost of the Recital tickets is around $16.00 per adult and $12.00 per child. Ticket and Recital information is available on our Recital page.
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What is your teaching philosophy?
We feel that each student should be the best they can be, for who they are, and not compare themselves others. Our goal is to have every student feel good about themselves and hopefully that positive attitude will be carried on in their daily lives.
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Are the dance instructors also practicing artists?
Yes! We strive to find the most qualified and professional teaching staff at Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited. You can read about each instructor's accomplishments in their bio on our Faculty page.
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Can I watch the dance classes?
We do have Parents' Observation Day at the end of every other month.We feel that if parents are in the dance room for every class, it is too much of a distraction for the students. More information about Observation Day can be found in our Studio Policy. Observation Days are also marked on our Studio Calendar.
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Is there a performance where my child can exhibit what he/she has learned?
Our annual recital consists of two shows, held at Hemmens Auditorium in Elgin at the end of June. We also perform at Schaumburg SeptemberFest over Labor Day weekend. More information about the recital is available on our Recital page. SeptemberFest information will be available on our web site in August.
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Does Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited have a performing dance team?
Yes! DOROTHY'S DANCING UNLIMITED is proud to have Shining Stars Performing Team. Visit the Dance Team page on this site or call the studio with any questions about it.
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Are summer classes offered?
Yes. We have a seven-week summer session which usually begins the second week of July and runs through the third week of August.
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What makes Dorothy's Dancing Unlimited different from other dance studios?
We have been in business for over 31 years, and have built a wonderful reputation in the community. Each student is important to us and we try to create a positive environment in which they can learn and grow. We do not participate in competitions. Our philosophy is that each child should be the best they can be and not compare themselves to others.
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