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Frequently Asked Questions

Some commonly asked questions. Feel free to contact us with more questions if you do not see them listed here.

What should I wear to class?

For Jazz classes: Jazz or Yoga pants, (elastic waist, bell bottoms), leotard or basic t-shirt and jazz shoes.

For Lyrical classes: Leotard, tights or yoga pants and ballet shoes.

For Modern classes: Leotard, tights or yoga pants and modern sandals or bare feet.

For Tap classes: Leotard or basic t-shirt, tight or jazz pants and tap shoes.

For Hip-Hop classes: Tight fitted top or t-shirts, jazz pants, loose jeans or any cargo pants (pants must not touch the floor), non black sole tennis shoes, or hip-hop sneakers.

For Children's combo classes: Leotard, tights, hair must be pulled back in a pony tail, skirts (no longer than knee length) are optional plus dance shoes (ballet and tap shoes) may be worn.

Where do I buy dancewear and dance shoes?

  • Dancers Emporium - 1916 Camden Ave # B, San Jose
  • Capezio Shoe Co. - 10123 N. Wolfe Rd in Vallco Parkway mall, Cupertino
  • Victoria's Dance Theatrical Supply - 1921 West San Carlos St, San Jose
  • Dancer's World - 1139 S De Anza Blvd, San Jose

  • Bravi! Dance Boutique - 5885 Santa Teresa Blvd, Suite 111, San Jose. 408-578-1005

What should I bring to class?

We recommend you bring a bottle of water and a hand towel.

What class should I take to improve my balance, coordination and flexibility?

Beginning jazz or beginning ballet.

What class should I take to develop technical proficiency, performance quality and stylistic definition?

Jazz/Musical Theatre classes will help students become more fluent in a variety of jazz movement styles, rhythms, phrasing and dynamics. At the intermediate, advanced level students work in several styles which may include pop, funk, latin, african, adagio or blues.

What class should I take to look like music video dancers and stay in shape at the same time?

Hip Hop

What class should I take to develop a freer style?

Modern Dance style offers a lyrical and poetic way of moving. The style is characterized by the bending of the spine into spirals and contractions as well as the use of off-center movement such as tilts and layouts. It lends itself to various types of music including Classical and New Age.

How many people are in each class?

There are approximately 8-15 people per class depending on the type of class and level of the class.

What is a production class?

Most dance classes are designed as a production class. The class offers the student an opportunity to learn choreography, staging, costuming, and presentation forms of dance. Selected dancers who show an aptitude for performing will be selected to participate in a bi-annual dance concerts. Dancers are evaluated on the basis of their retention of combinations, stamina, musicality, technique, work ethic and attitude.

How do I know if I'm ready for the next dance level?

Most students have a pretty good idea as to whether or not they are ready to continue onto the next level. If a student experiences a certain level of difficulty in a specific class, we recommend revisiting the same class level again instead of moving on. Moving ahead without having a pretty good handle on material taught in previous levels will eventually lead to a great deal of frustration and prove to be unproductive.