Performance Dates - 2017-2018
Nutcracker - December 16th & 17th @ Dance Xpress
Company Showcase and Student Choreography - March 31st @ Dance Xpress
Ariel Show - May 19th & 20th @ Dance Xpress
Spring Performance - June 15th & 16th - @ The City of Carrollton Amphitheater - 8:30PM
Summer Camp Show - July 27th - 7PM @ Dance Xpress
At first glance it could appear our fees are higher than other studios, but they are not. Unlike most studios our class fees are all inclusive. At Dance Xpress there are no extra fees for registration, costumes, photos, videos and performances, everything is included in your monthly price. Many dance studios lure you in with monthly class fees that appear to be low, then overcharge you for everything else. If you do the math you will find our upfront pricing is always less than our competitors.
In addition we never charge for show tickets at any of our shows. This gives you a flat regular fee every month that makes budgeting for dance easier. The only extra fees are for Nutcracker and The Student Choreography Show if you choose either of these options or for starting classes late in the year.
Dance Xpress charges by the total number of hours your dancer takes at the studio per week. We do not charge by individual classes nor do we discount by combining dancers hours from the same family. For example, three 45-minute classes per week would equal 2.25 hours or $180 per month.
Aerial class is a separate flat fee of $100 per month for up to three classes (4.5 hours) if already enrolled in at least one class at Dance Xpress. If a dancer only wishes to take aerial and is not enrolled in any other classes at Dance Xpress the monthly charge is $200. For more info visit the aerial section below.
All communication will take place via email, telephone or in person. We do not print any paperwork at Dance Xpress other than credit card, medical release and registration forms.
Class placement is at the teachers discretion. Any dancer may be asked to move to a different class at any time during the year. Especially during the first few weeks of the first Semester.
Students are placed based on a combination of age, technical ability and individual potential. The dancers age on August 15th each fall will determine their age range for the entire year.
Unless certain circumstances arise, all classes will contain a maximum of 15 students. During the first weeks of classes, several classes may be very full and we will split those accordingly. Please allow us the first few weeks to get everyone situated properly.
Anyone wishing to compete with a solo is required to be a member of Solo or Elite. Duet/Trios are allowed in Elite only with the director's approval.
Dancers enrolled in Pointe class are invited to take the class when they meet the correct level of technique and placement. Placement is not by age. Pointe dancers are required to take three ballet classes in addition to pointe class. In order to keep up strength and technique, Pointe dancers will be asked to drop the Pointe class should they not meet attendance requirements.
As our class prices include all extra fees any dancer joining late in the year will have a one-time "catch up" fee of $30 for each missed month. An example would be starting classes in December would equal a one time charge of $120 in addition to your December class fees.
Feb 15th is the latest Dance Xpress will enroll new dancers.
2.25 - 3
3.25 - 4
4.25 - 5
5.25 - 6
$40 for a 30 minute solo lesson
Monthly invoices will be emailed out the first week of the month in PDF form. All students or parents must have an email address. Invoices will only be sent to a single email address.
Tuition will be due on the 15th of each month and is late on the 1st of the next month.
A $20 late fee is charged for payments made after the 1st of the month. A student may be asked to sit out of classes if tuition is not paid by the 1st of the month. A $25.00 handling fee will be charged for returned checks.
Tuition will not be discounted for dancers that miss classes. You are welcome to make these missed classes up at another time.
Tuition may be paid by cash, check, money order or Credit/Debit Cards. We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover, but only for reoccurring monthly payments. We do not accept American Express nor can we split the monthly payment between two or more credit cards.
If you pay by cash, please hand it directly to Tricia in an envelope. The same should apply for money orders. We are not responsible for any missing cash if it is not handed directly to Tricia. When paying tuition by check, please write the students name(s) on the check.
All fees of any type are non-refundable.
Dance Xpress Videos
Dance Xpress uses Vimeo as our video host. This gives students and families access to high definition videos from a range of devices like TV's, computers, tablets and cell phones.
Videos can be shared with your friends and family without the need to pass around a DVD. You are also welcome to download the video and burn your own DVD. Videos are password protected but do not require you to setup an account unless you want to download the video.
You can access Vimeo from the top of any page on the Dance Xpress website by clicking on the V icon. Dance Xpress does not offer any DVD's for sale.
Dance Xpress Photos
Dance Xpress hires a professional photographer for The Spring Performance. These images will be made available to you free of charge for downloading and printing.
Personal Video and Photo Policy
No personal video taping or photography is permitted at the shows.
Aerial is open to all Dance Xpress dancers age 10 and up. Any dancer participating in aerial class who is already enrolled in at least one additional class at Dance Xpress will be billed a $100.00 per month flat fee in addition to your regular hours. This fee covers all your aerial classes (up to three a week or 4.5 hours) rehearsal, costume and performance fees. You will not be charged any additional fees for any rehearsal related to the show. You will be guaranteed 4 tickets free of charge for each of the shows. Additional tickets are normally available if you need them, also free of charge. A video of the show will be available online for viewing and downloading. If a dancer only wishes to take Aerial and is not enrolled in any other classes at Dance Xpress the monthly charge is $200.
Extra Performance Fees - Optional
Nutcracker - Any non-company dancer participating in the Nutcracker will be billed a $250.00 flat fee. This fee covers all your rehearsal, costume and performance fees. You will not be charged any additional fees for any rehearsal related to nutcracker. You will be guaranteed 4 tickets free of charge for each of the shows. Additional tickets are normally available if you need them, also free of charge. A video of the show will be available online for viewing and downloading. You will be billed $125.00 in September and October.
Student Choreography - Any non-company dancer participating in the Student Choreography Show will be billed a $50.00 flat fee. You will be invoiced $50.00 in January. This fee covers all your rehearsal and performance fees. You will not be charged any additional fees for any rehearsal related to the show but are required to provide your own costume. Tickets are always free and unlimited for this event.
Class Attire - Clothing
Any form of a solid colored leotard is acceptable for all classes. No sequins, glitter, rhinestones, graffiti of any type, or recital type costumes are acceptable.
Tights are welcome but not required for any class. Ballet skirts are acceptable as long as they are above the knee. Boy shorts are acceptable as long as they are black.
Hair must be in a bun for ballet. Dancers may wear a ponytail, braids or any other pulled back fashion for other classes but we strongly encourage a bun for all classes. Loose hair is not permitted in class. The instructor may ask dancers to leave class if they do not follow this policy.
Shoes - Pulse by Bloch shoes in tan are used for all classes other than Tap and Hip Hop.
Tap Shoes - Black, Lace up Oxfords. Patent leather for ages 3 to 6. Non patent leather for 7 & up.
Hip Hop - Tennis shoes that fit properly and have a supportive arch. Must lace up. Please do not wear slip-ons.
General Studio Information
August 14th - December 20th - First Semester
January 3rd - June 8th - Second Semester
June 9th - June 16th - Rehearsals and Shows
Please see the calendar page of this website for dates. Many dates are already for the entire year. If not, please view all pages of the website to make sure information is not in an additional location.
All dancers will be given two excused absences per semester. You may choose to make these up if you wish. Any absences missed after the second absence must be made up. Too many missed classes affect the other students in the class as well as choreography. You will need to email Tricia for a makeup time if needed. If you have questions in regard to how many classes you have missed, please ask Tricia.
If you need to miss a class for any reason, we ask that you please email us or call and leave a message so that we can prepare properly. We reserve the right to dismiss a student from the studio if attendance becomes a problem except in the case of an extended illness.
Missed classes will not be refunded.
All classes may be canceled twice per semester by the instructor without a makeup if a substitute teacher is not available to take that class. Anything beyond that will be made up.
Bad weather days may not be made up. See Weather section of this document.
The teacher/director reserves the right to change the calendar and rehearsals schedules as needed. We also reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at any time.
Tricia will email or text message all students scheduled to attend on a bad weather day. If LISD has closed or released early more than likely Dance Xpress will close. Not all bad weather classes will be made up.
There is a mandatory rehearsal Friday night before the Nutcracker Performances. There are 3 to 4 days of rehearsals prior to the Spring Performance. Most are mandatory. You will be given details on these rehearsals closer to the shows.
Private Lesson Cancellations
Cancellation for private lessons must be made 24 hours in advance. Failure to cancel may result in a charge for that missed private. The instructor reserves the right to change private lesson times.
A conference may be scheduled at any time based on the parents and the teachers schedules. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please email Tricia to set up an appointment.
All students should be polite, courteous and encouraging to all dancers at all levels as well as their instructors. Students may be asked to leave the studio if conduct is deemed unacceptable.
Food and drinks are permitted in the lobby areas of the studio only. Please make every effort to keep the studio neat and clean.
Pets of any type are not allowed in the studio.
NO GUM IN THE STUDIO. Please dispose of your gum before entering the studio. This is also for safety reasons.
Drop off and Pickup
Please do not wait outside for your ride to pick you up. For your safety, please stay in the lobby of the studio. Please let a teacher know when you are leaving. If no one is up front, please open the dance room door and announce who is there to pick you up so Tricia will know.
Students may be dropped off early at any time as long as they do not disrupt any classes. Please make sure that Tricia knows that you will be arriving early so she can let the other instructors know as well.
Students may stay as late as needed provided it is not past the last class time of the day. Please do not assume Tricia has additional privates or classes scheduled after your last class. To be safe you can check the schedule on the website. If you are not there on time, Tricia will take your dancer home with her and you may pick your dancer up from Tricia’s home.
Students should be prompt to their classes. Any student more than 5 minutes late may not attend class. They may watch if they choose, but this will still count as an absence. This is for the safety of the dancer as well as respect for classmates and the instructor. No exceptions will be made.
Students may not attend another dance school while they are attending classes at Dance Xpress. Students should be respectful to their teacher and classmates by studying at one studio by recognizing that many studios have different teaching styles. We reserve the right to ask any student to leave the studio if they are attending another dance school.
The same policy applies to choreography. Dance Xpress choreography may not be cleaned by another instructor without the permission of Tricia. Students may not ask other choreographers to choreograph for them outside the studio.
Parents should contact Tricia directly regarding any questions or problems that present themselves. All instructors at Dance Xpress have been advised to interrupt Tricia's classes if they are confronted for any reason. Meetings should not be held without Tricia present. This insures that there are no misunderstandings between director, teachers, parents and the students.
Dance Xpress follows the LISD Calendar. Please see the link at this top of this page for holidays. Holidays are also listed on the calendar page of this website as we are not closed for every LISD holiday. The calendar should be your “go to” source. If you have questions about studio closings for holidays, please contact us.
Lost and Found
Dance Xpress does not keep all items in its Lost and Found for extended periods of time. If the items are unclaimed, they will be donated to an organization who can use them. Please make sure that all items have your name listed in them.
Dance Xpress is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.