Frequently Asked Questions
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How do I get to Balance Dance Studios?
We are located at the corner of Westgate and South Lamar, across 290 from Central Market, where Westgate dead ends into green belt, behind the AT&T call center.
When is your front desk open?
Our front desk is staffed Monday through Thursday 8:30am-8:30pm, Friday 8:30am-6:00pm, and Saturday 8:30am-2:30pm.
How do I sign up for a class?
You can review the class schedule here and register online.
How do I know what level class to sign up my dancer for?
For ballet classes, we have placement opportunities available for a Balance ballet teacher to assess the student and ensure he/she is placed in the appropriate level class.
For other classes, we recommend that dancers trial a class that seems like the correct age/level class, and the instructor can evaluate the student in class to ensure he/she is in the correct class. If not, the teacher will recommend which alternate class is most appropriate for that student.
What is the appropriate attire for the various genre classes?
Here is a list of the attire requirements by class type: Class Dress Codes
Where can I buy dance shoes and attire?
Conveniently located inside of the studio is Symmetry Dance Apparel. We can take care of your needs for any shoes or dance attire needed for classes, excluding Pointe shoes. If we don’t have your size, we can custom order for you!
What discounts do you offer?
We offer a sibling discount of 5% off of additional dancers from the same family after 1 dancer. The discount is applied after the full rate charge for the dancer taking the highest number of hours. We offer a 5% discount for tuition paid in full (Aug-May). Discounts cannot be combined.
What additional fees am I responsible for besides the monthly tuition (recreational dancers)?
Dancers pay a $50 registration fee ($10 for each additional sibling) in the fall, a recital costume fee of $65 per dancer (per class participating in recital) due mid November, and a recital performance fee (venue rental, tickets, etc) of $50 (or $80 per family) due mid February. We also have an optional winter show that is $100 per dancer or $175 per family and includes the costume, venue, extra rehearsals, and tickets.
Can I watch my dancer in class?
We do have viewing windows in all studio doors but, in order to remove any distraction for students, we have installed high definition cameras in all studios, which are visible from televisions in the lobby areas, for the convenience of our parents.
What amenities are available at Balance Dance Studios?
For dancers: our studios are equipped with floor to ceiling mirrors, wood sprung floors, views of the green belt, a great sound system, and cubbies to store personal belongings. We also have a vending machine for snacks, fresh fruit and cold drinks available at the front desk, and a homework bar with laptop connections. Best of all, we have the most fun and, more importantly, the highest caliber teaching staff, in Austin!
For parents: We have comfortable lounge areas equipped with high definition camera feeds to watch your dancer, a complimentary coffee bar, and an art table and wii station for younger siblings.
Are you still accepting students for registration now that the semester has begun? How long will you continue open registration?
Yes, you can still register! We offer rolling registration through our fall semester and the first month of our spring semester. After January 31st, students call still register for technique classes and can join other classes, but will not be able to participate in the May recital.
What team opportunities do you have at Balance?
We have 4 teams which dancers can audition for at Balance in the spring (April/May).
Push: our award winning competition/performance team for ages 5 through 18. Commitment is 2.25-10+ hours weekly.
Elevate: our musical theater performance company with coaching in voice technique, improv/scene study, and dance technique. There are 2 different companies, one for ages 8-11 and one for ages 12+. Commitment is 3-4 hours weekly.
UGK: our hip hop crew which competes and performs and is composed of our Graphite group ages 8-11 and our Onyx group ages 12+. Commitment is 3 hours weekly.
Pivot: our faith-based performance company, training leaders through dance and volunteer opportunities. Commitment is 5.5 hours per week.
For what ages do you offer classes at the studio?
We have a large youth dance program, offering combo classes for children as young as 2 years old (as of the start of our fall semester), as well as a comprehensive adult dance and fitness program.
What if I don’t see a class that works for my schedule?
Balance will consider adding an additional class to the schedule, if space allows, if you can bring 5 or more dancers who want to take that class. Otherwise, you can add a wish list class at the front desk so that, with enough requests for the same class/time, we can potentially add the class.
When and where are the performance opportunities and who performs in these shows?
The winter show takes place in mid December and incorporates certain recreational classes (highlighted in blue on the online schedule) and our Elevate performance company. The Spring show (recital) takes place mid May and includes almost all recreational classes (not including technique and some Saturday classes); these classes are highlighted in yellow on the online schedule. Dancers may opt of of either of the above but we strongly recommend participation, as the shows are a culmination of the semester/year’s work by the dancers. Both shows this year (2016-2017) will take place at Life Austin at 8901 Texas 71, Austin, TX 78735.