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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:
Friday: Open for appointments only
Sunday: Open for appointments only
How do I sign up for a class?
You can review the Adult class schedule here and register online or review the Youth Class schedule by clicking here and choosing a season to view.
How do I know what level class to sign up my dancer for?
For ballet,hip hop, jazz, tap, and acro classes, you may set up a trial placement class with the front desk. A specific TDS instructor will evaluate your dancer and ensure he/she is placed in the appropriate level class.
For other genres, we recommend your dancer 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.
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, and if enrolled into a winter show or recital class, the following fees will apply:
Winter show and/or Nutcracker performance fee due Sept 15th ($50 per dancer or $70 per family)
Winter show and/or Nutcracker Costume fee of $75 per costume due Oct 15th (principal roles may require additional costume fee and choreo fee)
Recital costume fee of $75 per dancer (per class participating in recital) due November 15th
Recital performance fee of $50 (or $70 per family) due February. 15th
*Classes in Winter show, Nutcracker and recital will be noted in the name of the class.
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).
Austin Youth Classical Ballet: Austin Youth Classical Ballet stands as an offering to all students seeking a rigorous pre-professional ballet company experience. AYCB strives to provide more in depth ballet training which directly complements its dancers weekly class work. Company dancers will have more performative and competitive opportunities than those on a recreational path.
Ignite Dance Company: competitive team that offers a variety of options to every student! Whether you are just starting to dip your toes into competitive dance, or looking to begin your training with a pre-professional convention team, Ignite Dance Company is ready to partner with you on that journey Commitment is 3-3.5 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.
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. Find the schedule outlining various age groups and levels for ages 6+ here and for ages 2-5 here.
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 on our Class Request Form or 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 Nutcracker is a production consisting of our Austin Youth Classical Ballet Company and ballet dancers enrolled in designated Nutcracker classes.
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.
Please refer to the Master Balance Calendar for specific dates.