Frequently Asked Questions
About the Corrine Gangi Dance Center
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Q. How old does my child have to be in order to start dance classes?
A. A child should be at least 3 years old to start in one of our DanceXtra classes. But we also offer Mom & Tot classes for children as young as a year and a half (Mom takes part in the class along with her Tot).
Q. If your classes have already started for the year is it too late to enroll?
A. We have year-round enrollment so it's never too late! Our teachers know how to make newcomers feel welcomed in a class that has already started.
Q. Can I observe a class before registering?
A. Of course. Call us and we can arrange for you to come in during a class that might interest you.
Q. I would like to come in and look the Dance Center over before committing myself. Can this be done?
A. Certainly. This can be done in two ways. If you can join us at our August Open House (click here for date and other details) you'll have a chance to see the Dance Center, meet the director and all of the teachers, and see videos of our latest recital on a 50-inch screen.
But there's much more to our Open House. It's more like a big party with free face painting, balloon sculptures, a $3 grab bag of dance wear, and door prizes.
If you're reading this after the Open House date we would still be pleased to have you drop by.
Up until classes start just call us for times.
Of course, when classes start you can come in any time that classes are in session.
Q. How much do lessons cost?
A. Tuition for the September 2012 to June 2013 season for a class that meets once a week for one hour is $58 a month.
Click here to see our Family Rates.
Q. I've heard that DanceXtra includes 5 categories of dance in 1 class. Does DanceXtra cost more than your other classes?
A. No! DanceXtra is a one-hour class that meets once a week just like the others, so tuition is the same as our other classes. We concentrate on two categories of dance for the whole year and include the other three categories for 10 weeks each. Click here for a fuller description of DanceXtra.
Q. What happens if my child misses a class?
A. Because of our size, we have many sections of appropriate alternate classes available. When a class is missed the student is invited to make up the lesson in one of these alternate classes.
Q. What does a student wear to dance class? Is there a strict dress code?
A. Most students wear a body suit and tights but this is not a necessity. Any clothing is okay as long as it allows freedom of movement. Shoes depend on the type of class: Tap and ballet students should have their dancing shoes (tap shoes/ballet slippers) by the third lesson. The same goes for jazz students, who should wear soft comfortable shoes such as jazz shoes or ballet slippers, and gymnastic students who take classes in gymnastic shoes, sneakers, footies, or bare feet. All of your dancewear needs can be met in the dancewear shop on our premises.
Q. Does my child's hair have to be worn in a certain style?
A. Our serious older ballet students will want to wear their hair in a bun like the proficient ballerinas they hope to become. For the younger students we say, "Come as you are". All conservative hair styles are acceptable.
Q. Do you give trophies and awards?
A. Yes! On the last class before the Recital in June, all students receive a free Recital Participation Trophy. In addition, all students who have not missed a class, or who have missed classes and made them up are given Perfect Attendance Ribbons.
Q. Do students get seats to watch their recital?
A. Yes! A row of seats in the audience is reserved (free) for each class so that students can see their own recital.
Each recital show is only a little over 2 hours long.
Q. Are recital rehearsals an all-day affair?
A. No! Each class comes to the theater at a scheduled time, rehearses its dance(s) and then leaves. Each class is there for only about an hour.
Q. Do you have a holiday show in December?
A. Yes! Each class is invited to take part (Click here for Winter Holiday Show details.) Note that there are no extra costumes to buy for this show!
Q. I understand that some dance schools do not allow their less-experienced students to perform in their year-end recital. Do you?
A. Dancing is a performing art. We feel strongly that a performance is the high-light of a dancer's experience, something for them to look forward to and to strive for.
So, all of our students, regardless of level, are invited to perform in our June recital and also in our Winter Holiday Show.
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Corrine Gangi Dance Center, LLC
487 West Holly Avenue
Pitman, New Jersey 08071-1301
Phone: (856) 589-4840
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