Select a category below to view Frequently Asked Questions related to each topic. Feel free to contact us at (540) 463-3436 or rockbridgeballet@gmail.com for additional information.

New Students Tuition and Payments
Dress Code and General Policies The Pre-Professional Company
Performances Birthday Parties

 

The Studio Lexington VANew Students: Getting Started at TheStudio

At what age can my child begin taking dance classes?
We recommend children begin at age 3, with our Creative Movement class.

My child is older and has never danced before. Is it too late to start taking classes?
It is never too late to start loving dance! In addition to introductory level teen and adult classes, we also offer private lessons to help introduce dance to your child, as well as to help them progress more quickly.

Can my child try a class before committing for the full season?
Yes! Dancers new to TheStudio are welcome to one free trial class.

Are there classes for my son?
Yes! Dance is for boys too. We have male students in many of our ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop classes. We also offer partnering classes for middle/high school aged males. Both our male and female faculty members are well-versed in teaching male technique.

My child loves hip hop, jazz, etc. Why should she/he also take ballet? 
Ballet is fun! It is also the style in which most other dance genres are rooted.  Ballet provides a highly technical base that will make your child stronger, more flexible, more agile, and more proficient in all styles of dance.

Can my child receive private lessons?
Private lessons are a great way to improve your dancer’s technique in a one-on-one setting. They are also available to help your child catch-up to their age group in a particular style. Please contact our Assistant Director, Audrey Fenske, at rockbridgeballet@gmail.com for more details.

Tuition & Payments

TheStudio Lexington VirginiaWhat fees should I expect beyond the monthly tuition? 
There is registration fee of $20 per student or $35 per family.  There is also a required recital costume fee of $60 per costume.

Can I pay by credit card?
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.  Please contact our office manager, Joanna Smith: rockbridgeballet@gmail.com, to set up automatic card payments.

Is scholarship/financial aid available?
Yes! As a non-profit organization we do offer need based tuition scholarships.  Please email rockbridgeballet@gmail.com to request a scholarship application.

Dress Code & General Policies

What is the Dress Code?
View our dress code policy

Where can I purchase Dress Code items?

  • Online at Curtain Call for Class Website (please note that dance shoe sizes differ from street shoe sizes)
  • The Hip Joint in Charlottesville
  • Carolina Connection in Lynchburg
  • Tickle Pink in Buena Vista (please contact them for store hours and to see if they carry the merchandise you require)

Rockbridge BalletWhen will my child get pointe shoes?
Pointe shoes are a rite of passage for many young ballerinas — however, due to the risk of serious injury, it is important to ensure your dancer is ready. There is no set age or level that determines pointe readiness.  Technical proficiency, physical strength, health, attendance, and maturity are all factors that affect pointe readiness. Our faculty will work to prepare our pre-pointe students to be ready to safely go on pointe.

May I observe my child’s class?
We host an official Parent Observation Week in December when you may come into the studio. During the rest of the year, parents are welcome to observe through the large glass windows and doors in the lobby.

What is the inclement weather policy?
We follow the weather closings of Lexington City Schools.  We will post all closing/delay/early dismissal information on our social media pages and website in addition to sending a school-wide email.

The Pre-Professional Company

The Rockbridge BalletWhat is the relationship between the school and the company?
The Rockbridge Ballet is the name of the pre-professional company comprised of students. Dancers must audition to join the pre-professional company.  TheStudio for Dance and the Arts is the official school of The Rockbridge Ballet. Students range in age from 3 years old to adults. No audition is required for the school.

At what age can my child audition for the company?
Age 10

Performances

How many shows are there each year?
The Rockbridge Ballet, the pre-professional company, produces two mainstage productions each year.  TheStudio for Dance & the Arts, the school of The Rockbridge Ballet, has one year-end production.

Company dancers perform in a total of three shows each year, and non-company dancers perform in one spring show.

Will the shows sell out?
We recommend that you purchase tickets as soon as possible after they go on sale. The spring show for non-company dancers frequently sells out due to the high number of family and friends purchasing tickets.

Birthday Parties

Do you do Birthday Parties?
Yes! We offer dance and acro-based birthday parties for children of all ages. Click to view our Birthday Party Brochure. Please contact our Assistant Director, Audrey Fenske, at rockbridgeballet@gmail.com for more details.