Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
All SDA tuition (and fees) is NON-REFUNDABLE. NO CREDIT or REFUND is given for dropped or missed classes or camps. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy. As well as NO TRANSFERS.
Make Up Class Policy?
I understand that Sophie Dance does allow make up classes, however they are limited to two per trimester (3rd Street) or bi-monthly payment cycle (Atwater); to be made up within the trimester/payment cycle as they DO NOT roll over. Missed classes may be made up but NOT CREDITED. Sophie Dance Main Season is ongoing from September to June, while Summer Season is ongoing from June to August. To attend a make up class I must contact the studio at least a day in advance between 9AM and 5PM to schedule a makeup class. The make-up does not have to be in the same style of dance, but must be age appropriate. I understand that this is a makeup class to be made in a class my dancer does not attend. I understand that some classes fill up and that makeup classes are subject to availability and NOT GUARANTEED.
What does my child need for his or her class?
- Ballet slippers for ballet classes
- Tap shoes for tap classes
- Ballet slippers for hip hop classes or sneakers for our students over age 7
- Tights are optional
- Leotard with or without a tutu or skirt in any color and style
- Boys can wear t-shirts and sweatpants or any comfortable clothing and dance in slippers for ballet, or sneakers for hip hop
- Hair must be pulled back in a bun, ponytail, braid, etc.
Where can I buy the items my child needs for class?
Sophie Dance carries a small selection of ballet slippers, tap shoes, toe undies, tights, leotards, and fashion dance wear. Visit our online store for the basics or come by the studio for unique items and greater selection.
For a wide selection of styles, Pointe Shoes and other dance items, please visit The Dance Store located at 2509 South Robertson Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90034, (310) 271-3664 (near Robertson and Beverlywood).
Can Parents Stay in Class?
Only in classes ages 2 and under.
OUR POLICY FOR CLASSES WITH KIDS AGES 2-3:
Most 2 year olds have never separated from a parent or nanny when they come to an age 2-3 Y/O dance class at Sophie Dance. Some pre-schools accept children at age 2, but parents leaving comes with up to 6 months of warm-up time in the form of a parent and me class followed by extensive periods of weaning, so expectations that 2 year olds should come in to our classroom leaving “mommy or daddy” behind is unreasonable THOUGH of course we have the cases where this happens.
In many 2 year old cases where the child is comfortable enough to leave “mom” in the other room they are likely at least 2.5 years old. There is extensive brain development that happens in those 6 months giving the children the comprehension to understand “mommy” is just in the other room, not leaving them forever. Prior to that brain development some 2 years old can’t understand their parent is simply outside the room. At Sophie Dance we really want to respect this notion.
Separation anxiety peaks between 2 and 2.5 so, again, we want to honor that not all children are ready to be alone with a teacher at that time.
In our age 2-3 Y/O classes parents are WELCOME to come into the classroom WITH the side note that the goal is for parents to not be in the room so the teacher can connect with the students better. We are not in a position to transition children, so anyone under class age 3-4 years of age, if need be, can have a parent accompany them inside the room. This will mean some dancers are fine dancing with just the teacher (and that is the goal, so YEAH!) and some are outside.
In our age 3-4 Y/O classes all parents must wait outside of the classroom AFTER the first class. Which means that parents are allowed only in the FIRST CLASS if they wish, so they can see the wonderful things we do.
I know there are cases when 2 year olds ask why their mommy is not in the room if others are, but to be honest in all of my experience that is so few kids, and very rare. Kids that are ready to be without mom just are, and can enjoy their time and attention from their teacher. And if they need mom too that is fine too of course!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy please contact Sophie directly at Sophie@SophieDance.com.