Class Info

Dance Department

Over ten (10) years ago Carol and Linda launched the ‘Starlets Preschool Program,’ a creative dance program specifically designed to meet the needs of the very young dancer, ages 2 to 6. This program and staff endeavor to inspire and educate these imaginative minds.  The commitment to making all Starlet dancers feel safe, comfortable and confident in the studio and educational setting is of utmost importance.  Our goal is to create a ‘safe haven for dancers’, an environment that is nurturing and positive, so that learning and growing can develop and the dance process can begin!

Drama & Vocal Department

Rising Star Diva’s Musical Theatre & Music Video Performance: (1st Grade & up)
This class builds a student’s technique and confidence in a variety of music styles (Hannah Montana, High School Musical, current Broadway numbers).  Students work as a group on gaining strength and control.

"TripleThreat": Musical Threatre Performance Workshop

This incorporates theatre dance styles and singing into this performance-oriented class.  Students work to build a repertoire from Broadway shows, to learn different styles and enhance their performance skills.  Student must study acting, singing and dance.

Private Voice Lessons: (All ages)
Private one-on-one instruction allows students to progress at their own pace and gain the best understanding of musical expression.
Students can start private lessons any time of the year or month.  No need to wait to get started.  A variety of styles are taught.  Contact the school for available days and times.

Class Procedure

  • The studio strives for a prompt schedule.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to class.
  • All missed lessons must be made up.  Please do not miss more than 4 lessons during the entire dance year.
  • There are no refunds for missed lessons.  A make-up lesson is provided.  If absent, please call the studio to schedule a make-up lesson.
  • NO CHANGES in class placement after the 3rd week.

Hand Book

August 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the JAMES DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, its faculty, and staff, we want to take this opportunity to extend a warm WELCOME to each of you.

If you have been with us before, you are familiar with our policies.  A few changes must be made from time to time, and we ask you to take a moment to acquaint yourself with changes shown in the brochure.

If you are a newcomer to the Dance Center, we want you to know that our policies are intended to ensure that every student receives a quality dance and performing arts education, an opportunity to advance, and support. These disciplines are so vital to the success of personal achievement!  Every effort is made to treat each student as an individual and placement in classes is made according to each student’s ability.

We are pleased that you have selected the JAMES DANCE and PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, and we hope you will have a rewarding year participating in the performing arts!!!

Dancingly yours,
Miss Carol and Miss Linda


First Day of Dance School Year – September 10, 2018
Last Day of Dance School Year – May 30, 2019
Performance Awards – May ___ , 2019
Recital – June 7, 2019

Costume Fees
A $75.00 non-refundable costume deposit, per student, per class is due and payable by November 1, 2017.

Demonstration Week
Parents are invited to observe classes from the waiting area. There are opportunities throughout the year to video tape classes and view rehearsals from inside the classroom. We ask that family members refrain from standing at the viewing windows during class as it is a distraction for the teacher and students.
Miscellaneous Reminders
Students who do not plan to perform in the annual Recital will finish their classes with their last class the end of April.

2018-2019 DANCE YEAR
(Center will be closed)

Halloween - - October 31st
Thanksgiving - - November 20th  thru November 25th, classes resume Nov 26th
Winter Break - - December 18th thru January 2nd, classes resume Jan 3rd
Spring Break - -  April 19th thru April 23rd, classes resume Apr 24th
Memorial Day - - May 27th
Student Rules:
We shall not chew gum.
We shall not bring food or drink into the classroom.
We shall wear proper dance attire in class (leotards and tights).
We shall not  wear over-sized sweat or tee shirts in class.
We shall not talk while the teacher is talking.
We shall not talk while dancing.
We shall ask permission to leave the classroom for any reason and for early dismissal.
We shall not  sit down during class unless specifically permitted or instructed to do so.
We shall speak respectfully to the teachers and to one another.
We shall be positive in our attitudes and responses. “YES” will be our motto.
We shall use 100% of our energies while in class.
We shall use good arm styling, strongly pointed toes, proper body placement and alignment to the best of our abilities.
We will not leave the class lines until after having given a proper curtsey or bow and thanking instructor.
We will not miss class except for valid reasons.
We will not run recklessly around the reception area and classrooms.
We will not wear our dance shoes in the parking lot.
We will wear proper clothing over our dancewear to and from the Studio.
We will wait inside for our ride.
We will have our hair in a bun and no extra hairpiece.  NO EXCEPTIONS or excuses.

Penalties for infractions of the above Student Rules of Conduct will be determined by the Teacher or Director.  The disciplines include such items as written and oral reports, ‘time-out’ periods, classroom chores and other alternative measures deemed appropriate by the Director and Faculty.

Faculty Accreditation

Within the faculty accreditation include memberships in Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America, both of which require certification testing, college degrees in dance and professional performing experience. The Studio is also affiliated with the American Academy of Ballet in New York City and a participant in their “Performance Awards.”  All faculty members attend on-going education programs, seminars and workshops as a regular part of the teacher’s yearly regimen.

Miss Carol has once again just returned from New York City College at Purchase where she participated in the American Academy of Ballet’s seminar and Miss Linda completed the Dance Educators’ Association Master Classes in New York City and the Competition Team  received ‘Outstanding Participation’ and ‘Platinum’ awards for their participation in Natioal Competitions for the past 17 years in a row. 

In 1995, our faculty was recognized by the Ohio’s Governor, George Voinovich, for our efforts, hard work and dedication involved in instructing children in the arts!  The faculty also received a Dance Achievement Award from Showstopper’s Director Debbie Roberts!  Miss Linda received the 2003 National Leadership Award and has accepted an appointment to serve as an Honorary Chairman on the Business Advisor Committee.

Class Room Behavior
Attentive and quiet is expected when the Teacher is giving instruction, as well as respectful attitudes at all times.  When it is necessary to leave the classroom, permission must be asked of the instructor.  Students are not permitted to chew gum or have any food or drinks in the classroom.

Attendance is taken at each class. Good attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class.  Please make every effort to have your child at every class.  “Make-up” lessons are available and should be taken.  These are technique classes and can be made up in either the same level class or below (with approval from your teacher).

Dance Attire
Note:  Practice uniform is required for all classes!
(   )    Leotard    { Black   { Pink     { Light Blue
Style #_______  #_______ #_______
(   )    Tights     { Black   { Pink     { Tan
(   )    Pink Ballet Shoes
(   )    White Tap Shoes
(   )    Tan Dolly Tap Shoes
(   )    Jazz Shoes ________________________
(   )    All classes – hair must be in a bun. NO OPTIONS!
(   )    Platinum Program Students – 3rd week each month
Red or Pastel Camisole

The Dancer’s Corner

Don’t forget the Studio’s dance boutique “The Dancer’s Corner” ~ convenient shopping at great prices.  THANK YOU for patronizing the store in our Studio!  (It helps to curtail the ever-rising overhead costs.)

Studio Bulletin Board
Information on all activities and holidays for the year will be posted.  Please check the Bulletin Board weekly for updated information.

Study and Lunch Room
This room should be kept clean at all times.  Students and families are responsible for cleaning up their area. No food is allowed in any other part of the center.

Home Practice
Practice plays a vital role in Class advancement.  CD’S may be ordered to aid the student with this.  Check with your instructor.

Placement in class will be held upon receipt of the $30.00 ($40.00 per family) Registration Fee (non-refundable).  Once classes are full, a Waiting List will be maintained to accommodate other students when space is available.  A registration is not considered complete and class space is not reserved until this fee is paid!

The Studio offers three Payment Plans for your convenience:
One Payment – Full Payment due by September first class
Two Payments -First Tuition Payment due by September first class. Remaining balance is due by Jan 10th.
Nine Payments – Due the 1st Lesson of each month
[Tuition must be paid before the student(s) take class]
Please place your payment, along with the appropriate coupon, in an envelope and deposit it in the Tuition Box located at the Front Desk or mail it to the Studio.  (There will be a $30 service charge for any returned check from the bank.)  If paying cash, a receipt will be written at the desk and given to you.  Tuition is prorated (i.e., tuition remains the same whether it is a long (5 week) or short (3 week) month regardless of absences.  No statements will be sent or handed out unless your account is overdue!

Snow or Bad Weather
The Studio will not necessarily close for snow days, regardless if area schools are closed, since many times roads are clear and safe by the afternoon.  If in doubt, please call the Studio at 856-1711!

Parents must notify the Studio if their child will not be attending class.  A child may not be absent more than three times after February 1st if they wish to participate in the year-end performance, regardless of costume purchase.

Private Coaching Available!
($30 per half hour)
Register at the Front Desk for Coaching
Student must cancel 24 hours in advance or student will be charged for the lesson.  Times must be approved by the Director (Miss Carol).

The policies of our Studio are based on over fifty years of quality operation and have been proven to be successful!  If you have any questions, please ask!

We will be happy to be of assistance!


*Petite Rising Stars

(Young Children’s Division)

Broadway Babies (Ages 2 to 3) (30 minutes)

Dance with your tiny dancer! This class is for the little ones not quite ready for a more structured class.  Movement and gesture are key components to a physical, vocal and social development which encourages them to connect, explore and communicate. This class encourage your toddler to develop loco motor and cognitive skills while a teacher leads activities in a safe and fun environment! *Parent participation not required.

“Little Stars I” (Ages 3 to 4) (45 minutes)

Pre-ballet, tap, and tumbling.  This class introduces each style of dance, instilling technique that will serve as your child’s foundation for the next decade.  We establish teacher/student relationships, a pattern of following directions and taking instruction.

“Little Stars II & III” (Ages 3 to 4 and 5 & 6) (1-1 1/2)

Little Stars is a more advanced program of pre-ballet, tap and tumbling. This class develops rhythm, creative ability, motor skills and coordination in addition to introducing the basic dance techniques. Little Stars III adds the excitement of jazz to the curriculum!

*Main Division

Star Combination: (Ages 6 to 8: 1ST grade and up) (1-1/2 hours )
Classes in ballet, tap, and jazz are offered to students 6 to 8 years of age.  These weekly 1-1/2 hours classes develop a good foundation that enables the students to progress and become more proficient in all phases of dance before they reach the Intermediate level.

Shooting Star Combination: (Ages 9 and up)
The combination classes include 1 hour of ballet and 45 minutes each of tap and jazz.   These classes are offered to further develop a child’s skills and training.


"We encourage our students to take a combination
of ballet technique, tap technique and jazz technique,
as we feel it builds a strong dance foundation!"


*Single Subject Division

Ballet Technique: Our studio is affiliated with the American Academy of Ballet in New York City.  We offer a graded system of training, starting with Level 1 thru Level 12.  All students of the Ballet Program will participate in the American Academy of Ballet Performance Awards at the end of the dance year.

Leaps & Turns Class
Strengthening and correcting technique in order to leap higher, turn faster and increase the number of turns.

Contemporary/Lyrical: is a style of dance that incorporates elements of ballet, jazz and modern dance.  Solid ballet technique is combined with soft expression to create a fluid style.  This class must accompany a regular ballet class.


"Our studio is a place of learning, much like that of an academic school.
 Self discipline, paying attention and knowing the work each week are
just a few of the requirements for a good learning experience!"


Jazz Technique: (Ages 6 and up) is offered to students  with prior dance training.  Students are separated into classes by ability and level.  This phase develops body strength, flexibility and coordination in addition to various styles and techniques of the dance.

Tap Technique: (Ages 6 and up) Develops concentration, rhythm, coordination, speed and a broad knowledge of standard tap technique.

Hip Hop/Funk: (Ages 3 and up) This class is very upbeat and hot and a lot of fun!!!  Offered to kids of all ages!!!  Come “Catch the latest beat on the street!”

Boys Hip Hop: is ‘JUST FOR GUYS’!!!

Acrobatic/Stretch Class: (Ages 3* and up) (45 min-1hour)
The focus of this class is on strength, flexibility, conditioning and tumbling. *Tumble Tots Acrobatics is for preschoolers ages 3 to 5. Class is 30 minutes.

*Intensive Division

(Ages 5 and up)

This division of the James Dance and Performing Arts Center includes performance groups, a competition team and a ballet company.  Students enter this program when they express desire and are physically able, technically qualified, and dedicated to pursuing a rigorous course of study.  The level of training taught in the Intensive Division prepares serious students for a professional career in dance, whether it be on stage or behind-the-scenes.  Ages, classes, and subjects vary greatly, as does dance training at different schools other than the James Dance and Performing Arts Center.  Class placement will be determined by the Center’s directors and teacher(s) recommendation and not by the child’s age, years of study nor the student’s parents/guardians.  Students will also have the opportunity to study with many of America’s leading dance educators at special workshops and master classes.  Programs and class schedules are determined and designed for the individual student’s needs and may vary.  

Dancers must study all subjects within the Dance Department.  Schedule includes all subjects and workshop classes with a minimum of 2 ballet classes weekly for the younger Intensive Division students and 3 ballet/pointe classes weekly for the older Intensive Division students. 
Schedules are as follows:
       Ages 5 to 9        4 to 5 hours weekly        2 to 3 days weekly
       Ages 9 to 12      5 to 7 hours weekly        2 to 4 days weekly
       Ages 12 & up     5 to 12 hours weekly       3 to 5 days weekly

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