Please keep in mind that the faculty/instructors always have the best interests of the students in mind. Our main goal is to see our students learn and progress. If you ever have any questions or concerns about your child's progress or class schedule, please make an appointment at the front desk to speak with Nikki.
How can I help my child at home?
One of the best ways parents can help their children is to expose them to the arts. Bring them to performances, art galleries, buy dance, tumbling, and cheerleading books and videos. This will open up a whole new world not only for your child but for yourself as well. Also, always encourage your child to be as open as possible to corrections when taking class. They should have a clear understanding of their corrections (shoulders down, tummy in) so they can correctly apply their correction. Applying corrections is one of the quickest ways to gain mastery of a level. We do not encourage parents "coaching" their students at home. Students will always progress quickly and correctly when working in the classroom with a trained professional.
When can I go on pointe?
The following is one of the best descriptions I have come across is by Dr. Richard T. Braver, Sports Podiatrist - Englewood, New Jersey. These are the guidelines by which Premier Academy evaluates all of their potential pointe students.
The bones of a child's feet start to become harder at ages 9 - 11 years. This is why it is commonly thought that dancers should not go on pointe until this time. Actually, it is during this time that the cartilage growth plates are becoming harder. However, the cartilage and growth areas do not form into bone until about ages 18 - 20.
Going up on pointe should really be made on an individual basis for each dancer at about 11 years of age. The surrounding musculature should be strong enough to stabilize and reduce stresses and strains to the joints and immature bones. The ballet instructor is the one who should and can best access several of the prerequisite guidelines in determining the student's readiness to begin pointe work.
Do you have a registration fee?
We have a yearly registration fee of $30 per family.
At registration your first tution payment and your $30 registration fee are due.
Tuition is based on the year and not a monthly basis. Tuition is based on an August-June year. Payments can made on a semester plan, or a monthly plan.
Semester payments are due by August 1st and January 1st. Monthly payments must be made by the 1st of each month. Any tuition turned in after the 7th day of any month will have a $10 late fee.
The semester total for tuition is for August-December (5 months) and January-June (6 months).
If a student has an unpaid account after the 7th of the month, the student will not be able to attend class until the tuition is paid.
Again, we will accept cash, check, or credit card. Please make checks payable to Premier Academy of the Performing Arts. In the memo section be sure to write your child's name and what the check is being written for.
30 minute class= $47 per month, $225/semester 1, 272/semester 2
45 minute class=$58 per month, $280/semester 1, 338/semester 2
60 minute class=$69 per month, $335/semester 1, 404/semester 2
1.5 hour class= $80 per month, $400/semester 1, 470/semester 2