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How long has Tustin Dance Center been in business?

What age may children begin taking classes?

How do I register?

Do you give sibling or multiple class discounts?

How large are your classes?

How long are your classes?

How do you place students in different class levels?

What is the required dance attire?

Do you have an annual recital?

Do all students have to perform in the annual recital?

How are annual recital costumes handled?

Do you sell dancewear at the studio?

Can parents/guardians/friends observe classes?

Do you offer private dance lessons?

What is your yearly class schedule?

What are Performing Groups?

Do you have any other performances?

 

How long has Tustin Dance Center been in business?

Tustin Dance Center (TDC) was established in 1978 and has been under the ownership and direction of Kelly Meyers since 2013.

What age may children begin taking classes?

We start our entry-level dance classes at age 3 and we also have Mommy and Me classes starting at 18 months. The Kindermusik program is for ages 0 (newborn) through age 7.

How do I register?

You may register at the studio or online.

Do you give sibling or multiple class discounts?

Yes.  Discounts for dance classes are built into the pricing which is based on the number of total hours you take per week and billed on a monthly basis. Tuition is progressively less expensive the more class hours you take on a weekly basis. And, the class hours are cumulative for families. For example, if you have two children, who each take 8 hours per week, your family tuition will be based on the 16 hour per week rate.

How large are your classes?

We limit enrollment in most classes to 12 children. However, we do believe that dancers who reach a higher level of dance are able to handle the energy of larger classes and therefore allow these dancers to participate in larger classes.  Instructors assess each dancer individually and adapt the instruction according to the dancers' abilities within the appropriate class level.

How long are your classes?

Dance classes are 60 – 90 minutes in length. Kindermusik and Mommy and Me classes are 45 minutes in length. If less than 4 students show up for a class, the instructor may reduce the class length to 30-40 minutes.

How do you place students in different class levels?

It is important for beginners to start in entry-level classes so they can learn the fundamentals in an environment that is motivating and proper for their age and ability level. Occasionally, a dancer may be assigned a class level (higher or lower) for reasons that are not necessarily obvious to the parent. Our teachers understand the curriculum taught following the syllabus designed for each form and level of dance, and students must learn and execute each level well before the dancer is advanced to the next level. Our instructors will do their best to explain the placement to the parents.

What is the required dance attire?

Students are expected to dress appropriately for their classes according to dance style:

  • Ballet -- leotards and tights with hair combed back and secured in a tight, clean bun; pink ballet shoes (black for boys)
  • Jazz -- leotards and tights, black jazz pants/shorts; black jazz shoes
  • Tap -- leotards and tights, black jazz pants/shorts; black tap shoes
  • Hip-Hop -- T-shirt or tank-top with jazz pants, shorts or sweatpants (no jeans); tennis shoes.

TDC dancers are not permitted to wear inappropriate clothing to class or TDC performances, and under no circumstances are they allowed to reveal bare midriffs. Dancers who are inappropriately dressed will not be allowed in class.

Do you have an annual recital?

Yes. Every June we produce an Annual Recital that showcases the dancers in our studio. Every class performs a dance number unique to the class.

Do all students have to perform in the recital?

Recital performance participation is optional, however we believe it is a great experience for every dancer to perform in front of an audience made up of loving parents, relatives, and friends.  It has become a wonderful family show and is enjoyed by all.

How are annual recital costumes handled?

Costumes for our Annual Recital are ordered and purchased in January, arrive in April or May, and belong to the dancers. There are no refunds on costumes once they have been ordered.

Do you sell dancewear at the studio?

Yes. We sell tights, leotards, shoes, bags and an assortment of other dancewear items at our Backstage Boutique.

Can parents/guardians/friends observe classes?

Yes. We have windows in our waiting rooms where dancers may be observed, however we ask viewers to be sensitive to dancer’s awareness of their presence in order to keep distractions at a minimum. We also ask that viewers do not enter the class while it is in session.

Do you offer private dance lessons?

Yes, we offer private dance lessons in half-hour and one-hour increments.  Private dance lessons may be taken as solos, duos or trios.

What is your yearly class schedule?

We offer dance, Kindermusik, and Mommy and Me classes year-round. Our regular class schedule runs from September through June. We have a separate Summer schedule which usually begins one week after the Annual Recital and runs through the 3rd week in August.

What are Performing Groups?

Performing Groups are made up of dancers who compete and perform at venues in the Tustin community and throughout southern California.  Dancers audition for the various teams in June and are required to take summer classes plus additional classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Hip-Hop throughout the year.

Do you have any other performances?

Yes, we produce The Nutcracker ballet in December. Students audition for The Nutcracker during the summer and parents are involved in various volunteer roles. Participation in The Nutcracker is truly a valued experience for all involved.

 

 

 

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If we haven’t answered your question, please stop by the studio, give us a call at 714-544-3072 or send us an email at info@tustindance.com.

Year-Round Classes

We offer year-round dance, music, Kindermusik and Pilates classes, also and fun camps in the summer.

We want you to come join one or more of our regular classes and invite you to come try one out on us. No obligation or pressure to enroll after the trial class… we’re confident that you will see how hard we work to welcome you, to teach you and to make sure you have fun too!

Check out our class schedule or register for a trial dance class or trial Kindermusik class.

Outstanding Instructors

Our instructors are highly skilled and have been students or teachers of dance for many years. In short, they love what they do, and they feel privileged to work with each student. Learn more about our instructors>>

Performing Groups

Tustin Dance Center (TDC) performing groups are for dancers who love performing on stage. The teams perform at various events and locations throughout Tustin and the Orange County community as well as at various competitions throughout Southern California. Learn more>>

Community Performances

TDC has proudly served the greater Tustin community for over 35 years, and are delighted to be able to give back to the community. We do this by dancing and sharing our great skills and expressive personalities. Whether or not you are in a performing group, all students have opportunities to dance in the community as representatives of Tustin Dance Center.

Some events we regularly perform each year include:

·    Tustin 4th of July Parade

·    National Night Out at the District hosted by the Tustin Police Department

·    Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo

·    We are often asked to dance at local churches to celebrate or honor an individual, occasion or sacrament.

Members of TDC’s annual Nutcracker Ballet cast also perform the Nutcracker in a Nutshell throughout the community each fall. This condensed and narrated version of the Nutcracker ballet is a community favorite and great fun to cast members and their families as well.

Great Values

Our vision at TDC is:

·    To instill in the hearts of our students an exhilarating love for the wondrous art of dance

·    To enable our students to express themselves through creative movement with skill, grace, poise and joy

·    To build self-confidence and self-esteem in a loving, accepting, family-oriented atmosphere where you can...

Dance to Your Heart’s Delight!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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