Dance FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions – Dance Program:

Q. What attire and shoes do I need for dance class?

A. Since each class is different, we ask families to look over our policies and procedures manual. Please click here: Policies & Procedures.

Q. How many dancers are in a class?

A. At Inspiration Performing Arts Center, we believe in small class sizes. Our smaller class sizes allow for more individualized learning. Our preschool dance classes have no more than 10 students. All other classes range in size from 10 to 15 and are based on age, level and experience.  Company-based classes such as Musical Theater have a maximum of 20-25, and are co-taught by 2 instructors.

Q. How many recitals do dancers at IPAC participate in? And, when are the performances?

A. The dancers at IPAC will participate in 2 recitals throughout our dance season. Each recital is held 2 to 3 days (over a weekend).  Parent chaperones and volunteers receive a $10 IPAC Gift Certificate.  Generally speaking, our Winter Performance is held over the last weekend of second weekend of December and our Spring Recital is held the 3rd weekend of May.

Q. What are your costume fees? 

A. We have some of the most competitive costume prices on the costumes we order for the Winter Performance and the Spring Recital! All of your answers regarding these questions can be found via this link: Information-Packet-2019_2020

Q. Can I observe my child’s dance class?

A. Yes, we have designated observation days! Parents, extended family members and friends are welcome to attend. For the first class of the year, we typically ask that parents stay to ensure that the dancer is comfortable. Summer classes have a performance the final day of the week.  For your viewing, we offer closed circuit TV in the lobby where you can watch your child’s class as it happens!

Q. I have heard that dancers should dance on a special kind of floor. What kind of floors do you have?

A. Our beautiful, state-of-the-art studio is equipped with the best floors. Dance is a very physical activity that requires a lot of jumping, which can put stress on bones and joints. Unfortunately, most dance footwear does not provide the needed cushioning or support, so the shock of dance movement can place a lot of pressure on the knees and back of a dancer. The best way to prevent against potential injury is by choosing a studio with a professional “Floating Floor.” A floating floor is a dance floor that rests on a system of high‐density foam, to absorb the shock of jumping. Our floating floors all rest on high-density foam here at IPAC with a overlay of Marley flooring!

Q. Are there other performance opportunities throughout the year?

A. Yes, there are various performance opportunities throughout the dance season. Last year, IPAC dancers participated in a dance team clinic and performance at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul for the Minnesota Swarm. IPAC also provides dancers the opportunity to be a part of various dance conventions and parades! All of these opportunities are optional for dancers. If your child is looking for a more company-oriented class with more performance and competition opportunities, we do offer Performance Company.

Q. What should I do if I have another question and/or concern that is not listed on this page?

A. Give us a call! We’d love to chat with you! Or, shoot us an email!
Studio Contact by Phone: 651-214-8713
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“I love that the emphasis is on dance and learning physical expression and posture, and not so much on pageantry and looks.” – Parent testimonial (Survey Monkey 2012)