ASK OUR DANCE ADVISORS & FAQ's
Sasha & Lex
New to Dance Austin? Meet our Dance Advisors, Lex & Sasha!
They love answering your questions whether it be a class level, dance genre or which class package would be best for your schedule!
From beginner to professional level dancer, they are here to help each student succeed with their goals, aspirations, and fun!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: How should I prepare for my first class?
A: Just bring yourself, your friends, and the desire to learn and have fun. Most people come in comfortable workout wear. If you don’t have anything appropriate, you can check out Dance Austin’s line of FIT GEAR. Regardless, it's a dance class, so you should be comfortable! Sneakers are appropriate to wear in our hip hop or fitness classes, but make it difficult to turn or move your feet in our technical classes.
Q: Are you a beginner or just looking for a workout that offers amazing health benefits?
A: Well it's time to dance your way into fun and fitness! Dance is an exciting alternative to the traditional exercise routine. Dance can burn over 60 calories for every 10 minutes you are getting your groove on. So if you hate the Stair Master or if you would rather do your taxes than lift weights, check out our sensational variety of dance classes. Whatever your experience or ability, come join us to experience the invigorating effects of dance. Even if you think you have two left feet, our highly qualified staff will replace one of them with a good right foot ... in no time at all you'll be dancing like you've been doing it forever.
Q: Will I be the only student who is a beginner and never danced?
A: No, not by a long shot! You will also be surrounded by other beginning students; whom like yourself, have never danced before or haven’t danced in a long time.
Q: I haven't danced or taken a class for many years. Is there a class for me?
A: Yes, we offer a variety of classes just for you! If you’re new to dance or if it’s been a while, we suggest that you begin by taking an ALL level or BEGINNING/BASIC level class. Once your mind and body become familiar with the movements and the terminology, you will be ready to jump into a more intermediate class. It's never too late to start, jump in!
Q: The class seems difficult, what should I do?
A: Remember, don't give up after the first class or your first week! When you attend your first dance class, you have already won half the battle of learning to dance. You have made it this far, you are in class! Even if your first class or week doesn't go quite how you expected, give yourself time and you will be surprised how quickly you get the hang of it. Remember, don't be self-conscious and don't panic, our instructors are here to help.
Q: I'm an Intermediate/Advanced dancer, what about me?
A: First off, congratulations! You made the jump to the next level, and we know it's not easy. We do have a few classes catered to those who need an extra challenge. Check out our Intermediate classes, and of course, attend our Master Classes when we bring in choreographers from around the country. If you’re still needing an extra challenge, talk with your favorite instructor about private lessons.
Q: Are you a Professional Dancer looking to develop your technical skills?
A: We provide professional, quality training for a variety of students. We do offer intermediate level classes to accommodate professionals wanting to sharpen their skills. If you find yourself needing more of a challenge, our highly qualified staff may be able to help you with private lessons.
Q: How long will it take me to progress from one level to the next?
A: Progression varies from student to student and really depends on the individual and how often you attend class. Dancing is a physical skill so it does take repetition to improve. We ultimately will let you be the judge, however we suggest talking with your instructor for feedback on your decision.
Q: How do I know which class or level to take?
A: If you are unsure, please speak with our Dance Advisor prior to taking them and she can give you a recommendation. If it is your first time at the studio, we recommend taking a level that is lower for the following reasons; you may be unfamiliar with a teacher's style, classes may be harder than what you are accustomed to, and you might want to acclimate yourself to new surroundings. If you haven't danced in many years, you'll want to reintroduce your body and muscles slowly.
Q: Can I observe a class before I take?
A: Sorry, you may not stand in the studio and watch. However, there are clips on our youtube channel and instagram that will give you an idea of the class style.
Q: Can I video tape a class?
A: No, you may not video or photograph any classes without the instructor’s permission. Still cameras, videos and audio recorders are not permitted inside the studios. If ever you notice a camera and are uncomfortable, please notify Dance Austin Staff immediately.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Just check out our daily class schedule and decide which class you would like to take. You can register online at www.DanceAustinStudio.com, through our smart phone application (just search “Dance Austin”, we pop right up,) or come in early before class to get registered.
Q: Can I register for a class online?
A: Yes, we highly encourage you to use our online class reservation system. This gives you the option to reserve your spot for your favorite class prior to arriving at the studio. You can also purchase class passes, and view your attendance and purchase history. To register, please visit www.DanceAustinStudio.com.
Q: If I register online, do I need to sign in at the front desk?
A: Yes, please remember you will still need to sign the attendance sheet at the front desk. When you arrive for class, please sign-in at our front desk before any class that you take. Remember, please print clearly on the sign-in sheet; we don't want to disturb you while you are in class.
Q: Should I sign-in for class online or wait until I arrive at studio?
A: Don’t wait! It’s ok with us to sign in for class when you arrive at the studio however, some classes fill up quickly and to ensure you are able to participate, it’s best if you reserve your spot either online via our website, through the Mind Body App (search Dance Austin Studio), or just give us a call!
Q: How much is a class?
A: All classes are at a drop-in rate, though we do have awesome membership packages. Commit as much as you’d like. Click here for all class pass option
Q: What do I wear?
A: Many students wear dance or workout clothes that you can move comfortably in. Sneakers are appropriate for our hip hop and fitness classes. Jazz shoes are appropriate for jazz, ballet shoes for ballet. Bare feet are acceptable for contemporary modern, belly dance, stretch and yoga classes.
Q: What is the age requirement for classes?
A: Anyone the age of 16 and over has access to our full schedule of classes, although some classes are not appropriate for persons under 18. Our students typically range from age 17 to 70. Remember, it's never too late to start dancing.
Q: Do you offer children's classes?
Q: How are classes structured?
A: Most of our classes consist of a warm-up and core work, skills and/or progressions (across the floor), choreography, and a cool down. Our DAS FIT classes generally consist of a warm-up immediately followed by cardio and/or strength training and ending with a cool down.
Q: What if I miss a class?
A: Most of our classes are ongoing, so there's no beginning or end. If you miss a class don't worry about it…just jump right back in the next class! We do offer “series” classes that usually span 6 weeks. In these classes, students learn progressive choreography. The good news is the instructors will go over what they learned the previous week so don’t let one missed class get you down.
Q: Can I give one of my classes on my class pass to my friend who’s never been here?
A: Our class cards are non-transferable and non-refundable.
Q: Should I take from different instructors at Dance Austin Studio?
A: We encourage you to take classes from multiple instructors, the more the better. We've got the absolute best teachers at Dance Austin Studio, each with their own unique style, taking class from multiple instructors will only make you a more well rounded dancer yourself.
Q: What are the benefits of learning to dance?
A: There are almost too many to mention! The following lists some important reasons why you should give it a try.
It will aid you in life: In ways you can't possibly imagine! You'll become more productive at work, more focused, more fulfilled, and far more self-confident! You'll carry yourself in an entirely different way.
It will give you an amazing workout: You will be using muscles you never thought you had! You will get in great shape, increase your coordination, flexibility and you will LOSE WEIGHT!
Connect with other people: At least 50% of the enjoyment of learning dance is having the opportunity to meet new friends and connect with other people while doing something enjoyable.
More fun than you have ever had: That's quite a lofty benefit, but for many, they find that dancing is just the element that has been missing from their lives. If you join in and try your best without taking it too seriously you will have a great time!
There are so many other reasons. Can you think of more great reasons to learn to dance?
Send us an email at info@DanceAustinStudio.com.
We look forward to seeing you in class!