Living Arts Dance, Inc. Mission

Living Arts Dance, Inc. was established in 2006, with the mission to provide professional performing arts programs for all. Living Arts Dance staff all have a passion for exposing children and adults to the arts, giving a safe outlet of self-expression, encouraging physical fitness, self-discipline and a great enriching diversion from inner city life. At Living Arts Dance, Inc. all levels, shapes and sizes are welcomed, from those who are looking to participate in dance classes as a hobby, to those who are interested in pursuing a professional career as an artist. Click Contact Us to join our studio today!

Living Arts Dance Foundation

Living Arts Dance Foundation

From 2006 until 2018 Living Arts Dance, Inc. gave scholarships and tuition assistance from out pocket donations and through many fundraisers. Living Arts also created college prep, study abroad and mentoring programs for talented students of poverty-stricken and low income families. Many of these students have graduated college and are thriving as successful adults, they have now collaborated with our director, Ms. Jaquetta Colson, to establish the Living Arts Dance Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to continuing this work on a larger scale. The mission of Living Arts Dance Foundation is to provide disadvantaged families scholarships to participate in extracurricular activities in the performing arts, while engaging them in a process that equips them with the discipline, confidence, social consciousness and cognitive skills for success.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get started at Living Arts Dance, Inc.?

For Youth classes: A parent or guardian must either register online or schedule a time to come into our dance studios to register in advance prior to the student attending the class.

For Adult classes: Adult may drop-in to classes at any time or join a session of dance classes.

Is a Registration fee required for each class?

For Youth classes: There is a registration fee at the start of each season, such as: Fall or Summer. A mandatory dance classes uniform is included with registration.

For Adult classes: There is no registration fee.

Where can I see the schedule and rates?

Please click on contact us to request our most current schedule and rates.

What is your refund policy?

All studio payments are non-refundable and can not be applied to any other sessions or merchandise. Our studio pays staff, orders supplies, orders merchandise, orders costumes, etc. using the fees collected, therefore payments will not be refunded.

How do I apply for financial aid or a scholarship?

You must fill out the online application, meet the requirements and submit proof of income.

Do you offer sibling discounts?

Yes, all 60 minute classes are placed together in a class package per family. 90 minute combo classes are already in a class package and cannot be further combined.

Is previous dance experience required?

No, we offer classes for adults and youth on all levels, so all can participate no matter if you are a beginner or advanced.

Can parents sit in the dance classes?

One parent or guardian is allowed to participate in our Mommy/Daddy and me class only. Parents are not permitted to sit in on or attend any other youth classes with their children. Parents are welcome to wait in our waiting are and observe classes on our monitors.

Can I see or try the class before joining?

Every Fall we provide free Open House events in which new students may visit our studio, meet our staff, sample classes, see our students perform and ask any questions in person. Once classes have begun, if there is space in a class, then the youth may sample one class before joining. Adults may drop-in to adult classes at any time.

Can I join once the season has already begun?

We allow youth class registration in most classes until February. We offer mini 5 week session of dance throughout the year as well, for those who do not fee comfortable committing to the program for the entire year. Students who attend a mini session are not able to participate in our annual dance recital production.

Is there a limit or age range?

Dancing is a natural and ageless form of expression. Although dance has no age restrictions, our studios our catered primarily towards youth ages: 2.5 through adults looking to learn something new and have fun doing it. We encourage parents to enroll and begin students who are fully potty trained.

What should I wear for dance classes?

For Youth Classes: We provide a mandatory uniform with registration, which must be worn with flesh colored tan or brown tights. Additional can be purchased at our dance studio dance wear boutique.

For Adult Classes: Adults may wear comfortable work out attire or dance wear.

Do I need dance shoes?

For Youth Classes: Ballet requires girls wear a Tan/Brown Ballet shoe, it should match the color of the tights. Boys wear a Black Ballet shoes to match black tights or pants. Jazz requires a Tan/Brown Jazz shoes, it should match the color of the tights. Tap requires a Black Tap shoes.

For Adult Classes: Dance shoes are recommended but not required. However, in order to be able to move comfortably across the floor, we advise that you do not wear rubber-soled shoes. Sharp heels or shoes with metal bottoms are strongly discouraged because they can damage the floor or cause injury.

Is participation in the annual youth dance recital production mandatory?

Every June we all look forward to our annual dance recital production, it is an opportunity to perform on stage and show our friends and what we’ve learned throughout the year. At the end of the recital weekend we have an awards ceremony. If a student is unable to attend the mandatory recital rehearsals or does not want to perform it is okay. We love having students participate with us throughout the year in dance classes as well.

What are the differences between group classes, private lessons, private dance parties and Youth Competition Team?

Group classes are perfect to learn fundamental elements, patterns, rhythms, and moves. We also offer supplemental group fitness and condition classes for adults.

Private lessons are completely customized to your needs, pace, ability, and schedule. Since we make a personalized program for each student, this is the most thorough learning process and guarantees fastest results. But is more expensive than group lessons.

Our dance parties are ideal settings to practice your newfound skills with your friends. Or get a group friends together for a ladies night out, youth or adult hip-hop dance parties, ballet birthday parties, etc. We have an amazing community of teachers and students that support each other and grow together.

Youth Competition Team is a pre-professional group of talented students who train intensively 4 – 5 dances per week and attend all genres of dance to perfect their artistry. In addition, they also have special events such as showcases, workshops, performances and competitions where they can take their dancing skill to the next level. An audition is required to participate on the team.

What styles of dance do you offer?

We specialize in many types of dance such as: Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Acrobatics & Tumbling, Modern Dance, Contemporary, Musical Theater, and West African Dance.

We follow curriculum endorsed by experts in the professional dance industry, and our is degreed with BFA’s from University of the Arts, Temple University, and AMDA. Our teachers train daily and get tested regularly to make sure they know all the latest syllabus patterns, rules, and regulations.

Can I achieve my fitness goals through dance?

We’re so glad you asked! Dancing is one of the best activities recommended by health experts and scientists for both body and mind. Different styles and different tempos can help you achieve most fitness goals including cardio fitness, muscle toning, flexibility, strength, balance, and more. Look good, feel great, and have fun doing it!

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