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What Makes RCDC Different?
RCDC is organized and professional. We are thrilled to offer a wide-ranging, fun, nurturing, dance experience where the focus is JOY. Through our professional staff, we offer recreational classes for dancers of all ages as a fun, athletic hobby as well as competition and professional training for those dancers with a higher commitment level, wishing to pursue dance on the next level. Regardless of your chosen involvement, every RCDC dancer matters. We listen to you and maintain an open line of communication with all our customers.
Is the focus education or competition?
At Rock City Dance Center, our focus is dance education. We do have competition opportunities for dancers interested in these extra commitments, however our first priority is proper dance education.The classical training that all dancers receive at RCDC, is showcased for the community as artistic entertainment in our year end Recital. This allows our students to gain confidence through personal and physical growth. At RCDC, competitions do not define our students as “winners or losers”. Our dancers are equipped with the technique and knowledge to continue their study of dance at a higher educational level if they so choose.
Is it important to register early?
YES! The earlier you register the more options are available for your dancer. Classes will fill up quickly. You can now register online.
At what age can my little one start dance classes at RCDC?
We take dancers as young as 2 years old that are ready to dance independently from their parents.
Do you offer Mommy & Me classes?
We do not. We offer classes for dancers that are ready to dance independly from their parents.
What experience is necessary to dance at RCDC?
We offer classes for students ranging from 2 years old and up and classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students. It is our goal to provide your child with a class in which he or she feels comfortable while being challenged.
How large are the recreational dance classes?
The student/teacher ratio is low in all of our classes in order to give personal attention to each student. We have teachers and assistant teachers in each class. For Tiny Tots classes we allow 8 dancers per class. For Creative Movement we allow 13. For all other recreational classes the maximum is 15 dancers.
How long are the dance classes?
Classes are from 30 minutes to 2 hours long depending on age and abilities. RCDC operates on a 9 month schedule from September through May. Recreational dancers usually dance 30 minutes to 1.5 hours a week. The RCDC Company members and Ballet School students usually dance 5-20 hours a week depending on commitment level.
What is the dress code?
All dancers must be dressed in proper dance attire along with the proper shoes to achieve the most from their dance education. Correct placement can only be seen through appropriate dancewear such as leotards, tights, skirts, dance pants, fitted tanks, etc. Our recreational classes have an open dress code with pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes required. Skin colored jazz shoes may be required for several older recretional classes.
Do you have a recital? How many costumes must I purchase?
Yes. We have our annual Recital in May. Tiny Tots, Creative Movement, Pre-Dance, Ballet Stars, Mini Movers, Hip Hop Performance, Musical Theater Performance, Contemporary Performance and Boys Hip Hop classes perform one dance in the recital each and have one costume. Dance 1-4 perform 2 dances in the recital and have a single two-in-one costume.
When do you start recital choreography?
At Rock City Dance Center, we don’t start our recital dances until the beginning of February, with an emphasis on technique throughout the year. We choose tasteful and age appropriate costumes and choreography for all of our recreational dancers. We want parents to feel comfortable and proud of what their children are presenting on stage. We feel the focus of the performance should reflect what the students have learned throughout the year.
Can parents watch dance classes?
All classes at RCDC are broadcast on our closed circuit TV system. Parents may observe their dancers anytime through the large screen TV in the lobby. Parents are not allowed in the classroom.
Do you have parent conferences?
If at any time you wish to schedule a parent conference with the director or an instructor, please contact the studio to schedule an appointment. It is so important to keep an open line of communication! Unfortunately our staff cannot be interrupted between classes, so please leave a note or contact the studio for a conference.
What commitment is expected for recreational students?
Our dance program places dancers according to their level and age. A commitment to class attendance is extremely important for a dancer’s progress. Missed classes may be made up with another class on a similar level. No refunds or reductions are given for missed classes.
What is competitive dance?
Competitive dance is a popular, widespread activity in which dancers perform in various dance styles before a group of judges. Dancers who compete usually range in age from four to eighteen years old. Dancers can compete in groups, duos, trios and/or solos. Competitive dancers must continuously train to maintain and improve their technique, balance skills, strength and flexibility. Competitive dancing requires a solid commitment to dance.
What are RCDC dancers doing after high school?
Despite our short history, many of RCDC's dancers have gone on to study dance in college and pursue professional careers in dance. This includes dance scholarships, placements and apprenticeships with Marymount Manhatten, Kansas State University, University of Alabama, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Oklahoma City University, University of Arkansas, ASH Dance Convention, Boston Conservatory, American Musical & Dramatic Academy, Studio School Los Angeles & The Institute of American Musical Theatre.
Are you hiring?
If you are interested in working with us at RCDC, please bring your resume and visit us at the studio. We are always looking for talented instructors to add to the Rock City Dance family. Please email Kristen Pittman firstname.lastname@example.org.