145 Wekiva Springs Rd. Suite 145, Longwood, Florida (407) 862-5500

Frequently Asked Questions

What class should my child take?

If your child is 2-3.5 years old, they take one of our Tiny Dance Classes. If your child is 3.5-5 years old, they take one of our many Preschool Combo Classes. If your child is 5-7 years old, we recommend one of our Special Combo Classes. 5 year olds also have the option to take Acro, Hip Hop or Musical Theatre. If your child is over 7, he or she may take one of our many 1- hour disciplines, including Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, or Acro.

What do Levels 1, 2, 3, and 4 mean?

If your child is over 7 years old, they can be put into one of our one hour disciplines. Level 1 is a beginner, Level 2 is Intermediate, Level 3 is Intermediate/Advanced and Level 4 is Advanced. However, it is up to the instructor to place your child in their right level based on curriculum and dancer knowledge. Please inquire at the front desk if you have questions about where your child should be placed.

What should my child wear to class?

For girls in our Tiny Dance, Preschool Combo or Special Combo classes, we ask that dancers please wear a leotard and tights, any color or style. For all Ballet classes, pink tights and a black leotard are required. For Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz classes, t-shirt, tank, booty shorts or leggings. For Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Tap, comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in.

Appropriate shoes are required for each class.
Tiny Dance, wears Ballet shoes.
Preschool Combo and Special Combo wears Ballet and Tap shoes.
Ballet classes wear Ballet shoes.
Lyrical and Contemporary are barefoot, no shoes required.
Jazz wears Jazz shoes, Tap wears Tap shoes while Hip Hop and Musical Theatre wears sneakers.
You can borrow some of our shoes for your trial class.

What is Tiny Dance?

Tiny Dance is for 2 1/2 through 3 1/2 year olds. It’s a 45 minute class that mixes Creative Movement, Ballet and Tumbling. Through singing and movement, young children sharpen gross motor skills and spacial awareness while learning to dance.

What is Preschool Combo?

Preschool Combo is for 3 1/2 through 4 1/2 year olds. It’s a fun class that combines Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap and Tumbling while working gross motor skills and learning the basic fundamentals of dance. This class is a great introduction to the world of dance.

What is Acro?

Acrobatics is a structured Tumbling program that is designed to increase flexibility and strength, while teaching technique. Combining movement and tricks, we shape well rounded acrobats using only mats.

What is Hip Hop?

A style that is primarily danced to Hip Hop music, students will learn a variety of styles, including breaking, popping, locking and krumping. In a fast paced class dancers will learn different choreography and technique.

What is Ballet?

Ballet is the foundation of all dance and we feel it is important to teach the basic fundamentals. We concentrate on correct technique, placement and control. Dancers will learn respect and discipline in Ballet class that will benefit them in their everyday lives.

What is Jazz?

Dancers will learn different styles of Jazz in this structured class. Dancers will learn leaps, turns and footwork, while focusing on proper technique.

What is Musical Theatre?

Using music from Broadway shows and Musicals, dancers interpret the lyrics to musical numbers through movement, pantomime and dance.

What is Tap?

In this class, you will learn the techniques of tap and apply them to the beats and rhythms in music.

What is Contemporary/Lyrical?

Contemporary and Lyrical combine aspects of ballet, jazz, modern and improvisational movement to tell a story of the song or a more abstract idea.

What is Special Combo?

Special Combo is for 4-6 year olds. It’s a fun class that combines Ballet, Tap, and Jazz. While working gross motor skills and learning the basic fundamentals of dance. This class is a great introduction to the world of dance.

What is the STARS program?

The STARS program is our competition company. This program teaches dedicated and passionate dancers ages 5-18 the technique and discipline required for a career in dance. STARS participate in a rigorous training program that prepares them for competitions/conventions throughout the year while learning necessary skills that prepare them for the dance world.

Is there a registration fee?

There is a $50 annual registration fee and a $75 family registration fee for accounts with more than one dancer.

Am I required to have autobill pay?

To ease the billing process, we do require that all our students accounts are on autobill pay, meaning we automatically charge your Visa or Mastercard on the 5th of every month for tuition. If there are extenuating circumstances and a credit card cannot be used, we do require that three months tuition be paid in cash in advance. Sorry we are only able to take Visa or Mastercard. There will be a late fee of $25 if payments are not received within 5 days of auto bill.

What is your refund policy?

Registration fee and tuition are non-refundable. We apologize for any inconvenience.

What if I want to stop taking classes?

In order to avoid any confusion, please call or stop by the office, at least 15 days prior of your desire to stop taking classes. Failure to provide ample notice may result in your account being charged. But there is no contract at Turning Pointe, you can discontinue at any time.

Are there any performances?

Turning Pointe hosts 2 annual performances. Our Winter Performance and Recital. Winter Performance is held at the studio in mid December and Recital is held at Lyman High School in June. Each class performs in one show. There are also several performance opportunities for dancers in the STARS program.

What is Turning Pointe’s History?

Miss Cathy Mae helped her dance teachers open Turning Pointe – A Dance Studio in 1996. Since then, we have expanded our curriculum and facility. We pride ourselves in being a family oriented yet professional dance studio where students learn in a loving, structured and disciplined environment. Our goals are to build self esteem, confidence, coordination and all around physical well being.

Important Things To Look For When Choosing A Dance Studio

Do all the classrooms have sprung floors?

A sprung floor is one that has an underlay of high-density foam blocks every six inches. At Turning Pointe, our floors are constructed in this manner. In addition, we have a special vinyl floor covering that is designed exclusively for use in dance studios. The type of floor that we use cuts down on the stress to the ankles, knees and hips and helps prevent injuries and fatigue to these joints. You are welcome to jump on our floors and note they are slightly “springy”, yet firm, to allow for proper dance technique.

Does the studio appear to be well maintained and freshly painted?

At Turning Pointe, we have a regular system of preventative maintenance, and our maintenance and cleaning staff works daily to keep the studio looking new, clean and fresh. Often a studio will look dirty, tired and uninviting, but not Turning Pointe.

Can you observe your child’s classes without interrupting?

At Turning Pointe, we have one-way glass for parent viewing. From the inside of the classroom, the viewing window looks like a mirror so it is not distracting to the dancers to have the parents observe the classes. Turning Pointe always allows parents to observe class.

Is there on duty staff who maintain regular office hours?

At Turning Pointe, we have professional office staff on duty Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 7:30pm and Saturday 10am – 12pm. These staff members can answer your questions or get the answer for you and get back to you.

Is the staff friendly and are staff members good role models for your children?

Turning Pointe is family owned and operated and we try to present positive images to you and your children.

Is there an end-of-the-year recital or Performance?

At Turning Pointe, we have an Annual Recital in June. Our lighting, scenery and music are professionally done, and we always receive many compliments, especially from new parents and grandparents who have never seen one of our productions. We would invite parents of prospective students to view one of our recital DVDs. We also have an informal Winter Performance in December.

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