Your questions, answered!
What is the difference between your programs?
We have 5 different programs at AIM. No matter what your age or commitment level, you can find a perfect class here!
why don't you have a competition team?
While there are certainly many benefits of competition dance, we believe that there are other ways of obtaining those benefits without the stress, expense, and moral ambiguity of competition dance. Here are our main points:
If your heart is truly set on competition, that's okay! There are many local studios in the area doing it the right way, and we'd be happy to make a recommendation.
how do i register?
what does my dancer need to wear?
what should my dancer bring to class?
What class should i register for?
can i watch my dancer in class?
Absolutely! Each class is streamed live on Zoom for dancers to attend from home, or for parents to watch. Find your class's Zoom link on our Distance Learning page here. We ask that parents observing class over Zoom turn off their microphones and cameras.
We also offer two Parent Observation Weeks during the dance season, one in the fall and one in the spring. Check the calendar for exact dates.
Does everyone perform in the spring recital?
Performing in the Recital is an important part of our dance education here at AIM. It's the highlight of the year and everyone looks forward to it! All of our dancers participate in the show. Adult dancers have the option to perform, but it is not mandatory for adults. Some classes in the Accelerated Program, like Stretch & Strength and Pre-Pointe are technique-only classes and do not have a piece in the show.
what happens if we don't like it?
We hope that if any concerns or issues arise in your or your child's class, that you'll bring it to our attention so we can address the problem. We're constantly striving to improve our classes and customer service; we welcome constructive feedback!
That being said, you're not locked in to the full school year. We expect all families to register with the intention of staying for the whole year and performing in the Recital. But we understand that things happen and sometimes it just doesn't work out. We have an OPEN WITHDRAWAL POLICY. We require 60 days' notice of withdrawal via email. After the following two months, you will be removed from the class and no further charges will be made to your card. We do not prorate tuition, and we do not issue refunds of any tuition or fees already paid.
how much does it cost?
We are happy to work with families to come up with a payment plan if needed for those with multiple dancers or in numerous dances in the Recital. We want to make the performing experience a joy, not a burden!
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"Just a quick note to let you know how much we appreciate all you have done for Snowdon this year. She has truly loved being in your class and clearly she has learned so much from you. We also wanted to compliment you on your recital. Again, I was in awe of you--the beautiful choreography, positive attitude, getting 50+ kids to dance so well, and organization that would no doubt make Martha Stewart proud. The attention to detail was beyond comprehension (for me, an un-organized person!!).
I must share with you that while I am a novice on the dance recital circuit (except my own minimal experiences as a child), my mother-in-law, who said she has been going to dance recitals since she was six (her own, her daughter's, nieces and now grandchildren) paid you high complements as well--how beautifully the kids danced, how everything went so smoothly and quickly... I could go on! Again, thank you for everything. It has been a wonderful year for us and we think the world of you!"