The School - FAQs
How do I register my child for class?
The Children & Teens Program is for students ages 4-18. The best way to register is with a credit card through our website. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Amex, and Discover. Alternatively, you may register in person at the Dance Center with a credit card, cash, or check. Checks should be made payable to “Mark Morris Dance Group” or “MMDG.” A $15 fee will be due for all checks returned for any reason. The fee must be paid in cash within one week from the time the owner of the account is notified. All classes are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Registrations cannot be processed over the phone.
Do you hold auditions for the Children and Teens program?
We do not hold auditions. Registration is accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Class size is limited. We do, however, hold an audition each fall for the Student Company. Click here for further information about the Student Company.
When are registrations accepted?
The School operates on a full-year curriculum and has a fall and spring semester. The fall semester is from September-January and the spring semester is from January-June. Returning students of the previous semester are encouraged to register during Priority Registration week. Enrollment is open throughout the first four weeks of each semester. After that date, registration will be closed.
My child wants to register for the Spring semester only. Can they do that?
Yes. Registration for the spring semester opens in January, at this time you can register your child. We do not allow students to register for the spring during the fall semester, unless you choose the full-year payment option and register from September-June.
What if the class I want to register for has reached capacity?
If the selected class reaches capacity, you will be unable to register online. You may choose a different class, or you may request to be added to the wait list. No payment is required to be added to the wait list. If and when a space becomes available, you will be contacted via email or phone. If a space becomes available after classes have begun, the full cost of the class is expected upon enrollment.
I registered both of my children and didn’t receive the sibling/multiple class discount. Why?
To receive the sibling/multiple class discount you must include all classes in one transaction. If you completed separate transactions, please contact The School in writing at email@example.com so that we can manually apply the discount.
How do I know what the correct level placement is for my child? (Under registration)
Children & Teens classes are based on age level and dance experience. Please refer to The School Brochure and the website to see a list of level placement recommendations for different age groups based on experience. Please also note that teachers will informally evaluate their classes during the first few weeks of classes. If a student would benefit from a different level placement, we will notify the parents. If you have additional questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I find out more information about my child’s teacher?
Yes, for more information on The School faculty please refer to our faculty page.
How much are classes for Children and Teens?
Tuition varies according to the length of class. The tuition breakdown for the 2015-2016 School Year is as follows:
|Length of Class||
Full Year: Pay one payment for the full year at the time of Fall registration.
Semester: Pay per semester - at the time of Fall and Spring semester registrations.
Semester Installments: Pay twice per semester. Must commit to a minimum of one semester. The first installment is due upon Fall and/or Spring registration. The second semester installment is auto-charged to your credit/debit card at the end of the registration period.
Fall: Week of October 23-November 4
Spring: Week of March 12-24
Is there a transaction fee?
Yes. Each registration will incur a $10 transaction fee.
Are there scholarships or any tuition assistance available?
Although we do not offer a scholarship program, tuition payment plans may be determined on a case-by-case basis. You must speak directly with the Education Programs Coordinator to arrange a payment plan.
Do you offer a discount on classes?
We offer a 10% discount for students who register for multiple classes and for siblings.
Can my child try a class before I register for the School Year?
Trial Classes are available only when there is still space in a class. Students are allowed to attend one class as a trial for a $15 fee. If the student registers for the class, the $15 fee will be applied towards the total tuition due. Students must notify the Education Programs Coordinator within 3 business days of the trial class whether or not they plan to register or their spot will be forfeited.
How often do Children and Teens classes meet?
Classes meet once a week for the duration of the semester / school year.
If my child misses a class, can it be made up on a different day?
There are no make-up classes for classes missed.
How many students are in each class?
Class size is based on class type, students’ age, and studio size, and determined by the School Director.
Am I allowed to observe class(es)?
We do not allow observers inside the studios. We ask you wait in the Ground Floor or 4th Floor Lobby during class. At the end of each semester we hold Parents’ Observation Days. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to see what your child has been working on throughout the semester. A list of specific days and times will be posted on The School’s bulletin boards located on the ground and fourth floors. Lists are also sent via email during the semester.
Do you have recitals?
We do not hold recitals. We do hold Parents' Observation Days that occur at the end of each semester. This is an opportunity for parents/guardians to see what your child has been working on throughout the semester. A list of specific days and times will be posted on The School’s bulletin boards located on the ground and fourth floors. Lists are also sent via email during the semester.
What happens if class is cancelled?
Classes may be cancelled due to severe weather conditions. The School follows the NYC Department of Education closing schedule for inclement weather. Please check the website for class cancellations. Parents may also call The School at 718-624-8400 for updates. Missed classes due to weather will be made up at the end of the semester.
What is the Student Company?
Student Company I & II dancers are advanced students of The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center and selected by audition each fall. Dancers participate in weekly rehearsals of Mark Morris repertory as well as new choreography by School faculty. Students are required to take weekly classes in both ballet and modern dance at The School. The year culminates in a public performance each June. Additional performance opportunities may include the Open House in September and potential off-site dance events. There is an additional cost for participation in the Company.
Do you offer summer programming or dance camps?
Yes, we offer dance camps and workshops for ages 6-9, ages 10-13, beginning/intermediate teens, and intermediate/advanced teens. The dance camps and workshops provide an opportunity for students to continue their training in the fundamentals of dance movement with a focus on technique, musicality, and strength. Students study in a concentrated daily format and experience a variety of dance disciplines. Classes include live musical accompaniment.
We also offer Creative Summer Dance classes for children ages 4-6. Classes are offered weekly for 6 weeks. These classes blend movement, music, improvisation, and fundamental dance technique in a fun and nurturing environment. Classes are available for children with and without dance experience. All classes include live musical accompaniment.
Do you offer classes for adults?
The Mark Morris Dance Center offers a diverse range of classes for all ages and abilities and strives to be a center of creative activity for community residents and professional dancers of all ages. The monthly adult class schedule is available online or at the Dance Center.
DRESS CODE AND ATTIRE
What should my child wear?
Students should wear appropriate dance attire. No jeans or street clothes, please. Long hair must be pulled back in either a bun or ponytail; short hair must be pulled back away from the face. The following items are prohibited—jeans, loud/busy prints, crop tops, pajamas, short shorts, jewelry. Please see dress code and attire section of the School Handbook for additional information.
What shoes does my child need?
Please see below for appropriate dance shoes. If the dance style you registered for is not listed below, class will be taken barefoot. See the dresscode page for more information,
Ballet: ballet slippers
Jazz/Hip-Hop: jazz shoes or jazz sneakers
Tap: tap shoes
Is there a place to purchase dance attire?
Do you have a place for students to store their belongings?
Lockers are located in the changing rooms on the ground and fourth floors. You will need to bring your own lock or purchase a lock at The Store on the 4th floor. Items placed in lockers must be removed daily.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
When should I drop-off/pick-up my child for/from class?
Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to class time in order to change and prepare for class. Please do not drop students off more than 30 minutes prior to class. Students must be picked up on time. Students under the age of 13 must be picked up and dropped off at the Dance Center. MMDG is not responsible for students outside of the Dance Center.
Can I stay with my child in class?
Parents are welcome to wait in our Ground Floor and 4th Floor Lounges.
Where can I purchase a snack, beverage, etc.?
We have vending machines with healthy snack options located in the Ground Floor Lounge of the Dance Center.