Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ideal age to start dancing?

As early as age 3.5, we see children ready to independently go into class and follow the teacher's instruction without the parent/guardian. We love being able to nurture children this young, but of course, welcome students of all ages - even adults.

What are the benefits of dancing?

Dance offers students a total body workout that allows them to explore new movements, improve coordination and rhythm, increase memory and build strength and endurance. Beyond physical development, our students also benefit emotionally by having the opportunity to express themselves freely, and socially by interacting and working with others in class. Dance is an activity that often stays with students for a lifetime.

Does WEAD participate in competitions?

No, we do not subscribe to dance competitions. We pride ourselves on being a "non-competitive" dance studio, offering students professional instruction with personal guidance to help them meet their dance goals.

Do students sign up for the whole year?

Yes, we assume students are participating for the 32-week school year. We do offer an add/drop date to allow families some flexibility for the second semester.

Do you follow Henrico County's school schedule?

No, we take it up on ourselves to set the school year schedule. However, we do follow Henrico County's Winter and Spring break. All other closings will be noted in our school calendar.

Do you follow Henrico County's inclement weather policy?

No, we will decide to stay open or closed during inclement weather. Please see our website, call the studio or check out our social media platforms for updates (Facebook, Instagram.)

Do you teach other forms of dance, such as ballroom?

No, we do not offer ballroom dance. However, we do offer some specialty dance instruction such as flash mob dances for weddings and special events. Please contact us to inquire further.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes, we are happy to offer private individual and group lessons. Please note that private individual lessons are not in place of regular weekly classes, but utilized for additional preparation and training. Group private lessons are ideal for weddings, birthday parties, corporate events, and any other occasion.

Cost is $75.00 per person/per hour or $35.50 per person/per half hour.

Please contact us at (804) 740-08842 or email us at info@westendacademy.com to discuss your private class needs.

 

Is there a recital?

Yes, we hold a recital at the end of the year. This is a ticketed event that takes place at Deep Run High School. Costume prices range anywhere from $60.00 - $100.00. We also offer opportunities to purchase professional photographs and DVDs.

Each year we alternate between a Spring Festival and Recital. The Spring Festival showcases a dance from every class, as well as a night dedicated to the Ballet Department. The Recital year combines every class to interpret a unique story the WEAD faculty has created.

These much anticipated performances allow our students an opportunity to share all they've learned with friends, family and the community. We always look forward to seeing our students' hard work pay off on stage.