How To: Prepare for Your First Enrollment Class

Our enrollment students become an important part of our dance family here at Millennium.  To ensure that all students have a wonderful, positive experience in each class, we ask that all students and parents prepare for the season by reviewing our Enrollment Class Policies.

Here are some important things to keep in mind before grabbing your dance bag and heading to the studio.

Dress for success: When you dress your best, you dance your best!  To help parents and students select proper attire for class, we’ve made it easy by assigning a dress code for all enrollment classes.  Below are some quick tips for first-time students:

  • Save time and eliminate stress by ordering required leotards, tights and shoes through our online Dress Code store!  Not sure what you need to have for class, stop by the Front Desk and we can help!
  • Don’t worry if you don’t have all the required dress code items by the first day of class.  We begin enforcing the dress code in the third week of the session.
  • Dressing for success is more than just what you wear.  All students should make sure that their hair is pulled into a proper bun for ballet classes or secured out of their face for all other classes.
  • Need help with creating the perfect ballet bun?  No problem! Bun kits are available for purchase at the studio as well!

Be prepared: Make sure to bring all dance clothes, shoes, and tights with you each time you come to class.  Dancers, especially those who will be at the studio for several hours, should bring water and healthy snacks.  If you need some inspiration, check out this article on healthy snacks for dancers!

Stay organized: Using a dance bag to keep all of your personal belongings safe and organized is key!  Please make sure that your name is labeled on your dance bag and other personal items (especially your dance shoes!).  Cubbies are available in the lobby areas and inside the studio for our students’ belongings. Please keep in mind that there are many students who call Millennium their studio home, so please be courteous of everyone’s space and belongings.

Keep it clean: All students are required to bring clean, dry shoes for every class.  Street shoes can never be worn inside the studio. This is for your safety!

Be on time: Students should strive to be at the studio ready to go for class at least 10 minutes early.  This gives you time to organize your belongings, change into your dance shoes, and begin to stretch and warm-up.  In the event that you are late to class, please enter the studio quickly and quietly. Students will be permitted into enrollment classes up to 15 minutes late.  Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late may be counted as absent or may not be permitted to take class. If you know you are going to be late, please call the studio at 412-315-7900 and a staff member will alert your instructor.

Be a supportive dance parent: Parents play an important role in the success of a young dancer.  Please help your student to prepare what they need for class, get them to the studio on time, and provide encouragement every step of the way.  These simple steps go a long way in helping each child learn valuable life lessons, including discipline and responsibility, and succeed inside the studio.

We also ask that our parents help us instill in our students the importance of dedication and honoring commitments.  We set and follow an attendance policy to make sure that our students get the consistent training required to progress in dance.  If you need to miss class, we ask that you communicate with us so that we can notify the instructor ahead of time. Clear and open communication is a key to your student’s success!  Our staff is available via email, phone and in-person at the studio to answer questions or to address any concerns.

If we all work together to set a positive example for our students, we guarantee a successful year that inspires your student’s creativity, artistry and self-esteem!