Andrew and Merry Kuharsky - Directors

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why can’t my 9-year-old dance on toe?

Dancing on toe or “en pointe” is an advanced aspect of classical ballet for female students. After several years of serious training and more than one class per week, students may get strong enough to accomplish this. There are also physical dangers of damaging bones that are not yet fully formed at a young age, which is why we have a hard and fast rule that you must also be 11 years old. See our safety page for web-based articles on the subject.

How much do classes cost?

Our youngest students start out with a once-a-week class for $60 or $65 per month. Many of our experienced students take 2 or more classes a week (up to 6 hours or more per week) for a maximum tuition of $246 per month.

Why is dress code important?

Properly fitted, quality shoes keep your child’s feet safe and help them progress better. Hair nicely put up in a bun is a centuries-old tradition we like to pass on, and allows you to turn without getting hit in the eyes by your own hair. Uniforms help us avoid competition and disappointment about who has the coolest, new leotard, and help make us all equal.

What is the best age to start my child in ballet?

It really depends on the child. Although many young children love to dance around the house, that is not the same as standing still and paying attention to an instructor for the better part of an hour. Younger children enjoy our Pre-Ballet classes and we make them fun, but students can learn just as well when they start in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Students with a talent or body for ballet may do well starting even later (Mrs. Kuharsky was 16). We will be happy to talk with you and evaluate your child individually.

What is the best type of dance to start with?

Classical Ballet is the “A-B-C’s” of dance. You have to learn grammar, spelling, and syntax before you can speak or write well – the same goes for dance. What you learn in ballet helps you in every other dance form. What has become Modern, Jazz, and Tap are steps derived from the vocabulary of ballet. Although you are welcome to take any form of dance for fun, without a good ballet foundation, the house will eventually fall down.

Why should we choose a more serious, high-quality dance school if we’re just doing this for fun?

Compare the search for a dance school to another activity, such as swimming lessons. Even if you know your child will never be an Olympic swimmer, wouldn’t you want a Red Cross certified lifeguard? In the same way, our quality instruction and expert faculty means better safety for your child. And we believe our high-quality, disciplined learning environment means your child will reap more of the benefits of the arts while still having great fun. Besides, wouldn’t it be great to have the same foundational lessons as the pros, in case your child decides to follow their dream later?

What if we start basic lessons with a recreational studio and then come to you for advanced lessons?

Well, we get many students from other studios who find out that they weren’t being taught good ballet basics. Despite 10 years of classes, they do not know what our 9-year-olds know after 3 years of classes, so they have a lot of catching up to do. Your first years of training—when you develop good discipline and good habits—are the most important!

Why do your students perform at Furman instead of another venue?

We do our annual performance of The Nutcracker and our Spring Performance and Recital at Furman University’s McAlister Auditorium. It is a beautiful theatre on a beautiful campus with plenty of free parking and fewer hassles than downtown. It is also much less expensive than a downtown venue, so we don’t have to pass the high costs on to you.