Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know what level to sign myself or my child up for?
Our general guide for class levels to sign up for is below. Please call the office if your child has previously attended dance classes or if you have any questions at all!
- Mommy & Me: Ages Walking-2 ½
- Music, Movement & Play: Ages 2-3: all 2 year olds and 3 year olds that are not yet potty trained or desire a more playful and ‘loose’ classroom environment
- Creative Movement I: Dancers age 3; dancers age 4 that haven’t attended Preschool/ Daycare. Dancers must be potty trained to attend this class.
- Creative Movement II: Dancers age 4 that have attended Preschool/ Daycare , completed Level I and/or dancers age 5 that are not yet in kindergarten
- Ballet/Tap or Jazz Combo I: All dancers in Kindergarten
- Ballet/Tap or Jazz Combo II: All dancers First Grade with prior dance class experience (at least 1 year)
- Level I: Dancers ages 8 & up with no prior instruction, or completed Combo II
- II: 1 year of prior instruction, completed Level I of same form
- III: 2 years of prior instruction, completed Level II of same form
- Intermediate I: 3 years of instruction, completed Level III
- Intermediate II: 4 years of instruction, completed Int Level I
- Intermediate III: 5 years of instruction, completed Int Level II
- Advanced: 6 years of instruction, completed Int. III Level, Instructor approval
Is there required attire for adult classes?
Yes- please wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in. A tshirt or work out tank top with a sports bra on top; yoga pants or capris on bottom. Please no jeans or restrictive clothing, please.
If there is a class cancellation is the tuition refunded or is the class made up?
For classes cancelled due to inclement weather, we make up the class at the end of the 6 week session or at the end of the school year in June, depending on the class program. Classes cancelled due to low enrollment will be offered another class or refunded.
Can I register online?
Yes! See our front home page for the link to register and manage your account online
Is there a discount if I sign up for more than one class?
Yes- for our September-June classes, Adult Program and Summer Classes, we offer discounts for taking more than one class. Simply add up the number of hours of class you are taking and follow the tuition table for the appropriate class session. For example, if you are taking Beginner Tap and Intermediate Hip Hop, that is 2 hours per week. We do not offer discounts on Workshops, Camps or other special programs.
Is there a discount if I have more than one family member enrolled?
Yes- we follow the same tuition table as those taking more than one class per week. Simply add up the total number of hours of class per week all of your family members are taking (in your immediate household) and follow the tuition table for the appropriate class session. We do not offer discounts on Workshops, Camps or other special programs.
Why is there a Registration Fee?
We charge an annual registration fee for our Sept-June class session per student or per family. This fee helps with our administrative costs and aids in paying for small perks and conveniences for students. We hand out free calendars, car decals, monthly newsletters, Information Packets and more throughout the year for our student’s conveniences. We do not charge a Registration Fee for 6 Week Workshops, Summer Classes or Summer Camps. This fee also holds a dancers placement in class, as our programs have limited space available and are in high demand. When we receive your Registration Fee, you have the peace of mind that you have received a spot in the class you registered for/were placed in.
Do you do Birthday parties?
Yes- Our Birthday Parties are very popular and fun! It is a great way to celebrate your birthday. You do not have to be a current student to have your birthday party at DDC! Please see our Birthday Party page for more details.
Can I watch my child’s dance class each week?
Yes- in two ways. We have closed-circuit cameras in each of our classrooms, and monitors for each classroom/camera in our spacious waiting room. You have the convenience of watching the lesson each week. We also have Friends and Family Observation Days throughout the Sept-June session, and on the last class of the 6 Week Sessions and Summer Classes.
Does the person/child registered have to perform in the recital if they are signed up for a year round class?
Children and Teens are required to participate in the recital for the Sept-June classes. Adult participation in the recital is option. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the recital, we recommend registering for concurrent 6 Week Workshop classes from October-April.
Where can I purchase dance shoes?
Right through Drouin Dance Center. We require that children and teen students purchase their dance shoes through us, for best fit, quality and style for classes. Adults may also purchase shoes through us but it is not required. Please click on the page The Shop at DDC. We recommend that you call or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org for sizing and fit recommendations before ordering.
I want to compete in dance competitions. How do I do that?
Our Dance Company competes throughout New England, the East Coast and performs all over. These dancers audition in late Spring for a spot in our dance company, and study dance at an intensive level. Dancers commit to travel to workshops, master classes, performances, and competitions. Open Auditions are held in the Spring, and dancers are notified of their results by the end of June. Please see Danielle for more information. Dancers in the Dance Company are as young as 6, through age 18.
Where do your students come from?
We have students from a large geographic area of Southern Maine, from Brunswick to Waterboro, Turner to Cape Elizabeth. We are proud that are programs draw students from all around, and that our commitment to quality dance education and excellent business practices shows!
Where are you located in that very large old mill?
We are located on the second floor, right above the main entrance with the wood ramp and dark green awning. You may enter through any door of the mill, and follow the one long hallway. The second floor is painted a dark rust-orange color. There is an elevator located in the entrance with the wood ramp and dark green awning. Signs within the mill will guide you to us.