Summer of Dance 2018 Frequently Asked Questions

What is Summer of Dance?
Summer of Dance is an eight-week dance intensive offering 12 classes a week in different styles. It is about developing skill, increasing your dance vocabulary, sweating and having fun. Combinations are not repeated so if you miss a class, you’re not behind.

This program is not about competing. It’s about creating community and encouraging each other to push beyond our boundaries and develop a stronger level of physical control and expression. The program is designed for the theatre student who is looking for a place to brush up their skills and advance their abilities to help nail the next dance audition. All of the instructors have a vast knowledge of theatre and concert dance and have been teaching with us for many years.

What types of shoes should I wear? Does it matter?
Appropriate footwear will help facilitate faster learning. Wearing tennis shoes/sneakers might be appropriate for Hip Hop but they will not serve the same purpose in Musical Theatre or Turns and Leaps. We recommend the following

  • Tap: Yes, get tap shoes. Tap shoes don’t have to be expensive. You can buy a relatively inexpensive pair to start. As your skill level increases, you can invest in a more expensive pair of shoes. There is a difference in the way they sound and feel but if you’re a beginner and not sure if you are going to continue training, choose the thrifty option.
  • Musical Theatre, Turns and Leaps, Burlesque/Fosse: You may wear jazz sneakers, jazz slippers, character shoes (for women or men), or footwear made for dancers. Dance shoes are made for dancing. They allow you the flexibility and support you need, plus (in the case of character shoes) you will be learning in the type of shoe in which you will most likely be performing. An investment in a good pair is an investment in your progress. There are a wide variety of options and price types.
  • Ballet and/or Contemporary: Ballet slippers are the best but some people prefer bear claws or socks. This will allow the dancer the ability to work the foot and feel how the foot connects with the floor.
  • Hip Hop: You may wear tennis shoes, dance sneakers, or sneakers. Just make sure that you have good support.

What’s the difference between a JR class and the 16+ class?
The differences are minimal. JR (Junior) classes differ by the song choices for combinations, and the length of the classes are slightly shorter. The actual training is the same. In order to offer the same amount of classes for a pass holder per week, we are allowing JR’s to attend the 6:00 classes of the 16+ classes. Other classes ARE NOT OPEN TO THE JUNIOR DANCERS. This is also the case with the 16+ dancers, THE JR. CLASSES ARE NOT OPEN TO THE ADULT DANCERS.
Can I video the combination in class?
Videoing of yourself in class is allowed WITH INSTRUCTOR’S PERMISSION and the permission of other dancers in the video ONLY. Posting of the video on Facebook or other social media is only allowed with the same permission and the choreographer must be credited appropriately. In an effort to maintain an environment where everyone feels safe and free to make bold choices, we ask for this courtesy.
What if I’m late to class? Can I join in the fun?
ALWAYS ASK THE INSTRUCTOR IF YOU MAY JOIN THE CLASS IF YOU ARE LATE. We ask if you are late to a class that you make sure you WARM UP YOUR BODY! It is a safety concern. We do not want you to be injured and it is solely the dancer’s responsibility to make sure their body is ready to dance. Instructors have asked that you DO NOT join a class if you are going to be more than 10 minutes late.
If I’m a 16+ dancer, may I take a JR. class?
16+ dancers are NOT allowed in the JR. classes. The only crossover this year will be the 6:00 p.m. classes.  Juniors are welcome to take these classes but are not allowed in the 7:15 or the 8:30 p.m. 16+ classes.
I am excited to attend Summer of Dance for the first time!  What’s the advantage of getting a Pass?
The Passes (either a Monthly Pass or an All You Can Dance Pass, which includes both months) are designed to make dance training affordable to the dancer who plans to attend multiple classes. They are recommended for dancers who are committed to attending an average of 2-3 classes a week. The drop in rate is $10 and is meant for someone who can only attend a few classes throughout the program. By purchasing a pass, you are making a commitment to attend.  The purchase of a pass is non-refundable.
I’ve never taken dance before. What classes should I attend?
The beginner dancer should try the MUSICAL THEATRE 1 and TAP 1 classes first. All the other classes are geared for the more advanced dancer and might prove challenging.  In an effort to accommodate all ability levels, beginning classes are designed for newer dancers, and higher-level classes are designed for more accomplished dancers. Dancers are welcome to attend any class they choose—just be aware that instructors will focus choreography to the level of the class, which may be challenging for the less experienced dancer. We will always encourage you to maximize your learning.
How do I buy a pass or drop in for a class?
Passes are available online at or at the box office. Drop in classes are sold ONLY at the box office before class begins. Cash or credit/debit cards are accepted. The box office is open until 8:40 p.m. Reminder: dancers who are more than 10 minutes late to a class are NOT allowed into class. If a dancer is late to class by fewer than 10 minutes, they must ask the teacher to join the class.
Where are the classes being held and how do I get to them?

  • All classes are held at Phoenix Theatre. We are located on the northeast corner of Central and McDowell in downtown Phoenix, adjacent to the Phoenix Art Museum. However, we face north (Coronado St.) and that is where you will find the box office, formally named the Flaccus-Reese Box Office. If using GPS/Google Maps, enter the destination address of 75 E Coronado St. Parking is available on the north side of the building at no cost.
  • The Junior classes are held in the Mainstage Rehearsal Hall. To access this space, enter the glass door to the left of the box office. Walk until you see the stairs on your left and go up to the rehearsal hall. Signs will be posted for your convenience.
  • The 16+ classes are held in either the Judith Hardes Theatre or the Mainstage Rehearsal Hall. Due to performance schedules, locations may vary.  Visit the box office or check with the teachers for clarification.

If I’m a PARENT/FRIEND/GUEST, am I allowed to watch classes?
Classes are only open to paying students and are not open for observation. Phoenix Theatre’s lobby has comfortable seating and cool AC. Once you enter the building (the glass doors to the left of the box office), continue walking straight. Go past the stairs that lead to the Rehearsal Hall. Continue through two doorways and enter the lobby.