Summer of Dance

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Summer of Dance?

Summer of Dance is an 8-week dance intensive offering 14 classes a week in different styles — and starting June 17, all Summer of Dance classes will be offered virtually and in-person. 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 been teaching with us for many years and have a vast knowledge of theatre and concert dance.

What does an All You Can Dance Pass mean?

If you buy an All You Can Dance Pass, you can freely take as many classes as you would like during the 8-week session. Plus, you get access to the Zoom recordings of each class so you never miss due to scheduling or vacation. 

How do I buy a pass or drop-in?

All passes and drop-ins must be purchased through our website. Passes are non-refundable. If you are unsure that a pass is right for you, please consider paying a drop-in rate. If you should choose to upgrade and apply the money you've spent toward it, please contact our box office for assistance. Only available through June 2021.

How do we find the link to attend?

Once you have purchased your All You Can Dance Pass or drop-in ticket, a link to our website will populate. Please click this link to access the links to the individual classes.

Important for passholders: please mark this web address for the class links. You will need them for future classes. If you forget or lose the link, please email r.harper@phoenixtheatre.com.

How are the classes working this year?

Starting June 17, all Summer of Dance classes will be offered virtually and in-person.

If you are attending a Zoom class, you will be let into the class by our moderator. Once you have clicked the link to the class you wish to attend, please wait. If you have questions or need clarification during class, please type your question in the chat. Your question will be relayed live to the instructor.

If you have problems entering your virtual class, please email r.harper@phoenixtheatre.com for assistance. We will be troubleshooting throughout the month of June. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this new method of program delivery.

Important: All students may take class without a mask if they provide proof of vaccination. All students who have been unable to get a vaccination are asked to continue wearing masks. 

What happened to the JR classes?

This summer classes are open to all dancers ages 10+. Parents and legal guardians should be aware that some combinations may contain suggestive and evocative movements.

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 for Musical Theatre, Heels and Precision or Ballet. 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, Technique and Skill, Classical Jazz: Jazz sneakers, jazz slippers, character shoes (for women or men) or some 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 that you will most often be performing in. 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: Tennis shoes, dance sneakers or sneakers. Just make sure that you have good support.
  • Heels and Precision: Character shoes are recommended. Please be safe when choosing your heels and flooring when you take this class. Slippage can be an issue.

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?

Yes, you may… but here are some thoughts:

  • Drop-in rates must be bought before the beginning of class. It is suggested that you buy your drop-in tickets at least 5 minutes prior to the start of class time.
  • Suggestion: Buy your drop-in classes up front for the week. This will help not having to go through the purchase process multiple times. Just be aware that these tickets are not refundable.
  • While passholders and drop-ins may join late, please be aware that the warm-up is the most important part of the class in order to avoid injuries.

I am excited to attend Summer of Dance for the first time! What’s the advantage of getting a pass versus a drop-in?

The passes, either a drop-in or an All You Can Dance Pass (a two-month pass), are designed to make dance training affordable to the dancer who plans to attend multiple classes.
All You Can Dance Passes are recommended for dancers who are committed to attending an average of 2-3 classes a week. The Zoom recordings of each class will be available to those with All You Can Dance Passes so you never miss out due to scheduling.
The drop-in rate is $10 and is meant for someone who can only attend a few classes throughout the program. By buying a pass, you are making a commitment to attend. The purchase of a pass is non-refundable.

Zoom Class Etiquette

  • Please put your mic on mute after you enter the class.
  • To see the instructor better, please put the screen on speaker view. You can find this in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  • If you have a question or need clarification, please enter it into the chat. Our moderator will relay the question in real time.

In Person Etiquette

All students may take class without a mask if they provide proof of vaccination. All students who have been unable to get a vaccination are asked to continue wearing masks. 

I’ve never taken dance before, what classes should I attend?

The beginner dancer should try the Technique and Skills, Musical Theatre Combo and Character 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 skills and 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.