How It Works

 

SESSION TIMELINES 

In a given year, a total of six sessions (a.k.a semesters or seasons) are offered. They are:

1) Winter Session: 11 weeks. From early January until late March.

2) Spring Session: 11 weeks. From Late March until early-to-mid June.

3) Summer Kickoff Session: 3 or 4 weeks. From mid June until mid July.

4) Summer Session: 8 or 9 weeks. From mid July until early September.

5) Fall Session: 11 weeks. From early September (after Labor Day) until late November (weekend before Thanksgiving.) 

6) Holiday Retreat Session: 5 weeks. From early December to early January (off on both Christmas and New Year’s Eve and Day.)

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS & PROCESS

There are various ways you can dance with us:

1) DROP-IN:
Pay $20 to attend a single one-hour class (or $15 for 45-minute classes.)

If after the Drop-In you decide to enroll in the full session (option #2 below), the drop-in fee you paid will apply towards the full session’s fees, provided you do it right after class at the Front Desk. 

2) SESSION ENROLLMENT: Enroll in a specific class/day/time (e.g. Hip Hop Beginner on Wednesday 7:45pm) for the entire multi-week session (e.g. 11-week Fall Session) and pay in full.

For one-hour classes, the tuition fee is $17 x number of weeks, or $187 for 11-week sessions. Forty-five minute classes are $13.5 x number of weeks, or $149 for 11-week sessions.

Needless to say, it’s more economical to do a full session enrollment than pay the single drop-in fee per class. Plus it guarantees you a spot should that class get full, which is common during the Spring, Fall, and Winter sessions. 

TIP: CLASS MAKEUP: Once enrolled in a full session; if you ever miss one of your classes, you can still do a Makeup by attending any other class on any other day, as long as it’s before the session ends (makeups don’t roll over to future sessions.) With the full session enrollment option, your money doesn’t go to waste. 

TIP: PRORATED FEES: Our session fees are prorated daily on our website (same if you sign up in person). If you enroll in the session on week #3, for example, you’d only pay for the remaining 9 weeks of the session (weeks 3 through 11.) So if you didn’t get to enroll in the beginning of the session, do not fret, as you’re still able to join classes. But please note that some enrollment cutoff dates do apply for certain classes (each class’s detail page specifies its cutoff dates.)  

3) BUY A PASS: For certain class groups, such as Dance Fitness classes, a discounted class pass option is available, which allows you to mix and match classes within that dance genre. The bigger the pass you purchase, the bigger the savings. When available, class pass registration can be purchased at the Checkout screen.

4) Separate registration for Workshops, Private Lessons, Summer Camps, and othersAside from group classes, other dance activities, such as workshops, privates, and camps, have different fees that are listed in their details pages. Check the pricing for those items on a case by case basis.

1) ONLINE: Sign up online by clicking the Register button next to the class of your choice. You’ll be directed to PayPal, where you can pay with a credit card or a check.

Remember that you do NOT need to have a PayPal account to sign up

Without a doubt, online enrollment is the most convenient way to register for classes, and will allow you to skip the long lines at the front desk that are common during the very busy first week of classes. 

2) IN-PERSON: Sign up at the Front Desk on the day of class or ahead of time. We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. If signing up on the day of class, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before class starts. . 

3) PHONE registration is NOT available.

YES you can, but with some restrictions:

1) PRORATED FEES: Remember that we prorate our prices online daily to reflect the number of weeks remaining in the session. So if you join the session late, say on week #3, you’d only pay for the remaining 9 weeks of an 11-week session.

2) ENROLLMENT CUTOFF: That said, please note that the enrollment period for certain classes ends after the 2nd or 3rd week of the session, since those classes are cumulative in nature and/or are performance-based. For those classes, you would not be able to join once the enrollment period ends.

Other classes allow enrollment at anytime during the session, as they are not too cumulative in nature. 

HOW TO FIND OUT THE ENROLLMENT CUTOFF FOR ANY CLASS? Simply click on the class name and such info will be outlined. 

YES! We have a liberal Makeup policy that allows you to:

1) Make up any class you miss by attending any other class that is still open.  
2) You can even do the Makeup in anticipation of missing class, and not just afterwards.
3) No prior authorization is required. Just get a Makeup Card from the front desk before going in. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: All Makeups must be made within the same session (e.g. Fall Session) and cannot roll over to future sessions under any circumstances.

In line with the vast majority of dance studios in the U.S., our classes are non-refundable. Also, missed classes cannot be rolled over to future sessions. 

However, please remember that you’re always allowed to Make Up classes you missed, or anticipate to miss, by attending any other class of your choice within the same session.

DRESS CODE

Listed below are the recommended dress codes for various types of classes. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our classrooms have professional dance sprung floors layered with vinyl surface. To maintain the quality of our dance floors, NO STREET SHOES ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE STUDIO. 

If you arrive to the studio with muddy or dusty shoes, it’s your responsibility to clean them before entering the studio, or you will not be allowed to join the class and may be asked to leave the classroom. Ideally, you should dedicate a pair of shoes to your dance activities and ensure they’re clean and free of debris.

B2D’s goal is to ensure that every person gets to dance in a clean and respectful environment, so please be mindful of your responsibilities towards your fellow dance enthusiasts, and expect the same from them.  

BALLET

Top: Leotards, or form-fitting shirt

Bottoms: Fitted jogging pants, leggings, or yoga pants

Shoes: Ballet slippers, ballet pointe shoe, flat ballet leather or satin shoes.

Optional: Legwarmers, ballet skirt or black shorts to cover hips.

BARRE

Top: Tank-top or T-shirt

Bottoms: Leggings or yoga pants

Shoes: Grippy socks or bare-footed. Make sure not to enter the studio in dusty or muddy shoes.

BELLY DANCE

Top: Form-fitting clothes to help see isolations

Bottoms (form-fitting): Pants, leggings, yoga pants

Shoes: Belly dance slippers, socks or bare-footed.

BOLLYWOOD

Comfortable workout clothes

Top: Tank-top, t-shirt
Bottoms: Leggings or yoga pants

Shoes: Bare-footed or light sneakers. Make sure not to enter the studio in dusty or muddy shoes.

HIP HOP

Top: T-shirt, tank-tops, or any comfortable top

Bottoms: Shorts, sweat pants, cargo pants, or leggings

Shoes: Clean sneakers. Make sure not to enter the studio in dusty or muddy shoes.

JAZZ

Top: Leotards, or a form-fitting tank-top or t-shirt

Bottoms: Leggings, yoga pants, or shorts

Shoes: jazz shoes or bare-footed

CONTEMPORARY & MODERN

Top: Leotards, tank-top, fitted t-shirt

Bottoms:  Shorts, pants, leggings, or yoga pants

Shoes: Bare-footed, dance paws

LATIN DANCE (SALSA, BACHATA, ETC.)

Comfortable attire recommended.

Top: T-shirt

Bottoms: Pants, leggings, or yoga pants

Shoes:  Salsa shoes or medium heels for women and dress shoes for men.  Make sure not to enter the studio in dusty or muddy shoes.

TAP

Top: T-shirt, leotard

Bottoms: Dance shorts, pants

Shoes: Tap shoes

ZUMBA & ALL FITNESS CLASSES 

Comfortable workout clothes

Top: Tank-top, T-shirt, or any comfortable top

Bottoms: Leggings or yoga pants

Shoes: Grippy socks or bare-footed. Make sure not to enter the studio in dusty or muddy shoes.

RECITAL AND SHOWCASE INFO

-SEMI ANNUAL GALA: Our dance recital/showcase, known as “Awaken The Dancer Within Gala” is held twice a year: in early-to-mid June (end of Spring Session), and in late November (end of Fall Session.) Two separate shows are held that day: Youth show at 12:00pm and Adult show at 3:30pm. The Gala is held at the prestigious Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall inside NOVA’s Alexandria campus.

To participate in the Gala, you would have to enroll in a performance class, at the skill level that best suits your dance experience. We offer a large lineup of both adult and youth performance classes during the Spring and Fall Sessions covering a myriad of dance styles.

Students in our adult and youth Hip Hop programs have even more performance opportunities beyond the semi-annual Galas, as follows:

-HIP HOP DANCE CUP: During every Winter Session (January to March), youth students can participate in our annual Dance Cup, which is essentially a non-stage recital, hosted at a large gym and structured as a dance tournament (visit the Youth-Recitals page to learn more.)

-HIP HOP MUSIC VIDEOSFurther, both adult and teen Hip Hop students with a minimum of intermediate-level class experience can take part in the only-of-its-kind Hip Hop Music Video Series, which allows students to appear in a professional music video production (check out our Vimeo channel to watch past videos.)

– NOT KEEN ON PERFORMING? For those not interested in performing on stage, the selection of non-performance classes is vast (about 60% of our lineup is for regular non-recital classes.)

CLASS PLACEMENT: SKILL LEVEL & AGES

WHERE TO START? As a general rule, all adult and youth students who are new to dance, or new to specific dance style, must start with a Beginner or Introductory-level class. Fitness classes, on the other hand, are always open-level and are accessible to all.  

WHAT’S THE NEXT LEVEL? The guidelines for progressing into the next class level (e.g. Beginner II, Low Intermediate, etc.) vary widely from one dance style to the next, and between different age groups. For the most part, youth classes require that you spend one-year in each class level. Adult classes run a wide gamut, depending on the dance style.

HOW TO DETERMINE the exact “prerequisites” and the “next level” for a class?  Click on the class name and all such detail will be outlined in the Class Description.

CLASS LEVEL REMINDER: Remember that there’s no better way to master any skill, dance or otherwise, than to practice it and instill the technique into your muscle memory. Plowing through levels is not something that we, nor most reputable dance organizations, encourage. At the end of the day, we want you to enjoy dancing and also get better at it.

If being in a class with the word “Advanced” in its name is what matters the most to you, then you’re not likely to improve. Besides, if you’re truly an advanced dancer, rest assured you’ll be hearing from your instructor and/or the studio’s directors with recommendations on where to go next. We’re as adamant about spotting talent as we are about fostering it.

AGE GROUPS: Our Youth program is broken into four age groups, as outlined below. To join a class in that age group, your child must be of age on the first day of the session:

-TOTS: Ages 3 to 5

-JUNIORS: Ages 6 to 9

-TWEENS: Ages 10 to 12

-TEENS: Ages 13 to 17 

DANCE STYLE SELECTION: Unlike traditional studios, we don’t limit dance genres to specific age groups.

Whereas a common practice in the dance studio realm is to have kids study, say, Ballet until age 6, then begin Jazz at age 7, then on to Hip Hop at age 10, etc., we employ a different system here. Not that there’s anything wrong with the traditional model, but from our early days (back in 2007), we found that offering Hip Hop to a 6 year-old is as advantageous to their development, if not more, than offering it later. 

The key to doing it successfully, however, have always been to ensure that our dance teachers are “classically trained” in the foundational elements of dance. Your child may be taking a Hip Hop class, but their instructor will instill in them early on all the necessary technique foundation derived from the likes of Ballet and Jazz.

In fact, classes in our Foundation Series program (Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern, and Tap) are often filled with students from our Hip Hop program, who enroll in these foundation classes concurrently as a way to strengthen their overall dance technique. Needless to say, many students participate in the Foundation Series solely for the love of these dance genres, and they’re not required to branch out into other styles unless they want to.      

In all, various dance styles are available for each age group, with no pre-determined chronological track that dictates which dance genre they can take at what age. There’s no stronger educational incentive than having a child participate in the activity type they like!