How old does my child have to be to begin classes? BSODS takes students at 2 1/2 years as long as they are potty trained.
What is your inclimate weather policy. We follow the same policy at the Paris ISD. If they close we close.
Where do I find the required dance apparel. That's easy, most items are available in our on site Capezio Store along with the latest in dance apparel or may be found at WalMart, or ordered on-line.
What are your office hours? Office hours are listed on our contact us page.
The studio we attended previously had a blatant focus on competition and winning. My child was not on the competition team and never felt at home there. Is your studio the same? NO! Though we have a strong interest in competition, our philosiphy and curriculum is focused on dance instruction. With such a focus on competition and winning trophies, sometimes students are trained to learn A dance routine as opposed to learning TO dance! We strive to ensure that all our students get the same close attention, instruction and nurturing whether they are on the competition team or they just want to experience the joy of dancing. Whether on the competition team or not, all of our students will have an opportunity to perform for audiences.
If we join the studio and have questions or concerns what do we do? We are very interested in any questions, concerns or any ideas that our parents may have. You may communicate by phone, text or e-mail, stop by during normal business hours or set up a private appointment with the Director. You will find that we are very responsive.
Does your studio have a competition team? Yes. We love to compete! We have 5 competition teams which, like all studios, are by invitation and/or audition only. As with other studios this is an elite group selected by the instructors. Our teams had a very successful and FUN competition season placing in every competition, several winning high overall awards along with several very prestigious studio awards and our Mini-Team won a National Championship in 2017.
How many competitions do you attend each year? The competition season generally runs between January & July. We plan to enter at least 4 regional competitions and 1 national competition in 2018.
Is competing expensive? There are additional classes required if you are on the competition team, fees for the competition itself, cost for costumes and travel cost when necessary.
Do you allow your students to level down in competitions to give them a winning advantage? We do not allow our students to level down. BSODS teams will follow each competition's rule-guidelines exactly as they are written. Generally the rules state you must take 3 hours or less of dance classes per week to fall into the lower/beginner/performance category. When the focus of competition is only on winning, it overshadows what dance (and life) should truly be about. This is more important than adding another trophy to our window! Competitive dance is really about competing with yourself. Did you perform to the best of your abilities? Did you improve from your last performance? Did you learn something? Most importantly, did you love performing and did you have fun? That's the real measure of the quality of your performance. Honestly competitons are often judged unfairly by people who know very little about particular types of dances. That's why it's important to take competition scores with a grain of a salt. We look at competition as a great team building experience, an opportunity to show your skills on stage and as a way to have fun for those who love to perform.
Is there a lot of drama in competing? Our competitive students are very dedicated and are ,of course, disappointed when they feel they didn't dance their best. If you've been watching "Dance Moms" on TV, don't expect to see that behavior at BSODS by either our staff or our parents! We are blessed to have supportive and team oriented parents and at BSODS we would not expect anything less.
Is everyone required to perform at the recital? Recitals are optional but we strongly encourage you to participate so that you and your family can see your child's progress.
Is there just one recital performance? No, in 2017, we will offered 2 shows on seperate days. We will continue this again in 2018.
Why do we have to pay a recital fee? Recital fees cover the cost of the auditorium (Lamar High School), backdrops, props and lighting & sound for a professional production. These fees also help in purchasing certificates, medals and special awards for our students.
Why does dress rehearsal take so long? Dress rehearsal is our opportunity to get the students accustomed to the stage and the size of the auditorium. We also have to work out stage placement, lighting and music. Also to work out any issues with costumes or make-up and ensure they understand costume change timing and stage entry/exit procedures. We want every dancer to be able to have a full out (and safe) dance rehearsal on stage so that they may have the best performance possible during the recital to the amazement of family and friends. They've been working all year to impress you! If you are in recital be prepared for dress rehearsal to be a 6+ hour event and plan accordingly.