Q: How is the Degas experience different from other studios?
A: Degas Dance Studio focuses on individual attention, career development and guidance. We are dedicated to working as hard as the student does to help them achieve their dance and performing goals from joining the school dance team to becoming a professional dancer.
Degas Dance Studio faculty consists of LA top industry professionals many who teach master classes all over the world. We have handpicked the best of the best in each style so our students get a really well rounded and diverse study.
There is clear communication between us and the parents & students to address strengths and weaknesses. Schedules can then be uniquely tailored each session to accommodate what is best for the student to help them achieve their personal goals.
Degas Dance Studio is a supportive community of students, faculty, and families. We firmly believe in a "It Takes A Village" philosophy and we incorporate life lessons whenever possible. We are so blessed to have such wonderful students and families that help create a very friendly and supportive environment for all of our students to learn.
Q: What type of pre-professional performance opportunities does Degas offer?
A: Every student has the opportunity to perform in our Nutcracker and End-of-the-Year production. In addition Degas Dance Studio has a variety of levels of team:
1. Mascots Ages 5-6 (3hrs week)
2. Jr. & Teen Spirit(5hrs week)
3. Pre-Professional Elite Jr. and Teen teams (min. 10+hrs.)
We also offer professional performing opportunities and experience. Dancers perform for benefits, charity gala events, theatre productions and carefully selected competitions, music videos, festivals and more.
Q: How does Degas treat competitions differently than other studios?
A: We have carefully selected a very limited number of commercial dance competitions that we participate in. We feel that it is beneficial for the students to dance with and for their peers in the community and helps motivate and inspire them to a greater level. Serious Ballet/Contemporary dancers that are possibly going the route of joining a professional company compete in YAGP - Youth America Grand Prix.
We approach competitions in a completely different way. Costumes, music and choreography are age appropriate and geared to an artistic quality. Hair/Make Up is a "done" natural look and fits the style or story of the piece.
We approach competition and students wanting to be in the entertainment industry the same. We want them to have a solid foundation both in dance and a good head on their shoulders. We try to instill that the importance is in the Art, the love, and the work you do in the studio not the reward whether it be a trophy or red carpet. We are artists that have been given a beautiful gift.
Q: Where did the name Degas come from?
A: Degas Dance Studio gets its name from the famous French painter Edgar Degas. Degas is well known for painting ballet dancers among other subjects. The “Degas” in Degas Dance Studio is pronounced the French way (Day-Ga) not like Vegas. We felt this name closely related to our philosophy of teaching - The Art of Dance.
Q: How long are sessions at Degas?
A: We have moved from sessions to a monthly payment system but once you registered you are enrolled for the entire year. You must email notify us on or before the 15th for the following month to drop or switch any classes.
Q: When are payments due?
A: Payment is due on the 20th of every month and must be received by the first of the month.. (To see our tuition click here.)
Q: Can I pay with credit card?
A: Yes. To pay with a credit card just use our online registration and schedule system Visa/Mastercard only.
Q: When is the annual registration fee due?
A: We collect the $20 registration fee at the time of signing each year. One fee covers an entire family for one year.
Q: What other costs can I expect to pay in addition to tuition and the annual registration fee?
A: We try to keep fees to a minimum but production costs (costumes, tickets, etc.) and competition costs are extra. There is a $100 per person per production Nutcracker and End of Year Production fee that covers costume rental, professional video uploaded to free video link to share with your friends and family. This fee also helps us cover the very expensive costs of such large scale productions. *Production Fee does NOT include tickets.
Q: Are there any scholarships available?
A: We strongly believe that anyone that is serious about dance should have access to quality instruction. We have 10 spaces for financial need scholarships.
Project: Boys Dance - We founded "Project: Boys Dance" in an effort to change the culture of boys that dance and give boys a group of peers and mentors to learn and grow with. FULL TUITION scholarships are available for boys willing to take a full well rounded dance study from Classical ballet to break dancing and everything in between. Selected students take a minimum of 10+hrs per week. Auditions are required. We do not care about current level only potential and passion desire to learn.
There are 10 scholarship spaces available per year for female team level students. We will only have auditions if a space becomes available.
Q: Does Degas offer trial classes?
A: Yes. Let us know that you’d like to try a class and the first class is free.
Q: How do makeup classes work?
A: Students can make up classes by taking another class within their age and level. No refunds.