Our Frequently Asked Questions have been divided into 2 categories:

DANCE F.A.Q.'S and MUSICAL/ DRAMA F.A.Q.'S

 

DANCE F.A.Q.'S

 

Q. Is it too late to sign up for dance?

A. We accept new students in our programs through January for our spring recitals.  Please visit the program you wish you enroll in's indivudal page to fill out a registration form then come to the next scheduled class with your payment.

 

Q. How do I Drop Off/Pick Up for class?

A. When you come to class, enter through the front door.  Stop at the table located in the hall to pick up hand outs and any important information. Please wait in the hall for your class to begin.  Be sure to stop at the restroom before your child comes to class. All younger siblings need to have supervision in the dance areas.  We are guests of the building and we don’t want to disturb anyone’s belongings.Under no circumstances should anyone be roaming the hallways of the building. Be prompt for your class.  Parents are not permitted in the class, but if your child is crying we ask that you stay. Parents must come to the dance room to pick up their child after the class is finished.  NO CHILD WILL BE PERMITTED TO LEAVE THE CLASS WITHOUT AN ADULT.  We are sorry for any inconvenience.  However, this is for your child’s safety.   There will be a sign out sheet hanging on the wall by your child’s dance room.  This must be signed when you have your child. Parents do not need to stay during class as long as we have a contact phone number for you.

 

Q. How/When do I pay for classes and costumes?

A. The year is divided into 4 six-week sessions with payment due at the beginning of each session.  It is important that you pay these fees when they are due.  You can receive a discount by paying for the whole year up front using the coupon on the registration form. A late fee will be added if session fees are not paid within a week of due date. NO refunds will be given after payment is received. There will be no refunds for missed/cancelled classes.  Payment methods accepted: cash, checks (costume payments are made payable to Performing Arts, Inc. check with you dance instructor to see who class fees are made payable to), money order, VISA or MasterCard.  All returned checks will incur a $40 return fee.  If you are paying by the session, please fill out the envelope provided for you and give it to your child's dace teacher or a member of the PTA who are sitting at the table by the front door.

 

Q. What should my child wear to class?

A. Tap/Ballet/Jazz: Black tap shoes, pink leather ballet slippers, and black leather jazz shoes (slip on or laced) are required for all traditional classes. Leotard and tights are recommended but not required. *We always start with tap in our traditional classes.  Please come into the room to put your tap shoes on.  DO NOT RUN AROUND THE BUILDING IN YOUR TAP SHOES; THEY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE FLOORS. 

Hip Hop: Primarily black gym shoes or hip hop sneakers.  Any comfortable clothing– NO JEANS.

Musical Theater: Mostly black flat-dress style shoes.  Any comfortable clothing – NO JEANS.

 

Q. Where can I purchase dance shoes?

A. We have partnered with Payless ShoeSource since 2014 to provide a coupon to our customers, the coupon is valid for 15% off American Ballet Theater Footwear Purchases. Click here for the coupon. There are also several specialty dance shops around Cincinnati (use google to find a dance supply store near you), as well as many online dance supply stores (Including Discountdance.com and justforkix.com ). Target caries dance shoes seasonally (normally August-October) and several families have had wonderful luck finding pre-owned shoes at resale stores like Once Upon A Child.

 

Q. What's the deal with the Recital Costumes?

A. You will be expected to purchase costumes and tickets for the recital.  Costumes are required for the recital, they are $65* which is divided into 2 payments (1 payment of $40 due at first class and 1 payment of $25 due in October). There will be a night scheduled for costume sizing where parents will come in with the dancer. The teacher will measure the child and determine the costume size with the parent’s approval.  All of our dance costumes are ordered through Costume Gallery, Revolution or Weissman's Dance Costume Companies. The price per costume is $65.  Each parent will make the final decision on what size is to be ordered, if you are unavailable on costume night and do not supervise the costume sizing you are waiving your right to make the size decision for the costume ordered. Our costume order must be placed by late October to ensure timely delivery - most recitals are not until April/May so please try to take into account anticipated growth.   When in doubt remember it is easier to take in than it is to make more material appear.  If the costume must be returned for sizing, there will be a $30 fee due to the company’s policy of charging a restocking fee. There will be no refunds for costumes.  Costumes will not be ordered until they are paid for in full.  If you had to miss costume measurement night you can alternatively measure your child yourself, be sure to use the correct form by contacting your dance teacher to find out which costume company your costume will be ordered from, and then download the corresponding Weissman or Revolution form.

 

Q. How can I make sure I know what's going on?

A. This year we will communicate primarily through e-mail.  Please notify us if any of your contact information changes.  We will post regular updates to our website, we ask that you check it on a regular basis for updates and information. If you are not receiving our e-mails please visit your programs individual page to be added to the e-mail distribution list.

 

Q. My kid needs to miss class, is that okay?

A. In short, yes. We start working on our recital routines in January.  It is important that your child comes to class as consistently as possible from January up until the recital.  It is not necessary to notify us if your child is going to miss one class, however if your child will be missing multiple classes in a row we ask that you notify us so we know that they will be returning.  If you decide to no longer take class from us (which we hope you won’t!) we ask that you please call or send an e-mail and let us know.  Again, there is no refund once payment is received or for missed/cancelled classes. If the school is closed for weather– we will not have dance class that day.

 

Q. Do I need a ticket for the recital? 

A. Yes! Everyone who is sitting in their own chair will need a ticket for all recitals. There are not separate prices for tickets (no Senior, Child, or Student Ticket pricing differences).  

 

Q.  Do I need a ticket for all shows - even if I'm a parent of a dancer?

A. For every show you attend you will need a ticket that must be purchased. You are more than welcome to wait in the lobby during the performance or drop your performer off before the show and pick them up after if you do not want to purchase multiple tickets for yourself but we cannot let anyone enter the auditorium without a ticket.

 

Q. How do I purchase tickets?

A.  Tickets for the recital can be purchased by turning in a ticket order envelope to your child's dance teacher once tickets go on sale (with the exception of Dulles, who mail ticket order forms into the Performing Arts, Inc. offices at 4030 Mt. Carmel Tobasco Rd, Suite 204, Cincinnati, OH 45255.) if we do not sellout of tickets, they will be available to purchase at the door before the recital, but we cannot guarantee we will not sell out before then so we recommend you purchase yours early. Pre-purchased tickets are normally handed out at Dress Rehearsal and if they are not picked up they will be held at Will Call to be picked up immediately prior to the performances start.

 

Q. My child has decided they do not want to participate in dance classes, is there a refund?

A. Costume payments can be refunded before they have been ordered, however once the order has been placed with the costume company, refunds are no longer allowed.  We do not ever offer refunds for anyone who chooses not to complete the session(s) they are enrolled in, all dance session payments are final.

 

Q: What should I do with my child's hair/make-up for the recital?

A: While make-up is not required, we strongly suggest all performers wear makeup.  If you choose not to have your child in makeup, we understand.  Stage lights tend to wash out colors, so warmer tones will counteract this effect.  Stage lighting also tends to "flatten" a face and remove definition, which is why we highly recommend our performers use makeup to emphasize their facial features.  

Here are the suggested makeup components:

  • Foundation (if complexion is light)
  • Light eyeshadow
  • eyeliner
  • eye brow pencil (if eye brows are blonde)
  • mascara
  • blush on cheeks
  • bright lipstick (girls only, boys do not need lipstick)

Also, please be sure hair is secured out of your child's face.  If you child wears a hat, it should be worn back near the hairline and tilted upwards away from the face to avoid casting a shadow on your performers face.

 

Q. Do you need parent volunteers for the recital?

A. Absolutely, we are always short-handed backstage to assist with tying shoes and costume changes as well as making sure the next group of performers are lined up backstage. If you are interested in helping backstage, please let your child's dance teacher know. If you are volunteering backstage you will not need a ticket for the recital because you will not be sitting in a chair during the performance.


MUSICAL/ DRAMA F.A.Q.S.

Q: How does the audition process work?

A:  We are always gearing up for a new musical at one of our many locations, here are a few things to help you know how our audition process works.

Sign Up! Check the website for the program you are auditioning for to see if you should sign up for an audition slot before hand using sign up genius.  We always accept walk-ins, but if sign up genius is being used it makes things run a lot smoother (and keeps you from waiting too long) if you sign up ahead of time. Be sure to use a valid e-mail on your sign up genius account as we will e-mail important information out to this address a few days prior to the audition.

Paperwork! Arrive a few minutes before your audition time to fill out any paperwork, for most of our school locations you will need to fill out an emergency medical form and/or a code of conduct form as well as the audition form.  At many locations you will only need to fill out the audition form.  You can save some time by printing out the audition form and filling it out ahead of time.

Fees!   The entire fee is due at the time of your audition, please note that $35 of the fee is a non-refundable audition fee. Please see the bottom of this section if you are looking for information on our refund policy. We accept cash, checks made payable to Performing Arts, Inc, MasterCard or VISA. Please note that this participation fee does NOT include costumes or tickets to the performance(s).

Sing!  When you enter the audition area, you will come in with your completed audition form, your audition fee, and your number (this number is sitting on a table outside of the audition area, and just gives you your place in line to audition).  The first thing we will ask you to do is to sing a small sample of a song.  You may choose any song to sing, but it is VERY helpful if you can sing a song in a similar style as the musical you are auditioning for.  All audition songs need to be performed a capella (without accompaniment) songs with Piano Backing, Karaoke or other music are not allowed.

Act!  The next thing we have you do is recite a short monologue from the script.   Remember during this part, we aren't here to see your reading abilities - if you stumble over the words that's no big deal, but make sure you speak distinctly and with expression.  A few days prior to the audition, you will receive an e-mail with the monologue (or monologue options). If your child is too young to read, or is not yet a strong reader- we will give them the option to just repeat after us. If you do not receive this e-mail 48 hours before your audition, please be sure to check your spam filter/ promotions folders for an e-mail from tina@performingartsinc.net first, and if you still do not have it, send us an e-mail so we can forward you the information.

Wait!  This is probably the hardest part of the entire audition process.  All casting assignments are handed out individually at script pick up.  At this time you will receive your script and your part.  In some cases, parts will be e-mailed out ahead of time, this is not common.  Assume that parts will be handed out on the first day, unless you are told that you will receive an e-mail with role assignments.

Practice!  We will email a dropbox link to the music files so you can practice the songs at home.  Please listen to all the songs and look over your script (if you receive it before the first rehearsal) prior to the first rehearsal.

*Most of the time the scripts are in for script pass out, but due to shipping and the quick turn around of our casting (we don't want to keep you waiting) sometimes they aren't in yet and you will only receive your part, and not get your script  until the first rehearsal.

 

Q:  If I can't make it to the Audition can I still be in the show?

A: Yes. If you are unable to make it to the audition you can e-mail Tina@performingartsinc.net a 30 second video clip of your child singing any song of their choice, without background music. The song can be as easy as Happy Birthday.  "Alternate Auditions" must be received within 24 hours of the audition time and notice needs to be given that you will be auditioning this way before the time of the scheduled auditions.  Be sure to include your childs name, age and which production they are auditioning for with your audition clip. Please call in to make your payment via credit card as the entire participation fee is due with your audition.

 

Q: If I have to miss a few rehearsals can I still audition and participate in a production?

A: Yes. We would like everyone to be there as much as possible but if you have to miss one or two rehearsals that is ok. Please let the director know of all conflicts as soon as you are aware of them, as it may affect our rehearsal planning. If you miss more than 2 rehearsals, your role may be recast.

 

Q: Who do I contact about costume information for a musical?

A: Tracey Humphreys of Act Like A Kid Costumes offers costume rentals for all of our productions. If you have any questions please contact her at (859) 322-7606. Her e-mail is actlikeakid@outlook.com. Please make sure to give her plenty of notice, as she does not have every costume readily available in multiple sizes.  Please note that costume rentals are not included in your participation fee. Costume rentals do not include shoes. All costume rentals are collected immediately following your final performance, so be sure to bring a change of clothes.  A costume rental form can be found here.

 

Q. How can I make sure I know what's going on?

A. We communicate primarily through e-mail.  Generally, an e-mail is sent weekly to the e-mail address you used on your Audition form. If you have not received one from us make sure tina@performingartsinc.net is added to your contacts. Always check your spam and/or promotions folders/filters. If you are still not receiving an e-mail please send us as e-mail and request to be added to our distribution list (be sure to include which production).  Please notify us if any of your contact information changes.  

 

Q: What should I do with my child's hair/make-up for the production?

A: While make-up is not required, we strongly suggest all performers wear makeup.  If you choose not to have your child in makeup, we understand.  Stage lights tend to wash out colors, so warmer tones will counteract this effect.  Stage lighting also tends to "flatten" a face and remove definition, which is why we highly recommend our performers use makeup to emphasize their facial features.  

Here are the suggested makeup components:

  • Foundation (if complexion is light)
  • Light eyeshadow
  • eyeliner
  • eye brow pencil (if eye brows are blonde)
  • mascara
  • blush on cheeks
  • bright lipstick (girls only, boys do not need lipstick)

Also, please be sure hair is secured out of your child's face.  If you child wears a hat, it should be worn back near the hairline and tilted upwards away from the face to avoid casting a shadow on your performers face.

 

Q. Do I need a ticket for the show? 

A. Yes! Everyone who is sitting in their own chair will need a ticket for all performances.  There are not separate prices for tickets (no Senior, Child, or Student Ticket pricing differences)

 

Q.  Do I need a ticket for all shows - even if I'm a parent?

A. For every show you attend you will need a ticket that must be purchased. You are more than welcome to wait in the lobby during the performance or drop your performer off before the show and pick them up after if you do not want to purchase multiple tickets for yourself but we cannot let anyone enter the auditorium without a ticket.

 

Q. How do I purchase tickets for the performances?

A. This is a complicated question to answer quickly. Ticketing is handled online through SeatYourself for all performances at the Sharonville Cultural Arts Center - please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable and cannot be switched for a different performance. Ticketing will be handled online through SeatYourself for all performances at the Anderson Center Theater - please note that all ticket sales are final and non-refundable and cannot be switched for a different performance.   For all other performance venues tickets can be purchased by completing a ticket order envelope and turning it in along with your payment to your Director.  If there are friends or family members who wish to purchase tickets separately they may call our office at 513-528-0782 with a credit card to place an order to be picked up at Will Call.

 

Q. My child has decided they do not want to participate in the production after auditioning and/or being casted, is there a refund?

A. Sometimes.  If you choose not to participate, e-mail within 24 hours of part assignment and a partial refund can be issued in the amount of the participation fee minus the $35 non-refundable audition fee if all materials are returned and the script is unmarked. If an unmarked script cannot be returned an additional $20 script fee will be deducted from the total refund payment.  After 48 hours of role assignments have been announced you are no longer eligible for a refund should your actor choose not to participate. No refunds will be given, for any reason, after the first rehearsal. We accept cash, checks made payable to Performing Arts, Inc, MasterCard or VISA.