Our mission is to provide all students with the proper tools, technical training, knowledge, and exposure to create a well-rounded, high-quality dance education. Our educators received their degrees and performed professionally internationally. We strongly believe in creating a comforting environment for all of our students to connect with those in their community, express themselves artistically, and grow by gaining confidence and self-esteem. Dance education and performance experience benefit all students, teaching them skills such as, responsibility, dedication, time-management, and discipline. These skills help our students prepare for positive futures whether they dance through recreation or to obtain a career within the arts.
Registration and Tuition
The registration fee is $35 per family. You may register by phone, email or in person at the studio.
The first month of tuition is due upon registration. The remaining 8 months of tuition will be due on the 1st of every month. We recommend that all families take advantage of reoccurring billing. By agreeing to reoccurring billing, you authorize regularly scheduled charges to your Visa, Discover or Master Card. You will be charged each billing period for the total amount due for that period. All charges will appear on your credit card statement. To ensure payments are received on time, we require that all accounts leave a credit or debit card on file with us. If you do not wish to do reoccurring billing you may also make payments by cash or check before the 1st of each month. If the balance of the current billing period is not paid by the 1st, the balance will be charged to your credit card. There is a returned check fee of $30. There are no refunds on tuition or registration fee payments. All tuition paid in full at registration will receive a 5% discount. Siblings receive a 10% discount for the sibling taking fewer classes.
Tuition payments are as follows:
-Payments remain the same whether the month is a short (3 week) or a long (5 week) month; also regardless of absence and class cancellation due to inclement weather.
-There will be no tuition refunds or credits allotted for withdrawal from class during any given month during the regular season (Sept. thru May)
-There is a returned check fee of $30.00.
-All late tuition payments receive a $20.00 late fee for each week tuition surpasses 7 days past due. If tuition payments exceed 21 days past due, your child will not be permitted to attend class until payments are brought up to date.
Kercheval Dance reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. In this event, another class will be suggested. If a student is unable to continue in the suggested class and must withdraw, any unused tuition will be credited at the discretion of the directors.
We understand that communication is extremely important regarding the schedule and news within the studio. We send regular emails with news and reminders. It is crucial that the office has current email addresses and phone numbers for all of our families.
If you ever have questions we strongly encourage you ask them in person, by phone, or by email. Kercheval Dance also uses our website and social media on a regular basis to share news, photos, and videos. Please check us out on the web for information and updates.
Dance is a form of auditory, visual, and kinetic education. In order to continue making progress, it is imperative that our dancers are present and active in class. Muscle memory is developed through observing and physically practicing movement. Although we strongly encourage dedicated attendance, we understand that life happens. Please contact the studio if your student needs to miss class in the event of illness, injury, school or family event. We ask that any student with a fever to please stay home to protect the health of their classmates and teachers. Any student observing class due to an injury must have a doctor’s or parent’s note to ensure proper communication with your student’s teacher and office staff.
If a designated instructor is unavailable to teach due to illness or a previous commitment, Kercheval Dance will provide a qualified substitute for the scheduled classes. In the case of an emergency and Kercheval Dance cannot provide a substitute, a make up class will be offered.
In addition to group classes, we believe that private lessons are the best option to catch up, maintain, or get ahead in strong technique and performance abilities. This creates a comfortable one on one environment, where students can receive individual instruction completely customized to their personal strengths and challenges. Please see our office staff to sign up for private lessons. Lessons can be set up as ongoing or per schedule. Private lessons are set up in 30, 45, and 60-minute sessions. Private lessons can be paid outside of regular tuition through cash or check, and must be paid at the time of each lesson.
The costs are as follows:
$50.00 for 30 minutes (payment due at time of scheduling)
$75.00 for 45 minutes(payment due at time of scheduling)
$150 for 45 minutes (Summer class only 6-8 dancers)
Holidays and Inclement Weather
The studio will be closed the following dates due to holidays or school breaks:
**Kercheval Dance will close due to inclement weather if the Grosse Pointe Public Schools and after school activities are canceled. Dance is an after school activity. It is best to assume Kercheval Dance will be open. Please check our website/facebook/instagram for upcoming holidays or snow day announcements. Information regarding closings is subject to change and is up to the hour. Most but not all announcements will be made before 1pm of the day in question.**
Class attire is extremely important to give your student the best possible instruction. Dance instruction focuses on proper alignment and requires students to dress appropriately in order to receive the appropriate instruction from their teachers. For all dance classes, dancers must wear appropriate tight clothing. For females, this includes leotards, athletic tops, shorts, and tights. For males, this includes fitted t-shirts of any color and gym shorts.
All dancers must have one black leotard for designated choreography rehearsals. Please view the attire portion of our website for more information.
Hair must be worn pulled back away from the face so dancers do not get distracted. We recommend all dancers keep extra hair supplies in their dance bags. Hair must be worn in a bun for all ballet classes. No exceptions, please.
Dancers are known for their “layered fashion.” This is in order to keep muscles warm, and receive positive attention for their grand performances and not their short shorts. All female dancers must wear cover-ups when entering and leaving the studio. Dancers are not allowed to wait outside of the studio for rides dressed in their dance attire.
Kercheval Dance is a place to connect, express, and grow through the art of dance. In order to provide the best environment and opportunity for our dancers to gain from their experience, we require proper behavior from all students and parents. Correct behavior ensures the optimum instruction within classes, allowing your student to gain the most knowledge and experience. Dancers are asked to arrive early for class. All classes will start on time with no exceptions. Please contact the studio if any student needs to arrive late or leave early from any class or rehearsal. If a student arrives late for class, we ask that he/she wait at their designated studio door until the teacher can let them in at an appropriate time. Entering the studio in the middle of an exercise interrupts the focus and balance of their classmates. Please no food or gum in the dance studios. Only water is allowed. No cell phones are allowed in the studio. If a dancer leaves their cell phone in the lobby area, please silence it.
Designated restrooms are available for our students, parents, and friends. All dancers must please use the restroom before their classes so that they do not interrupt the pace of the class by leaving and re-entering. If a dancer needs to use the restroom, we ask that he/she visit the designated restrooms between classes.
Drop Off and Pick Up
We are happy to have a convenient drop off area in our private drive at our front door. When dropping students off, please be sure all moving traffic may pass, and dancers are dropped off quickly and safely. Please make use of the designated crosswalk when parking in the adjacent parking lot. Dancers finishing with the last class of the day must be picked up promptly to ensure the consistency of our staff’s schedules. This will also ensure designated times for studio cleaning and maintenance.
Students will be placed into a given class taking into account both their ability level and age. Our instructors and staff will observe all students in regard to the designated syllabus for Kercheval Dance. If the studio owner/teacher feels that a student has been placed incorrectly, the student will be moved into the appropriate class. Dancers and parents are welcome to view the syllabus of the studio regarding levels.
Our windows are open most of the time for your viewing during most classes. In the event of a large group observing class, observers will be allowed to enter the studios once street shoes are removed. We greatly appreciate our parents, family, and friends following these guidelines.
Performances: Spring Showcase
There is no additional fee for dancers to participate in the annual Showcase other than the purchase of tickets. You will receive separate information regarding the performance. Rehearsal will take place during the scheduled class times, unless otherwise posted. The performance will have one dress rehearsal preceding the performances. Performing on stage benefits all dancers in many ways. Here they can demonstrate the skills they have learned, as well as gain confidence and self-esteem. Tickets will go on sale at the studio prior to each performance in March. Further information can be found in your Spring Showcase information packet provided online and via email prior to the Showcase.
One costume for each dance routine is required for performances. Students will be measured early during the season, and costumes will be ordered in November. Costumes for the Spring Showcase cost $75.00 per costume. Costume payments are due by October 15th for the Spring Performance. We cannot order a costume for any student until the payments are received. Costume payments are non-refundable. Anyone on automatic payment of credit card for monthly tuition will also have their card debited for costumes when applicable. Designated hair and makeup must be worn for all performances.
Kercheval Dance Team is our competitive group of dedicated dancers that compete separate performance pieces regionally. All KDT members are required to take a minimum of 4-8 classes per week. Additional technique class and rehearsals are also required. Auditions will be held annually for KDT. Additional opportunities to perform solos and small groups are available. Please see our KDT packet for further information.
Master Classes/Special Workshops
Kercheval Dance will hold Master Classes and special workshops throughout the year, as well as our exciting Summer Sessions and Dance Kamp. Guest teachers will be brought in to teach additional classes and workshops. These workshops will cost an additional fee and are encouraged for all dancers. KDT members are required to take certain workshops, summer sessions, and Dance Kamp.
We wish to create the most positive environment and well-rounded education for our families at Kercheval Dance. We welcome all feedback in order to maintain an elite center for dance education. Please email us:
“Practice the way you want to perform”