FAQ

Do you have classes for adults? Can teenagers also take these classes?
All classes at the LINES Dance Center are for adults, at many levels and in many dance forms. Take a look at the full listing of our current classes. Students younger than 16 are not allowed in open classes. However, we offer the Teen Dance Workshop Series for students 11-15 years of age.

Do you have classes for professional and pre-professional dancers?
Professional dancers can take our Professional-Level Ballet class Monday-Friday, 11-12:30pm. This is the class for Alonzo King LINES Ballet Company members.

Advanced Ballet Classes are offered Monday and Wednesday, 9:30-11am and Saturdays from 10-11:30am and Sundays, 11:30am-1pm. We also offer intermediate and advanced classes in modern dance, jazz, and flamenco.

For pre-professional dancers ages 11-24, the LINES Summer Program offers two summer intensives each year. The program is based in ballet but also includes other forms of dance.

For pre-professional dancers ages 17-24, the LINES Training Program provides intensive year-round training in a two-year program that provides opportunities to work with choreographers and perform.

The Alonzo King LINES BFA at Dominican University also provides a great opportunity for pre-professional dancers.

Do you have classes for children?
We do not offer year-round classes for children. However, the LINES Summer Program is open to youth ages 11-25.

Can I just drop in to take a class?
Yes. Our classes are designed to drop in to as your schedule allows. A single class costs $14. When you purchase a discount class series, you do not have to use the whole series for one type of class. You can take any class offered and sponsored by the Dance Center. A few classes are sponsored by the teacher. For these classes, you pay the teacher directly and the discount class series can not be used. Contact the teacher directly for prices. Please bring sufficient cash and small bills to pay these teachers. Unless otherwise noted, classes are ongoing, so there is no beginning or end to a session. You do not need to sign-up for a series of classes. Those classes that are not ongoing are labeled as workshops in the class schedule and their start and end dates are indicated. For more information on becoming a LINES Dance Center Member and purchasing discount class cards, go here.

Can I observe a class?
With the instructor's permission, it is possible to observe a class. You will need to arrive early and check in at the front desk on the Fifth Floor to let the receptionist know that you would like to observe class. Then you will need to introduce yourself to the teacher and ask her or his permission to observe class.

I've never taken a dance class before. What’s the right class for me?
There are two options for absolute beginners. If you are interested in having flexibility in your schedule you can drop-in to our Introduction to Ballet class and start on any Sunday, Tuesday or Thursday. We also offer six to eight-week absolute beginner workshops.

I haven't danced in a long time. What level should I take?
It’s up to you to try different levels; what's difficult for one dancer may not be so for another. If you approach the teacher she/he will help you figure out if you are in the right class.

In what order should ballet classes be taken?
The classes are designed to be taken in this order:
• Introduction to Ballet (complete novice)
• Basic Ballet (knowledge of ballet terms)
• Beginning Ballet (some skill and confidence)
• Advanced Beginning Ballet (still a beginner but wanting a challenge)
• Intermediate Ballet
• Advanced Ballet (advanced dancers only)
• Professional (advanced and professional dancers)

Do you offer private instruction?
If you are interested in private instruction, approach a teacher you are interested in working with directly. If you want to use studio space at the LINES Dance Center to meet with the teacher for private classes, come to the Front Desk on the Fifth floor to arrange to rent time in one of our studios. We rent out space for private classes at a rehearsal rate.

What should I wear to take class?
We do not have a dress code, but we suggest that you:
• Wear clothes that are comfortable to move in and do not restrict you
• Avoid clothes that are too loose, as they will make it difficult for the teacher to give you accurate feedback

What should I wear to take a flamenco class?
If you do not yet have flamenco shoes, wear a shoe with a hard sole (not sneakers) to your first class. If you decide to continue taking flamenco, you should buy flamenco shoes as soon as possible. In Studio 6, you’ll find info on where to buy shoes. Your teacher may also have a suggestion. Your teacher may or may not request that you wear a flamenco skirt. Note: Teachers encourage beginning flamenco students to bring a tape recorder to class so they can acquaint themselves with and practice the rhythms between classes.

What kind of footwear should I wear to class?
Ballet: Ballet slippers. You can take class in pointe shoes if you have been trained in pointe work, but it is not mandatory. Note: If you are just starting you can wear thin socks until you are sure you will be continuing in class.
Modern: Bare feet or thin socks.
Jazz: Bare feet or jazz shoes.
Fusion: Bare feet or thin socks.
Intro to Dance: Ballet slippers. Note: If you are just starting dance, you can wear thin socks if you don't want to invest in a pair of ballet slippers right away.
Flamenco: Shoes with hard soles (character or flamenco shoes for women).
Hip Hop: Sneakers (avoid tennis shoes with soles that are too soft as you will "stick" to the floor).
Tap: Tap shoes (if you are a beginning student, you can take your first class with a hard-soled shoe).
Feldenkrais®: Bare feet or socks.

If I'm running late, how late can I enter class?
Students should plan to arrive at the LINES Dance Center at least 15 minutes before class is scheduled to begin. Allow enough time to check in for class, change clothes and be ready to enter the studio at the time the class is scheduled to begin.

If unusual circumstances cause you to be late, you may enter a class up to 15 minutes after it has begun if the teacher permits. If you are late, you must sign in for the class, change clothes and be ready to enter the class no more than 15 minutes into the class. This policy has been set to prevent injuries to students who have missed a substantial part of the class warm-up.

If you are allowed to enter a class late, please be considerate. Enter class as quietly as possible and take an open place at the back of the class or at the barre in a manner that will not disturb the class or other students.

How long is each class?
Unless otherwise indicated on the class schedule, classes are 90 minutes long.

Do you have showers?
Unfortunately we do not have showers on the premises. However, we do offer dressing rooms for your convenience.

Do you have lockers?
We have lockers in our dressing rooms for your convenience. They are for day use only and you must bring your own lock. Students may use a locker for the duration of your class. Items may not be left overnight. If you do not have a lock with you, you can take your things into the classroom but you should keep an eye on your belongings at all times. We are not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please avoid bringing valuable items to the Dance Center.