Frequently Asked Questions

Class Information

Why invest in a strong, early childhood dance education for your child?

Starting your child out with a strong foundation in dance education has many advantages. Our program for 3-7 year olds builds an incredible foundation in dance etiquette, body awareness, technique and musicality.Students are taught to master steps and not just do them. Our little students know what is expected of them in a dance class. They are taught in a nurturing way from the beginning how to follow dancer manners. They rise to the loving expectation of their teacher. This makes all of the difference in their training.

Many studios place large age groups of children together in the same classes. At Lifehouse we recognize the differences in development between the ages of 3-8 years old and always separate these age groups. Separating classes by age in the early years allows us to truly teach to the cognitive and physical development of the growing child. You can learn more about our Early Childhood Dance Program here.

Ballet and tap are the most beneficial for the young dancer in building a foundation of body awareness, and technique.  Students who begin in a well-developed, strong dance program at an early age are at a definite advantage.

Why should I pay for dance?

Please enjoy this beautifully written article by one of our very own dance dads, Shad Martin. Fun Fact: he wrote this viral blog post, in the parking lot of our studio.

http://shadmartin.blogspot.com/2015/10/why-i-dont-pay-for-dance-anymore.html

How does Lifehouse communicate news and time sensitive information?

Lifehouse uses email to communicate important information.  Please read your emails!  We also ask parents to opt-in to receiving text messages.  Text message are only sent in emergencies. All schedules are done on Google Sheets and are updated with the latest information. The master link for Salem can be found here, and the master link for Herriman can be found here.

If I am new to Lifehouse, how do I register for classes?

To register for a class, go to lifehouseacademy.com

  • Click “Register Now” in the upper right-hand corner. 
  • Create an account for your family using your email address and a self-made password. 
  • Enter your contact information and your student’s name and birthday. 
  • Select Enroll in a Class.
  • Select the correct season.  
  • Find the desired class on the menu and enroll. 
  • You must pay the registration and costume fees within 24 hours or your registration will be dropped. 
  • If you need help deciding which class is best for your child, please call the office for assistance.
    • Herriman 385-230-2199
    • Salem 801-423-7899
How do I register for classes if I am registering mid-year?

If you are registering midseason, you can register for any open classes that have space available throughout the year.

  • Most of our classes fill up before school starts. Registering early is recommended.
  • We do close enrollment 6-8 weeks before a class performs to ensure adequate time to prepare for the stage.
  • If you are interested in enrolling in a company class mid-year, please call the office to schedule a placement class.
When is registration for summer classes?

Registration for summer classes begins June 1.

What do I do if I need to change or drop a class?

To withdraw from a class, the studio must receive a written notification via email.  Remember, costume and registration fees are non-refundable.

For open classes, you will be responsible for tuition 30 days after the studio receives your written notification of withdrawal.  Your student may attend dance during this time. 

For company students, you will be responsible for two months of tuition after the studio receives your written notification and your student stops attending class.

To change a class or fix an enrollment mistake, you cannot adjust it on your own. It needs to be done by the studio. Please email the studio the changes at lifehouseacademyinfo@gmail.com for the Salem studio and lifehouse.saratoga@gmail.com for the Herriman studio, and we will fix it for you.

How do I know which class to sign my child up for?

You may enroll your child in any open classes that matches their age. The age cut-off date is October 1 of the school year. 

Some classes also have a recommendation that the child have a certain amount of dance experience.  This will be indicated in the class description. 

Company students should contact the studio to schedule a placement class.

What is the difference between an open and company class?

All of our classes are taught the same curriculum by the same experienced and well-qualified teachers.  The difference between open and company classes is in commitment and expectation. 

Company is for students who have a desire to excel and are willing to put in the time and effort to master the art form.The increased time spent in the studio allows them to have more performance opportunities.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is based on a monthly fee and not a per class basis.  Payment is the same no matter how many times your child attends class.  In the rare instance class has to be cancelled due to bad weather or teacher illness, you will be notified and a makeup class scheduled.  I ask that you only sign up for dance if you are committed to finish through the June recital.

Price of monthly tuition based on hours at the studio per week:

  • 50 minutes $40
  • 1 hour $50
  • 1 ¼ hours $55
  • 1 ½ hours $60
  • 2 hours $80
  • 2 ½ hours $95
  • 3 hours $110
  • 4 hours $135
  • 5 hours $155
  • 6 hours $170
  • 7 hours $185
  • 8 hours $195
  • 9 hours $205
  • 10 hours $215
  • 11 hours $225
  • 12 hours $235
  • 13 hours $245
  • Unlimited $255

For families with multiple students: The first child receives a 5% discount on tuition. All additional family members receive a 10% discount. The 10% tuition discount will be applied to the lowest tuition amounts. The program automatically applies the discount.

Male Dancers: We love having male artists at the studio! Lifehouse offers special discounts to male students. Male students can take unlimited classes for $65 a month.

PAYMENT POLICY

  • All outstanding balances must be paid in full prior to registration.
  • A valid debit or credit card must be on file for your account. This information is securely stored in an encrypted database within Studio Director and will only be used to process payments for your account.
  • All accounts must be paid in full by the end of each month.
  • Tuition is due by the first of each month and can be paid by cash, check, auto pay with your debit/credit card, or self-initiated debit/credit card payment.
  • If we are unable to process your debit or credit card because it has either become invalid or has insufficient funds, a $15 late fee will be assessed and you will be required to submit payment and provide a valid debit or credit card for your account by the last day of the month.
  • There is a ten-day grace period for tuition payments. If tuition is not paid by the tenth, the debit or credit card we have on file will be charged and a confirmation email will be sent to you.
  • If you are unable to pay your account in full by the end of the month, an email will be sent to you informing you of the situation. Your student will be automatically un-enrolled from Lifehouse until such time as the account balance has been paid and a valid debit or credit card is provided for your account. Un-enrolled students will be required to re-enroll and pay a registration fee to participate at Lifehouse.
What is the registration fee?

A yearly $20 registration fee is required to enroll each student. There is a $50 maximum registration fee per family. For students enrolled in summer, you have already been charged the registration fee. Registration fee is non-refundable.

When is tuition due?

Tuition for August is due the first day of fall classes.

Tuition for September-April is due on the first of the month and late on the tenth. 

Half tuition for June is due with May tuition on May 1.

Summer tuition is due on July 1.  A $10 late fee will be added to accounts paid past the due date.

Are there fees associated with the recital?

There is a $25 recital fee per family for each performance. Tickets are $6 (Plus processing fee when applicable.) Recital fees are due on February 1 and non-refundable once billed to account.  

Recital fees help to cover the cost of renting the theater, the purchase of props and set pieces, pay for the tech crew/ Lifehouse staff working the shows, insurance on the venue, cost of music editing and licensing, truck rental for moving props to and from the theater and other miscellaneous expenses.

Where do I find studio closure dates?

The studio will be closed on the following days:

  • September 7 Labor Day
  • October 15-16 Fall Break (& 19 for Herriman)
  • November 25-27 Thanksgiving Break
  • December 21-January 3 Christmas Break
  • February 15 President’s Day
  • April 5-9 Spring Break
  • May 31 Memorial Day

Studio closure dates can also be found under our Current Students-Calendar tab.

Can I observe my child’s dance class?

Parents may observe classes from the observation windows.  Parents are not allowed inside the studio during class time.

What do I wear to dance class?

For ballet dancers must wear pink tights, pink ballet shoes and a black leotard. For jazz and tap dancers must wear a leotard or tight fitting athletic top, dance shorts or form fitting athletic pants. 

For hip hop dancers wear shorts, or athletic pants, t-shirt and athletic shoes. 

For musical theatre students should wear clothes they can move in comfortably.

Where do I purchase my dancewear?

Lifehouse has a dance shop at both of our locations that sells tights, leotards, ballet slippers and tap shoes.  Students may choose to purchase their dancewear from other vendors as well.

How can I get in contact with my teacher?

Parents should contact the studio director, Nesha Woodhouse, at lifehouseacademy@gmail.com  if they need to contact their teacher for any reason. Ms. Nesha will facilitate setting up a meeting if necessary.

What are Lifehouse’s philosophies on pointe?

We take putting students on pointe very seriously. Students have to have the strength, alignment and technique before they receive their pointe shoes or it is dangerous. Putting a dancer on pointe before they are ready can cause permanent damage to the child’s feet and body. It is a matter of integrity for us. We will never compromise a student’s safety.

Because Lifehouse students are so well prepared before they are placed on pointe, they advance quickly in their pointe work. In time, our students achieve a higher level of excellence over students who started pointe earlier, but were not properly prepared.

Where can I learn more about the five principles of being a successful dancer?
  1. Come to class—Students have to be at class as much as possible to facilitate the development of muscle memory, strength and flexibility and so they don’t miss important concepts taught each week.
  2. Put in the work—Students learn to work outside of their comfort bubble. Successful dancers know how to challenge themselves physically and strive to work with correct alignment and muscle usage.
  3. Mentally Engage–Successful students are thinking students. They know how to engage mentally and focus on performing during class as correctly as they are able. They become their own best teacher by paying attention to their body in combination with teacher feedback
  4. Apply Corrections—Successful students listen to every correction given by a teacher and seek to apply them not just in the moment the feedback is given, but strive to apply the feedback week to week to see real change in their dancing.
  5. Focus on yourself—Successful students stay positive mentally. They do not compare their current abilities or limitations to other students in the class. They focus on their own progress week to week and believe in themselves—that through hard work and dedication they can progress and improve. They recognize their innate value as a human being and feel good about themselves. We teach students to pay attention to how they talk to themselves in class and the importance of staying positive and believing in their personal greatness and potential.