SkyStone Solutions

The arts are a wonderful way to connect, grow, learn, and can create lifelong friendships. 

There are many types of schools and educational opportunities in the arts, and as such, many different ways to demonstrate how the arts are valued and presented. 

At SkyStone, we have made it our mission to demonstrate a high level of arts education can coexist with individualized practice and financial accessibility. No student is turned away at SkyStone. We have a diverse community of families, many of whom stay with SkyStone throughout their education. We are here to help you achieve your goals, whether it be fulfilling an interest in the arts, or professional aspirations. 

We want to tell you more about us. We find we can accomplish this by fielding frequently asked questions. If any of your questions are not answered here, please email us at info@SkyStoneArts.org

1) What is "Individualized Practice? 

At SkyStone we recognize each student and family have different goals when it comes to arts study. We start the process of enrollment by asking what those goals are, and then advising a learning plan to help you reach those goals. 

2) Do you make your customers sign an annual contract?

No, in fact we find this business practice alarming as families can have many changes that may happen throughout the school year. Some children may want to try an activity and then find it isn't their cup of tea. We don't believe parents should then be required to pay the rest of the years' tuition. Our solution: you only commit to paying for one month at a time. 

3) Do you have family rates? 

Yes. At SkyStone all classes are discounted once the first class is taken. Additional classes added are proportionally discounted. SkyStone solution: Take as many classes as your entire family wants to explore and never exceed the top value amount of $300 per month. 

4) Do you have recitals? 

Yes, we have recitals for children.  It is our goal to demonstrate both the growth of our dance students annually, as well as representationally assuring the children are performing in a manner that is artistic and dignified for their ages. Each family pays a recital fee in the Spring of $75. The recital is not a requirement of participation in dance classes. We begin our recital process in May, with the performance in July. Most families participate in the recital, some choose not to. SkyStone Solution: make the recital memorable, artistic, affordable, but not a requirement of learning to dance. 

5) At our current studio, we have to pay for a costume for each class my child takes, and its pretty expensive. Then I receive a costume in a plastic bag that I have to sew to complete. I don't think I should have to finish a costume I paid $100 for.

SkyStone Solution: No, this is not ok. At SkyStone we are transparent about the cost of costumes. Teachers get a fee schedule from the costume companies and typically mark the costumes up. How far the costume is marked up depends on where you study dance. We add $5-$10 per student for shipping expenses. Typical costume for a child 6-10 years of age is $50. We also avoid excessive expense by limiting the number of costumes required for the recital, often making our own costumes from dance wear the child can wear to class the following year.  We would never hand our customers a bag with a costume in it, and instead utilize a company that makes their own garment bags for each costume. We also invest in hangars for pieces we make by hand. 

6) Do you have a pre-professional training program?

We have many options for training. We have some students with more of an interest in ballet, some in modern dance, some students enjoy performing in musicals and others want to dance casually 1 day per week. We address students individually by advising a program of study based on interest. Students with professional aspirations can take classes 5 days per week. Students wanting to perform with the ensemble but who don't want to dance 5 days per week can choose to join the ensemble company at 2 days per week of training. Some students just want to take class on a drop in schedule so they enjoy our non-performance based technique classes.  We have had over 40 students receive college scholarships for dance, and we have a strong reputation as a school of quality. Young people have enough pressure in life without the added stress of choosing a career at a young age.

SkyStone Solution: Dance for now. If you want to be a dancer, we can assure our training program will help you meet your goal. If you want to experience dance as a fun and stimulating intellectual and physical activity, we will help you meet your goal. 

7) My child has special needs. Do you have a special needs class? 

No. And this is why:

At SkyStone we believe in inclusion. We prefer all of our students enjoy the same opportunities, equally. We welcome special needs children in all of our classes. There is no need for a special needs class at SkyStone as we can work with any family to create an environment of learning appropriate for any child. With a small faculty and small classes, parents can be reassured each child is always addressed individually.