Frequently asked questions
& our 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. New customers may have questions based on either prior experiences with schools, or no experience with arts education. We are here to answer any questions you may have.
Here we have fielded some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you have additional questions about our arts curriculuum, we encourage a phone call at
314-800-5999 or email 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. 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 $350 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 .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?
SkyStone Solution: We encourage our dancers with professional aspirations to train with their best physical and mental balance at the forefront. We know that in order to grow as a dancer, many hours are needed to train. We believe in a balance of one-two classes per day, with a 5 days per week maximum of allowed classes for professionally minded dancers. We provide master classes with teacher's throughout the U.S, and an abundance of performing opportunities. But we prefer not call it a formalized program, as that can create divisions in a school that we don't find enhancing to the broader population of students we teach. Some students dance more, some less, all are treated with equity and respect.
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.