LINX Dance Studio Frequently Asked Questions

Specific to COVID-19

Will LINX Dance classes be running as normal?

LINX Dance classes will look a little different this year, but rest assured our team has been working incredibly hard to make our classes the premier learning experience that you are used to!

If my child attends an in-person Dance class at LINX and they, or anyone in our family, may have COVID-19 or have been notified of a possible exposure to COVID-19, what should we do?

In line with the shared responsibility of the community and keeping each other safe, if anyone in your family is displaying possible symptoms of COVID-19, or has been notified of a possible exposure to COVID-19, we ask that you please keep your child home and allow them to participate in their Dance class remotely until such time as you receive additional information confirming or clearing the exposure.

Will I receive a refund or credit if my child or someone in my household has COVID-19 or COVID-19 related symptoms and I am not able to send my child to class?

We do not issue refunds or credits for class absences, although we have a couple of other options. First, your child may attend class remotely. A second option is to register your child for the monthly make-up class, a virtual class.

Will I receive a refund if LINX must be closed because of an outbreak of COVID-19?

The state and Wellesley Board of Health do not anticipate the need for LINX to be closed because of COVID-19 exposure. If LINX is closed, we will offer remote attendance to replace in-person attendance until we can re-open in-person again.

Will there be a recital?

We plan to hold a recital performance in June. Based on CDC and state guidelines the location and audience size may differ. In anticipation of a limited audience capacity, our recital acts will be filmed and live-streamed through Wellesley Media.

Are you offering the Dance T.A.P. program?

Dance T.A.Ps will be invited to be the assistant in virtual classes. We cannot include them as assistants for in-person classes because of limitations on the number of people in a classroom.

Will there be competitions in the 2020-21 program year?

We believe there will be competitions this year and we will choose competition companies that have clear safety protocols. The number of competitions we attend as a studio may be lower this year due to these restrictions. 

Specific to 2020-21 In-Person Classes

What does it mean to be exposed to COVID-19?

The Wellesley Board of Health has advised us that, based on state guidelines, exposure is defined as spending more than 10 minutes within less than 6 feet of a potentially infected person. We have worked diligently to plan our classes so that no one should ever be within 6 feet of another for anything close to 10 minutes.

How should I answer the daily attestation if my child was in school with another classmate who may have COVID-19?

In line with the shared responsibility of the community and keeping each other safe, if you or your child has been notified of a possible exposure to COVID-19, we ask that you please keep your child home and allow them to participate in their class remotely until such time as you receive additional information confirming or clearing the exposure.

How should I answer the daily attestation if my child was in a LINX class with another child who may have COVID-19?

We have worked diligently to plan our classes so that no one should ever be within 6 feet of another for anything close to 10 minutes. Therefore, under the guidance received from the Wellesley Board of Health, the presence of an individual with possible COVID-19 symptoms in a LINX class will not be considered to have placed the remainder of the students or teacher at risk. This should inform your answer to the daily attestation.

If LINX is open but I choose not to send my child to class because of a known or suspected case of COVID-19 at LINX, will I receive a refund or credit for the days missed?

We do not issue refunds or credits for class absences, although we have a couple of other options. First, your child may attend class remotely (link?). A second option is to register your child for the monthly make-up class which is delivered to all students through remote attendance.

What is your mask requirement?

All students will be required to come to class with a mask.

  • Students will be required to wear their mask as they exit their car.

  • Students will wear their masks anytime they are not in their classroom or in their designated personal space within the classroom.

  • When students are safely situated in a designated personal space they may remove their masks from their face if they have someplace else on their person to keep it.

What is a “designated personal space”?

Each classroom floor will be marked into sections to ensure appropriate physical distancing between students. Each student will have space appropriate to any movement the curriculum requires.

How will you make arriving and departing from class as safe as possible?

First, we will require all students to wear masks until they are in a designated personal space. When students enter a classroom, they will be directed to designated personal spaces beginning at the farthest one from the door and moving toward the door. This process will lessen the number of times that students cross near one another. Secondly, we will require all students to stop and sanitize their hands, at a sanitation station they pass on their way to their classroom.

How many students will there be in a class?

The number of students in a class depends on the square footage of the classroom and the currently understood best practice for physical distancing. When classes begin in September 2020, six feet of physical distance will be followed.

What are your cleaning procedures?

We have extensive cleaning procedures in place and we have made physical changes to LINX so that there are fewer times students are required to touch a surface. Furthermore, classroom props will not be used.

What are your cleaning procedures for mats?

Each mat will only be used by one student during each class. All mats will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes between each class.

What are your cleaning procedures for props?

Students 3-5 years old will be given a “prop bag” that they will bring to class each time. No props or supplies will be shared.

Where will my child change?

Students must come to class in their required dance clothing. Dressing rooms will not be available and bathrooms may not be used as changing spaces.

How will a teacher spot Acro (Tumbling) students?

Our teachers follow the Acrobatic Arts model of certified instruction of only advancing a student to more rigorous moves when the student is strong enough and skilled enough to complete the move with minimal risk on their own. Our teachers will continue to verbally spot dancers in the same way they have in past years.

If class is required to change to virtual, will my monthly rate change?

If due to current regulations your in-person class may only be offered for remote attendance, your rate will adjust to our virtual rate with the next billing cycle.

How do I make-up a class?

Due to strict class size numbers and in the interest of reducing cross-class exposure between students, we are offering one make-up class each month in each of our departments of Dance, Enrichment, and Theater. This class is delivered to all students through remote attendance. Registration for each monthly make-up class is closed three days before the class so that we can plan for appropriate staffing and curricula.

Why aren’t you offering Clubtime?

In the interest in reducing cross-class exposure between students and operating in a way that supports physical distancing, we cannot offer Clubtime.

Virtual Classes

Are in-person and virtual classes the same rate?

No, in-person and virtual classes have different rates and benefits. We offer multi-class discounts for both in-person and virtual classes.

If in-person classes are required to become virtual, for any amount of time, how will virtual classes be affected?

Virtual classes are not impacted by any changes to in-person classes.

How many students can attend a virtual class?

Our virtual classes have the same emphasis on individual attention, community interaction, and socialization as our in-person classes. For this reason, we limit our virtual classes to 14 students.

What is the chance I will get into a virtual class from the waitlist?

We strongly encourage families to join a virtual class waitlist. We are prepared to launch additional virtual classes to meet interest! Alternatively, if you have a group of friends or a pandemic pod who would like a private enrichment class or classes, please let us know using this form.

Classes

How long are classes?

All of our recreational dance classes are 55 minutes long. All of our competitive dance classes are 55 minutes long, except for ballet and modern which are 90 minutes long.

Are classes month-by-month or year-long?

Classes are month-by-month, but we do highly encourage remaining in the same class after January. At this point, our instructors begin to choreograph recital routines and base their routines off of the dancers in class at the time. We also encourage dancers to be committed to attending class each week starting in January.

What does a typical class period look like?

Classes typically start with a warm-up that lasts about 15 minutes. In a ballet class, dancers usually begin in a circle and start with floor stretches. In jazz and other classes, dancers typically warm-up in the center of the room with floor stretches, standing stretches, isolations, standing technique, etc. Dancers then work on across-the-floor technique, continue onto centerwork, and then to from-the-corner technique. These techniques include kicks, turns, leaps, etc. Some classes end with a combination, where the teacher will teach a choreographed phrase to the dancers and the dancers perform it in groups.

How many dancers are in each class?

LINX has a 5:1 ratio at all times. Each dance class has a specialized dance teacher, and depending upon class size, may have a teacher's assistant (T.A.P.).

Can parents watch dance classes?

Parents can watch classes via technology in the lobby of our facility. Some teachers may also occasionally invite parents to watch certain classes if they are working on a special performance throughout the year.

How many classes does a recreational dancer typically take?

Our recreational dancers are only required to take one dance class, however we typically see that dancers are interested in taking at least two classes a year!

What is the difference between a hip hop and jazz class and a hip hop class?

Hip Hop and Jazz is an even combination of learning both jazz and hip hop techniques, in one class. It explores more of the classic jazz technique, paired with some hip hop. The recital will either be a mix of both styles or one specific style.

Hip Hop class does not include jazz. It features new combinations each week to incorporate different styles and work on choreography retention.

What is a tumbling class?

Our tumbling classes are a perfect choice for dancers that are interested in learning acrobatic skills! It is a performance based class that will participate in the recital. Tumblers work on balance and strength, flexibility through the practice of proper stretching techniques, agility, motor coordination, and body awareness. Students learn different gymnastic and dance elements suited to the skill level of the dancer.

Rates & Promotions

What is the cost per month?

Please visit our recreational classes rates page for full information about class rates, including multi-class discounts.

Our competitive rates are based upon a combination of competition level and number of classes. Please visit our competitive classes rates page for a full description.

Dress Code

What is the cost per month?

See the dress requirements for recreational dance classes.

Where do you suggest that we purchase dance apparel?

Dancers Image in Newton and Capezio in Wellesley carry all of our dress requirements.

Costumes & Makeup

If a dancer performs in the annual recital, do they get to keep their costume?

Yes, they do!

Competitive Dance Program

What is the difference between recreational and competitive dance classes?

Competitive dance classes require more time commitment from dancers and families. Competitive dancers are expected to attend class several times a week and participate in at least 3 mandatory competitions throughout the year.

How many required competitions are competitive dancer required to participate in each year?

LINX Dance Studio requires our competitive dancers to attend three mandatory competitions throughout the year. There are also other optional competitions that our dancers can take part in if participating in a solo, duo, trio, or small group.

Are competitive dancers required to take classes with their team, or can they attend other classes?

Each dancer will be given a required schedule of classes that they are required to attend each week. Electives may have team/company members in it but are not exclusive to team/company members only. Required classes are invite only - electives are not by invitation.

Placements

How will I know if my daughter/son is at the correct skill level for their age group?

Our instructors will assess the level of the dancer throughout the year, and will express any concerns that they may have to their director. The director will find an appropriate level for the dancer and will contact home if necessary.

How does my dancer become a T.A.P.?

LINX Dance competitive dancers who are in middle or high school may apply to participate in our Teacher's Assistant Program (T.A.P.).

  • Each T.A.P. is assigned to attend and assist in one weekly recreational class.
  • All T.A.P. are chosen by LINX Dance Studio faculty and decisions are final.

Absences and Make-Ups

How do we schedule a make-up class?

For recreational dancers, you may book a make-up class online or call us at 781-235-3210.

How do we schedule a competitive make-up class?

Competitive make-up classes are a once-monthly 1.5 hour Saturday class and can be booked online.

What is your attendance policy regarding children exhibiting possible flu symptoms?
  • Children with a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or flu-like symptoms (cough, sore throat, nausea, dizziness, aches, or chills), must stay home.
  • Children who exhibit fever or flu-like symptoms while at class and as a result, either go home early or stay home entirely, may not attend LINX Dance Studio the next day.
  • Children may only return to LINX Dance Studio after they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) and do not have any other flu-like symptoms.

For the most up-to-date information about the flu please consult the Mass. Department of Health’s “Flu Facts."

LINX Dance Studio does not issue credits or refunds for sick days. If your child misses class or is sick you can schedule a make-up class or book time in our Clubroom.

Competitions & Awards

What are the dates and locations of this year's competitions?

Please reference our studio competition page here.

Are there rehearsals for competitions?

For both optional and mandatory competitions there will be clean times the weekend prior to a competition so that dancers can rehearse their dances with their team before getting on stage.

Do they need to come in full hair and makeup?

Please arrive with hair and makeup done. Lipstick and fake eye lashes (Company members only) can be put on at the competition. If you plan to do your dancer's hair and makeup after arriving at the competition, please plan to arrive more than 90 minutes ahead of time. Be sure to bring extra bobby pins, hairspray and gel to touch up.

Do they need to come wearing their first costume?

No. Dancers are expected to get to the competition 90 minutes ahead of time. They can arrive in LINX attire and warm-ups.

How will we know what costume they will wear first?

On your LINX family calendar, we have entered your dancer's schedule. The first dance on your schedule is what they will be performing first.

Are parents expected to stay the whole time?

Yes, as this is not a LINX drop off event we ask that a parent or guardian is with your child for the duration of the competition.

Can we go back stage with our dancers?

No. Our teachers and staff will take the dancers from the dressing room to the stage. From there, parents are encouraged to watch from the auditorium. Parents can meet their children back in the dressing room after they perform.

How do I know when my dancer will perform?

The competition typically releases their schedule to us 1-2 weeks prior to the competition. As soon as we receive the schedule, we will post it to your LINX family calendar. Once the schedule is posted you can click on the event to see the arrival, performance, and awards times.

How do I know which costume is for which dance?

You can find costume information for each of your dancer's routines on the dance team homepage.

How do I find LINX once I arrive at the competition?

The competition staff will direct you towards the dancer dressing where the other dancers and teachers will be set up.

Am I required to purchase LINX Dance Studio warm ups?

Yes. Adidas Track Suits will be a mandatory purchase for all new competitive members. All competitive dancers will be required to own an Adidas Track Suit.

Are snacks allowed?

Yes- However, please do NOT be in costume while eating.

Do our dancers need to stay for awards? If so, when are awards?

Dancers are expected to stay for awards. This is a great experience, and is exciting for the dancers to see how well they have done throughout the weekend! Awards times vary, and will be posted to your LINX family calendar.

How long do awards last?

Typically awards last about 30-45 minutes.

Do I need a Hotel and if so which hotel should I book?

Team members with 1-3 dances typically dance on one day and would not require a hotel room. Company members with 3-8 dances including solos, duos and trio would most likely need a hotel room. Each family is responsible for choosing and booking their own hotel rooms. Hotel Blocks are available for certain competitions. You can find this information here

What is the criteria to be eligible to partake in title competitions?

Guidelines vary between competitions. Please refer to our competition page for more information