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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Each mat will only be used by one student during each class. All mats will be wiped down with disinfectant wipes between each class.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In the interest in reducing cross-class exposure between students and operating in a way that supports physical distancing, we cannot offer Clubtime.
No, in-person and virtual classes have different rates and benefits. We offer multi-class discounts for both in-person and virtual classes.
Virtual classes are not impacted by any changes to in-person classes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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!
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.
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.
Yes, they do!
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.
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.
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.
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.
LINX Dance competitive dancers who are in middle or high school may apply to participate in our Teacher's Assistant Program (T.A.P.).
For recreational dancers, you may book a make-up class online or call us at 781-235-3210.
Competitive make-up classes are a once-monthly 1.5 hour Saturday class and can be booked online.
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.
Please reference our studio competition page here.
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.
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.
No. Dancers are expected to get to the competition 90 minutes ahead of time. They can arrive in LINX attire and warm-ups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can find costume information for each of your dancer's routines on the dance team homepage.
The competition staff will direct you towards the dancer dressing where the other dancers and teachers will be set up.
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.
Yes- However, please do NOT be in costume while eating.
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.
Typically awards last about 30-45 minutes.
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
Guidelines vary between competitions. Please refer to our competition page for more information