Frequently asked questions
Facts about us
  • The Dance Center is located at 56 W. Sixth Street in Historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa, CA.

    Click here for directions

  • The Studio is closed at this time but our office staff is available to answer questions.  Call us at (707) 575-827 or by send us an email.

    The Dance Center will be teaching summer session Zoom classes  July 5th through August 1st. We are hoping to re-open for our fall session August 17th depending on local and regional health recommendations.

  • Do I need special shoes or clothing?


    Jeans, baggy clothes or school clothes are unacceptable.

    Children may wear jazz pants, bike shorts and close fitting shirts. Adults may wear comfortable clothes that allow ease of movement.

    Tights, leotards, close-fitting tops or jazz pants. Knee pads for floor work in upper level classes may be required. No shorts , no skirts.

    Contemporary: Close-fitting tops, dance pants or tights.

    Ballet, children’s program:
    Pink tights and any color leotard so teachers can see proper alignment. Hair should be neat and/or tucked into a bun. Boys: Black ballet slippers, white t-shirt, black tights or black bike shorts.

    Hip Hop – No jeans. No large baggy shirts so teachers can see you move. Knee pads might be required. Adults may wear comfortable clothes that allow ease of movement and shoes that will only be used for Hip Hop.


    Dance shoes should only be worn in the studios, never outside or on concrete.
    Protect your investment, avoid wear and tear and keep studio floors clean.

    Tap: Black tap shoes – Mary Jane style for children and oxfords for all other ages. Heeled tap shoes and “jingle taps” are discouraged. Replace children’s tap shoe ties with black elastic so shoes can slip on.

    Jazz: Black jazz shoes. No jazz sneakers.

    Contemporary: Modern sandals, socks. No bare feet.

    Ballet: Pink ballet slippers or black jazz shoes.

    Hip Hop: Clean, non-marking, supportive tennis shoes used only for dance class, not everyday shoes.

    Dancers should change into proper dance clothes and shoes before class and should come to class ready to dance. Tights, leotards, bike shorts and close-fitting dance clothes are the only appropriate attire so teachers can observe proper body alignment. Hair should be neat and styled to be kept out of the face. Bare feet are not allowed.

  • NO GUM, FOOD or DRINKS (except bottled water) IN STUDIOS!

  • The Dance Center offers some great opportunities with performing companies in tap, jazz, modern and hip hop. Dancers are selected for individual companies either by audition or by teacher recommendation. New dancers are welcome to try out. See company directors for more information or to discuss requirements. Auditions are usually in April. Click here to learn more

  • Classes can be observed from our windows or from the hallway so you can marvel at your child’s progress. All doorways must be kept clear so we can maintain safe exits. If classroom blinds are lowered, we ask that you respect the teacher’s choice to concentrate on teaching and learning during that session.