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CLASSES / REGISTRATION / PAYMENTS
Lil’ Movers (hip hop), Monday, 5:00-5:30pm
Creative Movement (ballet/tap), Tuesday, 5:15-6:00pm
Hip Hop, Monday, 5:30-6:00pm
Tumbling, Tuesday, 5:30-6:00pm
Jazz/Tap, Tuesday, 6:00-7:00pm
Ballet, Tuesday, 7:00-7:30pm
Hip Hop, Monday, 6:00-7:00pm
Jazz/Tap, Monday, 7:00-8:00pm
Tumbling (7-12yo), Tuesday, 7:45-8:30pm
Ballet, Wednesday, 6:00-7:00pm
AGES 10 & Older
Ballet, Monday, 6:00-7:00pm
Jazz/Tap, Monday, 7:00-8:00pm
Hip Hop (10-12yo), Monday, 8:00-9:00pm
Tumbling (7-12yo), Tuesday, 7:45-8:30pm
AGES 13 & Older
Hip Hop, Monday, 5:00-6:00pm
Creative Movement - Ages 3-4 - Ballet and tap. Dancers learn body awareness, right/left sides, balance, musicality, and the basics of ballet and tap. Dancers must be potty trained and have reached their 3rd birthday by the 1st day of class.
Lil' Movers - Ages 3-4 - Intro to hip hop. This is a great class for dancers who want to move at a different pace than our traditional creative movement class. Dancers learn body awareness, right/left sides, balance, musicality, and the basics of hip hop. Dancers must be potty trained and have reached their 3rd birthday by the 1st day of class.
Ballet – Ages 5-18 - Ballet for beginner dancers who have 0-2 years (recent) experience in ballet.
Jazz/Tap – Ages 5-18 - Open level Jazz/Tap combo. Jazz and tap are taught each week. Dancers must reach their 5th birthday by the first day of class for the 5-6 year old class, their 7th birthday for the 7-9 year old class, or their 10th birthday for the 10 & older class.
Jazz/Lyrical – Ages 10-18 - Open level Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary class. Dancers must reach their 10th birthday by the first day of class.
Hip Hop – Ages 5 & up - Open level hip hop for dancers with 0-3 years (recent) experience in a classroom setting. Dancers should start in this class if they have never taken a structured hip hop class. Dancers must reach their 5th birthday by the first day of class for the 5-6 year old class, their 7th birthday for the 7-9 year old class, or their 10th birthday for the 10 & older class.
Tumbling - Ages 5-18 - Beginner class focuses on perfecting tumbling, handstands and cartwheels (both right and left), working back bends to standing as well as kicking over, and handstand limbers.
WHAT WE DO/ POLICIES & TUITION/ WHAT TO WEAR
What We Offer
CODE OF CONDUCT:
Tuition is paid monthly or year-in-full. Please register directly with a B. Funk staff member if you wish to pay the year-in-full. Discounts apply if registering for 3 or more classes per family.
Accepted forms of payment include cash, check, credit card, or ACH.
PLEASE NOTE: We charge a 3.5% transaction fee for all credit card payments and a 1.25% transaction fee added for ACH payments. We always accept cash or check payments at the studio with no additional fees.
Tuition must be paid on or before the first of the month. After the 7th of the month, a $15 late charge is assessed. We encourage everyone to enroll in the automatic payment plan to avoid unnecessary late fees. Tuition reminders are sent out once a month before the 7th. Statements are not emailed unless your account falls behind schedule. We reserve the right to remove your dancer from class if tuition is not paid by the 7th of the month.
Tuition is not refunded for classes missed due to personal reasons, inclement weather closures, power outages, holiday breaks, rehearsals, and recital. See below for information about make-up classes.
4 dancers must be enrolled in order to maintain a class. Refunds or credits are issued for any unused tuition if we cancel a class due to low enrollment.
TUITION RATES FOR RECREATIONAL CLASSES:
30 minute class - $50
1 class (45 minutes - 1 hour per week) - $75 - (5% discount available if year paid in full)
2 classes (2 hours per week)- $140 - (5% discount available if year paid in full)
3 classes (3 hours per week) - $181
4 classes (4 hours per week) - $224
5 classes (5 hours per week)- $265
6 classes (6 hours per week) -$295
7 classes (7 hours per week) - $335
8 or more classes (8+ hours per week), add $20 per month per 1 hour class.
Drop-In Rates are $20 per class unless otherwise stated. Drop-ins for recreational classes are not available after November 1 (except tumbling - please call the studio to register).
Family Rates: Siblings enrolled in the September-June dance season are treated as 1 dancer and receive the hourly rates shown above.
SUMMER/DANCE CAMP TUITION:
All Summer sessions must be paid in full at time of registration. Family rates do not apply for our Summer sessions. Tuition is non-refundable.
Company intensives and hip hop intensives are held each year and announced through social media, in the studio, and by email. Tuition varies and is non-refundable.
REGISTRATION FEE FOR SEPTEMBER – JUNE:
Our registration fee is per student and includes 2 tickets to our recital. Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Registration fee is waived for active duty military families; call us for more details.
Registration fee – $50.00
Registration fees are not charged for Summer, intensives, or master classes.
Before winter break, if a dancer misses a class due to personal reasons (illness/injury, travel, religious holidays, etc.) they may attend another class in the same style of dance within two weeks of the absence, only if a similar class is offered with space available. After winter break no make-up classes are allowed as teachers will be working mostly on recital routines. When classes are canceled for reasons beyond the studio's or teacher's control (weather, internet/power outages, teacher emergency, etc.), make-up classes are not held and tuition is not reimbursed.
All classes require a costume for recital. Prices vary based on the costume chosen. Dancers are measured in class in October. Costume fees are due, in full, by November 15 (unless otherwise specified by the studio), before a costume order may be placed. Costume fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Costumes are non-returnable. Costumes typically are received in late Winter and dancers try on in class with teachers and staff. Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring costumes fit their dancer and have 15 days to notify us if there is an issue. If a replacement or exchange is required after 15 days, a $35 processing fee is charged. Alterations are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Studio announcements are emailed to the parent or guardian’s email on file and well as texted. It is imperative that all families have a current email on file to receive these emails. Please note text messages received from us are one-way; responses are not received.
Private lessons are requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Scheduling is arranged between you and the teacher based on availability. Rates are $65 for 1 hour, $55 for 45 minutes, and $45 for 30 minutes.
If a private lesson is canceled less than 1 hour before the scheduled start time or the dancer is a ‘no show’, the full rate is charged. Exception: Inclement weather or illness.
To schedule privates with Laura Edwards and obtain information on rates, email email@example.com.
A class withdrawal form or email must be submitted to withdraw from a class by November 1. Unused tuition is not refunded unless tuition was paid in full for the dance season at the time of registration. In this instance, any partial unused monthly tuition is not refunded. Paid costume fees are not refunded. Verbal requests to withdraw are not permitted. Ask a front desk staff member for a withdrawal form. Requests to withdraw after November 1 are permitted, however, parents/guardians are responsible for tuition for the remainder of the dance year. Some exceptions apply; contact us for details.
We follow the Charles County Public School system for most inclement weather closures and holiday breaks. We post our closures on our website calendar and our Facebook page. We also update our voice message. When classes are canceled due to inclement weather, make-up classes are not held, and tuition is not reimbursed.
DROP OFF/PICK UP:
Dancers may be dropped off at the studio 10 minutes ahead of class and must be picked up no later than 10 minutes following class.
RETURNED CHECK CHARGES:
A $35 fee is added to accounts for each returned check. Dancers are not permitted in class until payment is received. We reserve the right to require all future payments be made by cash, credit card, or money order after 1 returned check. If payment is not received within 10 days, your dancer is removed from class until full payment is made.
Our annual recital normally occurs at the end of June. Dress rehearsals are scheduled 2 to 3 weeks prior to the recital date and are mandatory if your dancer is participating in the recital. Details are communicated by email and through our recital website: www.bfunksouthrecital.com.
Dancers are required to bring a water bottle or bottled water. Food may be consumed in the lobby area ONLY. Please do not bring nuts! Eating is NOT permitted in the dancer lounge areas.
It is understood that when dancers enroll/register for class that they and their parents/guardians agree to comply with our code of conduct and waive and release B. Funk Dance Company, its staff, and independent contractors from any and all liability for any injuries or illnesses incurred while engaged in travel to or from and while at B. Funk Dance Company. Furthermore, it is understood that B. Funk Dance Company uses video monitoring for security, and we reserve the right to use photography and video for promotional purposes, advertising, or any other reasonable purpose. B. Funk Dance Company is not responsible for any personal belongings left in the studio. All lost and found items are donated to charities.
We do not share customer contact information with third parties.
What to Wear
Creative Movement: pink tights, leotard/skirt, pink ballet slippers, black Mary Jane buckle tap shoes
5-12 yr old Ballet: 5-6: any color leotard/7-12: black leotard; pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun
5-12 yr old Jazz/Tap: leotard, shorts or leggings, tan slip on jazz shoes, black Mary Jane buckle tap shoes
13 & Up Jazz/Lyrical: leotard or sports bra, shorts or leggings, canvas turners
Lil' Movers and all Hip Hop: t-shirt or tank top, shorts, leggings, pants (no jeans), sneakers
Tumbling: Close-fitting shorts or leggings and t-shirt (nothing that is baggy)
Dance Camp: active wear, sneakers
NOTE: DANCERS MUST HAVE HAIR TIED UP OFF THE NECK FOR ALL CLASSES. PLEASE BRING A WATER BOTTLE TO CLASS.
We recommend the following source for dance shoes and attire:
In Motion Dance Shoppe, California, MD (www.inmotiondanceshoppe.com)
Dance Supplies, Etc., Severna Park, MD (www.dancesuppliesetc.com)
www.discountdance.com (online ordering)
Our goal is to provide a professional quality dance education that brings confidence, discipline, and a strong sense of commitment to our dancers.
We know you have options when choosing a studio, so why choose B. Funk? We are family owned and operated and carry those family friendly values and ideals in all we do.
The primary owner and artistic director, Laura Edwards, is accomplished and qualified in several styles of dance including hip hop, tap, contemporary, jazz, and ballet. She also is an award-winning choreographer and actively works in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. A Maryland native, Laura moved to Los Angeles in 2006 after dancing in the successful movie, Step Up, which was filmed in Baltimore. From there, her dance and choreography career thrived. Her other film credentials as a dancer include: Hairspray, Step Up 2, Footloose, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Hannah Montana, Big Momma’s House 3, Ghostbusters, and Sandy Wexler. Laura’s dancing experience includes working with Beyonce, Madonna, and Miley Cyrus as well as touring the world with Britney Spears on the Circus Tour as one of only four female dancers. She assisted with choreography for Jennifer Lopez, So You Think You Can Dance, Sean Kingston, and Justin Bieber’s Purpose Tour and Believe Tour. Her television work includes Dancing with the Stars, Glee, America’s Best Dance Crew, Jimmy Fallon, Billboard Music Awards, and a Grammy’s Target commercial. Now residing primarily in Maryland, Laura instructs hip hop, jazz, and contemporary classes at the studio. Laura also guest teaches at many studios and conventions around the world.
Our instructors are highly trained and work very hard to maintain an appropriate balance of discipline and fun in each of their classes. A brief bio is listed below for our instructors.
We offer a wide variety of dance styles that allow students to explore their individuality and excel in many dance forms. The numerous levels offered at B. Funk allow us to cater to the recreational to pre-professional dancer. We re-evaluate our programs annually and make any necessary changes to keep our curriculum fresh and current.
In addition to our amazing B. Funk faculty, we frequently host master classes with some of the top choreographers in the music and entertainment industry.
STAFF & FACULTY
Photography by Jeri Tidwell