Our Story

Since our opening in 1978, LaRae’s Dance Unlimited has offered dance training of the highest quality. Students learn and grow in the diciplines of Tap , Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, and Irish Celtic Step-dance in the tradition of  Riverdance. The standards of the school are reflected in the outstanding achievements of the students who have studied with the school. We take pride in our students who have made auditions for the Ballet West Nutcracker, won positions in school as cheerleaders, drill teams and dance teams. We are very proud of our former students who are currently on dance scholarships or who are working in the field of performing arts.

Philosophy

The school demands the best of each student, expecting that each student work to his or her highest potential. In return, the school gives the care and attention each student deserves. We hope to promote artistic and personal expression and development.

Program

We offer training in Ballet, Tap, Irish Step Dance, and Jazz. While based in the tradition of the art-form, our school is progressive in keeping up with new trends. The heart of the school is based on discipline and technique. We choose to provide performing opportunities instead of dance competitions.

Faculty

The school is owned and directed by LaRae R. Thackeray. Having 35 years in dance and teaching experience, LaRae will be personally involved with each class. LaRae’s Dance Unlimited will offer guest teachers through out the year along with workshops to give students a broader training.

School Policy:

All students must be registered to participate in classes. Please fill out a registration form. Upon registration, a non-refundable fee of $20.00 per family is due, along with the first month’s tuition.

TUITION IS DUE AND PAYABLE IN ADVANCE BEFORE THE FIRST LESSON OF EACH MONTH. ALL SINGLE CLASSES MUST BE PRE-PAID. Students who are not current in their tuition account will not be allowed to take class.

After the l0th of the month tuition is considered late and a $15.00 late fee will be charged. All tuition is charged on a per month basis and includes a discount. Students who pay for single class will be charged $9.50 for a 1 hour class, $18.00 for a 1 ½ hour class, and $20.00 for a 2 hour class.  All fees can be placed in the payment box in the lobby and are due before class. Guest teachers will determine fee for private classes.

Tuition refunds will be given for the following:  (a) Student moving; (b) Student unable to dance due to medical reasons with doctor’s statement provided by parent.

All return checks will be charged a handling fee of $25.00.

Students are expected to attend all classes in which they are enrolled.  Please call and notify the school if your dancer is not attending.  In case of emergency or illness, you will be allowed a make-up class if excused in advance. Make-up lessons are only possible if space is available in another class or if there is another class learning the same material.  Unexcused absences will retard the growth and progress of the student as well as the class.  Excessive absences will result in dismissal from the school and tuition will not be refunded.

Students enrolled in Pointe and jazz classes must enroll in a ballet technique class.  Because dance is a disciplined art form, students who are late to class will not be able to participate if they have missed the warm-up.  Students are expected to be respectful of other students and their instructors while in class.  For the benefit of the other students, disruptive students and parents will be dismissed from the school and they will not be given a tuition refund.

Prompt pick-up of your child will ensure his/her safety. Students must remain inside for rides. (Parents later than 15 minutes will be charged a baby-sitting fee of $5.00 for every 5 minutes they are late. Please drop off and pick up students in the rear of the studio. Due to changes at our building, we ask you to park in designated parking spaces only. Do not block or park next to the building or entrance.

Parents and visitors are welcome to watch as long as they do not disrupt the class in progress.  Only dancers are permitted in the dance studio.  Please remember that gum, food and drinks are not allowed in the dance area.  Cameras of any kind are not permitted at the studio unless given prior approval by the Director.

Cause for dismissal from school are as follows: (a) excessive unexcused absences; (b) unpaid tuition, costumes and fees; (c) being disrespectful to anyone associated with studio; (d) disruptive or rude behavior; and; (e) not obeying policy and rules  set by the Director. No refunds will be given.

In cases of severe weather, please call ahead to see if class has been canceled.

We will observe the following holidays and will be closed: Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas through New Year’s Day, Human Rights Day, Presidents Day, Easter Holiday, July 4th and July 24th.

LaRae’s Dance Unlimited is a dance school with a performing emphasis therefore, all enrolled dance students, (except the Adult open class), are expected to participate in the December and spring concerts. The Christmas show is scheduled for December 17, 2018.  The spring concert will be held at the Peery’s Egyptian theater on Saturday May 18, 2019 at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.

Technical dress rehearsal is one week prior to each show. The full dress rehearsal for all dancers will be at the Peery’s Egyptian Theater on Friday, May 17, 2019.  All dancers must attend all technical and full dress rehearsals in order to perform in the concerts.  The December show requires a performing fee of $25.00 per family and the spring show is $40.00 per family.  (We choose to charge a fee instead of tickets at the door).  Class pictures will be April 27, 2019 prior to the spring concert for all dancers. Picture day is an important part of the show and all dancers must attend. Students from the school may have opportunities to perform in the community throughout the year.  Dance Workshops will be made available and will be posted in the lobby.  Performances are an important part of dance training and bring many rewarding experiences for the dancers.

Please ask your dancer about notes each week notifying parents of important information!