Debra Collier's School of Dance
Debra Collier's School of Dance

Studio Hours

    M-Th: 12:30p-9p
    F: 9a-4:30p

Debra Collier's School of Dance Debra Collier's School of Dance Debra Collier's School of Dance


Is my child too old to begin?

We have beginning level classes for students of all ages, including teens and adults. All classes are divided by age and level to assure students feel comfortable and confident.  For example, a beginner that is 12 years old will not be in class with a 5 year old.

How are class placements determined?

Each student’s class placement is determined individually with consideration given to age and ability. Our staff continually monitors each student’s placement to assure every child is in a class where he/she will be challenged and motivated.

Is this studio right for my child? Recreational dancing versus professional training.

Classes are designed to meet the needs of students who enjoy dance as a hobby as well as those with professional aspirations. Additional opportunities are available for students desiring to pursue dance further than weekly classes. Our Student Opportunities page elaborates on the various programs available.

Can my child begin mid-season?

It is possible; however, our curriculum is progressive throughout the season. Elements and combinations taught during the fall are incorporated into the routines taught throughout the spring. Therefore, it is to each student’s advantage to begin as early as possible within the annual season. Makeup classes are utilized for students enrolling mid-season to teach the elements previously taught.

My son has shown interest in dance. What is available for boys?

Boys ages 2, 3 and 4 may participate in our preschool programs. All activities and themes are designed for boys and girls.  Boys may also choose ballet, tap or Boys’ Hip Hop beginning at age 5, and jazz at age 6. Although the ratio of boys to girls is rarely equal in classes other than our Boy’s Hip Hop class, our instructors are attentive to modifying movements to assure the proper training for male dancers.

How large are the classes?

Class sizes are limited to allow each student individualized attention. An instructor will generally have 6 to 12 students along with the aid of a class demonstrator or teaching assistant in each class.

What qualifications do the instructors have?

We are proud to offer an extensive faculty of highly-qualified and caring teachers in a field that currently does not place educational requirements on instructors. Every studio teacher has been trained in our methods and principles and has also been accepted into the membership of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Inc.  Additionally, Debra Collier, Amy Clay, Kristina Collier and Tammy Seibold are certified as Master Dance Educators through CNADM’s continuing education program. Master Dance Educators have previously passed the association’s membership and CDE requirements, have received additional hours of training, and completed a required teaching portfolio. Guest instructors are also brought into the studio allowing the staff to observe and discuss various teaching techniques and methods.

Can my child be with her friend who has danced before?

Students are encouraged to share dance with their friends during our annual Bring-A-Friend-Week and during National Dance Week.  However, class placement is based on age and experience. It would be unfair to expect beginning students to execute elements the class has already mastered and, in the same respect, to slow the rate of progression for the remainder of the class.

When can my daughter progress onto pointe?

A pointe evaluation is utilized to determine a student’s readiness for advancement onto pointe. Although pointe shoes appear beautiful, they are very challenging and are not appropriate until a student has been properly trained and has gained enough physical strength. Students must complete a minimum of one year of a ballet enrichment class along with their weekly ballet class as a prerequisite to testing. It is rare for a student younger than 13 years old to have completed enough physical growth to be ready for pointe. Ideally, a student’s feet should not be consistently growing while working in pointe shoes. Therefore, a general guideline of 13 years of age is applied when considering a student for evaluation. Once a student qualifies, year round study is required and twice weekly training during the annual session.

May I watch my child’s class?

We invite parents to watch the last 10 minutes of class during monthly, scheduled Parent Observation Weeks. This format provides a safe environment for the students to feel comfortable learning the elements along with the opportunity to perform them with confidence.

What costs are associated with recital?

Costumes, tights and recital tickets. Parents are required to purchase a costume and tights for each class in which their child performs. The costumes are ordered in December and are distributed in May. Costume prices range from $75 to $95 for a costume and tights, with the younger students’ costumes being in the lower end of the price grouping.  Our goal is to provide a professional performance experience for both our students and the audience. Costumes are an essential part of the presentation, therefore, many steps are taken to assure each costume is ready for the performance when you receive it.  When costumes arrive, each student will be individually fitted and the studio will provide any necessary alterations. Don’t worry about the accessories, we assemble those too, so you can be confident your child will look his/her best!

Why do we have to pay for recital tickets?

Proceeds from the sale of recital tickets are to cover the actual costs of the recital. We must rent the auditorium for all rehearsals and recitals and also pay for the lighting technician, custodial over-time and numerous other expenses. While annual tuition payments cover the overhead of the business, the ticket sales are necessary to produce the recital.

Do you offer fundraisers to defer any of the costs?

An optional Double Good Gourmet Popcorn fundraiser is offered in the fall of each season.  Click here for additional information about this fund raiser.

How do dress rehearsals proceed?

Dress rehearsals are attended by students and volunteers only. This allows us to proceed with more efficiency, therefore, keeping the students for a shorter duration. Students will be seated with their class in the auditorium under the supervision of assigned chaperones. These chaperones will also be supervising the same students during the corresponding recital. This format provides us the ability to offer a safe, calm atmosphere for the students, additional organization, and efficiency which benefits everyone. Additionally, having the audience see the dancers on stage for the first time at the performance is much more enjoyable than having them watch the behind-the-scenes tasks of setting staging and lighting.

Do you have a question you don’t see listed?

Please email it to the studio at info@nullcollierdance.com. Thank you.