Open enrollment is scheduled in August each year prior to the beginning of the Fall session. Parents are encouraged to attend Open Enrollment in order to review the class and fee schedules, visit with staff regarding proper placement of their child in skill level classes, shop the apparel displays, complete costume measurements, and finalize required dance school enrollment forms.
In order to avoid waiting in long lines during the first few weeks of the dance school year, and to make sure all questions are answered regarding your child’s appropriate class placement, parents are strongly encouraged to attend Open Enrollment in August.
Fall classes begin Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday. Students are accepted for enrollment in classes based on availability of each class throughout the fall session. Classes fill quickly during Open Enrollment in August, and class options may be limited. Enrollment in regular classes will close following the Thanksgiving holiday. New classes will be available second semester starting January 1. Students enrolled in second semester classes may not be allowed to participate in the year end recital due to costume ordering restrictions.
Cathy’s Creative Dance School year is divided into two semesters. The first semester (Fall/Winter) runs September through January. Second semester (Winter/Spring) runs February through June ending with a year-end annual recital usually scheduled the third weekend in June.
We offer classes Monday through Thursday, beginning at 5:00 pm. Parents are invited to stop by the office to inquire about our class schedule and enrollment availability.
Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:30 to 8:30 pm.
There are many options for beginning students. Children ages 2 to 5 should enroll in a Music and Movement or Preschool class. Children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade should enroll in a Combination Class. We also offer beginner classes in Hip Hop, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre.
All classes meet one night per week.
Combo classes are wonderful options for students new to the dance world. Students are given the opportunity to explore the disciplines of ballet, tap and jazz at an introductory level during a 45 minute class.
You can pay the class tuition fees monthly, by semester or on a yearly basis. Discounts are available for families who pay yearly or by the semester. Class tuition fees are due by the first each month. Late fees are automatically applied to family accounts after the 10th day of the month.
Tuition fee for a 30 minute class is $35 per month.
Tuition fee for a 45 minute class is $45 per month.
Tuition fee for a 60 minute class is $55 per month.
One-half price tuition for second child.
$15 enrollment fee for new students. If you have more than one student, it is $20 enrollment fee for a family.
Parents are allowed to watch classes during Parent Watch Weeks which are scheduled periodically throughout the dance school year. Many teachers allow parents to observe the last few minutes of classes upon request. Some students become distracted when visitors are present. Teachers require time to develop a rapport with their students. Students will be thrilled to perform the skills they have learned for their families during scheduled Parent Watch Weeks, our Christmas program, and our annual recital.
Female students – are required to wear leotards, tights and appropriate shoes for classes. A leotard is a one piece form fitting dance outfit that modestly covers the body allowing the student to leap, turn, kick and flip as needed for all dance training. Tights are the leg covering that also allows the child’s legs to be modestly covered yet have the flexibility to stretch and bend while performing dance skills. Students are expected to wear their hair pulled off the face.
Male students – are required to wear tight fitting t-shirts, jazz pants and appropriate shoes.
- Music & Movement classes wear ballet shoes.
- Preschool students and Combo classes wear ballet and tap shoes.
- All other classes require specific shoes per teacher request.
Cathy’s Creative Dance School carries a variety of dance apparel including leotards, tights, ballet shoes, tap shoes, dance bags, t-shirts, hats and shorts.
Cathy’s Creative Dance School communicates to families through monthly and weekly emails and newsletters. Teachers visit frequently with parents via emails. Updated information regarding special events and community performances is also posted on Cathy’s Creative Dance School Facebook page.
We make every effort to avoid the cancellation of classes due to inclement weather. Decisions to cancel classes are not based on school closings. Cancellation of classes will be determined after 4:30 pm and will be posted on Cathy’s Creative Dance School Facebook page. We make every effort to reschedule make up classes in the event classes are cancelled due to weather.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the annual end of the year recital performance held in June. Costumes fees are $55 for acrobatic classes, $65 for level 2 and under dance classes, and $70 for level 3 and above dance classes..
Non-competitive students have several opportunities to perform throughout the year including: Independence Halloween Parade, annual Cathy’s Creative Dance School Christmas Show, the Independence Strawberry Festival, Independence Santa Cali Gon and Cathy’s Creative Dance Recital in June. Dance is a celebration of music and movement! Participation in these performances allows students of dance to present the skills learned through dance to loving caring family members and friends.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance disciplines. Pre-ballet instruction is included in all Preschool and Combo classes. Ballet instruction is physically and mentally challenging and requires intense training on a weekly basis. Cathy’s Creative Dance School follows Dance Masters of America Ballet syllabus and the Cecchetti method of ballet training and examination.
Our school offers acrobatic or tumbling classes. Our acrobatic students learn floor work, limber skills, aerial maneuvers and power tumbling. (Gymnastic instruction is the training of various skills on equipment including bars, beams and trampolines which is not part of our acrobatic curriculum.)
Cathy’s Creative Dance School is a member of the Mid America Tumbling Society (MATS). MATS is a competitive tumbling organization comprised of dance schools in the metro Kansas City area. Participation in MATS is for acrobatic students who want the opportunity to compete in yearly meets. Students participating in MATS competitions learn a compulsory routine, and compete with other students of similar age and skill level. Starting age is three years.
There are two levels of competitive dance classes at Cathy’s Creative Dance School. STARS is a pre-troupe competitive dance class that meets one night per week. Students in STARS classes are in training to become members of the Cathy’s Show Troupe team. STARS students participate in one local dance competition per year.
Cathy’s Show Troupe is an Elite competition team for ages 6 to 18. Students audition to be accepted as team members. Show Troupe participates in two to three competitions per year and attends national competitions every two years.