JWSD (Joyce Willett Dance)
We are a family owned business that has been teaching in Austin for 30 years! We have exceptional programs for all ages from the beginner to the professional level dancer. We are proud to say that 15 of our students have gone on to dance professionally on broadway, music videos, commercial work, choreography, on tour, disney, modeling, film and more!
We love to see the impact dance has on a student's life! Our staff is excellent with years of experience working with kids. We have a low student to teacher ratio for our children's classes to ensure a quality dance education and experience that offers individual attention and skill development.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We offer a free trial dance class to assess a student for placement and to provide the opportunilty to try our program.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Every staff member's experience is different but all are professionally trained and hired for their excellence as both a dancer/performer and teacher. We provide ongoing training for all of our staff and are members of the Texas Association Teachers of Dance.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Monthly tuition cost: based on an average of 4 lessons per month
45 min class weekly: $55 per month
1 hr class weekly: $65 per month
90 min class weekly: $85 per month
2 hr class weekly: $100 per month
Unlimited classes weekly: $200 per month
How did you get started teaching?
I grew up in a dance studio training weekly beginning at age 4.
I began assisting classes at age 12.
What types of students have you worked with?
age 2-adult classes from beginners to advanced level dancers.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
This past year (2016) many of our dancers trained in New York and we had the joy of seeing a Broadway Musical that one of our own students (alumni) was debuting in! This student began dancing with us at age 4 and watching her grow into a professional level performer has been very rewarding!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for both skill development and a quality teacher who works well with children. Just because someone is a strong dancer does not ensure that they are a strong teacher. Look for a studio that values training in ballet as the foundation to build a strong dancer.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Ask if a free tial class is an option.