Rainier Dance Center
We are a neighborhood studio focused on building community. Our goal is to help our students become respectful, kind and motivated young people, by offering a structured and supportive learning environment.
While we strive to create strong technical dancers, we also cultivate creativity and individuality. We believe everyone should be able to dance regardless of their ability, age or body type.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
We like to meet the students and parents and let them have a feel for the space first. We offer students a chance to watch or try their first class for free. Each teacher accesses new students to make sure they are in the correct age range and level of class, in addition to tailoring the class environment and structure to what works best with the energy of the class.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
All of RDC's teachers have years of dance education and teaching behind them. Many have undergraduate degrees in a dance or a related field and most continue to choreograph and/or perform with local and professional dance companies in the Seattle area.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
One class per week = $45 a month
Two classes per week = $85 a month
Three classes per week = $115 a month
For every additional classs you add, the less you pay per class!
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching dance at my local YWCA at the age of 16 in my home town of Redlands, CA. I was taking classes and performing at my local studio 10-15 hours a week and needed some income!
What types of students have you worked with?
All ages of students (toddler through adult), including autistic and down syndrome students.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
We do an annual recital in June every year. It's the highlight of our dance season!
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure to meet your teacher first and observe or try a class with them before you commit. Every dance teacher is different, so you want to make sure you find one who teaches in a way that engages and challenges your student. In addition, your dance teacher should be educated in at least some body anatomy/alignment, the basics of movement and child development (both physically and mentally) to be sure everyone is safe and that the movement and vocabulary is appropriate for the age and level of the class.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What do you hope to get out of dance class? Are you ready to push yourself out of your comfort zone?