How do I pronounce "En Croix" and what does it mean?
En Croix, pronounced "On Kwah" means in the shape of a cross or on the cross.
How much does the program cost?
Please contact us for details as costs vary by team.
When will monthly tuition be due and how can I pay?
Tuition will be due on the 1st of each month. If paid after the 5th, a late fee of $25 will be applied. You can pay with a check or money order. These can be turned into any lead teacher. If you would like to pay with a credit card you can do so on-line or in person. No cash payments will be accepted for monthly tuition at this time.
Who can be a part of the En Croix Dance Academy?
Ages Pre-K to 9th grade can be a member of our teams. Our vision is to provide training to kids throughout the Odessa / Midland area. Optional evening recreational classes will be offered to youth and junior team members as well as non-team members’ ages 11 – 18 years old.
When will my child have class/practice?
Mini Team Tuesday and Thursday 4:15 – 5:30 PM Youth Team Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 PM Junior Team Monday and Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Will my child ever have additional practices outside of her regular practice/class times?
Yes! Should we choose to compete, we will have additional practices for choreography to set routines and as we get closer to competition. This will happen on the weekends so we will need dancers to be flexible with their schedule. We will be sure to give plenty of notice to these extra practices if they are necessary.
When will the year start and end?
We will officially begin the year in August with team camps for the youth and junior team that will take place every Saturday. The mini team will begin their normal practice schedule in August. We will end the year after our recital in May. We are also looking to offer an optional camp in July to give dancers a jump start on learning technique and some fun dance combos. We strongly encourage all team members to attend if they are in town. This will be a great opportunity for us to get to know them and vice versa. It will also be a lot of fun and help to build their confidence for when the year starts!
What styles of dance will my child be learning?
The Mini Team will be learning Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop and Pom. The Youth and Junior Teams will be learning Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip-hop and Pom (if we choose to compete in this style).
When will I see my child dance? Can I watch class?
You will have the opportunity to see your child in action by coming to watch them take class. This will happen at various times throughout the year of which you will be notified the specific date, otherwise classes/practices are closed to parents. We will also have a winter showcase in which your dancers’ team will showcase what they have been learning in class. At the end of the year, sometime in May, we will have an end of year recital. Our recital will be in town and as stress free as possible for the parents so that you can relax and enjoy the show. There may also be opportunities for local performances and appearances throughout the year.
Will there be a recital?
Yes! We will have a recital showcasing the teams at the end of the year. If we do not attend competition this year, we will keep the costumes easy and simple so you do not have extra expenses. The recital will be in town sometime during the month of May.
Will we go to dance convention? What will I have to pay?
We would like to take all the teams to at least one convention this year, possibly two. We want this to be a positive experience for our dancers and convention can be very overwhelming. So, if we feel they are not yet ready for such an intense experience, we will wait until the next year to attend. If we do go to convention, it will be highly encouraged that all dancers attend. However, conventions will be optional and are not a requirement to stay a member of the team.
Should we go to convention, the costs will be similar to those if we compete. Dancers will be responsible for paying entry fees to the convention and parents will be responsible for traveling their dancer to the convention, paying for lodging, food, etc. while there. If we attend convention and compete, then costs will be higher to include competition fees and costuming. For estimates of these costs, please contact us.
Will we go to competition? What will I have to pay?
Since this is our first year as a program, it is our hope to attend a competition but it is very important to us that if we do compete, it is a positive experience for our teams. If we feel the teams are not ready this year, we will use the year as a training year to get them even more prepared for the next year. We will make the decision towards the end of the fall semester if we feel teams would be ready to compete. Every team member needs to be prepared for competing and competition expenses for this year. If we decide to compete, all team members must agree to attend competition to remain on a team.
If we do compete, there will be expenses associated with competing. It will be necessary for us to purchase costumes specific to the routines that we take and entry fees for the competition. Parents will be responsible for traveling their dancer to the competition and lodging, food, etc. while there. These expenses are determinate of entry fees, costs of costumes, hotel choice, where you choose to eat, etc. For estimates of these costs, please contact us.
Will you offer fundraisers and do we have to participate?
We will try to offer fundraisers that can help with costume, convention, and competition fees. This will be completely optional and only offered if we will be attending conventions or competitions.
Do we have to purchase costumes?
If we decide to go to competition, we will purchase costumes specific to the routines we are taking to compete. This could be anywhere from 1-3 costumes that we would purchase per team. Costumes will run anywhere from $55 - $85 each. If we only do recital, we may purchase costumes for each teams' dances but we will try to keep costs low and inexpensive. It is more likely that we will do a team uniform for the first year if we do not attend competition.
What individual things are offered to my child?
Dancers in our program will have the opportunity to take private lessons with our staff. There will also be classes offered during the 8-9pm hour that are optional and will give additional training in technique and style. These classes are only available to our youth and junior teams along with individuals who are not on a team but looking for more training. You as a parent can also help them be successful through practice at home. Encourage your dancer to work on routines learned in class, stretching daily, and having fun dancing to music and making up their own choreography!
What will my child need to wear? What supplies does she need?
Dancers will need to dress appropriately for the style of class. Normal attire for most classes will be dance tights with bike shorts and a tight fitting top. Bike shorts may be worn without tights if they are 3 ½ inch in-seam or longer. No baggy t-shirts or tanks may be worn and for our older dancers, sports bras must be worn under tank tops. For hip-hop, all dancers can wear baggy clothes such as jogger pants or leggings and baggy tops.
Dancers will also need to have nude jazz shoes to wear in class. Junior team members must have tiger paws in addition to their nude jazz shoes. For hip-hop class, dancers will need to wear a tennis shoes, converse sneakers or Keds
What if I have a concern?
It is very important to us that we have good communication with all parents. If you have a question or concern, please speak with us so that together we can keep this a positive, enjoyable experience for everyone
What if we miss a practice?
We highly encourage that dancers do not miss class as it can be easy to get behind. Your child may feel discouraged that they did not learn what their team learned that day. However, if it is absolutely necessary that they miss, a dancer can schedule a private lesson to catch back up on the material they missed at that practi
Will being a part of this program help my child to make their high school dance team?
We cannot assure that the training received from our program will guarantee a spot on a high school dance team. However, we will work our hardest to provide our dancers will the knowledge and training to help them be more successful at any dance opportunity outside of the program.
This program is not meant to only cater to students that will be attending Permian High. Those dancers that choose to be a part of our program and wish to continue on with their high school dance team, must try-out at the high school that is associated with their personal home address.
Is En Croix Dance Academy a part of Permian High School?
No. En Croix Dance Academy is not affiliated with Permian High School. We are a stand-alone business entity (LLC) and have been given authorization to rent the space being utilized at Permian High School.