Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Why is there no schedule posted on the website?

A:  We don't build a schedule, then fill it.  Instead, we place each registered dancer into a class that best suits them and their family's busy schedule.  Therefore, there is not posted schedule for an unregistered dancer to choose what class they want to take.  Once the schedule is complete, we can offer a new dancer different options to fit into their age & skill level.

Directors and instructors place each child individually by age and skill level into a class (or classes) that provides the best learning environment for the dancer and most closely fits each family’s schedule.  There are five classrooms and there are several skill levels from which to choose in each age group.  

We want the dancer to be effectively challenged, but still able to progress at a comfortable level of training.  We look forward to the opportunity to discuss your  child’s situation.  Please note, each dancer is re-evaluated during the summer for the next season’s class placement.

Q: What if my child is not in Company?

A:  If a child does not want to be in Company, it will not affect their development as a dancer at Top Hat. All students, regardless of their participation in a dance company, are placed within their appropriate skill level.  Top Hat does not segregate non-company dancers.  In addition, all of our students are allowed to attend dance conventions, master classes, etc. that are available to their skill level.

Q:  Can I register and/or make payments online?

A:  We do not offer any online registration or payments.  Registration and payments must be completed by a Director or office staff during business hours.  However, we will take credit card payments over the phone if requested.

Q:  How much do dance lessons cost at Top Hat?

A:  Top Hat’s pricing structure revolves monthly and depends upon the amount of hours the child takes dance classes per week.  For children who wish to take more classes, Top Hat offers an unlimited class program as well.

Q:  Does Top Hat offer any incentives or discounts on tuition?

A:  Yes, Top Hat offers both discounts and incentives! “Hats Off To You” is an incentive program for enrolled students who bring in friends to Top Hat Dance Centre. Top Hat also offers discounts to multiple children enrolled from the same family, as well as full semester discounts.

Q:  What if my child is not sure they will like dance class?

A:  Top Hat offers a trial class for evaluation by both parties.  This gives the family the chance to see if we are the right choice for them, as well as the staff a chance to watch your child and decide which class would be best suited for him/her to excel.  If you decide not to enroll at Top Hat, there is no charge for this class.  If you find that we are the right choice and you register, then the class is treated as your first lesson.


Q:  Will my child be in a dance company at Top Hat if they were in a dance company at another dance studio?

A:  There is no guarantee on Company placement.  The staff at Top Hat chooses Company members from the classroom.  Invitations to Companies are issued in August for the upcoming year.  Top Hat requires that any students interested in Company enroll in our Summer Program.

Q:  If my child misses a class, can I get a refund?

A:  Top Hat offers make up classes to students who must miss class. We do not refund tuition paid for missed classes.

Q:  Can my child take only one form of dance?

A:  Yes, but only ballet. Ballet is the foundation of all forms of dance, so Top Hat does allow a student to only take ballet.  However, you may not enroll in a Jazz or Tap ONLY  program at Top Hat.  We require all students enrolled in monthly classes to include ballet in their training.  Some classes have ballet scheduled into their weekly class, while other students take a separate weekly ballet class.

Q:  Can I watch my child when he/she is taking class?

A:  Yes.  Every classroom has a viewing window.  However, we do not allow parents, siblings, friends, etc. to enter the classroom to observe.

Q: Can he/she take classes just for fun?

A:  Absolutely.  Top Hat will not pressure your child to be on a professional track.  First and foremost, we want dance to be fun.  Please know that when our staff sees talent, we will let parents know that their child has the ability to use dance as a stepping-stone for college scholarships or a career.

Q: What is the average class size, or student to instructor ratio?

A:  All class levels have different class sizes.  Beginning classes are kept smaller so that the student receives more personal attention and corrections.  Assistant teachers and student demonstrators are present to insure classroom efficiency .

As children get more advanced, classes get larger and more challenging with a faster pace enhancing the energy and experience