Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I register?
A: You can DOWNLOAD A REGISTRATION FORM or REGISTER ONLINE. You can also call us at 713.526.1049 and we will mail you a registration form and answer any questions you may have. A 20% deposit is required to reserve a spot.
Q: Where do I take my child on the first day of camp?
A: Session 1 is at Soundbox Studios. Visit Soundbox website for location details. Session 2 is at The Wortham Center. Students should enter through the stage door at 510 Preston (on the North side of the building).
Q: What does my child need to bring?
A: Your child should bring the following:
- Healthy snacks – lots of them! Students will be dancing all day and need extra energy
- Water/water bottle (1 gallon/day recommended)
- Lunch (if not purchased)
- Personal items
Q: What does my child need to wear?
A: Your child should bring the following:
- Comfortable, cool clothes—must be easy to move around in. No jeans.
- No super short shorts and no tops showing midriff.
- Hair pulled/pinned back from face
- No special shoes required—sneakers, jazz, ballet shoes, and socks may be worn
- Int./Adv. dancers should wear the dance clothes and shoes they are already accustomed to wearing at dance class
Q: What level of dancer does my child need to be?
A: All levels of dancers are welcome. Because the camp offers dance training in a multitude of dance styles, it is unlikely that anyone would have intermediate/advanced experience in all of them. At this camp, it is more important that everyone has a great attitude, a lot of energy, and an interest in learning new things.
Q: What is the performance like?
A: It is a recital for our campers to share their accomplishments with family, friends, and the general public. Each session will offer new choreography different from the other sessions. The performance is free.
Q: Can students take classes in just one style of dance?
A: No. We expect campers to learn all the styles offered.
Q: Is lunch provided?
A: It depends. Lunch is catered only to those who sign up for our lunch plan. It is $10/day and must be registered for in advance. You may sign up for the lunch plan at checkout. Please inform us in advance if you have special dietary needs. Most children bring their own lunch. Please note there is not a refrigerator available.
Q: How do you handle dancers with varying skill levels and ages?
A: On the first day of camp, all students are assigned groups based on their skill levels and ages. For most classes, students take classes with those of their same skill level (advanced, intermediate, and beginning). Some classes are divided based on age level (i.e. 7 - 12, 13 - 17). Warm-up and activity periods are for all campers at once.
Q: How do you determine a students' skill levels?
A: First we consider their age and the level designated on their registration. Then our staff observes the dancers in a group session to ensure everyone is in a level that best fits each student.
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: 90% refund by mail on or before June 1st, 50% refund after June 1st, 25% refund on or after 1st day of camp.
Q: Is this a day camp or are there dormitories?
A: This camp is a day camp. If you are traveling from afar and need accommodations, please contact the office directly at 713.526.1049. Though we may not be able to accommodate your request this summer, we will know that there is interest for next year and plan accordingly.
Q: Do you work with children with special needs?
A: No, our staff is not trained to offer children with special needs the specialized attention they need. This camp is a specialty camp that requires athletic ability, maturity, and a high level of discipline.
Q: Can I take only one week of camp?
A: Possibly. This option is not available during advanced registration. The ARTS ALIVE! 1-wk session for kids ages 4 - 7 is a one week program.
Q: What is the security like?
A: The Bellaire location is secluded from the road and managed by a camp director and assistant director at all times. During most of the day while the students are in class, there are two additional teachers on location. The gentlemen who runs the athletic clothing company next door to our suite is happy to watch out for us (however, he asks that we not park in the spaces right in front of his store). The Wortham is guarded 24 hours a day by security officers and video surveillance. It is not open to the public.
Q: When is the earliest I can drop off and the latest I can pick up my child?
A: Drop-off is from 7:45am - 8:15am. If a chaperone is not visible at the front door during this time, you may let your child make his/her own way into the facility or wait for a chaperone to return. Chaperones accompany children by groups to the studios and may not always be outside when you pull up, but they will return shortly. Pick-up is from 5:00pm - 5:15pm outside the building. Should you wish to pick up your child earlier or accompany your child into the building at any time, please park and bring your claim tag with you to pass through security.
Q: What is your late policy?
A: Warm-up begins at 8am. Students may arrive late, though at The Wortham there may not be a chaperone on duty to accompany them to the studio. It is the parents' choice whether or not to park and walk the child into the studio or to let the child go on his/her own. No Limits camp closes at 5pm. There is 15-minute grace period for parents/guardians to pick up their children. If you are running late, please call 713-526-1049 to inform the staff. There is a $10.00 late pick up fee applied immediately at 5:15pm with a $1.00 per minute charge for each minute thereafter. If payment is not received on or before the next day, a $25 late fee will be assessed. Please understand our teachers’ and cleaning staff’s need for prompt student pick-ups at the end of the day. If you need to make arrangements for regular after-hour care or transportation, please contact our staff in advance of the start of your session. We would be happy to assist you with a special arrangement.
Q: What is the pick-up like at The Wortham?
A: We are instigating a new drop-off/pick-up policy in 2013. The person who registers the child(ren) on the first day of camp will be issued a claim tag to hang/show in his/her car. Each child will be given a corresponding claim sticker for his/her bag or belongings. Both parent and child must show these matching tags to the carpool chaperone at the designated reunion area. There will be 2 reunion areas--one on Preston and one on Prarie. Your hanging tag will state which reunion area to go to to pick up your child. Multiple claim tags may be issued to a each family upon request. The responsibility to give those cards to other people will be given to the person who registers the child(ren).