WELCOME to the Shirley McPhail School of Dance. We extend to each and every student a warm welcome into our world of dance. Upon enrolling with our school, you are entrusting a very special part of dance education to us. We are dedicated to the tasks of not only teaching dance, but also to nurturing the development of the mental and physical growth, coordination, poise, and grace of each individual. We hope that each family intends to take an active part in helping maintain an enthusiastic attitude toward dancing for your student at all times. This brochure will acquaint you with the policies we have established and the goals we have set. I would appreciate your reading it fully for a complete understanding of our school.
~ Edwina McPhail Worley ~
◆ September 5 First day of classes
◆ October 9 Classes will be held
◆ November 10 Costume Deposit Due ($65/child/class) –Mesa/Plaza Studio
◆ November 20-25 Thanksgiving Holidays – no classes
◆ December 20-January2 Christmas Holidays – no classes at either SMSD location
◆ January 3 Classes resume at both locations
◆ January 10 Recital Fee Due ($60 per family) – Mesa/Plaza Studio
◆ January 15 Classes will be held
◆ February 19 Classes will be held
◆ March 12-17 Spring Break – no classes
◆ March 30 Classes will be held
◆ April 2-7 Parent Observation Days
◆ May 26 Last day of classes
◆ May 30-31, June 1 MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal – Mesa/Plaza Studio
◆ June 2 Mesa/Plaza Studio Recitals
We do not observe schoolteacher workdays. If schools are dismissed or closed for inclement weather, please check our website, SMSDance.com.
◆ Students are placed in classes according to what they have accomplished
during the years they have studied dance. Dedication and natural ability
are also considered.
◆ No chewing gum, food, or drink are allowed in the studio or lobby;
◆ Please label all dancewear with student’s name.
◆ Hair must be pulled back and kept away from the face.
◆ No jewelry of any kind should be worn to class.
◆ Please have children wear a cover-up when entering and exiting the
studio. This means pants/skirt and top.
◆ We reserve the right to dismiss any student who upsets the harmony of
◆ Punctuality – It is disruptive to the student and teacher to enter class
late. Please do not drop off your child early or leave them at the studio
after their class time. We are not equipped to watch children that are
not in a scheduled class.
◆ Absences – Teachers will not slow down a class to accommodate a
previously absent student, but absences may be made up within the same
◆ Consultations – I am always pleased to talk with parents. It is
important we be made aware of any change in the student’s attitude
toward his or her class. Please feel free to call me.
~ Edwina Worley 512.345.1284both locations
January 10 Recital Fee Due ($60 per family) –
January 15 Classes will be held
February 19 Classes will be held
March 12-17 Spring Break – no classes
March 30 Classes will be held
April 2-7 Parent Observation Days
May 26 Last day of classes
May 30-31, June 1 MANDATORY Dress Rehearsal –
June 2 Mesa/Plaza Studio Recitals
We do not observe schoolteacher workdays. If schools are dismissed or
closed for inclement weather, please check our website, SMSDance.com.
Mesa/Plaza Studio Recital Information
This is a recital year again for the Mesa/Plaza Studio. The recital date is June
2. The mandatory dress rehearsals are May 30, May 31 and June 1. Not all
students will be required to be at all dress rehearsal dates. Please be aware that
participation in the recital is a commitment, and for your child to be prepared,
spring class attendance is extremely important. Please keep this in mind before
committing your child to the recital and purchasing costumes. The costume
deposit of $65 per child, per class, is due November 10. The non-refundable
recital fee of $60 per family is due January 10. (Costume and recital fees are in
addition to regular tuition charges.) Two tickets are included with the recital
fee. Extra tickets may be pre-ordered or bought at the door.
This is a recital year again for the Mesa/Plaza Studio. The recital date is June 2. The mandatory dress rehearsals are May 30, May 31 and June 1. Not all students will be required to be at all dress rehearsal dates. Please be aware that participation in the recital is a commitment, and for your child to be prepared, spring class attendance is extremely important. Please keep this in mind before committing your child to the recital and purchasing costumes. The costume deposit of $65 per child, per class, is due November 10. The non-refundable recital fee of $60 per family is due January 10. (Costume and recital fees are in addition to regular tuition charges.) Two tickets are included with the recital fee. Extra tickets may be pre-ordered or bought at the door.
A registration fee of $40 (plus $15 for each additional family member) and May 2018 tuition are due upon enrollment for Mesa students only. NO STATEMENT WILL BE MAILED. Tuition is due on the 1st of every month in advance and is the same for every month, September–May. If not paid by the 10th, a $10 late fee will be assessed. This applies to all payments. If the check is returned, there will be a $10 fee. We also accept credit cards – MasterCard, Visa and Discover – for tuition payments. If the card is declined, there will be a $10 fee. Please put student’s name on your tuition payment (especially if your last name is different that that of your child’s) and the studio attending. All tuition and fees are nonrefundable. If there are any questions or changes in reference to your account, log in to the Parent Portal link on our website – www.SMSDance.com – and update your information, or please phone the studio at 512-345-1284 (Mesa Studio). Thanks so much for your cooperation regarding this. Charges for missed classes cannot be deducted, but those classes may be made up.
Enrollment is for the entire nine months (September through May). If you or your student must withdraw from classes, an official drop form, available at both studios, must be completed and submitted to Studio Director Edwina Worley two weeks in advance. (Please note that this information should not come through your teacher.) Full tuition will be due for the entire month in which the drop occurs. May tuition is nonrefundable.
During the first week of every month and/or at teacher discretion, the blinds or
curtains in each studio will be open for observation so you may see your student
during class time. (Please be careful not to be distracting to the class activity.)
Visitors are allowed in classes only during Observation Week. The dates for
Observation Week will be April 2-7. This is a very special time for students
and teachers to have an opportunity to “show off” their newly learned
abilities and to give you an idea of their progress. This time is for adults
only. Please make arrangements for any other children on this date
◆ Combination Classes – For 3-8 year olds. Combination classes are designed
for the new, young student and combine ballet, tap and tumbling. These
classes introduce your child to the joy of rhythm, movement, and coordination.
◆ CJBT – Creative Jazz, Ballet & Tap is for fourth-year 6-7-year-olds or by
◆ BTJ I/II – Ballet, Tap, Jazz I/II is for fifth-year 7-9-year-olds or by teacher
recommendation. This class is taken for two years.
◆ Ballet – For 9-year-olds and up. The student learns the basics of Ballet Barre
and Center work and is exposed to French terminology that forms the basic
universal language of ballet. Emphasis is on proper placement, correct body
building and development of poise and grace.
◆ Tap – Develops better coordination, rhythm and timing and strengthens
the feet and legs.
◆ Jazz – A stylized theatrical form of dancing that promotes good posture,
strength, technique, and rhythm.
◆ Lyrical – A combination of both Jazz and Ballet, Lyrical dance uses the
technique and discipline of Ballet with the freedom of Jazz. Students must
be enrolled in at least one Ballet class in addition to the Lyrical class.
◆ Hip Hop – Following the music trend, Hip Hop dance classes focus on pure
enjoyment for the student. With its distinctive style, this course also incorporates
isolations and stretching exercises to enhance the student’s physical fitness.
◆ Contemporary – A non-traditional, emotionally-driven exploration of
motion that uses basic fundamentals of suspension, dynamics, fluidity, and
freedom of expression.
◆ Musical Theater – Taught by Lauris Blackwell. Ages 5-7 and 8-12 will enjoy
learning songs from hit musicals, acting, and movement.
◆ Cotillion Austin-Style – For boys and girls ages 10-13, “Cotillion Austin-Style”
provides training in basic etiquette, communication skills, and social dance
education. This is the perfect answer to the pre-teen’s desire for social activity.
◆ Adult Classes – It’s never too late! Classes offered in Tap (all levels), Ballet,
Jazz, Ballet Shape, and Hip Hop.
◆ Teen Specialty – For Intermediate/Advanced dancers who want to focus
on multi-style techniques. Helps to prepare dancers for dance opportunities
in high school and college.