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All instructors have the child’s best learning ability in mind. All students will be placed in the appropriate level of classes according to the teacher’s recommendation. The studio faculty meets regularly to discuss the students’ progress and/or placement. It is our policy to offer appropriate opportunities to every child. Class placements as determined by Mary Jo are final. 

Placement decisions are derived from many years of teaching experience. Often a child is placed in a particular group or class where he or she will feel confident in order to promote the development of self-esteem. Some students who are placed in a higher level become discouraged only to lose their passion for dance. Others respond to the challenge of being in a class with students who are proficient by pushing themselves to work harder. Placement is highly individual and the factors that go into the decision are complex. Each child progresses differently. Some children stay in the same level for three years or more while others may move to the next level after one year. Comparison with other students is never a good way to judge your child’s progress. We ask that you place your trust in our qualified professionals. Students will be evaluated throughout the fall season and if any class changes are needed, you will be notified. 

To be respectful of class time, Parents/Guardians should refrain from discussing class placements with emjaez instructors before or after classes. All class inquiries should be directed to Mary Jo at 

Please note: Registering siblings at the same class time does not guarantee they will be in the same show. 

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