Frequently Asked Questions
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that are somewhat form-fitting. Yoga pants and a tank top are a great idea – your teacher can see movements and body alignment in these clothes. Embellishments like belt loops and jewelry won’t be comfortable, so please take them off for class. In modern dance tradition, we dance barefoot, but you should pack some socks in case your feet begin to hurt. For Contemporary Ballet Classes, bring socks and ballet shoes (not pointe), and for Hip Hop class, bring skid-proof sneakers that have NOT been worn outdoors. Footed tights are too slippery to safely dance in so they may not be worn in class.
Why do parents wait outside and not watch the classes?
Some students find an audience to be distracting, especially if someone they care very much about is in that audience (like you!). It’s also good for the student’s social development to have time with other kids and a supportive teacher. We know that parents really want to see how their child is progressing, which is why we have Observation Week. We will send more info about Observation Week out as we get closer to the dates.
In regular class weeks, we like to offer the Epic Center Atrium to parents to wait while class is in session if you wish. This space is offered free-of-charge to us from the Arts Council. They occasionally host Atrium events at the same time as our classes, and in these cases we are not able to use this space. Please try to keep noise to a comfortable level in the Atrium, as we share this building with other arts organizations who host their own events. Additional space is available on the lower level of the building if the Epic Center Atrium is occupied by an event.
Bathrooms and dressing rooms...
It’s a good idea for students to use the restroom before dance class, as entrances and exits are disruptive. Parents of young children, make sure your little ones are taken to the bathroom before class (even though we have built-in bathroom breaks for the youngest classes). There are restrooms down the hall from the Wellspring Theater, by the elevators. We also have a dressing room available for changing clothes before and after class if desired.
Weather and emergency cancellations will be posted to WWMT/Channel 3, to our Facebook page, and send via email. We will also confirm classes are a "go" if the weather is questionable on our Parents & Students Facebook group page.
If bad weather cancels classes, how will I know?
Students age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult both on their way in and out of the Theater. Wellspring instructors will not release children to be picked up in front of the building.
Please only bring water into the Wellspring Theater. No chewing gum, candy, food or drink is allowed. This is to keep the theater beautiful and also to keep our dancers with food allergies safe.
A couple of rules...
Do you offer scholarships?
Wellspring provides scholarships to low-income families and those suffering temporary financial hardship in increments of 25%, 50% and 75%. Children and adults may both apply with first consideration given to youth applicants. Although Wellspring would love to award all applicants, scholarship funds are limited and not all requests can be filled. Click here to access our scholarship application form or request one from the Wellspring office at 269/342-4354 to receive by mail. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until scholarship funding runs out for the year.
Funding for Wellspring's Scholarship Program is provided by donations from individuals, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation, the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.