Dancers should arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled class and picked up promptly at the end of his/her class. Tardiness not only disrupts the class, but also prevents the student from getting the full benefit of instruction. If a student will be late or miss entirely, please contact our office so we may notify the instructor. Students entering the studio are here to dance. Please do not leave children unattended. Parents should watch their students while they are not in class so they will not be disruptive to the other students who are in class.
Parents may enter the classroom by invitation only. Classes run back to back, so it is very difficult for the instructor to talk with you during class time. Please contact the front desk to set up an appointment if you need to discuss any concerns. Parents are asked to wait in the studio lobby. Occasionally instructors may open the door for your enjoyment. All other times, we keep the door closed to keep the children's attention on the class and not on the distractions in the lobby.
We hold an "Open House" week every year. Family and friends are invited to sit in the studio and observe the entire class to see the progress that has been made. Our end of the year Showcases are held in May. These dates will be posted in the dance studio lobby.
We begin taking dancers at age two and a half. We offer classes in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and tumbling.
Ladies: black leotard with tan tights for tap or jazz classes -- black leotard with pink tights for ballet classes
Gentlemen: white t-shirt with black shorts or jazz pants
Students must come to class prepared with the correct dancewear, shoes, and with their hair tied back. No dangling jewelry or baggy clothes allowed in class. Coverups must be worn outside of the studio. *see student handbook for detailed dress code*
Patterson School of Dance is located in Lugoff, SC under the direction of award winning choreographer, director, and performer, Deanna Patterson Cobb. We have been open and producing successful dancers in the same location since 1981. Our studio is equipped with properly sprung floors, mounted mirrors, and ballet barres to provide your dancer with top-notch training in a safe and healthy studio setting. Our sprung floors protect our dancers much better than wood laid directly on concrete. The Patterson Dancers have performed at many civic and local events, including special performances for former president Bill Clinton, former governor David Beasley, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, and Morgan Fairchild. Deanna and her dancers also perform at the Pawmetto Lifeline's annual Furball, the Festival of Trees, and have been featured as the toy soldiers in the Carolina Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker. We have classes available for every individual dancer, ranging from beginners to advanced and for recreational dancers to the more serious performers. Become a member of the Patterson School of Dance today and watch us "Create the Magic"!