Julie Dickens, JDM School of Dance

Dance School Instructor

About the Expert

Julie Dickens is JDM’s artistic director and CEO. She has more than 40 years of dance experience. Julie holds a degree in biology and chemistry and a dance minor from Radford University. She also earned a nursing degree from the University of Delaware and worked in neonatal nursing before starting JDM School of Dance.


Q&A

 

What ages do you work with? And how many students are in each class?

We start classes at 18 months and have classes for all age groups, including adults. For our youngest dancers, we limit the classes to eight. And it depends on the age and level of the classes for the other class sizes. We offer classes that last for 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes. 

Are there recitals or performances?

JDM School of Dance has two dance recitals a year, a holiday show in December, and a spring show in June. We also have a performance team that focuses on performing and giving opportunities to dancers who want to dance more. We offer classes year-round, and we also offer summer camps and winter camps. One popular option is our Encampo Dance Camp, which teaches campers to dance to Latin-inspired music. They end their week with a performance and fiesta for family and friends. 

How should I prepare my child for dance class? And can I stay and watch the classes?

We strongly suggest that parents talk about what to expect during dance class. Encourage them while they dance. Also, ask them to show you what they do in dance class. Parents are welcome to stay and watch the classes. We offer a viewing window and TVs that show dancers in the classrooms. However, we know our parents enjoy downtime too, so it’s okay if parents leave and then come back at the end of class. 

In addition to tuition, what kind of fees should I expect?  

We have a yearly registration fee. If the dancer participates in recitals, there will be a costume fee and tickets. JDM School of Dance also has a dress code. We make it easy for parents to order right from our store at ShopNimbly.com/JDM. 

How important is a dress code in dance class?

A dress code saves dance parents time and money, and it also helps young dancers understand they are going to a structured class compared to unstructured playtime. Additionally, a dress code ensures that clothing is not a distraction in class and that dancers are appropriately dressed. While the JDM dress code is mandatory, we let dancers wear what they would like during parent-observation days throughout the season. 

What makes JDM School of Dance different?

We are rooted in the belief that dance shares the magic of life itself and that it builds confidence, strength, flexibility, relationships, vocabulary, tolerance, patience, and self-expression — all things you’ll need throughout your life. JDM offers a program for every dancer — no matter what age or ability. Dress code, class size, curriculum, and age-specific classes are what sets us above the rest. 

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