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How do I register for classes and workshops?

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By paying you save your space in the specific class you want. You are free to do this anytime in a few simple ways, either PayPal via our on-line cart, by phone with your credit card information, or by cash or credit in person during business hours. We will ask for the best phone number to reach you in case of any class cancellations due to extreme weather or low enrollment. The best thing about paying for the whole session is you are free to make-up any missed lessons before it's over! Please be aware that tuition once paid is non-refundable.
 
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I see there's a 5 student minimum--what happens if the class I sign up for does not meet this minimum?

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You will of course have a class on week 1, however if by the 1st day of week 2 there's still not the minimum number of students registered for that class you will get a phone call asking if you'd like to switch to another weekly offering. If that does not work with your schedule we will refund the session price minus a single-class cost (for weeek 1).
 
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I'd just like to drop-in to classes instead of registering, can I do that?

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Yes, some of our classes are open to drop-ins and the class description begins with this detail. For the art of Belly Dance however you will need to complete a full session of Introduction to Belly Dance before being an appropriate level to drop-in. If you are registered for Fundamentals, for example, you may drop-in for a 2nd Fundamentals class at the 1 hour drop-in rate since you are already registered for it. You are also free to use your punch card for this.
 
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How long do I have to use my punch cards?

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Forever--they do not expire. As such they are also not replaced if lost or stolen. They are not attached to any specific dance class or time, they're good for them all! We do require one student per punch card. Many students come more than 1x a week & therefore buy cards more frequently than others. We require your payment prior to class, so if you forget to bring your punch card we will ask you to pay a 1 hour drop-in rate (get a receipt!) which you can then bring back within a month and get your money back as we transfer a punch onto your card. We're cool like that.
 
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Oops! I missed my registered class--how/when can I make it up?

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We understand, as a dance school by/for adults, that things happen; baby sitters back out, overtime opportunities arise & just life in general can get in the way of what makes us happiest--DANCE. We love our regular students whom we see every week, but we get it--not every week goes how we plan. Before the session is over come to another weekly offering of your class or to an appropriate level drop-in class. You can even make-up classes before you miss them! All tuition expires at the sessions end, nothing rolls over.
 
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What should I wear to class?

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Dress for comfort. Almost everyone wears active wear (much like you're going to workout) such as stretchy pants with an elastic or fold-over waist, a T-shirt or tank top, and bare feet, dance slippers, or socks. You are welcome to add a hip scarf or coin sash (in good repair) or even tie a shawl around your hips to help see your movements better in the mirror. Sweat in inevitable in some classes but all of our classes are geared towards some fitness benefits, so perhaps a small hand towel is good, and being prepared with a yoga mat is smart.
 
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I've danced before--how do I know what level I should take?

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Speak with the instructor after taking one of their class samplers or a drop-in hour. Experience varies and we cannot possibly verify the quality of the instruction you've had, so while we don't believe every new student to our school needs to start with Intro/green star classes we do believe it is pertinent to have the same foundation of dance as our own students have had. Higher level classes may offer an audition if there's no upcoming class teaser. See the Workshops page for info on our next teaser event!
 
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What is parking like over by Arabesque?

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Free & easy! Belmont is quite open by us although on our side of the street there's no parking for rush hour (4-6pm Monday through Friday) which leaves it wide open for us in the evening. Our residential side streets do not require any permit and we even have Irene Street which is tons of diagonal spots for those who hate to parallel park. We are a stones throw from the Kennedy (90/94) between Kedzie & Sacremento.
 
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What if my friends and I all want a private class, just for us?

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We do that! Up to 30 guests, a 90 minute rental with an hour party-class tailored just for you, open only for you with private perks - starts at $250 - great for birthdays, girl's night, bridal/baby showers and bachelorette parties! Choose Belly Dance, Salsa, Yoga, or Showgirl Swagger aka Burlesque. Also available are professional family-friendly performances to enhance your event! Call for more details and for booking information.
 
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How else can I stay up-to-date?

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By checking this website, showing up occasionally at the studio, or by emailing your teacher directly. Your BEST BET is to anonymously subscribe to the ArabesqueChicago.com Emailing list for monthly email reminders on new classes, workshops & performances, events & instructor news--everything relating to the school. No worries, you can anonymously unsubscribe at any time as well. Social media is also good!



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