To spread the love of performing arts by providing professional dance instruction to children of all ages and skill levels.
Our culture is a combination of our staff, our dancers, our Directors, our facilities, and our customers. It is the studio environment, a "vibe", and a perception all wrapped into a general attitude and way of “being”. While we don't always get it perfect, we do strive to promote a positive, upbeat and supportive culture. Part of that promotion includes encouraging our customers to be proactively positive versus passively indifferent or actively antagonistic. To help further define our culture, we've broken it down into three main components: Our Vision, Core Principles, and Code of Conduct.
It is our vision to contribute to our communities by training dancers to have kind hearts, compassionate deeds, humble spirits, eager minds, respected skills, healthy bodies and strong relationships.
Dimensions has seven core principles. These principles inform our attitude. Our attitude then frames our actions. Our actions define who we are. With that in mind, we encourage all Dimensions family members to adopt the principles while at Dimensions or a Dimensions event (for our Allstars, it is not just encouraged, but expected). The more consistent we are in our shared principles, the stronger and better we are.
We all have many unique dimensions (pun intended) that make up who we are, but we also all share a common creative spark. Whether that spark manifests as instruction, encouragement and support, or as participation, it is there in all of us. So, we rally around that spark as a common bond and commit to the following principles:
DISCIPLINE. Purposeful habits that build skills and define our lifestyle. Motivation burns out; discipline endures.
RESPONSIBILITY. The confidence that I own my actions and the outcomes of those actions, good or bad.
PASSION. Committing all our effort and emotion to accomplish the task at hand.
KINDNESS. Treating others in a manner that adds something positive, big or small, to their life.
RESPECT. Acknowledging the value of others and others’ property in our interactions with them.
GRACE. Allowing for mistakes, never jumping to the worst conclusion, and eager to return to the positive.
HUMILITY. Willing to be wrong or to be wronged, and still act in the strength of the other five principles.
How we conduct ourselves (our behavior) is how we "walk the walk" not just "talk the talk". Dimensions has an official Code of Conduct for all of our family (customers). Please read it through completely and make every attempt to adhere to the guidelines. Here is a summary of some of the top conduct expectations:
We never intentionally damage or vandalize Dimensions property.
We always treat other students, supporters and guests with respect and kindness.
We stop gossip and negative "venting" with kind words and positive counterpoints.
We never talk bad about other studios and/or other students
We keep our words and actions age appropriate; in other words, PG or less is a safe bet.
We clean up after ourselves.
Tuition is based on a 40 week minimum session (you might get more) from August through May.
This means, some months you'll have fewer classes (e.g. December), and more classes other months.
Tuition is paid monthly (on the 1st) at the same rate whether you start in August or January.
The earlier you start, the more value you get out of tuition.
We do not prorate for missed classes.
We do not prorate for scheduled closures (holidays, typically); they are already factored into the session.
Make-ups are offered for unscheduled closures/cancellations.
$75.00/month + tax
Dance is Fun(age 2)
$75.00/month + tax
$85.00/month + tax
$95.00/month + tax
Adult Drop-in(age 15-adult; class pace and some lyrics may not be appropriate for ages under 18 - parental discrestion advised.)
*Minimum 2 month commitment for auto-pay rates
$15 drop in,
We now combine the multiple-class discount and the sibling discount into one flat rate discount of $15/class. In both cases the highest tuition is full price and all others are discounted. Discounts apply to both the Music and Dance programs.
Exampl: Isabella takes Piano for $119/month. She can then take Level 2 Ballet for $74/month as well ($89 - $15). Her little sister, Angela, can take Tiny Tots for $64/month ($79 - $15), and their baby brother can take Talls-n-Tots for $54/month ($69 - $15).
Register early! The annual registration fee per student will increase throughout the year. This does not mean registering later is bad (we want you a part of our family whenever we can get you!), it just means you will have to pay a little extra.
Up until September 1st
$30 registration + tax
Beginning September 1st
$45 late registration + tax
Beginning October 1st
$60 late registration + tax
Beginning November 1st
$75 late registration + tax
After December 1st
$90 late registration + tax
LATE & DECLINED FEES
A fee of $25 will be charged to your account for any late tuition payments, including declined payments. There is a 3-day grace period for auto-payments before this fee is charged.
PERKS FOR DIMENSIONS CUSTOMERS
There are many perks for everyone who chooses our school. The primary perks represent the built-value you get for your tuition payments. Next, there are some added perks that are our way of rewarding your loyalty to the Dimensions family. The difference? Added perks don’t impact tuition pricing (if we didn't offer them, you’d still get great value out of your tuition). We believe primary perks are necessary to maximize the value of your tuition (as compared to what's offered by other studios).
To put another way, let's use a familiar food metaphor. Let's say cake represents the service all studios offer their customers; including us. That means the primary perks are represented by the icing. Some studios are just selling the cake. It's OK if cake with no icing is your thing, but to us, cake isn't cake without icing. Some studio agree and give you icing too. That's why we come in and spread it on double thick with our primary perks.
But what about the added perks? Well, that's like getting a whole other cake (with icing, of course), and some ice cream on the side, for no additional charge. Whether or not you accept the extra cake and ice cream (it is a lot, after all) doesn't change the cost of the first amazing cake with double thick icing. Make sense?
Weekly Open Technique class (age 7 and up) for dancers
Unlimited adult drop-in classes for one person (age 15 and up) per enrolled student on your account (maximum of two people designated for drop-in classes per account).
Access to pre-registration in April (closed to the public) for the upcoming year with $0 registration fee; one day only.
One professionally recorded/edited digital video of the End-of-Year show for all dancer participants.
Dimensions student t-shirt.
Secured customer broadband WiFi.
Charging station/study area for homework or remote working while waiting for class to start/end.
Weekly quality instruction.
Curriculum based classes (not a “wing it” atmosphere).
Certified, professional instructors.
CPR and First Aid certified staff.
Clean and professional facilities.
Special impact absorption sub-flooring to reduce fatigue and chances for injuries.
Optimal student-to-instructor ratios based on class dynamics
Dedicated admin staff separate from instructors.
Dedicated viewing areas for customers.
Annual recitals for dance; twice per year recitals for music.
Multiple-class and sibling discount.
Annual student achievement award.
Annual student evaluations.
In the early 2000's, studio director, Christy Kearney, began to notice something in the dance community. There were good after-school programs for dance (at that time she was a Director for one of the most successful after-school programs) and there were really good traditional studios in Albuquerque teaching from a more serious and exclusive approach (Christy actually received her childhood training from Fishback School of the Dance ˗ one of the pillars of the Southwest dance community). What was missing, at that time, was a studio serving everyone else.
Christy believed there were kids interested in dance who wanted a professional studio experience, but not the pressure typically associated with that environment. On one hand, she saw recreational dancers and school team dancers who wanted more technique and foundation training. On the other hand, there were traditional dancers who were looking for more options to find their place as well as more enjoyment in general. To Christy, there was this wonderful middle-ground overlap between styles, talent, skill, body type, and goals that was sorely under-served.
She was right, and the natural solution was to be the solution.
Build it, and they will come...(hopefully)
In the first part of 2003, Christy (and her husband Brian), began to strategize. If this was going to happen, they would need a name, a basic curriculum, a building, and money. Then, after months of business planning and begging for startup capital from friends and family, Christy got important news from a colleague in the Cheer industry. A cheer gym was closing down operations and their space would soon be available. It was the perfect opportunity in a great location.
After securing a lease, the hard work of converting a cheer gym into a dance studio began. Painting, filling in gymnastics pits, building out a viewing area for spectators, and laying a 2,500 square foot dance floor were just some of the tasks ahead. It took many all-nighters and, again, the amazing help of friends and family (this time with labor not money) to get the studio ready for business. At one point there were a dozen people, on hands and knees, at 1 in the morning, hammering nails into the refurbished subfloor to get it prepared for the Marley dance surface. It was exhausting and a bit stressful, but on June 3, 2003, Dance Dimensions (the original name of the studio) opened its doors for business.
The Dimensions Timeline
The 2003-2004 dance year was our first recital year. Recital was in May 2004 at Hope Christian High School Gymnasium.
2003 we started our Allstar Dance program - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dimension Allstars
2006 remodeled the main studio to have two rooms (versus one big one).
2006 we added our Music program!
May 2006 our first recital at Popejoy Hall.
2007 remodeled the upstairs to have a small classroom.
June 2007 we changed our name to Dimensions School of Dance & Music and updated the logo.
August 2008 we officially added competitive cheer to our programs.
2009 overhauled our allstar dance program. Dimension Dance Allstars (which now boasts over 50 competitive dancers and 6 teams)
2010 we moved the Cheer operations to its own facility. (Fifth Dimension Allstars)
June, 3, 2013 we celebrated our 10th year!
August 2014 Christy, Bre, Stacey and Juliet became some of the first Booty Barre certified instructors in Albuquerque and our Adult Fitness program is launched!
April 2015 we sold the Cheer gym which was purchased again a year later by Cheer Central ˗ if you're interest in Cheer, check them out.
2014-2016 we survived the 2-year Paseo/Jefferson/I-25 reconstruction!
July 2016 Christy becomes the first certified POUND instructor in Albuquerque!
August 2016 we shut down for 3 weeks to renovate the facilities into the beautiful studio you see today!