What was something your child learned over the program?
“To be patient, focus, follow the rules and instruction. The respect they show towards
- Joseline, parent
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I access the online classes?
It is necessary to download the ZOOM app in order to access our online classes. The ZOOM app can be downloaded to your laptop, smartphone or ipad. Each week the ZOOM link to AATT Academy sessions will be sent to parent / guardian email. Please be sure to set up your device and space at least 10 minutes before signing in.
Is AATT Academy an all-year-round program?
The Academy is in session for three semesters / seasons per year: Spring, Summer and Fall. Each season ranges from 5 to 9 weeks long, culminating in a student performance on the last day of the season.
I just finished registering and paying for the program. What’s next?
When you complete the online registration and payment, you will receive a confirmation. Once confirmed as a participant for this season, you will receive a Parent / Dancer Agreement form prior to Parent Orientation. Please review and sign the forms. You will also receive a more detailed fall schedule.
My child will also be learning remotely for school. Will taking virtual classes at AATT Academy after school be too much screen time?
Although AATT Academy will be held virtually and requires use of the screen, our dynamic program and teaching artists offer a high energy, self confidence building experience of dance and athletic movement through personal live feedback. This type of interaction boosts our students' physical, creative, emotional and mental well being, making it a different experience from sitting still in a virtual classroom. Students apply what they see and hear to their bodies, bringing the attention to themselves while learning new skills. AATT Academy provides rest time away from the screen and carefully scheduled fall classes for twice a week.
I am experiencing interrupted or low connection to WiFi at home. How can I access the classes?
Strong Wi-Fi connection is necessary to experience our virtual classes in real time. Along with contacting your internet service provider for help, check out any available local or statewide internet support. Click on the following link for free WiFi resources when available: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/resources/list-of-providers-offering-free-wifi.page
With a cell phone signal, a smart phone (with cell phone signal) may also be used as a hotspot for connecting your device (ie. laptop, tablet) to WiFi. Make sure your phone and carrier permit hotspot connections.
I have a limited space in my home. Is it still possible for my child to participate in genres like gymnastics?
Yes. Now that we are working through a virtual platform, our Teaching Artists have tailored and modified their classes so students can still learn and build knowledge in a variety of spaces, however limited.
“The core values stays with her.”
– Yvonne, parent
“I learned that I can believe in my self.”
– Gabriel, student
How much guardian supervision or hands on involvement is necessary while class is in session?
Every child's needs differ during the program depending on age, experience and learning style. Guardians should ensure attendance, device and camera setup, sign in, and a safe space for movement. Once class begins we engage every student as best we can virtually. If possible guardians can assist their child when needed. For example: assistance with a gymnastics move or encouraging their child to stay on task if unfocused or not participating. These suggestions are not mandatory but helpful, especially for our youngest students. Additionally, we welcome families to participate whenever possible and dance with us for fun and support.
What is the best smart device to use for virtual class?
A laptop is a preferred device to use for class. Though smartphones and tablets can also be used for Zoom, a laptop is best because of the larger screen size, stability of the camera and lasting battery life.
“I learned how to do handstands for over 5 seconds.”
– Alayna, student
How do I qualify for free tuition?
We offer partial to free tuition to families in economic need as a way to foster easier access to quality dance education.
Medicaid Benefit Card and / or WIC card holders automatically qualify for full tuition scholarship. Be sure to fill the online registration form and include your Benefit card # and / or WIC card information in the Medical Information section of the registration form.
We offer subsidies through various types of need-based assistance and discounts. Contact Cynthia at Cynthia@BAADBronx.org for details.
Contact:Cynthia Paniagua, Dance Education Coordinator | Cynthia@BAADBronx.org
“My favorite part was making new friends.”
– Carmelo, student
Can I select only certain classes offered (ex. Gymnastics) and not the others?
No. Registering to an AATT Academy season includes participating in all of the classes and genres of dance offered. Every student takes everything from 4 to 10 different genres of movement. This is an important part of exposing every student to a variety of dance genres in the same program. This fall, they will participate in Ballet, Hip Hop, Gymnastics, West African and Bangladeshi Folk.
What is the schedule for the Fall Virtual Classes?
Our Fall classes are scheduled for two days a week for 10 weeks. Classes are held every Monday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm - 5:25 pm starting on Wednesday, October 14th until Monday, November 23rd. There are two classes held per day with 5 min breaks between classes.
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When is the deadline to register my child?
The deadline to register for the AATT Academy Online Fall classes is October 9, 2020.
Is this a beginner level program? My child has never taken dance before.
AATT Academy welcomes all levels of dancers ages 6 to 9. It is a non- competitive environment that begins at a base level but challenges students who have higher skill. In other words we meet each student at their capacity and push them for growth. AATT Academy welcomes any child who’s never danced before as well as young dancers who want to improve their skills and grow.