New FAQs | Online & COVID-19
How do I sign up for class?
Click (here) to register online! Registration closes 10 minutes before online classes begin. Registration for in person classes closes 24 hours in advance.
Who should I contact if I need help?
The Zenon leadership team is working throughout the week to assist you as best we can. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
My class card expired while Zenon was closed. Can I get an extension?
Yes! We have missed you in the studio and want you to be able to join us when we return. At this time we are happy to extend all class cards that expired between March 16 – Sept 12, 2020 for six months.
If you would like to extend your class card please email us.
When will classes be back in person?
We are offering two in person sections for Belly Dance and Intermediate modern starting this fall, September 14.
At this time all of our other classes will remain exclusively online. We will continue to revalutate and adjust our online and in person options each month as the current public health conditions evolve.
When will I recieve a class link?
Class links are sent out when registratoin closes. You will recieve a link by email aproximately 10 minutes before class.
How do I participate in a Zoom class?
When you recieve a Zoom link you can click on it to join the waiting room. Your class host will admit you to class before it begins and check you in. We invite you to turn on your camera to most fully participate in class and ask that you keep your microphone on mute during class unless otherwise directed.
Video tutorials on how to download zoom and sign up for class are avaialable here.
What are your safety procedures for in person classes?
Our two classes with in person sections are limited to 9 students. Registration for these classes is required 24 hrs in advance in order to complete a waiver and health check before attending class.
For your safety and the safety of our instructors, masks are mandatory during class. If you have concerns about dancing in a mask, these classes are also available online and we invite you to join class virtually.
Our studios are cleaned in partnership with the Cowles Center. For more informatino about our cleaning schedule and to review our COVID-19 Preparedness Plan click here.
Will I be charged if I miss a class?
At this time we are not charging for any missed virtual classes. If you have purchased a class but are unable to attend, that class will remain on your account to use for a future class within the expiration period.
Late cancelations or no shows for in person classes will be charged unless we are able to fill your with a student on our waitlist. In order to avoid a cancelation charge please notify us by email 24 hours before the scheduled class.
FAQ | Zenon Dance School
What should I wear to class?
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing that allows a full range of movement and enables the instructor to see the line of the body.
Hip hop — please wear CLEAN sneakers.
Tap — please wear tap shoes.
Ballet — please wear ballet slippers.
Pointe class — please wear pointe shoes.
No jeans, street shoes, or large jewelry.
What if I don't have the shoes needed for a dance class?
If you’re just trying a class out for the first time, like ballet, you are welcome to take class without shoes. If you decide you’d like to take that class more consistently, we advise investing in the dance shoes needed for the class.
Can I observe a class?
No, as it is disruptive to the class and can make others uncomfortable.
Please contact the School Coordinator if you would like to observe your child’s youth class.
What level class should I take?
Youth — Youth classes are for children ages 3 – 14. Youth classes typically have a specific set age range.
Adult — Adult classes are open to ages 15 and older. Children ages 13-14 may attend fundamental or beginning adult classes with previous dance experience.
Fundamental — For the ‘beginner’ beginner. Geared toward individuals who have never set foot in a dance class before.
Beginning — Students looking to build basic technique. Should have some, if limited, experience and sense of rhythm, or dance vocabulary.
Intermediate — Students ready for a faster pace and more advanced combinations. Students should have some experience, good body awareness, knowledge of basic technique and terminology.
Advanced/Professional — Those ready for a challenge or have years of dance experience.
Can I extend my 10-class card?
No, the 10-class card has a one-year expiration date from purchase.
Exceptions may be made for severe injury/illness. Students must provide a physical note from a doctor to be considered for an extension.
Location and hours?
Zenon’s dance studios are located in The Cowles Center for Dance and The Performing Arts on the fourth floor.
Our check-in desk is to the right, down the hall from the elevators. An Xchange volunteer will open the desk approximately 1/2 hour before each class.
Volunteers are available to register students and answer basic questions about the school.
Zenon’s office is located all the way down the hall on the fourth floor (Room 400). The office is typically open from 10am – 4pm, Monday–Friday. Due to our small staff, the office may be closed at unexpected times. Please call ahead for an appointment if you would like to meet with a specific staff member.
Check out our Directions & Parking page for more info!
How early should I show up for class?
Please show up at least 15 minutes prior to your class to allow time to get checked-in, dressed, and warmed up before class begins.
Are there age limits?
Youth classes are for ages 3 -14, and each class is set for a specific age range.
Adult classes are for ages 15 and older. Children ages 13 -14 are welcome to attend fundamental and beginning level adult classes with previous dance experience.
Are there dressing rooms?
Zenon has men’s and women’s dressing rooms, as well as a lockable all-genders bathroom (past the elevators). There are showers in all of the dressing rooms/bathrooms, but bring your own soap. There are no lockers.
All genders are welcome here — please use the restroom and dressing room that best fits your gender identity or expression.
What is the difference in the class payment options?
Drop-in class — One-time class. Good for 30 days from date of purchase.
Enrollment — Sign up for one specific class for an entire session.
10-class card — A virtual “punchcard” that is good for any regular session classes. Cards expire after one year.
Payment types accepted
Credit card — Visa/MC/Amex/Discover
Check — Checks are accepted with a current phone number provided. Checks typically take up to five days to be processed.
Can I use an enrollment or a 10-class card to take a workshop?
No. All Zenon workshops are run through a special program and are not included in any discount program. Workshops must be purchased as a single drop-in; we do not accept enrollments, 10-class cards, or Zone memberships.
Can I take just the barre portion of a ballet class?
Yes, you can take just the barre portion of any of our ballet classes. When checking in for a class, please inform the volunteers you will only be taking barre. The cost for barre alone is $8, and the expectation is that you leave after the barre portion of class.
Dancers who stay past the barre portion will be reported to our School Coordinator and charged for the full class.
We are located in The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts on the fourth floor. Enter through The Cowles Center doors on Hennepin Avenue.
ABC Ramps — 5th St. & 2nd Ave. (B), 3rd St. & 2nd Ave. (C)
Daily — Each ramp has a unique rate schedule, most commonly starting at $4 and going up $2/hr.
Evenings — $5.25-6.50
Weekends — $5.50
Minneapolis Central Library — 4th St. & Hennepin Ave.
Daily — $5 for 1-2hrs, $6 for 2-3hrs
After 3pm — $5
Weekends — $5
Mayo Clinic Square — 6th St. & Hennepin Ave.
Sunday-Wednesday after 4pm — $5
Thursday-Saturday after 4pm — $10
*Daily rates are a bit pricier.
Hennepin & 10th Municipal Ramp
Daily — $5 for 1hr, $6 for 2hrs, $7 for 3hrs
After 4pm — $5.50
Metered Parking — Many blocks surrounding The Cowles Center. Use the Minneapolis parking app to pay!
Daily — $3/hr