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How do I sign up for class?
Click (here) to register ahead of time, or just show up to purchase a drop-in!
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!
Do I have to sign up for class in advance?
No, you do not. All classes welcome drop-ins!
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