School’s FAQ

Q: Where is your studio, exactly?
A: Our MAIN STUDIO’S address is 788 West Market St. Akron, Oh 44303 – located in Highland Square, across from the Highland Square Library. We are in the upstairs space above Highland Square Pharmacy, Aladdins and Angel Falls Coffee House in the WESTMARK BUILDING. Martell School of Dance is located in the building next to Mary Coyles.

A: Our SECOND STUDIO (Martell Tu) is located at 1530 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44313 ( near Wallhaven) in the former Zack’s Frozen Yogurt Space next to the Nervous Dog Coffee Bar. Look for our new sign for Martell Tu! 


Q: Where can I park?
A: MAIN STUDIO: There is often street parking in front of our building or on the surrounding side streets. Our parking lot is behind the building and we share the space with 3 other businesses. There is a driveway between our building and Mary Coyles.

A: MARTELL TU: Parking surrounds this studio space.


Q: What do you consider your “dance year”?
A: Our dance year runs from September through May with our annual recitals in May. We also have a short summer program that usually runs between 4-8 weeks during the summer months.


Q: Where is your recital held and how much are tickets?
A: Currently, our recital is held at the Akron Civic Theatre in downtown Akron.


Q: Where should I purchase dance attire and shoes?
A: Martell School of Dance recommends Stage Center on N. Main Street for all dancewear needs. Stage Center knows our dress code and will provide you with the correct kind of attire and shoes for your dancer. They are also trained and knowledgeable in sizing dance shoes correctly. Please see their website for more information. www.stagecenter.biz.


Q:  How many students are enrolled at Martell School of Dance?
A: Currently we have around 400 (children and adult) students enrolled and dancing on a regular basis.


Q: How old do children have to be to start dancing?
A: We recommend students be 3 years of age and potty trained before taking dance class. We will accept 2.5 year olds IF they are potty trained and parents are comfortable leaving them in class.


Q: I am not sure I want to register, can I try a class first?
A: Absolutely! Your first class is always free. Please stop up and try a class with no fee and no obligation to register.


Q: How do I know which class my child should take?
A: Martell School of Dance offers a variety of styles of dance to satisfy all areas of interest, including, Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Fusion, Clogging, Musical Theatre, Ballroom, and a variety of adult classes. Below is a list of what is available to each age group…

  • PRESCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN: Ballet and Tap Only
  • 1st-3rd GRADE: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre, Acro, Clogging
  • 4th-6th GRADE: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Musical Theatre, Acro, Clogging
  • 7th-12th GRADE: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, Acro, Clogging

Q:  My child is interested in pointe. What are the requirements?
A: Anyone interested in taking pointe must be approved to be moved into the class. This is strictly a safety issue. Students must be strong enough to be on their pointe shoes and hold their technique. Although injury is common when you are physically active and athletic, we try to minimize that possibility for our students. Dancers are NOT moved into pointe based on number of years they have taken ballet; placement is based strictly on strength.


Q: May I watch my child in class?
A: We do not allow parents in the classrooms on a regular basis, however, we do have 2 observation weeks per year and we invite parents and family members to see what we’ve been working on!


Q: What is the best way to find out how my child is doing in class?
A: If you would ever like specifics on how your child is doing in class, please feel free to send me an email any time at jmcdonald@martellschoolofdance.com.  I am always happy to discuss individual progress .


Q: Do you offer adult classes?
A: Yes! Our adult program is growing every year. Currently we offer classes for adults in ballet, tap, jazz, ballroom, and Zumba!


Q: My child is interested in being a student assistant, how can he/she apply?
A: Our office managers, Brittney and Kris, have a list of all interested potential student assistants. If your child would like to be considered, they can ask to have their name added to that list. As assistants are needed, I will pull kids from that list to join our staff. Assistants are chosen based on skill level, attitude, attendance, respect for others, leadership skills and their genuine love for the art of dance.


Q: What is the SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM and how can my child apply?
A: Each year one student is chosen to be on scholarship for the upcoming dance year. This student receives an entire year free of tuition. They have the responsibility of certain staff and assistant duties and must participate in dance classes 5 days a week. The scholarship student cannot have any other extra curricular activities that would interfere with their duties at Martell and are expected to keep good grades. Our scholarship student is the only student who performs a solo in our annual recital.  Scholarship students are chosen based on age, maturity level, skill level, dance experience, leadership skills, respect for others, genuine interest in the art of dance and a strong desire to grow as a dancer. Anyone interested may apply with Kris or Brittney at the front desk. Please let them know you would like to be considered for scholarship student and they will add the name of the student to the list.