Frequently Asked Questions
~ What classes do you offer?
Please see Important Dates and Class Schedule for an overview of our schedule.
~ What is the tuition for classes?
The Tuition page details all the tuition for children's and most adult classes, as well. In general, tuition is based on the length of the class.
~ Do you offer any discounts?
Yes. We encourage students to broaden their dance knowledge; we offer a multi-class discount for students who take more than one class. We support families! We offer a discount for students from the same immediate family, meaning parents and their children. Sorry, cousins don't qualify. For those families that like to get everything done at the beginning, we applaud you and reward you with a discounted tuition for paying for 5 months if paid in full within the first month. All discounts are listed on the Tuition page.
~ When do classes start and end?
Classes start at the beginning of September and end the third week of June. Check out Important Dates and Class Schedule for more details on the class schedules.
~ What holidays are there no classes?
For detailed information on which holidays have no classes please check out Important Dates and Class Schedule. In general, there will be no classes for Thanksgiving weekend, and between Christmas and New Year's and the February and April public school vacation weeks. We do not cancel for school curriculum days or the many Monday holidays.
~ How do I know what level my child is?
The best place to start is to look at the age range for each class. This is listed on our Important Dates and Class Schedule page. The child should try the class first. The teacher will discuss the level with the student and parent; if there is a better solution, the teacher and/or director will make a recommendation.
At Pineapple Dance we stand for exceptional dance instruction, amazing instructors and a holistic community, but don't just take our word for it!
“Charlotte is a delightful person and caring teacher. She welcomes students warmly, accepting all levels and types of kids. Her Hip Hop class for boys is an innovative approach to meet boys where they are and bring dance into their lives. Charlotte actively fosters an environment for girls that is safe in terms of body image and beauty, a rarity in dance schools. Performances are not opportunities for girls to compare each other's bodies in an unhealthy way. Instead, performances are community-supported events where kids of all levels get a chance to shine and learn how to perform. Families are as important to Charlotte as the students she teaches! At the same time, she manages to expose young dancers to the practices of a professional dancer without the unreasonable pressures our old-school teachers used to use on us! My daughter studied with Charlotte from kindergarten through 6th grade. She had fun, learned ballet and contemporary, tried performing, and when she decided to move toward other interests, Charlotte accepted her decision as a normal part of growing up. Now Charlotte remains a trusted adult in my daughter's life. In our small community of North Amherst, you will find Charlotte supporting local farms such as the Swartz Family Farm and Simple Gifts Farm. You'll see her with her sons enjoying the local play grounds and shops. She is thrilled with her dance school's new location in the heart of North Amherst. I look forward to many years of Charlotte Doyle enriching our community through the joy of dance!!” - Jennifer Fabrizi, October 2011
“Charlotte is the best kind of teacher- fun, compassionate, and knowledgeable! As a hip-hop dancer, I came out of her class with a true understanding of ballet.” - Remy Fernandez-O'Brien
“Our kids always have a great time at Charlotte's classes. She is exactly what you want in a teacher- creative, inspiring, and always positive.” - Gavin Andresen, October 2011
"I have known Charlotte for ten years, both as the parent of one of her students as well as a colleague working on the same musical set twice. Charlotte is an amazing choreographer and dance instructor. She knows the developmental stages of children and thus knows what to expect from each age group. At the same time she is able to appropriately challenge each age group to go beyond their developmental expectations. Charlotte's instructional style is clear and consistent while at the same time set in a warm and friendly manner. I highly recommend Charlotte Doyle and promote Pineapple Dance.”- David Ranen, October 2011