Frequently Asked Questions
Where is parking available near DAA?
Unfortunately, we do not have our own lot. We recommend using the street parking available on 8th St or behind the studio on Detroit St. Please be aware of signs and daily parking restrictions.
One of our long-time instructors, Leigh Purtill, made a superb post on the parking options near DAA, make sure to check it out if you're planning on visiting us regularly.
Is public transportation a good option to get there?
In addition to being the greener option, yes!:
East <-> West: the 20 and express 720 bus lines run every 10 minutes on Wilshire Blvd, going from Commerce to Santa Monica. The stop is currently on Detroit, St., only a 3-minute walk from our studios. The nearest train station is Wilshire/Western (Purple Line).
On Olympic/La Brea, the 28 and express 728 bus lines run from Santa Monica to Union Station, where you can connect to the Metro Gold Line to Pasadena.
South <-> North: the 212 bus has stops towards both north and south directions on our block and on the other side of the street. This bus connects you to the Metro Red Line in the north (Hollywood/Vine) and the Expo Line in the south (Expo/La Brea).
- Can I use a credit/debit card to pay for classes and space rentals?
We currently only accept cash or checks for class and space rentals. We do not have an ATM on site but there are several options to obtain cash: Lassen's across the street via Cash Back and the main banks on Wilshire Blvd, a few blocks from La Brea: Bank of America, Chase, Citibank.
- Are service animals permitted in DAA?
Only ADA compliant service animals are allowed within the academy; pets are prohibited.
- Is DAA Handicap Accessible?
Yes, we have an elevator available for use during all open studio hours.
- I'm getting married soon and want a wedding choreography, can DAA provide this?
- How do I rent space at DAA?
To reserve space in studios, visit our Studio Rental page to select a room, and give us a call at (323) 932-6230 for availability updates.
- Are class prices the same for all DAA classes?
No, DAA's specific faculty classes are at a set rate of $15 per class ($12 for Union Members), currently only Thursday night's tap class is DAA Faculty. All other instructors act as independent entities. Class price is set at the teacher's discretion, for individual class prices check out the Schedule tab.
- Do you give Union discounts?
Yes, DAA and most of our instructors give discounts to Union members. The discount percentage, however, varies according to each class, please ask the instructor.
- What about discounts for professional ballet dancers?
All of our current ballet teachers have discounts of up to 50% off for professional dancers. Please ask the instructor.
- It's my first time taking this class, what should I wear?
DAA does not have a dress code but appropriate shoes are mandatory in all classes.
- My daughter is 6 and wants to start ballet, how do I sign up for classes?
DAA is the residence of the Marat Daukayev School of Ballet, which offers a full semester of classes for young dancers. Learn more about their program at maratdaukayev.com.
- My daughter is a Marat Daukayev School of Ballet student, Level 2, but we're not sure how to book a private lesson?
MDSB and DAA are separate businesses. We refrain from providing any information on their business/program/students or engage in communication between school and parents. To contact them, please go to maratdaukayev.com
- I left my bag in your studio, how can I get it back?
Dance Arts Academy is not responsible for lost items. We suggest you call our offices as soon as you realize you left your belongings in our premises so members of our staff can find it, keep it safe and with a pick-up date.
Please keep in mind that ALL unclaimed items in our Lost and Found area will periodically be taken to charity organizations (usually early June and late December). Under certain conditions (e.g. odor), we may opt to throw it away by the end of the day.