Program Guidelines

Class Absences

No tuition credit will be given for a student missing classes. Make-up classes are available and encouraged.  Students have one month to make up missed lessons.  If, for some reason, the student is unable to make up missed classes within this time period, please have the student check with the instructor, or office, regarding extending the time make-ups can be done.

Withdrawals

If a child is dropping from any class(es), the office must be notified in writing by mail, or email, thirty (30) days prior to withdrawal. Until such time, the space will be held for the student and the tuition will continue to accrue and be due and payable until such notification is received.  If a student during any regular program session is consistently dropping a class(es) for reasons other than illness or hardship, parents should consider alternative activities for their child. It is not conducive with our philosophy to participate when quitting is becoming a habit.

Arrive on Time

Students should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their schedule class time. This gives the student time to warm-up and stretch for class to help avoid injury to muscles and joints.

Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult. Small children should be taken to the bathroom prior to class. Our staff does not guarantee supervision of a child picked up late from class.

In the interest of the child’s safety, and respect for other students in the class, anyone arriving more than 15 minutes after the start of a class will only be permitted to observe. If you are running late, please call the studio as soon as possible. This will ease the child’s nerves as well as allow us to make special arrangements as needed.

Be Prepared

Students should arrived dressed, ACCORDING TO THE DRESS CODE, and with all necessary hair accessories and extra shoes in a small dance bag. Students who are not properly dressed, adequately prepared, or late to class due to lack of preparation will observe class only.

Hygiene

Proper hygiene is essential in all aspects of life. It is very hard to approach a child or parent about lack of cleanliness or a foul body odor. However, in a dance studio where activities induce sweat and children are moving throughout the space, odors can become a terrible distraction and an embarrassment for the child should a classmate be insensitive and say something aloud. To avoid these problems, please be sure all dance wear is laundered after each wearing, hair should be clean and pulled back properly, feet should be washed after school, deodorant should be a consideration for all students age 7 and up for dance class. Please: NO PERFUME prior to class as this will cause a terrible odor as well as aggravate allergies of other students.

Lost & Found

While we do maintain a lost and found box at the studio, PLEASE ensure that every item of clothing, etc., especially dance shoes, dance bags and book bags are appropriately labeled with your child’s name. The staff will assume no responsibility for lost, stolen or misplaced items.

No Food or Drink

No food is allowed in the reception area or hallway. Not only is this a cleaning problem, but the smells of some foods can irritate fellow students or distract a child who is very hungry. Drinks in containers that cannot be closed to avoid spilling are not allowed in the studio. Any damage caused by ignorance of this policy are the responsibility of the child and that child’s parents.

Observation & Videotaping

The doors are generally open for the last 10-15 minutes of class. However, if it becomes too distracting, the staff reserves the right to close the doors in order to properly conduct class. Parents MAY NOT sit in the classroom or VIDEO a class unless special arrangements have been made. Remember: it may not distract your child for you to be in class, but it is very distracting to other children who do not know you. Also, do not “sneak a peak” during class time; the blurry vision of someone looking in or just a shadow can be terrifying to a small child. Please keep all lobby conversations to a minimum and avoid use of the business telephone for unnecessary conversations. Sitting at the office desk is not permitted. Younger siblings should be taken for a walk or drive during class time. There are several other businesses in the building with us and it is imperative that noise in the common areas be kept to a minimum.

Outside of Class

Proper respect for the director, staff, studio, curriculum, fellow students, and facility is EXPECTED of all students, parents, and siblings, on or off-site. When participating in a studio event, performance, out-of-town excursion, or when wearing the studio logo, general deportment and behavior is as important as your ability to dance! Parents needing to speak to the staff should call the studio (or e-mail us) rather than hold instructors up between classes.

Dressing Room/Waiting Room information

We kindly request that when dropping off/picking up or waiting for your dancer, please keep the hallways clear and the noise at a minimum. It is for everyone’s safety as well as it will keep our neighbors in the building happy. You may not realize how distracting/disruptive it is to the classes in session when conversations take place standing outside the studio doorways. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Inclement Weather

In the event of bad weather conditions, please listen to WZID 95.7 or check their website at www.wzid.com for cancellations due to inclement weather. Students will not be contacted individually.

Classes canceled due to inclement weather will be made up. Please refer to the make-up schedule emailed and posted at the studio for the appropriate make-up class times. Again, in line with our policy or class absences, credit will not be given for classes canceled due to bad weather conditions.