Attendance and Tardiness
To reach their full potential in class, a student must attend on a consistent basis. We expect regular attendance from our students at Dance Designs. Please make sure your child arrives approximately 10 minutes prior to their scheduled class time. Restroom should be used before class time. If an emergency visit to the restroom is necessary during class time, students need only ask permission from the teacher.
Attendance is taken in each class. Regular attendance is critical to both an individual dancer’s progress and to the progress of the class. Make-up classes are available and should be arranged with Miss Natalie. There are no make-up classes available in April or May as we are concentrating on our recital pieces. Excessive absences could exclude dancers from all or part of their recital routines.
Being on time is very important because not only does each class build on the previous one, but in class, each exercise builds on the one before. If a dancer misses more than the first 15 minutes of class they may be asked to sit and watch to avoid injuring muscles that aren’t properly warmed up.
If you must be absent from class, please contact the studio to let us know. Students in Levels 1 – 4 should work with a classmate to learn any missed choreography before the next class. The previous week’s material will be reviewed in class…not re-taught. There will be no refunds for missed classes.
Inclement Weather Policy
We have built one snow day for every class into our schedule. After the first missed day due to inclement weather, classes cancelled will be rescheduled on the second Saturday following the day missed. You will be notified of the time at your next regularly scheduled class.
Be respectful of yourself, your classmates, and your teacher.
Listen and do your best…you are here to learn. Keep trying! Never say “I can’t”.
Keep your hands to yourself, no pushing or bullying of other students.
No gum or food in the studio. Beverages are only allowed for students in Levels 1 through 4.
Check to be sure you have all shoes and articles of clothing before leaving the studio.
Pick up any trash left behind.
Class Attire/Dress Code
Dance is a discipline. Having a dress code promotes unity and professionalism in the studio. It is important for the teacher and student to be able to see the student’s body and legs. Leotards and tights are appropriate for any class. We have a fairly flexible dress code. We want our students to be comfortable with themselves and their bodies.
Personal items: Please put your name on all shoes, dance bags and articles of clothing. Dance Designs in not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Items in the Lost & Found box will be donated to charity on a regular basis. Dance shoes should never be worn outside. Tap shoes should be worn only in the studio to avoid slipping on the waiting room floor.
Appropriate attire for classes
Creative Movement: Any color leotard, with or without skirt. While we prefer pink tights, any color is acceptable for this level. Pink leather ballet shoes are required.
Pre Primary/Tiny Tap: Any color leotard, with or without skirt. While we prefer pink tights, any color will is acceptable for this level. Pink leather ballet shoes and black tap shoes are required for this class. If the student is unable to tie their own tap shoes we recommend velcro tap shoes for ease in changing during class.
Ballet Class – Levels 1 & 2: We prefer black leotards (any style) and pink tights. Any solid color leotard is acceptable. Pink leather ballet shoes are required. Sheer ballet shirts are also acceptable.
Ballet and Pointe Class – Levels 3 - 5: Black leotards (any style) and pink tights are required. Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes (any style) are required. Pointe shoes should be approved by Miss Natalie.
Tap – Levels 1 - 5: Solid color leotard (any style), pink or tan tights and black tap shoes (choose the style of shoe preferred by the dancer). Tight dance shorts or legging are permitted over the leotard. No baggy shirts, shorts or pants.
Jazz – Levels 1 – 5: Solid color leotard (any style), pink or tan tights and tan jazz shoes (choose the style of shoe preferred by the dancer). Tight dance shorts or leggings are permitted over the leotard. No baggy shirts, shorts or pants.
School clothes are not acceptable. If a student comes to class wearing inappropriate clothing they will be asked to change their clothing or observe at the discretion of the teacher.
Hair…All Classes…All Levels: A dancer’s hair must be pulled back away from the face, off the neck and secured in a bun (or short ponytail, if approved by Miss Natalie for that particular class). Dancers with short hair should use a headband to hold their hair out of their face. Dancers are expected to come to class with their hair secured and ready to participate in class. Hair not properly secured can be a distraction to the dancer, classmates and the teacher.