Studio 56 Dance Center PARENT HANDBOOK 2020-21 EVERY STUDENT MATTERS, EVERY MOMENT COUNTS, EVERY CHILD MATTERS.
PHILOSOPHY WELCOME TO STUDIO 56 DANCE CENTER! We take our roles as mentors and teachers in your child’s life very seriously. It is our objective to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors. In the process, we strive to set the right example and help your child (and you) create memories that will last a lifetime. OUR PHILOSOPHY We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical capabilities. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance gives children the freedom to express themselves through movement. OUR MISSION Our mission is to create talented dancers while simultaneously encouraging the development of important values and life skills, such as teamwork, dedication, responsibility, leadership, respect, and self- esteem. STUDIO MOTTO “Where Everyone Shines.\" OUR VISION INSPIRING PASSION, DEVELOPING TALENT We believe dance is for everyone, no matter the skill level or body type. As such, we strive to offer a positive, challenging, and structured environment where great values are taught, and blossoming talent is developed.
2020-2021 CALENDAR KEY EVENT DATES: DEC 7-11 In-Class Parent Observation Week MAR 22-26 In-Class Parent Observation Week JUNE 9 Tumbling Exhibition JUNE 18-19 Concert OBSERVED HOLIDAYS, NO CLASSES: SEPT 7 Labor Day OCT 14-16 Fall Break NOV 25-27 Thanksgiving DEC 21 - JAN 1 Winter Break JAN 18 Martin Luther King Day FEB 15 Presidents' Day MAR 29-APR 2 Spring Break MAY 31 Memorial Day www.studio56dance.com | [email protected] | 801.261.31828
EXPECTATIONS Studio 56 Dance Center parents are expected to: Bring their child to the studio prepared, dressed, and on-time for each class Drop off school-aged children no more than 10 minutes early for class, as we aren’t able to supervise them if they arrive earlier Pick-up promptly at the end of class Make sure their child uses the restroom before class Respect the studio, staff, other parents, and students by cleaning up after themselves and supervising other children Pick up after themselves and leave the studio and parking lot free of trash Refrain from gossip Stay informed: read the newsletter, notes, and emails Ask questions to the office staff when they do not understand what is going on Encourage their child's growth as a dancer and student Support and cheer their child on, not be their dance teacher Parents are not permitted in the dance rooms. Once we allow parents in the dance rooms, it sets the expectation to young dancers that parents will be in class all the time. Please say a firm good bye to your dancer at the door. Studio 56 Dance Center students are expected to: Attend class regularly and follow the classroom rules Keep eyes on the teacher, be a first-time listener, wait their turn Practice outside of class Work to the highest level of their potential Use positive and kind language in the classroom Speak positively about Studio 56 Dance Center, students, teachers, and staff while in the studio, at school, and on social media Follow the dress code, arrive prepared and on time for class Finish every class with a thank-you to the teacher Wait at the doorway to be invited in by the teacher, even when class has already started. Do not interrupt the class or walk in during a combination Never sit down during class Never ask what time it is, how much longer, how long are we doing this, etc. Clap when another student is complimented in front of the class or asked to demonstrate Not bring food, drinks, or gum into the studio, with the exception of water Clean up after themselves and to throw out all of their trash Keep their hands to themselves, never hang on barres, and do not touch, lean on, or kick mirrors Not run in the dance studio Turn off their cell phone while at the studio and leave it in their dance bag during and in between classes Use the restroom before class Not leave the classroom during class without permission Stay inside the studio after class until an authorized parent or guardian comes inside to pick them up We reserve the right to dismiss any parent, student, or family for any reason at any time. Families who do not adhere to our studio and payment policies will be dismissed without a refund.
GUIDELINES Class Visitors: Safety issues and legal Parent Observation: In an effort to maximize responsibilities make it impossible for us to allow both instructional time and observational students to bring visitors into the classroom. time, parent observation will be permitted for Students should not invite siblings, other the entire class twice per year. Dates are relatives, or friends to their classes with the noted on the event calendar. Other exception of special events such as “Bring a observations are at the teacher's discretion. Friend Week.\" We ask that you observe quietly, that cell phones be turned off, and that siblings are Lost and Found: Please write your child’s name monitored and quiet during observations. on all belongings! This includes dancewear, Parking Lot Safety: The studio is home to shoes, bags, and personal items. We will make every effort to locate and return lost items; children of all ages. Please enter and exit our however, we cannot be responsible for any parking lot with extreme caution. The safety items that your child brings to class. There is a of our dancers is our top priority. Please talk lost and found bin in the hallway. to your child about the safety of staying inside until their guardian comes in to get them. Makeup Classes: Studio 56 Dance Center Studio Discipline Policy: In order to maintain offers no refunds for students who are unable to attend class. Students who miss a class may a happy, healthy, professional environment, have the opportunity to make it up with another students are taught the importance of being a similar class. Makeup classes are based on part of the group by reciting “Classroom availability of space in other classes and are not Rules” at the beginning of each class. These guaranteed. Please check with the office to rules encourage students to have respect for determine the possibility of scheduling a make- other students, the teachers and staff, and up class. The class must be made up within one studio property, and help to foster the month of the class missed. Four makeup classes development of good habits and compliance are allowed per season. with rules of conduct. Our staff and faculty are trained to use constructive techniques of Refunds/Credit On Account: Tuition, discipline to maintain class control and handle individual misbehavior. membership fees, class fees, and performance fees are not refundable for any reason. Refunds Our Studio Discipline Policy provides a are only issued when we cancel a class due to consistent and predictable way for teachers low enrollment. Account credit will be issued to to manage the behavior of dancers who do students who are deemed “unready” for classes. not follow classroom rules. The Discipline Studio 56 Dance Center does not give credit Policy will be reviewed with all classes during and/or refunds for class(es) missed due to the first two months of classes and whenever holiday, vacation, illness, weather, etc. No dancers need to be reminded. refunds will be given if a similar online class is provided in place of an in-studio class. This policy allows teachers to be committed to creating a classroom that is conducive to learning.
GUIDELINES Five Ways to Learn: Studio 56 Dance Center Safer Studio Policy: Studio 56 Dance Center offers a variety of service options including requires all staff and students to stay home when private instruction, small group instruction, they are ill. To reduce the community spread of traditional classes, online instruction and pre- Coronavirus, we follow best practices and recorded classes to meet the needs of students recommendations from our local health department and staff as well as for the ability to maintain and our industry associations. Studio 56 Dance service continuity in any situation. Center understands that unlike older children and adults, young children cannot be expected to Rescheduling, Teacher & Class Substitution: maintain social distancing at all times. Therefore, Studio 56 Dance Center focuses on a hierarchy of Studio 56 Dance Center reserves the right to measures beginning with keeping ill people home, reschedule or combine classes. followed by frequent hand cleaning and good Studio 56 Dance Center reserves the right to hygiene practices, amplified cleaning, and provide a substitute or replacement teacher curricular and facility adaptations to minimize as deemed necessary contact and mingling where possible. All studio Studio 56 Dance Center reserves the right to classes are backed up on an online learning deliver class content via an online system if platform. In the event a class is unable to be held classes are not able to be conducted live for at the studio, classes will convert to an online any reason including, but not limited to: learning platform until in-studio classes can weather, teacher absence, or governmental resume. advisory. Inclement Weather Policy: School closures due to Illness: Colds, flu, and other contagious diseases severe weather conditions will be emailed and occur frequently and spread easily among announced on social media by 8am for morning children. To help protect your own child’s health classes, and 2pm for after school classes. Please and to minimize the possibility of contagion at note that we do not necessarily follow school school, please keep your child at home if you closings as roads are often cleared by the time observe any of the following symptoms: studio classes begin. Any cancelled classes may be made up on your own time from our regular Nasal discharge that is green or yellow schedule of in person and online classes, based on Consistent cough availability. In the event that there is not a makeup Severe sore throat class available, a replacement lesson will be Eyes that are pink, burning, itching, or scheduled. producing discharge Diarrhea or vomiting Withdrawal From Class: To withdraw from Fever classes, you must notify Studio 56 Dance Center by If these symptoms or other conditions deemed the 15th of the month to discontinue payment for contagious are observed in your child during a the next month. To withdraw from class a parent class, you will be called to pick up your child must: 1) Email the studio, and 2) complete the immediately. official withdrawal form we email you. Automatic bank debiting or credit card charges will stop after the 15-day notice period. Tuition will not be refunded for classes dropped outside the 15-day window. Rollover Registration: For your convenience, and to reserve a space for the following season, annual membership fees will be automatically renewed and applied to your account on May 1st unless a
DRESS CODE TODDLER AND PRESCHOOL DANCE Girls: Any color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, hair pulled back. Ballet skirts are optional. Black leotard is recommended. Boys: T-shirt, athletic shorts or sweats, bare feet TUMBLING/ACRO Girls: Tank top or leotard, black dance shorts, bare feet, hair must be pulled into a ponytail or bun. Boys: T-shirt and athletic shorts, bare feet JAZZ/BALLET | STARS PROGRAM Girls: Pink convertible tights, pink ballet shoes, *STARS uniform, hair must be pulled into a bun. Jazz shoes are optional. Boys: Fitted white shirt and black athletic shorts. *$45 uniform fee due at registration HIP HOP Athletic attire. Clean tennis shoes. Hair must be pulled back. PROPER ATTIRE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES!
DRESS CODE THE IMPORTANCE OF A DRESS CODE Dress code is an important part of formal dance training. A dress code creates uniformity, minimizes distractions, helps dancers mentally prepare for class, and allows the teacher to see how well students are implementing technique and give placement corrections. Students are expected to be in dress code for every class. Hair and shoes are part of the dress code. Dancers who are not in dress code will receive a reminder note to take home. Dancers are not in trouble if they receive a note! The reminder note is the easiest way for teachers to communicate with parents quickly and easily on dress code matters. We understand that occasionally a dancer may be out of dress code due to unforeseen circumstances, and we encourage them to attend class anyway. Students should carry their dancewear, shoes, and other belongings in a dance bag. Please print your child’s name on the bag, as well as on all of its contents Dancewear is to be kept in good repair and laundered on a regular basis Watches, jewelry (except for post earrings), and safety pins should not be worn to class Dance shoes should never be worn outside Crop tops and wearing only sports bras are not allowed Female students should wear their hair tightly secured and styled away from the face; a neat bun is required for STARS and all ballet classes Students are expected to observe good personal hygiene habits Deodorant is required for students age 10 and older STUDIO STORE Studio 56 Dance Center offers dancewear and shoes for purchase. Visit the office to get fitted for leotards, tights, ballet shoes, biker shorts, jazz shoes, dance bags, studio t-shirts, and more. You can also check out our online store from the website.
CLASSROOM RULES 1. Listen and follow directions the first time. 2. Always do my best. 3. Be on time and prepared. 4. Respect, respect, respect! Myself, my teachers, my class, and my studio. 5. Remember the \"Thumper Rule\" - if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHAT WILL MY CHILD BE LEARNING? This is something every parent wants to know! Each one of our classes follows a monthly syllabus with skills and requirements that teachers use in their lessons each week. We will use the same class structure throughout the year and will modify, add, or change activities as the students develop through the year. Students will engage in improvisation games and activities during class. Improvisation allows dancers to create their own movement and patterns of movement. Students will develop at different rates and level; abilities will vary within a class. Please do not compare your child to others in the class. Towards the end of the year, all students will receive a report card with teacher feedback and a recommendation for what classes will be best for your dancer in the next season. HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF CLASSES Dance lessons can be an awesome way to encourage your child’s personal growth! At Studio 56 Dance Center, we’re not just teaching dance steps in our classrooms—we’re developing curious, compassionate young leaders and equipping them for success. We know that it can be a challenge sometimes to know what to do to offer support and encouragement for your dancer—especially if you are still new to the world of dance! Here are four of our best tips for making the most out of your child’s experience with us: Talk about dance at home Ask your child to teach you what they are learning Find out what your child likes best about class, or what they find challenging Voice your support Please let us know if your child is having a rough day. In turn, we will let you know if your child was having a rough day in class. We want to keep open communication with parents and feel we work best together as a team! Whether it be dancing for fun on a weekly class, wanting some extra performance opportunities during the year, or pursuing dance as a career, we care very much about each one of our dancers at every age and want to help them progress on a path that's right for them! If you have a question about your child's class, your child's progress in class, or a question for their teacher, please ask the office. Teachers are usually not available to talk extensively between classes, so we are here to help and make your experience fun, easy, and positive.
FINANCIAL POLICIES Tuition, Payment Agreement: Monthly tuition does not include the annual membership fee, dancewear, shoes, performances, costumes, recital tickets, or special events. Tuition rates are for the full season (September-June, including studio holidays), not by the number of classes in a month. A full season includes a minimum of 34 weeks. Tuition fees are monthly or annually. Tuition, fees, and performance payments are non-refundable. Studio 56 Dance Center does not give credit and/or refunds for class(es) missed due to holiday, vacation, illness, weather, etc. A $45 membership/registration fee per student or $70 fee per family is due annually each season for September-June. Membership fees are non-refundable, except for preschool students who are determined to be unready for dance. In which case, a credit may be issued for the following season. Studio 56 Dance Center requires a credit card on file with an authorization for direct payment. If I would like to have my account flagged for pre-payment by CASH only, I will contact Studio 56 Dance Center regarding this matter. If such matter has been arranged, I agree that I will pay the said amount in full 5 days before the 1st of the month or my card on file will be charged. Studio 56 Dance Centerl does not accept checks. I understand that performance fees will be added to my account upon receiving my consent to participate. I understand to withdraw from classes, I must notify Studio 56 Dance Center by the 15th of the month to discontinue payment for the next month. To withdraw from class a parent must: 1) Email the studio, and 2) complete the official withdrawal form we email you. Automatic bank debiting or credit card charges will stop after the 15-day notice period. Tuition will not be refunded for classes dropped outside the 15-day window. Should I dispute a charge through my financial institution, this will constitute a breach of contract possibly resulting in, but not limited to, penalties, additional fees, collection legal action, and/or termination of any and/or all current and future services. Discounts: Siblings receive a $5 monthly discount on tuition. Dancers are encouraged to take advantage of our multi-class discounts for maximum progress and value. Late Payment Policy: On the 2nd of the month, a $20 late fee will automatically be added to the tuition amount of those accounts with an inactive or declined card. Accounts 30 days past due are subject to an accruing 5% monthly finance charge until paid. Accounts more than 60 days past due may be submitted to collection services and dismissed from the studio.In the event payment under this agreement is not made at the time and in the manner required, the undersigned agrees to pay all cost of collection, including court cost, attorney fees, including charges and collection agency fees which would be 35% of the balance assigned, with or without suit.
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PERFORMANCES Performance Consent: You must turn in a consent to participate in the June Recital. Participation consents are due by December 15th. The consents are on the registration waiver and can be turned in to your teacher or submitted online. Payment Schedules: Choose 7 monthly installments (Dec-Jun) or 1 installment on Dec. 1st. The Recital package includes everything you need for a successful performance: All accounts must be up-to-date and paid in full to participate in performances. Students will NOT be able to perform if the account is not current. No refunds on performance payments will be made if a parent or guardian withdraws a child from the school prior to the recital. Purchased costumes may be picked up at the school during the costume distribution period and up to 15 days after the performance. Costumes not picked up after 15 days will be donated to charity.
PERFORMANCES A big part of dance training includes learning through performance. These experiences help build self-esteem and confidence, retention skills, and more! TUMBLING EXHIBITION: Our Tumbling Exhibition in June offers students an opportunity to shine in front of family and friends. They will anticipate this evening with nervous excitement as they prepare to show off the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress. The Exhibition will give each class 20 minutes of demonstration time. Each group will demonstrate skills together as a class, and each student will get to showcase a few of their favorite “harder” tricks with their instructor’s supervision. At the conclusion of their class demonstration, tumblers will receive an award and can take pictures with their teachers and supporters. Free admission Costumes: The Tumbling Exhibition costume is the recital shirt and shorts. JUNE RECITAL: Our June Recital offers our students a professionally-directed performance that allows them to present the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress to their family and friends. Students perform in each of the styles of dance they train in. Costumes: We spend many hours determining the correct costumes for each class. They are always age appropriate and of the highest quality possible. Students will need one costume for each of their classes. Costumes include all accessories (tights, hats, gloves, etc.), but do not include shoes. In an effort to ensure that costumes are delivered in time for recital pictures and an organized distribution to our students, costume orders are placed months in advance. Costume manufacturers do not accept cancellations or offer refunds; therefore, the school does not refund performance payments. Studio 56 Dance Center is not responsible if costumes are not received in time for the show due to late payments. Recital Pictures: One digital class image is included in the performance package. Class photos will be taken backstage during dress rehearsal. Arrival times will be in the final information distributed in May. After the group photo, students will have individual portraits taken. Instructions for ordering individual portraits will be sent home in advance and must be pre-ordered. There is no obligation to purchase additional photos. Tickets for Recital: Tickets will be available online for pre-purchase beginning in May.
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Studio 56 Dance Center PARENT HANDBOOK 2020-21 EVERY STUDENT MATTERS, EVERY MOMENT COUNTS, EVERY CHILD MATTERS.