Studio Policies

SAHUARITA DANCE CENTER/SAHUARITA ARTS CENTER

STUDIO POLICIES EFFECTIVE 08/01/2012 (PLEASE SEE TUITION AND FEES FOR THOSE POLICIES)

 Registration, Tuition, Fees and Payment Policies: Please Refer to the “Sahuarita Dance Center Registration, Tuition and Fees Policy” for any questions regarding tuition and other fees. Please note, most fees incurred are non-refundable and non-negotiable!

Dress Code: Please Refer to the “Sahuarita Dance Center Dress Code Policy”

Class Schedules: The schedule is based on anticipated enrollment and may change at any time. Teachers are also subject to change on occasion.

Parent/Guardian Participation: For picture day and all recitals and performances, it is essential that we have parent participation. An adult representative from each family must sign up to help on the Sign Up sheets that will be posted in the Sahuarita Arts Center lobby. Sign up is on a first come-first serve basis. Families who do not sign up within the given time frame (TBA) will be assigned a position by staff. Help needed varies, but we always need parents to help backstage to supervise children and help ensure students are in proper costume with hair and makeup done. These parents will escort their group to the stage, and may watch their children perform from the side stage area. Other help needed includes costume repair, making accessories for costumes, stage and auditorium set up/clean up, ushers, ticket sales, poster distribution, advertising, etc. No experience necessary!

Class Cancellation Policy: In the case of instructor illness or other unforeseen event when a substitute cannot be found, a makeup class will be offered or students may attend a class another within one level of their current class level. Classes may be canceled because of insufficient enrollment. In the event a class is canceled, you will be notified and given the opportunity to transfer to another class. If you decide not to enroll in another class, you will receive a full refund of tuition fees. If a class is canceled, registered students will be informed by phone. Sahuarita Dance Center reserves the right to terminate lessons to any students. In such a case a refund for unused classes will be given.

Dropping Classes at Parent Request:  To drop a class, you MUST complete a “drop class” form by the 15th of the month PRIOR to the month you wish to cancel! The class schedule change will then take effect for the following month. Your class will NOT be dropped or changed by informing your instructor.  Please plan ahead! You MUST complete the “drop class” form to make your change effective. NO REFUNDS will be given for classes not attended. Drop forms are available online at www.sahuaritadance.net  REMEMBER, if you need to drop classes but do not complete a “drop form”, your tuition will continue to be charged and you will be responsible for tuition until the time we receive your drop form.

Changing Classes: With the agreement of the SDC administration, enrollment in one class may be exchanged for enrollment in a different class due to schedule conflicts or other reasons. You must complete a class transfer form to request the change. All changes are contingent upon available space in the new class and dancer proficiency. Additional tuition will apply if the new class requires a higher rate.

 Absences/Missed Classes/Make up Classes: If you are unable to attend a regularly scheduled dance class you may make it up in any other class at that level or one level above with instructor’s permission. We do not give credit toward the next month’s tuition. If a month has less than 4 classes due to a holiday, students may elect to schedule a makeup class. All makeup classes must be scheduled within 4 weeks of missed class! *Students participating in rehearsals (in our outside of class) for performances are allowed one excused rehearsal absence per semester. Students with more than one absence jeopardize their eligibility to perform.

Tardiness: Students arriving after the studio door has been closed by the instructor are tardy. Four tardies in one semester is considered one absence. *Students participating in rehearsals (in our outside of class) for performances are allowed one excused rehearsal absence per semester. Students with more than one absence jeopardize their eligibility to perform.

Teacher Absences:  Sahuarita Dance Center reserves the right to engage substitutes for classes when the regular teacher is absent. If a substitute teacher is not available, a makeup class will be scheduled by the teacher. If you are unable to attend the scheduled makeup class, you are welcome to attend another makeup class.  No credits or refunds will be issued in this class.

Student Removals from Classroom: Sahuarita Dance Center reserves the right to bar any student from entering class or to remove any student from class due to disorderly conduct/disruptive behavior, inappropriate dress (please see dress code for each class), or any other reason determined by the teacher and/or management as unsuitable behavior or dress.

Student Drop Off/Pick Up: Please do not leave your child at the studio unattended before/after classes.  We ask that parents do not drop their children off more than 10 minutes prior to the start of class, and pick them up within 10 minutes of class completion. THANK YOU!

Class Observation: Dancers learn best in an environment free from distractions. Parents of young dancers are allowed in the classroom the very first day of classes only. Thereafter, parents only will be allowed in class during specific observation times set up by the Director. Exceptions, with the approval of the teacher, are made for pre-schoolers who need additional time to feel comfortable and secure. There ARE view windows available at the Sahuarita Arts Center and Rancho Sahuarita Clubhouse, and parents may be able to observe their students from outside of the room. We do ask, however, that you please avoid bringing siblings/small children to the waiting/viewing areas whenever possible. The waiting/viewing area gets very crowded and noisy, and it becomes very distracting to the dancers. If you must bring siblings/small children to the waiting/viewing areas, please monitor them closely and ensure they are not running around or making excessive noise! Also, children are not permitted in classrooms without instructors.

Supervision of Children:  The waiting/viewing area gets very crowded and noisy, and it becomes very distracting to the dancers. We do ask that you please avoid bringing siblings/small children to the waiting/viewing areas whenever possible. If you must bring siblings/small children to the waiting/viewing areas, please monitor them closely and ensure they are not running around or making excessive noise! Also, children are not permitted in classrooms without instructors. Parents are responsible for any damage to the facility caused by their children. Please clean up after your children!

Injuries: Sahuarita Dance Center and its instructors are not liable for any injuries sustained while in class, or on the premises. As with any fitness program, you should contact your physician for approval and any limitations you need to follow. Please notify instructor(s) if you have any concerns about physical problems or injuries. Parents/legal guardians of minor students/ minor guests of the studio waive the right to any legal action, claims, demands, and causes of action for any loss, damage, or injury up to and including death, sustained on Sahuarita Arts Center property or during Sahuarita Dance Center performances or events, resulting from normal lesson activity conducted by the students before, during or after lesson time. Parents/ legal guardians of minor students/minor guests are responsible for any medical costs incurred as a result to injury on Sahuarita Arts Center Property. Adult students/guests of the studio are responsible for any medical costs occurred as a result to injury on Sahuarita Arts Center property

Lost/Damaged Personal Property: Sahuarita Arts Center, Sahuarita Dance Center and its partners and instructors are not liable for any lost, stolen, or  damaged personal items while on the premises Studio guests waive the right to any legal action for any items lost, stolen, or damaged personal items while on Sahuarita Arts Center Property

Performances:

· In December, students have an opportunity to perform on our Holiday Shows, which in the past have been either “The Nutcracker” or “Oh Holy Night”. Watch for information regarding auditions in early fall!

· The recital performance is held in May. This gives our students a wonderful opportunity to display a finished product reflecting all their hard work. The recital is optional but you must let the director know prior to November 15th if you will not be participating, as the Costume Fees are due by December 1st.

· The performing teams will have the opportunity to perform throughout the year at various local events.

Costume Policy: In most cases, costumes have to be ordered in December in order to arrive in time for May recital. It is also not normally possible to exchange for a different size once ordered. Therefore it is important that the dancer be present for measurements. Some costumes may require minor adjustments by the parent prior to the performance. For new enrollments after the first of December, an additional $10.00 expedition fee will be added to the recital costume fee.

Schedules, Special Dates and Events: It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of the school activities such as recitals and dates the school is open and closed. The school will post notices online and through the email mailing list. If students wish to participate in workshops, recitals, evaluations and competitions, it is the parent or adult students’ responsibility to be aware of all applicable dates and deadlines. It is the parent or adult students’ responsibility to take care of all fees related to these events. It is also the responsibility of the parent or adult student to inform the school of any address, telephone and/or email change.

Pictures and Videotaping of Classes/Performances: We do not allow videotaping of any class unless approved by the director. Pictures are allowed only before and after classes, with the instructor’s permission. Videotaping and photography will be allowed during the recital rehearsal only. No videotaping or photography is allowed at the recital. We have a professional video company taping the recital and the DVD is available for purchase.

Student Photos/Videos: Sahuarita Dance Center reserves the right to use class and performance photos and videos on its web pages and in promotional materials. Sahuarita Dance Center will NOT post any personal information about its students (i.e. student names). If you do not wish to have your student’s photo/videos used, you must notify Sahuarita Dance Center in advance in writing of your wishes. 

Studio Holidays: Sahuarita Dance Center will be closed for the following holidays (Monthly tuition fees will remain the same regardless of the number of holidays in the month, however if there are less than 4 class days in a month due to a holiday, a makeup class may be scheduled by parents) :

Labor Day

Halloween-Evening Classes Only

Thanksgiving Day and the Friday and Saturday following

Two Weeks for Christmas and New Years as set forth by the Sahuarita Unified School District

Memorial Day

July 4th

Spring Break as set forth by the Sahuarita Unified School District (Classes WILL be held during Fall Break)

Summer Breaks: TBA

Personal Property: Sahuarita Dance Center is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, personal property

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 DRESS CODE AND STUDENT EXPECTATION POLICIES EFFECTIVE 08/01/2012

Sahuarita Dance Center is raising its professional standards! We want our dancers to look, feel and perform at their best, therefore they are required to come to classes dressed appropriately for all of their classes. Please note the following dress code policy:

 

FOR ALL CLASSES:

Please come to class prepared and ready to dance – Students may not be permitted to participate in class if dressed in inappropriate attire!           

All Dancers should be clean, neat, and dressed appropriately following these standards:

Hair:

Ballet: Longer Hair should ALWAYS be pulled back and pinned securely in a bun! Short Hair must be secured from face. This rule WILL be enforced

All other dances/gymnastics/tumbling: Hair should be pulled back and out of your face in a secure ponytail.

Jewelry:

No jewelry except “stud-style” earrings is allowed in class. Jewelry can be a hazard to yourself or even others while dancing, especially if it gets caught or tangled.

Shoes:

Shoes are a must!!!  NO STREET SHOES (AND NO BARE FEET UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED)!

Wear proper shoes for the dance: Please refer to the specific dance code instructions (see below)

Keep dance shoes clean and in good repair! Do not wear your dance shoes outside of the dance studio, unless you are practicing at home.

Parents: It is not to your child’s benefit to purchase “shoes to grow into”.

If you have any questions, please ask your instructor.

Clothes:

NO STREET CLOTHES, NO JEANS, AND NO BARE MIDRIFFS!!!

You should be comfortable in your dancewear both physically and emotionally.

All clothing (except for Hip Hop) should be form fitting (not loose). Your instructor needs to see your body lines, so no oversized clothing please.

Please follow dress code for your dance(s). Make sure all your practice clothing is clean, neat, and in good repair (no holes/torn clothing)

No Costume-Looking Outfits (very distracting and should be saved for the stage).

 

CONSEQUENCES FOR FAILURE TO FOLLOW DRESS CODE:

1st Offence: Students will be given a warning and informed of dress code expectations

2nd Offence: Students will be asked to sit out of class, or they may go home and change and return to class. Students/Parents will also be offered an opportunity to purchase appropriate dancewear to wear and return to class. Parents may pay for dancewear by Cash or Check, or their Credit Card account will be billed for the purchase.

3rd Offence: Students must purchase appropriate dancewear to wear and return to class. Parents may pay for dancewear by Cash or Check, or their Credit Card account will be billed for the purchase.

 

Dancewear Items for Purchase (as available):

$1.00/Each: Ponytail Holder

$10.00/Each: Pink Tights

$25.00/Each: Leotard

 

 

 

 SPECIFIC CLASS ATIRE:

Creative Dance, Pre-Ballet and Ballet I

Girls: Pink Leotard - Ballet Skirt Optional, Pink Tights, Pink Canvas or Leather Ballet Shoes, Hair in a Bun (preferred, ponytails allowed)

Boys: Black athletic pant or shorts, a white t-shirt, and black jazz shoes.

Ballet II, III, IV & V

Girls: Black Leotard – No Ballet Skirt, Pink Tights, Pink Canvas or Leather Split-Soled Ballet Shoes, Hair in a Bun

Boys: Black athletic pant or shorts, a white t-shirt, and black jazz shoes.

Pointe Class

Girls: Black Leotard – No Ballet Skirt, Pink Tights, Pink Point Shoes, Hair in a Bun

Ballroom

Girls: Dress or Skirt/Blouse OR any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts and any color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Ballroom Shoes (see instructor for details before buying!)

Boys: Shirt, Slacks, and Men’s Ballroom Shoes OR  and any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts and any color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Dress Shoes (see instructor for details before buying!)

Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Performing Teams:

Girls:  Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts. Any solid- color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Tan jazz shoes (we prefer no laces) or foot undeez per teacher discretion (students in ballet/jazz combo classes may wear ballet slippers for jazz), and hair in a ponytail.

Boys: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color t-shirt, and jazz shoes.

Tap:

Girls: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color top (leotard, shirt or tank top). Black tap shoes (we prefer no laces) and hair in a ponytail

Boys: Black solid-color athletic pant or shorts, any solid-color t-shirt, and black tap shoes.

Hip Hop:

Girls: Any solid-color athletic pant, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Cleaned Soled Tennis Shoes.

Boys: Any solid-color athletic pant, sweats, or shorts. Any solid-color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). Cleaned Soled Tennis Shoes.

Tumbling/Gymnastics:

Girls: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts .Any color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). No Shoes Please! Hair in a Ponytail.

Boys: Any solid-color athletic pants, sweats, or shorts .Any color top (leotard, shirt, or tank top). No Shoes Please!

Folklorico:

Girls: Blouse, Folklorico Skirt, Bloomers, Robozo, Fan, Folklorico Shoes (See Instructor prior to purchasing)

Boys: Shirt, Slacks, Black Folklorico Shoes

 

 Student Behavior:

Come to class, ready to dance!

No Running Around or Horseplay in the Studio (before, during OR after class)

Do NOT go in the office

Do NOT go into empty classrooms unless instructed to do so by your teacher.

Do NOT bring food, drinks (except water bottles), toys or anything other than your dance supplies into the classrooms. Keep your personal belongings at home, in your car, or in the cubbies.

Pay attention to the teacher at all times

Do NOT distract your peers during class

Seek permission to enter the classroom and prior to leaving the classroom. Do not interrupt class for bathroom/water breaks or anything else whenever possible. This is rude and disruptive to your class.

Stay well hydrated, but drink your water before class, during a break scheduled by your teacher, and after class! You MAY have a water bottle for class.