POLICIES & CURRICULUM

REGISTRATION & ENROLLMENT

It is understood that when registering your child for lessons, he or she is enrolled for the entire year (September through May) with tuition being divided up and due on the 15th of each month. **A $15 late fee will be charged to those who have not paid by the last day of the month** This will be STRICTLY enforced!


Anyone who has not paid for two consecutive months will not be allowed to continue lessons until the previous months are paid (including late fees) Your child’s absence from class does not reduce the cost of operating class for that day nor for operating the studio in general. Therefore, credit cannot be given for missed lessons. While there is no penalty for students no longer planning to attend classes, written or verbal confirmation MUST be received prior to him/her leaving. Until said confirmation is received, tuition will continue to be due (with any late fees). There is a $25 service charge on all returned checks. Lessons are held each week except for specified holiday breaks and the occasional bad weather day or if the teacher is unable to attend class.


If the class(es) you registered for is full or cancelled, we reserve the right to place your child in the next available class. PLEASE CHECK YOUR CONFIRMATION CAREFULLY! The confirmation will also list your monthly tuition. ATD is not responsible for overpaid tuitions throughout the year. With our new online system, you will be able to sign in 24/7 and check your schedule & account status. Online registrations will not receive email or written confirmations.

*those students wanting to enroll in Pointe must be at least 13yrs old, have had at least 1 year of immediate prior ballet training and also enroll in a ballet class for the current year. Please check with Lindsay to see if you qualify before enrolling. Thanks


PROPER ATTIRE

Students are expected to have the proper attire by the 4th week of lessons. Girls should wear a leotard & tights or lycra dance pants or shorts & tops with proper shoes. (Colors & styles are up to you!) Boys should wear a t-shirt or a leotard with dance pants or shorts and proper shoes. We’d like all ballet students to wear a leotard so their bodies are more visible for alignment purposes. NO JEANS (shorts or otherwise) are considered proper dance attire. No jewelry should be worn to class; not only could it get lost or stolen, it can also cause distraction and possible injury. Absolutely NO GUM CHEWING during class -- this is an accident waiting to happen!


SHOES

Tap students will need black tap shoes with straps or ties; ballet students will need pink ballet shoes; jazz students should wear black jazz shoes, lyrical students should wear tan lyrical shoes; hip hop students may wear jazz shoes until recital costumes have been decided. All pointe students need to have proper pink pointe shoes (they need to be fitted for these and can do so at Flying D Dancewear in Peoria) Check out Discount Dance online & enter our studio code for 8% off your first order! (See links page for more info)


HOLIDAYS

Classes will be cancelled for 3 main breaks: Thanksgiving Break,

Winter Break and Spring Break. (see calendar for dates) There will

be no specified make up schedule for these classes. Tuition is

pre-calculated for these breaks. BAD WEATHER The policy for bad

weather is, if the school district (Galesburg, Dist. #205) has

cancelled classes for the day, the studio will also be closed. These

missed days can be made up if chosen but will not have a specified

make up time. If the school lets out early or starts late due to bad weather, there will probably be classes held that day but you can check the website or call to be sure. The cancellations are also

posted on WQAD, KWQC, WEEK, WMBD & 105.3 KFM.


MISSED CLASSES

If you child must miss a class, a call or email would be appreciated. Students may come to an age appropriate class at another time as a make up lesson. If your child does come to make up a lesson, make sure I know at the time of the make up so I can be sure they receive proper credit. Only missed classes will be eligible for make up. It is more advantageous for students to make up classes prior to Winter Break. After Winter Break we will be working on dances for the recital and each class will learn a different dance.

                                                                     

OBSERVATION

Parents are invited to observe the last 5 minutes of each class every week. Sitting or standing in the doorways or “peeking” throughout the class is VERY distracting. Thanks for your cooperation.


RESTROOM/DRINK BREAKS

All students should get drink breaks and use the restroom before and after class. It’s very disruptive if they leave during the middle of class unless specified.

                                             

MERCHANDISE

Merchandise for sale at the studio includes proper shoes & tights for class along with leotards and All That Dance items. There is also a “Used-Shoe Box” which you can borrow shoes out of until you order your own (of if you forget yours). We just ask that you return the shoes at the end

                                           of class so that other students may do the same. People may

                                           also donate their old shoes to the used shoe box. Check          

                                           our online team store for extra special ATD merchandise you

                                           can't buy at the studio!


                                          SPECIALTY DANCES

                                           These can be performed by anyone who’s enrolled in at least 2

                                           classes and shows a maturity to handle the responsibility. More

information will be handed out as the year progresses. I will also have a signup sheet for practice times. All those students interested in performing a specialty dance number must talk to Lindsay BEFORE Winter Break to sign up. Also, due to the growing interest in performing these specialty numbers, not all who sign up will be guaranteed a spot in the show.


DANCER OF THE MONTH & DANCER OF THE YEAR

A great award system for dancers to strive for. Dancers of the Month (students over age 7) are selected every month (September through May) based on attendance, overall attitude, respect for fellow classmates and the teacher, willingness to learn and practice and also their behavior in and outside of class. The Dancers of the Month are introduced at the end of the recital and the Dancer of the Year will be named at that time. Dancers of the Month are not limited to the number of years they can be chosen but the Dancer of the Year cannot be the same person within a 3 year span.


RECITAL

There is an annual recital in June in which each class performs. We order each class a costume for this performance (therefore, if your child is enrolled in 2 classes, he/she will have 2 costumes) Students are not required to purchase these costumes nor are they required to perform in the recital. However, performance in the recital requires purchase of a costume. All costumes will range in price from $45-$65 each which we feel is very reasonable. Costumes WILL be ordered during Winter Break and a $30 deposit is due at that time. **PLEASE NOTE: THE COSTUME DEPOSIT IS NO-REFUNDABLE** Payment for all costumes is due on or before January 31st. Any comments or concerns with this, please let Lindsay know.


WEBSITE

The ATD website is a great resource if you have questions throughout the year. It is updated with class schedules, cancellations and any other important information. We’re also on Facebook & Twitter!


TNT (Teachers In Training)

Are you interested in becoming one of our TNTs? Our selection

process is going to be a bit more involved, starting with the

2009-2010 year. We’re also revising the requirements for each

TNT in order to keep this program thriving & productive! Please

let Lindsay know ASAP if you’re interested!! Previous TNT

members who are chosen again will have first dibs on

scheduling. Please remember anything relating to TNT is subject to Lindsay’s discretion.

please read carefully!

updated June 2017

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