What You Need to Know

Policies & Prerequisites

Registration and enrollment in classes implies acceptance of all Tuition and Studio policies. Please follow our studio policies to ensure your child’s safety, progress, and a positive experience for everyone.

Studio Policies

Class Level Assignments

Our professional staff will determine which classes are best suited for your dancer to ensure proper training.  Careful consideration is given to potential, ability to comprehend quickly, natural body lines, maturity in applying corrections, and work ethic.  We try to place students in the most appropriate and challenging class for them.  Sometimes the teacher will determine that a student needs placed in a different class than what was originally assigned.  Should your child come home disappointed with their placement, it is your responsibility as a parent to remind them that hard work yields improvement.  They should work harder than ever and prove to their teacher that they deserve to be moved.

Please do not emphasize class levels with your dancer or with other parents and dancers.  That is ultimately detrimental to the student’s performance.  The level is not important.  Your child’s progress is what is important.  Focus on the work-not the level.  Remember that each child is unique and will progress according to their ability.

Beginning Pointe:  Pointe is the most demanding genre of dance.  A student will be invited to take pointe when the teacher has determined, by careful observation, that the student is ready.  Beginning pointe before a student is ready increases the potential for injury. 

Class Etiquette

We want all of our students to have an enjoyable and educational experience.  Your child(ren) will be treated with courtesy and respect and we expect the same from them.  Please ensure that your dancer(s) observe the following rules:

– Pay attention to your teacher.  Listen closely to your teacher to make sure you are understanding directions and corrections.  Don’t talk with your friends during class.  Talking with your friends disrupts the class and makes it difficult for the teacher to communicate with the students.  Meet your friends before or after class for social fun.

– Do not pull up or hang from the Ballet barres.  The barres are for balance and support only.  They can be pulled from the walls or you can get stuck in them if they are not used properly.

– Come prepared to dance.  Proper attire and grooming with positive attitude, ambition, and energy are essential for success.

– Show respect to your teacher and to the dancers in your class by being on time for the start of class.  Students who arrive late or leave early are disruptive to the class.   Avoid this by arriving early to allow yourself time to change into dance shoes, stretch, and to be ready to begin class on time.  Students who arrive 10 minutes after the scheduled class time are welcome to observe class; however, they will not be permitted to participate.  If a student needs to leave class early, they should notify the teacher before class begins.  Students may not leave class without first receiving permission from the teacher.

– Please leave food and drinks in the waiting area.  Dispose of your trash properly before entering class.  Be careful to avoid spills.  Spills ruin floors and trash attracts bugs.  Remember that there are other dancers and parents who will be coming after you.  Be considerate of others!

Teacher/Director Consultations

Please contact the front desk first if you have a question or a need.  Usually, the front desk personnel are able to address your concerns in a brief conversation.  If you need to discuss anything further regarding your child, please arrange a meeting or request a phone call with the teacher or Studio Director through the Administrative Assistants at the front desk.  Sorry, but teachers do not have time to talk between classes.

Class Attendance

Class attendance is important and crucial for improvement and progression and rehearsal attendance is important for developing performance skills.  In order for us to teach your child proper dance technique and self-discipline to the best of our ability, your dancer needs to participate fully and observe the following rules:

– Dancers at the intermediate level or above are only allowed to miss three classes per session.

– If you are sick and/or contagious, please stay home!  Students are requested to call the studio and report their absence, leaving a message on the answering machine if necessary.  Students should speak to their instructor later to determine a make-up class that they can attend.

– Classes that are scheduled as make-up classes are rescheduled for your benefit.  Please let the teacher know if you will not be attending.

– Your participation in rehearsals (including rescheduled or make-up rehearsals) is mandatory.  Please do not waste the time and efforts of your teacher and other classmates by not attending!  Extenuating circumstances need to be addressed with the Studio Director prior to the rehearsal.

– Students who are participating in “The Company Project” (Company Dance’s annual production at the Hershey Theatre) must attend all mandatory rehearsals.  This includes weekend show rehearsals, tech rehearsal, stage rehearsals, dress rehearsal, and both nights of the show.  Your attendance is required for any rescheduled rehearsals as well.

– Injured students are required to watch class and take notes.

– Cell phones are permitted in the waiting area only.  They are to be turned off or put on silent mode before entering the dance studio.

– As employees of Company Dance, teachers have the responsibility to keep their class under control and the authority to dismiss any student who is uncooperative and/or a disruption to the class. 

Dress Code

Students are required to follow the assigned dress code for their dance discipline.  Apprentices have the authority and responsibility to check their students before class and to determine if the dress code is being followed.  Inappropriate dress or behavior will not be allowed and may result in removal from the class by the teacher.

Class Observation

Observers are not allowed in class.  This is disrupting to the students and the class.  There is a “Parents Glance at Dance” week during August and December for parents to watch their dancer in class.  Siblings are allowed during the observation class provided they do not cause a disturbance.  Flash photography is not permitted during observation.

Waiting Area

Out of concern for our students and their families, the following rules apply to the waiting area:

– Children under ten years of age are not to be left in the waiting area/lobby without parental supervision.  Parents are required to supervise their child(ren) and limit their child(ren)’s noise level and behavior to prevent disruptions, reduce confusion, and make everyone’s wait quiet.

– Students are to take all belongings with them into class.  Company Dance is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.  Personal items that are left behind are placed in the lost-and-found box.

– Food, gum, and beverages are permitted in the waiting area only, not the dance studio.  There are breaks for water during shoe and class changes.  You may have food in the waiting room but please dispose of your trash properly.  Spills and garbage ruin the floor, attract bugs, and wreck the studio for the students and parents that follow you.  Be considerate of others!

Inclement Weather

If the Palmyra Area School District closes or dismisses early due to inclement weather, the studio will be closed.  If the Palmyra Area Schools have a delay, evening classes will be held as scheduled; however, morning classes will cancel.  A courtesy message on the studio’s answering machine will be left detailing the studio’s closing if possible but is not guaranteed. 

Tuition Policies

Registration

A $30.00 non-refundable registration fee is applied annually for each registration received.  The registration fee is active for one full year which includes both Fall/Winter and Summer sessions.  Although the registration fee is payable once-a-year, a new Registration form needs to be submitted for each session.

Tuition Due Date

If class is not held the first of the month, tuition should be paid prior to the first of the month or mailed to Company Dance, 306 Taxiway Road, Annville, PA 17003.

All accounts not paid by the 9th of each month will be posted on the bulletin board in the studio as a reminder that the account is outstanding.  The day after the posting, the account will be assessed a 6% late fee and your credit card will be charged for the overdue tuition and the late fee.  A statement will then be mailed showing the payment.  If the credit card charge is rejected by the bank or if you failed to provide us a functioning card number, your dancer will only be allowed to observe class until the account is paid in full.  Please keep in mind that this is not an auto-pay system!  Your account is being charged a fee in addition to your monthly tuition amount.  Please contact your bank if you wish to set-up a monthly auto-pay system.

Payment

Payment to Company Dance may be made by cash, check, money order, VISA, or Master Card.  We do not accept Discover or American Express.  We do not accept post-dated checks.  A $25.00 fee will be assessed for returned checks.

VISA and Master Card credit cards are accepted for tuition payments only without penalty.  Costumes, merchandise, and the fundraiser fee can be charged to a credit card; however, a $5.00 credit card fee will be added to card when the charge is processed.  No credit cards usage is allowed for show tickets and New York City trips; payments must be made by check or cash only.

Absence & Injuries

Classes are not pro-rated.  Full tuition payment for the month is required regardless of classes missed for any reason including but not limited to late registration, session start date, illness/ injury, cancelled classes, holidays or NY Trip.  If a class is missed due to personal reasons, including illness, injury or vacation, a make-up class can be scheduled at the discretion of the instructor.  Missed classes are not refundable.

An injured student is required to attend class and take notes.  Tuition is applied as usual.  The student is allowed to participate in class following the approval of the attending physician.

Annual Fundraiser

In order to offset the production costs of our annual performance at the Hershey Theatre, a $100.00 fundraiser fee is added to each account during the Fall/Winter session only, usually in January.  The fundraiser is in the form of ads for the show program.  It can be paid through ads from businesses or through personal ads placed in the show program.  Ads are not required to be submitted; however, the fee is still assessed on the account regardless of whether an ad was submitted or not.

Prerequisites

Age Requirements

For Tap and Ballet, the student must be at least 3 years old by September for participation in the Fall/Spring program and 3 years old by June for the Summer program.

For Jazz and Hip Hop, the student must be 4 years old by September for participation in the Fall program and 4 years old by June for the Summer program.

For Modern and Contemporary, the student must be 6 years old by September to participate in the Fall program and 6 years old by June for the Summer program.

 

Required Supporting Classes

To take Modern classes, students must take Ballet as well.

To take Contemporary classes, students must take ballet, modern, and jazz as well.

Intermediate and Advanced Jazz students must take Jumps and Turns class and Ballet as well.

“Company” or Invitation-only classes:  A student participating in Company Jazz classes must take Ballet as well, regardless of their dance level.

Broadway Tap and Jazz Production Companies:  A student participating in Jose’s Production Company classes must take their corresponding Tap, Jazz, and Ballet classes.

Competition Team

Competition Team is by invitation only.  The Competition Director and Artistic Director determine the students that they feel will be most suited for the current team based on technique proficiency, work ethic, ability to comprehend quickly, personality, ability to work well with the others in the group, and performance ability.

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeship is by invitation only.  The Artistic Director invites students to be an Apprentice based on technique proficiency, work ethic, leadership qualities, demonstration of concern for others, responsibility traits, personality, and ability to comprehend quickly.  All Apprentices must take all genres of dance in the Fall/ Spring and Summer programs.  They are invited to attend the annual trip to New York City to attend dance classes and watch Broadway performances.

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