Policies

Class Placement

Class placement and advancement is dependent upon attention span, skill, ability, completion of skill, attendance, hard work, discipline, and practice at home. It is not dependent upon age or grade in school. Students with prior dance training will audition for class placement. Class placement is solely at the discretion of the instructor.


Class Attire

A significant part of the discipline of dance is being dressed appropriately for class. Our dress code encourages a neat appearance and discourages a “fashion show.”

All Classes- Hair is to be pulled up in a ponytail or bun. No dangling earrings, no bracelets, no necklaces.

Tap- Black leotard, tights, dance skirt, tan tap shoes (with straps) White socks are allowed for ages 8 and under.

Jazz/Lyrical/Musical Theatre/Hip Hop- black leotard, tan jazz shoes, tights with spandex shorts OR leggings, a warm-up top is permitted IF it is athletic/dancewear *students may wear a tanktop over their leotard; t-shirts are not permitted

Ballet- Girls must wear hair in a bun. Black leotard and tights, and pink ballet shoes should be worn; skirt is optional.


Arrival and Class Procedure

1. Arrive 10 minutes early to prepare for class.

2. Dancers may only bring water into the studio.

3. Students with multiple classes in an evening or other approved circumstances may bring a snack to eat between classes. Snacks must be consumed in the lobby and all trash must be disposed of in an appropriate container.

4. Hang your coat up and put your dance bag in the bench cubbies. DO NOT hang dance/book bags on the coat hooks.

5. All bathroom needs must be taken care of before class.

6. Preschoolers must have a responsible adult in the waiting room at all times, and school aged students must have an adult at the academy to pick them up at the time the class is scheduled to end.

7. For those students carrying cell phones, ipods, tablets, etc.: photos and videos ARE NOT to be taken IN THE COATROOM. This includes photos and videos taken with apps such as snapchat and instagram.

Please Note- The Tap Academy will not be responsible for any technology i.e.: cell phones, laptops, etc.


Waiting Room Etiquette

It is desired that the waiting room be a pleasant experience for all. Please keep all conversation positive, courteous, and thoughtful. Please leave any “negative energy” you may have encountered during your day in your vehicle. After all, The Tap Academy is “Where Happy Feet Meet”. Also, please share the seating in the “direct viewing area” so everyone gets an opportunity to get a closer view of studios A and B.


Boutique Purchases

1. Payment must be made when dancewear is ordered.

2. Write what dancewear you are paying for on your check memo line. If paying in cash use exact change.


Payment Method

Tuition, registration fees, costume fees, boutique purchases, and other extraneous costs (like recital DVDs) must be paid using separate checks with the purpose of the payment denoted on the memo line. Not doing so makes bookkeeping incredibly difficult.


Fall Semester Make-Up Classes

Should it be necessary to miss a class due to illness or inclement weather, the missed class may be made up if a phone call is made to the Tap Academy notifying the instructor prior to class. Check with Miss Lynne to fine out the appropriate class to attend during fall semester only.

Additional performance/community service opportunities will be available, such as the Wesley Manor Christmas Parade, the Hot Dog Festival, and area church worship services.


Recital Costumes

Costumes will be purchased by the student. The costume fee (for 2 costumes) per student can total around $120.00. However, every effort is made to economize and hold costs as low as possible.


Costume Account Prepayment

All costume fees are due by the last lesson in December. Parents are strongly encouraged to start pre-paying for costumes starting in September. However, prepayment is optional. When making a prepayment, write the date and the $ amount in the designated area on your child’s attendance sheet. Also, record the $ amount on the memo line of your check. Again, this is optional and hopefully will be helpful.


Performance

A performance is being planned for early June. It is important for all students to plan to participate in the entire recital weekend. Much time is sent preparing for the entire class to dance as a group. Participation, therefore, is mandatory for the benefit of the class.

Tan tap shoes are required for girls for performance unless otherwise specified. Pink ballet slippers are required for ballet students unless otherwise specified. Tan hip hop shoes are required for hip hop dancers. Pink ballet slippers are required for Lyrical dance.


Intellectual Property

Choreography and costumes to be featured in the current studio years’ recital, are not to be seen or used in public* until seed in paid recital. If students wish to dance in an event at their school, church, etc., they must use or borrow costumes from a previous year. Choreography must also be from a previous performance OR of the student’s own creation.

*This does not include Performance Troupe events, which are scheduled and organized by Miss Lynne.

Practice and Practice Chart Awards

Consistent practice of dance combinations and later in the year, recital dances is a valuable part of the success achieved by dance students to give their best effort at recital time. Students make their own “practice charts” with help from parents or using their own creativity. Then, four out of seven days a week from the announced start date, the student practices, at home, the recital dances one time and records the practice on the chart. The students bring their practice charts to the Sunday recital to receive their keepsake award.


Newsletters/E-mails

Newsletters will be regularly distributed to all students as desired. Once a newsletter is given to the student, he or she is responsible for the information contained in the newsletter. A copy of all newsletters during the year is kept on the sign-in table in a notebook to be read at any time during the year. Timely updates, announcements and newsletter will be available to every family who submits their email “address.”


The Dance Experience

The art of dance provides development of skills that will benefit your child for his/her lifetime. Dancing develops the whole child physically, mentally, and emotionally. Balance, timing, coordination, grace, and increased self-confidence are specific qualities that will be developed. Team work and a sense of great accomplishment are also gained. I congratulate you for choosing this experience for your child.


Our Philosophy on Dance

We believe that dancing can be a joyful expression of thanks to God for the wonderful bodies he has given us. It is to this end that we wish to serve Him by teaching young and old alike how to use their “Happy Feet.”