School Information

about Dancers Inc.
Dancers Inc. is committed to providing high-quality dance classes to enhance the overall development of the child. We provide a safe and child-centered environment to encourage our students to explore dance with qualified, nurturing teachers.
Understanding Dance Education

As a parent, you play an important role in supporting your student financially, but your emotional support is of equal—and perhaps even greater—value. Encourage your child to be the best that he or she can be regardless of what others may achieve. Dance is an individual art form and children need to be allowed to achieve at a pace that’s comfortable. No two students will progress at the same rate, even if they experience the exact same training. It’s important to encourage children to focus on themselves, give their all, and be satisfied with their own accomplishments.

Not all children will develop into professional dancers. One of the primary goals of our faculty is to teach life lessons and skills that offer children the best chance for success. Dance education encompasses far more than technique and the steps your children learn. We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment through learning, experiencing the spirit of teamwork, and discovering what they can accomplish through hard work. Our goal is to educate the minds, bodies, and souls of our students, teaching them the skills needed for a successful life, whether or not they stay involved in dance.

Philosophy

Dancers Inc. is committed to providing high-quality dance classes to enhance the overall development of the child. We provide a safe and child-centered environment to encourage our students to explore dance with qualified, nurturing teachers.

We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement.

The highest educational standards are expected from all Dancers Inc. faculty members. They are lifelong learners who continue to educate themselves through certification programs, teacher-training schools, conferences, and other learning opportunities.

Key Contact Information

Key contact information for Dancers Incorporated

Address: 1130 4th Ave. SE Owner/Artistic Director: Jennifer Erickson
Decatur, AL 35601 E-mail: jennifer@dancersinc.com

Phone: (256) 355-2996

Fax: (256) 301-0337

Studio Manager: Martha Kaminsky

E-Mail: info@dancersinc.com E-mail: martha@dancersinc.com

Website: www.dancersinc.com

FOR THE PARENTS

We believe that a child’s success depends on the support of their parents or guardians. Because your commitment to the process makes an enormous difference, we encourage you to be a part of your child’s dance education.

 

Our programs rely on a positive atmosphere and educational experience for our faculty and students and their parents. Cooperation between all parents is expected. Showing respect—for other parents, the students, and the faculty—makes an important impression on the children. You are a role model for your child about how to interact with others in a professional setting.

 

Your child’s presence at all classes is imperative. The spirit of teamwork and the lesson of dedication are a big part of our school’s educational process.

 

Parents and teachers may look at a child’s learning from different perspectives. However, we believe they share a common goal: to ensure that every child receives the best possible training, both physically and mentally. Mutual respect among our faculty and our students’ parents provides the children with the ultimate care and education.

Special Information for Parents of Preschool Students

Our purpose is to provide the highest-quality preschool education in a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment. Dancers Inc. serves the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of the preschool students. We meet these goals with our age-appropriate curriculum and ongoing communication with parents.

Preschool dance is about helping children learn to tap into their imaginations and express themselves creatively, not necessarily about learning steps (although they do get introduced to basic steps). So don’t be disappointed if your child doesn’t pirouette around the house or look like a budding ballerina right away.

Separation From the Parent
The process of separating from the parent as the child attends dance class is an important accomplishment of preschool children.

As children mature, they begin to identify themselves as independent personalities. In separating from you, the parent, your child is learning

• to develop an interest in the activities of the dance class;
• to feel comfortable with other children in the class;
• to understand that his/her parent will come back and pick him/her up;
• to understand that all parents leave their children and come back for them.

It is important to know that at times young children will explore the limits of attending dance class and say they don’t want to go. This period may occur anytime, but it is usually short-lived. Here are some suggestions that might help you handle the situation:

 

• Emphasize what the child is doing at the dance class rather than what you do while he/she is in class.
• Before you leave, see that the child is involved in an activity or is in the hands of a teacher.
• Avoid prolonged good-byes.
• Ask the teacher for help in separation. We expect the crying (and usually the tears are for the parent’s benefit).

 

It May Not Be the Right Time

If your child cries or does not want to take class, don’t panic. If we push children and create more stress than they are already experiencing, they may come to perceive dance class as a bad experience. That kind of negativity could make them apprehensive about dance for a long time, which isn’t good for anyone involved. Never force your child into the classroom.

 

If your child stops attending class within the first month, the registration fee will be credited to the following year. We encourage you to have your child try again next year.

 

We recommend that children be encouraged to practice at home but not forced to do so. Repetition is one of the key elements for success with preschool dance students; the more they practice, the more confident they will feel. Practicing with your child allows you to join in the dance experience.

For our Students

The first step to becoming a successful dancer is making a solid commitment to your classes. Strong technique is a key ingredient and class is where you develop that technique. Come to each class prepared to learn and without personal distractions. Class time is your chance to focus on yourself, so try to leave your concerns or worries at the studio door. True progress is made when you look at each class as an opportunity to become better at what you love to do. Dance full-out, stretch a little further, become more aware of your technique, and make the most of every class.

 

Respect for the teachers is essential. Listen to each correction given, whether it’s directed at you or another dancer. A correction is an honor; it shows you how much a teacher cares about your progress as a dancer. Always say thank you when a teacher or choreographer offers you constructive criticism. Nothing can stop those students who apply themselves in every class and appreciate their teachers’ knowledge and experience.

General Policies

 

  • Parent and students should not enter the office space of the school. Please feel free to communicate over the counter of the office.
  • Use of the school telephone is limited to emergencies only.
  • Parents and students should never interrupt a class in session.
  • Only water is allowed in the studios. No food, drinks, or gum.
  • We love babies and young children and appreciate the chance to meet our students’ siblings. However, our priority is the safety of every child on the school premises. Children must be supervised at all times and are not free to run around the lobby or classroom areas.
  • Please do not dispose of dirty diapers inside the school. Large trashcans outside the studio are better suited for such disposal.
  • No cell phones or computers may be used during class time. (This means no emailing, Internet use, or text messaging.)
  • Students and parents are restricted from contacting teachers by phone, email, text messages, etc. All communication with teachers or the director must go through the Dancers Incorporated office. There are some exceptions, such as when a group is at a competition or dance event or there is an emergency.
  • Never speak negatively about teachers, students, or parents from other schools.
  • Never recruit students from other schools.
  • All students must show respect for their teachers at all times. Inappropriate behavior could result in dismissal from the school
Dos and Don’ts

Some parents may compare their child’s progress or class placement to another child’s. Watch for this behavior in your children as well and encourage them to focus instead on their own accomplishments.

Looking to other students for inspiration is good; however, making negative comparisons distracts children from focusing on becoming stronger dancers. In addition, speaking negatively about your child’s teachers, fellow students, or other parents in front of your child––or other students––could result in problems far beyond your original concerns. Often children will imitate a parent’s behavior with other adults or authority figures.

Children learn important lessons from their teachers and parents, acquiring behavior patterns through their example. Our school’s faculty takes that responsibility seriously. It’s our philosophy to encourage our students to feel, think, and act respectfully toward their peers, the adults in their lives, and themselves.

 

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s dance education (such as progress or class placement), please discuss them with your child’s teacher or the director. Talking only to other parents can lead to misinformation and confusion. Please contact the school office to set up an appointment; do not approach your child’s teacher or the director between or during classes or make contact outside of the school. If you do request a conference, please listen carefully to what your child’s teachers have to say. They spend a significant amount of time with your child and offer expertise in the field of dance education.

Classes Offered

*Ballet – A classical dance form characterized by grace, precision of movement and elaborate formal gestures and poses. It is the basis for all dorms of dance. It is highly structured and is set up in many levels so as to give each age and skill level the proper attention.

 

*Pre-pointe – This class is designed to introduce the dancer to pointe work with specially designed shoes. Pre-pointe strengthens the feet, ankles and turnout in preparation for working in the harder pointe shoe. Pre-pointe is a prerequisite to pointe. Students must pass a per-pointe test to enroll.

*Pointe – This class is a part of classical ballet, in which a a dancer supports all the body weight on the tips of fully extended legs and feet. Special shoes are required. A student must have several years of ballet training, graduate from pre-pointe and pass a pointe test to enroll in this class. Students do not typically go on pointe until 11 or 12 years old because of developing bones in the foot and ankle.

 

*Tap – This class is designed to teach the student rhythms and rhythm variations. Special shoes with metal taps are worn to strike the floor and create specific sounds. Music theory is also taught to give the dancer a better understanding of music and how to count.

 

*Jazz – This class is highly influenced by ballet and as a result, has a strong technical base. It is structured movement put to more popular music. Students are encouraged to take ballet in conjunction with jazz to better understand the movement.

 

*Hip Hop – This class is a type of “street dance” that has developed many of it’s own sub styles. It is a more “free” form of dance, usually set to hip hop or popular music. Though there is certain terminology, very little dance experience is required to begin hip hop. You will see this type of dance performed a lot in TV shows and movies.

 

*Boys Hip Hop – This class is designed for boys only. It teaches the same skills as a regular hip hop class but provides a more comfortable learning environment for boys and young men ages 6 and up.

 

*Fusion – This class Dancers Inc. has developed from a mix of hip hop and jazz styles. It is a somewhat technical class and requires at least 3 years of ballet and jazz to enroll. You will see this type of dance performed in TV shows and movies.

 

*Contemporary – This class is a more “free form” style of dance developed from a mix of ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern styles. Some technical ability is required therefore a student must have at least 3 years of ballet and jazz to enroll.

 

*Acrobatics – This class is designed to incorporate tumbling with dance. It is much like the floor-work seen in gymnastics but without any apparatus. Dancers are taught tumbling, strength, balance and flexibility.

 

*Cheer/Stunt – This class is designed for the student who wishes to learn skills associated with being a cheerleader. It teaches tumbling, stunting and cheerleading techniques.

Dress Code Requirements

Dancers Incorporated maintains a dress code to encourage concentration and a sense of inclusiveness (variations in attire can be distracting and contribute to feelings of inequality). Uniformity in dancewear allows the teachers to assess how well the students are implementing the technique being taught, problems with alignment, and other important aspects of dance training.

 

  • 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.
  • Boys age 10 and older must wear a dance belt.
  • Watches and jewelry should not be worn to class.
  • Dance shoes should never be worn outside.
  • Female students should wear their hair tightly secured and styled away from the face; a neat bun is preferred.
  • Students are expected to observe good personal hygiene habits. Deodorant is required for students age 10 and older.

 

Preschool:

Girls – Any style leotard, any color tights (but usually pink), pink ballet shoes and any color tap shoes. Intro to Dance students will need caramel color tap shoes.

Boys – Fitted t-shirt of any color, basketball or soccer type shorts or sweatpants, black ballet and tap shoes.

 

 

 

Ballet:

Girls – Pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Elementary levels usually wear leather ballet shoes and Intermediate to advanced usually wear canvas ballet shoes.

Boys – Fitted athletic shirt or t-shirt, jazz pants, men’s ballet tights, or basketball shorts, black ballet shoes.

 

Ballet Leotard Color Class Code

Elementary 1 – Light Pink Pre-Pointe – Mint Green

Elementary 2 – Light Blue Intermediate – Royal Blue

Elementary 3 – Lavender Advanced Intermediate – Burgundy

Elementary 4 – Hunter or Dark Green Advanced – Black

 

*The same leotard color may be worn for the dancers corresponding pointe class.

 

Jazz:

Girls – Any style dance wear…could be a leotard and tights or bootie shorts and a top. Shoes should be caramel color slip on jazz shoes or dance paws-type shoe.

Boys – Any color fitted t-shirt or athletic shirt, jazz pants, basketball or soccer shorts, caramel color slip on jazz shoes or dance paws-type shoe.
Tap:

Girls – Any style dance wear…could be a leotard and tights or bootie shorts and a top.

Shoes:

Petite- caramel “Mary Jane” style

Junior-caramel lace up or slip on

Intermediate & Advanced-black lace up or slip on.

Boys – Any color fitted t-shirt or athletic shirt, jazz pants, basketball or soccer shorts.

Shoes: black lace up or slip on.

 

Contemporary:

Girls – Any style dance wear…could be a leotard and tights or bootie shorts and a top.

Shoes: dance paw-type shoes.

Boys – Any color fitted t-shirt or athletic shirt, jazz pants, basketball or soccer shorts.

Shoes: dance paw-type shoes.

 

Hip Hop/Fusion:

Girls – Any style dance wear or athletic wear. Clothing can be loose and baggy.

Sneakers or boots made for dance.

Boys – Any style dance wear or athletic wear. Clothing can be loose and baggy.

Sneakers or boots made for dance.

Tuition and Fees

Registration Fee
$30.00 for first child
$10.00 for each additional child

An annual registration fee covers the cost of mailings, insurance, handbooks, and so on. Registration fees are not refundable with the exception of preschool students who are determined to be unready for dance and may receive a credit for the following season.

Tuition and Expense Policy

45 min-1 Hour $50.00 4 Hr. 45 Min-5 Hours $130.00
1.5 Hours $60.00 5.5 Hours $135.00

1 Hr. 45 Min-2 Hours $70.00 5 Hr. 45 Min-6 Hours $140.00
2.5 Hours $80.00 6.5 Hours $145.00

2 Hr. 45 Min-3 Hours $90.00 6 Hr. 45 Min.-7 Hours $150.00

3.5 Hours $100.00 7.5 Hours $155.00

3 Hr. 45 Min-4 Hours $110.00 7 Hr. 45 Min-8 Hours $160.00
4.5 Hours $120.00 (Unlimited)

*Tuition is based on a 35-week year and is divided up evenly into 10 monthly payments.
*Some months have 2, 3, 4 or even 5 weeks but each monthly payment remains the same. You may make up classes missed but we do not pro-rate any tuition for these missed classes. This includes sickness, vacation, weather closings, teacher illness or other emergency.
*Tuition is due on the 1st of the month and is considered late after the 10th of the month. This is regardless of holidays, vacations or missed classes.
*Statements are sent only to delinquent accounts after the 10th of the month. A $20.00 late fee will be added.
*A $20.00 service charge will be added to all returned checks. Anyone with 3 returned checks must pay in cash or with a money order/certified/cashier’s check.
*If an account is delinquent 60 days, the child or children will not be allowed to return to class until the account is brought up to date.

 

Recital Fee

$50.00 for first child

$10.00 for each additional child

*Due in month of February

*Non-Refundable

*Includes 2 complementary tickets per show, per family that dancer performs and a picture program book for each child.

 

Nutcracker Fees

$60.00 Per Dancer

*Due in the month of September

*Includes performance fee and costume rental

*Non-refundable

 

Private Lessons

Solo $30.00 per half hour

2 or more $15.00 per half hour, per person

 

Discounts

2nd child receives 10% discount (child with 2nd highest amount of classes)

3rd child receives 20% discount (child with 3rd highest amount of classes)

4th child receives 30% discount (child with 4th highest amount of classes)

Parent of student receives 50% discount (does not include R.I.P.P.E.D. Classes)

*Discounts apply to siblings only…not cousins or grandchildren

*10% discount on tuition only when paying entire year’s fees at registration, including recital and Nutcracker fees.

Arrival and Departure

We encourage students to arrive 15 minutes before class starts. For their safety, children under age 10 should be picked up immediately after class. Students ages 10 and older must be picked up no more than 15 minutes after their class or classes are complete

Attendance

All students are expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes. Each class offers a step forward in the educational process. A missed class could leave a child one step behind the other students. During the months of February through April, choreography for the recital will be taught and rehearsed. It is important for children to feel completely confident with the choreography and the year-end performance. Missing class during this period could result in frustration for the students and their teachers and classmates.

Tardiness

Dance is a physical activity that requires the body to be warmed upin order to execute movement safely. Late students miss the proper warm-up and/or barre and therefore may sustain injury. Students who arrive more then 10 minutes late may be asked to observe class for reasons of personal safety

Makeup Classes

Students who miss a class will have the opportunity to make it up with another similar class. Please check with the office to determine the best makeup class for your child.

Medical Information

Parents must notify the director/and or teachers regarding children who use an inhaler or who may require medications during their time at Dancers Inc. It is also important to inform the director and/or teachers about your child’s existing medical conditions or learning disabilities at the time of registration and throughout the school year. Our teachers are trained professionals who are anxious to work with all children and personalities, and the more we know about your child, the better the dance experience will be for all involved. All information about our students is confidential.

Illness

Colds, flu, and other contagious diseases occur frequently and spread easily among children. To help protect your own child’s health and to minimize the possibility of contagion at school, please keep your child at home if you observe any of the following symptoms:

• Nasal discharge that is green or yellow
• Complaints of ear pain
• Consistent cough
• Severe sore throat
• Eyes that are pink, burning, itching, or producing discharge
• Diarrhea or vomiting
• Fever

If these symptoms or other conditions deemed contagious are observed in your child during a class, you will be called to pick up your child immediately.

When your child has a fever, please keep him/her at home until the temperature returns to normal. If there are any lingering signs of illness, such as glassy or watery eyes, listlessness, and drowsiness, please keep your child at home. This will help to ensure that the illness has passed and that your child will be well enough to resume class activities the following week.

Key Studio Events / Studio Closures
  • Key Studio Events /  Studio Closures
    Dance Begins Labor Day
    Bring A Friend To Dance Week Fall Break
    Halloween Dress Up Week Halloween
    Nutcracker Pictures Thanksgiving
    Deadline to Order Recital Costumes Christmas & New Year’s
    The Nutcracker Spring Break
    Christmas Party & Family Visitation Week
    Classes Resume After Holiday Break
    Recital Pictures
    View Recital Proofs & Purchase Pictures
    Spring Recital

*We follow the Decatur City School Calendar.
However, we do not take all of the Monday holidays the schools do.

 

Please see the separate Studio Calendar
for the exact dates of each event and closure.

STAYING INFORMED

We work hard to make the dance experience organized and fun. Keeping you informed is one of our primary goals. Please read all newsletters and other school information.

 

Most Newsletters and important updates are emailed to you and posted on the Dancers Inc. website and Facebook page. Please make sure we have your correct email address and that you check these forms of communication regularly. Large packets of information like our Nutcracker Packet and Recital Packet, are handed out to your child at the end of class.

 

If you have any questions regarding the information distributed, we encourage you to contact the office at (256) 355-2996 during our office hours. We answer email on a daily basis, except on weekends. Feel free to email questions to the office at info@dancersinc.com. Please refrain from contacting the school’s staff outside of studio hours unless it is an emergency.

 

Website: www.dancersinc.com Facebook Page: Dancers Incorporated

We are constantly updating our website and Facebook Page. News, important parent and student information, contact information, and more are available online 24 hours a day.

Weather Cancellations

School closures due to severe weather conditions will be announced by noon on that day. Notifications of weather cancellations will be emailed, posted on the website and the Facebook page, and announced on the school’s voicemail message.

Class Placement

The school faculty meets regularly to discuss the students’ progress and/or placement.

It is our policy to offer appropriate opportunities to every child. Placement decisions are

derived from many years of teaching experience. Often a child is placed in a particular

group or class where he or she will feel confident, in order to promote the development of

self-esteem. Some students who are placed in a higher level become discouraged, only to

lose their passion for dance. Others respond to the challenge of being in a class with students

who are more proficient by pushing themselves to work harder. Placement is highly individual

and the factors that go into the decision are complex.

Discipline Policy

In order to maintain a happy, healthy, professional environment, students are taught the importance of being a part of the group. We encourage students to have respect for other students, the teachers and staff, and studio property, and we foster the development of good habits and compliance with rules of conduct.

Our staff and faculty are trained to use constructive techniques of discipline to maintain class control and handle individual misbehavior.

  • Children who exhibit unacceptable behavior or attitudes are told what is wrong and directed to a positive alternative approach or behavior.
  • If a child strikes another child, the two are respectfully separated and each is asked to explain what happened. They are then asked to help solve the problem, talk to each other, and reconcile with one another.
  • Children who are disruptive will be respectfully asked to stop the behavior. If the behavior is repeated, they will be reminded of it and told how it affects others. If the disruption continues, the children involved will be asked to sit down for a short period of time (usually three to five minutes) before rejoining the class.
  • If a child’s misbehavior continues to disrupt the class, the parent or guardian will be called to pick up the child
Class Visitors

Safety issues and legal responsibilities make it impossible for us to allow students to bring visitors into the classroom. Students should not invite siblings, other relatives, or friends to their classes with the exception of special events such as “Bring a Friend Week” and in-school performances

Classroom Observation

Parents are not allowed in the classrooms. However, there are observation windows located in two of the classrooms for you to view the class at your convenience.

In-class observations take place several times during the year including Halloween Dress Up Week in October and Christmas Visitation Week in December. As we get closer to the recital at the end of April and the beginning of May, we also “share” with other classes and invite parents to come watch as well.

 

Please refrain from interrupting a class. If you must remove your child early, ask our office manager to get them out of class. If the door to a class is open, please refrain from shouting instructions or distracting your child in any way.

Parking Lot Safety

The school is home to children of all ages. Please enter and exit our parking lot with extreme caution. Never park your vehicle in any area that is not a designated parking space. If you park in a space that is very close to the building or its windows, please do not leave your car idling. Please do not allow siblings to play in the parking lot.

Performance Team

The Dancers Incorporated Performance Team is a group of dancers, chosen by audition, that compete and perform at various competitions and events. This program is designed for only the most dedicated dancer. A complete Performance Team Membership Packet is available to more fully explain this aspect of our dance education experience.

The Nutcracker

Nutcracker Rehearsal Week: 2nd week in December
Nutcracker Date: 2nd weekend in December

All students taking Elementary Ballet Level 1 and higher participate in The Nutcracker. The show is held at the historic Princess Theatre in Decatur during the month of December. All students must participate in the dress rehearsal in order to participate in the show. Exceptions to the rule would include sickness or family emergency.

We highly recommend that each ballet student participate in The Nutcracker. No other local studio produces this show and we believe it gives our students more opportunity to learn and grow in their dance education.

Ticket Prices

$15.00 – Ahead of time

$20.00 – At the door

*All seats are reserved

 

We use an online ticket service, “TuTu Tix” to sell tickets to all our performances. Tickets for The Nutcracker will go on sale the Monday after Thanksgiving. There are on-line fees associated with the purchase of your tickets, much like using Ticketmaster. Due to the cost of producing this show, there are no complimentary or discounted tickets.

 

Nutcracker Handbook
A detailed Nutcracker Packet will be distributed to students in the month of September to help you and your dancer prepare for the performance. This includes information about pictures and rehearsal schedules.

 

Nutcracker Pictures
Class photos will be taken on a weekend in early November. Please see the Studio Calendar for exact dates. A detailed picture schedule will be listed in our Nutcracker Handbook.

 

All students are expected to be present for the group photo. All group photos are printed in our lovely Souvenier Nutcracker Program and it is important to be a part of our class presentation.

After the group photo shoot, students may choose to have solo portraits made in any or all of their costumes. Packages are pre-pay only. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled picture time. Our staff and photographer go to great lengths to create a beautiful set for these photos and will do everything to ensure your child takes a good picture. 

Annual Recital

Recital Rehearsal Week: 3rd week in May
Recital Date: 3rd weekend in May

All students participate in our annual recital to be held at Hartselle High School in Hartselle in the month of May. Please note that all students must participate in the dress rehearsal in order to perform in the recital. Exceptions to the rule would include sickness or family emergency.

The recital offers our students a professionally directed performance that allows them to present to their families and friends the results of a year’s hard work, dedication, and progress. Preschool students perform In their own show at 10am on recital day. All other students perform at the Main Show at 6pm on recital day. There is also a Performance Team Show at 2pm for all those on our competition teams.

A big part of dance training includes learning through performance. Although performance opportunities can help prepare some students for a possible career in dance, they also contribute to children’s success in non-dance activities. The experience helps build self-esteem and confidence, which can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong college and job interview skills. The rehearsal process is a tremendous learning experience as well. It helps the children develop retention skills, and by working with their classmates on a group performance, they learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best end result.

 

Recital Handbook

In February we will distribute a Recital Handbook to help you and your child prepare for all aspects concerning the performances.

 

Costumes

Costume Fees

You should be prepared to pay at least the following amounts:
$60.00 – Preschool dancers

$70.00 – Child sizes

$80.00 – Adult sizes

  • All costumes are ordered by the parent using our on-line service Costume Manager. Each student is given a costume worksheet during the month of October. This worksheet gives you instructions on how to order your child’s costumes. All costumes must be ordered no later than December 1st to ensure they will arrive for pictures in early April.
  • There are also on-line handling fees and taxes associated with costume prices. Prices may also vary according to child’s size. For instance, extra large child and extra large adult generally cost more.

 

We spend many hours determining the correct costumes for each class. All students will need one costume for each dance form in which they train. Costumes include all accessories (hats, gloves, etc.), but do not include shoes and tights.

  • Costumes are always age appropriate and of the highest quality possible.


Recital Tickets
$10.00 – Ahead of time
$15.00 – At the door
*All seats are reserved

We use an on line ticket service – TuTu Tix – for the sale of all our performances. Tickets for the annual recital will go on sale 3 weeks prior to the show at 8am. The parents of Senior graduating students may purchase tickets 1 day prior to the tickets going on sale to all other clients. There are on-line fees associated with the purchase of your tickets, much like using Ticketmaster.

Each client is given a “Ticket Voucher” which contains a special code so you may get your complementary tickets. Each code gets you two free tickets. You will receive one code for each show your child dances in. This is per family, not per child.

No one is admitted to the recital without a ticket. Infants and children who may have a hard time remaining seated during the entire performance should not attend.

Recital Photos

Class photos will be taken on a weekend in early April. Please see the Studio Calendar for exact dates. A detailed picture schedule will be listed in our Recital Handbook.

All students are expected to be present for the group photo. All group photos are printed in our lovely Souvenier Recital Program and it is important to be a part of our class presentation.

After the group photo shoot, students may choose to have solo portraits made in any or all of their costumes. There is no obligation to purchase photos. Please arrive at least 15 miniutes early for your child’s scheduled time.

Recital Rehearsal Week

Our recital is presented more like a Broadway musical production. Therefore, we have an extensive rehearsals the week prior to the show. We feel this week allows the dancer to understand the flow of the show and how each class will be helping tell the story. Please make sure your child is at all the rehearsals so they feel confident in the role they are playing.

Seniors and other older students are given lead roles in our production. Several factors go into assigning these roles: seniority, years of dance, dance level and skill, etc. These roles, along with the title of the show itself, are announced just after Halloween. Extra character practices will be scheduled for these roles. Times vary according to everyone’s schedule.

Student and Parent Use of Social Media

Use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blogging, and other online social-media vehicles is commonplace. This policy is intended to provide Dancers Incorporated students and parents with guidelines to eliminate any confusion concerning the use of social media.

  • You DO NOT have permission to reveal any information that compromises Dancers Incorporated. By that we mean you are forbidden to share personal information about the director, other students or their families, or anything that is proprietary and/or confidential to them or Dancers Incorporated.
  • Students and parents should neither claim nor imply that they are speaking on behalf of Dancers Incorporated.

  • Never post anything that could compromise the self-esteem of students who attend Dancers Incorporated.
  • If you post videos of class or rehearsals, don’t post any choreography in its entirety; Dancers Incorporated owns the copyright to all choreography taught at the school.
  • Respect the law, including those laws governing defamation, discrimination, harassment, and copyright and fair use. As stated in this handbook, parents and students should never post negative comments about other schools or teachers. Also, please do not post negative comments about school activities such as competitions, conventions, and performances or about the directors of those events.
  • Ensure that your social networking conduct is consistent with all of the policies contained in this handbook.
Summer Programs and Camps

Each summer Dancers Incorporated offers summer programs and camps for both current and new students. Summer activities are for children ages 3 and up. We offer a special Preschool Camp as well as weekly Mini Sessions. Our Preschool Camp is a wonderful way to introduce young children to the world of dance. Our Mini Sessions are a great opportunity for current students to keep up their dance skills or work to progress in a particular area, as well as introducing new students to our studio and it’s programs.

Termination of Enrollment

In certain circumstances, when it is in the best interest of one or more students, it may be necessary for the school owner or director to terminate a student’s enrollment. Every effort will be made to correct a problematic situation before terminating enrollment. Reasons for termination of enrollment include the following:

 

  • Disruptive or dangerous behavior by students or their parents
  • Abuse of other children, staff, or property
  • Inability of Dancers Incorporated to meet the child’s needs
Emergency Evacuation

Although we have never experienced an emergency evacuation at the school, we are prepared for such a circumstance. Emergency evacuation routes are posted in all classrooms and in the lobby. Students are to evacuate quietly and walk in single file as quickly as possible to the designated area, where teachers will check roll. Students and teachers are to return to classrooms and buildings when the all-clear signal is given.

Lost and Found

Please mark all dance wear, shoes, and personal items with your child’s name. We will make every effort to locate and return lost items; however, we cannot be responsible for any items that your child brings to class. At the end of each semester (December & May) the studio donates all remaining lost and found items to local charities.

Studio Rental

The studios are available for rental for meetings, rehearsals, birthday parties and other activities. Tables, chairs, sound systems, and microphones are available. Whether you’re planning a one-time, weekly, or monthly event, give us a call to determine whether we can accommodate your group or activity.