Dear Parents and Students,
We welcome you to Dream....Believe...Dance!!! I’m excited about the opportunity to get to know those of you that are new, as well as welcome back all my returning students. I’m looking forward to a fun and productive new session.
My teaching philosophy stays the same. The student will have fun while learning the fundamentals of dance. My goal is for every child to find an appreciation and love for dance….and for every child to feel appreciated when they are dancing.
Here are some things you'll need to know so all of us can have the best possible experience.
- Parents will not be allowed to stay in the room during their child’s class. You will be allowed to come in if the child needs you to change their shoes or if they need a bathroom break.
- There will be designated parents’ days where you will be invited in to observe and maybe even take part in the class. I want the children to be able to focus and learn. I generally leave the door to our room open so your child will still be visible to you if you are waiting in the foyer.
- TEARS: It’s possible your dancer may have a meltdown his/her first day of class (or two or three classes). Don’t panic! This is normal especially for our youngest dancers. It’s important to have patience with our little ones. They may need mom or dad to sit in the classroom the first few weeks and that is OK! If your little one cries, it’s best to take him/her out of the classroom to calm them down. It’s important to not force your dancer to participate. We want your dancers first experience to be a positive one!
- ATTIRE - The students may wear any color leotard and tights, bike shorts, leggings etc. However, it must be a dance outfit. If they would like to wear a tutu, I prefer that it be detachable, so the tutu can be removed when tumbling.
- SHOES - They must have leather like ballet slippers with the elastic band to hold it on and tap shoes by the third week of class. Specific shoes colors and styles are recommended below. Please be sure the laces for the ballet slippers are cut, so they do not keep coming untied. If you do not cut them, we will. Shoes will be for sale during our open house and the first week of class. You do not have to purchase from me, however I am suggesting that you do purchase the ballet slippers here. I have found ballet slippers without ties and the prices are comparable or less then stores such as Payless shoes.
- HAIR - must be pulled back! Please use a soft ponytail holder or hair accessories. A barrette on the top of someone’s head doing a forward roll hurts….ouch!
- Gymnastics classes can wear ballet slippers, gymnastics shoes or barefoot. Also, please be sure the students are wearing fitted fitness clothing. You don’t want them taking their hands away to pull their shirt down in the middle of a handstand.
Ballet - Pink leather or canvas ballet slippers
Tap - beginners black Mary Jane style tap shoes
intermediate black oxford style taps
Jazz - Tan slip on jazz shoes
Gymnastics - Barefoot, ballet slippers or gymnastic shoes.
- PERFORMANCES: We have a a Spring Recital ( 5/20/17 and 5/21/17). We also provide our performance classes with an additional community performance during Palmer days. We expect our dancers to participate at recitals and community performances. However, we understand that things come up and at times dancers are not able to attend. However, your child has worked really hard! One of the many amazing things that dance teaches a child is discipline. They deserve to have their hard work and dedication acknowledged. These life-lessons extend far beyond the studio too! Please note you may have to pay an admission fee to get into performances. When at all possible we schedule performance opportunities that do not require an admission fee for friends and family, however these opportunities are limited.
PLEASE DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD EARLY AND PLEASE BE ON TIME TO PICK YOUR CHILD UP. Staff members cannot be responsible for your children left unsupervised before or after class time. Parents are required to come into the dance room to pick up their child.
STUDENTS MUST WAIT TO BE INVITED INTO THE CLASSROOM BEFORE ENTERING. Often times classes run back to back leaving only 1 or 2 minutes for staff to take care of their personal needs. Do not send your child into the classroom before they have been invited in.
ABSOLUTELY NO GYMNASTICS OR RUNNING. We cannot allow unsupervised gymnastics or running during class time or in the waiting room. This is how injures happen and they can easily be avoided with your help in enforcing the rules.
PLEASE VISIT THE RESTROOM BEFORE CLASS TIME.
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