Dancin' Around Dance Studio Recital Handbook
Welcome to Dancin’ Around Dance Studio in Lansing. We hope that you will find the following information helpful and that your child will enjoy his/her classes in the months ahead.
The purpose of this handbook is to give students and their parents a clearer understanding of the study of dance and the philosophy of the studio’s dance program.
The philosophy of our dance program is to teach the basic fundamentals of dance in a safe and sound manner and to instill in our students an appreciation of the arts in an enjoyable atmosphere. Our main goal is to teach the love of dance as a performing art.
As a dancer, you have the unique opportunity to be both an athlete and an artist With the idea that dance is both a sport and an art form, comes the responsibility of maintaining your ability.
Appearance, Attitude, Attentiveness. A good appearance means dressing appropriately for the class. A positive attitude means that you are willing to learn new things along with being supportive of those students who need extra help during classes. Attentiveness means paying attention to your instructor. By applying these elements, you are showing respect.
Our teaching staff is all highly trained professionals and their goal is to give each student the best possible dance experience, to help them gain poise and confidence, as well as encouraging participation in a healthy physical activity.
The annual recital is designed to teach our students what it would be like to be a real performer. They learn teamwork and stage directions, experience dressing in costume, as well as seeing the working of the theatre.
Class Requisitions / Levels
All of our instructors follow a set curriculum. They were established so that each level would have a set lesson plan to be taught. This ensures a more cohesive dance program and is a benefit to the students and the instructor.
Each of our levels for tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, pom pons, and tumbling has all been carefully prepared. Students will be required to understand and perform correctly all of the exercises for that level before moving on to the next. As the student progresses, they may spend longer on a certain level. This is because the material is becoming increasingly more difficult and they need to develop physical and mental skills, which requires more time and patience.
Classes for our younger students are geared toward teaching the basics and providing a foundation on which to build. They will learn rhythm, creative movements, understanding and appreciation of music, the beginning of dance vocabulary and dance etiquette.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance, and for that reason, we strongly urge all students to take at least one ballet class per week. Dancers studying jazz and tap can progress successfully if they have a ballet background. The benefits include strength, flexibility, posture, and technique, knowledge of dance vocabulary, as well as grace and poise that ballet training can provide.
Classes run for 45-60 minutes per class unless prior notice is given. Class enrollment will consist of 10-15 students per class. Enrollments are based on first come first serve. Dancin’ Around has the right to cancel or combine a particular class if we do not have more than 3 students in a class.
At the end of each year, his or her instructor will evaluate each student; as to the appropriate level, he/she should take the following year. The purpose of this is to ensure that our students are participating in classes that are best suited for them. Just as in any activity, some children develop their dance skills at a faster rate, while others need to take their time. It is important to remember that it takes many years to train to dance, and even professional performers and teachers continue their education and take classes throughout their careers.
Our instructors are extremely careful with their recommendations. Students who are moved into classes that are too advanced for them can become frustrated. Serious injuries can occur since their bodies have not reached their required level of muscle strength and flexibility required to participate in that class.
Practicing at Home
Dance is a fulltime activity, so with only a few dance classes a week, work at home is definitely necessary. From time to time the instructors may ask students to practice a certain step or move at home. This is acceptable; however, we strongly urge those other things not be attempted, as they need to be done under the expert eye of the instructor.
The first thing you need to make sure you are doing at home is stretching. Flexibility is at the core of a dancer, and one of the most important elements a dancer needs to obtain. Stretching only a few times a week is not going to increase or even sustain your flexibility. Working on your flexibility every day at home is very simple to do, considering you can stretch while you watch television, work on your homework, or talk on the phone. You do not need a dance floor, mirrors, or a ballet barre to work on your flexibility; all you need is some space. The more you work on your flexibility and strength at home, the quicker you will recognize the difference at the studio.
Besides flexibility and strength, a dancer also needs knowledge about his or her talent. Along with stretches, practicing your dance steps and terminology at home is equally important. Before entering dance class, be sure the steps from the previous week are clear so that you can move on and are ready to learn more.
Basic exercises and other movements that can be harmful if not done correctly should never be practiced away from the dance studio.
We love parents, but with your child’s best interest in mind, parents are invited to observe through the glass window from the waiting area. Our instructors find that their quality of instruction has often been greatly affected by parents and/or sibling distraction, interruptions and various other concerns during class time. We also feel it is more beneficial for children to have recreational time with their peers. We encourage parents to wait in the waiting area during class time if your child is under the age of 5 for security purposes and in case your child/instructor requires your attention.
Although part of the philosophy of our program is focused on enjoyment, dance is a disciplined form of art. For that reason, students are expected to show respect to their instructors and fellow dancers. Parents will be notified if a student is disruptive to the class. If a negative behavior becomes chronic, we will strongly recommend that the student discontinue the class until the child is ready to return and adhere to the structure of the class.
Class Arrival and Departure
Attendance for all classes is mandatory. The studio must be notified if a student will be absent from class. If notified, one make-up class will be permitted per month at the discretion of the class instructor, if your child should miss. No refund for the loss class. Prompt arrival is encouraged.
Progress is seriously jeopardized when they are chronically absent or late for class. The beginning of class is devoted to the gradual warming up of the muscles in order to prepare them for the dance steps to follow. It is a crucial segment of class and should not be missed. If your child arrives more than ten minutes late to class, he/she must sit and watch. Absenteeism is also difficult for the teachers as well as the student who must struggle to try and catch up. If a student is chronically absent, they will not be permitted to participate in our annual recital.
Parents will be given 10 minutes lead time before a charge of $5.00 per every 5 minutes the students are left at the studio without a legal guardian. That money will go directly to the instructor and must be given to the instructor before the child leaves or it will add on to their tuition.
Our class format is structured to help increase the student’s ability to learn technique, choreography and at the same time enhance their overall flexibility. We generally start with a 10-15 minute warm-up then continue to 20-30 minutes of technique and 15-30 minutes of dance combinations and/or choreography.
Attire: All students must wear proper clothing and shoes for class. Class attire will be given at the time of registration. Students will not be permitted in class without the proper and approved dance attire. NO HARD SOLE/MARKING SHOES OR STREET SHOES ARE TO BE WORN ON THE DANCE FLOOR. Hair must be fixed back in a bun or ponytail away from the student’s face.
No gum, food, candy or pop is allowed in the studio. You may bring water or purchase bottled water from the studio. It must be kept in the designated area.
Horseplay, foul language or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Dancin’ Around reserved the rights to drop or remove any student (s) from class if the policies are not followed or abided by.
Cell phone usage is not permitted during class by any student. Cell phones should be TURNED OFF and put away while in class.
Weather: The studio will close when driving conditions are dangerous. This includes snow and/or ice. During inclement weather, call the studio first before coming to class. If the class has been canceled, there will be a recorded message. This message may be placed only 45 minutes before the scheduled class is to begin. DADS does not always follow the public school closing due to weather. No make-up classes will be available for weather-related cancellations.
Waiting Area: A guardian MUST wait in the waiting area if the student is under 5 years old. Parents will be given 10 minutes lead time before a charge of $5.00 per every 5 minutes the students are left at the studio without a legal guardian. That money will go directly to the instructor and must be given to the instructor before the child leaves or it will be added on to their tuition
Tuition / Fee Structure
Registration fee (non-refundable): A $20.00/returning student (restrictions apply) or $30.00/family ($25.00/new student or $35.00/family). The non-refundable registration fee and two months of tuition are due at the time of registration and required to reserve the student’s class placement regardless of the time of year. Dancin’ Around has the right to cancel or combine a particular class if we do not have more than 3 students in a class.
Tuition is based on the nine-month dance year from September thru May. Tuition remains the same regardless of the number of weeks in a month, cancellations due to weather or a student's absence. An extended payment plan is available for monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly payments. If elected to use our extended payment plan option for any of the following charges: TUITION and/or COSTUME FEES and/or RECITAL FEE a credit card authorization form must be filled out enroll in our automatic withdrawal program. The form can be faxed to 219-237-2666, email to Dancinaround@gmail.com or bring it to the studio on or before the first day of class otherwise tuition is due in full. Monthly payments are broken down into equal monthly installments until the balance is paid in full and due on the 1st of each month. Bi-Monthly and Quarterly payment options will have a specific due date which will be indicated on the credit card authorization form. A $35.00 NSF fee will be added to the account if the auto-withdrawal is denied. All tuition must be paid in full by April. Tuition payments do not include costume payment, class attire, dance shoes, registration fees, recital fee, recital tickets, portraits or video orders. Students will past due balance be denied access to a class. A late fee of $10.00 will be added to the account if tuition is paid after the 7th of each month. If paid by checks, it should be made out to Dancin’ Around Dance Studio. Tuition, registration fees, costume payments, recital tickets, merchandise are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Class Transfer, Withdrawals or Drops Fees
Recital sessions are considered a long term commitment (10-months) dance program with a financial agreement, tuition is expected to be paid to until the balance is paid in full. Should a student/parent feel the need to transfer, withdraw or drop occurs, the following fees will be applied.
Students will be allowed to transfer to a different class without a fee on the first occurrence. A $25.00 transfer fee will be added to the account on the second occurrence. A $35.00 transfer fee will be added for the third or fourth occurrence.
Should a student withdraw or drops from class, tuition in full is due at the time of the withdrawal/drop. In addition, all withdrawals and/or drops must be made by January 31st or withdrawal/drop fee of $50.00 will be added to the student's account.
Classes will not be in session the following breaks/holidays. Check with the studio with specific dates.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
DADS follows the public school vacation calendar. However, DADS does not necessarily follow all individual holidays.
Tuition remains the same regardless of the number of weeks in a month, cancellations due to weather or a student’s absence.
Proper Class Attire
Pre & Beginning Ballet / Tap
Pink Leotard, Pink Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, Black Tap Shoes
Beginning Jazz / Tap & Ballet / Tap
Pink Leotard, Pink/White Tights, Pink Ballet Shoes, Black Jazz Shoes or Black Tap Shoes
Ballet I, II, III
Black Leotard, White or Nude Tights, Any Color Ballet Wrap Skirt, Pink Ballet Shoes
Black Leotard, White or Ballet Pink Tights, Any Color Ballet Wrap Skirt, Ballet Pink Ballet Shoes, Pink Pointe Shoes
Black/White Leotard, Black Jazz Pants or Shorts/Spandex, White Socks
Black/White Dance Sneakers - No sole marking shoes.
Jazz I, II, III
Black Leotard, Black or White Tights, Black Jazz Pants or Black Unitard, Black Jazz Shoes
Any color leotard with any color shorts, gymnastics shoes or no shoes
Tap I, II, III
Black Leotard, Black Jazz Pants or Black Unitard, Black Tap Shoes, Black/White/NudeTights
Black Leotard, White Pom Skirt or any color shorts, White Socks, KEDS Shoes & White Poms. (Poms ordered by the studio)
Solid Black or White T-shirt, Black pants/shorts, in-door gym shoes or dance sneakers
ADULTS - Check with your instructor.
HAIR MUST BE PULLED NEATLY AWAY FROM THE STUDENTS FACE
Our annual recital is normally held in June of each year. Place, date and time will be announced at a later date. It is required that students attend ALL scheduled dress rehearsals to participate in our annual recital. Dress rehearsal is the time for all the students to practice together and prepare themselves mentally and physically for the big finale. Missing any rehearsals will only cause confusion, chaos and decrease confidence in the student.
Tickets for the recital will be for sale in May with prices ranging between $12.00 per ticket to $20.00 per ticket. General admission seating is available as well as reserved admission seating. Each student is required to pay a recital fee of $195.00 to perform in the recital. The fee will include 4 general admission tickets (which can be upgraded to reserved seats), dress rehearsals, portrait sessions (does not include picture package cost), recital T-Shirt, student awards (if applicable) and a DVD of the entire show. Additional tickets may be purchased.
The students will be required to be present at the venue one hour prior to showtime. Parents are requested to drop the student off that the designated “stage door” entrance and will not be able to enter that area. There will be parent volunteers working at the door, should you need help to get to the student. All performing students are required to stay until the end of the performance unless written notification is given to the director or an emergency arises.
Students must be fully dressed in the first performance number. If they are performing is multiple numbers, they must bring the remaining costumes, shoes, etc. in a garment bag with their name on it. If these items are carried in or stuff in a plastic bag, they often get lost and/or damaged.
At the end of the performance, the students will be released at the same “stage door” to their guardian. All students are required to stay for the entire performance behind the stage. If an emergency should arise and the students need to be released early, a parent volunteer or worker should be notified, in which the situation will be properly handled.
By Mid-December through Mid-January, the instructor will measure students. The instructor will determine costume sizes, as it is easier for the instructor to determine the correct sizes with the student’s measurements. If a wrong size is ordered, the studio will properly handle the situation with no additional cost to the parents. If parents strongly suggest a certain size, the parent will be responsible to replace the costume at their own expense. We strongly recommend that the student names be placed on the inside tag of ALL costumes/pieces for identification purposes.
All costume deposits and payments are non-refundable and non-transferable as costumes are custom ordered and non-returnable. Costumes take anywhere from 8 weeks to 18 weeks in productions before being shipped out to the studio. In June, the students will perform in the DADS annual recital showcasing their progress. Costumes are ordered for this event and a mandatory deposit of $50.00 per costume or 50% of the total costume cost as agreed upon in the payment arrangement. The final balance will be due in February. The costume fee is $85.00 per costume and does not include tights or shoes. Costumes will not be ordered without a deposit. There will be a $20.00 late charge added to the balance of costume if not paid by the due date. Once costumes are ordered, there are no refunds.
Costumes are the students’ to keep after the annual recital. If costumes have not been picked up by the season’s June Recital date; costumes then becomes the property of Dancin’ Around Dance Studio.
Dance Recital Video
Recital video cost is added to your recital fee. You will receive the entire dance recital from start to finish. Finished orders can be picked up at the studio 3-6 weeks after the performance. No refunds are available.
Dance Portraits will be taken each year. Group class pictures are mandatory but purchasing the portraits is optional. Pictures are normally taken at the Dancin’ Around Dance Studio 1-2 weeks before the recital. Picture prices will vary. Order forms will be hand out to the parents one month prior to the day of the portrait. Portraits will be mailed directly to you approximately 4-5 weeks after picture day. Any discrepancies with the portraits should be directed to the photography company NOT Dancin’ Around Dance Studio. Retain all your payments, orders and photography information for your records.
Photographs and videos of DADS students and events are the property of Dancin’ Around Dance Studio. DADS reserve the right to use such photographs and videos for the purpose of advertisement and promotion for the studio.
If at any time you have questions or concerns, you can always direct them to Ms. Vi Donald at