Policies & Handbook 

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Class Rubric

Important Note: We are committed to providing a healthy, safe and fun environment for dancers to reach their personal, technical, and artistic potential throughout their various stages of development. In order to do so, we put safety first! Thus, age is only one consideration in placing our dancers in the correct class. Students will move on to the next level according to their own progression and with approval of the Artistic Director and their instructor— this applies to all classes and all levels, recreational and pre-professional.

Please speak to the Artistic Director Andrea Palmer, or the dancer’s instructor, if you have any questions regarding your own, or your child’s, class placement.

“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.”

—Martha Graham

Kingston School of Dance Helpful Guidelines and Policies 2018/2019

Welcome to Kingston School of Dance! We are Kingston’s not‐for‐profit, non‐competitive, and performance based dance studio. We thank you for choosing to make your family a part of the Kingston School of Dance community. The following are some helpful guidelines to help make this year a success for everyone...

Class Etiquette:

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled class time and arrange for pick up in a prompt and timely manner after class has concluded. Kingston School of Dance (KSD) staff is not available to supervise your child/ward outside of class time.

Please dress appropriately for your class. See dress code/ask instructor for more information.

No food, gum, cell phones, offensive language or street shoes permitted in the studios.

Please encourage a positive educational environment for your fellow students.

Instructors have the authority to remove a student from class for being disruptive.

Dress Code:

Please dress in appropriate attire for your class.

For Ballet: Girls are asked to wear ballet pink tights, pink ballet slippers, A leotard, a skirt is optional. Hair must be worn in a proper ballet bun. If hair is too short for a bun, students are asked to please secure their hair out of their face. Boys are asked to wear black tights or leggings, white ballet slippers and a tight fitted white t-shirt.

For Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Tap, Jazz: Girls are asked to wear a leotard, athletic shorts or pants. Boys are asked to wear athletic shorts or pants and a tight fitted t-shirt. Appropriate footwear is considered as foot undies or bare feet in lyrical, acro and contemporary, beige tap and jazz shoes for tap and jazz classes is preferred. Long hair is to be worn in a ponytail or bun, short hair is to be secured out of the student’s face.

For Hip Hop: Students are to wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement and indoor sneakers. Long hair is to be worn in a ponytail or bun, short hair is to be secured out of the student’s face.

For all classes there is to be no jewelry, watches or other loose items.

Facility Policies:

Please remove outdoor footwear upon entering the studio to help keep our studio clean and our floors safe.

Please consume food in the waiting area only. Also, kindly respect that we area nut‐free facility.

Please advise us of any allergies in your registration form. Any Epi-pens need to be given to the instructor prior to each class.

Changing rooms are for changing only. Please respect others’ privacy.

Parents/guardians/visitors are kindly asked to wait in the designated waiting area. Parents are not to enter studios during classes unless advised by the Instructor. Hallways must be kept clear for safety/fire hazard reasons. Also, a quiet studio environment is imperative for the classes in progress.

Please stay informed of upcoming events, performances, master classes, volunteer opportunities, fee deadlines, meetings etc. by visiting www.kingstonschoolofdance.ca, our Facebook page, or the KSD Newsletter via email.

Kingston School of Dance is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. Please check the Lost and Found regularly for missing items. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity at the conclusion of each term.

In the case of inclement weather, Kingston School of Dance will close. These closures will be posted on the Kingston School of Dance as well as via email if possible.

Class Placement and Exam Considerations:

Instructors reserve the right to determine appropriate class levels for all students. This may change at some point during the term and will be discussed with parents/guardians by private appointment.

Upon attaining higher a class levels, students may be required to attend additional classes. This is to ensure their safety and adequate preparation for the physical demands of advanced dance technique.

Students enrolled in the Aspirant Dancer Program may be offered the opportunity to take an exam at the discretion of their instructor(s). This will require an additional fee payable to the examiner. Exams may fall on any day of the week. All efforts will be made to make these dates and fees available as soon as possible.

Payment and Refund Policies:

An annual $25 registration fee applies to all students.

A Performance Fee of $50 for 1-2 classes, $75 for 3-4 and $100 for 5+ will apply in Term 2 for all dancers participating in the year‐end performance. This helps to cover costs associated with producing the show.

Tuition is due either in full at the beginning of term or in monthly installments made payable by post-dated cheque on the 1st or 15th of the month. A $10 late fee will be applied to late payments.

Delinquent accounts may result in student suspension.

NSF payments will be subject to a $25 fee with repayment. All future payments thereafter must be remitted via debit, money order cash.

Pro-­‐rated refunds available only during the first 3 weeks of a term. No refunds will be issued on any fee after this time period unless withdrawal from the program is due to medical issue verified by a doctor’s letter.

Additional Considerations:

Dance requires “hands on” instruction as well as verbal instruction. Corrections will often require instructors to touch students’ arms, legs, feet, hips, back and head. This is to ensure proper alignment for technique and to avoid injury.

KSD is an inclusive learning facility.

Please inform staff of any learning considerations your child may have on their registration form.

A positive attitude maintained by all students and parents/guardians is paramount to the success of the KSD community. All members of the KSD community – students, parents/guardians and instructors -‐ are expected to contribute to our supportive and nurturing learning environment. Everyone is encouraged to do their personal best!

Volunteer opportunities are always available and your time is appreciated! This is a great way to have fun and get involved with KSD. Please check your newsletters and with the studio office anytime for more information.

Questions/concerns are always welcome and will be addressed by appointment with the instructor and the Artistic Director or via email to the studio at ksd@kingstonschoolofdance.ca

Kingston School of Dance reserves the right to withdraw services to any person who does not adhere to the policies set forth herein.