To help our studio be the best it can be, please read through the following studio policies.
We would like to be diligent about enforcing the 'rules' of the studio this year to help make movement.workshop a nurturing, safe and creative environment for all of our dancers. Please go over the following studio etiquette with your child to make sure they understand what is expected of them.
Teaching requires enormous concentration. Student awareness of appropriate classroom etiquette helps the instructor stay on his or her preferred task; helping you to becoming the best dancer you can be.
1 - Stretching: Always try to arrive early to class and stretch independently. This is your time to warm up any areas of chronic pain and to prepare yourself for the business of dance class. Use this time to switch your focus from your daily concerns and prepare your body and mind for the rigors of class.
2 - Dress Code: Adhere to dress code in footwear, clothing, and hair. Above all, appropriately support and cover your body. Nobody enjoys seeing more than we should of students and classmates during class time. Also realize dance clothes are fitted so that alignment and technique may be appropriately assessed and corrected. Be certain to remove all jewelry; it hurts having an earring pulled through its hole or to be scratched across the face by someone’s ring.
3 - Cell Phones: Cell phones or other devices should not be brought into class. If a student would like to take a photo in the studio, they may ask the instructor's permission at the end of class. If a student is watching class due to an illness or injury, they should not be on their phone. Under no circumstances should a student or parent film class and post it on social media without the teacher/choreographer's permission.
4 - Deodorant: All students over the age of 10 must wear deodorant to class.
5 - Water: All students need to be responsible for bringing a water bottle to class. Cups at the coffee station are not for student use. Student's my refill their water bottle at the studio, but it should be done after class, not during. Students will not be allowed out of class to get water as it is disruptive for the teacher and fellow students.
6 - Respect: Just like teachers at school, dance teachers deserve respect. Students should not talk while the teacher is speaking, chat during class, or talk back to the teacher in a disrespectful manner.
Individual corrections are positive attention from your teacher. No matter how frustrated you may become, a simple ‘thank-you’ when the correction is given is always appreciated. Immediately try to apply the correction so the instructor may give additional guidance. A correction should only need to be given once, however mastering it may take longer. An experienced instructor can discern if you are trying to apply the correction. Maintaining a corrections journal helps many dancers organize their long term goals for specific classes.
Always remember not to compare yourself to other dancers. Be aware of how you speak to others, and about others. We will have a zero tolerance policy on bullying. Always remember to give others the respect you wish them to give you.
1 - Late Policy: Did you know the first 15 minutes of a dance class is the most important time? It allows you to shift your focus from your hectic day and warm up your body and mind for an optimal learning experience. We don't let latecomers into class 15 min after the class has started. Please don't take it out on our staff if you are late to class.
2 - Class Observation: The instructors reserve the right to close the curtains to the viewing area if the students are distracted. Sometimes if there is too much commotion in the waiting area, or if parents and/or siblings are constantly waving at them through the window it can be extremely disruptive. Sometimes we have older students who feel intimidated while being observed as well, and we want all dancers to feel comfortable while learning at our studio.
3 - Payments: Payments can be made by cash, cheque or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org. For an E-transfer, make sure to use your child's first name for the password. Fees are due each month by the 10th day or a $10 late fee will be applied to your account.
4 - Class Placement: It is very important that all students are placed in a class that reflects their education, skill, and experience more so than their age. Even if students take similar classes all children develop differently. It may be necessary to move a student to a more suitable class in order to meet all the student's needs. Any moves will be discussed with the parent and the student and will take place within the first month of the dance season. If a student feels uncomfortable in the class that they are in, please notify us right away so we can do our best to fix the problem.
5 - Attendance: Please make every effort to attend all regularly scheduled classes. When you miss lessons you fall behind and make it difficult for the group to progress. Please be punctual (ideally early) for all classes and rehearsals. It is very disruptive to the class if a student is late.
6 - Dressing Room: The dressing room is to be kept neat and tidy. please use hooks and cubbies provided. No outside footwear allowed in the dance studio or dressing area.. No tapping in the lobby or dressing room areas. Students must pick up their garbage and care for their dressing room or they will no longer be permitted to use it.
7 - Behaviour: We will try to handle all conflicts within the studio. If this fails, a call will be made to the parent and a meeting will be arranged. We expect that all students will be on their best behaviour in class and will be respectful of other dancers within the school, the teachers, the premises, and the other tenants that occupy the building. When student are performing outside the studio we expect them to be on their best behaviour, to be courteous to competitors, other teachers, and members of the general public.
Students and / or parents who repeatedly disrupt classes, who conduct themselves in a manner that the studio ownership deems to be objectionable, or who cause reputational damage to the studio will be expelled from the studio.
8 - Weather related cancellation: If school has been cancelled due to weather, this does not mean that dance class will be as well. If there is a current weather warning in effect for the time period in which classes are held, the studio will be closed. If we see that road conditions appear to be dangerous, the studio will be closed. Always check the front page of our website or the facebook page if it is snowing/freezing rain to see if there is a cancellation. Classes cancelled due to weather will not be reimbursed.
9 - Waiting area: Please be respectful of our waiting area. Children should not be left unattended, be jumping on furniture or eating messy foods on the couches. Please be aware of the people around you as well. Loud videos, games etc are disruptive to the teachers, students, staff and fellow parents.
10 - Acro: Due to the athletic nature of Acro, there are some pre-requisites for the higher levels to enforce safety for the student. Level 3-4 requires one other technical class (ballet, jazz or modern), Level 4-6 requires 2 other classes (one must be technical) and any other levels require 2 technical classes. Some exceptions will apply if student participates in another activity like gymnastics, figure skating or highland dance. We require the other classes so that the student has enough strength, and the required technical elements to combine with their acrobatic training.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
Your discipline dictates your success.
Your discipline dictates your success.