Be respectful to teachers, students, and studio
Don’t talk when others are talking
Don’t hang on barres or touch mirrors
Keep studio clean
Be kind to all; teachers’ students, and yourself
Zero tolerance bullying policy
Don’t be hard on yourself
Come to class on time, ready, and prepared
Dress code/proper shoes
Use the restroom before/after class
Ready to learn
No phones/distracting toys, jewelry, or objects
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Raise your hand
Be attentive while the teacher is teaching
I am teaching for you, not for me
Practice with me
Don’t sit in dance class, stand like a dancer
Try new things, be creative, do your best, and have fun!
Your student must arrive 5 min early to class with proper hair done and in proper dance attire. If your student is late to class, they will not be able to participate in class and will be observing. This is for your student’s safety and to prevent distractions in class. If they arrive late, they will miss part of the warm-up and will not be properly stretched therefore are more prone to injury.
Pre-k and Kinder Combo classes - Any pastel color leotard with pink tights, pink full sole ballet shoes, and black tap shoes. Hair pulled out of the face and secured
Ages 7 and up -
Ballet - Black leotard, pink tights, pink split sole ballet shoes, and ballet skirt is optional. Hair must be in a secured bun.
Tap/Jazz/Lyrical - All black form-fitting clothing you can move in, tank top, t-shirt, or leotard is permitted with black pants. Tap shoes in black. Jazz shoes in Tan or Black. Lyrical half-sole in tan. Hair must be pulled out of the face and secured.
It is essential to wear proper attire to allow flexibility and unrestricted movement. With the help of tight-fitted clothing, dancers can do any movement without any problem.
Dancers have a series of needs to be met. For example, muscles work better when they are kept warm, and tights help keep the heat in. Tights keep the legs from being slippery with sweat. They also cover up the crotch area in a tutu, especially when dancers are being lifted upside down with their legs in a split, or when their extensions are extremely high.
Furthermore, their chosen sport or art is designed for aesthetic appreciation; line and design are of great importance. In dance, we need to see intricate foot and leg movements. Tights can also be dyed for costumes in endless ways, allowing for variety while still exposing long ballet lines. Bulkier clothing would not only hide the movement but also get in the way of its execution.
Trousers have too much material to allow for tightly crossed positions of the leg and sometimes a foot can fasten in the material at the knee. Also, the instructor cannot see if the leg is entirely straight in baggy pants.
Tights allow the entire leg line to be seen.
The basic rules of etiquette for the dance classroom promote consideration for other dancers and allow the class to proceed smoothly and rapidly, without interruption and delay. The student should arrive on time or early for the dance lesson. Arriving late not only is rude to the instructor but is harmful to the dancer because it hurries the body into vigorous exercise without a proper warm-up. The result may be a serious injury. Some instructors do not allow a student to enter the classroom after a determined point in the initial activities or a determined time after the lesson starts.
At no time should a student enter a classroom with food, drink, or chewing gum. A capped water bottle may be the only exception to this rule. Considerate students do not talk unnecessarily or interrupt the instructor during the instruction period. Most teachers will ask for questions at an appropriate interval.
Throughout the lesson, the instructor will give general corrections to the class as a whole and sometimes specific criticism to individual students. Constructive criticism is offered to assist the student in learning the technique of dance quickly and correctly. It is important to listen to any corrections, criticism, or compliments the teacher gives, even if he or she is speaking to another student. These instructions may make you aware of technique or draw your attention to areas in which you need to improve.
Dance students should practice outside of class, using the corrections given in lessons. Often there is a progression of dance steps and combinations from one class to the next. The student who practices the combination outside of class will experience the greatest and quickest progress.
Kraines, Minda Goodman, and Esther Pryor. Jump into Jazz: The Basics and beyond for the Jazz Dance Student. McGraw-Hill, 2005.
Styles of Dance
Ballet: Ballet is a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement. Ballet is considered the foundation of all dance styles.
Tap: Tap dance is emphasizing the rhythm and movement of dance while incorporating the sounds created by the metal taps on the heels and toes of a dancer’s shoes.
Jazz: Jazz dance is an upbeat and stylized type of dance that combines the technique of ballet with most of the moves done in a parallel position with isolations of the body while also including kicks, turns, and leaps.
Lyrical: Lyrical dance is a dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics, and modern dance. Lyrical jazz is a very passionate and emotional dance style. This dance style’s main goal is to interpret the lyrics of the song through movement.
Acro: Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance techniques with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.
TUITION & ENROLLMENT:
CAST DANCE ACADEMY classes run on a monthly tuition schedule, August through June. Monthly tuition remains the same regardless of how many weeks fall in the month. All families are required to keep a working credit/debit card on file and enrollment will not be finalized until payment information is received.
CAST DANCE ACADEMY charges first and last month tuition at the time of registration. Following the first month of enrollment, tuition will be automatically charged to the credit/debit card on file on the 7th of each month. In order to change or cancel your
month 30 days notice is required (i.e. for November tuition to be changed written notice, via email, must be received by October 1).
All tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Monthly tuition for students registering, or adding classes, mid-month will be prorated to the start date.
ADDING A CLASS/CLASSES:
For registered customers adding additional classes and/or students to their account, all fees related to adding classes will be charged to the credit/debit card on file at the time the changes are processed.
In the event an auto payment does not successfully process, for any reason, CAST will notify customer via email to request new card information. If tuition is not paid the 7th of any given month, a late fee of $10 will be assessed. If tuition is not paid by the 15th of any given month, a late fee of $25 will be assessed and the student will not be allowed to participate in any further classes until tuition and late fees are paid in full. charged to the customer’s account. It is the responsibility of the customer to contact CAST DANCE ACADEMY with any credit/debit card changes, including new card information when the card on file expires. Cards can be updated online through the parent portal. Note: you will be notified by email and given 48 hours to submit payment, the first late fee will be assessed during this 48 hours of time given to submit payment.
There are NO REFUNDS or CREDITS that will be given for tuition, registration fee, recital tickets, recital costumes, and tuition related fees. All consecutive months of tuition must be paid in full in order to receive costumes and participate in recital.
Membership Fee is $35 per student, collected once per season, at time of registration. Current and new memberships will be valid through June 2023.
We do not prorate classes for existing students. NO EXCEPTIONS
CANCELLATION OF CLASSES:
I understand and agree that CAST DANCE ACADEMY reserves the right to cancel any and all classes. Should a class be cancelled, we will provide an acceptable replacement.
WITHDRAWING FROM A CLASS/CLASSES:
CAST DANCE ACADEMY enrollment is continuous. A registered student remains enrolled until a parent gives us written notice to withdraw. To withdraw from any class, CAST DANCE ACADEMY requires 30 days written notice, via email, (i.e. for November tuition to be changed written notice, via email, must be received by October 1). Without advanced written notice, a spot in class will continue to be reserved for your child and tuition will still be due whether or not a child attends class. Email notice to: email@example.com