School of Dance | 2018 - 2019
Welcome to the YWCA School of Dance
Our dance classes are an introduction to the world of dance. The YWCA School of Dance offers a fun-filled and non-competitive environment for your child to learn to express themselves in a new and artistic way. All dancers will gain greater self-confidence, creativity and a love for dance.
Membership (required) | $35/year
Recital Fee (non-refundable) | $20/dancer (includes 1 ticket and Recital Shirt)
1 class (must be Ballet) | $36/month
2 classes | $62/month
3 classes | $78/month
Each additional class | $16/month
Adult Sessions| $45/session ($30/session for dance parents)
Tumbling or Clogging only|$36/month
- Families who pay installments will be paying by automatic with-drawls August through April. NO EXCEPTIONS!
- Families who pay installments are paying for the classes spread out over 9 months. NOT the classes per month.
- A discount of 5% will be applied to your tuition payments if you have more than one dancer enrolled.
- You will receive a 10% discount if you pay in full.
- We would be happy to spread your payments out over 10 months to help lower your monthly cost.
Register at the YWCA (462-8821)
Ballet classes teach proper alignment of the body while building muscle strength, flexibility, and grace. Dancers will learn an appreciation for classical and lyrical styles of ballet and the corresponding music. Ballet is the foundation for all styles of dancing and will be required of all dancers.
Pre-Pointe and Pointe
This class is set up for students who are interested in moving beyond regular ballet by working on advanced techniques to prepare them for Pointe.
This class will move beyond the ballet and lyrical learned in traditional ballet. Contemporary is a fusion between ballet, lyrical ballet and lyrical jazz and will focus on more modern styles of movement.
*NEW ages 10-12 and ages 14+
Students learn to express themselves in a less structured manner than ballet. The styles of jazz learned will vary from classical to modern hip hop and funk. *ages 8+
A type of dancing that incorporates a stylized form of dance and acting, think FOSSE! Dancers will work on their performance skills as well as the stylized arms and feet. *ages 12+
The first half of the year will be learning Cheers & Chants with the Hastings College Cheerleaders and the second half will be working on Pom Routines. The girls will get to join the HC Cheerleaders at a game as well! *NEW ages 5-7 & ages 8-12
Tap helps to develop rhythm, timing and coordination. It is making music with your feet! An Adult Tap class is offered with no expectation of performing!
Clogging is similar to tap but is based on more of a traditional approach with basic Irish Clogging movement. NEW ages 8-12
The Ballroom sessions will include a fast and slow style of ballroom dancing. The classes will be taught individually so that if you don’t have a partner, you can still learn!
Dance students MUST have the proper attire to participate. Students ages 2-7 will need a black, pink, purple or blue leotard with tights. Skirts are acceptable. Dancers in Level I and up are required to have a black leotard with tights. Black Ballet skirts are acceptable for ballet classes. Black Booty shorts and black leggings are acceptable over the leotard for all other classes. Students in tumbling classes should be barefoot and need to wear a dance or gymnastics leotard. All participants should have their hair secured away from their face. If this dress code is not followed, you will be asked to sit out until proper attire is worn and no refunds will be given.
Ballet | Pink Capezio Daisey/Bloch Split Sole (Ballet I & up)
Tap | Tan or Caramel Capezio Jr. Tyette Tap Shoes/Bloch Tap On (Tap I & up)
Jazz | Bloch Super Jazz
Contemporary | We use ballet or jazz shoes depending on the recital costume
Broadway Jazz | Tan Capezio Jr. Footlight
Pom/Cheer | Tan Bloch Super Jazz
Clogging | Black Clogging ShoeTo make everything more convenient, the YWCA carries all of the dance shoes that your dancer will need! You may also buy used shoes and sell your old ones through the YWCA.Recital Costumes
We make every attempt to keep prices reasonable. Prices range from $45-$90 per costume. These are paid for separately from the class fees. A non-refundable deposit of $30 per costume per class will be due by November 8th with the balance being due by February 7, 2019.
agreement for participation (as signed on registration form)
As the legal parent and/or guardian, I understand that dance classes may include, without limitation, dancing with props, stretching, barre work, across the floor combinations, dance routines in the center, and other related activities. I further understand that all of the activities of the dance class involve some degree of risk, strain or bodily injury. I release the YWCA School of Dance and it’s owners and operators from any liability, claims, demands, and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage, illness or injury, including death, that may be sustained by the participant and/or undersigned, while in or upon the premises or in route to or from any of said premises.
I grant permission to the staff of the dance studio to take first aid or emergency measures as judged necessary for the care and protection of my child while under the supervision of the school. In case of medical emergency, I understand that my child will be transported to an appropriate medical facility by the local emergency unit for treatment if the emergency deems necessary. I understand that in some medical situations the staff will need to contact the emergency resource before the child’s parent, physician, and/or other person acting on the parent’s behalf. I also understand and agree that the child’s legal parent’s and/or guardians shall be responsible for any expenses incurred.
I understand that it is my responsibility as the parent and/or legal guardian to notify the instructor of any pre-existing or temporary medical, mental or physical conditions.
I understand that appropriate physical contact is required during the instruction of dance, and I give permission for instructors to make appropriate physical contact with me or my child for such instruction.
In conjunction with my participation, I give permission to the YWCA School of Dance to take and use photos and/or videos of me or my child without remuneration in connection with studio publications, website, social media and advertising. I understand that for the safety of our dancers and families, names will not be published or posted publicly unless granted permission.
I have received the student handbook and agree to adhere to all the content stated therein including; Studio Policies, Tuition and Payment Information and Policies, Dress Code, Participating Agreement and our Calendar.
I agree to be responsible for reading studio correspondence and respecting deadlines, when applicable.
I hereby acknowledge that I have read the statements about and agree to participate accordingly.
It is very important that the students attend class. Failure to attend class not only disrupts your dancers’ learning but the entire class’ as well. In the event that you miss a class, a make-up class may be made. Please speak with your instructor to find an appropriate time.
- If a dancer misses 4 or more classes prior to Christmas Break, they may be moved down a level. If a dancer misses 5 or more classes after Christmas Break, they will not be allowed to perform in the Recital.
- If you know your dancer will be absent, please contact the YWCA School of dance via email at email@example.com or leave a message on the studio phone at 402-303-1300.
behavior in class
The YWCA School of Dance works on a “2 times and you’re in time-out policy.” Your dancer will be warned twice and if the behavior continues they will be put in a time-out according to their age. Once their time-out is finished they will be asked to apologize to the instructor and any child they may have disturbed (if that is the case.) If they cannot apologize or continue to misbehave they will stay in time-out for the remainder of the class. Anytime a dancer is put in time out, the instructor will speak with the parent so that they are aware of the issue. If this becomes a habit in class, the Dance Director and Instructor will speak with the parent about possible solutions so that the dancer and the dancer’s class can all have a positive dance experience!
Dance class is educational and fun, however, an important part of class work is developing an attitude of discipline and respect for instructors, fellow dancers and oneself.
children left after class
We understand that sometimes parents/guardians can run late. We would appreciate a text or email if you know you are running late so that we can notify your dancer. Due to the number of dancers and classes as well as classes running late into the evening, we would appreciate your dancer being picked up in a timely manner.
If you are more than 20 minutes late to pick up your dancer without our being notified
- We will contact the primary contact numbers. If you the primary contact can’t be reached, we will immediately contact the secondary contact numbers.
- If your child is left 20 minutes or later more than 3 times, you will be asked to leave the dance program.
The YWCA School of Dance classes are designated by an age range and ability level. Each dancer must start the dance year in the class of his/her age group, unless otherwise placed by the instructor, but may be placed in a different class with teacher approval after the 3rd week of classes. The YWCA School of Dance’s philosophy is that is so much better for the dancer to start a class that is too easy and move up than it is to start a class that is too hard and then have to move down. We want all of our dancers to be confident and dance to the best of their ability and firmly believe in our system of placements.
Dance students MUST have the proper attire to participate.
- Dancers ages 2-7 will need; a black, pink, purple or blue leotard with tights. Skirts are acceptable.
- Dancers in Level I and up are required to have a black leotard with tights. Ballet skirts are acceptable for ballet classes. Booty shorts and leggings are acceptable over the leotard for all other classes. ALL items worn must be black.
- Students in tumbling classes should be barefoot and need to wear a dance or gymnastics leotard.
If this dress code is not followed, you will be asked to sit out until proper attire is worn and no refunds will be given.
All dancers should have their hair secured and away from their face. No gum or excessive jewelry is allowed during class.
Reasons for our Dress Code
- To make it possible for the instructor to see the body in order to form corrections. Loose or baggy clothing make it near impossible for the instructor to see the lines necessary to correct posture and alignment.
- Prevents distractions. Both the dancers and the instructor are able to concentrate on dance rather than loud colors and inappropriate dance attire.
- Learning! When dressed appropriately and similarly for class, dancers pay better attention and perform better!
- Uniformity promotes teamwork and community.
- To instill discipline-dedicating yourself to a dress code shows your professionalism and respect for your art.
items left in the lobby
The lobby is not always attended by an adult so we ask that you take all of your personal belongings with you when you enter your dance studio. The YWCA is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.
You are paying for 32 weeks of dance (31 weeks of classes, even though you are getting 32 classes, plus the Recital Week)
Required by all Participants
- Membership dues| $35 per family (non-refundable)
- Recital Fee| $20 per dancer (unless the only class your child is in is Tumbling, this is also non-refundable)
9 Equal Monthly Payments Automatically Withdrawn
The first payment is due upon registration. The remaining installments will be withdrawn on the 5th or the 20th of each month with the final payment being in April (May if you registered late). NO refunds will be given.
- The YWCA will make the with-drawl on the date you have selected. If it comes back as insufficient funds, it will be run once more. If it comes back as insufficient funds for a second time, you will be notified that you need to pay your monthly amount in cash with a $5 late fee for each week it is past due by the end of the month or you will be asked pay for the remaining classes in full or to leave the dance program.
- Once this happens 3 times, you will be asked to leave the dance program.
- If for any reason you and your child decide to end your participation in dance, you will need to bring in written letter or email the instructor notification of termination at least 30 days prior to your next payment so as to afford the YWCA of Adams County and depository a reasonable opportunity to act on it.
2 Half Payments
The first payment is due at registration. The remaining half is due by the 17th of January 2019.
- There will be a $10 late fee for each week the second half payment is overdue starting February 1.
- No refunds will be issued should you decide to end your participation in the YWCA School of Dance prior to the end of the semester.
Dance tuition is to be paid in full at registration at a discounted price.
- No refunds will be given if paid in full at early registration events.
- Should you decide to end your participation in the YWCA School of Dance prior to the 1st semester, you will receive the balance of your total tuition less the 1st semester payment.
- Should you decide to end your participation in the YWCA School of Dance prior to the end of the 2nd semester, you will receive the balance of your total tuition less the 1st semester payment and any months you were in class.
The YWCA reserves the right to discontinue further participation of your child if payments are not received as stipulated above, or if advance arrangements have not been made. Reinstating your child will be considered on an individual basis with the approval of the Instructor and Executive Director. Class fees are based on the total program costs; instructor, building, equipment, etc. Space is reserved for your child(ren); therefore, if a class is missed for another activity or illness, full payment is expected.
We make every attempt to keep prices reasonable. Prices range from $45-$90 per costume. These are paid for separately from the class fees. A non-refundable deposit of $30 per costume per registered class will be due by November 8, 2018 with the balance being due by February 7, 2019. Costume prices include sales tax and all ballet costume prices include the tan recital tights.
- Any dancer that has not paid for their costume deposit by Thanksgiving will have a $10 per week late fee.
- Any dancer that has not paid for their costume deposit by the December, will not have a costume ordered. Without a costume, they will not be able to perform in the recital.
- Any dancer that has not paid the balance of their costumes by February 20th will have a $10 per week late fee.
- Any dancer that leaves the program after recital costumes have been ordered is expected to pay for the entire costume as they cannot be cancelled or returned.
The recital fee is $20 per dancer (does not apply for those only doing tumbling or adult classes). The recital fee helps cover the cost of the rental of our Recital Facility. Included in the recital fee, each dancer will receive a Recital Shirt and 1 Recital Ticket.
Classes will begin Wednesday, September 5th and run through of December 13th. Classes will resume of January 7, 2019 and run through May 16, 2019. These dates are tentative based on weather and recital venue availability.
- Important Dates
- Tuesday, August 28 3:00-7:00| Shoe Order Pick-up
- Wednesday, September 5| Dance Classes Begin
- Wednesday, October 31| No DANCE-Halloween
- Thursday, November 8| Costume Deposits Due
- Week of November 12| Visitation
- November 21 & 22| No Dance-Thanksgiving
- Week of December 17| Christmas Break Begins
- Monday, January 8| Dance Classes Resume
- Thursday, February 7| Costume Balance Due
- March 19 –21| NO DANCE Spring Break
- April 22| NO DANCE-Easter
- April TBA| Visitation/Costume Pick-up
- Week of May 13| Picture Week/Last Week of Dance
- Tuesday, May 21| Main Show Dress Rehearsal only
- Wednesday, May 22| Main & Little Divas Dress Rehearsal
- Thursday, May 23| Main Show & Little Divas Recital
- Friday, May 24| Main Show Recital only
Absences from class are expected to be paid. Please speak with Miss Cindy or your instructor to arrange for a make-up class.
In the event of bad weather and classes have to be cancelled, the instructor will set up a make-up schedule for the cancelled class/classes only IF it happens on the same night more than once.
- Refunds will not be given if you are unable to attend.
If you are dissatisfied with any of the above policies please contact the YWCA Director, Laura Stutte, at 402-462-8821.