Handbook

 
Etiquette & Expectations

Proper classroom etiquette and attire is essential to the education and training of a dancer. The following rules are universal and are followed by all major dance programs and professional companies. We ask that you apply them at The Conservatory of Movement as well. 

  • Students are not permitted to swing or lean on the barres or mirrors, before or after class time. 
     

  • Be appreciative of corrections and apply them. Students will progress only as well as they can take corrections.
     

  • Be kind to your classmates. A positive attitude and tone must be kept at all times in the studio and dressing room. Displays of temper and rudeness are unacceptable. Your teacher reserves the right to ask you to leave if negative behavior is observed.
     

  • If a student needs to leave early, he/she must ask the teacher’s permission before class begins. Please leave discreetly so as not to disrupt class. Please ask before leaving the room for any reason.
     

  • Gum chewing, eating or drinking is not allowed in the studios, and use the trash can!  Water is allowed.
     

  • Do not wear your dance shoes outside the studio and do not wear street shoes inside the studio, this preserves the life of your dancewear and the life of our dance floors.
     

  • Please label shoes and other personal items and do not bring valuables to the studio.  Lost and Found items will be donated to charity once a month.

  • Students are asked to change quickly and leave the dressing room area. No food or drinks are permitted in dressing rooms or dance studio except water.
     

  • Students must be in the proper attire to participate in class.  Hair should be in a bun, or at least pulled away from face. No jewelry (except for small earrings) or watches are to be worn in class.
     

  • The appropriate dance shoes must be worn in class. Ballet and Jazz can not be executed properly in bare feet or tights. Elastic is to be sewn on all ballet shoes and drawstrings tucked in.
     

  • Arrive early to prepare yourself appropriately for class. If late, wait for the exercise in progress to be over before entering the studio. Dancers who are not warmed-up properly and sufficiently may risk injury, so students arriving late may be asked to observe instead of participate.
     

  • Students are required to be respectful to each other, their instructors and themselves. Students must be quiet, attentive and not disrupt the classroom setting. Eyes and attention must always be on the teacher. Talking, leaning on the barres, yawning or leaving class before it is over is not acceptable.

For Parents:
  • Regular (consistent) attendance is crucial to the dance students' training. Other commitments that interfere with class time should be avoided. If you know of a prior engagement or business, please notify the school that your child will not be in school. It is students and parents responsibility to notify the school of illness and unforeseen issue(s) that will prohibit your child from attending their scheduled class for whatever the reason.  Make-up classes are available at your convenience. Please ask your instructor for appropriate make-up class times.
     

  • Parents wishing to discuss their child's progress with the teacher should leave a message on the studio phone and the teacher will return the call in a timely fashion. It is very difficult for the teachers to maintain their tight class schedules if they are answering parents’ questions in between classes. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.
     

  • Please remember that the lobby is a place of business. In consideration of others please try to keep young children quiet and occupied while class is in progress.  Thank you.

  • All items are available at Judy’s Dance Shoppe, 15 Foothill Rd, 775-825-1800, unless otherwise noted.  

  • Ballet shoes should be leather, full-soled only, for Grades Pre-Primary through 8.  

  • Instructor’s approval is necessary for students to begin demi-pointe or pointe work.

  • Character skirts & mid-calf chiffon skirts by Yolanda Huffmire

Pre-school 

Any colored leotard – pink leather ballet shoes, socks or tights

 

Pre-Primary 

RAD Lilac capped-sleeve leotard, RAD Lilac chiffon skirt, pink leather ballet shoes & pink socks

 

Primary 

RAD Marine Blue capped-sleeve leotard, RAD Marine Blue chiffon skirt, pink leather ballet shoes & pink socks

 

Grade 1 

RAD White capped-sleeve leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, pink socks, NO chiffon skirt
black character shoes

Grade 1 Honors

RAD Pink capped-sleeve leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, pink socks, NO chiffon skirt

black character shoes, black character skirt

 

Grade 2 & Grade 2 Honors

RAD Pale Blue tank leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, pink tights, NO chiffon skirt

black character shoes, black character skirt

 

Grade 3 & Grade 3 Honors

Lavender tank leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, pink tights, optional lavender chiffon skirt

black character shoes (cuban heel), black character skirt

 

Grade 4 & Grade 4 Honors

Red tank leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, ballet pink professional seamed tights, optional red chiffon skirt

black character shoes (cuban heel),  black character skirt (Demi-pointe shoes with instructors approval)

 

Grade 5 & Grade 5 Honors

Navy Blue ruched-front thin-strap leotard (or regular thin-strap leotard depending on size), pink leather ballet shoes, ballet pink professional seamed tights, optional navy blue chiffon skirt

black character shoes (cuban heel), black character skirt (Pointe shoes with instructors approval)

Grade 6 & Grade 6 Honors

Lavender thin-strap leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, mid-calf lavender chiffon skirt, ballet pink professional seamed tights

black character shoes (cuban heel), black character skirt

 

Grade 7 & Grade 7 Honors

Plum thin-strap leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, black character shoes, mid-calf plum chiffon skirt,

ballet pink professional seamed tights

 

Grade 8

RAD Navy Blue leotard, pink leather ballet shoes, black character shoes, mid-calf plum chiffon skirt,

ballet pink professional seamed tight

RAD Intermediate 

Blackberry tank leotard, ballet pink professional seaed tights, demi-pointe shoes, pointe shoes, NO chiffon skirt

Majors

Black leotard, ballet pink professional seamed tights, pink ballet shoes, pointe shoes, black chiffon skirt

All other R.A.D. Vocational Syllabuses

Black leotard, ballet pink professional seamed tights, demi-pointe shoes, pointe shoes, NO chiffon skirt

Uniforms
 
 
Age Requirements

*Minimum age requirements are by September 1. Ages are approximations and class placement is at the instructors discretion.

Level                                      Minimum Age*

 

Pre-School Ballet                  3-4 years

(one class per week)

 

Pre-Primary                          5 years

(one class per week)

Primary                                  6 years

(one class per week)

Grade 1                                  7 years

(one class per week)

 

Grade 1 Honors                     8 years

(two classes per week)

Grade 2 & Grade 2 Honors   9+ years

(two classes per week)

Grade 3 & Grade 3 Honors  10+ years

(three classes per week)

Grade 4 & Grade 4 Honors  11+ years

(three classes per week)

Grade 5 & Grade 5 Honors 12+ years

(three classes per week)      

Level                                      Minimum Age*

 

Grade 6 & Grade 6 Honors    13+ years

(two technique and one pointe per week)

Grade 7 & Grade 7 Honors    13+ years

(two technique and one pointe per week,

one majors with approval)

Majors                                     13+ years

(three technique, one pointe per week)

R.A.D. Vocational Syllabuses

(by invitation)

Beginning Jazz                       9-12 years

Jazz                                        13+ years

 

Irish Dance                            8+ years

 
Tuition & Withdrawal Policy

Full tuition is due the first week of each month.  We do not bill. A $15.00 late fee will be charged on any payments received after the 10th.  Missed classes cannot be deducted from the regular monthly tuition fee. We offer make-up classes at your convenience. Please ask any staff member for suitable times and days. Students are registering for the full school term (September – June), not for individual classes. The number of classes may vary per month, but the term is divided into 10 equal payments for your convenience.  Full tuition is due for the months of December and June. No tuition is deducted for snow days. Classes may be made up at your convenience.

 

If a student wishes to discontinue classes, written notice must be given to the studio office one month prior to withdrawal.  If one month's notice is not received a withdrawal fee in the amount of one month's tuition is required.

 

A $20.00 fee will be charged on all returned checks.

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