Parent / Student Guide
STUDIO CALENDAR AND IMPORTANT DATES
Dance Sesason 2019-20 runs Sept 3- May 30
Thanksgiving: November 23 – December 1
Winter Break: December 21 – January 5
Spring Break: March 21-29
Memorial Day: May 25
Annual Dance Recital- June 6, 2020
Classes are held on all other Monday holidays and schools' Teacher in-service days
For more than 45 years our school has been a leader in dance education.
We believe that our success comes as a result of providing solid training and quality service, as well as our underlying belief in the strength of our organization. We have created this guide to offer our students and their parents a clear understanding of our school.
The first step to becoming a successful dancer is making a solid commitment to your classes. Strong technique is a key ingredient and class is where you develop that technique. Come to each class prepared to learn and without personal distractions. Class time is your chance to focus on yourself, so try to leave your concerns or worries at the studio door. True progress is made when you look at each class as an opportunity to become better at what you love to do. Dance full-out, stretch a little further, become more aware of your technique, and make the most of every class.
We take our roles as a mentors and teachers in your child’s life very seriously
It is our objective to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors. In the process, we strive to set the right example and help your child (and you) create memories that will last a lifetime. We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement.
Arrival and Departure
Pat Harris Dance Studio cannot provide supervision for students outside of class. Students are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes before their class begins and picked up immediately after their class is over. I understand that for safety reasons employees will not take students home. If your child may need assistance, ask them to please remain in the studio and ask a staff member for help. Due to safety concerns, students are not to be dropped off and picked up at the curb. Please park and walk your child into and from the studio inside lobby!
Respect for the teachers is essential
Listen to each correction given, whether it’s directed at you or another dancer. A correction is an honor; it shows you how much a teacher cares about your progress as a dancer. Always say thank you when a teacher or choreographer offers you constructive criticism. Nothing can stop those students who apply themselves in every class and appreciate their teachers’ knowledge and experience.
Attending class regularly is pertinent to the growth and development of a dancer. All students are expected to attend class promptly and on a regular basis. Furthermore, regular attendance is mandatory for participation in performances. If students are excessively absent before a performance, their space may be pulled from their dances at the discretion of the Teacher and Director. To prevent injuries, students that arrive more than 10 minutes late to class will have to warm up on the classroom floor until the teacher feels they are ready to join the class.
Parents may observe their child’s class through our observation windows. Classroom doors will remain closed and parents should refrain from entering during class. Teachers are not always available for discussion between classes. If you would like to discuss anything about the class or your child’s progress, please contact the studio.
Class placement is at the discretion of the Studio Director. Students that are enrolled in an incorrect level will need to be transferred to the appropriate level.
Commitment , Registration
Pat Harris Dance Studio requires all students register online. Upon enrolling you are committing to 3 months of class and the registration fees.
Pat Harris Dance Studio requires an annual registration (member) fee of $20.00 per student, or up to $50.00 per family. Returning student fee is $10.00 per person This fee is due upon registration and covers the cost of insurance, supplies, studio maintenance, music license fee, registration processing, etc. The registration fee is non-refundable. Tuition is due on the 1st of each month and no later than the 5th or a $15.00 late fee will be added to your account.
We have 2 main shows during the dance season. One at Christmas time and the big Dance Recital on May 30,2019. You will need to purchase a costume for these shows or use some from our costume room depending on the dance, classes and performance variables. $60.00 Small children $70.00 for all older.
We also have performances at many other events and assisted living centers.
When you child has a fever, please keep them home until their temperature returns to normal. This will ensure that they will be well enough to resume class activities the following week. Please text us at (208)353-0632 to inform the staff of your child’s absence. If viable may contact the teacher after you have notified the office.
Parents must notify the Director and teachers regarding children who require an inhaler or other medications during their time at Pat Harris Dance Studio. Please inform us if your child has special medical needs. All information about our students is kept confidential. Please update us with any changes.
The Dance Studio goes to great lengths to keep you informed and up-to-date. The following communication tools are available to you E-mail, Phone, Website, Studio Bulletin Board, Studio handouts, Office Staff. Remaining informed is a parents responsibility as well.
Please make sure to update your medicial information, School Changes and Grade change.
If you wish to withdraw your student from a class, 30 days’ notice is required, and you must come into the studio to complete the withdrawal form or print it online and bring it into the main office. You will be responsible for full payments until such time as the form is received in the office. Any payments previously collected are forfeited and will not be refunded or prorated.
Code of Behavior
Students and parents are expected to respect and willingly abide by all rules and regulations of the studio. If a student or parent slanders students or staff, they will be dismissed immediately. Failure to adhere to studio policies by parents or students may result in enrollment being revoked and forfeiture of all previously paid fees. Positivity is conducive to a higher level of learning environment, as well as technique progression and personal growth.
Lost and Found
Please mark all dancewear, shoes, and personal items with your child’s name in a discreet place with a permanent marker. We will make every effort to return lost items, however, we cannot be responsible for any items your child brings to class. The studio is not responsible for lost and stolen items.
Termination of Enrollment
In certain circumstances, when it is in the best interest of one or more students, it may be necessary for the school to terminate a student’s enrollment. Reasons for termination of enrollment include the following:
disruptive or dangerous behavior by students or their parents, bullying,abuse of other children, staff, or school property. Parent/Student behavior such as gossiping/voicing dissatisfaction with the dance studio in public or on-line. Not paying monthly tuition. Please look at our Policy Page for detailed information.
Social Media Clause
Ensure that your social networking conduct is consistent with our studio policies.
Cell Phone Policy
No cell phones or computers may be used during class time. (This includes texting).
All students must wear appropriate dance attire and shoes while in class.
Only water is allowed in the studios. No food, drinks or gum.