Following is an overview of Alma Dance School policies. Further details are addressed in the handbook, which dancers and their parents will receive at time of registration.
Placement evaluations are needed for students, beginning with Introduction to Level 1 and including both the Dance and Pre-Professional Divisions. This will help to determinate the adequate level for each student. Level placement will be determined by the strength, technical knowledge, commitment and ability. Students in the Alternative Division will be placed in levels by age. For both the Dance and Pre-Professional Divisions, students should expect to stay in the same level an average of two years.
As a professional ballet school, we have an established attendance policy that is designed to protect students and provide high-level quality training. Parents must notify the school of their children absences. Excused absences must be approved by the Alma Dance School directors and include absence due to illness, mandatory school events or testing. Absences must be made up in the same term unless due to injury, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL DIVISION ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Attendance is vital at the Pre-Professional Division. Focus, commitment and discipline are necessary to succeed in this division. The discipline of taking dance class every day at this level is comparable to dancers on an international level. Our goal for dancers in this division is to compete with this level of training. First and foremost, the safety of the dancer is of vital importance. Students who are frequently absent can also lower class moral and sabotage their own progress. It is important for our pre-professional division to maintain a more rigorous schedule to achieve its ultimate goal of producing professional dancers. This is why we are offering options to those who need a different type of training. We realize it takes great effort, dedication, and focus, and we believe these class requirements can be achieved while still keeping education a priority. Students are required to take a specified number of classes per week to remain in the program. If attendance drops below 90% and attendance becomes an issue, the student may be asked to step down to a lower level or possibly change to the Dance Division. Following is the attendance policy for excused absences:
- Pre-Professional Level 1: Two excused absence is permitted during the 8-week session.
- Pre-Professional Levels 2 & 3: Up to three excused absences are permitted during the 8-week session.
- Pre-Professional Levels 4 and 5: Up to four excused absences are permitted during the 8-week session.
ALTERNATIVE DANCE DIVISION & CHILDREN'S PROGRAM ATTENDANCE POLICY:
Focus and commitment are important to succeed in ballet at every level. We ask that attendance remain at 85% or above for the Dance, Alternative and Children’s Division. In addition to getting the most out of the training, it is also important for building a sense of community in each class.
ARRIVING FOR CLASS:
All Divisions should arrive 15 minutes prior to class to warm up before starting.
Students in Pre-Ballet and Introduction to Level 1 who arrive after the start of class must be escorted to their studio by a parent.
Pre-Professional, Dance and Alternative Dance Division students who arrive more than 10 minutes late to class will not be permitted to participate in that class, but will be permitted to watch the remainder of the class because it can be dangerous for the student to start once the class has advanced its course. The policy is designed as a safeguard because the dancer will not be warmed up properly; it is not to punish the dancer.
Alma Dance School tuition is non-refundable or transferable. Refunds will not be made for classes missed by the students. Please note that absences must be made up within the 8/9-week term. Make-up classes will not be allowed during the following session, Winter Break open classes, Spring Break open classes, or any other scheduled open classes that the studio offers outside of the 8/9-week term. Make-up classes for absences cannot be carried over into the next term. In addition, make-up classes must be made in another class of the same type and level if available, or in a lower level of the same type. Please note that character, partnering, and contemporary classes are only offered once a week. These classes must be made up in a lower level.
A $40.00 fee will be due for all checks returned by the bank for any reason. The fee must be paid within three days from the time the owner of the account is notified.
STUDENT PICK UP:
Students must be picked up on time. Parents that anticipate a delay in picking up their children should contact the school office as soon as possible, in advance. School office hours are: