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.
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 daily class at this level is comparable to dancers on an international level. Our goal for dancers in this division is to compete with this global level of training. First and foremost, the safety of each dancer is imperative to us and consistent class attendance prevents injury. Students who are frequently absent can sabotage their own progress and lower the class’s moral. 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 simultaneously maintaining a strong focus on schoolwork. 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 Division Level 1: One excused absence is permitted during the 8/9-week session.
- Pre-Professional Division Levels 2, 3 4 & 5: Two excused absences are permitted during the 8/9-week session.
Excused absences include mandatory school testing and/or sickness. In the event of a dancer becoming sick and missing two days of class, a doctor’s note will be required. We ask that parents please notify the school via email or by phone as soon as possible when and why their dancer is missing class.
In the case that a dancer misses more than the permitted amount of absences in one session the dancer is required to make up the missed classes in a lower level during the 8 weeks session in which the absences occurred. In addition, the dancer will need to schedule private lessons to catch up with her current level. In the event of a dancer missing more classes than the specified amount for 2 sessions, the dancer will be asked to step down a level until she is able to commit to the required attendance policy for her level. Please note that we do not enforce this policy to punish students, but rather to protect them from injuries. Our daily training is strenuous and requires consistency to protect students from getting hurt. Constantly missing classes also complicates matters because extending exceptions with one dancer obligates us to do the same for everyone. We understand that these policies are strict. However, we know from experience that the best way to maintain a strong and supportive training program is to create policies that reflect these aims.
*Please check page # 20 in the 2017-2018 Student & Parent Handbook for price on private lessons.
DANCE, 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.
REFUND POLICY: Alma Dance School tuition is non-refundable or transferable. Dancers who have missed classes due to sickness will be able to make-up the classes within the 8/9 weeks session in which the absences occurred. Make up classes will not be permitted during winter break, spring break and/or during any other scheduled open or master classes that the studio offers outside of the 8/9 weeks session. Absences cannot be carried over to the next session. In addition, make-up classes must be made in another class of the same level/type if available or in a lower class in the same style. Please note that character, partnering, and contemporary classes are only offered once a week. Finally, Alma Dance School’s tuition will not be pro-rated for dancers going away on vacation during a session or for missing part of the session.
RETURNED CHECKS: 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: