Studio Policies

Arrival and Departure

We encourage students to arrive 10 minutes before class starts. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult until their class starts.

For their safety, children should be picked up immediately after class.

Attendance

All students are expected to attend their regularly scheduled classes. Each class offers a step forward in the educational process. A missed class could leave a child one step behind the other students. During the months of January through June, choreography for the recital will be taught and rehearsed. It is important for children to feel completely confident with the choreography and the year-end performance. Missing class during this period could result in frustration for the students and their teachers and classmates.
Please notify the studio office if your child is going to miss class. A child missing eight or more classes during the dance season will be ineligible to participate in our annual recital.

Tardiness

Dance is a physical activity that requires the body to be warmed up in order to execute movement safely. Late students miss the proper warm-up and/or barre and therefore may sustain injury. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late may be asked to observe class for reasons of personal safety.

Class Visitors

Safety issues and legal responsibilities make it impossible for us to allow students to bring visitors into the classroom. Students should not invite siblings, other relatives, or friends to their classes with the exception of special events and in-school performances.

Makeup Classes

Students who miss a class due to illness or weather cancellations will have the opportunity to make it up with another similar class. Please check with the office to determine the best makeup class for your child. Makeup classes must be taken within four weeks of the missed class or it will be forfeited. Makeup classes are not available after May 1st due to recital preparation.

Lost and Found

Please mark all dancewear, shoes, and personal items with your child’s name. We will make every effort to locate and return lost items; however, we cannot be responsible for any items that your child brings to class.

Student and Parent Use of Social Media

Use of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and other online social-media vehicles is commonplace. This policy is intended to provide Dance Impressions students and parents with guidelines to eliminate any confusion concerning the use of social media.

    • You DO NOT have permission to reveal any information that compromises Dance Impressions. By that we mean you are forbidden to share personal information about the director, other students or their families, or anything that is proprietary and/or confidential to them or Dance Impressions.
    • Students and parents should neither claim nor imply that they are speaking on behalf of Dance Impressions.
    • Never post anything that could compromise the self-esteem of students who attend Dance Impressions.
    • If you post videos of class or rehearsals, don’t post any choreography in its entirety; Dance Impressions owns the copyright to all choreography taught at the school.
    • Respect the law, including those laws governing defamation, discrimination, harassment, and copyright and fair use. As stated in the handbook, parents and students should never post negative comments about other schools or teachers. Also, please do not post negative comments about school activities such as competitions, conventions, and performances or about the directors of those events.
    • Ensure that your social networking conduct is consistent with all of the policies contained in the handbook.

Discipline Policy

In order to maintain a happy, healthy, professional environment, students are taught the importance of being a part of the group. We encourage students to have respect for other students, the teachers and staff, and studio property, and we foster the development of good habits and compliance with rules of conduct.

Our staff and faculty are trained to use constructive techniques of discipline to maintain class control and handle individual misbehavior.

      • Children who exhibit unacceptable behavior or attitudes are told what is wrong and directed to a positive alternative approach behavior.
      • If a child strikes another child, the two are respectively separated and each is asked to explain what happened. They are then asked to help solve the problem, talk to each other, and reconcile with one another.
      • Children who are disruptive will be respectfully asked to stop the behavior. If the behavior is repeated, they will be reminded of it and told how it affects others. If the disruption continues, the children involved will be asked to sit down for a short period of time (usually three to five minutes) before rejoining the class.
      • If a child’s misbehavior continues to disrupt the class, the parent or guardian will be called to pick up the child.

General Policies

      • Parent and students should not enter the office space of the school. Please feel free to communicate through the glass windows of the office.
      • Use of the school telephone is limited to emergencies only.
      • Parents and students should never interrupt a class in session.
      • Only water is allowed in the studios. No food, drinks, or gum.
      • We love babies and young children and appreciate the chance to meet our students’ siblings. However, our priority is the safety of every child on the school premises. Children must be supervised at all times and not free to run around the lobby or classroom areas.
      • No cell phones or computers may be used during class time. (This means no emailing, Internet use, text messaging, etc.)
      • Students and parents are restricted from contacting teachers by phone, email, text messages, etc. All communication with teachers or the director must go through the Dance Impressions office.
      • Never speak negatively about teachers, students, or parents from other schools.
      • Never recruit students from other schools.
      • All students must show respect for their teachers at all times. Inappropriate behavior could result in dismissal from the school.