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Policy & Procedures

Bliss Academy of Dance Policies

Welcome to BLISS!

Bliss Academy of Dance Policies 2017/ 2018

**To avoid confusion, please read through completely**

Thank you for choosing BLISS Academy of Dance to propel your dancing education and experience. We look forward to watching each student exceed and excel artistically while building confidence. In order to have consistency and success in our program our policies/procedures have been carefully created. These policies/procedures are listed below in detail.

 

 

COMMUNICATION

It is the responsibility of the parents/students to be aware of all dates and events.  Information regarding holiday breaks, fee due dates, costumes, performances, etc. are posted on BLISS website. There will be text messages and emails when needed.  Notes do not usually go home with students. It is the responsibility of parent/guardian to keep account up to date to ensure proper communication.  If you do not wish to receive text messages, please let us know.

Please subscribe to the BLISS BLOG if you would like to receive more than email notifications.

As a courtesy to the team and instructor, please notify the instructor prior to missing class. Staff information can be found on our website.

 

 

BATHROOM & LOCKERS

The lockers and shelves are located by studio 1 & 2.  Studio 3 (aerobic) has hooks inside the room.  Ages 12+ can also use the lockers downstairs in the dressing room.

  • TUMBLE/CHEER: Place shoes on SHELVES, not in the lockers.  If you have a bag, you may use the lockers.  Lockers should be reserved for those with bags.
  • DANCERS: Studio 1 (gym room) students with bags may use the lockers, If its just shoes/jacket, please use the shelves.  Studio 3 (aerobic room) can hang bags on the shelves inside the door.  

BATHROOM/DRESSING ROOM:

If possible, have students use restroom (at Life Centre or at home)  BEFORE class.  The Life Centre bathroom is located down the stairs and to the right.  Please be respectful as this is also used by Life centre gym members.  Any inappropriate behavior will be reported.  

 

 

CLASS ETIQUETTE

All students are expected to treat instructors, dancers, and parents with respect. Parents and students need to keep a close communication with the instructors (regarding absences, tardies, etc.) Please relay absences to instructors (not director)

We want each dancer to excel and reach their full potential!  Respect and good behavior in the studio is imperative.  Disruptive, disrespectful, or listless students will not be tolerated.  Parental support of rules and any disciplinary actions is crucial.   When necessary parents will be contacted.

  • No food or gum or PHONES allowed in class, unless approved by instructor.
  • Respect teammates, no excessive touching, no teasing, listen in class.
  • Proper dance attire required (detailed below)

 

 

DRESS GUIDELINES

ALL STUDENTS MUST BE DRESSED PROPERLY IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE…HAIR INCLUDED. STUDENTS THAT ARE NOT DRESSED PROPERLY WILL BE ASKED TO WATCH.

 

  • Hair should be pulled up neatly away from the face and secured properly.
  • No loose fitting clothing, (with the exception of hip hop. popping, break dance class).
  • Warm ups can be worn during stretching in cold weather months.
  • Proper shoes are required for each class.

Please adhere to attire guidelines below:   *note: no jeans should ever be worn to class*

  • HIP HOP/POPPIN: TENNIS-TYPE SHOES & LOOSE FITTING PANTS/CAPRIS/SHORT.  ANY TOP.
  • CHEER: TIGHT, LIGHTWEIGHT FITTING TENNIS SHOES (CHEER SHOES ARE PREFERABLE) & SHORTS (ANY STYLE) TOP)(ANY STYLE – FORM FITTING RECOMMENDED)
  • JAZZ TECH/MOVEMENT/ACTING FOR DANCERS:  ANY TOP & FORM FITTING BOTTOMS (ANY LENGTH) AND A DANCE SHOE (BEAR CLAW, GORE BOOT ETC).  NO SOCKS FOR DANCE SHOES, UNLESS INSTRUCTED OTHERWISE BY INSTRUCTOR.
  • BALLET: BLACK LEOTARD (ANY STYLE – SPANDEX SHORTS OK), PINK TIGHTS AND PINK BALLET FLATS (POINTE STUDENTS SHOULD BRING SHOES TO EVERY CLASS). MINI CO STUDENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE TIGHTS BECAUSE OF THE TUMBLING CLASS BACK TO BACK.
  • COMBO JAZZ/BALLET (grades 1st up): FORM FITTING CLOTHING (OR LEOTARD) AND TIGHTS ANY COLOR. SPANDEX SHORTS, TU-TUS, OR BALLET SKIRTS ALSO OK.
  • TUMBLING:  COMFORTABLE CLOTHING, BARE FEET.  (FORM FITTED CLOTHING BEST)
  • 2-6 YEAR OLD CLASSES:  WHATEVER MAKES THEM HAPPY:)

 

 

PUNCTUALITY

Students are expected to be on time.  If a student is over 15 minutes late the instructor will acknowledge the student with instruction on how to proceed. If warm-up has passed please be aware this could result in injury. PLEASE BE ADVISED should the student participate, BLISS (and all staff members) cannot be held responsible for any injury sustained. (See the hold harmless agreement) The teacher has the right to refuse participation.

  • 5 tardies under 10 min = 1 absence
  • 3 tardies 15 min+  = 1 absence.

 

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY & STUDENT WITHDRAWALS

Attendance is crucial in order to progress.  Classes missed consistently may result in student forfeiting right to perform.  We do not desire to remove anyone from a routine, as it also affects the spacing and set up for the others teammates.  Please remember that the classes held 2-3 weeks prior to a concert are especially critical.

Allowed absences before student is removed from all or part of routines:

    • Once a week classes: 2 absences per semester (Sept-Dec, Jan-May)
    • Classes held 2-3 times per week: 3 absences per semester (Sept-Dec, Jan-May)

These absences should be reserved for illness, family trips, funerals, and the instructor should be notified prior to the absence.  For competition students, missing for any reason outside of those listed may result in immediate removal from a routine or team.

No refunds on tuition, costumes, or performance fees will be given.

Dance is a full year commitment for competition teams, and a semester commitment for performance teams and training classes (Sept-Dec, Jan-May).  WRITTEN NOTIFICATION (email is ok) is required for withdrawal from classes. Verbal withdrawals will not be accepted. Until written notification is received, monthly tuition will continue to be assessed. Please be specific as to which class is being dropped. Additionally, if student drops before the semester is over, the remaining balance due for that semester as well as any costume and/or costume fees may be due in full & no reimbursement will be received if the student withdrawals before the end of the month.  We understand there will be some circumstances where a class needs to be dropped mid semester and will work as a case-by-case scenario.  

Competition team students are held to a higher standard than other Bliss teams. This will require sacrifice and dedication.  

  • Please be advised (for competition students) a commitment to the 2017-2018 season, is a commitment to the ENTIRE season, which ends after the concert in June 2018.  

 

 

COMPETITION COMMITMENT (COMP TEAM ONLY)

Should a student miss a competition, that student will be spaced out, and will forfeit their original placement. This applies to students with excessive absences as well.   Class time should be utilized a to the fullest. Re-working routines is time consuming and unfair to students present.

Other competition requirements include:

  • HIP HOP CREWS: A minimum of one additional class
  • CHEER TEAMS: 1 tumbling classes per week, with lower level tumblers being required to attend open gym a minimum open gym 2x per month.
  • JR & SR PREP COMPANY:  2 Saturdays per month are required for Jr. Co and Sr. Prep Co.  Students can attend any two Saturdays at their assigned time frame. Roll will be taken, and if 2 Saturdays each month are not fulfilled, the dancer and parent(s) will be notified and classes must be made up (on a Saturday, which means coming more than 2 per month).  If the problem continues, they will not longer be allowed to compete.

 

 

MAKE-UP CLASSES

In the event of an absence, BLISS Academy of Dance offers the opportunity to make-up class missed. All students are encouraged to make up missed classes, but not required until otherwise specified by the instructor.   However, If a competition student has an unexcused absence they will be required to make up and may be spaced out of part of the routine.

  • Make-up lessons must be completed 2 weeks prior or 2 weeks after class missed.  With the exception of holidays and prearranged closures, which cannot be made up.  Please set up make up class through then director, Cassi Cook, and then inform instructor that class attended is a make up, to avoid confusion and being charged for class.
  • Dancers must attend a similar style of the class missed. (jazz to jazz/ballet, tumbling to tumbling/acro.) Please keep in mind that make-up classes may not be at students exact level.  Not all classes are available for make up.

There are no refunds on missed classes.

 

 

PICK UP POLICY

Please pick up students promptly. Students under the age of 10 must wait inside the building to be picked up.  Students 6 and under need to wail by their dance room door to be picked up (parent must enter building) students 7 and up are invited to wait in the seated lobby. Parents are solely responsible for students after the assigned class time. Please be considerate and swiftly pick up your student. Instructors want to ensure your child’s safety, but can’t always stay past class hours; we cannot guarantee teacher supervision.  If you are in a bind and need an instructor to stay, please contact the instructor directly and your account will be charged $1 every min they are supervising. If instructor notices your child still waiting and they cannot get a hold of you, account will be charged accordingly.

Please follow the parking lot pick up route signs in parking lot to avoid congestion.

 

 

REGISTRATION FEE:

Each year, students are assessed a registration fee with the exception of male students. ($25 one student, $15 additional student, $10 3+  (August 2016-July 2017). Registration fees are used in yearly music mix charges, new equipment, rewards box refills, extra concert charges, etc.

 

 

TUITION AND PAYMENT:  See financial agreement

Tuition is due by the 5th of each month.  NEW THIS YEAR, we are requiring that everyone has a card on file and that the “auto pay” button is turned on; this will avoid the need for late fees.  Auto pay will be ran the 10th of each month.  You are welcome to pay cash or check before the 10th; otherwise the card on file will be ran.  You can log on anytime to view what charges have been paid.  If card is declined there is a $20 fee and Bliss reserves the right to withhold entry into class for students whose accounts are not current. This is considered an absence and cannot be made up.  Any account 30 days past due will be sent to our collection agency and additional fees will be added. (see financial agreement)

Payments can be made in form of cash, check, (at the Life Center front desk payable to Bliss) or by credit card on our secure website (Blissacademydance.com)

The number of weeks in a month does not affect the monthly tuition.  Tuition holds your space in class and is not based on a week to week schedule.  Throughout the year extra practices, concert rehearsals will be held along with  choreography fees at no additional cost.  All of these dues are factored into our monthly tuition pricing.  Tuition is not pro-rated when students drop/miss a month.

We still hold class on teacher work days/end of quarter days.  BLISS Academy of Dance is closed on the following holidays/school breaks: Labor Day, UEA, Halloween, Thanksgiving Break (Tuesday-Friday), Winter Break (2-3 weeks),  Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Spring Break (Canyons District), and Memorial Day.   There is no make-up for these dates.

 

 

ACCOUNT

You may log onto your Bliss account at anytime to view invoices, payments made, make payments, add or remove classes, etc.  Accounts must be current with no outstanding balance for tuition, costumes, or other fees to participate in Winter and Spring Bliss showcases. Contact Blissacademyfinance@gmail.com with account questions.

 

 

PHOTO RELEASE

Photos and/or video may be used for promotional or other materials for BLISS Academy of Dance without consent or payment to the dancer or parent.

 

PARENT OBSERVATION

Each room provides viewing windows. BLISS welcomes parents to observe their students. Parents of 18 months-4 yr olds should be present for classes.  All other ages, staying to watch is optional.  Please keep the viewing area free of food and trash, keep talking to a minimum as not to disrupt classes or Life Center patrons.  Do not allow children to climb on or around ANY equipment.

Please be mindful of walkers/runners before you or your children proceed on the track. Keep benches close to window, children should not play on track at any time.

  • Studio 1/2 viewing windows and benches are on the opposite side of the doors, on the track.  Please keel bags and kids off of middle of track (its fine if benches are pulled partly onto track)
  • Studio 3/4 (aerobic and racket ball rooms) have benches right outside the doors to the class room.  If the blinds are down, please ask an instructor to assist in raising them.

 

 

CUSTOMER SERVICE:

BLISS Academy of Dance welcomes questions, comments, and concerns regarding your student. We truly value your input and involvement. If there are concerns/comments, feel free to set up an appointment with the instructor outside of class time. Class time is limited and to be as productive as possible, please reach out to instructor at the appropriate time.  Instructor information can be found online at Blissacademydance.com.

 

At BLISS Academy of Dance, we strive to cultivate an enthusiastic and supportive environment. The art of dance lives beyond an eight count. Our goal is to teach life building skills while gaining confidence and personal awareness. BLISS Academy of Dance asks parents and dancers to be trusting and supportive of our teaching staff and artistic decisions. We want the very best for your child. We look forward to working together. “Shake the soul. Wake the dance. Feel the Bliss”.

                                                              

Are you ready to feel the Bliss?