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Parents Handbook for 2019/2020

Welcome to 1 Dance School!

Please take time to review the following information, the HANDBOOK contains all the information you need for your year! 

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Important Dates 2019/2020
August 26,27,28 KICK BACK TO DANCE CAMPS
September 9 FIRST WEEK OF DANCE!
October 6 DANCE JAM (CDTA dance workshop)
October 14 Thanksgiving - NO MONDAY DANCE CLASSES
October 31 Halloween - NO THURSDAY NIGHT CLASSES
November 11 Remembrance Day - NO MONDAY NIGHT CLASSES
December 20 Last day of dance classes before Christmas
Dec 21 - Jan 5 WINTER BREAK
January 6 Dance starts up again after winter break!
January 12,19,26 / Feb 2 EXAM PRACTICES
February 17-21 WINTER BREAK - NO DANCE
March 14 1st Competition AVONLEA (Solo/Duo)
March 26-29 2nd Competition GLAM DANCE
April 3,4,5 3rd Competition DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA
April 13-17 NO DANCE EASTER BREAK
April 22-26 4th Competition STARS OF TOMORROW
April 30 - May 2 Recital Week - EXTRA PRACTICES (Tentative)
May 2 RECITAL! (Tentative)

 

Communication & Correspondence

Throughout the year all communication will go out to you in the following ways:

Facebook: This is our main mode of communication. Please join our Facebook page. We have a private page and we often post pictures and videos of the kids just for fun! All dance information will be saved in the “Files section” of this group for easy access.

Email: We use emails to communicate important news, reminders, order confirmations, personal notes, and more. Please make sure you add our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your address book / contacts / white list. Also, please make sure you keep your primary contact email address updated - you can do this on your Account Details page.

Paper copies at dance class: We try to always send home information on a paper copy for those trying to avoid the technical world!

We try hard to make sure our families know what’s happening well in advance, however if you don’t read your notes/emails/Facebook page, you’ll be missing out on important info. Please try to stay up to date and find the information you need in the above locations first, and if in doubt contact us and we will get you fixed up!

 

Classroom Attire

DANCERS SHOULD HAVE THERE NAMES ON ALL THERE DANCE SHOES AS WELL AS HAVE A DANCE BAG TO CARRY TO CLASS EACH TIME!

All 1 Dance School students are required to wear dance attire in class. This can be a bodysuit, tights and skirt/shorts, or leggings and bodysuit. Hip Hop dancers can wear sweat pants and t-shirts.

*HAIR SHOULD BE PONYTAILED AND MUST BE OFF YOUR FACE FOR ALL CLASSES*

*A black sleeveless Bodysuit will be needed for the recital for most Tap/Jazz classes so great to purchase one now!*

WE DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOW JEANS IN ANY OF OUR CLASSES!

Creative Movement Classes (Pre-Beginners):

Girls - body suit and tights with skirt/tutu/shorts, pink ballet shoes

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black ballet shoes

Beginner/Junior/Intermediate/Senior JAZZ/TAP Classes:

Girls - body suit and tights, skirt/shorts/leggings (optional) , black jazz & black tap shoes

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black jazz & black tap shoes

Beginner/Junior BALLET Classes:

Girls - body suit and tights, skirt (optional), pink ballet slippers

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black ballet slippers

 Musical Theatre Classes:

Girls - body suit, tights, skirt/shorts/leggings (optional), black jazz shoes

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black jazz shoes

NOTE- *All musical theatre students need a binder to keep their music lyrics in*

Hip Hop Classes:

All Students - lightweight sweatpants, t-shirt, Black running shoes

ALL COMPETITION HIP HOP will need to purchase specific runners, these runners will be available for sizing at the studio once dance starts. 

Acro Classes:

Girls - body suit, shorts/leggings, bare feet

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, bare feet

Contemporary:

        Girls: - dance attire/ HALF SOLED CONTEMPORARY SHOES

 

Costumes

Check your Account Details page for additional fees and options for costumes. Recreational students who pay for their costumes will be able to participate in year end recitals - recreational costumes are not required when you opt out or do not pay before the due date.

 

Fundraising

Check back here for more info on our fund raising events and opportunities!

 

Attendance

We can’t stress enough how important good attendance is in dance! It’s difficult to create awesome dance choreography when children are absent often. As much as possible, please try to commit to the classes you’re registered for. If your child is unable to dance, we still encourage her/him to come to their class to watch. Your child is part of our dance family and we miss them when they’re not there! If you are planning a long vacation where your child will miss more than 2 weeks of a class please contact us.

 

Studio / Building Rules

PLEASE SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES WHILE YOU ARE WAITING. We have experienced quite a bit of vandalism, both intentional and accidental. You really need to take care to make sure your children are well behaved in the space as building repairs are expensive.

You're welcome to stay & wait for your dancers, but you are also more than welcome to leave and come back to pick up at the end of their class.

 

Solos / Duos / Trios

Solos / duos / trios are open to all students in the genre of dance they are taking. Please consider the level of commitment that is required if your child decides they would like to perform a solo/duo/trio.

There will be extra fees for private lessons to learn their choreography.

There will be multiple group/dress rehearsals, and a requirement that your child is practicing their routine at home as well.

Children taking part in solos/duos/trios are given the opportunity to participate in competitions with our dance teams. Dates for competitions are set, and there is no solo/duo recital. Please note, there will be entrance fees to participate in each competition per dance. If you think your child would be interested in this, please start the discussion now, as we only have time for so many private lessons. Registration for this is available online

 

Exams

We are an ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) and CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association) studio. I highly believe in dance exams for all of our students, and this year we are so excited to be offering this opportunity to all children ages 7+. Exam practices will start In December and January with our exams being around the 2nd week of February.

WHY ARE DANCE EXAMINATIONS IMPORTANT?

  • ADAPT examinations and the examination process encourages each and every student to work harder so they may achieve their best personal potential, and through ADAPT training, help them to maintain that potential throughout their dance training years.
  • ADAPT examinations are a “goal” setter. They are a memorable experience and present an opportunity for students to be critiqued and evaluated by professional dance master examiners on a yearly basis.
  • ADAPT examinations offer certification, and successful candidates receive graded certificates. High achievers also receive a special “Medal Of Merit Award”.
  • ADAPT examinations and training will help students to build stronger character, integrity and lasting moral values for their future.

*Did you know that an adapt exam in the pre-intermediate 3 level is a full high school credit!*

There are additional fees to participate in the exam process.

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