Preparing for Class
1. Dancers are to enter the dance studio fully dressed for class with their hair properly pulled back (bun for ballet) and dance shoes on. Please do not wear street shoes into dance rooms. Dance bags may be brought into the room or left in the locker room.
2. Combo classes (preschool through 6 years old) will need to have their tap shoes on each week when entering class. Please put your ballet shoes in a dance bag that they will bring in with them. Put your child’s name in the shoes and on the bag. The teachers will help dancers change shoes in the middle of the class.
3. If there is any time between classes where your dancer is stationary in the building, it is the parent’s responsibility to be sure their dancer gets to the next/correct class. For any break, even a 15 minute break, a signed time-between-classes release form/waiver must be filed with the office.
What to Expect Your First Week
1. The halls are very crowded the first few weeks of classes. This will settle down after the first few weeks.
2. There is a lot of switching around of classes as parents are trying to get settled in the new schedule of the year. Please be patient. Classes are often ending with students needing to get to their next class immediately in order to accommodate the different subjects that dancers are taking.
3. Similar to academic classes, the first few weeks of dance classes are curriculum review and getting everyone comfortable with new classes and new teachers. This will relax the students and helps our teachers ensure that students are properly placed in correct classes.
4. If dancers have been placed into classes that are not correct for them –Don’t worry – we will find a more suitable class!
5. Parking is the #1 complaint with parents in dance schools around the nation. This is something that can’t be helped. Please be careful to watch for children! There is additional parking in the back of the building.
6. Parents, it is best to get your dancer in class on time and ready to dance. Room C has a viewing window. The other rooms do not have viewing windows. Twice a year (normally in December and around Spring Break), all families are invited to attend Parent Observation Week.
7. The youngest dancers will often have tears or anxiety the first few weeks. This is normal. The teachers are trained to get children “on task” quickly. It is not uncommon to have a few dancers on a few hips the first month of class! The best way to ensure success is to assure them they are going to have fun. Leave as quickly as possible and watch them through the window. Please keep noise down at the window and don’t let siblings open the door or knock on the window. This will distract the dancers.
8. Please have all dancers use the bathroom before class. Teachers will gladly take them if they do need to go during class, but this can be a disruption.
9. You do not have to stay at the studio while your child has a class. However, if you do leave during your child’s class, you must be on time for pick-up. If you are running late, please call the office so that we can notify the teacher & your dancer. Your dancer will be in the office waiting for you.
Always stop in the office if you have questions or concerns. Every staff member wants your Miller Street experience to be positive and rewarding.