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What You Need to Know

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STUDIO CLASS ATTIRE

Correct body placement is essential for the proper development and training of the young and beginning dancer's musculature. Developing good muscle and postural habits early on encourages proper body placement and strength that is vital to learning the advanced dance techniques later on, and most importantly, minimizes the risk of dance injuries.

Your dance instructor needs to be able to clearly see your body placement. All of the students important points of confirmation, i.e. the relationship of the shoulders, knees, ankles, feet, but most importantly the hips and back, to the student's supporting structure should be easily observable to the instructor's attention.


SOLID COLORED DANCEWEAR

Solid colored dancewear enhances the instructor's ability to observe body placement. Patterned leotards, dance skirts and jazz pants obscure the body and can distract as well as detract from this endeavor. Therefore, for the dancers benefit, only solid colors will be allowed in classes at the Redding Dance Centre. Students must wear dancewear (including shoes) appropriate to the style of dance they are studying (pink shoes for ballet black for tap and jazz).

Tutus are reserved for the performance, and no streetwear is to be worn in class.
Hair needs to be secured up and away from face.


AUDITIONS

Students with previous dance training who wish to study at the Redding Dance Centre are required to audition for class placement. Auditions consist of taking a basic level class and will be pro-rated as a single class.


JAZZ & MODERN

Students wishing to study jazz and modern above the beginning/basic level must be concurrently enrolled in a ballet class at the Redding Dance Centre. The technique required for intermediate and advanced jazz & modern incorporates skills not taught in entry level classes.


CARRYING BAGS

We ask that all students have a carrying bag for dancewear, as well as streetwear, which should be taken into class with them. Do not leave your personal belongings in the office, student lounge, dressing rooms or waiting area. The studio will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.


VISITATION WEEK

Parent visitation week is the first full week of each quarter. This time is designed to provide parents and friends the opportunity to observe actual classroom activities. Special requests outside of this time must be made by phone at least one week prior to desired date. Walk-ins will be refused unless a special request has been made and agreed to by the instructor. There should be no interaction between students and their guests at this time. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! Parents, siblings, and friends observe in silence! Any distractions neutralize the students' precious class time.  Please refrain from taking any photos or videos of any student other than your own child unless approved by parent.


TUITION

Tuition is charged by the semester (5 months) and is based on the number of lessons in the semester, not in each individual month. Studio observed vacation days have been figured into this schedule. A monthly tuition payment plan is available and is a popular choice for those who do not want to pay for the full semesterAll single classes will be pro-rated at $16.00 per hour or $18.00 for hour and a half classes. Pro-rates are available for late starters and auditions only.

Tuition is due and payable on the 1st of each month. There will be no refunds or pro-rates for missed classes. Make-up lessons may be arranged for students who call in their absences, but they must be made up within the same month or they are forfeited. Make-up lessons may be taken in any appropriate class as long as they are not taken in your regularly scheduled classes. We encourage you to take all your make-up lessons so that your progress may not be impaired.
Accounts not paid by the 15th of each month will be charged a service charge of $5.00 for each month in arrears.

The top rate charged by the studio is $195.00 per month. This fee entitles the student to take unlimited classes offered at or below his or her level.


REGISTRATION FEE

There is an annual registration fee of $30.00 for every student.


SPRING PRODUCTION

Each spring the studio presents its Annual Dance Production. These performances are for the students who wish to expand their knowledge and improve their performance technique. Participation is in no way mandatory, however, performing exposes the student to other aspects of dance, such as staging, choreography, lighting, and group cooperation. Each year it is our hope that all will participate in the production.

Each student is required to purchase their own costumes. In order to receive costumes in time for the production, we must submit our orders by February 1st. All costume companies require 120 days for delivery - they do not make them until they receive the order. The production fee of $35.00 helps to defray the cost of renting the auditorium, sets, backdrops, sound and lighting engineers, etc. The costumes fee is $80.00 for each costume ordered. The costume companies will only accept paid orders so we must begin our ordering process (student measurements etc.) right after Winter break.

It will be our pleasure to work with you. We look forward to another great year and Production.