Parent/Student Handbook 2016-2017

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June Taylor School of Dance is committed to providing a complete education in classical ballet training as well as other dance styles.  We maintain the highest standards by nurturing the talent of every student.  In return we expect each student to put forth their very best effort.

An important part of this education is the physical and mental discipline required to not only develop the strength and technique required for progression in this training but also to keep the developing dancer safe and injury free.

Syllabus Program

June Taylor’s School of Dance proudly teaches the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus.  The RAD is an international organization with headquarters in London.  Through the careful development of a structured syllabus, the monitoring of teaching capabilities, and the assessment of progress and attainment through the administration of examinations, the RAD provides one of the most well respected technical training programs in the world.  It is taught in 82 countries and has 15,500 members.

Graded Ballet Syllabus

Students begin training with the graded ballet syllabus (Towards Ballet, Pre-Primary , Primary and Grade 1 – 8) which provides a broad practical dance education and progressively develops technical, musical and performance skills.  Beginning with the Towards Ballet preschool curriculum, students develop basic movement skills, musical awareness, expression and creativity. Themed classes encourage class participation, focus and confidence that prepare the student for entry into the Pre-Primary levels.  Pre-Primary and Primary levels develop students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. This strong foundation prepares students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres. These levels are appropriate for students between the ages of five and eight years.

Graded Syllabi Grades 1 — 8 provide a broad practical dance education, progressively developing the technical, musical and performance skills of the student. Instruction includes Classical Ballet and Character. Classical ballet is the core of the syllabus. Character is the theatrical presentation of national dance using ethnic dance and music, which has been freely adapted for the theatre. Instruction is organized in levels appropriate for students from the age of seven years and upwards, and can provide challenging and rewarding training to the end of high school.

Vocational Syllabus

The Vocational Graded Syllabus is the continuation of classical ballet training from the Academy’s Graded Syllabus.  After completion of Grade 5, students may opt to add the vocational syllabus to their training.   The Vocational Syllabus (also referred to as the Pre-Professional syllabus) is geared towards those engaging in the serious study of ballet. At the earliest level, pointe work is introduced for the first time, and each syllabus has been designed to give the necessary training to students wishing to study seriously, with a possible view to following a career in dance, or dance related subjects. There are six levels of Vocational Graded Examinations starting with Intermediate Foundation and culminating in the Solo Seal Award.

Additional class offerings

In addition to ballet, for students age 6 and above, we offer excellent jazz and tap programs.  In addition, we offer exercise and adult dance classes

Class Placement

Each level in the syllabus is designed to meet the needs of the student with the aim of safely developing ability in an age appropriate manner.  Students move through the syllabus according to their mastery of the techniques as well as their physical and psychological development.  Ballet is an exacting athletic art-form requiring mastery of many seeming mundane but yet fundamental steps and movements.   In the long run, students will progress more efficiently if they commit to the time necessary to master these fundamentals rather than rushing ahead to the complex and faster paced steps of a more advanced level.  Each level follows a carefully constructed syllabus with requirements for a minimum number of classes each week throughout the school year.  Without the minimum number of hours per week, a student will not gain the strength, memory, and confidence to master the syllabus at that level.  All students will not progress at the same rate and nor will a student progress through each level at the same pace.  Developmental stages and individual body types as well as mental focus and outside time constraints all play a role in progression and we discourage comparison between fellow students.  A student’s age, prior progression, and experiences at other dance studios are rarely an indication of a student’s mastery of the syllabus. Class placement is determined by Miss June and JTSD teaching faculty.   Parents and students are not appropriate judges of placement or progression but we encourage both parents and students to make an appointment to discuss any concerns.

Examinations

While examinations are optional, the large majority of our students take Royal Academy of Dance exams once a year.  The RAD sends a highly trained and experienced examiner to our studio to evaluate each student’s progress and mastery of the syllabus at each level.  This provides information for both our teachers and each student regarding aspects at which the student excels as well as pointing out techniques that require further work.  Miss June and the JTSD teaching faculty assess whether a student  is ready to take a particular exam and recognize that it may take a couple of years before students have mastered the syllabus at a particular level.  It is not necessary to take an examination before progressing to the next level but it is necessary to have been evaluated by the teaching staff as ready to take an exam before progressing.  Students may require additional coaching classes to ensure that they are prepared to do their best in exams.  The RAD USA office schedules our exams in concert with exams throughout the country to coordinate examiner schedules and we have very little control over the schedule that is set for exams.  In general, the window for Vocational exams is February – March while the Graded exams are usually scheduled in March-April.

Dress Code

June Taylor’s School of Dance has a dress code that is designed to encourage unity and discipline among our students and is designed to complement the technical training offered at each level.

The following applies for all levels:

  • No jewelry or makeup is to be worn in class.
  • Shoes with BLACK soles of any kind must be non-marking.  Have all NEW shoes checked by an instructor.
  • When coming to and going from the studio, all students must wear outer clothing, i.e. pants, skirt, sweater, over their dance attire.
  • No dance shoes are to be worn outside of the studio under any condition.
  • All clothing and shoes must be marked with the student’s full name.
  • No warm-up shirts, leg warmers, sweatpants or shorts may be worn during class unless prior approval is obtained from the teaching staff
  • All leotards need to be plain, without adornment.  No straps that cross in the back.
  • All ballet students must have their hair pulled back in a secure bun.  Students may use a hair net that matches their hair if necessary.  Stray hair may be secured with bobby pins.  Ponytails are acceptable in jazz and tap classes.  Ribbons, flowers, crocheted bun covers, hair barrettes and headbands are not allowed.
  • Dancewear is to be kept laundered and in good repair.  Deodorant is suggested for older students!

 

The dress code for each level is shown below:

 

Level Leotard Tights Shoes Skirt
Female Ballet
Towards BalletPre-PrimaryPrimary Light pink tank leotard Light pink tights or pink ballet socks (Katz) Pink leather full soled ballet slippers Pink lace dance skirt (available in JTSD office)
Grade 1Grade 2 Light pink tank leotard (Grettawear or Bodywrappers) Light pink tights (Bodywrapper theatrical pink)  or pink ballet socks (Katz) Pink leather full soled ballet slippers andBlack canvas character shoes (Katz Syllabus) Black character skirt with pink ribbons
Grade 3Grade 4 Mulberry tank leotard (Grettawear or Bodywrappers) Light pink tights (Bodywrapper theatrical pink) Pink leather full soled ballet slippersBlack canvas character shoes (Katz Syllabus) Black character skirt with pink ribbons
Grade 5 Navy tank leotard (Grettawear, Bodywrappers or Bloch) Light pink tights (Bodywrapper theatrical pink) Pink leather full soled ballet slippers (with ribbons);Black canvas character shoes (Katz ) Black character skirt with pink ribbons
Grade 6Grade7Grade 8 Class specific colored leotard (see instructor) Light pink tights (Bodywrapper theatrical pink) Pink leather full soled ballet slippers andBlack canvas character shoes (Katz Syllabus) Black character skirt with pink ribbons
Vocational syllabus (Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced 1 & 2 Black camisole leotard (Mirella 201 or Mirella 207 or plain camisole approved by Miss June) Light pink tights (Bodywrapper theatrical pink) Pink leather full soled ballet slippers (Int F) or Broken downs (Int and above)Black canvas character shoes (Katz Syllabus) Pointe shoes as approved by Miss June Black character skirt with pink ribbons
Saturday Non-syllabus classes Plain muted color camisole leotard Light pink tights Pink ballet shoes
Male Ballet
Towards BalletPre-PrimaryPrimary White close-fitting T-shirt or tank topBlack knit shorts White socks (plain) White leather full soles ballet slippers
Grade1Grade 2Grade 3 White fitted T-shirt or tank topBlack knit shorts White socks (plain) White leather full soles ballet slippersBlack canvas character shoes(Katz Oxford)
Grade 4Grade 5Grade 6Grade 7Grade 8

All Vocational levels

White sleeved or sleeveless leotard or fitted T-shirt (Bodywrapper)Black stirruped tights White socks (plain) White leather full soles ballet slippersBlack canvas character shoes(Katz Oxford)
Other Styles (Male and Female)
Jazz Black jazz pants, plain muted leotard or fitted full length T-shirt Optional Canvas black jazz shoes (Sansha Tivoli)
Tap Black jazz pants, plain muted leotard or fitted full length T-shirt Optional Black tap shoes

Tuition

 

Payment Options

At June Taylor’s School of Dance, students register for classes each term but in general, are expected to attend the same classes for the entire 10 month school year.  Tuition is charged per class and may be paid one of two ways:

  1.  Tuition paid by term (Fall, Winter, Spring) – Tuition is paid in full at the beginning of each term.  Full payment by the early registration deadline will result in a 5% discount.
  2. Tuition paid in monthly installments – Tuition is due on the 5th of each month and may either be paid automatically using a credit card stored in our on line vault or may be paid by postdated checks given to the office at the time of registration.

 

Students with outstanding account balances will NOT be registered.  A$35 fee is charged for returned checks or declined credit cards.  Tuition is NOT REFUNDABLE and students who do not participate in class or withdraw before the end of the term are obligated for the full term’s tuition.  Pro-rated tuition will be considered on a case by case basis for prolonged illness or severe injury upon approval of the artistic director and business manager.

Minimum class requirements and discounts

Ballet is a strenuous athletic activity and students need to regularly practice in order to gain strength and prevent injury.  Students in Grade 1A (1st year) will be required to take TWO ballet classes per week beginning Winter term.  Students in Grades 1B (2nd year) through Grade 5 are required to take TWO ballet classes per week beginning in September.  Students in Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate levels must take a minimum of THREE ballet classes per week.  Advanced Foundation students and above are required to take a minimum of FOUR ballet classes per week. All students must be taking THREE ballet classes per week in order to dance en pointe – not that pointe classses do not qualify as one of these three classes.   Students may be required to take ballet classes below their level to build strength and technique – this is particularly important for students recovering from injury or prolonged illness – there will no charge for these classes but they are mandatory if requested by Miss June.

The following tuition discounts are:

  • Tuition will be discounted 5% for students enrolled in 2-3 classes per week
  • Tuition will be discounted 10% for families enrolled in 4-5 classes per week
  • Tuition will be discounted 15% for families enrolled in 6 or more classes per week.

These discounts are not cumulative.  Only the highest discount will apply.  Early registration payment discounts will be applied on top of class discounts.

 

Summer term tuition

To encourage dancers to register for as many classes as possible during summer term, we offer the following discounts:

  • Students registering for 8 or more classes during summer term pay a flat rate fee of $250.
  • Tuition will be pro-rated to accommodate pre-planned absences such as family vacations and summer school commitments.

Private lessons

Private lessons are available for any student who regularly attends all classes and their ballet level and must be arranged and pre-paid through the office.  Absences from class will result in cancellation of private lessons during the same week, unless prearranged through the office.

 

Attendance and make up classes

Regular attendance is critical to consistent progression in syllabus ballet classes.   All students must report ALL absences to the office prior to class time and they are encouraged to make-up their missed classes.  Make-ups must be arranged with the office to determine which classes are available and to avoid overcrowding.   Make-ups must be scheduled within the same term.  Poor attendance will Jeopardize a student’s class placement,confidence, participation in productions and examinations and well as increase the risk of injury.  If a student is sick with a fever, or in any way contagious, please stay home.  Students who are not contagious but are not feeling well enough to dance are encouraged to observe class and take notes so as to avoid falling behind.

Class cancellation

The studio calendar can be found on our website.  Because the calendar is subject to change, families are encouraged to check this calendar frequently.  Tuition paid for classes cancelled due to low enrollment or permanent schedule change will be refunded or credited.

If the studio closes due to snowy or icy road conditions, a message will be placed on our website as well as on the studio office voicemail.  A broadcast email will also be sent to all registered students.    Students are encouraged to makeup classes missed due to snow days and we will attempt to schedule additional classes at a particular level if we are forced to close for several days.  Refunds or credits will NOT be given for snow days.

Rules and Regulations

As part of their training, students at June Taylor’s School of Dance are expected to behave in a responsible and disciplined manner and to adhere to the rules and regulations outlined in this handbook.  June Taylor School of dance reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student or family whose attitude, attendance or conduct is found to be unsatisfactory.   June Taylor’s School of Dance has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of harassment including but not limited to physical intimidation or injury, verbal or sexual harassment, coercion, theft, possession of weapons and material destruction.

Respectful Behavior

Students are expected to treat JTSD staff with respect and a positive attitude.  Students may not enter class late or leave class early without the teacher’s permission.  Students should not enter or leave the studio during an exercise but should wait for the current exercise to finish.  There is to be no talking during class.  Excessive talking is distracting and disrespectful to teachers and classmates.  It is studio policy that students do not enter a studio before the teacher has given permission to enter but instead should wait in the lobby for the instructor to signal that class is ready to begin.  Consistent tardiness will result in dismissal.

 

Conversation in the lobby and dressing rooms must be appropriate to be heard by all children and adults in the school.  Gossip, vulgarity, and explicit language are not appropriate studio conversation.  Discussion of exam scores among students and parents  is discouraged – we encourage any students or parents with questions or comments to make a personal appointment with Miss June for discussion.

 

Facilities

Students and families are expected to treat the facilities at June Taylor’s School of Dance in a responsible manner.   Barres are not to be hung on or sat on as they might break.  Mirrors are also breakable and easily smudged; they are not to be handled or leaned on.  Dressing room curtains are provided to allow some privacy in the dressing room when the door is opened – they are not toys to be wrapped up in or pulled on.  Pianos are for accompanist use only and are not available to students or family members.  Toys and books are provided in the lobby for entertainment of siblings during class but we request that they be put away when through playing.

 

Food and drinks, except water, are restricted to the lobby and outside ONLY and are NOT Allowed in any of the studios, dressing rooms, or bathrooms.  Students are responsible for the disposal of their garbage.  Please check the space you use for discarded toe tape, tissues, water bottles, hair pins, clothing, etc when leaving the studio.  The recycling bin for bottles and cans is located in the lobby near the drinking fountain – please empty before recycling.

 

The floors in both studios are expensive Marley and it is important that we treat them properly.  Street shoes should not be worn in the studio and it is important that dance shoes are clean before entering the studio.  A little bit of dirt on the floor can easily cause a dancer on pointe to slip and indentations or tears in the floor will require expensive repairs.  Hair spray and other sticky substances are strictly prohibited in the studios.

 

Items left in the studios and dressing rooms will be collected at the end of the day and placed in the lost and found bin located in the lobby.  The lost and found bin is emptied on a monthly basis so frequently checking is advised.  Shoes and leotards in the loaner bins are not to be used on a regular basis but are provided for emergencies when an item has been lost or left at home.  Borrowed clothing should be laundered and returned to the bin while shoes should be neatly returned at the end of class.  Gently used shoes, leotards and tights may be donated to June Taylor’s School of Dance – please bring clean items to the office.

 

Lockers in the dressing room are assigned to dancers in advanced level classes and should not be used by anyone other than the assigned dancer.  Items in lockers should be clean  – excessive odor will result in loss of locker privileges.  Food should never be stored in lockers.

 

Cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices

Students may not use cell phones during classes or rehearsals and cell phones should be turned off (or silenced) during class.  Parents are asked to keep cell phone conversations quiet in the lobby as it is disruptive to both the instruction in the studio and to the parents wishing to observe class.

 

Photographing or videotaping class requires advance permission from the instructor and is strictly forbidden in the dressing rooms.

 

Wireless internet is available to customers using the JTSDDANCE-guest network.  The password is posted on bulletin boards in the lobby or from office staff.  We request the use of headphones for activities that cannot be silenced.  Activity that is not appropriate for all children and adults in the building is prohibited.

 

Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol, and Junk Food

June Taylor’s School of Dance is a non-smoking establishment.  Smoking is prohibited both inside the facilities and within 100 feet of the door to the studio.  Any student found using drugs, consuming or under the influence of alcohol, or providing drugs or alcohol to another student will face expulsion.

 

As with most athletic activities, not maintaining optimal physical conditioning and body weight can lead to very serious (sometimes crippling) injuries in the worst case, and to overall poor progression at the very least.  Dancers are expected to make healthy choices with respect to the things that they eat.  Foods that are not healthful should not be brought to the studio.  Dancers who are excessively light or heavy will be counselled and may be required to consult a nutritionist.

 

Injuries

Students of ballet will experience minor aches and pains from time to time due to building muscle tissue and stretching tendons.  Most minor aches and pains will go away in time.  Should a particular pain start to become chronic, speak to your instructor.  Injuries and accidents, whether they occur in ballet or elsewhere, should be reported to the studio office staff as well as the teaching staff.   A note from your doctor detailing any injury and its impact on activities will help us facilitate your recovery.  A student should not return to full activities until a meeting with teaching staff outlines the appropriate recovery plan.

 

Communication

Email is June Taylor’s School of Dance’s primary method of communication – an up-to-date email address is critical.  In addition, information will be posted on studio bulletin boards and our website.  These are important resources for students and parents.  Time changes, rehearsals, and important notices and announcements will be posted so check these frequently.

 

Parents and students are asked to direct any comments, concerns or questions to the office staff who will contact the teaching staff and make appointments for conferences as necessary.  Please avoid long conversations with teachers between classes – it is disrespectful of fellow students to take up their class time.    The office staff are not allowed to give out student or teacher phone numbers or email addresses but will pass information on when appropriate.

 

Letters of Recommendation

If a student is in need of a recommendation letter, two weeks notice is required.  Be aware that many students request letters of recommendation at the same time of year.  Insufficient notice will result in short letters or none at all.

 

 

 

Northwest Dance Theatre

Northwest Dance Theatre is a separate organization from June Taylor’s School of Dance.  Northwest Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors and operating under its own mission and regulations.  Currently Northwest Dance Theatre is renting studio space at June Taylor’s School of Dance studio.  Miss June and Miss Gretta are involved as Artistic Directors.  Many but not all of the dancers with Northwest Dance Theatre are also students at June Taylor’s School of Dance.  Students at June Taylor’s School of Dance have been invited, along with other local dance students, to audition to participate in Northwest Dance Theatre productions.  June Taylor’s School of Dance does not have any authority with respect to casting, schedules, requirements or fees.  While we will try our best to help you find the information that you might need, it is often best to contact Northwest Dance Theatre directly with any questions or concerns.