& PARENT INFORMATION
Rules and Regulations. Every
student in the School is expected to conduct
themselves in a disciplined and responsible
manner while in the School facility, and to
conform to the School's rules and regulations.
The Studio of Dance reserves the right to dismiss
any student whose conduct, attendance, and attitude
are found to be unsatisfactory.
Attendance, Make-up Classes. The Studio
of Dance requires punctual, regular class attendance
as an essential component of dance discipline.
Since each new lesson builds on the previous
class, a total effort to attend every class
should be made. Students or their parents must
report all absences prior to class time, and
students are encouraged to make up any missed
classes by attending another scheduled class
at the same or lower level. All missed classes
must be made up within the same session. There
are no transfers, credits, or cash refunds for
Students must arrive at least 15 minutes before
class to have sufficient time to warm up. Those
arriving more than 10 minutes late will be asked
to sit and observe the class.
Class Cancellations. Class Cancellations
will be announced on NBC TV Channel 30 Connecticut
News Storm Watch, WTIC AM 1080 Storm Center,
and 96 WTIC FM. When in doubt, call the Studio
of Dance one hour before class. There will be
no make-up classes for days missed due to weather.
Class Observation Week. Parents are
asked to remain in the waiting area and not
to peek into classes in session since it is
distracting to both students and instructors.
Occasional guests are permitted to observe Pre-Professional
Division classes at the discretion of the Director.
The Studio of Dance offers formal class observation
during the last week of classes of each session.
(Cameras and video recorders are welcome at
Guests are requested to be seated prior to the
start of class and to remain seated for the
full class period. Guests are also asked not
to bring young children to the observation.
Dress Requirements. Students are expected
to follow the dress code at their class level.
Attire requirements are distributed at the start
of the academic year. Students not properly
attired for class will not be allowed to participate
in class, but will observe instead. (Correct
classroom attire not only allows teachers an
unobstructed view of correct alignment and muscle
use; it is also part of the discipline of dance
Specific rules for student attire include:
- No jewelry, except pierced earrings.
- No skirts, children's leotards with attached
tutus, leg warmers, or sweats.
- Students must enter and leave the building
wearing street clothes and not dance attire.
- Street shoes are not allowed to be worn
on the dance floor by anyone. Shoes may be
placed under the coat rack upstairs.
- All female ballet students must wear their
hair up in a secured bun. Short hair must
be secured off the face and neck. Dance bags
containing personal items and valuables are
the responsibility of the student and should
be brought into the studio during class and
labeled with the student's name.
Studio of Dance
Ballet School Attire 2018-19 (PDF)
Safety Policy. The Studio of Dance requests
that all students 7 and under be escorted to
and from the building by an adult. Teachers
arrive 15 minutes prior to class. Please do
not drop off students until the teacher is present.
Do not leave children unsupervised either inside
or outside the facility. Parents or escorts
are required to pick-up their child at the conclusion
of classes. Students may not remain inside the
lobby while waiting for their rides once the
final class of the day has ended.
Parents or escorts are requested to remain
in the upstairs lobby during class. Children
will meet them in the lobby once class is dismissed.
The doorway, hallway, and stairs are to be kept
clear. Parents or escorts of children ages 3
and 4 are requested to remain in the upstairs
lobby during class in the event their child
requires the use of the bathroom. Teachers are
not permitted to leave a class in progress.
Rehearsals and Performances. The Studio
of Dance does not produce an annual recital.
As students progress in their training and ability
levels, opportunities to perform will be available
to qualified individuals in the form of lecture
demonstrations, student performances, and roles
with regional dance companies.
Building Rules. The Studio of Dance
leases its space from The Masonic Hall Association
of West Hartford, Inc. The Association has implemented
the following rules, which we ask everyone to
abide by to ensure a positive experience.
- Food and drink are prohibited in all areas
of the building except the kitchen on the
lower level. Water bottles are allowed.
- Deposit unused food, food containers, and
bottles in trashcans in the kitchen on the
- Pets or animals are not allowed, except
- Smoking is not permitted.
- No-charge telephones are available in the
upstairs lobby and in the kitchen downstairs
and are to be used for outgoing calls only.
Long distance and 411 calls are strictly prohibited.
- While waiting for class, students should
refrain from loud conversations and boisterous
behavior in the building. Proper etiquette
and respect for teachers, classmates, and
facilities are expected. Older students are
expected to set the standard for behavior
while in the building and to serve as role
models for younger students.
Injuries. Students who sustain an injury
are requested to submit a diagnostic communication
form (available at the studio) completed by
a physical therapist or physician prior to returning
The director may recommend that a student seek
a therapist's assessment when an injury is not
yet present. Recognizing the physical condition
of a student is integral to their training and
their subsequent advancement in the art of dance.
An injured student is expected to attend class
in proper attire and participate in a capacity
consistent with the extent of the injury. The
Director will assist the student in managing
their activities in class.
The Director supervised all classes. Studio
of Dance reserves the right to reassign and
substitute a teacher at any time, cancel a class
due to insufficient enrollment, and close a
class that has reached capacity. If a student
or parent has any questions or concerns, please
call as soon as possible. Limited private consultation
is available throughout the year. Telephone
calls and e-mails will be returned within two
business days. For daily announcements, please
refer to the bulletin boards on both floors.
A brochure has been created to acquaint Studio
of Dance students and parents with the policies,
procedures, events, and special services of
the School, and to familiarize students and
parents with issues and concerns that are unique
to the dance field.