Policies

STUDIO DRESS CODE

Dancers are expected to look like dancers. Hair and dress apparel are to be neat when entering the studio. No necklaces, bracelets or large hoop earrings are to be worn during class. In addition to dress code, we expect our dancers to come to class free from any tattoos, drawings, or other noticeable marks on their body that is visible to the public eye. This includes ink markings on dancers' hands and arms. Savage Dance Company and professional dance company tees, shorts, and accessories are permitted in the classroom. Non-affiliated studio attire is not to be worn in the studio. Female primary, junior, intermediate and teen level dancers should not wear underwear under their leotards. The following guidelines will be enforced for specific dance classes. SDC Staff will note any changes to the following dress code during the first 2 weeks of classes. Dancers will not be permitted to participate in class unless the folowing dress requirements are met.

For Ballet Class:
Dancers should wear pink or tan tights and a solid color leotard. Wrap skirts, over tights and/or other ballet coverups and leg apparel may be worn per teacher's description. Shoes should be fitted with laces tucked under and hair should be secured up off the neck. Pink, split-sole ballet slippers by Bloch or Capezio are preferred (approximately $25). Please note that Advanced Level 3, 4, and 5 ballet dancers are required to wear pink tights and a solid black leotard.

For Jazz, Lyrical, Theatre and Tap Classes and LET Hours:
Dancers are to insure that their knees, ankles and feet are visible. Hipster and/or hot shorts may be worn over dancer’s favorite leotard. Dancers may also choose to wear full length or Capri cut black jazz pants. Tights are not required. Sweats & baggies are not permitted. Any fitted leotard or dance top is acceptable. Foot Undies have become quite popular for/by all of our dancers enrolled in a technical class. Tan split-sole, slip-on jazz shoes by Bloch, SoDanca, or Capezio are preferred for jazz and theatre dance classes (approx. $45). A tan jazz tap by Bloch is preferred for our Primary level dancers. A black jazz tap by Bloch is preferred for our Junior and Teen level tap classes (approx. $60). Lyrical sandals in a tan color, Dance Paws, Bloch Foot Thongs, and Capezio Padini’s in tan are acceptable for lyrical class. Lyrical shoes may be purchased after the first few weeks of classes and per teacher recommendation. Please note that additional shoes may be required for the recital.

For Hip-Hop, Pop & Lock and Breakin' Classes:
Dancers are permitted to wear jazz, cargo pocket or hip-hop pants to class. Bandannas and hats are permitted in the hip-hop class per the instructor’s discretion. Hip-hop sneakers or street sneakers are preferred for class (approx. $55). Knee pads are also recommended. Shorts and bare legs are not permitted. The knees must be covered.

For Tots n' Tumble Class:
Dancers may wear pink, black, or tan tights and any color and style of leotard. Skirts are permitted. Pink ballet and tan tap shoes are required.

Male Dancers:
Please dress comfortably in a solid color cargo pant or dance pant. Black jazz, tap and ballet shoes and dance sneakers are acceptable.

TUITION GUIDELINES

Payments are due on the 1st of each month from September through June.

If paying monthly, tuition must be paid by automatic bank account debit or automatic credit card payment. Tuition will be debited from your bank account on approximately the 5th day of each month from October through June.
If paying every three months, tuition must be received by December 1 and March 1 after paying the initial three months at registration. Any payments received after these respective dates will be assessed a 10% late fee. Payment for June will be billed seperately as it is prorated for 1/2 a month.

RECITAL COSTUME PAYMENTS

In preparation for our end-of-the year recital/production, costumes are to be paid in full by December 1. For dancers enrolled in mutliple classes, deposits may be made in October and November to make the total more manageable.

Costumes prices should be no more than this: Tots-n-Tumble $125 for all 3 disciplines; Primary Combo $150; All Other costume Fees range from $45-$90 per class. Costumes will not be ordered without full payment.

If the dancer will not be participating in the recital, a "Recital Withdrawal" form must be completed and returned by November 15. You may pick up this form at the front desk. The start of business, November 16, you will be financially responsible for all recital costs if you have not completed this form. It is important that you complete this form so that we do not order a costume for you and so that we can inform the teacher of your decision. A late costume fee of at least $20 will be assessed on all costumes ordered after January 1st.

ATTENDANCE/MAKE-UP POLICY

Dance requires discipline and consistency. For this reason, we expect students to attend class every week. When a student misses a class, it not only hinders their performance, it hinders the overall progress and cohesiveness of the class. No refunds/credits are given for Dancers missing class, classes cancelled due to inclement weather, missed classes due to vacation, Holidays and/or days off. Make-up classes are available for absences due to illness or other personal reasons, during regularly scheduled classes; provided however, missed classes must be made-up within one (1) month of the absence and can only be made up in a class of the same dance discipline, of equal or lower level. Registration at the front desk for make-up classes is required. Missed classes may not be applied to unpaid or overdue tuition. Days are typically set aside to make up for classes cancelled due to inclement weather.

STUDENT AND VISITOR ETIQUETTE

If at any time you wish to speak with an instructor, please leave a message with the front desk receptionist and the instructor or Artistic Director will call you. Our goal is to provide a fun, challenging & educational dance experience. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Enter the studio respectfully and quietly.
  • Visitors are accepted on a first come, first serve basis as all visitors who remain in the lobby throughout a dance class must be seated in the lobby.
  • Be on time!
  • No water, food or gum is allowed on the dance floor.
  • Please call SDC to inform your instructor of any absence from a class and to schedule a make-up class.
  • Parents are not permitted to confer with SDC instructors during or between classes. Please speak with the front desk or call to schedule a conference.
  • Parents and dancers will not openly critique any dancer during class time.
  • Students will carefully follow the dress code guidelines.
  • Students and parents will carefully follow the tuition guidelines.
  • Attendance at all stage and dress rehearsals during production week is required by all dancers who wish to perform in the SDC Recital.
  • Be respectful to SDC instructors, peers and visitors.

STUDENT PROGRESS REPORTS & IDP'S

SDC offers an Individualized Dance Plan (IDP) for any dancer interested in having his/her education and progress assessed and reported. Completed reports will be delivered to those dancers who currently have an IDP set-up in our system during the first week of November. Any dancer who is interested in setting up an IDP should contact the front desk.

Every student will receive an evaluation and recommendation for the following year. This will help parents stay informed of their students progress and help decide of which classes to enroll the student in the following year.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

All cancellations will be posted on the studio message line. Because of the many different counties represented in the studio, please refer to the message for all cancellations.

ADD, DROP, WITHDRAWAL FORM

Please note that official forms are available at the front desk for all changes to your schedule. No changes will be made to a schedule unless a signed form is received and documented.

There is a two month minimum on all classes. One month's notice from the first of the month is required to cancel any class. WIthdrawals must be done by filing and signing the Add/Drop form. Withdrawals must be done with the front desk and not by informing the teacher. Withdrawls must occur within the first 7 days of the month to be effective for the next month. No withdrawals will be accepted after January 1, as the student will be financially responsible for the remainder of the year in all classes enrolled in.

QUESTIONS FOR DIRECTOR

You may leave a message for Nichole Savage, Artistic Director at the front desk with one of our lovely receptionists or, feel free to e-mail her at nsavage@savagedance.net.

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