General Policies and Procedures
All Dance Project students must complete a registration form and sign our liability waiver prior to dancing with us. Adults only need to go through this process once, unless your information changes. This process must be completed each semester. You may fulfill this process online or on paper copy either in the office or with the instructor prior to class. Students must register separately for workshops.
Registration fees apply with youth students. The student’s place in class will not be reserved until registration fees have been paid. These registration fees will be waived if you make a payment by the waive date or if you are a scholarship applicant.
With permission of the School Director, youth students may join after the semester has begun but we will not pro-rate tuition for the semester. Students are allowed to makeup any classes that they may have missed in a class of the same level/age. Please let the School Director know if you are planning to makeup a class so that she may let the teacher know.
Adult students are welcome to drop in at any point during the semester.
Good etiquette for the classroom is to arrive promptly, enter the room when invited and stretch/warm up until instructed otherwise. All outside business (snacks, phone calls, bathroom visits, hair, dressing, etc.) should be taken care of in advance of the start time of dance class. Entering and exiting the classroom while class is in session is only allowed with teacher permission.
All students are expected to be prompt, properly dressed, and respectful of their fellow classmates and instructor. At Dance Project, we work hard to cultivate a friendly and safe learning environment, where students feel comfortable to explore movement creatively. In order to protect this environment, disruptive and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated. Students displaying continual negative behavior may be asked to sit out, leave class, and in extreme circumstances may be removed from the class. Please help us protect our friendly environment by encouraging proper dance class etiquette!
Please try to make sure you/your child arrives prepared promptly for class. Young students often need a bathroom visit and snack prior to class. Students should arrive in class ready to begin. Tardiness is disruptive to both the other students and the instructor. If a student is 10 or more minutes late to class, the instructor may ask the student to observe instead of participate for both safety reasons and to avoid unnecessary class disruption.
Dancing requires regular practice to improve and consequently good attendance is necessary and expected of all of our regularly enrolled students. In order to have a good classroom environment it is important for all students to be in attendance as often as possible for the entire group to progress. In the case of necessary absence, please contact the office at email@example.com or 336-373-2727 so we can let the instructor know.
Please never walk outside in your dance shoes! This destroys the shoes as well as dirties the studios.
Please remember to keep the hallways and stairwells clear of obstructions. Running up/down the stairs and hanging on railings is strictly not allowed in this building. All children under the age of 12 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Food and drinks are not allowed in the studios, water is the only beverage allowed in the studio. Water bottles are encouraged!
In the event of a classroom illness or accident, parent/guardian(s) will be notified immediately by telephone if they are not already in the building. If a parent/guardian is not accessible at the time of an illness or injury, the instructor and School Director along with the building security and building manager will make choices about how to best handle the situation.
While safety emergencies are very rare in the Cultural Center, we feel it is important to be prepared to handle each situation safely and efficiently. In the event of an emergency, we will follow the procedures below:
In the event of a necessary building evacuation, instructors will guide students to the Cultural Arts Center evacuation assembly area, the Elm Street side of Center City Park. Students will remain with their instructors until either a parent or guardian comes to get the student from the evacuation area. Instructors will take the students back into the studio if an all clear signal is given and re-entry to the building is granted.
When notified of dangerous weather (tornados, severe thunder storm, winds, etc.) or chemical, biological, or radiological contaminants, instructors will take students to the building designated safety areas. There are designated safe areas on the 1st floor of the Cultural Center: the hallway by the pottery studios, the hallway by the Greensboro Community Television, and the Drama Studio (Rm 108). Students will remain with their instructors until an all clear signal is given, at which time instructors will release students to their parent/guardian(s) or may take students back to the studio.
In the event of a lock-down (impending violent situation), instructors will either lead students quickly to a designated safe area or wait under lock down in the studio. After the all-clear signal is given, students may be picked up at their studio.
In the event of an emergency, please remain calm and wait to meet your student until after the all clear signal is given, at which time, the easiest place to get your student is in the studio where he or she is usually having class. Please do not take your student and leave without first notifying the instructor!
Youth Policies and Procedures
Tuition may be paid in full at the time of registration or in monthly installments. Monthly installments must be paid by the first class of the month, no later than the 10th or a late fee of $10 will apply. Once a payment is late (past the 10th of the month), the client will be issued a statement. If payment is not resolved within 10 days of the statement date and the client has not communicated, Dance Project holds the right to disallow the student to take class. If there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the Assistant School Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payments may be made by personal check or cash in the studio, our office, or by mail.
Credit card payments can be made online via danceproject.org/school. There is a $3 credit card fee if you use a credit card online or in person. Due to bank fees, a $25 charge will apply for all returned checks.
Once a student has begun classes, if you or your child find that the class is not right for you, you will have two weeks to withdraw. Refunds will not be made after this time period unless extenuating circumstances apply, and registration fees are non-refundable. These decisions are at the discretion of the School Director. If you need to withdraw from the program during the semester please contact the office as soon as possible. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, you will still be responsible for the full balance of the semester, regardless of the withdrawal date.
Dance Project: the School at City Arts has the right to cancel or combine any class with fewer than 4 students enrolled.
No, Dance Project: the School at City Arts does not follow the Guilford County school closings. In the case of inclement weather, please check announcements on our website for closing information or call 336-373-2727. Any changes will be posted by 9:30 am.
In the case of weather closings or otherwise cancelled classes, make-up classes will be scheduled.
– Dancing with Tots (1-3): comfortable movement clothes, no shoes
– Creative Movement I & II (3-5): Female: solid color leotard (any color), skirt and footless tights optional, no shoes needed, Male: solid color fitted shirt and movement shorts/pants/leggings, no shoes needed
– Ballet/Modern (5-6): Female: solid color leotard (any color), pink convertible tights or leggings so that bare feet are accessible, ballet skirt (optional), split sole pink ballet shoes (canvas or leather), hair in a bun; Male: solid color fitted shirt and leggings, black ballet shoes
– Rhythm and Tap (5-6): comfortable fitted movement clothes, tap shoes (black child beginner or jazz tap shoe) and sneakers, hair neatly out of the face (not your regular street shoes)
– Ballet (7+): Female: solid color leotard (any color), convertible pink tights, ballet skirt (optional), split sole pink ballet shoes (& pointe shoes if in pointe class), hair in a bun; Male: solid color fitted shirt and leggings, split sole black ballet shoes (If you would like assistance purchasing pointe shoes, please contact us)
– Modern (7+): Female: solid color leotard (any color), tights (convertible/footless/black/pink), leggings or fitted pants (jazz or yoga), long sleeve shirt, no shoes, hair neatly out of face; Males: Fitted shirt and shorts, leggings or pants, long sleeve shirt, no shoes
– Jazz (7+): Female: leotard (any color), tights, leggings or fitted pants (jazz or yoga), black jazz shoes hair neatly out of face; Males: Fitted shirt and pants, black jazz shoes
– Hip Hop (7+): Female: fitted tank or t-shirt, leggings or fitted pants / shorts, sneakers (not your regular street shoes), hair neatly out of face; Males: Fitted shirt and pants/shorts, sneakers (not your regular street shoes)
– Tap (7+): Female: leotard (any color), tights, leggings or fitted pants (jazz or yoga), tap shoes (lace up, no split sole, black), hair neatly out of face; Males: Fitted shirt and pants/shorts, tap shoes (lace up, no split sole, black)
– Performance Groups: Female: leotard (any color), tights or leggings, skirt/shorts (optional), pink ballet/jazz shoes/barefoot (some other shoes may be needed), hair in a bun, Male: Fitted shirt and leggings, black ballet/jazz shoes/barefoot (some other shoes may be needed)
– Musical Theater: Female: leotard (any color), tights, leggings, or fitted pants (jazz or yoga), tan jazz shoes, hair neatly out of face; Males: fitted shirt and pants, tan jazz shoes
– Jazz and Tap (7-12): comfortable fitted movement clothes, tap shoes (black child beginner or jazz tap shoe) and black jazz shoes, hair neatly out of the face (not your regular street shoes)
Students not in compliance with our dress code may be asked to observe class (especially if it happens more than 2 times).
With permission of the School Director, youth students may make-up missed classes by attending another appropriately leveled class.
Dance Project students progress through the curriculum at their own pace. Recommendations for class placement in Dancing with Tots, Creative Movement, Ballet/Modern and Tap/Hip Hop are made based on age and the child’s development. Students may enter our Ballet, Modern, and Jazz program beginning at the age of seven. All students begin at level I and will progress as they build skill. To move to the next level, a student generally will have at least two semesters of experience as well as recommendation of the instructor/School Director. In determining class placement, the School Director and instructors will consider emotional maturity, physical development, strength, and execution of dance skills. Throughout the first six weeks of classes, instructors will observe and evaluate placement. Parents will be contacted by the School Director if a student would be better served in another class. If you have had at least two semesters of a class (Fall and Spring – Summer does not apply towards class placement) you may contact the School Director to discuss moving into the next level. We are happy to offer a trial class to determine class placement; please email the School Director at email@example.com to request a trial placement class.
If your child cries or demonstrates anxiety prior to class, you could try some different techniques to help the situation. To begin, try to bring the student early to class so they have more time to acclimate to their surroundings. If your child is scared, perhaps a security item such as a favorite toy or blanket could journey into the dance classroom with the student and be placed by the mirror for a feeling of safety. Perhaps a pep talk with the promise of a reward (i.e. visit to the park, library, etc.) for success will help. Avoid allowing the child to dictate how the situation will be resolved, talk to the instructor to come to an agreement for how to handle your particular situation. Please do not be discouraged if your child experiences difficulty in joining in class, this is very normal and we are here to help!
We send all important class information via email newsletter. Please be sure to join our mailing list and add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contacts to ensure you will receive our messages. Please take time to carefully review emails from the School Director as very important information is communicated in that fashion. If you believe you are not receiving our emails, please contact the School Director at email@example.com.
Adult Policies and Procedures
For adult students, we offer drop in rates and 10 class cards, which are good for 12 weeks (excluding weeks that classes are not in session) from time of purchase. Class cards are transferable between classes. We offer rates for college students, professionals (earning a living as a dance artist), and non-students.
We do not have a strict dress code for our adult students. However, we expect students to wear dance attire and not street clothes. Please see recommendations below:
– Ballet: comfortable fitted movement clothes, i.e.: fitted tank, jazz pants, leotard and tights (optional), and ballet shoes (any color)
– Modern: comfortable fitted movement clothes, i.e.: fitted tank, jazz pants, leotard and tights (optional), long sleeve shirt and no shoes
– Jazz: comfortable fitted movement clothes, i.e.: fitted tank, jazz pants, leotard and tights (optional), and jazz shoes (barefoot is also fine)
– Hip Hop: comfortable fitted movement clothes, i.e.: fitted tank, jazz pants, leotard and tights (optional), and jazz shoes or sneakers
– Tap: comfortable fitted movement clothes, i.e.: fitted tank, jazz pants, leotard and tights (optional), and tap shoes (lace up, no split sole, black)
– Performing Group: comfortable fitted movement clothes, i.e.: fitted tank, jazz/yoga pants, leggings, leotard and tights (optional), and ballet / jazz shoes / barefoot
– Musical Theater: Female: leotard (any color), tights, leggings, or fitted pants (jazz or yoga), tan character shoes, hair neatly out of face; Males: fitted shirt and pants, tan jazz shoes
Please check our calendar and announcements to confirm class schedules. In the case of inclement weather, please check announcements on our website for closing information or call 336-373-2727. Any changes will be posted by 2 pm.
Dance Project: the School at City Arts has the right to permanently cancel any class with fewer than 3 students regularly attending, but will hold class if at least two dancers are there wanting to dance.