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The Lower Division
Student/Parent Guidelines




REGISTRATION
A $15.00 registration / insurance fee, a current registration card, a signed Lower Division Contract, Harassment Policy Agreement, as well as a General Liability Release must be paid and on file before classes may be started.

CLASS RATES

You may pay for classes by purchasing either a class card or by the single class. All classes purchased on a class card must be used 30 days from the date of purchase. We are very sorry, but there can be no credits, extensions, or refunds given. Missed classes may be made up anytime during the month.

Attendance

Of course, we understand that the Lower Division Program is made up of younger artists and that many unexpected things might occur on any given day…. But ….it is the expectation that each student at The Performing Arts Center will attend the classes for which they have been enrolled. If something does come up and your child cannot attend class, please simply call the front desk and leave a message for whomever teaches that class. Please be aware that your child’s ongoing participation in a class will be based on their consistent attendance. Any student missing more than 4 consecutive weeks who has not communicated with the Lower Division Director, Tamara Gray or the Artistic Director, Nanci Hammond, will automatically be dropped from that particular class. If this were to occur, a conversation with Ms. Gray or Ms. Hammond will be necessary in order for your child to re-enroll and participate in that class again.

DRESS CODES

Preparation for class should be done in the dressing room. No changing in the lobby please. Dancers should always attend class in dance attire. No street clothes: Leotards, tights, or socks for girls, bike pants, or shorts and tee shirts for boys. Please come to class with shoes and other dancewear prepared. Having a dance bag will help keep your child ‘s clothes together. Please keep an extra pair of socks in their bag. Long hair must be pulled back in a braid, ponytail, or pinned up. For safety reasons, heavy or dangling jewelry is not allowed. PLEASE LABEL ALL SHOES AND CLOTHING!

CLASS ETIQUETTE

All students must arrive on time, dressed in clean and appropriate attire and sign in at front desk prior to entering the classroom. Students should be encouraged to use the bathroom before and after class or during the break when they change shoes. Parents should refrain from feeding students during class time or during break. Students should not bring toys to class except those requested by the teacher.
SCHOOL ETIQUETTE
Everyone at The Performing Arts Center must be courteous to each other; respectful of all students, parents, faculty, and staff. All people using this facility must maintain quiet in the lobby and hallways; Playtime should be reserved for hours and areas outside of The Performing Arts Center building. There is no food or drink allowed in the Lobby Areas. All snacks and drinks must be consumed only in the Kitchen area, only.
Please also remember that all seating areas are for all guests of The Performing Arts Center not simply for Lower Division Families, therefore, no furniture may be moved, please.
Additionally, students and parents are expected to pick- up after themselves and contribute to keeping the building clean.

PERFORMANCE
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As part of our dancer’s training, The Performing Arts Center puts on one performance a year. The entire Lower Division performs in “The Spring Recital” usually held in the month of June. All students that are registered in classes at The Performing Arts Center are eligible to perform. As we understand that everyone’s schedule is very busy, we conduct almost all of our rehearsals during regular class time. Each of these rehearsals is crucial to our performance and we ask that you do everything you can to participate in them. However, there are two rehearsals that you absolutely must attend; our Dress and Technical Rehearsals held the week preceding our performances. Once any dance in the performance has blocked for the stage performance (final changes will be made at those two rehearsals), any dancer not rehearsed with all of the dancers in their piece, will compromise the performance of all of the other dancers. Therefore,
if you miss either of the Dress or Technical Rehearsal, you will not be allowed perform in the show, regardless of the reason. Both of these rehearsals will be held at The Performing Arts Center Performance Space (Studio H).

PARENT OBSERVATION

Parents are welcome to observe classes through the observation window. No parents are permitted to enter into any studio without an invitation from the teacher. Please be aware that at times the blinds may be closed if the teacher feels that the dancers are becoming distracted by any activity outside of the class. The blinds remaining open or being closed is at the sole discretion of each teacher. Further, no chairs or other furniture may be moved to the Studio A observation window for viewing. Standing at the Studio A observation window is all that is permitted.
Additionally, in order to ensure that our school is a safe and focused place where each artist, regardless of age, can direct their complete energy to the art they are pursuing, any activity that disrupts or distracts this learning environment, in any way, is not permitted. All cell phones must be turned off while taking or observing classes. Further, while at The Pac, all cell phone calls you feel obliged to take or make, being your own personal matter, should be taken outside of the building, please. Again, all school lobbies, hallways and the kitchen, being community areas, need to stay clean and reasonably quiet. No viewing of movies, videos, Utube, etc., may be done using the external speakers of any personal device (phone, iPad, etc.) – headsets must be worn for this purpose at all times - by everyone- (adult or child), please.
As the teaching of any art form is a difficult and delicate affair, we understand that we may have policies and expectations with which you are unfamiliar. So, if you have any questions regarding why we do things the way we do, simply schedule a time to talk to our
Artistic Director, Nanci Hammond. We have always welcomed a straight forward conversation about any of our programs as it also affords us the opportunity to improve them and reflect on ourselves. Further, there is never any reason for any parent to discuss or comment on any dancer in our program; except in a positive manner. Any parent who participates in starting rumors of any kind or engages in any manner of malicious conversation, true or not, will run the risk of being asked to leave this school. This includes, but is not limited to, any discussions or posts on all electronic or social media i.e.: facebook, e-mails, blogs, twitter, texting, snapchat, instagram, etc. With this in mind, please remember that no value can be created by complaining to another parent regarding our teaching process…. simply schedule a conference with Nanci.

PARENT / TEACHER MEETING

The true happiness of your child is our common goal. Please feel free to schedule a parent / teacher meeting as soon as you see any type of problem. Dancing is a complicated
matter of juggling one’s mind and body, so it is very easy to become intimidated or confused. The quickest way to solve this problem is through a conference. Never hesitate to do this.

SIBLINGS
While all children are welcome at The Performing Arts Center for the safety and happiness of all concerned, we must respectively remind you that this is a school, not a playground or day care center. A parent, or a responsible adult, who has been left specifically in charge, must accompany any child not directly involved in classes on the day they are here. We will expect the same behavior and respect from everyone as outlined in the School Etiquette provision. There is absolutely no running, ball playing, swinging on the ramp handrail, toys spread out on the floor or rough - housing at any time.
Additionally, Studio C (the homework room) is for just that…. work. It is not an overflow area or holding or play area for parents or children. Further, except for people, ALL HALLWAYS MUST BE KEPT CLEAR AT ALL TIMES. Please be forewarned; if either you or your children’s behavior is disruptive or if you are uncooperative with The Performing Arts Center’s Staff or Teachers, in any way, you may be asked to leave the building. Any further participation in classes will be at the sole discretion of the Lower Division Director, Tamara Gray and Artistic Director, Nanci Hammond. We reserve the right to refuse service or admittance.

VIDEO FOOTAGE USE/ SOCIAL MEDIA POSTING RESTRICTIONS

In order to protect all of our artists’ work, as well as all of our teacher’s and dancer’s privacy, at no time will any video footage or still photographs of any of The Performing Arts Center’s classes, performances or rehearsals be allowed to be filmed, used, published or posted on any electronic media, including but not limited to; facebook, YouTube, twitter, Instagram, snapchat, etc. unless the following guidelines are strictly followed:
1). All teachers and choreographers at the Performing Arts Center own their own work
(Intellectual Property) and must grant permission before any portion of their work may be
published or re-produced in any and all forms.
2). Absolutely no choreographic, performance or class footage shot at the Performing Arts Center,
or any of its events, may be posted on any electronic or social media unless it has first been
posted on The Performing Arts Center’ social media pages (Instagram, facebook, UTube etc.)
and is being
re-posted from same. Additionally, no picture taking through observation
windows or open studio doors is allowed at any time.
3). Everyone will be expected to post responsibly. No pictures may be posted of any artist
studying at The Performing Arts Center that causes them any type of embarrassment or is
unflattering or compromising in any way.
4). At the request of the Artistic Director, or their representative, all posts or footage involving
any artist at The Performing Arts Center must be immediately take down if deemed
unsuitable. This decision will be made at the Artistic Director’s sole discretion.

PARKING

Please DO NOT PARK IN THE FRONT PARKING LOT for any reason! DO NOT DROP – OFF IN THE FRONT PARKING LOT! DO NOT BLOCK ANY DRIVEWAYS! DO NOT PARK IN THE HANDICAP PARKING SPACES unless displaying the appropriate handicap signage. You may park in the back parking lot or on the street. There is also parking permitted on the west side of the alley behind our building (that is the side closest to the buildings). If you choose to park in The Pac back lot, please be aware that you do so at your own risk. The Performing Arts Center is not responsible for any damage incurred, stolen articles or theft. Please do not double park or park in any coned off areas. Please inform anyone responsible for driving your children of our parking policies.