INTRODUCTION

At SBDC we strive to create a motivational and inspirational dance environment for students of all ages and abilities. Our mission is to provide an education not only in the art of dance but the development of confidence and self expression. We express the importance of technique and structure while constantly striving to evolve and adapt to current styles and artistic trends in the world of dance. With a certified, internationally renowned, and talented staff, we are committed to helping each individual student create and achieve their own dance destiny. From the recreational student to the highly competitive, pre professional, SBDC provides a training program suited to students’ individual needs.

SBDC OFFICE

Our studio office hours change monthly and are posted via email to parents who are registered within the studio. Most commonly the front office is open the first and last week of the month, Monday-Friday 5:00-8:00pm and every Tuesday from 5:00-8:00pm. These hours do change as sometimes holidays or competitions conflict with the schedule. The schedule is also posted at the start of each month in the front foyer of the studio. Appointments can me made outside of office hours to meet with SBDC staff or the Director by emailing admin@stardancecompany.com. Appointments are taken to discuss only registration, training, competition or studio matters with our staff and Director. Please do not make appointments to discuss other students within the school. Information about other students and families is confidential and parents will be promptly asked to leave meetings should they bring up a child that is not their own.

Our studio office is not open during the summer months from Mid June-Mid September other than for pre set registration dates. Anyone wishing to meet in person with the staff or Director must do so by emailing admin@stardancecompany.com.

A drop box is available on our studio office door for parents to drop off payments should the studio office be closed. Please make sure any payment made using the drop box is labelled with the account holders name, phone number and what it is for. Please also use a sealed envelope for anything being put in the drop box.

Parents are not permitted into the SBDC Classroom areas, unless it is watching week, without first checking in with the office. Our teachers are at the studio during their regular scheduled hours to teach and be in their classrooms. We ask that parents save their questions for instructors for times when they are not working with students in the classroom setting. It is very distracting to our students and staff and wasteful of our classroom time.

SBDC FACILTY

SBDC is located at 315-505 Main Street South and is part of the Tower Lane Mall Complex in Airdrie. The studio is located on the back side behind the Safeway store.

We take great pride in our studio space and expect the same from our clients and students. No food or drink at any time is permitted in the classroom or carpeted areas. Students will be given water breaks in classes that exceed 1 hour in length or when deemed necessary by the instructor. Our studio is not set up with a cafeteria or “common” area thus space for eating or socializing is limited. We expect all students who do eat in the studio to clean up after themselves and use one of our 12 garbage’s or 5 recycling bins to dispose of their waste.

On watching week, no shoes, drinks, or food are permitted beyond the carpeted area in the main hallway. We ask that all parents remove their footwear in our front foyer which has ample space for shoes. Coffee or any other drinks are not permitted into the classroom areas by parents during these designated watching times.

If supplies in our studio washrooms are low, students are asked to notify the nearest class assistant or instructor who will immediately take care of it. Students are not to sit on the washroom counter tops at any time as it is dangerous and they can come out of place with the wall.

In the case damage is caused to studio property in a purposeful manner the student and/or client will be responsible for the cost associated with said damage. SBDC is a private facility and company and reserves the right to remove any patron from its premise at any time deemed necessary. In the case a student vandalizes SBDC property, the Director reserves the right to withdraw this student from class without a refund for services rendered including costumes, entry fees, stage rehearsals and coaching fees.

ATTENDANCE

All students within the studio are expected to attend all lessons. Instilling these principles in our students will benefit them in learning and progressing with their technique and skill levels. If a student is going to miss a class we ask that parents email the studio office at admin@stardancecompany.com so we can notify the teacher.

Recreational students who have more than six absences between the months of March-May are recommended to not participate in the year end showcase. These months are when the bulk of recital choreography is done and we do not wish to put students on stage who are unprepared. As each situation is individual this will be at the discretion of the student’s teacher.

Pre Competitive, Competitive and Accelerated students make a commitment for a season not only to themselves but their team mates and teachers. Attendance for these levels is mandatory. Students with more than 3 absences in an exam class before the 1st week of December for the 2012-2013 season will not be eligible for recommendation for an exam. Our Acrobatic Arts exams will be taking place in the month of December this season and our ADAPT exams in January thus attendance at the start of the season is imperative for our exam students.

Students missing any classroom time when choreography is taking place may be removed from certain sections of choreography based on the teacher’s discretion. It is disruptive to classmates when students miss class for extended periods of time when choreography is being completed. It is the instructors responsibility to work with the students who are present in class.

Students are asked to stay at home when their illness is air born as germs can spread very quickly in a studio setting. Please make sure your child washes their hands and covers their mouth if coughing or sneezing when in the studio.

In the event of an absent teacher at SBDC, a substitute teacher or class assistant will be assigned to run the class. These substitutes are chosen by the SBDC staff and Director and are to be treated with respect as any other employee of SBDC at all times. Students or parents being disrespectful in the studio may be asked to leave the class, premise and/or program with no refund in the event of an indiscretion.

SBDC CODE OF ETHICS

SBDC has a zero tolerance policy for bullying or mistreatment of any kind within the studio or when representing the studio in a public forum. This includes parents as well as students in person or via email towards other SBDC parents, students, teachers, employees or public venues. This is inclusive of SBDC matters only. The studio is not responsible and cannot control the actions of every person outside of studio hours and events. In the case there is a disagreement amongst parents or students, parents are asked to handle the situation on their own and outside of the studio. SBDC will be only get involved in matters that directly affect the reputation and standard of the studio.

SBDC employees work for the Director of the studio and not parents. Teachers, Class Helpers, Assistants, Seamstresses and Office Employees are to be treated with respect and consideration at all times. Please do not approach our employees with your personal matters non pertaining to dance. Appointments can be set up with any of the above to discuss dance matters at any time simply by emailing admin@stardancecompany.com.

We ask that parents and students remember that dance is supposed to be a safe place for children to come and feel good about themselves. Every student progresses at their own pace and every student will achieve their own personal level of accomplishment. Berating another child or your own for what they do or do not achieve can be detrimental in the long run. We as a staff have to recommend students based on their abilities, however, all programs of dance at our studio, regardless of the level, are educational, artistic, fun and teach life skills.

PARENT WATCHING WEEKS

SBDC will host three parent watching weeks for this season. The first watching week will be December 2nd-December 6th 2013. The other two watching weeks will be posted at a later date. Parents and family members are invited to watch classes during these designated weeks and make take photos or videos. No shoes, food or drink are permitted into the studios during these dates. Parents are asked to remain quiet while these classes are taking place as our instructors are still trying to teach and work with their students. Parents being disruptive may be asked to leave the classroom at any time by an SBDC instructor. We also ask that parents bringing siblings of students maintain their children on the side. Students running around classrooms will be asked to leave as it is dangerous to all involved.

Session students have a watching week on the last day of their designated session. Parents and family members may come in to watch as well as take photos or videos. The above rules apply to Session parents as well.

CANCELLED CLASSES

Enrollment in the SBDC full year program guarantees your student 30 classes of instruction. Included in these are stage rehearsals for recreational students and dress rehearsals for the year end showcase for all students. In the event of a cancelled class due to a scheduling conflict, exams, an SBDC event, or weather, the studio will do their best within the means of the current schedule to reschedule the class and/or classes for another time.

Pre Competitive/Competitive/Accelerated classes should be prepared to have classes cancelled during competitions in which case the competition takes the place of their classroom time.

YEAR END SHOWCASES

All Recreational, Pre Competitive, Competitive and Accelerated Choreography classes participate in our annual year end showcase in mid June. There are two separate year end showcases and students are divided by what makes most sense schedule wise. Students may perform once or twice pending the need based on registration and amount of students participating. The year end showcase involves one week of stage rehearsals, dress rehearsals and then the actual shows. Tickets to our year end show case are $20.00 +gst per ticket. The Bert Church Theatre facility, where our shows take place, cannot accommodate strollers or baby buggies and each person attending the show must have a ticketed seat. Due to fire regulations, children may not sit on laps.

Students registered in Session Classes or Kinderboogie do not participate in the year end showcase, however, do have a parent watching week at the end of their session or season.

COMPETITIONS

Students in our Pre Competitive, Competitive and Accelerated Program are required to participate in scheduled competitions and special performances. Attendance for these events is mandatory. Students attending a National or out of town competition will be required to split the cost of teacher’s travel and expenses for these competitions. Fundraising options are available at the studio and are organized through parent’s groups.

Teachers are responsible for putting group numbers on stage, prepping students in practice areas, meeting with competition directors and staff, and maintaining order with students at competition. Teacher’s are not responsible for practicing our Solo Team athletes, however, may due so if there is sufficient time in between groups. Though our staff is very helpful, we encourage parents to communicate with one another at competitions and not with the staff on matters of costumes, hair and makeup. These things are distractions for our staff from the tasks they are hired by the studio Director to complete.

Parents are responsible to purchase their own program at competition or share programs with other parents. The studio does email out a copy of the schedule but often the competition changes the schedule in it’s final print or routines run ahead or behind schedule. Students are to be ready to compete 90 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. This means they should be at the facility ready to practice with their hair and makeup complete. Being unorganized not only affects one student but their entire team. In the case of members of the Solo Team, they are required to warm themselves up and may be required to put themselves on stage. It is imperative that these students track when they are supposed to be onstage and remember their music for competition. Teacher’s first priority at competition are our group numbers.

Stage Rehearsals

Stage rehearsals are arranged for all students involved in competitive dance groups. Attendance to these rehearsals is mandatory and are in place of the regular scheduled class for the week. These rehearsals take place at Bert Church Theatre, however, pending the need, may be booked at different venues. The initial cost for stage rehearsals is $15.00+gst/student/group. These fees are due no later than December 1st of the competing season. There may be additional costs pending the need of extra rehearsal time. Students may or may not be asked to wear their costumes for these rehearsals. It is at the discretion of the choreographer of the piece.

Dress Rehearsals

Dress rehearsals may be run at the studio for groups where the teacher wants to work with props, sets, and or tricky costuming pieces. We also schedule them for our younger and new students so we can check their hair, makeup, and costume and make sure everything is done correctly. Dress Rehearsals may be held during classroom times or at a separate time based on studio availability.

Hair and Makeup

Detailed Hair and Makeup sheets will be emailed to parents for each individual class at the studio. Parents are responsible for making sure they are “in the know” on hair and makeup for classes. Most commonly the hair and makeup are simple, however, for feature routines, musical theatre or productions, the requirements may be complex. Parents are responsible for the cost of makeup and/or anything that need be used for hair. Hair requirements may change for competition or recital based on scheduling, however, we pride ourselves on being able to do quick changes and make sure our students “look the part” for their routines.

Most competitive students wear our studio earrings with their costume. These can be purchased from the SBDC Office for $15.00+gst. If deemed necessary, the studio may host a hair and makeup class where parents can come in and learn how to do our studio basic makeup and hair styles properly.

Solo Team

The solo team consists of any routines choreographed outside of classroom hours and can include solos/duos/trios or small groups which must be auditioned for or requested by a teacher. Students on our solo team are considered to be elite for their level and age group and have more responsibility at competition than normal group students. Auditions take place in mid September at which point our team for the season is selected. Students will be given recommendations as to what routines they may participate in and then have the option to follow through with them. Students and parents must sign a contract in order to have their student on the solo team.

The cost for a routine on the solo team is anywhere between $300-$800 and includes extra rehearsals outside of classroom hours. After initial choreography, students on this team are expected to practice on their own on a regular basis and/or set up private lesson times within the studio. The choreographers are not responsible for setting extra practice times for students outside of their initial choreography lessons.

Students on the solo team are expected to warm themselves up and rehearse at competition on their own, with other students, or with a parent. They must have their music on hand at competition and may be required to put themselves on stage. Instructors that are available at competition may choose to assist soloists in preparing, however, are not required to. These are meant to be our independent dancers. They are responsible to track when they are meant to compete and meet their instructor backstage.

Students are chosen for these routines based on their technique, artistic ability, ability to pick up choreography quickly, past history with the studio and level of responsibility. Solo Team members are responsible for their own practice and thus responsible for their outcome on stage for the season. Group routines are first and foremost our main focus as a studio. Being a member of the Solo Team is a privilege.

Costume ideas will be prepared by the choreographer for these numbers, however, it is the parents responsibility to make arrangements to outfit their child while still maintaining the standard of SBDC. This can mean reusing a costume, purchasing a costume or having one made. We do encourage students within our studio, especially first time Solo Team members to reuse or buy second hand costumes for their routines.

A copy of the music will be provided once to Solo Team members on disc. It is then their responsibility to take care of it, put it on their computer or iPod or make copies. The studio office will recopy Solo Team music at a cost of $10.00/disc.