Dance education requires that students be present for a majority of their classes in order to learn and perfect the vocabulary, skills, musical knowledge, classroom etiquette as well as stretching, strengthening and coordination that is required to progress as dancers. When a student misses a class, it affects their ability to learn new skills, practice and refine existing skills and to hear the critical feedback that teachers provide. We would like to request that when possible you use the following guidelines for attendance:
*If a dancer is sick in a contagious stage of illness, they should stay at home.
*If a dancer is sick, but not contagious, we recommend that they attend class and observe.
*If a dancer is injured, they should attend class and either observe or ask faculty to help adapt some of the exercises, stretching and skills so they may participate in the activities that they can do and observe when they need to protect their injury.
*Late February-mid-May is the time when faculty are preparing dancers for the spring recital. This is a critical time for the class to have excellent attendance! Please let us know if your dancer will have to be absent due to illness or planned family activity (travel on a family vacation, weddings, funerals) as well as required school activities (band/orchestra/choir concerts, speech and debate tournaments, etc.)
*We respectfully request that you commit to making attendance a priority for you and your dancer. It will be up to the director/faculty to make this decision, but more than three absences (for classes meeting one/two times per week) or four absences (for classes meeting three times per week) in this critical time period could mean that your dancer will not be able to participate in their class performance.