CDA is a year-round dance academy where registration is based on a 12-month enrollment calendar (September-August).
TERM I: September - November
TERM II: December - February
TERM III: March - May
TERM IV: June - August
*CDA reflects the NISD Student Holiday Schedule
• LABOR DAY 8/31-9/2
• HALLOWEEN 10/31
• THANKSGIVING BREAK 11/25-11/30
• WINTER BREAK 12/23-1/4
• SPRING BREAK 3/9-3/14
• MEMORIAL DAY 5/23-5/25
• EASTER BREAK 4/11
• SUMMER BREAK 6/27-7/11
CDA will remain open for all other holidays and school closures.
2019-2020 IMPORTANT DATES
• WINTER PERFORMANCE WEEK 12/16-12/21
• NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION CLOSED (CERTAIN CLASSES) 2/1-5/17
• SPRING PERFORMANCE DRESS REHEARSAL 5/15
• SPRING PERFORMANCE 5/16
• PERFORMANCE COMPANY AUDITIONS 6/7
• SUMMER DANCE INTENSIVE 6/8-6/12
• CHILDREN'S SUMMER DANCE CAMP 6/8-6/12, 8/3-8/7
• STUDENT ASSESSMENTS DISTRIBUTED 6/15
• FALL PRE-REGISTRATION/FALL SCHEDULE RELEASED 6/15
• FALL REGISTRATION BEGINS 7/13
• BALLET INTENSIVE 8/3-8/7
• PERFORMANCE COMPANY ORIENTATION 8/22
• 2020-2021 SEASON BEGINS TUESDAY, 9/1
A non-refundable registration fee of $60.00 (per student) and a minimum payment of first month's tuition are required with registration form to reserve space in class. Registration must be renewed annually in September. If registering during the summer term, the fall registration fee will be waived for the upcoming season only.
Tuition is auto drafted from a credit card or debit card on the 1st or the 15th of each month. Tuition is based on 48 "dance weeks" (excluding four weeks for holiday breaks) divided into 12 payments. Therefore, tuition remains the same whether it is a long (5 week), or a short (3 week) month and regardless of absences, vacations or holidays. No refunds or adjustments due to absences. Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. Any and all missed classes due to any additional holiday closures are encouraged and must be made up within the term incurred. Tuition is based on the number of hours taken per week, and on a 12-month enrollment calendar (September-August). To withdraw from classes, written notification is required. Please note: Tuition will still be charged for the month following a withdrawal notice. The only exception for this would be if the student can provide proof of loss of job or has a doctor's note of severe illness. Any unattended classes due to illness will be available for makeups. Monthly billing will continue throughout the term of the contract or until the remaining balance is paid. A $30.00 fee will be charged on all checks returned by the bank. There will be a $25 fee charged if an account remains past for more than 30 days.
BALLET PROGRAM ENROLLMENT REQUISITES:
Intro Ballet- minimum of one class per week
Beginning Ballet I- minimum of two classes per week
Beginning Ballet II- minimum of three classes per week
Intermediate Ballet- minimum of three classes per week
Advanced Ballet- minimum of four classes per week
Teen Ballet- minimum of one class per week
QUARTERLY BALLET PROGRAM ORIENTATION:
CREATIVE MOVEMENT, DANCE EXPLORATION I AND II
INTRO BALLET, BEGINNING BALLET I AND II, INTERMEDIATE BALLET AND ADVANCED BALLET
Students in the classes listed above must attend the BALLET PROGRAM ORIENTATION. This orientation will be held quarterly throughout the first FULL week of each term and will be held the last 15 minutes of each class throughout that week. This is a MANDATORY orientation in which the student and a parent/guardian must attend at least one time upon registering for class. During this orientation, we will cover proper dress code, and a general outline of ballet class etiquette and the expectations of the instructors/studio. Please see the Orientation weeks listed below. An email reminder will be sent out the week prior to each orientation week.
2019-2020 SEASON ORIENTATION WEEKS:
• September 9-14
• December 2-7
• March 2-7
• June 1-6
Private lessons are available on a first come, first serve basis and must be scheduled through the studio office. Please contact the studio for more information.
Student assessment forms for this season will be distributed two weeks prior to summer break. This system is used to track and record the student's progress throughout each season, which will include the studio's level recommendation for the following dance season. Evaluations are available for pick up in the office and must be signed for by a parent/guardian.
A quarterly newsletter will be sent via e-mail at the start of each term. You can also find a copy of this on the studio bulletin in the observation area. Please refer to the newsletter for the latest information regarding up-coming events, studio closures and more. To ensure proper delivery of the newsletter, please notify the studio office of a change of e-mail address.
THE DANCER'S LOUNGE/BATHROOM/KITCHEN AREA:
We ask that all dancers respect these as community spaces shared by all. These rooms may be used by dancers only and are always to be kept clean. In the dancer's lounge, the dancers can store their belongings during class, change class attire in private changing rooms, study, or simply relax between classes. Please store all belongings in the cubbies. We CDA and its faculty are not held responsible for lost or stolen items. Please see the "lost and found" bin in the studio office. All dancer's MUST store their food in the kitchen on the designated shelves. ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD IS ALLOWED IN THE DANCER'S LOUNGE!
Dress codes are strictly enforced. Proper dress for class is extremely important. Instructors need to be able to see a dancer's body in order to correct proper body placement and technique. Students must bring all dance shoes for each class. Hair must be secured in a bun or a ponytail away from the face and off the neck. Hair must be secured in a bun for all ballet classes. All jewelry must be left at home. Cover-ups and street shoes are required to be worn to and from the studio. This can be a jacket and pants, a dress, or a t-shirt and shorts, but DANCE CLOTHES ARE TO BE COVERED OUTSIDE THE STUDIO AT ALL TIMES. No dance shoes in the street. No cover-ups, t-shirts, or shorts allowed over leotards during class time. UNDERGARMENTS ARE NOT TO BE WORN UNDER THE TIGHTS FOR ALL CLASSES/PERFORMANCES. WE DO NOT WANT VISIBLE PANTY LINES IN CLASS OR ON STAGE. All dancers not properly dressed for class will be asked to sit out and observe. Designated class apparel is available for purchase at CDA and must be purchased prior to the first class. Certain items are by special order only. Student must be present for sizing.
LOWER LEVEL PROGRAM (AGES 3-8)
CREATIVE MOVEMENT/DANCE EXPLORATION:
• HAIR MUST BE NEATLY SECURED IN A BALLET BUN. THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
• NO JEWELRY ALLOWED IN CLASS
Girls - Designated color leotard with REVOLUTION pink footed tights. Pink REVOLUTION ballet shoes with elastics sewn on and CDA tan tap shoes.
Boys - White or black t-shirt with black shorts or fitted pants. Black ballet shoes and black tap shoes.
UPPER LEVEL PROGRAM (AGES 9 AND ABOVE)
BALLET AND POINTE:
GIRLS- Designated color leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Pink pointe shoes with ribbons and elastics securely sewn on and tied appropriately. HAIR MUST BE NEATLY SECURED IN A BALLET BUN. THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
BOYS- White t-shirt with black tights, black ballet shoes and dance belt.
MODERN/CONTEMPORARY/PILATES/STRETCH AND STRENGTH/LEAPS AND TURNS: Designated color leotard, black or tan convertible tights. Dancers may wear jazz shoes, half soles, bare feet or flesh toned or black socks. Black dance shorts or leggings may be worn over the tights.
JAZZ/MUSICAL THEATRE: Designated color leotard, black or tan convertible tights. Flesh toned canvas jazz shoes.
TAP: Designated solid color leotard, black or tan tights, shorts or leggings and black, lace up tap shoes.
HIP HOP: Loose fitting clothing may be worn over any dance apparel. Dance sneakers (NOT STREET SHOES) or socks.
ADULT BALLET CLASSES: Any solid color camisole, tank or t-shirt, jazz pants or cut-offs, tan jazz shoes or dance sneakers.
ADULT HIP HOP: Any loose-fitting clothing with dance sneakers.
OTHER THINGS THAT MAY BE WORN IN APPROPRIATE CLASSES:
Ballet/Pointe - Ballet skirts*, black or pink legwarmers*.
Contemporary/Jazz/Modern/Leaps and Turns/Stretch and Strength/Musical Theatre/Pilates - Black dance shorts, cut-offs, jazz pants/leggings.
Hip Hop- Sweatpants/loose fitted clothing.
*These items may be asked to be removed by the instructor during class.
ANNUAL WINTER PERFORMANCE:
CDA holds its annual winter performance week in December. This is an informal, in house performance and all students are encouraged to participate. Ballet students will wear their designated class apparel throughout the week. Winter Performances will be held in class, the week prior to Winter Break. Classes that do not perform: Leaps and Turns, Stretch and Strength, Pilates, Adult Classes.
ANNUAL SPRING PERFORMANCE: PLEASE SEE THE SPRING PERFORMANCE COSTUMES AND FEES FORM.
CDA holds an annual spring performance the end of May. This is a formal performance involving two fees. A non-refundable $60.00 performance fee and a $100 costume fee (per enrolled class). These fees are due in full by February first. Monthly installment plan is available upon registering for classes. CDA is proud to provide quality, custom costumes for the Spring Performance participants. Costumes are made by hand and require a large amount of attention, so we do appreciate your patience. They will be handed out in class, two weeks prior to the show. *** To perform in the Spring Performance, students must be registered for classes prior to February 1st. Participation in the spring performance is mandatory for all currently enrolled, active students. Due to costume purchasing and Spring Performance Choreography there will be no class promotions between 2/1 and Spring Performance.
A Spring Performance Handbook will be distributed via email by February 1. This will explain in detail all information regarding the dress rehearsal and performance.
OTHER STUDIO POLICIES:
• Missed classes must be made up within the term incurred.
• Students making up classes or paying for individual drop in classes need to stop by the studio office and pick up a pass to give to the instructor. Students must have a pass to participate in class.
• Students left at the studio over 15 minutes, after their last class of the day, will be charged an additional $5.00 for each additional 15 minutes. Prompt pick up is encouraged.
• Students arriving 15 minutes or later to class may be asked to sit out and observe or schedule a make-up class.
Please notify the office or send a note with your child to class to inform the instructor of any matters. During class time, instructors are not permitted to leave their classes unattended to speak to parents. It is best to discuss any issues privately when the instructor has more time to address the matter. This is best done through email or by an appointment set up by the front office.
• Bottled water is sold in the office for $1.00. $5.00, $10.00 and $20.00 "water banks" are accepted and tracked by the office manager.
• CDA is not responsible for items left or lost at the studio. The "lost and found" bins will be emptied and donated to Goodwill on the last Friday of each month. Please refrain from sending students to the studio with jewelry or expensive clothing.
• Absolutely NO gum, food or drinks are allowed in the studio, bottled water only.
• No street shoes on the studio dance floors. Students must remove their street shoes before entering the room.
• Sneakers are allowed for hip hop in Studio B ONLY. Please be sure to wear a pair that has and never will be worn outside.
• All observation areas are to remain quiet while classes are in session. Siblings of enrolled students are to be supervised by a parent/guardian AT ALL TIMES.
• NO TOUCHING THE MIRRORS! The studio has glassless mirrors and the students are taught the importance of not touching them. Damage to the mirrors will result in a charge to the responsible student's account.
• To avoid potential damage to studio equipment, or potential injury of an unsupervised student, no student is allowed to access the studio spaces without a CDA faculty member present, nor do we condone the use of any studio equipment such as speakers or Bluetooth devices without permission.
• ALL students are required to respectfully wait for their class in the observation area until an instructor is present in the room and/or welcomes the students into the classroom to warm up prior to class, in which case, the door is to remain open until the instructor closes it.
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