Plié Dance Company
 
Welcome to the Plie Dance Family!
 
 
Parent & Student Handbook
2015-16
 
By having your dancer take part in our classes, you are agreeing to our policies.  Failure to abide by these policies will result in release of Plie Dance withour refund.
 
 
CLASS STRUCTURE
Is specifically designed by the director/owner and/or instructor to prepare the student with the appropriate level dance syllabus, to include warm ups, center combinations and choreography. It is imperative that the student arrives on time to participate in the warm-up section of class so no injury occurs. It is also important for dance students to be picked up on time, as other classes are often taking place after dance classes.
We ask that parents (especially of our young dancers) take the initiative to have students use the restroom before class.  We try not to take bathroom breaks - unless it’s an emergency - so that we are not disturbing the rest of the class.  We ask that our age 3-5 parents stay for class so that if dancers need to use the bathroom, someone is one hand to take them.
If a student leaves class for an important purpose, they will be let back into class one time onlyAny student, at any age level who leaves class a second time, will not be allowed back in that particular day.  This is to avoid any further disturbance to students who are dedicated to practicing and learning.  (We have seen studios who let dancers run in and out of class at will and it’s not productive for dancers who are trying to learn and it’s very distracting for instructors).
 
PARENT OBSERVATION
It is more beneficial for the student and teacher when the parents are not directly in the classroom. Parents will be optionally allowed in the last 5 minutes of class time to observe what students have learned that day, when appropriate. On certain weeks that instructors feel appropriate, the instructor will ask parents if they would like to observe for the last 5 minutes of class to see what students have learned. Please do not come into class unless/until instructor asks parents in.  We will be offering a 5 minute preview once a month at instructors discretion.
Young dance parents:  We know and understand that sometimes our younger dancers are overwhelmed by the entire dance experience and may have separation anxiety from parents, which is why we have adopted the 3 WEEK RULE.  If your dancer absolutely will not come into class by themselves– you may come into class with them the first 2 weeks.  The 3rd week you may observe with them in the window outside the studio.  The 4th week, you can try one last time to get your dancer to come into the studio by themselves with the coaxing of their instructor.  If they are not ready to do that, you will know they aren’t ready quite yet and should come back in 6 months and try again.  Usually just a little time can make a world of difference!  We have dancers every year who try it out, aren’t quite ready then try again in 6 months or a year and are totally ready the second time around!
We ask that observers please share the observation window – rotating every 5-10 minutes so everyone who wants to - has a chance to watch their dancer during class.
While parents are welcome to watch quietly through the observation window in Lake Elmo.  we ask that observers DO NOT bang on the windows when class is in session as it is extremely distracting to both students and instructors.  If there are too many distractions in the observation window during class, instructors will close the blinds for the remainder of class.
We ask parents and students who are waiting in our reception area to do so quietly.  Since our rooms are not completely sound proof, we don’t want dancers or instructors to be distracted during their class time. (This noise level should be the same as if you would be waiting at a doctor or dentist waiting room).
Dancers/Observers will not be allowed into the studio room with wet shoes.  Please take them off before coming in to the studio.  Wet shoes can ruin our nice new floors!
 
STUDENT PICK UP
Students are not allowed to leave the building without his or her parent or guardian to pick them up and must wait for their parent inside the building (this is for their safety).  If another person will be picking them up, other than the usual parent or guardian, please notify the instructor – this is for your dancer’s safety. As many times we have back to back classes, we ask that parents PLEASE BE ON TIME TO PICK UP YOUR DANCER.
 
CLASS ATTIRE
“TO BE A DANCER - WE MUST NOT ONLY DANCE LIKE A DANCER, BUT ACT, THINK AND DRESS LIKE A DANCER”
SHOES
Appropriate footwear is a MUST.  No stocking feet or bare feet are allowed for session classes.  This will be strictly enforced for sanitation purposes.  No sandals or high heeled shoes are allowed.  If dancers forget their shoes, please ask your instructor to check out an extra pair if there is one available.  Please don’t send dancers with the slipper type shoes you can purchase in the toy section at Wal-Mart or Target.  These are not appropriate footwear, even for young dancers because they are extremely slippery and continuously falling off the feet of dancers.   (Plus, dancers are constantly fidgeting to try and keep them on).
Jazz shoes, tap and ballet shoes are allowed for practice.  At the Lake Elmo Studio - instructors will write on our dry erase board -  whether young dancers will be wearing tap, jazz or ballet during class that day.  Please refer to this each class so you know what shoe to start with.  You will receive your costume shoes the first weeks of classes, depending on when you order.  The type of shoe that dancers will be performing is – is the preferred shoe to wear to practice.  Age 2-5 will need both ballet shoes and tap shoes from their costume purchase.  Age 6-8 – will need ballet, tap and jazz.  Older girls will need jazz, hip hop tennis shoes or lyrical, depending on the class.  Please be sure to bring all of your shoes to class each week.
COMP Teams will need 2 pairs of shoes – 1 for practice and 1 for Competitions/Recitals. Performing shoes are not allowed to be worn for practice for comp dancers.
 
WHAT TO WEAR TO CLASS
Students may wear leotards, tights, tutus, cotton breathable dance clothing for older dancers such as jazz pants, cotton shorts, tanks and t-shirts or similar type clothing.  Please do not dress dancers in excessively baggy clothing, as baggy clothing can prevent instructors from seeing students’ lines correctly.  No Denim whatsoever.
 
Hair MUST BE pulled up and out of dancer’s face during class time. Students should have hair up when arriving to class.  This is mandatory.  Dancer will be provided a rubber band and asked to put their hair up if it is not up before class.  It is difficult to work with students with hair in their eyes and it is disruptive to the class when students are asked to put hair up during class or are pushing hair out of their eyes during class, instead of doing their dance moves.
No jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or watches should be worn during class as someone can get injured from these objects. (This is especially important for young students who like to play with their jewelry). Dancers will be asked to remove items before coming into the studio area.
Please write names in all your dance shoes and dance props so they don’t get mixed up with others.  This is EXTREMELY important during recital/show time so dancers don’t lose their costume pieces or props.  We are not responsible for lost items at practices or recitals.
Parents, please make sure your dancer is dressed appropriately for class. It is important that all dancers follow the dress code.  Parents will receive an e-mail reminder if their student is not following our dress code.
Please Note:  Please check the lost and found box every so often in the reception area of our Lake Elmo Studio.  The box will be gone through each month and the contents will either be thrown out or donated at the end of every month.
 
COSTUME INFORMATION
Dancers who are in non-session classes (more than 8 week classes September thru May) are required to purchase a costume and perform in our Holiday and Spring Recitals., otherwise they should join a session class, if available.  Costumes costs vary but generally run about $125-$150  for a recreational costume package which includes the costume fee for the entire year, including props, tights and music.
Dancers are required to take part of the recital and must attend the rehearsal that corresponds with the recital in order to perform in the recital.
  • Dancers are measured by parents according to their charts for their Showcase costumes prior to the order being sent out. Costume sizing is based on the dancer’s measurements as compared to each individual costume company’s size chart. Please note that sometimes adjustments are needed for your individual costume, which will be your responsibility to make. 
  • Please order the correct size for your dancers costumes as exchange fees are now $25 ($15 for the return and $10 for shipping both ways).  (These are the charges that our costume company charges and we have no control over this policy).  Most costume companies do not allow for returns or exchanges and we have chosen those companies that do allow for exchanges.  Exchanges MUST be for the same exact costume ONLY.
  • Costume payments are not refundable and non transferrable.
  • Costume balances are due - IN FULL - by the end of September each year unless otherwise noted on your form.  This ensures delivery by our first performances.  There are no returns, exchanges or refunds on costumes. All costume orders are final.  You are only required to purchase one costume per year with Plie Dance Company, unless you are a CPT dancer.  Competition Dancers will also have a 2nd costume due by January 1st.  If you do not pay for your costume by the due date, you will need to pay an additional $10 shipping fee.  Incoming students who start later in the year and order their costumes past the due date will also pay the $10 shipping fee.  If you do not order your costume by the deadline, you may not receive it in time, there is no refund if costume is not ordered by the deadline and not rceived in time for the recital.
  • Comp DANCERS are required to purchase 2-3 costumes per year per class. You may pay for costumes with an initial deposit and monthly recurring payments or up front i fyou prefer. 
  • Failure to purchase costumes by the due dates will result in extra shipping fees and you may not receive your costume in time for our recital/show dates. 
  • We are not responsible for costumes not arriving on time as we rely on the costume company to ship the costumes we order within the times noted on their website.
  • NEW POLICY as of 2011/2012:  Shoe exchanges are $5.00 for the 1st exchange, $10.00 for a 2nd exchange. No 3rd Exchange Options are available.  Shoes and tights are not returnable or refundable.  .
  • Dancers who do not have appropriate costuming items will not be able to take part of the recitals.
***Please Note that ALL costumes, tights and dance shoes are to be purchased with Plie unless otherwise noted. When the students are having a cast photo or performing as a group, they MUST all look the same; and we have found it best for us to place the order for all items to be sure that all students are appropriately dressed.  Instructors will check costumes, shoes and props the week before recitals and allow for changes, if necessary.
 
PROPS
Props include items such as pom poms, hats, canes, etc.  Props enhance our dances in a fun way and add interest to our routines.  Most of the time our yearly props cost between $10-$50.  Dancers are allowed to keep certain props and take them home after final performances. Some props will be rental props only. We will let you know in advance what props will be needed and whether they are rental props or props students will be allowed to keep.  Props are mandatory for performances that include them. They will be included with the dancer costume cost and noted on that form.
 
CD’s and DVD’s are part of our costume packages.  Each dancer will receive a CD of their dancer’s music, along with a professional DVD of each show as part of their costume fees each year.  Additional CD’s and DVD’s may be purchased at an additional price. 
 
TUITION/FEES and PAYMENT POLICIES
Please speak with your director/studio owner about your dance account if you have a question or concern or e-mail our accounts manager at pliedance@rocketmail.com and Angeline or she will get back to you.  Instructors are not allowed to discuss and most likely do not know anything about your dancer’s payments/account. 
We are not in this business for the money, as most teachers are not, however, in order to pay our lease, our instructors/assistants and all the other expenses that come from owning a small business, we must enforce our payment policies. 
We know that most of our dance families will respect our payment policies and have set for the following regarding payments:
1. Class tuition is due on the first (1st) of each month with out being prompted. We will not necessarily send you an invoice each month as we rely on parents to pay their payments at the time noted so please remind yourself to pay your monthly tuition each month on the first of the month.    
As of 2014, all payments will be made out of the following three options:  1)  Recurring payment form will be handed in (We only accept mastercard and Visa, NOT DISCOVER OR AMEX)
2)  Half year - tuition amount X 4.5 months for recreational dancers and 5 months for competition dancers (2nd half due January 1st).  5% discount provided (no discount for dancers opting for unlimited classes)
Or 3) Full Year Payment - 10% discount provided (no discount for dancers opting for unlimited classes)
You may pay for your first month (to hold your spot) with a check mailed to our mailing address: 
307 Willow Street East, Stillwater, MN  55082
or first payments can be made via pay pal at www.paypal.com to pliedance@rocketmail.com.  Please add a $2.00 convenience fee. 

Note:  After the first month, you wil not be able to pay with a check.  Your payment will be returned to you for paymnet above - half year, full year or recurring authorization form. 
 
Please be sure, if sending a check to the address above or if placing it in our payment box at the Studio - to put it in an envelope with your child’s name on the check memo so we know who to credit your payment to.  As of 2012 we have payment forms for parents to fill out and attached to payments at the studio.  Checks will be credited the day we RECEIVE them, not the day the check was dated.  We check the payment box in the studio every day Monday thru Friday so that your payment gets credited in a timely manner.
 
2. It is Parent’s responsibility to be sure payment is made on time. There will be a $10.00 late fee if tuition is not paid on time.  We provide a 5 day grace period so that late fees would not be charged until that time.  As a courtesy, we also provide a free late fee so your first late fee is not charged, but waived.  LATE FEES are non-negotiable and will be charged if you are over 5 days late.  Not having class or not coming to class is not an excuse for paying late which is why we provide a mail and paypal option.
 
As of 2012, we have a credit card option in the studio for payments of items in the studio such as shoes and apparel.
3. A charge of $30.00 will be made for each returned check(s). After one returned check, cash, certified check or money order will be required from thereonafter for all dance or other payments. There will be an additional charge of $10.00 if payment is made after 7 days from the date of the returned check.
 (If a student’s account is delinquent/not paid on time for 3 months (consecutively or non-consecutively), that student is automatically dropped from the program and parents will need to pay a new registration fee of $10 per student, plus the remainder of the years fees at that time to allow the dancer to re-enroll and continue).
4. All tuition and registration fees and all other fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  No credits or refunds will be given for missed classes or withdrawal from classes unless permission is granted by Director/Owner.  (This is not at the discretion of the instructor but at the discretion of the Director/Owner).
Please Note:  Any money paid to Plie Dance is paid towards tuition FIRST, then to other items after tuition is caught up.  If your tuition is behind, the money you pay will be applied to TUITION first.  For Instance, if you are behind on your tuition by $50 and pay $50 towards a costume, the $50 will be paid to tuition and you will still owe $50.00 for the costume. 
 
Because our classes fill, when you begin classes with us for Fall through Spring classes, you owe the full amount of tuition for the year.  However, we allow you to pay monthly.   If your child drops for any reason, you will are still charged the full year tuition (9 months of tuition for recreational dancers and 10 months for competition dancers).
 
 
As of 2012, dancers who drop from the program before the end of the school year (our regular dance year runs from September through May for recreational dancers and September through June for competition dancers) will not be allowed to register until 3 days before classes begin for the next Fall registration session, and may not be able to register at all the following year, depending on the class and instructor. In addition, there is a $50 drop fee per dancer  for recreational dancers and $100 for competition dancers and this must be paid for dancer to re-register after dropping from the program mid-year due to the work and nature of dropping the student from our roster, line lists, and instructor who will need to re-arrange students/choreography for the class.  The drop fee is due within 10 days of dancer dropping from the program.
 
5. Registration fees are $10.00 and $5.00 for Summer Session. Many dance studios charge $20-$25 for registration fees.  We try to keep our fees as low as possible. Registration fees are to be included with 1st month payment in order to be enrolled and considered a registered student.
6. A registration form and waiver must be filled out before any student will be permitted to participate in a class. Please have your forms turned in before the first day of classes by registering on-line at www.pliedance.com.  A student is not considered registered until registration and first months payment is paid and registration info online or forms are filled out.  We CANNOT hold spots for students.
 
7.  There is a sibling discount of 10% per month per sibling.  Please Note:  This discount only applies if payments are made by the 5th of the month.  Payments that are late are not entitled to any discounts whatsoever
 
8.  Dance accounts that are in arrears are not permitted to perform at any recital or show or other function until their account is caught up.  Tickets to recitals/performances will not be charted if account is in arrears.  Accounts must be paid in full within 10 business days of the upcoming performance in order for dancer to be able to participate.
9.  Our classes are based on 3.5 classes per month over the 9-10 month period.  Some months we will have less than this, some months we will have more classes but all in all, it averages out (we also average in our rehearsal dates and recitals into this number as we also pay our instructors on those days).
 
ABSCENCES
Absences from classes are expected from time to time.  Please remember that if a student misses too many classes and if dancer does not know their routine well enough to perform it with the rest of the class, they will be asked if to sit out for that specific performancePerforming is a privilege, not a givenParents pay for classes, not for performances.  If a student doesn’t know their material , they will not be able to perform- this is only fair to the rest of the students in the class who have been attending class faithfully. (This will be at the discretion of each instructor).  Please note:  Dancers may make up classes with solo lessons if needed, although there is a charge for this.  Please discuss with Angeline or your instructor if you are interested.
 
CLASS CANCELLATIONS
If class is canceled by us for any reason whatsoever, it will be posted on my website and when possible, an e-mail will be sent to parents.  Our website is www.pliedance.com.  Please pull up the website www.pliedance.com for any updates!  If class is canceled it will be on  on our calendar page for the day of cancellation. 
 
RECITALS: 
We have 2 recitals per year – One in December, our holiday show and one in May or June for our Spring Show.  For the past several years we have used the Stillwater Junior High School Auditorium due to the fact that the auditorium has the lighting and seating we need and is in a very convenient place for parents and families to attend.  The school dictates the days and times which we can use the space (we fill out an application and request to use, but they ultimately decide what date to give us, so unfortunately, we cannot change the date based on requests from parents) We try to give our dates to parents right away in the beginning of the year as soon as we have confirmation from the school.  You will be notified well in advance of the show of dates, times and details.  All dancers who are performing in the show must attend rehearsals.  All dancers age 3+ are required to perform in our shows/recitals unless they are in a session class.  Dancers who are not performing in shows should take a session class in the Summer.  All competition dancers will perform in at least 2 shows. 
 
TICKETS:
There is a cost to attend the recitals.  Why?  We love the fact that our dancers get a chance to showcase their talents, hard work and love for dance at our recitals.  Unfortunately, renting the large space we use, not just the auditorium but he many other areas of the school where we hold students during our shows, paying the required janitorial fees, paying someone to run our lights and music; paying hundreds of staffing hours preparing for, during and after our shows and the many costs that aren’t normally obvious to the general program, such as purchasing programs, tickets, etc. cost thousands of dollars to make our shows special and extraordinary.  In order to stay in business, we have to charge a per ticket price.  We try and keep our tickets reasonably priced – and very competitive compared to other studios.  We also have different levels of seating prices at our shows, with tickets starting at $10 per ticket.  If you choose to volunteer with us, you will receive 2 free tickets to our shows. 
 
CALENDARS:
We understand how busy everyone is and want to try to make our classes as comfortable and informative as possible for all involved. To keep parents informed with the information needed, our calendar will be available online at www.pliedance.com on the calendar page.  Click on the link to view our monthly calendar and our news page for any updates.
Please take a moment each month to view our calendar/news and read through the information provided for you so there will not be any surprises.
We do not issue paper copies, but we do post important dance info in the reception area of the Lake Elmo Studio. One of the reasons we are able to keep our costs down is because we don’t have to issue hundreds of copies to parents.  If you do not have an e mail address, please notify Angeline to figure out a way for you to receive current and important dance info.
Somerset Students:  We do try to follow the school calendar since we will be holding classes at the school.  If school is canceled, it is likely that dance classes will also be canceled but read the calendar to be certain. Sometimes when school is closed, the janitors are still working and we are able to still have class – but check the monthly calendar to be certain.
 
Stillwater Students:  We try and take our breaks according to the Stillwater school schedule, however, please refer to our calendar to see when we will be holding classes and having our breaks.  Our Calendar is available online at www.pliedance.com under the “Calender” tab.  If you click on the day in question, it will state whether or not class is canceled.  If it doesn’t say anything, then class is still on. 
 
Classroom Standards and Etiquette
All classes are taught with organization and respect. As the instructors provide examples of these qualities to their students, the same is expected from each student;
If a student becomes disruptive or continues with negative behavior we will recommend the student to discontinue the classes until he/she is ready to adhere to studio policies;
Absolutely no gum, candy or drinks (except bottled water) are allowed in the classroom area. Only plastic water bottles permitted in the classroom;  When appropriate, or in classes that are 1 hour or longer - dancers will be allowed to take a break during class for a drink from their water bottle;
We ask that parents who bring food or drink into the reception area pick up after themselves after class, we want to keep Plie Dance a nice environment for everyone who enters!
No inappropriate chatting permitted in the classroom. When the teacher is giving instructions to other students, this is the time for students to listen and learn. NO CELL PHONES OR I PODS OR OTHER TECHNOLOGY IS ALLOWED DURING DANCE CLASSES.
We ask that both students and parents treat our fellow dance parents, dancers, instructors and assistant instructors with respect and kindness.  If a student or a parent has any questions or concerns, please contact the owner/director via phone to discuss your matter privately when class or events are NOT in session. Do not approach instructors or teacher assistants or volunteers/staff or representatives of Plie Dance Company during class, during our rehearsals, our recitals or competitions that are of a negative or inflammatory nature.  Please contact Angeline via phone or e-mail or set up a meeting to speak in person as this can have a negative impact on our students and our families and we want to keep a positive environment for all at Plie Dance;  Failure to abide by these policies will result in termination without refund.
We reserve the right to suspend or dismiss any student or student parent whose attitude, attendance or conduct is unsatisfactory without refund;
We reserve the right to suspend or dismiss any student or student parent who does not abide our rules and policies without refund.
 
I personally would like to thank you for choosing Plié Dance Company for your child’s dance education. I know from personal experience that The Art of Dance Changes Lives:
Thank you for blessing us with this opportunity to teach your child and carry on our passion for dance education with another generation of young people.
Scatter Joy…..and Dance!
Angeline Gard
Owner/Director
And the Plie Dance Staff
 
CLASS STRUCTURE
Is specifically designed by the director/owner and/or instructor to prepare the student with the appropriate level dance syllabus, to include warm ups, center combinations and choreography. It is imperative that the student arrives on time to participate in the warm-up section of class so no injury occurs. It is also important for dance students to be picked up on time, as other classes are often taking place after dance classes.
We ask that parents (especially of our young dancers) take the initiative to have students use the restroom before class.  We try not to take bathroom breaks - unless it’s an emergency - so that we are not disturbing the rest of the class.  We ask that our age 3-5 parents stay for class so that if dancers need to use the bathroom, someone is one hand to take them.
If a student leaves class for an important purpose, they will be let back into class one time onlyAny student, at any age level who leaves class a second time, will not be allowed back in that particular day.  This is to avoid any further disturbance to students who are dedicated to practicing and learning.  (We have seen studios who let dancers run in and out of class at will and it’s not productive for dancers who are trying to learn and it’s very distracting for instructors).
 
PARENT OBSERVATION
It is more beneficial for the student and teacher when the parents are not directly in the classroom. Parents will be optionally allowed in the last 5 minutes of class time to observe what students have learned that day, when appropriate. On certain weeks that instructors feel appropriate, the instructor will ask parents if they would like to observe for the last 5 minutes of class to see what students have learned. Please do not come into class unless/until instructor asks parents in.  We will be offering a 5 minute preview once a month at instructors discretion.
Young dance parents:  We know and understand that sometimes our younger dancers are overwhelmed by the entire dance experience and may have separation anxiety from parents, which is why we have adopted the 3 WEEK RULE.  If your dancer absolutely will not come into class by themselves– you may come into class with them the first 2 weeks.  The 3rd week you may observe with them in the window outside the studio.  The 4th week, you can try one last time to get your dancer to come into the studio by themselves with the coaxing of their instructor.  If they are not ready to do that, you will know they aren’t ready quite yet and should come back in 6 months and try again.  Usually just a little time can make a world of difference!  We have dancers every year who try it out, aren’t quite ready then try again in 6 months or a year and are totally ready the second time around!
We ask that observers please share the observation window – rotating every 5-10 minutes so everyone who wants to - has a chance to watch their dancer during class.
While parents are welcome to watch quietly through the observation window in Lake Elmo.  we ask that observers DO NOT bang on the windows when class is in session as it is extremely distracting to both students and instructors.  If there are too many distractions in the observation window during class, instructors will close the blinds for the remainder of class.
We ask parents and students who are waiting in our reception area to do so quietly.  Since our rooms are not completely sound proof, we don’t want dancers or instructors to be distracted during their class time. (This noise level should be the same as if you would be waiting at a doctor or dentist waiting room).
Dancers/Observers will not be allowed into the studio room with wet shoes.  Please take them off before coming in to the studio.  Wet shoes can ruin our nice new floors!
 
STUDENT PICK UP
Students are not allowed to leave the building without his or her parent or guardian to pick them up and must wait for their parent inside the building (this is for their safety).  If another person will be picking them up, other than the usual parent or guardian, please notify the instructor – this is for your dancer’s safety. As many times we have back to back classes, we ask that parents PLEASE BE ON TIME TO PICK UP YOUR DANCER.
 
CLASS ATTIRE
“TO BE A DANCER - WE MUST NOT ONLY DANCE LIKE A DANCER, BUT ACT, THINK AND DRESS LIKE A DANCER”
SHOES
Appropriate footwear is a MUST.  No stocking feet or bare feet are allowed for session classes.  This will be strictly enforced for sanitation purposes.  No sandals or high heeled shoes are allowed.  If dancers forget their shoes, please ask your instructor to check out an extra pair if there is one available.  Please don’t send dancers with the slipper type shoes you can purchase in the toy section at Wal-Mart or Target.  These are not appropriate footwear, even for young dancers because they are extremely slippery and continuously falling off the feet of dancers.   (Plus, dancers are constantly fidgeting to try and keep them on).
Jazz shoes, tap and ballet shoes are allowed for practice.  At the Lake Elmo Studio - instructors will write on our dry erase board -  whether young dancers will be wearing tap, jazz or ballet during class that day.  Please refer to this each class so you know what shoe to start with.  You will receive your costume shoes the first weeks of classes, depending on when you order.  The type of shoe that dancers will be performing is – is the preferred shoe to wear to practice.  Age 2-5 will need both ballet shoes and tap shoes from their costume purchase.  Age 6-8 – will need ballet, tap and jazz.  Older girls will need jazz, hip hop tennis shoes or lyrical, depending on the class.  Please be sure to bring all of your shoes to class each week.
COMP Teams will need 2 pairs of shoes – 1 for practice and 1 for Competitions/Recitals. Performing shoes are not allowed to be worn for practice for comp dancers.
 
WHAT TO WEAR TO CLASS
Students may wear leotards, tights, tutus, cotton breathable dance clothing for older dancers such as jazz pants, cotton shorts, tanks and t-shirts or similar type clothing.  Please do not dress dancers in excessively baggy clothing, as baggy clothing can prevent instructors from seeing students’ lines correctly.  No Denim whatsoever.
 
Hair MUST BE pulled up and out of dancer’s face during class time. Students should have hair up when arriving to class.  This is mandatory.  Dancer will be provided a rubber band and asked to put their hair up if it is not up before class.  It is difficult to work with students with hair in their eyes and it is disruptive to the class when students are asked to put hair up during class or are pushing hair out of their eyes during class, instead of doing their dance moves.
No jewelry, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, or watches should be worn during class as someone can get injured from these objects. (This is especially important for young students who like to play with their jewelry). Dancers will be asked to remove items before coming into the studio area.
Please write names in all your dance shoes and dance props so they don’t get mixed up with others.  This is EXTREMELY important during recital/show time so dancers don’t lose their costume pieces or props.  We are not responsible for lost items at practices or recitals.
Parents, please make sure your dancer is dressed appropriately for class. It is important that all dancers follow the dress code.  Parents will receive an e-mail reminder if their student is not following our dress code.
Please Note:  Please check the lost and found box every so often in the reception area of our Lake Elmo Studio.  The box will be gone through each month and the contents will either be thrown out or donated at the end of every month.
 
COSTUME INFORMATION
Dancers who are in non-session classes (more than 8 week classes September thru May) are required to purchase a costume and perform in our Holiday and Spring Recitals., otherwise they should join a session class, if available.  Costumes costs vary but generally run about $125-$150  for a recreational costume package which includes the costume fee for the entire year, including props, tights and music.
Dancers are required to take part of the recital and must attend the rehearsal that corresponds with the recital in order to perform in the recital.
  • Dancers are measured by parents according to their charts for their Showcase costumes prior to the order being sent out. Costume sizing is based on the dancer’s measurements as compared to each individual costume company’s size chart. Please note that sometimes adjustments are needed for your individual costume, which will be your responsibility to make.  Starting in 2009, we will have costume try-on samples for dancers for certain costumes for certain costumes.
  • Please order the correct size for your dancers costumes as exchange fees are now $25 ($15 for the return and $10 for shipping both ways).  (These are the charges that our costume company charges and we have no control over this policy).  Most costume companies do not allow for returns or exchanges and we have chosen those companies that do allow for exchanges.  Exchanges MUST be for the same exact costume ONLY.
  • Costume payments are not refundable and non transferrable.
  • Costume balances are due - IN FULL - by the end of September each year unless otherwise noted on your form.  This ensures delivery by our first performances.  There are no returns, exchanges or refunds on costumes. All costume orders are final.  You are only required to purchase one costume per year with Plie Dance Company, unless you are a CPT dancer.  Competition Dancers will also have a 2nd costume due by January 1st.  If you do not pay for your costume by the due date, you will need to pay an additional $10 shipping fee.  Incoming students who start later in the year and order their costumes past the due date will also pay the $10 shipping fee.
  • Comp DANCERS are required to purchase 2 costumes per year– with payments due at the end of September and the first of January if they want to receive their costume in time.
  • Failure to purchase costumes by the due dates will result in extra shipping fees and you may not receive your costume in time for our recital/show dates. 
  • We are not responsible for costumes not arriving on time as we rely on the costume company to ship the costumes we order within the times noted on their website.
  • NEW POLICY as of 2011/2012:  Shoe exchanges are $5.00 for the 1st exchange, $10.00 for a 2nd exchange. No 3rd Exchange Options are available.  Shoes and tights are not returnable or refundable.  We always order extra shoe sizes so we rarely have to exchange shoes.
  • Dancers who do not have appropriate costuming items will not be able to take part of the recitals.
***Please Note that ALL costumes, tights and dance shoes are to be purchased with Plie unless otherwise noted. When the students are having a cast photo or performing as a group, they MUST all look the same; and we have found it best for us to place the order for all items to be sure that all students are appropriately dressed.  Instructors will check costumes, shoes and props the week before recitals and allow for changes, if necessary.
 
PROPS
Props include items such as pom poms, hats, canes, etc.  Props enhance our dances in a fun way and add interest to our routines.  Most of the time our yearly props cost between $10-$50.  Dancers are allowed to keep certain props and take them home after final performances. Some props will be rental props only. We will let you know in advance what props will be needed and whether they are rental props or props students will be allowed to keep.  Props are mandatory for performances that include them. They will be included with the dancer costume cost and noted on that form.
 
CD’s and DVD’s are part of our costume packages.  Each dancer will receive a CD of their dancer’s music, along with a professional DVD of each show as part of their costume fees each year.  Additional CD’s and DVD’s may be purchased at an additional price. 
 
TUITION/FEES and PAYMENT POLICIES
Please speak with your director/studio owner about your dance account if you have a question or concern or e-mail our accounts manager at pliedance@rocketmail.com and Angeline or she will get back to you.  Instructors are not allowed to discuss and most likely do not know anything about your dancer’s payments/account.  That information is confidential to owner and accounts managers only.
We are not in this business for the money, as most teachers are not, however, in order to pay our lease, our instructors/assistants and all the other expenses that come from owning a small business, we must enforce our payment policies. 
We know that most of our dance families will respect our payment policies and have set for the following regarding payments:
1. Class tuition is due on the first (1st) of each month with out being prompted. We will not necessarily send you an invoice each month as we rely on parents to pay their payments at the time noted so please remind yourself to pay your monthly tuition each month on the first of the month.    
Note:  Payments shall be made via pay pal at www.paypal.com to pliedance@rocketmail.com.  All correspondence should be mailed to 307 Willow Street East, Stillwater, MN  55082.
Please be sure, if sending a check to the address above or if placing it in our payment box at the Studio - to put it in an envelope with your child’s name on the check memo so we know who to credit your payment to.  As of 2012 we have payment forms for parents to fill out and attached to payments at the studio.  Checks will be credited the day we RECEIVE them, not the day the check was dated.  We check the payment box in the studio every day Monday thru Friday so that your payment gets credited in a timely manner.
2. LATE FEES:  It is Parent’s responsibility to be sure payment is made on time. There will be a $10.00 late fee if tuition is not paid on time.  We provide a 5 day grace period so that late fees would not be charged until that time.  As a courtesy, we also provide a free late fee so your first late fee is not charged, but waived.  LATE FEES are non-negotiable and will be charged if you are over 5 days late.  Not having class or not coming to class is not an excuse for paying late which is why we provide a mail and paypal option.  Any waived late fees may be added back in if the account is continually in arrears and the full fee for the year will be due along with the late fees. 
 
As of 2012, we have a credit card option in the studio for payments of items in the studio such as shoes and apparel.
3. A charge of $30.00 will be made for each returned check(s). After one returned check, cash, certified check or money order will be required from thereonafter for all dance or other payments. There will be an additional charge of $10.00 if payment is made after 7 days from the date of the returned check.
 (If a student’s account is delinquent/not paid on time for 3 months (consecutively or non-consecutively), that student is automatically dropped from the program and parents will need to pay a new registration fee of $10 per student, plus the remainder of the years fees at that time to allow the dancer to re-enroll and continue).
4. All tuition and registration fees and all other fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  No credits or refunds will be given for missed classes or withdrawal from classes unless permission is granted by Director/Owner.  (This is not at the discretion of the instructor but at the discretion of the Director/Owner).
Please Note:  Any money paid to Plie Dance is paid towards tuition FIRST, then to other items after tuition is caught up.  If your tuition is behind, the money you pay will be applied to TUITION first.  For Instance, if you are behind on your tuition by $50 and pay $50 towards a costume, the $50 will be paid to tuition and you will still owe $50.00 for the costume. 
If account is overpaid by dance family, the amount is not refunded in the amount of cash, however, it will be credited for the specific amount over paid.  For example, if you accidentally over pay your tuition by $5.00, that amount will be credited for tuition.  If you accidentally overpay your costume fees by $5.00 that amount will be credited for future costume fees, etc.  No cash refunds are provided. 
As a bonus, Competition dancers are provided certain classes for FREE if they follow through for the year for the entire year (10 months September through June for the regular season or Summer June thru August).  If dancer withdraws or is released from Plie for any other reason other than medical or family emergency, these fees are charged for the full amount
DROP NOTICES
If a dancer drops from the program please contact via e-mail to inform us for the drop.  If you do not contact us, your account will continue to be billed until such notice is given.
We require a 30 Day Drop Notice.  This means if you are dropping in January, you must notify us by December 1st, otherwise, you will be billed for the following month. 
As of 2012, dancers who drop from the program before the end of the school year (our regular dance year runs from September through May for recreational dancers and September through June for competition dancers) will not be allowed to register until 3 days before classes begin for the next Fall registration session, and may not be able to register at all the following year, depending on the class and instructor. In addition, there is a $50 drop fee per dancer and this must be paid for dancer to re-register after dropping from the program mid-year due to the work and nature of dropping the student from our roster, line lists, and instructor who will need to re-arrange students/choreography for the class.  The drop fee is due within 10 days of dancer dropping from the program.
5. Registration fees are $10.00 and $5.00 for Summer Session. Many dance studios charge $20-$25 for registration fees.  I try to keep our fees as low as possible. Registration fees are to be included with 1st month payment in order to be enrolled and considered a registered student.
6. A registration form and waiver must be filled out before any student will be permitted to participate in a class. Please have your forms turned in before the first day of classes by registering on-line at www.pliedance.com.  A student is not considered registered until registration and first months payment is paid and registration info online or forms are filled out.  We CANNOT hold spots for students.
7.  There is a sibling discount of 10% per month per sibling.  Please Note:  This discount only applies if payments are made by the 5th of the month.  Payments that are late are not entitled to any discounts.
8.  Dance accounts that are in arrears are not permitted to perform at any recital or show or other function until their account is caught up.  Tickets to recitals/performances will not be charted if account is in arrears.  Accounts must be paid in full within 10 business days of the upcoming performance in order for dancer to be able to participate.
9.  Our classes are based on 3.5 classes per month over the 9 month period.  Some months we will have less than this, some months we will have more classes but all in all, it averages out (we also average in our rehearsal dates and recitals into this number as we also pay our instructors on those days). 
10.  We do not require a contract from our parents to take part in our classes, but we like to express the importance of committing to the program for the entire session (September thru May for recreational dancers).  To keep our classes running efficiently, we do require that parents notice us via mail or email regarding students who are dropping from our classes.    Our drop policies are below
ABSCENCES
Absences from classes are expected from time to time.  Please remember that if a student misses too many classes and if dancer does not know their routine well enough to perform it with the rest of the class, they will be asked if to sit out for that specific performancePerforming is a privilege, not a givenParents pay for classes, not for performances.  If a student doesn’t know their material , they will not be able to perform- this is only fair to the rest of the students in the class who have been attending class faithfully. (This will be at the discretion of each instructor).  Please note:  Dancers may make up classes with solo lessons if needed, although there is a charge for this.  Please discuss with Angeline or your instructor if you are interested.
CLASS CANCELLATIONS
If class is canceled by us for any reason whatsoever, it will be posted on my website and when possible, an e-mail will be sent to parents.  Our website is www.pliedance.com.  Please pull up the website www.pliedance.com for any updates!  If class is canceled it will be on our front page.
 
RECITALS: 
We have 2 recitals per year – One in December, our holiday show and one in May or June for our Spring Show.  For the past several years we have used the Stillwater Junior High School Auditorium due to the fact that the auditorium has the lighting and seating we need and is in a very convenient place for parents and families to attend.  The school dictates the days and times which we can use the space (we fill out an application and request to use, but they ultimately decide what date to give us, so unfortunately, we cannot change the date based on requests from parents) We try to give our dates to parents right away in the beginning of the year as soon as we have confirmation from the school.  You will be notified well in advance of the show of dates, times and details.  All dancers who are performing in the show must attend rehearsals.  All dancers age 3+ are required to perform in our shows/recitals unless they are in a session class.  Dancers who are not performing in shows should take a session class in the Summer.  All competition dancers will perform in at least 2 shows. 
TICKETS:
There is a cost to attend the recitals.  Why?  We love the fact that our dancers get a chance to showcase their talents, hard work and love for dance at our recitals.  Unfortunately, renting the large space we use, not just the auditorium but he many other areas of the school where we hold students during our shows, paying the required janitorial fees, paying someone to run our lights and music; paying hundreds of staffing hours preparing for, during and after our shows and the many costs that aren’t normally obvious to the general program, such as purchasing programs, tickets, etc. cost thousands of dollars to make our shows special and extraordinary.  In order to stay in business, we have to charge a per ticket price.  We try and keep our tickets reasonably priced – and very competitive compared to other studios.  We also have different levels of seating prices at our shows, with tickets starting at $10 per ticket.  If you choose to volunteer with us, you will receive 2 free tickets to our shows. 
CALENDARS:
We understand how busy everyone is and want to try to make our classes as comfortable and informative as possible for all involved. To keep parents informed with the information needed, our calendar will be available online at www.pliedance.com on the calendar page.  Click on the link to view our monthly calendar and our news page for any updates.
Please take a moment each month to view our calendar/news and read through the information provided for you so there will not be any surprises.
We do not issue paper copies, but we do post important dance info in the reception area of the Lake Elmo Studio. One of the reasons we are able to keep our costs down is because we don’t have to issue hundreds of copies to parents.  If you do not have an e mail address, please notify Angeline to figure out a way for you to receive current and important dance info.
Somerset Students:  We do try to follow the school calendar since we will be holding classes at the school.  If school is canceled, it is likely that dance classes will also be canceled but read the calendar to be certain. Sometimes when school is closed, the janitors are still working and we are able to still have class – but check the monthly calendar to be certain.
Stillwater Students:  We try and take our breaks according to the Stillwater school schedule, however, please refer to our calendar to see when we will be holding classes and having our breaks.  Our Calendar is available online at www.pliedance.com under the “Calender” tab.  If you click on the day in question, it will state whether or not class is canceled.  If it doesn’t say anything, then class is still on. 
 
Classroom Standards and Etiquette
All classes are taught with organization and respect. As the instructors provide examples of these qualities to their students, the same is expected from each student;
If a student becomes disruptive or continues with negative behavior we will recommend the student to discontinue the classes until he/she is ready to adhere to studio policies;
Absolutely no gum, candy or drinks (except bottled water) are allowed in the classroom area. Only plastic water bottles permitted in the classroom;  When appropriate, or in classes that are 1 hour or longer - dancers will be allowed to take a break during class for a drink from their water bottle;
We ask that parents who bring food or drink into the reception area pick up after themselves after class, we want to keep Plie Dance a nice environment for everyone who enters!
No inappropriate chatting permitted in the classroom. When the teacher is giving instructions to other students, this is the time for students to listen and learn. NO CELL PHONES OR I PODS OR OTHER TECHNOLOGY IS ALLOWED DURING DANCE CLASSES.
We ask that both students and parents treat our fellow dance parents, dancers, instructors and assistant instructors with respect and kindness.  If a student or a parent has any questions or concerns, please contact the owner/director via phone to discuss your matter privately when class or events are NOT in session. Do not approach instructors or teacher assistants or volunteers/staff or representatives of Plie Dance Company during class, during our rehearsals, our recitals or competitions that are of a negative or inflammatory nature.  Please contact Angeline via phone or e-mail or set up a meeting to speak in person as this can have a negative impact on our students and our families and we want to keep a positive environment for all at Plie Dance;  Failure to abide by these policies will result in termination without refund.
We reserve the right to suspend or dismiss any student or student parent whose attitude, attendance or conduct is unsatisfactory without refund;
We reserve the right to suspend or dismiss any student or student parent who does not abide our rules and policies without refund.
 
I personally would like to thank you for choosing Plié Dance Company for your child’s dance education. I know from personal experience that The Art of Dance Changes Lives:
Thank you for blessing us with this opportunity to teach your child and carry on our passion for dance education with another generation of young people.
Scatter Joy…..and Dance!
Angeline Gard
Owner/Director
And the Plie Dance Staff