Hand Book

August 2017

Dear Parents and Students,

On behalf of the JAMES DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, its faculty, and staff, we want to take this opportunity to extend a warm WELCOME to each of you.

If you have been with us before, you are familiar with our policies.  A few changes must be made from time to time, and we ask you to take a moment to acquaint yourself with changes shown in the brochure.

If you are a newcomer to the Dance Center, we want you to know that our policies are intended to ensure that every student receives a quality dance and performing arts education, an opportunity to advance, and support. These disciplines are so vital to the success of personal achievement!  Every effort is made to treat each student as an individual and placement in classes is made according to each student’s ability.

We are pleased that you have selected the JAMES DANCE and PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, and we hope you will have a rewarding year participating in the performing arts!!!

Dancingly yours,
Miss Carol and Miss Linda


First Day of Dance School Year – September 11th
Last Day of Dance School Year – T.B.A.
Performance Awards – May ___ , 2018
Recital – June 8, 2018

Costume Fees
A $75.00 non-refundable costume deposit, per student, per class is due and payable by November 1, 2017.

Demonstration Week
Parents are invited to observe classes from the waiting area. There are opportunities throughout the year to video tape classes and view rehearsals from inside the classroom. We ask that family members refrain from standing at the viewing windows during class as it is a distraction for the teacher and students.
Miscellaneous Reminders
Students who do not plan to perform in the annual Recital will finish their classes with their last class the end of April.

2017-2018 DANCE YEAR
(Center will be closed)

Halloween - - October 31st
Thanksgiving - - November 21st  thru November 26th, classes resume Nov 27th
Winter Break - - December 19th thru January 2nd, classes resume Jan 3rd
Spring Break - - March 29th thru April 4th, classes resume Apr 5th
Memorial Day - - May 28th
Student Rules:
We shall not chew gum.
We shall not bring food or drink into the classroom.
We shall wear proper dance attire in class (leotards and tights).
We shall not  wear over-sized sweat or tee shirts in class.
We shall not talk while the teacher is talking.
We shall not talk while dancing.
We shall ask permission to leave the classroom for any reason and for early dismissal.
We shall not  sit down during class unless specifically permitted or instructed to do so.
We shall speak respectfully to the teachers and to one another.
We shall be positive in our attitudes and responses. “YES” will be our motto.
We shall use 100% of our energies while in class.
We shall use good arm styling, strongly pointed toes, proper body placement and alignment to the best of our abilities.
We will not leave the class lines until after having given a proper curtsey or bow and thanking instructor.
We will not miss class except for valid reasons.
We will not run recklessly around the reception area and classrooms.
We will not wear our dance shoes in the parking lot.
We will wear proper clothing over our dancewear to and from the Studio.
We will wait inside for our ride.
We will have our hair in a bun and no extra hairpiece.  NO EXCEPTIONS or excuses.

Penalties for infractions of the above Student Rules of Conduct will be determined by the Teacher or Director.  The disciplines include such items as written and oral reports, ‘time-out’ periods, classroom chores and other alternative measures deemed appropriate by the Director and Faculty.

Faculty Accreditation

Within the faculty accreditation include memberships in Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America, both of which require certification testing, college degrees in dance and professional performing experience. The Studio is also affiliated with the American Academy of Ballet in New York City and a participant in their “Performance Awards.”  All faculty members attend on-going education programs, seminars and workshops as a regular part of the teacher’s yearly regimen.

Miss Carol has once again just returned from New York City College at Purchase where she participated in the American Academy of Ballet’s seminar and Miss Linda completed the Dance Educators’ Association Master Classes in New York City and the Competition Team  received ‘Outstanding Participation’ and ‘Platinum’ awards for their participation in Natioal Competitions for the past 17 years in a row. 

In 1995, our faculty was recognized by the Ohio’s Governor, George Voinovich, for our efforts, hard work and dedication involved in instructing children in the arts!  The faculty also received a Dance Achievement Award from Showstopper’s Director Debbie Roberts!  Miss Linda received the 2003 National Leadership Award and has accepted an appointment to serve as an Honorary Chairman on the Business Advisor Committee.

Class Room Behavior
Attentive and quiet is expected when the Teacher is giving instruction, as well as respectful attitudes at all times.  When it is necessary to leave the classroom, permission must be asked of the instructor.  Students are not permitted to chew gum or have any food or drinks in the classroom.

Attendance is taken at each class, and recognition is given at the Recital for Perfect Attendance!!  Classes cannot be made up for this award.  Students must participate in Dress Rehearsal to receive this award at the Recital!!  Good attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class.  Please make every effort to have your child at every class.  “Make-up” lessons are available and should be taken.  These are technique classes and can be made up in either the same level class or below (with approval from your teacher).

Dance Attire
Note:  Practice uniform is required for all classes!
(   )    Leotard    { Black   { Pink     { Light Blue
Style #_______  #_______ #_______
(   )    Tights     { Black   { Pink     { Tan
(   )    Pink Ballet Shoes
(   )    White Tap Shoes
(   )    Tan Dolly Tap Shoes
(   )    Jazz Shoes ________________________
(   )    All classes – hair must be in a bun. NO OPTIONS!
(   )    Platinum Program Students – 3rd week each month
Red or Pastel Camisole

The Dancer’s Corner

Don’t forget the Studio’s dance boutique “The Dancer’s Corner” ~ convenient shopping at great prices.  THANK YOU for patronizing the store in our Studio!  (It helps to curtail the ever-rising overhead costs.)

Studio Bulletin Board
Information on all activities and holidays for the year will be posted.  Please check the Bulletin Board weekly for updated information.

Study and Lunch Room
This room should be kept clean at all times.  Students and families are responsible for cleaning up their area. No food is allowed in any other part of the center.

Home Practice
Practice plays a vital role in Class advancement.  CD’S may be ordered to aid the student with this.  Check with your instructor.

Placement in class will be held upon receipt of the $30.00 ($40.00 per family) Registration Fee (non-refundable).  Once classes are full, a Waiting List will be maintained to accommodate other students when space is available.  A registration is not considered complete and class space is not reserved until this fee is paid!

The Studio offers three Payment Plans for your convenience:
One Payment – Full Payment due by September first class
Two Payments -First Tuition Payment due by September first class. Remaining balance is due by January 10th.
Nine Payments – Due the 1st Lesson of each month
[Tuition must be paid before the student(s) take class]
Please place your payment, along with the appropriate coupon, in an envelope and deposit it in the Tuition Box located at the Front Desk or mail it to the Studio.  (There will be a $30 service charge for any returned check from the bank.)  If paying cash, a receipt will be written at the desk and given to you.  Tuition is prorated (i.e., tuition remains the same whether it is a long (5 week) or short (3 week) month regardless of absences.  No statements will be sent or handed out unless your account is overdue!

Snow or Bad Weather
The Studio will not necessarily close for snow days, regardless if area schools are closed, since many times roads are clear and safe by the afternoon.  If in doubt, please call the Studio at 856-1711!

Parents must notify the Studio if their child will not be attending class.  A child may not be absent more than three times after February 1st if they wish to participate in the year-end performance, regardless of costume purchase.

Private Coaching Available!
($30 per half hour)
Register at the Front Desk for Coaching
Student must cancel 24 hours in advance or student will be charged for the lesson.  Times must be approved by the Director (Miss Carol).

The policies of our Studio are based on over fifty years of quality operation and have been proven to be successful!  If you have any questions, please ask!

We will be happy to be of assistance!
  Contact Information: Location:
  (330) 856-1711
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4030 North River Rd
Warren, Ohio 44484