STUDIO POLICIES +

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

STUDIO ETIQUETTE

  • When you enter the studio space, you try your best to leave everything at the door.

  • NO CHEWING GUM, POP or JUICE! Water preferred and Sports Drinks allowed.

  • Arrive promptly so you can wind down and mentally prepare for class.

  • Throw anything not serving you out the door once you get settled into the studio. This is your time to focus on your body’s growth and development. Make the most out of every class!

  • Make a solid commitment to your class and yourself. Come to class prepared to learn without distractions.

  • We encourage all items to be labeled with a permanent marker with First name and Last Initial.

  • All items need to be in Dance Bags with their shoes for class.

  • Dancers should come dressed in their leotard, tights, and warm ups. We will have a small window of time to check students in and out.

  • NO OUTSIDE SHOES ON THE DANCE FLOOR - Shoes should be taken off after check in

  • BSDA is not responsible for lost, misplaced, or stolen items.

  • We only allow water in the studio. Light snacks are allowed but any trash needs to be cleaned up.

  • Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your scheduled class to use the restroom, put on dance shoes, and get ready for class.

  • Please escort dancers to and from the parking lot.

Reverence

At the end of every class instructors will thank you for your hard work, you will thank them for their shared knowledge, and if there are any other guests (accompanist, teacher, staff), we thank them for their presence. In classical dance style and concert culture, it is customary to thank all that are involved in the creative learning process.


CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Dancers will arrive at their designated class time. Once you arrive, go to your designated area and begin mentally preparing and warming up for class.

  • Dancers will arrive in a clean leotard or athletic clothing, tights, if appropriate, and warmups with their dance bag. All items labeled with their name.

  • *Dance shoes are NOT worn outside; Outside shoes are NOT worn on the studio floor.

  • Dancers will respect all BSDA staff members, fellow dancers, themselves, and the art of dance.

  • Listen to all corrections given; Corrections show your teacher cares and they know you are able.

  • Always say thank you to any Guests, Directors, Staff, and Fellow Peers. Feedback is how we grow as long as we keep it constructive and appropriate. Dancers will have opportunities to voice their opinions and have self reflection.

  • Dancers will keep cell phones off or muted during class. NO checking phones during water or bathroom breaks. This includes smartwatches and fitness trackers. Use wisely.

  • Dancers will not touch any equipment in the studio, unless given permission.

  • After reverence, dancers will bow and applaud. Dancers applaud the instructor and the instructor will do the same.

  • Dancers will pack up their items, wipe off equipment, sanitize, and await dismissal.


ATTENDANCE POLICY

  • The following is the Attendance policy for Brown Sugar Dance Academy. It will be strictly and equally enforced. Every student, without exception, is required to take the minimum number of classes based on their current pre-assigned level.

  • If your child is sick, please inform the Artistic Director as soon as possible. If you or anyone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or showing any symptoms, you will need to notify the studio immediately so we may contact all families who may have been in contact.

  • Tuition fees will not be adjusted for missed classes due to illness, vacation, or outside activities.

  • If a student is Marked Late three (3) times within a month, it will result in an absence and a warning letter. Three unexcused absences within a month will result in a probation period, where we hope that the situation can be rectified. Failure to meet attendance requirements can lead to termination of the program, due to limited space and capacity. Thank you in advance for your support of this important policy.

  • Students will receive awards at the final In-Studio Showcase. In order to qualify, their behavior, technique, and attendance must be in good standing.

  • CLOSINGS: If there is bad weather, we will reach out via text, email, and Parent Portal . We will also post on all of our social media platforms and “BSDA Parents/ Guardians” Facebook Group.


DRESS CODE

Technique Classes:

1. Tops: Leotard, Tank Top, Fitted T-shirt

2. Bottoms: Flesh toned, pink, or black tights

Modern, Jazz, Tap: leggings, knee-length shorts or tights

3. Shoes: Ballet, Tap, Jazz Shoes, Foot Paws allowed; Sneakers for Hip Hop should not be worn outside or wipe off before class

4. Hip Hop: athletic clothing that allows movement, hoodies allowed

4. Light warm ups / Wrap Sweaters (all layers off after warm up)

5. Dancers need hair pulled back, secure, and off the face.

6. Dancers will practice good hygiene and remove jewelry, unless significant and does not risk injury, breaking, or become a distraction.

*NO FLIP FLOPS, CROCS, OR SANDALS. NO JEANS, SHORT SHORTS*


*We encourage dancers to layer up with light jackets, pullover hoodies, joggers, etc. Dancers may be on the floor rolling and sliding. They will need to remove layers as we proceed further in the class.


AUDITIONS/ PLACEMENT POLICY

Classes are set up with age ranges as a general base of where the student may start their training. If the instructor notices a large gap in experience, they may be asked to move up or down a level. This is to ensure the dancers are learning proper technique at a pace that matches their development.


OBSERVATION & PICK UP/ DROP OFF POLICY

As we enter the new season, below you will find our updated check in process:

  • When you arrive, park directly next to the building or in the "Visitor Lot"

  • There is a side door with a yellow railing where you can enter.

  • Dancers will check in, sanitize, and proceed to the Main Studio Space.

  • Dancers will be brought back to the check in area or continue their classes.

    • Parents are welcome to stay in the check in area until their dancer is finished.

    • Dancers taking multiple classes will have access to tables and seating for homework during breaks.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:


Why should I sign up my dancer?

Because dance is an art but also a discipline! All of the work we put in in-studio translates to the outside world. Balance, Flexibility, and Improvisation are all key in being successful.


We provide your dancer with structure and routine but also teaching dedication and commitment to the art form. Dance is a great way for anyone to express themselves and stay active.


Our community strives for authentic growth for every artist instilling confidence and pride in themselves! Our faculty work with diverse populations and can modify and adapt for any body.


How do I get started?

Register in person or online and enroll your dancer in a class or a trial. We have online portals where you can look at classes, account balances, and more. Check out our website and familiarize yourself with our policies. You will receive a welcome email with links to dance apparel stores or where you can find dance clothing and footwear.


Where are you located and how can I find the studio?

We are located at 3100 E 45th St, Annex #2 connected to the Boxer Property Office Building. You can come to the side door with the yellow railing and make a left to our check in area. Dancers are dropped off and picked up at the check in area.


You can also park in front of the main building and when you enter, make a left until you cross the bridge and get to Annex #2. The main entrance closes at 6 PM. Restrooms are located in the main building lobby.


What is the earliest age a dancer can start?

18 Months! Our Sugar Sprinkles Class is for our littlest dancers to get acquainted with the studio space and begin building structure through movement and play. Caregiver participation is required until dancers are ready to take class by themselves. Caregivers will be able to assist dancers in following along as they are guided through a fun class filled with song, dance, while working on fine motor skills, physical development, and imagination!


Intro to Dance classes range from 3 - 6 years old. These are 1 hour classes split between Pre-Ballet, getting them prepared for Ballet, Jazz, and Creative Movement, and Pre-Tap, getting them prepared for Jazz, Hip Hop, and Body Percussion.


Our Commercial and Technical Dance Programs are based on experience and we have no age limitations however, the first week weeks of class dancers are evaluated and observed in their classes. Instructors and the Artistic Director may have recommendations based on age but class will demonstrate technique levels and abilities.

Beginner/ Intermediate classes are for dancers who have some to no experience or those that want to continue applying and mastering the foundations of each style.

Intermediate / Advanced classes apply the foundations in more combinations of steps. These classes require at least 1-2 years prior dance experience.


How do I know which class to enroll my dancer in?

Classes are offered by level of comfort. Our Sugar Sprinkles + Littles Programs offer classes from 18 months - 6 years as a general base. We have Beginner/ Intermediate levels for dancers who have never taken a dance class or haven’t been in the studio for a while, or are looking to review and master the basics. Intermediate/ Advanced level classes require 1-2 year prior dance experience and would be for dancers who feel more confident in the style and putting together the basics and continuing on to more challenging steps.


How long is a season?

Each season lasts about 4-5 months. Dancers will have weekly classes plus access to fun studio events, fundraisers, and performances. In the Fall and Spring we host Studio Showcases with a theme where dancers get to showcase and celebrate their growth and commitment to finishing out the season.


How do I register for classes?

https://www.brownsugardanceacademy.org/classes. Click “Register” next to your desired class style, level, and time. You will be directed to a registration page where you can submit your information, dancer information, enroll in classes, create your dancer portal, and place a card on file. Your card will not be charged until the season begins or you choose an alternate payment method.


How do I pay tuition?

There is an online portal where you can have payments automatically deducted from your account or we accept Cash, Check, or NFC Mobile Payments. There is a $5.00 service charge for NFC Mobile Payments (Cash App, PayPal, Venmo)


Are there any other fees?

Yes. Registration fees and Performance Fees if your dancer participates in the performance Showcase. Tuition is on a monthly basis and covers 4-5 classes. It is prorated for breaks or closings. Performance fees cover your dancers' costumes and accessories, tickets, t-shirts, and awards. We host a few fundraisers throughout the season that go towards these fees and making costs affordable!


What should my dancer wear to class?

Dancers in our Commercial Dance Program are welcome to wear athletic clothing that does not restrict movement. Dancers in the Technical Dance Program should wear a leotard with tights, leggings, or shorts. Our Toddler/ Kids Classes are encouraged to wear their best tutus or clothing they will be comfortable moving around in! No boots, crocs, short shorts, jeans, or flip flops for any classes.


Where can I purchase dancewear?

https://www.brownsugardanceacademy.org/studio-policies

Check out our Apparel Links List with various options for in-store or online purchases!


Can I observe class each week?

We do not allow observation for our classes that do not have Caregiver participation so dancers have limited distractions. Dancers that have multiple classes and possible breaks in between will have access to tables for homework, tablets, coloring, etc. We also want families to be surprised at our performance! There will be a Sneak Peek Week where families can see a preview of Showcase Choreography.


My dancer is older but has no dance experience, what are their options?

Try the Beginner/ Intermediate classes! It’s never too late to start from the beginning. It takes 10,000 hours to master something and there is always something to learn. Beginner classes allow you to really hone your form and technique in each dance style.


Do you offer classes for adults?

Our Commercial and Technical Dance program is open to all ages! These classes are based on experience level. In the first few weeks of classes, dancers are evaluated and given recommendations for class level.


Does my dancer need dance shoes?

All dances can be modified without the proper footwear but it is highly recommended that your dancer has the appropriate footwear for their class. No crocs, flip flops, sandals, jeans, or short shorts.


Do you accept people with varying abilities?

Absolutely! We embrace diverse abilities and always offer modifications to any dancer.


What is your cancellation/ drop policy?

Families must formally drop their class and provide this in writing at least 14 days prior to the next billing cycle. Classes are not discounted for absences or tardies.


Do dancers have to have their physical forms before classes start?

Your dancer is able to participate if your waivers are signed during enrollment, however we ask for a physical form due to the physical demand of dance and as a precaution since some students are dropped off and in our care. There is an option at registration to list any medications, allergies, or other important information we may need to be aware of.