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CLASS protocols

All CDPA students are expected to follow these protocols as a measure of discipline and respect. Thank you for making this a priority. 

ARRIVE ON TIME  Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult to the door. All children should enter and leave at the LOBBY entrance of the Studio unless other arrangements are made. In the interest of the child's physical safety and injury prevention, students arriving more than 15 minutes late to class may be asked to observe only. It you are running late for pick up, please text our Director, 321 960 5916. 


BE PREPARED Students should arrive dressed ACCORDING TO THE DRESS CODE and with all necessary hair accessories and extra shoes in a small dance bag. Students' names should be on every item, especially, dance shoes, dance bags, and book bags. Students may also bring a water bottle.
HYGIENE Handwashing, masking while sick, and sanitizing are expected at CDPA. Proper hygiene is essential in a dance studio where activities induce sweat and children are sharing space. Please be sure all dancewear is laundered after each wearing, hair should be clean and pulled back properly, feet should be washed after school, and deodorant should be a consideration for students aged 7 & up. NO PERFUME prior to class as this may cause a disagreeable odor as well as aggravate the allergies of other students.


HAIR  Hair must be in a bun for ballet class or any class that involves ballet. Otherwise, hair should be pulled back away from the face and secured; French braid, regular braid or low ponytail may be okay for children's classes.


DRESS CODE  Dress code policies were relaxed during the COVID-responsive time. Refer to the current Dress Code to understand the proper requirements for your child's dance studies at CDPA. Note: Our programs follow professional guidelines and we expect our students' adherence to the Dress Code set forth by this studio, which is congruent with the historical development of dance, traditional arts studies, and national standards in dance education, the National Registry's Code of Ethics, and professional protocol. For this reason, we provide a retail dancewear store, Geared to Dance which stocks those brands that are ACCEPTABLE for the proper and modest dress for dance studies at CDPA. Off-brands of body wear and shoes are UNACCEPTABLE. Students who do not feel confident in their look, are not able to concentrate during class. Ill-fitted shoes cause blisters, calluses, and pain that limit participation. Ill-cut body wear may be too revealing and cause constant pulling/tugging at the garment. A cover-up should be worn entering and leaving the studio. Do not wear dance shoes outside of class.


Class Size

A minimum of 6 students is required to hold a Foundations class open. Other classes are held open at the discretion of the Director. However, before a class is CLOSED the parents will be notified and advised of other class possibilities. Class size is determined by the age and level of the students.


Observation and Video Taping

Parents MAY NOT sit in the classroom or VIDEO a class unless special arrangements have been made. Please keep all lobby conversations to a minimum and avoid the use of phones for unnecessary conversations. Younger siblings should be taken for a walk or drive during class time.


News & Updates

Registered students will receive communications via email from JackRabbit or Dr. Austin's personal email. There may also be updates and news found in our Director's blog on the website. Please also join our Facebook page and private group: CDPA Care and Connect.



CDPA observes the following as holidays: Labor Day Monday, the entire week of Thanksgiving break, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Monday, and Memorial Day Monday and July 4th. Christmas Holiday break and spring break follow the Orange County school calendar. There ARE classes on Columbus Day, Veterans Day, President's Day, and St. Patrick's Day.


Evaluations:  This was suspended during the COVID-responsive time. 

A year-end evaluation is provided for each student as well as suggestions for the summer and next fall enrollment. The evaluations are intended to act as a positive assessment tool for the student, and parent in noting achievement, progress, and areas needing additional work. These are not based on comparative analysis. Each child is assessed as an individual. Teachers are available for verbal conferences as requested.

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