ARRIVE ON TIME Children under 7 should be accompanied by an adult. Small children should be taken to the bathroom prior to class. 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 into class may be asked to observe only. CDPA does not guarantee supervision of a child picked up late from class. It you are running late, please call the studio 407-877-3388.
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 who are not adequately prepared, or late to class due to lack of preparation, may be asked to observe class only.
HYGIENE Proper hygiene is essential in a dance studio where activities induce sweat and children are sharing space. Please be sure all dance wear 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 age 7 & up. NO PERFUME prior to class as this may cause a disagreeable odor as well as aggravate 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 preferred for children's classes.
DRESS CODE Please read the Dress Code thoroughly and know the proper requirements for your child's dance studies at CDPA. Remember: Our qualifications offer a professionalism like no other studio in our area; in keeping, we teach professionalism and a serious attitude toward training in dance. Therefore, 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 dance wear 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.
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 conversation to a minimum and avoid use of the business telephone for unnecessary conversations. Younger siblings should be taken for a walk or drive during class time.
A monthly newsletter, FooTWorK FoRuM , is sent home with each student the first week of the month. If your child is absent or you do not receive one, please stop by and pick up a copy. All important communication, special event information, etc. is provided in this newsletter!
CDPA observes the following as paid holidays: Labor Day Monday, the entire week of Thanksgiving break, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Monday, and Memorial Day Monday and July 4th. Christmas Holiday break and spring break coincide with the Orange County school calendar. There ARE classes on Columbus Day, Veterans Day, President's Day, and St. Patrick's Day.
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, teacher 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.