Our Mission Statement
At the Dancing Lights Ballet School (DLBS), we believe every student deserves the best dance education, regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status. Our program is designed to give students the highest quality of classical ballet education supplemented by exceptional training in contemporary dance styles. The syllabus is designed to build strength and artistry in every dancer, allowing each dancer to work in a healthy, anatomically correct way. Our highly trained faculty and staff support this belief and respect each dancer’s individuality.
Dance education encompasses far more than technique and the steps your children learn. We believe the discipline of dance teaches students the qualities of commitment, leadership, creativeness, and being a team player. Our goal is to educate their minds and bodies through teaching them skills they need for success in life, whether it be in dance, school, or their future careers.
THIS CODE OF CONDUCT AND EXPECTATIONS IS AN ADDENDUM TO OUR HANDBOOK.
Parents of children with food allergies, that may require medical attention, must provide written documentation to the Director, Ms. Kristin, with possible allergic reactions and directions to be taken in case of such reaction. In cases that require an epi-pen, that child must carry a labeled epi-pen in their dance bag. If we do not have written directives from a parent and a child has a reaction requiring medical attention the instructor will call 911.
If a student misses a class due to illness, vacation or any other reason, arrangements can be made to attend another regularly scheduled class to make up the missed class (if one is available). No credits or refunds will be given for missed classes and special make-up classes will be scheduled only if a class session is cancelled by the school, instructor or 2+ days due to inclement weather.
Please be aware that make-up classes are restricted. Again, these make-ups may be done ONLY with instructor permission and by appointment. This is also with the understanding that your child may not be able to participate in the entire make-up class. She will be able to participate in barre work, warm-ups, and across the floor routines. However, when the class is working on their recital routine, she will be asked to be the audience during this time. It would be confusing to have a dancer practice an unfamiliar routine in a different class. This also allows us to build consistency with all of our dancers.
Any dancer who misses more than two consecutive classes or more than 4 classes total after March 1st will not be permitted to dance in the year-end recital. Again this is due to the need for consistency and out of fairness to the other dancers in the class.
The instructor reserves the right to disallow make-ups in order to preserve the integrity of the class and prevent unnecessary disruptions. Make-ups will not be constructive after a certain point in the year and will not be permitted after March 1st. If the suspension or absence of classes is for a medical reason, The Dancing Lights Ballet School requires a written medical explanation from a treating physician, and upon return may require a release to resume.
Drop Off | Pick Up
Parents must pick up students at the designated end of class time. Please be advised, students age 12+ who have a break in between classes, may wait in in the lobby and use their cell phones or work on homework. However, they are not allowed to leave the school without a parent during this break time. Students under 12 years old must have a parent present in the lobby with the student while waiting in between classes.
We have also noticed students leaving the lobby at night to meet their parents in the parking lot. We request that you walk your child into the building and pick your child up at the door. However, if you decide to let your child walk to your car unattended that is your decision. Please know that once your child leaves DLBS, their safety walking to your car in the busy parking lot or side streets is your responsibility.
Class Level Placement
Class/Level placements are at the discretion of the Instructors and Director. Student age, ability, and maturity are all factors involved when deciding class/level placement. Please address any concerns you may have about your child’s placement to the Director via email.
If adjustments to a class/level need to be made, they will be made in the best interest of the dancer and the dancer’s personal abilities. Thank you for trusting the evaluations of our staff and recognizing that their professional knowledge and opinions are in the best interest of your child.
Dance Corrections and Notes
Dancers are encouraged to listen to each dance correction/note given, whether it is directed to them individually, to another dancer in their class, or to the entire class. A correction/note is important to ensure personal growth within their class, as well as demonstrating that the teacher cares about each student’s progress as a dancer. Instructors are encouraged to constructively correct students, as well as give praise when a student demonstrates good work ethic and proper execution of corrections. Always acknowledge a correction/note when a teacher or choreographer offers you one, by:
● Verbally acknowledging by saying “yes”, or “thank you”
● Attempting to physically make the correction immediately for the Instructor
This is especially important when we have guest instructors and choreographers. Nothing can stop a student who applies themselves in every class, and one who appreciates their teacher’s knowledge and experience.
Parents and students are expected to behave in an acceptable, friendly, and professional manner. Any dancers or parents using inappropriate language or speaking negatively about other dancers, parents, teachers, or the Director will be asked to leave DLBS, or any other production of Dancing Lights, whether it’s held at the school or at an off-site location.
Consequences for Unacceptable Behavior in Class:
● Any dancer(s) who an Instructor deems to be disruptive during class (talking, shouting, not participating for any reason) will be asked to sit out of the class for a period of five minutes.
o Your child will not be left alone during this time. Rather your child will sit within the confines of the dance studio in which their class is taking place and watch class so they don’t miss any valuable information.
● This request will be made if your child is acting out, talking at inappropriate times, or being disruptive in any other way.
● If your child is not participating in class because they are tired, hungry, or stressed for any other personal reason, they will be offered a 5 minute down time within the confines of the studio where they can watch class.
● If either of the above mentioned occurrences become frequent, the Director will contact the parents for discussion on how to resolve the situation. ● If a parent is on the premises when their child is asked to sit out, we ask that parents please not interfere with the authority of the instructor and let the instructor handle their classroom accordingly.
● However, if an instructor finds it necessary to solicit the help of a particular child’s parent who is on the premises because the situation is becoming out of hand, then the instructor will determine that need and reach out to the parent.
● If a parent is not on the premises, and the instructor finds it necessary to call a parent to pick up their child early, that is at the discretion of the instructor and is not to be discussed with the instructor when the child is picked up. o The instructor will notify the Director o The Director will contact parent(s) either the same day/evening, or no later than the next day, to discuss the issue with parent(s) and work out a solution that is beneficial to the dancer. If there are social conflicts or disturbances amongst students within a class, parents/students should attempt to resolve these issues first. If the issue cannot be resolved between parents/students, an appointment can be made with the Director to discuss in more detail.
Casting and choreography are based on dancers’ strengths and on the skills each dancer demonstrates throughout their dance year.
If a parent or student complains in a public way in our facility about the student’s casting, the student is at risk of being removed from their casting or performance. The following is an example we consider to be “complaining”:
Sara is disappointed in receiving the role of a Flower in the production. She verbally expresses her frustration aloud to her peers in the lobby stating, “I don’t even want this part, I hate this part, I can’t believe Megan got that part.”
Parents expressing negativity in our lobby is also unacceptable. Conversations of a negative nature should be private conversations outside of the dance school. Our lobby is a place parents can happily observe their child’s classes.
If a student or parent has a concern or question regarding casting or placement, please email your concern to email@example.com and it will be addressed. Our goal is to handle questions and concerns in a productive way in which parents and students realize that they will be heard and addressed. For example:
Sara comes home from dance class feeling upset that she was not chosen to be included in a turning section in her recital dance. Both Sara, and her parent, feels that it is something that needs to be discussed. The parent should email their questions and concerns to the Director. Following this, the Director and Instructor will think about, explain, and address the issue professionally in a manner such as, “Sara was not chosen to be featured in the turning section of her recital dance because at the moment her turning skills are still emerging and being worked on in class. We have chosen Sara to be featured in the jumping section, because we feel that that section best demonstrates her strengths. We understand your child is interested in being featured for turns in the future, and we will note that on her goal card and be sure to focus on giving your child more turning corrections moving forward”.
This system will facilitate the student and parent in focusing their questions and concerns in a positive and constructive manner.
Students/Parents should direct all question/concerns to the Director via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Contact Page on the Website (thedancinglights.com), or the DLBS phone number 302-378-7003. Please refrain from addressing requests directly to Instructors (via email, text, phone calls, in person, or by any other means). All comments should be directed to the Director via email, web contact page, or the DLBS phone number 302-378-7003.
Parents and students are responsible for staying up-to-date and current on all DLBS correspondence including emails, social media, paperwork, and announcements.
Facebook is our main means of communication for notification of emergency situations, i.e. inclement weather and other emergency school closings. We strongly recommend you “Like” and “Follow” us on Facebook. If you are not a Facebook user, please notify us by email that this is not an option and we will make every effort to communicate with you by email.
Individual Questions or Concerns
We have found over the years that addressing concerns directly to Instructors who don’t have the authority to address certain concerns without the input of the Director, causes more emotional stress on the children, the Instructors, and the parents. This section of the Code of Conduct is meant to alleviate excessive stress, especially for our students. We feel it is important to address each question or concern a student/parent may have on an individual and confidential basis.
It is our goal to address these questions/concerns on a confidential basis as that protects the privacy of the children, teachers, and parents. While questions/concerns will be handled confidentially, from time-to-time, informational emails will be sent explaining certain situations that arise when they involve a topic when the entire school can benefit and learn from the situation. These emails will maintain the confidentiality of the person who raised the question/concern.
If you or your child choose to discuss questions/concerns with other dancers and/or their parents, your confidentiality may be jeopardized by others, but know that Dancing Lights will not break confidentiality.
Cell Phone and Social Media Communication
Students are prohibited from communicating with teachers via text or any means of social media. We reiterate it is the parents’ responsibility to communicate any questions/concerns with the Director via email (email@example.com), the Contact Page on the Website (thedancinglights.com), or the DLBS phone number 302-378-7003.
While we cannot control or monitor use of social media, it is our request that all communications take place via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), the Contact Page on the Website (thedancinglights.com), or the DLBS phone number 302-378-7003. If you contact the Director through our DLBS face book page, you will receive a response if possible. You may also be asked to redirect your question via email.
Dancing Lights’ Social Media Platforms are created so that the Director and Instructors can share DLBS experiences and communicate DLBS business.
If we discover that you have posted something that degrades or defames a teacher or student of Dancing Lights, your child and your family may be excused from all participation in Dancing Lights classes and activities.
One of the benefits of social media is that our followers can chime in on conversations with their own thoughts and ideas. This is a great way for students and their parents to engage with DLBS. However, sometimes people will use this means of communication to air their questions/concerns about particular situations. DLBS is not responsible for replying to questions/concerns raised via social media. Dancing Lights requests that all questions/concerns be limited to contacting the Director via email (email@example.com), the Contact Page on the Website (thedancinglights.com), or the DLBS phone number 302-378-7003.
All remarks, photos, or videos should be appropriate and reflect well on DLBS, the Director, Instructors, students, and their families. Dancing Lights reserves the right to delete any harmful or unnecessary comments.
Cell Phone Use
Cell phone use during classes is prohibited. If there is a period of time between classes when your child is waiting in the lobby, your child may use her cell phone under the parameters of your family rules. However, she is not permitted to text or call anyone who is in class at that time. They may not contact DLBS students who are actively in a class. No photos, group photos, or videos, may be taken at any time inside the premises of DLBS. Instructors are only giving permission for children to video dance choreography for education purposes. Please know that in the event of any type of emergency, your child would be free to use their phone.