Code of Conduct2019-01-29T19:02:58-07:00

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.


Allergies

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.

 


Class Attendance

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”

● Smiling

● Nodding

● 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.

 


Behavior

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

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 info@thedancinglights.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.

 


Communication

Students/Parents should direct all question/concerns to the Director via email (info@thedancinglights.com), 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.

Basic Information

Parents and students are responsible for staying up-to-date and current on all DLBS correspondence including emails, social media, paperwork, and announcements.

Emergency Notifications

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 (info@thedancinglights.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 (info@thedancinglights.com), 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.

 


Social Media

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.

Acceptable Posts

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 (info@thedancinglights.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.

 


 

 

Drop Off & Pick Up2019-01-29T19:11:13-07:00

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 Attendance2019-01-29T19:10:12-07:00

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.

Allergies2019-01-29T19:07:37-07:00

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 EpiPen, that child must carry a labeled EpiPen 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.

Daddy Dance2018-07-09T14:58:11-07:00

This annual dance is held yearly around the beginning of each year. It is a fairytale evening of fun with little girls and their favorite dates…their Dad! Be enchanted by the fathers and daughters as they give basic ballroom dance and demonstrate their own moves.

Rehearsals

Dads and daughters have the chance to attend up to 4 in-studio rehearsals together to learn their dance. We do recommend practicing at homeas well. Both dads and daughters MUST attend the dress rehearsal for the show. All practice classes and rehearsals are closed to moms.  Don’t worry – we’ll take good care of them and it makes an AWESOME surprise!

Pricing

There is no ticket fee for this event. Your class tuition covers the cost for our production.

Winter Program2018-07-09T14:57:31-07:00

We have done a Nutcracker and Cinderella performance over the years. View the Winter Program page to see more details.

Middletown Olde-Tyme Peach Festival2018-07-09T14:54:38-07:00

This is an annual festival held in August. This performance is for the students enrolled in our summer program. The dancers will perform during a parade. Participation is optional. This has been a yearly tradition for our dancers and they have a blast during this performance. This event does include a dress rehearsal.

Will the performance be professionally video taped and if so, how do I obtain a copy?2018-07-09T14:53:43-07:00

Yes. There is a charge for a copy of the video. Amount and how to purchase will be announced on our Spring Recital page.

Why is the costume fee due early in the year?2018-07-09T14:51:26-07:00

We need to order costumes early in the school year because they take several months to make. Once the costumes arrive, we need to make sure they fit the dancers properly. This time frame allows us to exchange costumes that don’t fit, damaged upon arrival and we need to make return(s).

We also have Class Picture Day towards the end of the school year which is usually held around the recital rehearsals. All costumes must be ready by then.

How much is the recital and when is the payment due?2018-07-09T14:50:32-07:00

Costume I fee is $90.00 due by November 5th.

Costume II (if in use) fee is approximately $35.00 due by April 5th. Exact amount for Costume II is to be announced. The second costume is not applicable for Advanced Dancers.

Students, parents, family members and friends will need to purchase a ticket to attend the recital. Tickets may vary every year. Please view our Spring Recital page for more details.

Is it mandatory to participate in the recital?2018-07-09T14:49:37-07:00

Participation for the recital is optional and non-competitive. Students will benefit from taking class whether or not they perform on stage.

Do you have annual recitals?2018-07-09T14:48:45-07:00

Yes! Our recitals are usually held in late May or early June. It includes a stage rehearsal and dress rehearsal. Details, dates, time and location are announced usually at the beginning of the year. You can view more details on our Spring Recital page.

Can I watch my child during their dance class?2018-07-09T14:47:50-07:00

Please do not enter the dance studio, peek through windows or doors while class is in session. This causes distractions and Dancers lose focus. We do love the idea of parents being able to see their dancer’s progress and growth. Parents may visit dance classes without siblings by appointment only. You are also welcome to bring other family members as well. Parents are invited to videotape any routine that their child is struggling with to facilitate practice at home with the Instructor’s permission.

What is the procedure before and after class?2018-07-09T14:46:52-07:00

Dancers will enter the studio through the doorway on the right, and exit the studio through the doorway on the left.

Can I stay in the lounge room while my child is taking class?2018-07-09T14:44:35-07:00

We are excited to share the large waiting room in our dance school. Parents may stay and relax till class ends. Only quiet/play time will be allowed in the waiting area. This space is to be used by dancers prior or during dance class. Dancers will go to the waiting area to change out their shoes if needed.

Please refrain from peeking through the windows and doors. This has caused distractions to our dancers in the past and it’s imperative we have their attention at all times.

What is the cell phone policy?2018-07-09T14:43:10-07:00

All cell phone use (social media, texting, phone calls) in the studio and lobby beyond parental contact is prohibited. Class content may be posted ONLY with the instructor’s permission. Individual selfie’s and group photos are also prohibited without the instructor’s consent. The Dancing Lights Ballet School wishes to preserve the integrity of a dance education.

What happens when my child is going to be absent?2018-07-09T14:41:41-07:00

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) with the instructor’s permission. 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. When the class is working on their recital routine, she will be asked to be the audience during this time.

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. If the suspension or absence of classes is for a medical reason, a written medical explanation from a treating physician is required, and upon return may require a release to resume.

What happens when class is cancelled due to inclement weather?2018-07-09T14:40:54-07:00

We will only make up inclement weather days after there have been two cancellations. Our website will have up to date information on any class cancellations if weather is questionable. If a State of Emergency is declared in Delaware, our classes will be canceled for the duration of the State of Emergency. The safety of our students and families is our priority. We do not want anyone endangered for the sake of dance.

Is there make-up classes when a class is cancelled?2018-07-09T14:40:02-07:00

If an instructor cancels a class, the instructor will schedule a make-up class within 30 days. If the school cancels a class, it is to be rescheduled by our staff. We will communicate further details regarding school cancellations.

How should my child dress for class?2018-07-09T14:38:11-07:00

Leotards and tights are a dancer’s uniform. A neat and tidy appearance sets an attitude of attentiveness and respect for students, teachers and the art of dance. Teachers must be able to see the dancer’s body outline clearly to make proper corrections on posture, alignment, etc. Long hair must be pulled back and secured in a bun/ponytail/braid. Short hair must be pulled back and secured away from face. No jewelry is permitted during class. Please have all dancers remove any earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. before entering the studio.

Please view our Class Requirements for attire and dance shoe requirements specific to your child’s class.

What is the drop-off and pick-up procedure?2018-07-09T14:37:14-07:00

Always walk your dancer into the dance school. Please stay with your child and properly supervise her until the teacher has arrived. Arrive 5 minutes prior to start of class for any last minute preparations, such as helping your child put their ballet shoes on. Children will not be allowed to leave class without a parent present. If someone else is picking up your child, please let us know in advance and provide the following information (Name, Contact #, Relationship). Please be sure your child is aware of these arrangements as well. The safety of your child is our priority.

What is my child needs or wants to switch class?2018-07-09T12:31:27-07:00

A class change must be for an appropriate level and have the approval of the instructor. Changes will only be allowed until November. You must submit this request in writing by sending a message through our website or via email at info@thedancinglights.com.

What if my schedule changes and it conflicts with my child class?2018-07-09T12:31:13-07:00

No problem. We will assist you in finding a way to work with your child into a class that fits your schedule as best we can. If a student needs to change their class, they can do so immediately in writing by sending a message through our website or via email at info@thedancinglights.com.

How do I withdraw from a class?2018-07-09T12:30:43-07:00

We understand that children sometimes change their minds. If you would like help in talking with your child to find out why, we are on your team and we’re happy to assist you in encouraging them to stay. If your student wants to withdraw from class, the school requires a written notice using our Withdrawal Form. All withdrawals will be effective 30 days from the date received. For your protection and to be certain that your account is properly closed, withdrawal cannot be accepted over the phone, by e-mail or through a teacher. No withdrawals will be accepted for the months of December or June. Any withdrawals dated after December 1, 2015 will be effective Jan 1, 2016. No withdrawals dated after June 1, 2016 will be accepted.

Is there additional fees outside of tuition?2018-07-09T12:19:55-07:00

There is a non-refundable annual registration fee per family of $25.00. This is due upon enrollment. If your child enrolled in a Summer Program, the registration fee also applies to the following school year.

If your child is participating in our Spring Recital, there is a Costume I fee of $90.00 due by November 5th. Costume II fee is approximately $35.00 due by April 5th. Exact amount TBA for Costume II. The second costume is not applicable for Advanced Dancers. Students, parents, family members and friends will need to purchase a ticket to attend the recital. Ticket price may vary every year. We will inform you during the recital season on the exact amounts.

What is the tuition?2018-07-09T12:18:18-07:00

Tuition is based on the number of class hours per week, not the number of classes taken. It is averaged into 9 monthly payments (35 weeks) of class instruction. All scheduled closing days for the year have already been adjusted into the tuition.

Discounts

There is a 5% discount if you are paying a full year’s tuition in advance. This payment is to be made by check only.

There is also an hourly rate discount. The more hours the dancer is enrolled in, the more the savings:

Please view our Tuition for further details.

Some months do not have the same number of classes. Is the monthly tuition still the same?2018-07-09T12:17:18-07:00

Yes. The scheduled closed days have already been calculated into the tuition. It is an annual amount that is divided into 9 equal payments reflecting 35 weeks of class instruction.

My child enrolled during the middle of the month. Do I still pay the full month Tuition?2018-07-09T12:13:06-07:00

No. We will prorate the remainder of the scheduled classes for that month.

If you would like to take advantage of the 5% discount and pay the annual tuition in advance, we will prorate the amount as well to reflect the enrollment start date.

When is the tuition due?2018-07-09T12:11:20-07:00

If you just enrolled, tuition and the registration fee is (if applicable) is due upon enrollment once you receive class placement confirmation.

Future tuition payments thereafter is due by the 5th of each month. Tuition can be paid in full (5% discount by check only) or it can be paid monthly via credit card, cash, or check.

An Automatic Tuition Payment option is available as a convenience to those families that would like their tuition automatically deducted on or after the 5th business day of each month. To take advantage of this feature, you must manually complete the first initial payment including the the registration fee (if applicable). After you’ve made your first payment, all payments thereafter will be automatically deducted.

Note: If you enrolled in the our Summer Program, the registration fee paid during the program also applies to the following school year. If this is the case, no registration fee will be due with the first month’s tuition.

What is the late fee when tuition is not paid on time?2018-07-09T12:09:38-07:00

There is a non-negotiable $15 late fee applied to your account after the 5th of each month. If no payment is received by the last day of the month, an additional $10.00 fee will be applied. After 60 days in arrear, the student will not be allowed to attend any class until account is brought current.

There is a non-negotiable $25 NSF fee for returned checks and/or declined credit card payments.

Do you offer Family Discounts for enrolling multiple students?2018-07-09T12:07:26-07:00

Yes. You receive $10.00 off each additional child. This discount is maxed at $20.00. We manually adjust your account to reflect discounts applicable. We will contact you with the exact amount due prior to processing your first payment.

When do classes start?2018-07-09T12:03:14-07:00

Each school year begins in September. View our schedule for specific start dates.

Can I enroll my child in more than one class?2018-07-09T11:45:09-07:00

Yes. The tuition is calculated based on cumulative hours. The more class hours you enroll in, the more the savings with the hourly rate being reduced. View our Tuition for exact rates and hours.

Please keep in mind Ballet II and Advanced Students have mandatory classes they must enroll in. They can enroll in other classes as long as they sign-up for the mandatory class provided with the school’s schedule. Please see our tuition for exact rates.

I would like to enroll for a class that is now full. What do you recommend?2018-07-09T11:41:01-07:00

For the benefit of all students, we do limit our class size to ensure personalized one-on-one attention. There is 1 instructor per every 8 students. Class size is at max capacity at no more than 16 students. If a class is at capacity, please sign up on the waiting list. In some cases, space(s) may become available.

Classes do fill up quickly. We recommend enrolling your child as soon an open enrollment begins. Once you’ve received class placement confirmation, make the payment to reserve your space. Enrolling your child for a class does not reserve their space. You must login and submit the payment once you’ve received the placement confirmation.

Can I enroll my child even though class already started?2018-07-09T11:36:44-07:00

Yes, we accept enrollments up until January 31st for each school year. However, we recommend enrolling early in the season. Starting early in the season helps students grasp new movements and choreography with greater ease along with their peers.

My child is 8 years old and this is her first dance class. With no dance experience, can she take a class with her peers?2018-07-09T11:33:43-07:00

If your child is interested in a class and does not meet the age and/or years experience, please contact the school. We may be able to accommodate your request.

Can I stay with my child until she is comfortable?2018-07-09T11:29:39-07:00

The first couple of weeks are typically the hardest on our new or young dancers. We understand the impact of separation anxiety and we are more than willing to work with you and your child to help alleviate any uneasy feelings. We will allow you to stay in the studio for the first two weeks, if needed. We ask that you gradually leave your child when you are both comfortable. Please know that there may be some tears but they do not last long after you are gone. Also remember that there are no siblings allowed in the studio at any time during dance classes. If you need to stay with your child during class, you are required to stay nearby and assist your dancer through the class routines.

How do I enroll my child?2018-07-09T11:27:47-07:00

Welcome! We are so delighted your child will be joining us soon. Please review the steps below to get started on enrollment.

Step 1

View our classes to see which is best suited for your child. If you’re not sure what class to register for, you may contact the school for assistance in class placement.

Step 2

Register Online. You must create an online account to access the school portal. On the registration form, you’ll be able to select the class(es) you would like to enroll in. We will contact you via email or phone to confirm your class placement.

Step 4

Once you’ve received confirmation, you will need to login to the school’s portal to make a payment to reserve your space in the class. (Please keep in mind, there is annual registration fee of $25.00 that is due with your first month’s tuition). Click “Reset Password“ and follow the steps to obtain a login password. When you’re logged into the portal, click on the “I want to:” drop down menu and select “Make a Payment“. Complete the payment process.

You can watch a quick video to see the process on how to create an account.

Step 5

Congratulations! Your enrollment is complete and your space has been reserved. We look forward to seeing you on your first day of class.

How can this school benefit my child?2018-07-08T21:38:18-07:00

There are many benefits to be found in the art of dance. Physical benefits include coordination, flexibility, fitness and strength. There are also intellectual benefits which include spatial development, patterning, sequential learning, problem solving, right and left brain inclusion. Your child will benefit socially from dance classes as they build camaraderie with their classmates and lifelong friendships. Dance classes also help build your child’s confidence, self-esteem, self-discipline and persistence.

When should my child start dance class?2018-07-08T21:38:57-07:00

A  child’s dance education can begin as early as the age of two. This is usually when they have the motor skills to participate in a dance class. Children are like sponges, eager to learn.

Our Premi-Ballerina class is the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of dance! This class is for 2 1/2 to 3 years of age. We also offer a class, Pre-Ballet A, for dancers 3 1/2 to 4 years of age but it is recommended to have at least 1 year of dance experience.

Why The Dancing Lights Ballet School2018-07-08T21:30:32-07:00

At The Dancing Lights Ballet School, 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 classical ballet education, supplemented by exceptional training in contemporary dance styles. Our syllabus is designed to build strength and artistry in every dancer, allowing each dancer to work in a healthy, anatomically correct way. At The Dancing Lights, we truly believe that dance is for everyone and that art can foster community, create positive influence and inspire the individual.

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17 Wood Street Suite 33 and 35 Middletown, DE 19709

Phone: 1.302.378.7003

Web: thedancinglights.com

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