Attendance and Make-up classes
In order for students to learn and grow, their attendance each week for classes should be consistent. We understand there are some circumstances where students will be absent. If a student is absent, please call the studio to inform us in advance. When absent from class, students have the option to make up any class of the same level or a lower level within two weeks of returning from the absence.
Parents and observers are welcome to wait in the lobby during class, or may drop off their child then pick him/her up when class is finished. Only AMC students attending class may be dropped off. The studio door will remain closed during class. We ask that parents and observers help promote a successful learning environment by not entering the studio during class time. Students will be supervised by AMC staff at all times and never left unattended. We ask that dancers wait for their rides inside the studio. We request all students to be picked up within 15min of the class ending time. Students will only be able to be picked up by the adults listed on the Child Pick-Up Authorization Form.
Preschool children may need a parent’s attention from time to time for various reasons including bathroom or behavior issues. Please do not leave the lobby when very young children are in class without informing the office or having another parent responsible during your absence. We make every effort to have all children feel safe and cared for in a loving and inspiring learning environment.
If there is a need to speak with the instructor, please fill out a Communication Form and the instructor will get back to you within 48hrs. Most instructors teach back to back classes, and they do not have time to conference before and after classes. We appreciate you following this communication policy.
Artistic Movement Center relies on a positive atmosphere for our instructors, dancers and their parents. We ask that everyone remains respectful of other people’s belongings and feelings. Please see the Mission Statement and Code of Ethics.
No gum, food or drink is permitted inside the studio besides a spill proof water bottle. Each student must bring his or her own water bottle into class, because dancers will not be permitted to leave class to get water.
All students are expected to arrive on time, prepared and in the appropriate attire. Class begins at the set start time. We understand that rare circumstances may delay you. Classes are designed to warm up muscles slowly and properly. Jumping into a class that has already started may cause injury. If you are more than 10 minutes late, quietly enter the studio, quietly shut the door behind you and begin stretching. The instructor will notify you when it is the appropriate time to join the class. This procedure is to limit interruption of the flow of class. Please respect your instructor’s decision in this matter; they are only looking out for the student’s best interest and the interest of the class as a whole.
It is very important to AMC that our students are getting the best dance education possible for where they are as a dancer. We want everyone to feel comfortable with the people in their classes along with the technique being presented to them. Students will be placed in classes initially based on their age and dance experience. However, there are many things that factor into student placement like, maturity, attitude, technical ability, etc. Unlike grade levels in school, students do not necessarily move to the next level each year. We have a great deal of curriculum to cover in each level and we want to make sure that the student is comfortable, strong, confident and technically correct before moving up. Some students may take a level for a couple of years, others may move through a level in less time. The instructor makes the determination of level on an individual basis. Each student progresses at his or her own pace. Students advance to more challenging levels as they safely master the essential skills and techniques, not specific combinations. Please be patient and encouraging with your child. Dance is an art form and cannot be rushed.
AMC will conclude the fall session with a showcase in January to demonstrate the dancers growth. Emphasis is not on elaborate costumes, but on the skills and techniques, which the students have mastered over the course of their education. However, the spring session will conclude with our Spring Recital in late June to allow the dancers to perform in more elaborate routines and costumes.
Dance is a performance art, however, we understand that some students do not wish to participate in the performing aspect of dance. We do not want to pressure anyone to do something they are uncomfortable with. The instructor will help the student feel comfortable, confident and relaxed on stage. There is nothing more frightening to a student than being on stage in front of hundreds of people and not know what he/she is doing. Once your child has committed to the recital, we expect the dancer to attend class on a regular basis. Good classroom attendance is vital to the choreography of the piece and to developing a strong working relationship with the other dancers in the piece.
Only a portion of class time is dedicated to learning the performing dance. If you choose not to participate in the showcase or recital, please continue to attend class, as we will continue to introduce new material from the curriculum. Additionally, those students who choose not to participate in the showcase or recital will still learn the performing routine with the entire class. Learning a routine helps the dancer understand sequencing and timing. While participation in our Winter Showcase and/or Spring Recital is not mandatory, we find that the chance to perform is a rewarding and confidence building experience. If a student does not wish to perform, please notify the instructor and the office in writing by October 1st for the Winter Showcase and February 1st for the Spring Recital.
Cell phones are not allowed while in class. We ask that you turn off your cell phones before class. If a student does not have a safe place for their cell phone, there will be a box in every studio to hold cell phones until class is over.
Students may not take photos and/or videos in class. However, teachers may video for choreography and other learning purposes. From time to time, we may take photographs of students enrolled at the studio. These photographs may be used in our promotional material, social media or website and are for our use only. Please see the Authorization to Use Photographs/Videos on the Waiver Form of the registration packet.