Dancer Transportation to/from The Ballet Box and/or Events
The owner and employees of The Ballet Box are not and will not be permitted to transport dancers, siblings, or family members to/from dance class, special events, rehearsals, recitals, etc. This is a liability issue to the studio and its employees who have been informed of a zero-tolerance policy for dance related transportation of others that will be strictly enforced with them.
Observers and Guest Participants
Because this can be disruptive to the studio and lessons, new clients, siblings of dancers, or friends of dancers interested in attending a dance class must receive pre-approval 7 days prior to the dance class. The instructor will make the decision in consultation with the owner whether the child will be able to attend as well as whether the child will be an observer or participant in the class. Approved new time observers or guest participants of a class will be considered on a one-time basis. Any additional observances or participants to the one-time consideration will not be allowed unless prearranged as a studio event.
Drop-Offs and Pick-Ups
Parent(s) are to respect that The Ballet Box is a dance studio and is not staffed to monitor unattended dance class attendees or any other children for that matter. Instructors are not responsible for watching dancers or their siblings/friends prior to dance class nor after dance class has ended. Dancers participating in classes may not be left unattended before class or leave the studio without a designated parent or guardian. Dancers may arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of their lesson and must depart with their parent or designated guardian no later than 10 minutes past the conclusion of their lesson. Please understand we have classes running subsequent to each other and can be difficult to have your children overlapping each other between classes. If in the instance the policy is not followed, your child may be considered for dismissal from the program.
Disruptive Children in the Lobby/Classroom
We ask for your consideration of our dancers' desire to learn and their level of commitment to the classes. Disruptive children either out in the lobby or making their way into the studio may be asked to leave the building so as not to interrupt the flow of the dance lesson and concentration of the students. Additionally, there are other businesses that operate within the building which have filed complaints of disruption to their businesses.
My number one priority is the enjoyment your children receive from their lessons but also their safety to and from all lessons and events.
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and other infectious viruses
As you are aware, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) has alerted Americans to the potential spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). At present (3/7/20), there are no known cases in McHenry and Kane County. The Ballet Box is asking for families and dancers to be vigilant in practicing good hygiene to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other illnesses. A brief period of time will be spent in class reviewing good hygiene which includes:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If no soap and water are available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing or use the crook of your elbow.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home if you are ill.
Dancers will be encouraged to wash hands before and after leaving the studio and whenever they use their hands to cover a cough or sneeze.
During peak flu season and this time of increased concern, The Ballet Box will be cleaned on a nightly basis with an emphasis on cleaning "high-touch" surfaces, such as the ballet barrs, door handles, benches, window sills, bathrooms, coat hooks, etc.
The Ballet Box would like to remind parents that dancers should be 24 hours fever free (less than 100.4 degrees) WITHOUT fever-reducing medication and/or have not vomited or experienced diarrhea within 24 hours before attending dance class. If a dancer does not attend school for an illness, she/he should not attend that evening's dance class.
Finally, as families prepare for traveling over spring break, please be aware of the following precautionary federal guidelines The Ballet Box is following regarding dancer travel due to the global spread of the coronavirus.
Any dancer returning from a location with sustained widespread transmission (Travel Warning of Level 3) should not attend dance classes for 14 days after the return date.
These guidelines are to acquaint you with our classroom expectations, as well as our business procedures. They have evolved over 19 years. Their purpose is to create a smooth flow of personal and business procedures between students, parents and teachers. Your cooperation is appreciated
Children are not permitted to run around the lobby or the outside hallway. It is disturbing to the other businesses and a distraction to the teacher and to the students who are in class learning. Please do not let your children walk on the benches, sit on the windowsills or play in the bathroom. We ask that your children have respect for other people's property and to behave here as you would like them to in your own home. No street shoes, food, drink, or snacks are permitted in the studio. No gum chewing is permitted. We are a "water only" studio!
Be ready to enter the class Hair up and fully dressed in appropriate dance attire at the time class begins. Students may be required to observe the class if not dressed appropriately or if more than 10 minutes late. Attend class regularly. There is no talking in class; raise your hand to ask a question. Stop what you are doing when the teacher is talking and listen. Refrain from touching the mirrors or hanging on the ballet barres. Respect studio property and the property of others. Put your name in all dance shoes and bags. Do not leave valuables in the dressing room. T he Ballet Box is not responsible for lost or stolen property. A note on corrections: It is important to remember that a correction is a gift. A teacher's job is to help you learn and improve, and when they correct a student they do it because they care. Listen and learn from all corrections even if they are not directed specifically at you.
Dancers work harder and stay more focused when properly dressed for class. We know and appreciate the fact that dancewear is an investment; therefore we offer a practical, long -lasting, and reasonably priced product line that is fashionable and durable. All students are required to wear a studio uniform leotard for each class.
Regular attendance is necessary to maintain steady progress in the class. Poor attendance will result in poor training. Absences and tardiness can have a negative effect on the entire class. Please make sure to be on time: it is disrupting to a class when a student comes in after the lesson is In progress or needs to leave early. If you are frequently late or absent, you will be dismissed from the class. Please make this a consideration when the time comes to join another activity. Missed lessons are non-refundable. If a class should be cancelled due to the weather you will be notified by email or a direct phone call from the teacher. If your dancer will be missing a class please tell the teacher ahead of time or leave a message (voice/e-mail).
Enforcing our Policy
To make sure that we record and resolve any issues, the classroom is stocked with forms that allow teachers to document any disregard for studio policies and guidelines. The director will then contact the student and parents to make them aware of a situation, and come up with a plan for resolving it.