It is our pleasure to welcome all new and returning dancers and families to KMC Dance! We wish the students success and fulfillment in the art of dance. As the years go on, students learn many rules and etiquette of a professional dance education. This letter outlines our policies and expectations.
There is a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee per class. There will be a total of 8 monthly payments due from September-April. For Show Unit Classes There will be 9 monthly payments from August-April. Once costumes are ordered, they are non-refundable. Orders for costumes will be placed on November 15th. The costumes are prorated in the monthly fee. If your child does not finish the commitment to the dance program, you will be responsible for the remainder of the costume balance. Your dancer will not be able to take their costume home with them once they arrive if your account is not current with us. Payments can be made through our parent portal. You can set up your tuition payments on autopay through the portal, or choose to pay through the portal when it is convenient for you. You may also make payments at the desk with cash, check or credit card. (transactions need to be over $20 to use a credit card) All of your transactions made at the desk will be reflected in your parent portal. There is a $30.00 service charge for all NSF checks that are returned to us. If you have a new student coupon that grants you the first month of lessons for free, the costume portion of the September payment will be due with your October payment .
We keep parents informed of upcoming events, deadlines and other studio happenings through email, the website, Facebook and the bulletin board. Notices are subject to change, so please keep yourself informed. Any information that is sent out in an email will also be on the studio communications page on the website.
We encourage parents, relatives and friends to watch classes. We believe that this exciting dance journey should be shared with all the important people in a dancer's life! We do ask that small children who are being disruptive be taken out of the studio so they are not distracting to the class. PLEASE have all cell phones turned to silent or vibrate when you are watching classes. We want class time to be free of distractions to the students can focus on learning.
We have an annual dance program at the end of the year. This is an important part of a student's dance education. By participating in the show, they learn cooperation, stage direction, stage etiquette and gain self-confidence. The rehearsal and recitals are required for all students. We award students at the recital for 5, 10 and 15 consecutive years of dance
For your student to gain the most out of the classes, regular attendance is essential for progress. We reserve the right to dismiss a child whose repeated absences or behavior are disruptive to the rest of the students in class. Private lessons are available to make up for missed lessons, or for extra help for dancers who may feel as they are falling behind. They can be scheduled at the desk for $15.00 per half hour.
Dancers must wear appropriate dance attire for classes and have hair pulled away from their face.
Appropriate attire: Leotards, tank tops, dance shorts. Tights are optional, however helpful in preventing sores on dancer's feet due to the shoes
Inappropriate attire: Pants, t-shirts, baggy/long shorts.
It is essential that we can see the dancer's legs/feet to make sure that they are understanding the right technique. As dancers get older, we need to see their body lines in the shoulders/back to correct and posture issues. We enforce the dress code to prevent injury to the dancers.
Practicing at home is the best way for a dancer to stay on track and ensure that they feel confident when they return to class each week. There are a couple ways you can help your student at home. Writing down the steps during class for them help in the memorization for dancers. We also keep a notebook at the desk for each class if you prefer to copy our notes. Having the class music is also extremely beneficial to your dancer. Please check the music ordering form for you options in getting your dancer's music
We enforce a no videotaping/picture taking rule during class. It is often distracting to the dancers and instructors. In an age where so much shows up on social media and sites such as YouTube, we aim to protect the choreography and teaching practices of our instructors. There will be certain days throughout the year where we WILL allow parents to take photos and video tape as we also understand how special childhood is and preserving the memories is important!
Christine's email is the preferred way to communicate. Please understand that I will try to answer emails as quickly as possible. If I feels like a message is not urgent, I may not respond right away.
Show Unit Policies 2019-2020
Welcome to the KMC Show Unit! We are excited for the upcoming year. This form should answer all your questions as well as outline the expectations and commitment requirements for a show unit dancer.
Payments and Fees
There will 9 monthly payments of $166.00 per month. The monthly fee includes:
*All Show Unit lessons including all ballet technique classes
* All costumes and bus fees
* All fees for the mandatory competitions.
Costumes are prorated into the monthly fees. If your dancer does not fulfill their commitment to the program, you will be responsible to pay the remainder of the costume fees.
There is a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee for show unit. There is also a $50.00 commitment fee due at the time of registration. The $50.00 commitment fee will be refunded to you in May if your dancer completes the following commitments. Commitment fees paid by check will be cashed by August 5th. If your dancer completes all the commitments, a cash refund will be given back to you the last week of class. If you pay the commitment fee through the parent portal or with a credit card at the desk, a $50.00 refund will post to your account no later than May 5th 2020.
*If a dancer misses 4 or more lessons, the commitment fee will not be refunded
*Dancers may not miss more than one lesson during the month of February
*Dancers must complete 18 ballet technique classes.
*Dancers must complete 10 of the ballet technique classes by January 2nd 2020
*Dancers must attend the rehearsal and both recitals
*Dancers must attend all required rehearsals in the fall
*Dancers must attend the required Christmas show in December.
*Dancers must attend both required competitions
*Dancers may not participate in the optional competition at the Kalahari if they are absent from any required competitions.
* Dancers must complete the year and be an exclusive KMC dancer.
*FOR NEW SHOW UNIT MEMBERS ONLY, you must attend one of the hair/makeup classes that are offered. Days/Times TBA
Optional Shows Dancers will perform at local nursing /care /assisted living facilities in December. These are optional shows. They are typically on a Saturday and a Thursday night where we perform at multiple locations.
Competitions If a dancer is more than 20 minutes late for the meeting time at a competition, we reserve the right to pull that dancer from any dances that we see necessary for that competition.
Lost and Found Please Label Everything! If any costume pieces, tights, shoes or jewelry is lost and there is no name in the item, the dancer will pay a $1.00 fee per item to get the item(s) back.
Optional Competition Along with the two required competitions, we offer an optional one as well. It takes place at the Kalahari Convention Center/Waterpark in Wisconsin Dells. The fees for this competition will be due in February. Each Show Unit group will take only 2 of their dances to keep the costs down. Lyrical dancers will also take their number to compete as well.
Shoes/Tights There will be additional fees throughout the year for shoes/tights. Shoes/tights change from year to year depending on the costuming. We will inform you as to what is needed as we make decisions.
Jewelry and Makeup. New Show Unit members will need to purchase a jewelry wardrobe. It is approximately $55.00 for all the pieces. They will use the pieces every year so if the dancer takes care of them they will not need to replace them each year. If you have not converted to the new makeup colors, you will need to purchase the show unit colors before the first show. For performances, dancers must have traditional colored hair. If a dancer's hair is any color besides a traditional blonde, brown, black or auburn, we reserve the right to pull that dancer from any/all numbers for that performance.
Music You have the option of having your music sent to you via a file in an email or having a studio USB. Please see the music ordering sheet for prices and choices.
Ballet Technique There is no additional cost to attend more than the 18 required ballet technique classes. If a dancer attends 25 they will be given a ribbon/certificate, at 32 they will be awarded a medal and they will be awarded a trophy of they attend 40 classes.
Outstanding Show Unit Member Award An Outstanding Show Unit Member award will be given at recital. This award is given to dancers who have met all the requirements for show unit. Including both mandatory competitions, required rehearsals, recitals and the 18 ballet technique classes. The dancer may miss only ONE class or optional show to receive the award. If a dancer sits out and watches class, it will be counted as ½ of an absence. Therefore, if a dancer sits out twice it will be considered one absence. If a dancer misses one class and one optional show they are NOT eligible.
Communications There is a lot of information that needs to be communicated in show unit. Please check your emails, the new website, Facebook and the bulletin board for information. Most weeks there is an email sent out with upcoming deadlines and reminders. If you do not receive an email in the first two weeks of class, then check at the desk as your address may have been missed or not entered correctly. We ask that you respect our privacy as and not use our personal or cell phone numbers (if you have happened to obtain them) to call and ask questions. Christine's email is the preferred way to communicate. Please understand that she will try to answer emails as quickly as possible. If she feels like a message is not urgent, she may not respond right away.