STUDIO POLICIES & GUIDELINES

Studio Policies & Guidelines

Factory Street Studio provides non-competitive dance education in Southeast Ohio, promoting dance technique, self-esteem, personal growth, and cooperative spirit.

 

Studio Policies & Guidelines

Factory Street Studio provides non-competitive dance education in Southeast Ohio, promoting
dance technique, self-esteem, personal growth, and cooperative spirit.

STUDIO ENVIRONMENT

Parents, guardians, and students can expect that all faculty and staff will respect the well being of each
student, treat her/him fairly, and encourage their growth and self-esteem as unique individuals as stated in
Factory Street’s mission statement. Should any concern or issue arise, please do not hesitate to speak
directly with faculty or the Artistic Director.

EXPECTATIONS AND ETIQUETTE FOR FSS DANCERS (students and parents, please read!)

Just as teachers are expected to respect students, students are expected to respect each other, the faculty and
staff at FSS, and the building and studios.
•   When using the kitchen, lobby/lounge, and bathroom areas, students are expected to clean up after
themselves, including throwing away trash, washing any dishes used, and packing up belongings.
•   As our studio is shared space, we ask that all students be aware that people of all ages are often present.
We ask that older students (and parents) be aware that they are setting the example for younger students, and
reflect wise choices in their both their language and behavior. As dancers, certain behaviors are requested of us in
the studio and as we prepare to dance.
•   Dancers are to arrive on time and prepared for classes. This includes wearing proper attire (outlined
below) and hair pulled back.
•   Older dancers are encouraged to arrive a bit early for class to begin stretching and warming up.
•   In the event that a dancer is late and class has already started, the dancer is to come into the studio and
wait by the door for the teacher to acknowledge them and give them instructions. Dancers arriving
severely late may be asked to sit out of class to reduce the risk of injury after missing warm up.
•   Consistency IS important! Plan your time wisely (homework, extracurricular activities, etc) so that you can
attend all of your dance classes each week.
•   As a matter of respect for dance peers and the teacher, dancers are to keep talking to a minimum during
class and participate fully in the lesson.
•   Cell phones MUST be left outside of the studios.
•   Dancers are to leave bags, coats, and other personal belongings outside of the studios. Cubbies are
available to dancers downstairs in the kitchen area for storage.
•   No food or drink is permitted within the studios except water.
•   All dancers should bring a labeled water bottle to the studio.
•   Gum is prohibited during class or in the studios.
•   Dancers who consistently refuse to follow directions or respect their classmates may be asked to sit out of
class (Behavior Policy outlined below).

BEHAVIOR POLICY:

We are committed to educate our students, model behaviors, and help dancers grow with love and respect
in this program. If for any reason a student does not meet the expectations outlined above, Factory Street
Studio enforces a 3-strike policy with regard to students misbehaving at the studio – in or outside of class.
– Strike 1 is a warning; student is still able to participate in dance class.
– Strike 2 an in class time-out, student will be asked to sit to the side of the classroom and observe. The
instructor will determine the length of time for the time-out.
– Strike 3 student will be asked to leave the classroom and sit in the office until class is finished. In the case of
a Strike 3, the teacher will talk to both student and parent about behavior issues.

THE THREE-CLAP RULE:

Teachers may choose to initiate a three-clap rule, particularly useful for re-gathering attention after a water
break or after group work. Teachers clap three times in a rhythm and students are to repeat the claps back –
signaling quiet voices and attention to the teacher.

DANCER ATTIRE:

Students are to arrive with appropriate dance attire and their hair pulled back. It is imperative that dancers
be able to move freely without inhibition and that teachers are able to clearly see the line of the body in order
to properly assess alignment and posture. Students may not wear the following items: jeans, short
shorts, baggy sweatpants, pajamas, or big/distracting jewelry (no dangling earrings, bracelets, or
necklaces). If a student consistently arrives without proper attire, s/he may be asked to sit out of class.

DRESS CODE BY CLASS:

Modern, Jazz (ALL LEVELS) – leotard, tank top or fitted t-shirt with tights, leggings, or dance pants, bare
feet. Students in jazz classes may wear jazz shoes.
Ballet classes – leotard, tank top or fitted tee shirt with tights or leggings, canvas or leather ballet shoes
Tap, Hip Hop classes – tank top or fitted t-shirt with leggings or sweat pants; tap shoes mandatory for tap
class; sneakers mandatory for Hip Hop – please keep legs covered for floor slides.

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CONSISTENCY AND CLASS ATTENDANCE YEAR ROUND:

Consistency among classes is important. Fundamentals and technique built over the course of both Fall
and Winter Semesters are reflected in choreography, and student confidence is encouraged and
strengthened through the mastering of skill sets. Consequently, students are expected to enroll in the
Fall Semester classes that they wish to perform in during Spring Concert. Please speak with the
Artistic Director if you have any questions or non-adjustable fall conflicts. Additionally, if a student has
two or more non-emergency absences from class during a Semester, he/she may be removed
from a concert piece (Winter or Spring Concert) or their role reduced, at the choreographer and
artistic director’s discretion.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

ATTENDANCE AND PICK UP

Students are to arrive on time for class. Students arriving severely late may be asked to sit out of class to
reduce the risk of injury after missing warm up. Please call the office to let the instructor know your student
will be late if you know you are running behind. In cases of repeated tardiness, parents will be contacted by
the instructor.
Pick your children up immediately after class. Please call the studio to notify the office if you will be late due to
an emergency. Please note: if late pick-up is chronic, a fee will be assessed and billed to the parent’s account.
IMPORTANT: If your student is Tech 2 level or below, and/or 10 years of age or younger, they must
be picked up inside the building by a parent/guardian.
Factory Street Studio assumes no responsibility for children on the premises before, after, or between their
specified class times. Parents and guardians are responsible for arranging proper supervision of their children if it
is necessary for them to stay in the building for periods of time before, after, or in between classes. Parents may
want to consider making arrangements with older students or babysitters to ensure supervision of younger
students.

ABSENCES:

It is important to the cohesiveness of your students’ dance training that they attend classes every week as
scheduled. If your child will be absent from class, please contact the office prior to the class time. This is
especially mandatory with regard to rehearsals and performances.
Additionally, if a student has two or more non-emergency absences from class during a Semester, he/she may be
removed from a concert piece (Winter or Spring Concert) or their on-stage participation reduced, at the
choreographer and artistic director’s discretion. Please let the office AND the instructor know if your student
will be going on vacation or has conflicting performances or sports events at the beginning of the semester.

STUDIO CANCELLATIONS & COMMUNICATION

FSS sends primary communications via EMAIL. We do not share email addresses with anyone outside of our
organization. Important billing information, as well as studio updates, are sent via email. Please
check with Maria, our Business Director, to make sure that we have your correct email address on file.
In case of Athens City Schools cancellations due to weather, the studio will also be closed and make up classes
scheduled.
If classes need to be cancelled to instructor issues, an email will be sent to the entire class accounts no later than
noon of that day.
In case of Nelsonville-York Schools cancellations due to weather, dance classes will be automatically
Cancelled in Nelsonville.
Important notifications will be posted on our FACEBOOK PAGE as well. You are encouraged to follow Factory
Street as important information is often shared there.

MAKE UP LESSONS:

Make-up lessons for cancelled classes during the semester will be scheduled predominately on Saturdays. We will
strive to announce make-up dates as soon as possible. Combined-level workshops and master classes may be
offered as make-up lessons, with no additional tuition charges for students who have had a technique class
cancelled.

NON EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS:

As a part of our efforts to become a paperless facility, FSS sends monthly DanceNEWS emails to all
families with information about upcoming events, new developments, and any pertinent information about
the studio. We ask that families read these newsletters as they contain helpful calendar reminders, new
opportunities for our students, and other important information.

TUITION, PAYMENTS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Registration fees ($10/student) are due at the time of registration. Tuition may be paid in full at the time of
registration or in three installments. If paying in installments, payment is due by the 15th of every month
during the semester. Please notify the Business Director if you wish to pay in installments. Payments can
be made by exact cash, check, or credit card.

REFUNDS

Full refunds will not be issued past the second week of classes. If you choose to withdraw your student from
classes after that date, any payments that have been made to the account may be applied as a credit towards the
next semester at the discretion of the Business Director. Please notify Business Director in writing (email is
sufficient) or use the withdrawal form, if you are withdrawing your student from classes. Please note: parents are
responsible for payment on classes that occurred prior to giving notice. Tuition WILL be charged to your account
until written notification is received, regardless of the date a student stops attending classes. Registration fees are
non-refundable.

PRORATED TUITION

Prorated tuition is not typically available, as pricing is for semesters and we encourage regular attendance in
order to achieve technical growth and full development of skill sets. Prorated tuition may be approved in special
circumstances with prior notice at the time of student registration – please speak with the Business Director at
the time you register.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES:

We make our best effort to accommodate your needs and understand that financial difficulties arise. Please
speak with the Business Director if you have any questions or concerns regarding your bills and payment
options. As a small non-profit, we rely on regular tuition payments to keep our programming running. In
cases with unpaid accounts, students will not be permitted to register for the next semester until
account balances have been settled. Additionally, students may not be permitted to pick up costumes or perform
in concerts until balances are paid in full.

SCHOLARSHIP/WORK STUDY:

Factory Street Studio strives to provide high-quality dance education to all students, regardless of their
financial status. A limited number of scholarships and work-study positions are available. Applications are
available prior to and during the first week of the semester. Scholarship/Work Study applications are due by
the second week of classes. We encourage families to look into these options, as it is our mission to provide dance
education to all students, regardless of their financial situations. Scholarships and work study are awarded
on a needs and merit basis. Additionally, a limited amount of Parent Barter Positions (lawn care, house
keeping, piano tuning) exist. These positions are listed on a yearly basis; for more information, please see
the Business Director.

CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES

SPRING CONCERT:

Spring Concert is Factory Street Studio’s premiere fundraising concert. Held in late Spring, individual
technique classes from Tech 1B through Tech5 levels perform pieces, including Senior solo/group pieces,
as well as composition classes at the discretion of the Artistic Director. As this is our year-end, cumulative
performance, attendance during technique classes throughout the year is necessary to develop technical
skills. Students are expected to enroll in Fall Semester for the classes that they wish to perform in
at Spring Concert time. Please speak with the Artistic Director if you have any questions or non-adjustable
fall conflicts.

WINTER DANCE CELEBRATION:

Winter Dance Celebration is our main showcase for our Composition classes and functions as our winter
fundraiser. Held in December at the end of Fall Semester, this concert is typically shorter than our Spring Concert,
and features student-led choreography. A select number of technique classes may showcase work alongside
student choreography. The Artistic Director chooses these additional classes.

CLASS CONSISTENCY AND ATTENDANCE:

As Spring Concert is a year-end cumulative event, consistency among classes is important. Consequently,
students are expected to enroll in the Fall Semester classes that they wish to perform in during Spring
Concert. Additionally, if a student has two or more non-emergency absences from class during a
Semester, he/she may be removed from a concert piece (Winter or Spring Concert) or their on-stage
participation reduced, at the choreographer’s discretion. Please speak with the Artistic Director if you have any
questions or non-adjustable fall conflicts.

OUTREACH AND TOURING:

FSS looks for outreach performance opportunities on a yearly basis! These events often occur with Composition
classes and Junior/Senior Capstone projects. They have included the Athens City Farmers Market, Boogie on the
Bricks, the Ohio Paw Paw Festival, site-specific improvisational performances, Ohio University’s Nuit Blanche,
and performances in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Please speak with the Artistic Director if you are interested in
performance opportunities, or if you know an opportunity for an FSS collaborative performance.

ADDITIONAL OBSERVATION OPPORTUNITIES:

Parents, family members, and guardians are invited to observe the FIRST and LAST classes of the semester. We
ask that parents wait in our sitting area while classes are in session during the semester. Young students are
encouraged to engage with their instructors and classmates in order to become confident and independent
with as few distractions as possible. Special exceptions may be made. Please speak with one of the directors if
you wish to observe any other times.