Welcome to Laura’s Studio of Performing Arts
Dance Company Rules



Competition is a great way for children to learn. Children learn what competition truly means at Laura’s Studio. We promote competition as a great learning experience based not solely on winning top awards but by promoting children to do the best they can and to use their talents to the best of their abilities and to support their teammates.
Our goal is to have the dancers be proud of who they are and of their talents. We feel we have accomplished a great competition when children come off stage and feel they have done the best they can and are happy about their performance. Children learn how to compete respectfully and to always encourage other dancers, not only on their teams but also to encourage their competitors. Children learn the importance of practicing; ultimately working hard for what they desire in not only dance, but also everything they do in life.
Children learn constructive criticism in a positive environment; as well as develop courage and confidence just by getting up and competing in front of judges on stage where they may not develop this type of confidence anywhere else.
We look forward to a wonderful and successful competition year!

Mrs. Laura and Staff

COMMITMENT
Participation in Dance Company is a great deal of fun but it also requires a significant commitment to dance and a good deal of time and effort. Both students and parents should decide if they have the time to commit to Dance Company before deciding to be on the team. No matter how talented a student is, if they do not have time to put dance and the team first or they do not have enough parental support, they may be better off in non-company classes.

REQUIRED CLASSES for PETITES
Acrobatics
Ballet
Jazz
Petite Comp Class

 REQUIRED CLASSES For COMPANY
Ballet 
Tap 
 Hip Hop
Jazz
Lyrical
Acro
Stretching/Conditioning
Leaps/Turns
Dance Company 

DANCE COMPANY UNLIMITED: There will be a flat tuition rate for each Dance Company Team. You must register for your required classes, but then you can attend any other classes you want that are at or below your level (or with Mrs. Laura and the instructors permission), at no additional charge. You may attend these classes weekly or just when you want to. However, if you plan on doing recital in an additional class you must register (let the office know to add it to your schedule) and pay for the recital costume.

SIBLINGS: If there are siblings on Dance Company the second child will receive a 20% discount on tuition. Their registration fee will be $20.

CONVENTION AND COMPETITION REQUIREMENTS:
There will be two group dances and possibly a production or large group number for each of the teams. 

Dance Company: 1 weekend long convention and 3-4 competitions

Petites: 1 day convention 3 -4 Competitions

SOLOS, DUETS AND TRIOS
It is recommended that team members wait until after their first season on Dance Company to compete a solo, duet or trio. The increase in the amount of time dedicated to classes as well as learning two competition dances (three if we do a production) will be a big change for most new members. We recommend a year to adjust before adding an additional dance. Solo class is not required but highly recommended. If your child is interested in competing a solo/duet/trio, please know this will be an added expense and this year students will be required to execute certain skills, be hard workers, and a respectful students in class. 

SKILL REQUIREMENTS: Age 11&under: right and left split (elevated on the dominate side) Correct double pirouette, good execution of leaps and jumps, good tumbling, big personality on stage.
Age 12 & over: right and left split (Elevated on dominate side) Technically correct triple pirouette, great execution of leaps and jumps, strong tumbler, big personality on stage.

STUDIO RULES:
A copy of the studio rules is included in the back of this book. Dance Company members are expected to follow all studio rules and to set an example for other students.

ATTENDANCE
Class attendance is imperative. Missing group practices are discouraged but understood within reason. Additional practices also may be held before competitions. You are allowed to miss three Dance Company classes during the competition season unless otherwise discussed with your instructor. All other missed mandatory classes must be made up. We understand that things happen, but we do not want to be unfair to the rest of the team. If for any reason you have to miss a class, please notify the office or discuss it with Mrs. Laura ahead of time. It takes time away from the class if Mrs. Laura has to go to the office to have missing dancers called. It is important to come to class on time. If you are more than 15 minutes late, the instructor reserves the right to ask the dancer to sit out and watch the class rather than disturb the class already in progress.

CLASS OR CHOREOGRAPHY PLACEMENT
It is our policy to offer appropriate opportunities to every child. Placement decisions are derived from many years of teaching experience. Often a child is placed in a particular group or class where he or she will feel confident in order to promote the development of self-esteem. Some dancers who are placed in a higher level become discouraged, only to lose their passion for dance. Others respond to the challenge of being in a class with dancers who are more proficient by pushing themselves to work harder. Placement is highly individual and the factors that go into the decision are complex. Please see Mrs. Laura if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s placement in classes.

Class Dos and Don’ts
Some parents may compare their child’s progress, class, or choreography placement to that of others in the program. Watch for this behavior in your children as well, and encourage them to focus on their own accomplishments. Looking to others for inspiration is a good thing; however, a negative focus or comparison distracts from the energy that could be focused on becoming a stronger dancer. In addition, speaking negatively about your child’s teachers, fellow dancers, or other parents in front of your child, or other students, could result in problems far beyond your original concerns. Often children learn important lessons from their teachers and parents, acquiring important behavior patterns through their example. Our studio’s faculty takes that responsibility seriously. It’s our philosophy to encourage our students to feel, think, and act respectfully to their peers, the adults in their lives, and themselves. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s dance education, please make an appointment to speak directly to the teacher between classes. If you do request a conference, please listen carefully to what your child’s teacher has to say. They spend a significant amount of time with your child and can offer expertise in the field of dance education.

DRESS CODE
As a member of the Dance Company it is important to always observe the dress code. Remember, you are setting an example for the non-company dancers and your younger teammates.  

Dress Code: All dancers must come to class in the proper dance attire and shoes. Hair should always be pulled back off the face. If students show up to class not properly dressed or without the proper shoes they will be given one warning the next time they will be asked to sit out of class.

Hip Hop: GIRLS AND BOYS: Tennis shoes or dance tennis shoes, comfortable hip hop clothes such as sweats, cut off sweats, trio pants, harem pants, bra top, basketball jersey, hoodie, hats and caps , etc.

Acro, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical: GIRLS: Leotard, booty shorts, bra top or dance top. NO t-shirts or shoes. BOYS: tight fitting shirt or tank top, shorts or cut-off sweat pants.

Strength and Flex: GIRLS: Sports bra top, jazz pant, sweatpants, or booty shorts, tennis shoes (they will be running outside when weather permits). NO t-shirts. BOYS: White t-shirt or tank top, shorts or cut-off sweat pants.

Ballet: Solid color leotard, black booty short(Ballet III only), pink tights, leather or canvas ballet shoe. hair must be pulled back off the face in bun. no dance pants or half tops for this class. BOYS: Black t shirt or tank top and black shorts.

LOCKERS
Lockers are available for dance company members to rent. The fee is $50 for the whole time you are continuously on a competitive team. If you are interested in a locker please stop in the office.

COSTUMES
We purchase our costumes from high-end costumers or from an outside seamstress. They are custom made to our specifications; however, slight alterations may be necessary. They vary in price by costume, we do, however, attempt to keep the costs reasonable. These costume deposits are NON REFUNDABLE and may not be applied to other balances. This ensures that the number of costumes that must be made does not overwhelm the seamstress or that all purchased costumes arrive prior to the first competition and can be fitted accordingly. The instructor selects group costumes. The dancer and parent select solo costumes and can find their own costumes, however, the costume should be discussed with the instructor for appropriateness and to make sure it goes with the song selected. All costume fees must be paid before the costume will be released to the dancer’s parents. 

RECITAL
An additional opening number costume will be required for Dance Company. We do everything we can to keep this costume reasonable. We usually use the recital t-shirt (included in the recital fee) and blue jean shorts for the closing number.  
There is also a headshot or photo taken for each member on Dance Company and Petites for the recital book, the fee for this picture is $25.  
At recital time there is a lot of work to prep, set up for and tear down the set. As a dance company parent we are requiring each family to volunteer 3 hours of their time. A sign up will be posted closer to recital time.  

COMPETITION, TRAVEL AND MUSIC FEES
We will do our best to post a full competition schedule as soon as possible. We hope to have it posted by mid October with all of the dates giving you plenty of time to work out conflicts.  
If you can’t make a competition you will need to pay the competition fee for the stand in that Mrs. Laura has chosen. 
A Competitive team fee of $100 will be charged to each dancer. This fee is used to offset the cost of travel for myself and other teachers, as well as music editing, and other miscellaneous costs. Everyone will receive a CD of all the competitive music.
All of the above fees are NON REFUNDABLE and may not be applied towards any other balances.

PROPS
Props may be necessary for some of the dances. The cost of the props will be included in the costume cost. However, the cost of hauling the prop to the competitions will be the responsibility of the individual group. If a lot of props are needed (production numbers) then a prop fee will be charged to cover the cost of hauling the props. At the competitions, recital and local events it is the responsibility of the parents of that group to make sure the prop gets on and off stage.  

BUDGET
This year we are again offering a budget payment plan. If you pay your monthly payment you will not receive late fees or be bothered remembering when fees are due. You will receive your costumes and be entered into competitions. At any time you may stop in the office and get a printout of your account status, find out exact numbers for costumes, fees and choreography. We have estimated the costs of being on the various competitive teams and have divided it equally by 11 months. The first payment would be due July 1st, but can be paid anytime during the month. Any payment paid after the 30th of the month due will assess a $25 no payment/late fee. If your account becomes 2 months past due, your child will have to sit out of class until account is up to date.

Approximate Monthly Amount
Petite- 200 (4 classes) 215(5 classes)
Dance Company 395
Dance Company with Solo 445
Dance Company with Duet/Trio 420

COMPETITION RULES AND ETIQUETTE
Company dancers and parents are expected to support and encourage each other at all times, especially at competitions. Support of your team as well as the other company teams is vital to our success.  
Company dancers, without exception, are expected to treat each other, teachers, parents, employees in any capacity, competition judges and fellow students from other studios with the highest level of respect at all times. Dancers are always expected to represent themselves and the studio with class and dignity.
Company dancers are expected to exhibit good sportsman like behavior at all times regardless of their score at competitions. This includes thanking the judges, applauding and congratulating the other dancers at awards and accepting awards on stage gracefully and with gratitude.
Please arrive at the competition site two hours before you dance. However, if someone on the team is dancing earlier, then you are highly encouraged to come and support them. Remember that competitions sometimes run ahead of schedule and if you are running late, your child may miss their dance. If you are running late please call and make us aware of the situation.
Parents please make an effort, when possible, to bring your child to the competitions to support and encourage the other teams or members from all the dance companies. It means so much to the dancers when they have more than a handful of family members cheering for them.
Company members must wear Dance Company cover up at all times when in the audience and when on stage for awards.
During a dance, please refrain from leaving your seat or talking. Always enter and exit the audience during a break between dances.

ON STAGE AT COMPETITIONS
All Dance Company members must have a Dance Company wind suit which must be worn on stage at awards ceremonies. No drinks, no cell phones, no chatter, and no snacks permitted on stage. Pay attention and applaud each award, and congratulate the other teams, and especially your teammates.

Competition Captains
Before each competition a Captain will be chosen. This will be based on the student who has worked a little bit harder in class, been respectful of their teachers and classmates, etc. This person will be the Captain onstage at awards and will be responsible for bringing back the trophy and any winning envelope.

Competition Winnings
Any money that is won at competition will be divided up accordingly – 50% will be given to the dancers in the group, 25% to the choreographer and 25% to the studio. All soloists get to keep the entire amount of their winnings. All winnings will be handed out at the end of the year.

PARENTS IN THE AUDIENCE AT COMPETITION
Please try to present a united front for our dancers, as we are asking them to behave as a team. We as the leaders of our families and more should present a team-like appearance by sitting together, supporting each other’s children, and wearing Laura’s team wear if at all possible.

MISSED COMPETITION OR NOT FINISHING OUT THE YEAR
Every situation is different and a hurt dancer is different than one that just doesn't finish out the year or compete. Failure to do so could result in hours of rehearsal to change a dance. Anyone that puts their teammates in that situation will be responsible for any fees that occur, entry fees, etc. Should you not finish out the year you are responsible for paying the remainder of your costume and if applicable allow an alternate to borrow the costume for the remainder of the dance year.

Dance Co News on Website
I will post all Dance Co information and newsletters on the LSOPA website. Only company members can access this. The password is lsopa5678.

REFLEXIONS
All Company members receive a 15% discount in Reflexions. Only exception is Katrinawear.

UNDERSTANDING DANCE EDUCATION
Encourage your child to be the best that he or she can be without regard to what others may achieve. Dance is an individual art form; each child needs to grow at a pace that is comfortable for him/her. No two students will progress at the same rate, even if they experience the exact same training. It’s important to encourage the children to focus on themselves, give their all, and be satisfied with their own accomplishments. Dance education encompasses far more than technique or the steps your children will learn. We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment by offering them the chance to learn, experience the spirit of teamwork, and understand what hard work can accomplish. Our goal is to educate the minds, bodies, and souls of our students, to teach them the skills needed for a successful life, whether or not they stay involved in dance.