Dancers show respect for themselves by:
- Being on time for class.
- Being dressed properly for class. Wearing the assigned color leotard, without underwear under leotards, without jewelry other than small earrings, and with shoe strings tied in a knot and tucked in.
- Having hair up off the face and neck, in a bun for ballet. Buns should be tidy. Short hair should be pulled off the face with a headband or clips.
Dancers show respect for others by:
- Keeping their hands to themselves during class.
- Waiting quietly for others to have a turn and for instructions from the teacher.
- Waiting until the music is finished before quietly entering the classroom if they are late to class.
- Only talking with one another before and after class, or if the teacher gives permission.
Dancers show respect for their teacher and the art form they are learning by:
- Being properly dressed and ready for class on time. Dancers should line up outside their studio door and wait until the teacher invites them in.
- Listening when the teacher speaks.
- Always standing in a "proper dance stance" while listening to the teacher give combinations or corrections.
- Being prepared for their turn.
- Always asking before leaving the room for any reason and upon returning enter quietly and go around the back of the room, never through the dancers who are dancing.
- Always finishing every exercise, never walking off noisily or showing anger or aggravation.
Dancers show respect for the studio by:
- Leaving gum outside, keeping food or drinks at the back table only.
- Never hanging or leaning on the barres.
- Never running or doing gymnastics in the studio or lobby.
- Putting trash in its proper place.
- Putting away books, magazines, and toys when finished with them.
- Always keeping belongings zipped inside their dance bag.
Parents show respect for the dance class, teacher, and studio by:
- Waiting in the waiting areas or watching quietly through the blinds; doors are kept closed and blinds are kept slightly turned to preserve the focus of the classroom environment.
- Making every effort to attend viewing day.
- Standing away from the viewing window if it becomes obvious that students are being distracted. Not letting younger children stand and hit the viewing window.
- Making sure their child has used the rest room before entering class.
- Having students ready for class before entering the classroom. Arrive 5-10 minutes before class begins to assure student is dressed and ready for class on time.
- Picking students up promptly after class.
- Letting the office know in advance, if possible, if a student will be absent.
- Making arrangements with the office to make up missed classes.
- Clearly marking all of a student's items with the child's name and leaving toys and valuables at home.
- Teaching children to sit quietly and read while waiting. The waiting area is also a homework area for many dancers. Teaching children to never run or scream in the studio, waiting areas, or parking lot.
Teachers show respect for their students by:
- Beginning and ending class on time.
- Learning students' names quickly and addressing students by name.
- Teaching with encouragement.
- Being well prepared for their classes.
- Sharing their passion for dance with every student.
- Keeping lessons fresh with new ideas and energy.