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.