Parents Handbook for 2019/2020

Welcome to Born to Dance!

Please take time to review the following information, the HANDBOOK contains all the information you need for your year! 

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Important Dates 2019/2020
August 26,27,28 KICK BACK TO DANCE CAMPS
September 9,10,11 FIRST WEEK OF DANCE!
October 6 DANCE JAM (CDTA dance workshop in Regina)
October 14 Thanksgiving - NO MONDAY DANCE CLASSES
November 11 Remembrance Day - NO MONDAY NIGHT CLASSES
December 2,3,4 Parent Observation Night - last day of dance classes before Christmas
   
January 6,7,8 DANCE STARTS BACK UP!
   
February 17-21 WINTER BREAK - NO DANCE
March 14 AVONLEA (Solo/Duo)
March 26-29 GLAM DANCE REGINA
April 3,4,5 DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA
April 13-17 NO DANCE EASTER BREAK
April 22-26 STARS OF TOMORROW
April 30th-may 2rd Recital Week - EXTRA PRACTICES (Tentative)
May 2nd RECITAL! (Tentative)

 

Communication & Correspondence

Throughout the year all communication will go out to you in the following ways:

Facebook: This is our main mode of communication. Please join our Born2Dance Parents Page Moose Jaw Facebook page. This is a private page and we often post pictures and videos of the kids just for fun! All dance information will be saved in the “Files section” of this group for easy access.

Email: We use emails to communicate important news, reminders, order confirmations, personal notes, and more. Please make sure you add our email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to your address book / contacts / white list. Also, please make sure you keep your primary contact email address updated - you can do this on your Account Details page.

Remind Me App: If you’re able to, please download the Remind Me app onto your smart phone. This will allow you to receive all information directly to your phone - see this link to set up the remind me app: https://www.remind.com/join/born2d

Paper copies at dance class: We try to always send home information on a paper copy for those trying to avoid the technical world!

We try hard to make sure our families know what’s happening well in advance, however if you don’t read your notes/emails/Facebook page/Remind Me app, you’ll be missing out on important info. Please try to stay up to date and find the information you need in the above locations first, and if in doubt contact us and we will get you fixed up!

If you need to chat with me (or any other teachers) about anything at all please contact me (Kyleigh). Trying to catch me right before your child's class is not a good time. We’re there to make sure your child gets the best of us, and if we’re having to divide that attention between parents and kids, it can make things hectic. My email and cell phone are always available to you, and I’d love to make time with you to chat when I’m not teaching classes. Please know that if you need to pass on a quick comment to let us know your child is feeling under the weather; or “sorry we forgot dance clothes”; or “hey, here’s a coffee I bought for you (double double) that’s just fine! You can send a text, or email, however if using Facebook send it as a message to me directly rather than on the group wall.

TEACHERS CANNOT ACCEPT CASH FROM YOU FOR ANY REASON! Please use the envelopes provided at the studio and place sealed envelope in the offering box.

 

Classroom Attire

DANCERS SHOULD HAVE THERE NAMES ON ALL THERE DANCE SHOES AS WELL AS HAVE A DANCE BAG TO CARRY TO CLASS EACH TIME!

All Born to Dance students are required to wear dance attire in class. This can be a bodysuit, tights and skirt/shorts, or leggings and bodysuit. Hip Hop dancers can wear sweat pants and t-shirts.

*HAIR SHOULD BE PONYTAILED AND MUST BE OFF YOUR FACE FOR ALL CLASSES*

*A black sleeveless Bodysuit will be needed for the recital for most Tap/Jazz classes so great to purchase one now!*

Ballet to Broadway is a locally owned & operated small business, and the owner, Carmella is always happy to go above & beyond to help you find just what you’re looking for. They also give a 15% off discount in August for back to school.

WE DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES ALLOW JEANS IN ANY OF OUR CLASSES!

Creative Movement Classes (Pre-Beginners):

Girls - body suit and tights with skirt/tutu/shorts, pink ballet shoes

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black ballet shoes

Beginner/Junior/Intermediate/Senior JAZZ/TAP Classes:

Girls - body suit and tights, skirt/shorts/leggings (optional) , black jazz & black tap shoes

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black jazz & black tap shoes

Beginner/Junior BALLET Classes:

Girls - body suit and tights, skirt (optional), pink ballet slippers

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black ballet slippers

 Musical Theatre Classes:

Girls - body suit, tights, skirt/shorts/leggings (optional), black jazz shoes

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, black jazz shoes

NOTE- *All musical theatre students need a binder to keep their music lyrics in*

Hip Hop Classes:

All Students - lightweight sweatpants, t-shirt, Black running shoes

ALL COMPETITION HIP HOP will need to purchase specific runners, these runners will be available for sizing at the studio once dance starts. 

Acro Classes:

Girls - body suit, shorts/leggings, bare feet

Boys - shorts, t-shirt, bare feet

Contemporary:

        Girls: - dance attire/ HALF SOLED CONTEMPORARY SHOES

 

Costumes

There are no additional fees for costumes. We do costumes a little differently than most studios. Costumes are a huge expense for studios, and most dance costumes cost between $60-$120. Growing up I had a closet full of costumes that cost my family a lot of money, and they were only worn a handful of times per season before throwing them away. In our continued effort to keep dance affordable for all families, as well as keeping our operating costs down, Born to Dance hangs onto the costumes that we purchase for classes so we’re able to re-use them for future recitals. Each year we try to purchase 50% of our costumes new, and re-use 50%! At the year end recital we ask that families return all recital costumes into the bins provided. 

 

Fundraising

Mabels labels! Help your kids cut down on lost and found items with these cute labels and support Born to Dance while you do it! Mabel's Labels will be donating 20% of all sales designated to support Born to Dance.

Here's how it works:

  1. Follow this link: https://mabelslabels.ca/en_CA/fundraising/support/
  2. Select your school/organization: Born to Dance (Moose Jaw)
  3. Choose, personalize and purchase your labels. (Enjoy your free shipping.)
  4. Celebrate how easy it was to support your favourite dance company!

We will be doing two Fellingers meat orders, September and April!
Watch for our Christmas Galla Date! Its Gonna be bigger and better than last years, you won't want to miss out!

 

Attendance

We can’t stress enough how important good attendance is in dance! It’s difficult to create awesome dance choreography when children are absent often. As much as possible, please try to commit to the classes you’re registered for. If your child is unable to dance, we still encourage her/him to come to their class to watch. Your child is part of our dance family and we miss them when they’re not there! If you are planning a long vacation where your child will miss more than 2 weeks of a class please discuss this with me (Kyleigh).

 

Studio / Building Rules

We’re so blessed to have a beautiful space to use, but we’re not the only ones that use the church. Please remember that this is a church and it is used for many more activities during the week/weekends. PLEASE SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES WHILE YOU ARE WAITING. Over the last 2 years we have experienced quite a bit of vandalism, both intentional and accidental. You really need to take care to make sure your children are well behaved in the space as building repairs are expensive.

You're welcome to stay & wait for your dancers, but you are also more than welcome to leave and come back to pick up at the end of their class (we do not allow parents to watch our classes). There will be a microwave available for the kids to use that need to stay for the evening. There are bathrooms located in the basement available to everyone, and chairs available for you to sit on in the main entrance area.

 

Solos / Duos / Trios

Solos / duos / trios are open to all students in the genre of dance they are taking. Please consider the level of commitment that is required if your child decides they would like to perform a solo/duo/trio.

There will be an extra cost of $100 for 4 private lessons to learn their choreography.

There will be multiple group/dress rehearsals, and a requirement that your child is practicing their routine at home as well.

Costumes for solos/duos/trios are the parent’s responsibility to find and purchase.

Children taking part in solos/duos/trios are given the opportunity to participate in competitions with the Born to Dance team. Dates for competitions are set, and there is no solo/duo recital. Please note, there will be entrance fees to participate in each competition per dance. If you think your child would be interested in this, please start the discussion now, as we only have time for so many private lessons. Registration for this is available online

 

Exams

We are an ADAPT (Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers) and CDTA (Canadian Dance Teachers Association) studio. I highly believe in dance exams for all of our students, and this year we are so excited to be offering this opportunity to all children ages 7+. Exam practices will start In December and January with our exams being around the 2nd week of February.

WHY ARE DANCE EXAMINATIONS IMPORTANT?

  • ADAPT examinations and the examination process encourages each and every student to work harder so they may achieve their best personal potential, and through ADAPT training, help them to maintain that potential throughout their dance training years.
  • ADAPT examinations are a “goal” setter. They are a memorable experience and present an opportunity for students to be critiqued and evaluated by professional dance master examiners on a yearly basis.
  • ADAPT examinations offer certification, and successful candidates receive graded certificates. High achievers also receive a special “Medal Of Merit Award”.
  • ADAPT examinations and training will help students to build stronger character, integrity and lasting moral values for their future.

*Did you know that an adapt exam in the pre-intermediate 3 level is a full high school credit!*

There is a charge of $175 per student to participate in the exam process. This would cover both Tap and Jazz for one grade level.

Welcome to Born to Dance!
Kyleigh Coad, Director


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