School Policies & Info
We believe that dance is for everyone. In order to foster an environment where anyone feels welcome we have set policies on student conduct and attendance. We also have some helpful clothing and hair guidelines and hope to answer any frequently asked questions.
Attendance and Punctuality
- Please submit an Absence Report or call to notify the front desk if a dancer will not be able to attend class.
- Please notify the front desk ahead of time if a dancer will be late or needs to be dismissed early. The front desk will notify the instructor.
- Due to risk of injury, students may be asked to observe if they arrive more than 10 minutes late to class. This is for your student’s safety.
- Gala attendance requirements are strictly enforced and are outlined in our Gala information packet, which is distributed in mid-January.
- Minimal distractions are essential for an optimal classroom experience. Therefore, viewing windows are kept closed during all classes, with the exception of viewing weeks.
- Viewing weeks are the first full week of every month and are listed on our school calendar as well as included in our monthly newsletter.
- Parents are welcome to observe through the observation windows during viewing weeks.
- Please “check in” from time to time, rather than standing at the window for the full length of the class to avoid crowding and blocked hallways.
- Do not pull chairs or other furniture up to windows.
- Our walls are not soundproof – please keep conversations quiet while observing.
- School Director must give permission to videotape or photograph classes.
Use of Facilities
- Use the dressing rooms for changing – do not change in the restrooms.
- Parents of young dancers, please help your dancers change in the dressing rooms – do not change in the lobby or hallway.
- Dads with daughters and moms with sons who need help dressing – please use the family restroom for changing in order to avoid discomfort and embarrassment of other students.
- Do not enter the office or vacant studios without permission.
- If your teacher is not in the studio, wait quietly in the hallway until he/she arrives.
Food and Drink
- Please be sure to eat healthy meals and snacks prior to arriving for class.
- You may bring food and drinks into the dressing room as long as you clean up all crumbs, papers and spills and throw away your trash.
- We may want to have no eating in the dressing room. Due to Ants. Eat at the homework station.
- No gum, candy or food inside the studios.
- No drinks, except for water bottles, in the studios.
- Healthy snacks are available for purchase at the front desk.
- Keep personal belongings in tidy order and keep the dressing room, lobby and restroom neat.
- Mark all belongings (including shoes and dance bags) with your name.
- Do not use, take, or touch others’ belongings without permission.
- Leave valuable items and large amounts of money at home to avoid any risk of loss or damage.
- Colorado Conservatory of Dance is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property.
Lost and Found
- Unclaimed clothing items are collected nightly and added to the lost and found box, located in the female dressing room.
- Valuable items and pointe shoes are held at the front desk.
- Unclaimed items will be donated to charity monthly.
- Conduct yourself at all times in a positive, cooperative way and follow the rules of the school.
- Give your full attention to the teacher in class, without talking or socializing.
- Refrain from hanging or leaning on barres, touching the mirrors and touching the stereo equipment.
- Students may not enter a studio without the permission of a teacher.
- You may not sit down or leave the studio without the instructor’s permission.
- Please use the restroom before and after class to avoid leaving class for bathroom breaks.
- Show respect and encouragement for all fellow dancers in the school.
- Act as a role model for younger dancers.
- No running through hallways.
- Do not use, touch, or play with others’ belongings without permission.
Our dress code is based on classical standards for ballet training and helps students focus on their class work and prepares them for performances. Students feel pride in themselves when they are dressed properly and ready for class.
- Avoid designs, sequins, decorations or attached skirts on any leotards
- Skirts may not be worn in class
- Avoid designs on any boys or young men’s’ t-shirts
- Hair requirements are a part of our dress code, see our Hair Guide for details
- Students will be asked to correct dress code violations prior to class
- If there are ongoing concerns with a student’s attire, he/she will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code
- Please visit your student’s specific division to read specifics for each class your student will be enrolled in.
A special note for girls
Girls’ tights serve as underwear beneath their leotards, be sure to buy dance tights which have a cotton crotch. Underwear inhibit movement and are not allowed under tights. We know this can be a bit of a surprise for younger dancers, but they adjust quickly.
A special note for boys and men
Boys and men should always wear dance briefs or a dance belt under their tights. These items serve the same purpose as a jockstrap and protect a male dancer from injury. You can purchase dance briefs and dance belts from Boulder Body Wear.
Help avoid an uncomfortable situation for your dancer by explaining these aspects of ballet dress code ahead of time, and arrive to class in proper attire. This will also prepare them for our year-end Gala and other performances as they progress.
Purchasing Dance Wear
We recommend purchasing dance wear at Boulder Body Wear. They carry approved brands and styles, and understand our dress code. CCD families receive a 20% discount – be sure to mention your affiliation at checkout.
Boulder Body is located at 2850 Arapahoe Rd #104, Lafayette, CO 80026, 303.447.9100
Watches, bracelets, necklaces and large earrings are a safety hazard and are not permitted in class – small, secure earrings are okay. Students who wear jewelry to class will be asked to remove it. CCD is not responsible for jewelry removed during class, so it is best to leave it at home.
Even though we are all very comfortable wearing dance wear here in our building, dancers should always enter or leave the facility wearing street clothes. Please, for your dancer’s personal safety, be sure he/she wears street clothes and shoes over his/her dance wear or changes in the dressing rooms.
Warm-ups and other clothes cover up students’ bodies, and make it hard for teachers to see their technique. Therefore, no warm-ups, skirts, shorts, shirts or street wear in any ballet class. Warm-ups and other clothing are allowed for floor work in Body Conditioning and Pilates.
Our hair requirements are a part of our dress code and are based on classical standards for ballet training. Improper hairstyles are not only messy, they actually interfere with training. Students feel pride in themselves when their hair is neat and done well.
- Standard hair for girls is a secure, slicked-back bun with no bangs
- Ponytails are okay only for girls in Pre-School Ballet
- Standard hair for boys is short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
- We recommend keeping a separate bag with a brush/comb, bobby pins, elastics, clips and hairnets in the dancer’s dance bag, along with hairspray/gel
- Girls with short hair need to pull hair back with clips – no headbands are allowed in class
- When hair is long enough to put into a ponytail, it must be put into a bun
- Students will be asked to correct hair style violations prior to class
- If there are ongoing concerns with a student hair, he/she will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code.
We know it can be tricky learning to put hair in a bun, and we are happy to help you. Just ask at the front desk. Times before and after class can be very busy for the front desk, so please leave adequate time for help with hair. While we are happy to help, you are responsible for your hair. Please do not make a habit of depending on staff to do your hair.
We are committed to every student. To ensure that we provide the highest quality dance instruction and attention, we limit our class sizes.
Classes can fill up quickly so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot. A waiting list is maintained for classes that are full and openings are offered to students on a first come first serve basis. Visit the front desk to be added to the waiting list.
Maximum Class Sizes
- Dance With Me – 10 children & their caregivers
- Ballet Expressions – 10 students
- Early Dance Division – 10 ballet students, with Tap – 15 students
- Primary Division – 15 students
- Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Division Ballet – 20 students
- Accelerate! – 20 students
- Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Composition – 25 students
Classes are subject to change. Classes with fewer than 6 students may be cancelled.