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School Policies & Information
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 we hope to answer any frequently asked questions.
Please contact 303.466.5685 if you have any questions.
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- CCD’s season begins mid-August and runs 38 non-consecutive weeks as outlined by the school calendar. Tuition is calculated in 10 equal monthly installments.
- Tuition is due the 1st of each month.
- Tuition received after the 5th of the month will result in a $35 late fee. Additional fees may be assessed each month the payment is overdue.
- To withdraw from classes, the Front Desk must be notified by the 15th of the month prior to withdrawing from classes. For example, notify the Front Desk by April 15th for May.
- Tuition installments can be paid by check, cash, or Visa/MasterCard. Other credit cards will not be accepted. Monthly auto-payments can be set up through DanceStudio-Pro or by contacting the front desk.
- Returned checks will result in a $35 charge.
- Accounts past due on the 10th of the month will result in immediate suspension from classes until finances are settled.
- All accounts must be current for a student to participate in any CCD production, performance, or rehearsal.
- CCD believes in nurturing each student as an individual, carefully cultivating and crafting their education every step of the way. We believe in investing ourselves in each student, so they feel seen and cared about. To facilitate this, each student is individually assessed when they first start taking classes with us, and we continue to oversee their progress throughout the year, providing evaluations periodically to the dancer and their family.
- Our ballet training is based on a mixture of the English RAD system, the Italian Cecchetti method, and the French System. Our ‘neutral’, kinesthetically healthy classical technique builds great strength and versatility, while also allowing every kind of physical form to reach its potential in a healthy, accepting environment.
- Our jazz technique syllabus aims to guide our dancers from the historic vernacular roots through the performative styles of Fosse and Luigi to current forms underpinning much of popular dance. We encourage our dancers to become generalists in jazz technique with a historic understanding of the past and future of the art form.
- CCD’s modern dance syllabus focuses our dancers on the general concepts and techniques of modern dance while imparting specific somatic and improvisational skills. This conceptual understanding allows dancers to be successful in a range of modern styles while creating a full and developed physical understanding of their body and its abilities. Including a historical overview of modern dance allows students to better interpret the development and future of this technique.
- CCD’s Contemporary syllabus explores dance methods, forms, and techniques that fall under the broad umbrella of contemporary dance. Dancers will study historic and present-day philosophies, ideas, attitudes towards performance, and cross disciplinary creative approaches to movement exploration, while examining their own understanding of dance and performance and beginning their artistic identities as thinkers, movers, and makers.
- Class placements are based on skill level and attainment of curriculum goals, rather than age.
- All placements are determined by the Artistic Director and/or the Artistic Leadership Team. Placement will continue to be monitored by the Artistic Director and the dancer’s Faculty Advisor.
- Students may spend multiple years in each level before advancing to the next level.
- Students who do not take the recommended number of classes per week can expect to spend more time in each level in order to solidify technique.
- Summer placements will remain the same as the prior calendar year. Fall placements will come out in July.
- In 2021-2022, CCD will pilot a “Faculty Advisor” program. Faculty Advisors will provide guidance to each student, making sure they are getting what the need from their classes, but also to make sure that are taking the classes they will need to ultimately reach their personal goals.
Attendance & Punctuality
- Please submit an Absence Report online at https://ccdance.org/report-an-absence/ to notify the front desk if a dancer will not be able to attend class.
- To qualify for a make-up class, you must complete this form IN ADVANCE. to schedule a make-up time.
- Schedule a make-up class within 4 weeks of the absence date directly with the front desk.
- All make-up classes must be pre-arranged IN ADVANCE. After 4 weeks, absences may no longer be made up.
- Make-up classes are relevant for the current season/semester only. Fall absences cannot be made up in Spring, Spring cannot be made up for Summer, and Summer cannot be made up in Fall.
- Make-up classes must be in the same level as the missed class or lower.No make-up classes are allowed in a higher level than the missed classes.
- Non-Ballet classes may be made up in a ballet class.
- Accelerate! classes may be made up in Intermediate 1.
- Come to the front desk on the day of the make-up to get a class pass.
- No tuition credits or refunds will be given for absences or missed classes.
- Scheduled non-class dates (such Spring Break or Winter Break, holidays, etc) do not qualify as an absence, and thus can’t be made-up.
- Gala attendance requirements are strictly enforced and are outlined in our Gala information packet, which is distributed mid-January.
- 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.
Use of Facility
- Use the dressing rooms for changing – do not change in the restrooms.
- You may use the dress code with which you identify. A gender-neutral bathroom/changing area is available and belongings may be stored in our general-purpose lockers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Artistic Director must give permission to videotape or photograph classes.
Food & 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.
- To create an optimal learning environment, allow your teacher to facilitate an orderly process. It’s helpful for dancers to raise their hands to ask questions or make an observation.
- 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.
Personal Belongings, Food & Drink
- Please be sure to eat healthy meals and snacks prior to arriving for class.
- 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.
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. Classes with fewer than 6 students may be cancelled.
Maximum Class Sizes
- Dance With Me – 10 children & their caregivers
- Dance Expressions – 10 students
- Early Dance Division – 10 ballet students, with Tap – 15 students
- Primary Division – 15 students
- Intermediate, Advanced/PPP Division Ballet – 20 students
- Accelerate! – 20 students
- Classes incorporating more than two levels – 25 students
General Dress Code Guidelines
CCD is dedicated to providing the highest quality dance education within an environment that creates and nurtures artists. We have a well-defined dress code which allows for our magnificent faculty to do their best work by being able to see the full form of the dancers they are working with. Additionally, our dress code leotard is designed specifically for CCD students to find and use proper placement. We believe this leotard is an incredible tool to add to our faculty’s “tool box.” As an organization committed to diversity and equity, we are adapting former standard dress codes to be more inclusive. CCD will continue to evolve our dress code so every human who wants to dance finds a home at CCD. Finally, CCD loves to each all bodies how to dance. CCD is a body-safe learning environment where no bodies will be judged. We hope to help our dancers learn to enjoy their physical for and to dance with wild abandon, vulnerability, and authenticity.
- Please check each Division web page for our new Dress Code. All items can be purchased or ordered through Boulder Body Wear.
- 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.
- Students will be asked to correct dress code violations prior to class.
- Skirts may not be worn in class unless specifically noted.
- 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.
- Please visit your student’s specific division webpage to read specifics for each class your student will be enrolled in.
- Help avoid an uncomfortable situation for your dancer by explaining these aspects of the 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.
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.
A special note for our transgender students
You may use the dress code with which you identify. A gender-neutral bathroom/changing area is available and belongings may be stored in our general-purpose lockers. CCD is also committed to continuing to evolve with how we provide a safe space for our transgender community. As such, we are currently researching further dress code options. If there is another option which would make you or your dancer feel safe and accepted, let’s have a conversation, so the organization may continue to evolve.
Watches, bracelets, necklaces, and large earrings are a safety hazard and are not permitted in class – small, secure earrings are okay. Students who wear necklaces, bracelets, or other 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.
Entering and exiting the building
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, as not doing so can attract unsavory characters to our beloved facility. Please, for your dancer’s personal safety, and that of our entire CCD Community, be sure she/he wears street clothes and shoes over his/her/their dance wear or changes in the dressing room.
Warm-ups and other clothes cover up students’ instruments and make it hard for teachers to see their technique and physical needs. 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 classes like Body Conditioning and Pilates, and they may be permitted by jazz, modern, and contemporary teachers in certain circumstances.
- Please arrive/leave the building wearing proper warmups over dress code attire.
- During class, warm-ups and other clothes cover up students’ instruments and make it hard for teachers to see their technique and physical needs. Therefore, no warm-ups, skirts, shorts, shirts or street wear is permitted in any ballet class.
- Warm-ups and other clothing are allowed for floor work in classes like Body Conditioning and Pilates, and they may be permitted by jazz, modern, and contemporary teachers in certain circumstances.
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
General Hair Guidelines
Our hair requirements, while based on traditional classical dance standards, are meant to help our dancers to perform actions of the head (like spotting for turns) without impediment. Additionally, we want to discourage dancers from tossing their head unnecessarily to get their hair out of their eyes, which can become a habitual action.
- Girls/ladies hair should be pulled away from the face into a secure bun. No bangs. (Only Children’s Ballet students may wear bangs.)
- Short hair must be kept from the face using barrettes or pins. A simple plain black headband is allowed.
- Students in Children’s Ballet and Primary 1 & 2 may wear their hair in ponytails.
- For boys/men, hair should be secure and away from the face. Long hair must be pulled into a ponytail. Bangs must be secured back.
- 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.
- When hair is long enough to put into a ponytail, it must be put into a bun.
- Students will be asked to correct hairstyle violations prior to class.
- If there are ongoing concerns with student hair, they will be asked to sit out of class when not in 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.
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