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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.

You may also click here to download our 2022.2023 Handbook.

CCD’s Referral Program:

Refer 1-5 new students* during the 2022-2023 season:
Receive $50 tuition credit for each referred student – a savings of up to $250 for your family!

Refer 6-10 new students* during 2022-2023 season:
Receive $75 tuition credit for each referred student – a total savings of $250 + $375 for your family!

Refer 11 or more new students* during 2022-2023 season:
Receive $100 tuition credit for each referred student! The possibilities are endless!

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Take a virtual tour of CCD’s building with Artistic Director, Julia Wilkinson Manley! 

Tuition Policy

  • CCD’s Conservatory season begins mid-August and runs 38 non-consecutive weeks as outlined by the school calendar. Tuition is calculated in 10 equal monthly installments through Gala.
  • CCD’s Adult Program runs year-round with breaks for Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break.
  • Tuition is due on the 1st of each month; monthly statements and account balances are available in the parent portal. 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.
  • UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL CCD REFUND OR CREDIT PAID TUITION. Exceptions may be made in the case of serious injury accompanied by a doctor’s note.
  • 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. 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 may 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.

Auto-Pay Disclaimer: I understand if I enroll in Auto-Pay, my credit card will be charged the FULL BALANCE on my student’s account on the 1st of each month. I can cancel at any time by accessing the DSP parent portal or by calling the CCD’s Front Desk. To avoid unwanted charges, please contact CCD by the 28th of the month to cancel Auto-Pay for the following 1st.

Photo Release: When enrolling, Parents will complete a Photo Waiver that will give CCD permission to use images and/or videos of my student(s) to promote the activities of CCD. Understand that the images may be used in print publications, presentations, websites, and social media. Also understand that no royalty, fee or other compensation shall become payable to me by reason of such use.

You may opt out of this in your DSP Parent Portal.

ADDENDUM: COVID-19 – 2022-2023 – Please note that this Addendum is also found in your DSP Parent Portal and must be signed before taking any classes at Colorado Conservatory of Dance.

While CCD has adopted comprehensive and aggressive protocols for cleaning, sanitization, and disinfecting of surfaces throughout its facility, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and other contagious diseases and viruses and voluntarily assume the risk that I and/or my children may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending and participating and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 and other contagious diseases and viruses may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, employees, independent contractors, volunteers, and program participants and their families. 

I release CCD, its instructors, independent contractors and all associates from liability for harm, injury or death pertaining to COVID-19 and other contagious diseases and viruses. I acknowledge receipt of, and understand and agree to, CCD policies and procedures. I understand that my student must have this release form signed before attending class. 

I also agree not to enter the CCD facility if I, my child, or anyone in our immediate family is displaying any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus as described in the organization’s health & safety protocols, and to either leave the facility or remove my child from the facility should any CCD faculty or staff member determine their physical condition represents potential exposure to the virus at any time you or they are inside the building. I understand I will not receive a refund or credit for classes or programs not attended.

This waiver covers the specific period from August 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023, and covers all programs, classes, rehearsals, performances, and all other activities inside the CCD facility at 3001 Industrial Ln. #12, Broomfield, Colorado, 80020 as well as all performance and community education venues. This waiver does nullify nor replace the CCD general waiver of liability required of all dancers.

Level Placement

  • 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.
  • 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.

Attendance & Punctuality

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 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 arrange a make up, please email info@ccdance.org or call the front desk at 303.466.5685.
  • To qualify for a make-up class, you must complete this form IN ADVANCE to schedule a make-up time.
  • All make-up classes must be arranged IN ADVANCE. Make-up classes are relevant for the current semester only. For example, fall makeup classes must be scheduled before December 17. Fall absences cannot be “made up” in the Spring semester. Spring classes need to be scheduled before May 31 and Summer within the 6 week summer program.
  • 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 if needed.
  • Accelerate! classes may be made up in Intermediate 1.
  • No tuition credits or refunds will be given for absences or missed classes.
  • Scheduled breaks such as Spring Break and Winter Break do not count towards a make-up class.
  • 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 all-gender 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 as needed.
  • If your teacher is not in the studio, wait quietly in the hallway until he/she arrives.

Observing Classes

  • 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 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 or blocking hallways.
  • Do not pull chairs or other furniture up to windows.
  • Our walls are not soundproof – please keep conversations quiet while observing.

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 any trash.
  • No gum, candy, or food inside the studios.
  • No drinks except for water bottles inside the studios.

Student Expectations

  • 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 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.
  • Students 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.

Personal Belongings

  • Keep all personal belongings in tidy order and keep the dressing room and lobby neat.
  • Mark all belongings (including shoes and dance bags) with your full name.
  • Do not use, take, or touch others’ belongings without permission.
  • Leave all valuable items and large amounts of money at home to avoid any risk of loss or theft.

Lost and Found

  • Unclaimed clothing items are collected nightly and added to the lost and found box, located in the female-identifying dressing room, as that is where there is adequate space to do so. If you do not use this dressing room, please ask the front desk to check for you.
  • Valuable items and pointe shoes are held at the front desk.

Class Size

We are committed to every student. To ensure that we provide the highest quality dance instruction and attention, we limit our class sizes. 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; Tap – 10 students
  • Primary Division – 15 students; Tap – 10 students
  • Intermediate & Advanced Division Ballet – 20 students; Tap 10 students
  • Accelerate! – 20 students
  • Classes incorporating more than two levels – 25 students; Tap 10 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 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 teach 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 form and to dance with wild abandon, vulnerability, and authenticity.

  • Please check each Division section or webpage for our Dress Code. All items can be purchased or ordered through Boulder Body Wear.
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a student’s attire, the dancer will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code.
  • Students will be asked to correct dress code infractions prior to class.
  • Skirts may not be worn in class unless specifically noted.
  • Avoid designs on any male-identifying t-shirts.
  • 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 CCD 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.
  • We are happy to make necessary alterations to this dress code for religious purposes. Please speak with the Artistic Director to make arrangements.

 A special note for female dancers

Tights serve as underwear beneath their leotards, so 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 male dancers

Male students 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 and non-binary dancers

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.

Accessories

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. Religious accessories, such as a hijabs, are permitted. Please speak to the Artistic Director to arrange.

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 they wear street clothes and shoes over their dance wear or change in the dressing rooms.

  • 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

Hair Code General Philosophy

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.

Expectations

  • Female-identifying hair should be pulled away from the face into a secure bun. Bangs must be secured back. Short hair must be kept from the face using barrettes or pins. Headbands are not allowed until the Advanced Division.
  • Male-identifying hair should be pulled away from the face. Long hair must be pulled into a ponytail. Bangs must be secured back.
  • Students in Children’s Ballet may wear their hair in ponytails.
  • 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.
  • Students will be asked to correct hairstyle infractions prior to class.
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a students hair, they will be asked to sit out of class when not in code.
  • Dancers may wear head coverings for religious purposes, such as hijabs.

Needing Help?

  • 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 child’s hair.
  • Please do not make a habit of depending on staff to do your child’s hair.

CCD’s YouTube Hair & Gala Makeup Videos

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