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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.

Our 2020-2021 season will be a mixture of in-person and zoom classes. This allows both dancers and instructors alike to participate fully either in person on a limited basis, online, or a combination of both. While it’s our desire and plan to return to fully in-studio instruction and rehearsal as soon as possible, we will continue to follow the guidance of local, state, and federal health officials and eagerly await a world in which the COVID-19 virus is mitigated to an extent that will allow this. Our hybrid schedule will include an A and B rotating schedule. One week, a group of dancers will be in-person at CCD while the other dancers are conducting classes via Zoom. The following week, both groups will rotate to the opposite method of learning. We will attempt to pair families so their classes will be on the same rotation schedule. All students will also have the opportunity to attend all classes via Zoom only if this is what makes them most comfortable. 

Please read our Fall 2020 Safety Protocols. 

Please print and sign our CCD Fall 2020 COVID-19 Waiver before taking any classes beginning August 9, 2020.

View and download our NEW 2020-2021 Student Handbook. Please contact 303.466.5685 if you have any questions.

Tuition Policy

  • CCD’s season begins mid-August and runs 38 non-consecutive weeks as outlined by the school calendar. Tuition is calculated by 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.
  • To dis-enroll, the Front Desk must be notified by the 15th on the month prior to dis-enrollment.
  • Additional fees may be assessed each month the payment is overdue.
  • Tuition installments can be paid by check, cash, or Visa/MasterCard. American Express will not be accepted.
  • Pay monthly installments by cash, check, or ACH to receive a 3% discount.
  • Monthly auto-payments can be set up through DanceStudio-Pro or by contacting the front desk.
  • Do not leave tuition on a desk or counter, or with an instructor.
  • Please label all tuition installments clearly with the student’s first and last name and the installment or fee being paid.
  • 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 will not refund or credit paid tuition. Exceptions may be made in the case of serious injury accompanied by a doctor’s note.
  • Punch Cards are non-refundable and may not be used after expiration date.
  • 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.

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.

Attendance & Punctuality

  • Please submit an Absence Report 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.
  • Any missed classes are eligible to make up within 4 weeks of the absence for all enrolled students.
  • No tuition credits or refunds will be given for absences or missed classes.
  • Accelerate classes may be made up in Intermediate 1.

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 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.

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.

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.

Personal Belongings

  • 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.

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 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.

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.

  • Please check each Division web page for our new Dress Code. All items can be purchased or ordered through Boulder Body Wear.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 ears street clothes and shoes over his/her/their dance wear or changes in the dressing room.

Warm-Up Clothes

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. 

General Hair Guidelines

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.

Expectations

  • Girls/ladies hair should be pulled away from the face into a secure bun. No bangs. Short hair must be kept from the face using barrettes or pins. Headbands are not allowed until the Advanced Division.
  • Students in Children’s Ballet and Primary 1 & 2 may wear their hair in ponytails.
  • For boys/men, hair should be neat 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 – no headbands are allowed in class until the Advanced Division.
  • 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.

Need 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 hair. Please do not make a habit of depending on staff to do your hair.

CCD’s YouTube Hair & Gala Makeup Videos

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 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
  • Ballet 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

Level Placement

  • CCD is strengthening our emphasis upon student development in class while being mentored by a truly world-class faculty – not simply through performances such as The Nutcracker – as the primary driver of their experiences in the Conservatory. In other words, performance opportunities should flow from the studio “classroom”. Rather than students dwelling upon the number of classes they need to take to be in The Nutcracker, we want to encourage them to instead think “what classes are necessary to further my own technical and artistic progress, to enable to to advance in level, and then be eligible to be in The Nutcracker or other performances as a logical consequence of having focused on being the best dancers I can be?”
  • 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 technique builds great strength and versatility. Our students also sometimes study Progressing Ballet Technique, Anatomy and History, in addition to Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary to build diversity in their technique and performances.
  • 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 dancers’s Faculty Advisor.
  • Students may spend multiple years in each level before advancing to the next level.
  • Students who do not take the recommended numbers 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 year. Fall placements will come out in July.
  • New in 2020-2021, CCD will pilot a “Faculty Advisor” program. Faculty Advisors will provide periodic guidance to each student, making sure they are getting what the need from their classes, but also to make sure they are taking the classes they will need to ultimately reach their personal goals.

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