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 we hope to answer any frequently asked questions.

Attendance & Punctuality

  • Please submit an Absence Report online to notify the front desk if a dancer will not be able to attend class.
  • You can make up a class (within the same semester of the absence date), by completing this form IN ADVANCE, then contacting the front desk to schedule a make-up time.
  • Make-up classes must be in the same level as the missed class or lower. 
  • The style of the class made up does not have to be the same style as the class missed, but as close as possible is preferable. Reach out for guidance if needed.  
  • Accelerate classes may be made up in Intermediate 1.
  • No tuition credits or refunds will be given for absences or missed classes.
  • Make-up classes are not required for pre-scheduled Holidays & Studio closures.
  • Unexpected closures, due to inclement weather or other unforeseen events, will require students to schedule makeup classes. Attending a winter interim class will count toward a missed fall semester 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.

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. 
  • Class instructor must give permission to photograph classes. Video recording is also at the discretion of the instructor and should only be used for rehearsal purposes.

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 they arrive.

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.
  • Healthy snacks are available for purchase at CCD’s Fueling Station.

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.
  • Colorado Conservatory of Dance is not liable for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property.

Maximum Class Sizes

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 canceled.

  • Dance with Me – 10 children & their caregivers 
  • Dance Expressions – 10 students
  • Early Dance Division – 10 ballet student
  • Primary Division – 15 students
  • Intermediate & Advanced Division Ballet – 20 students
  • Accelerate! – 20 students
  • Classes incorporating more than two levels – 25 students
  • Classes in Studio 6 – 9 students

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.
  • Stand tall and proud with your hands to yourself – hanging/leaning on the barre and  touching the mirrors and stereo equipment are not allowed. Ask your instructor for permission if you need to sit down or leave the room. 
  • Please use the restroom before class to avoid leaving class for bathroom
  • breaks.
  • Students may not enter a studio without the permission of a teacher.
  • Show respect and encouragement for all fellow dancers in the school. 
  • Act as a role model for younger dancers.
  • Avoid running through hallways.
  • Do not use, touch, or play with others’ belongings without permission.

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. ·
  • Unclaimed items will be donated to charity monthly.

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 them. 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 Leadership Team to arrange.

Entering and exiting the building

Dancers must wear ‘cover-ups’ (sweats or street clothes) over their dance clothes anytime they are entering and exiting the building or any event with CCD. Most dancers are or will become comfortable wearing dance wear here in our building, but it is customary to add layers when coming and going or to change in the dressing room, for physical health, personal safety, and community safety. 

Warm-Up Clothes

‘Warm-ups’ and other clothes cover up students’ bodies and make it hard for teachers to see their technique and physical needs. Warm-ups, skirts, shorts, shirts or street wear are only permitted ballet class until the end of the third exercise at the barre. Warm-ups and other clothing are allowed in classes like Strength and Conditioning. See our dress code for style-specific guidelines.

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