Studio Policies

Dance, Cheer, Acrodynamics and Theater are traditionally art forms which demand discipline. Students are expected to be respectful of other students and their instructor while in class.  For the benefit of other students, disruptive students will be dismissed from the school perminately without a refund.

Front Lobby Area

The Lobby is a quiet zone with quiet voices only.  Please be respectful of the following rules.

1. Students MUST wait inside the building to be picked up.

2. Students are not permitted to leave the building without an adult.
3. All students should use the restroom & get a drink of water if needed before entering class.
4. Parents and students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and are expected to treat the facilities with respect.
5. No outside food is allowed except for company students during their snack time.  Food attracts ants and we have many students with allergies.
6. The lobby area should only be utilized for pick up and drop off.
7. Dance Prodigy Studios is in no way responsible for unsupervised children.
8. Parents who bring small children are fully expected to supervise them. Out of consideration for the staff and others waiting in the hall, disruptive children (and their parents) will be asked to leave the lobby area.
9. No yelling in the lobby area.  This disrupts the classes in the next room and stresses the other parents, children and DPS staff members.  Remember, this is to be a safe, drama free and fun environment.
10. Students must be picked up within 5 minutes of the end of their last class of the day.  If a family is continuously late picking up their child we will add a “supervisory charge” of $30 per hour to the family’s account.
11. Please do not interrupt the teachers while classes are in session. All problems should be sent to Ms. Rachel via email and will be addressed within 24-48 hours.

Class Etiquette

1. Arriving On Time: On time is 5 minutes early. When students arrive on time, it allows them to get settled and focused so they do not enter the class in a whirlwind. Many times when parents bring their young ones to class late, the child feels overwhelmed or uncomfortable. We have experienced the most easy going kids having meltdowns just because they were rushed into their class late. Also, be nice to your teacher who probably just got all of his or her other students focused. When students show up late, it is disruptive to everyone. Also, don't forget that most teachers start their class off with a warm up. If your students misses this, they have a harder time focusing and jumping in to class. Missing a warm up can cause injury.

2. Entering the Class: With younger classes, students should wait outside the classroom until the teacher invites students in to begin class. It is challenging on a teacher when children are running around the room while they are trying to set-up or talk with parents. It doesn't give the teacher the appropriate time to prepare for class.

3.Dress Code: A dancer’s dress code is just like an athlete’s uniform. Dance, Gymnastics and Cheer attire is flexible and clingy to show the dancers lines while giving them the ability to really move. The appropriate shoes are required to produce the results that are expected from class! When parents send their child with the wrong shoes, it can create safety issues or hinder their movement. Example: Wearing Sperrys or Toms to Hip-Hop or Cheer can result in a twisted ankle.

4. Talking: All students are in the process of learning when it is and is not appropriate to talk during class. Students should be quiet during their classes unless their teacher is asking for them to speak or it is an unstructured part of class. Socializing should be saved for before or after class time.

5. Water Breaks: Students need to plan ahead for personal care needs by using the restroom, grabbing a snack or a drink of water before or between classes. We keep our studio climate controlled for our dancer’s health and teachers will allow breaks for the restroom or water as they see fit throughout their classes. Teachers are allowed to deny or grant a break request during classes as needed and in regards to what they deem best for the class as a whole. Please present a doctor’s note if there is a medical reason for specified water or restroom breaks and we accommodate as needed. When students start asking for water breaks frequently, that generally means they are losing focus. Classes go much smoother when students know to wait for their teacher to give them a break rather than interrupting their class by asking over and over. Parents should not be interrupting the class to give their dancer water. It can be very disruptive and make other young dancers want their parents to do the same. Send your dancer with a water bottle if needed.

6. Bathroom Breaks: Dancers should prepare for class by going to the bathroom before class starts just like they do each day in school.  Bathroom breaks are disruptive to the class as a whole.

7. Parent Involvement During Class: Parents should not enter the class without being asked by the teacher or giving comments/feedback to their child during a class. It can be very distracting to the student and affect their attitude. Let your teacher teach and let your child focus on one adult at a time. When there are too many cooks in the kitchen, things don't run smoothly. If you have any suggestions, questions, or comments, please talk to your teacher or child after class.

8. Parents Sitting Outside the Room:  Children tend to focus and have better attitudes when parents watch from a distance. Please respect your teacher's rules if you register for his or her class. Explain to your child in advance that they are in a big kids' class and tell them where you will be. This way, they won't get any surprises and will feel more comfortable knowing where you are.

9. Distractions: Students should not be bringing anything into class that will be distracting to the learning environment such as toys, dolls, jewelry, cell phones, or accessories.  These items only cause problems during class and sometimes tears if the teacher has to take the item away from the student.

10. Thanking Your Teacher After Class: It is a tradition in all classes (for all ages!) to thank your teacher after class for giving you their knowledge and energy. It is a big sign of respect and teaches kids that dancing, tumbling and cheering is a privilege that they should be grateful to learn.

The good news is that dance, cheer and acrodance (acrodynamics) classes are great for teaching kids etiquette and structure. These manners go a long way throughout the rest of their lives and should be reinforced at home. The more respectful everyone is in class, the easier it is to learn and have a good time. Talk to your child about these topics and ask your teacher for feedback if you have any questions!

Dress Code

For your own safety and the safety of others, no jewelry, other than pierced ear studs, may be worn in class. Dancers that do not follow dress code will not be allowed to participate in class.
 

NOTE: Teachers can allow or not allow students to wear coverups such as bootie shorts or skirts as needed to correct the student properly.

Pre-Ballet

Girls:
-Pink or Black Leotard
-Pink tights
-Pink leather ballet shoes

Boys:
-White t-shirt
-black sweat pants
-black leather ballet shoes

Ballet/Tap Combo

Girls:
-Black or Pink Leotard
-Pink tights
-Pink leather ballet shoes
-Black Leather tap shoes style: Leos LS3303G, Bloch, or Capezio.  Tap shoes from Payless are not allowed due to the taps ruining the floors.

Boys:
-White t-shirt
-black sweat pants
-black leather ballet shoes

Ballet Levels I and Up


Girls:
-Black, Purple, Pink, Blue or Red leotard
-Pink Tights
-Pink Split Sole Leather or Canvas Ballet Shoes
-Hair must be secured in a High Bun.


Boys:
-White Short Sleeved Shirt
-Black Sweat Pants
-White Socks
-Black Leather or Canvas Ballet Shoes.  Leather is preferred for foot development.


Contemporary:


Girls:
-Black, Purple, Pink, Blue or Red leotard
-Bootie shorts (optional)
-Pink Tights or No Tights
-Bare feet
-Hair secured in a high bun.


Boys:
-White short sleeved shirt
-Black sweat pants or jazz pants
-Bare feet

Jazz:

Girls:
-Black, Purple, Pink, Blue or Red leotard or Cami
-Bootie shorts
-Pink Tights or No Tights
-Caramel Gore Style Jazz Shoes
-Hair secured in a high bun.

Boys:
-White short sleeved shirt
-Black sweat pants or jazz pants
-Black Gore Style Jazz Shoes

Tap:

Girls:
-Leotard
Combo: Pink or Black
Levels I and up: Black, Purple, Pink, Blue or Red
-Black jazz pants or shorts
-Tights (any color)
- Black tap shoes
Levels I-II:Bloch Girl's "Tap-On" Tap Shoe Style No: S0302G
Levels III+: Bloch Audeo Tap Shoe Style No: S0381L
-Hair in a High Bun

Boys:
-Solid White T-shirt
-Black Sweats
-Black Bloch Audeo Tap Shoe Style No: S0381L


Hip-Hop:

Girls:
-Cami or leotard
- Bootie (jazz/biking) shorts, Sweat Pants, Harem Pants or Jazz Pants
- Clean white soled sneakers/tennis shoes that they ONLY wear to the studio
-Hair secured in a high bun.


Boys:
-White short sleeved shirt
- Black sweat pants or jazz pants
-Clean white soled sneakers/tennis shoes that they ONLY wear to the studio

Acrodynamics:

Girls:
-Black, Purple, Pink, Blue or Red leotard
-Bootie shorts (optional)
-No Tights
-Bare feet
-Hair secured in a high bun.

Boys:
-White short sleeved shirt
-Bike Shorts
-Bare feet

Tuition Policies

At Dance Prodigy Studios we charge by the class. We believe that this is an easy to understand and fair system that will benefit our dance families the most.

Our yearly tuition is broken down into monthly payments that are equal installments for your convenience. The monthly tuition rate is based on our yearly rate and broken down into 10 monthly installments for your convenience.

All payments are due on the 1st of each month and late on the 10th. Any late payments will have a 10% late fee added to the amount.

The last full month of tuition is always due by May 1st.

Anyone who drops out of a class is required to give a 30 day written notice (can be turned in to the front office or emailed) or they will be charged for the full and complete amount of the class. Spaces in classes are limited and we hold this space in class for any student registered for the class until they give us a written notice that they are dropping out.

We do not pro-rate or refund tuition, recital or costume fees. If you miss a class please make arrangements at the front desk to attend an ongoing makeup class. Classes must be made up within 30 days of the original missed class. Private makeup classes are available if needed per the parent's request at $35/per hour.

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"We have been at Dance Prodigy Studios for 3 years now. My girls love the studio and have learned so much from all the teachers. Both my girls danced for over 10 years at another studio that closed down when we came to Dance Prodigy Studio so they were by no means new to dance. However, what they have learned in the short time that they have been at DPS is amazing. All the teachers have not only influenced my girls in dance but also have been good role models for my teenage girls. I trust them completely with the teachers. I also would like to say that Mrs. Rachel does not only care about my girls, but she cares about the whole family. She has done so many wonderful things for our family and has touched our lives and our hearts in a profound way. I would highly recommend DPS to anyone who is looking for not only a great dance studio but also a family friendly place." -Kathy N., Yelp.com Review

"We are so proud to call Dance Prodigy our studio. Mrs. Rachel and her staff love my girls like their own. The are not only talented dancers themselves, they are dedicated to the growth and development of their students. Having a dance background myself, I greatly appreciate the balance of fun and discipline they use in class. It teaches skills to be used throughout life, even after dance. They have such a positive influence on their dancers and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else!!"-Brittney P., Yelp.com Review

"Rachel, the owner of DPS really cares about each student, and also about their modesty and character."-Tracy C., Dallas A-List Review

"Great drama free atmosphere. Awesome teachers. My daughter is about to start her 3rd year at Dance Prodigy and I can t find enough words to express how much this studio rocks." -Randall, Yahoo.com Review

"My daughter comes here for dance class. The instructor is very good with the girls, ranging from 2 to 4. She really loves the classes and the studio, while small, maximizes on it's space well. My 2 year old looks forward to this every week."-Gerald W., Yelp.com Review

"My daughter loves Dance Prodigy! She cannot wait to go to class every Monday night. Thank you to the great teachers you have teaching Pre-ballet!" -Shawnna, Yahoo Local Reviews

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"...I live 30 miles away and therefore not really able to go home and them come back, so I need to wait there.  I have met some super nice people including the instructors and the parents.  You don't have to just sit there and read.  Instead, you can have some fun conversations to pass the time.  The best studio in Texas!" -Dana Ward & Michael Ward, Facebook & Google+ Review

"Great place to dance!!!  Absolutely the best teachers ever."-RandandFrances Strawn, Facebook Review

"My daughter has been dancing here for a few months and she LOVES it. Her self esteem is higher now than it has ever been." -Yahoo Local User, Yahoo Local Reviews

"...The owner and teachers really care about these kids! It's not just a business for them. I will never use a different studio as long as Dance Prodigy is around. Ms. Rachel is an excellent owner, and teacher. She is always more than happy to help with anything." -Anonymous, SuperPages Review

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