We encourage you to stress the importance of NOT MISSING CLASSES unless there is a real emergency or illness. Regular and consistent attendance is important as well as arriving on time. The progress of the entire class is hindered when class must be stopped to re-teach what was missed at an earlier session. If a student is behind in choreography or technique in general, we would recommend a private lesson with the teacher. Please contact our office for pricing and scheduling a private lesson. We have also found that when a student feels a lack of confidence in his/her class work due to inadequate preparation, they become discouraged with their dancing in general. For DAC's advanced levels: if classes/rehearsals are missed without prior notification and agreement of director,then it will be up to the discretion of the choreographer and director whether a dancer will be removed from the choreography. If an advance student arrives more than 15 minutes past beginning of class or rehearsal time the student will need to observe and take notes for safety and etiquette purposes.
If a student will knowingly miss class due to illness, an activity, or appointment, he/she should notify the dance office prior to class. Leaving a voice mail will be sufficient. Notification of the absence will be given to the teacher. Advanced students MUST call the office if you are going to be absent.
All students can make up a missed class in any class of the same level or a level below. Please see the schedule of classes for days and times and consult with your student's teacher for a recomendation.
Wilmington Conservatory of Fine Arts is closed for inclement weather when New Hanover County Schools are closed for bad weather. Please pay attention to school closing reports.
The Spring Performance is considered a priority for all our students and other conflicting events should be secondary to preparations for this program. This stage performance is for levels Beginning ballet and tap through Advanced and showcases the technique the students have learned throughout the year. Our Pre-Ballet & Tap classes have in-studio end of year recitals helping the youngest dancer feel comfortable in their familiar environment.
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It may be appropriate for young dance students to remain in the same class level for two or three years before continuing on to the next level. Unlike academic studies where a student progresses a grade level each year, in dance training it is quite normal to spend several years in one level in order to properly assimilate all the necessary material.
The training of a dancer is based on the constant repetition of particular steps and movements until the student has a full comprehension of the dance vocabulary and shows competency of execution. Sometimes, especially in younger children, total comprehension can only be achieved when the physical body has grown strong enough to handle the more complicated moves required in dance. In these instances, we prefer to wait until a child’s physical development matches the requirements of the next level’s syllabus.
It is important to maintain consistent attendance in dance classes during the school year. This insures the progress of each student in their given class level. Similar to any sport requiring difficult motor skills and dexterity of movement, disciplined and regular practice will lead to quicker advancement.
We hope this information will enable parents and students to better understand the actual “time line” of development in a dancer’s training and that there is nothing unusual about the gradual advancement from level to level.
When May I Go On Pointe?
It is advisory to be cautious and conservative about the age at which a female student begins training on pointe. Usually, by age 11 or 12 and after 3-4 years of consecutive ballet training the student is physically strong enough and technically advanced enough to begin pointe work. It can be dangerous to start a student on pointe too early in the process of her training. The student must have a thorough understanding of proper body alignment as well as ankle, foot, leg, and abdominal strength to prevent injury or the development of chronic conditions such as tendonitis. A student who begins pointe work too early may also develop bad habits in an effort to stand on pointe when they are not strong enough to do it properly. There is no urgency to start pointe work at an early age as the accomplished and well trained dancer easily goes up on pointe with little effort and is able to progress at a rapid pace. Many students who start pointe work too early are then discouraged by the difficulty of proper execution which they did not anticipate. It is much wiser to wait until the appropriate time when the student is physically ready and can achieve the anticipated results.
What is Classroom Etiquette?
Student Guidelines Preparation for Class
- Students should wait quietly for their class to begin.
- Students should go to the bathroom before class.
- Students 15 or more minutes late may be asked to observe class to physically protect them to avoid injury.
- Students late for class should wait at the door for the instructor to acknowledge and invite them to join the class.
- Students are not allowed in the classroom unless a faculty member is present.
- No food or drink (except water) in the classrooms.
- No chewing gum in the classrooms.
- No hanging on the barres.
- No jewelry, watches, etc. in class.
- Proper hair and dress code should be observed at all times.
- Students and their siblings are not permitted to run, play, or make excessive noise in the lobby.
- Students are expected to keep the facilities clean by picking up after themselves and throwing away all trash.
- Dancers in pointe shoes are required to dispose of all Band-Aids, wrappers, tape, and lamb’s wool.
- Absolutely no street shoes allowed on dance studio floors - Thank you!
Please review the Student Guidelines with your child and support and endorse their importance.
- We expect our students to be prompt for class. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
- In the event you are late, please do not interrupt the class to give an explanation. The instructor will request an excuse if one is deemed necessary.
- Please call ahead of time if you know your child is going to be absent from class.
- Please encourage students to go to the bathroom before class.
- Good nutrition is essential for a dancer’s physical and mental health. Please keep this in mind when planning snacks and meals.