Waterford Dance Academy Policies & Procedures

It is the responsibility of the students and parents to be aware of Waterford Dance Academy (WDA) policies, as well as studio activities, performances, and dates the Academy is open and closed. Reminder emails will be sent with important information. Please read these to make sure you are informed.​ Please reach out to Annie Breneman with any questions: anniebreneman@waterfordschool.org

Registration Commitment

Registering commits you to the full term of Fall, Winter, or Spring OR you may register for the full year. An Academy dancer must be registered in the corresponding term(s) to participate in performances.​

Registration and Tuition Payments

We have class limits of 10 dancers per level, therefore registering your dancer will be based on a “first come first served” basis. If there are more than 10 dancers registered, they will be put on a waiting list until a place in their level becomes available. 

There is a non-refundable registration fee of $25 per student. This helps cover our administrative costs and helps to keep tuition costs low.

Tuition can be paid through your Waterford account, by check or credit card. Tuition is based on reservation of space, not attendance; therefore no refunds or credits will be given for absences. We do not offer pro-rating of tuition. Due to class size limits, we ask that you and your dancer commit to all the classes in their level. 

Attendance

The Academy’s training program is rigorous. In order to progress properly, regular attendance is necessary. Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes in their level. Attendance will be considered when placing a student in the appropriate class level. 

Dance Class Etiquette

Dance classes require an expected decorum that is tradition in dance education. In all classes, the teacher gives the students exercises, the students perform them, and the teacher responds to their performance with constructive criticism. Students are expected to be accepting and appreciative of these suggestions for personal growth and improvement. Dancers are encouraged to ask questions of the instructor, but beyond this students should not engage in conversation. Dancers are expected to be polite and respectful to the teacher and the other students in class. A student who is disruptive in any way may be asked to observe class. If behavior becomes an ongoing problem, the student may be dismissed from the program.  Students are to enter the classroom promptly and are encouraged to bring water bottles. No gum, food or other drinks are allowed in the studio, so that we maintain a clean, safe space to dance.​

Discipline and Excellence

Our program relies on a positive atmosphere for our faculty, students, and their parents. We strive to promote a positive learning experience for all involved. All students are expected to strive for excellence to the very best of their abilities. We, in turn, will strive to make a positive contribution to the lives of our students by giving them individualized guidance and attention, while instilling values of commitment, respect, hard work, discipline and artistry. Dance can teach so many skills and lessons for life. Cooperation, teamwork and dedication are also big parts of WDA’s educational process.

Illness or Injury

We want our students to DANCE in their dance class, so we do not encourage sitting out. If a student is ill, they should not attend class, and should wait until they are symptom free for 24 hours before returning to class.

If a student is injured, they must bring a doctor’s note detailing their limitations for class.

For dancers with injuries, Kevin Semans, ATC, is available for consultation. He has extensive experience with dancers. He may be reached at: 801.916.8657.

Punctuality

We expect our students to be on time for class. The exercises at the beginning of class are crucial for warming up the body and it puts the dancer at risk for injury if they join in late without the proper warm-up. If a student arrives late, he/she should enter the classroom prepared to dance, and stand in the doorway until the teacher invites him/her into the classroom. A student arriving more than 10 minutes late to class will be asked to sit and observe the class, and write an observation paper.  If tardiness becomes a habit, a conference will be scheduled with the parent.

Class Attire and Hair

All students must follow the WDA dress code. When students dress like dancers, they emanate the qualities and attitude of dancers. Please see the Uniform Guide for details. Dance training involves correct placement and alignment of the body and the teacher must be able to clearly see how the student’s body is placed. Please no sweatshirts or loose-fitted clothing. Also, no dangle earrings, bracelets, necklaces or watches are allowed in class. We require that students wear a “cover-up” when outside the building. Cover-ups include shirt, pants or skirt, and street shoes. Please do not wear dance shoes outside, and do not wear street shoes inside the studios. Hair should be neatly groomed in a bun or pulled back out of the face if hair is too short for a bun. Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary classes may wear hair in a neat ponytail. Repeated disregard of dress code will result in a student losing the right to participate in class.

Class Placement

The WDA faculty will be meeting regularly to discuss student’s progress and placement. Our goal is to help dancers reach their fullest potential, and we place students in the classes that will best facilitate their personal progress. Placement decisions are taken very seriously and are derived from many years of teaching experience. Please make a conference with Annie Breneman if you have any questions or concerns about your student’s placement.

Advancement and Promotion

Students advance to the next level according to technical skill ability, maturity level, commitment, and positive attitude; not necessarily the number of years they have taken dance. We want our dancers to have a strong technical basis, so the quality of how certain steps or skills are performed is emphasized more than the number of different steps they can do. “Moving up” should not be expected every year. Students are promoted on an individual basis.  Students should not expect to advance through levels at the same rate as their friends.

Pick-up Policy

To ensure the safety of our students, we encourage students to be picked up within 10 minutes of a class ending. The parents are solely responsible for their student after class ends. If your student attends one of the last classes of the day, please be considerate of dance faculty by being prompt so the studios can be closed.

Parent Observation

Parents are invited to observe during Parent Observation week. There will be one Observation Week each term.

Open Communication

The Waterford Dance Academy values your input. It is through productive parent involvement that our program continues to improve. If a parent or student has any concerns, we would like to discuss them and come to a viable solution. We ask parents to be supportive of our teachers and their artistic decisions. Please contact Annie Breneman regarding any questions or concerns: anniebreneman@waterfordschool.org

Photo Release

WDA is hereby granted permission to take photographs and videos of students to use in brochures, web sites, posters, advertisements and other promotional materials it creates. No student names will be used in conjunction with promotional materials.

COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN: HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES

Waterford is committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment for all members of our community. With the return to campus, we have developed the Waterford COVID-19 Response Plan: Health and Safety Measures. These protocols have been developed with the guidance of the local health department and the state of Utah and CDC’s guidelines. This plan is fluid and may change in accordance with the latest advice and research from local, state, and national health experts. Our response plan includes the following strategies to encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of COVID-19 and encompasses:

Health Screening and Monitoring
Face Coverings
Physical Distancing
Health Promotion: Hand Hygiene and Healthy Behaviors
Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Ventilation
Nursing Services 
Suspected COVID-19 Illness Protocol/Possible School Closure
High-risk Individuals

For more detailed information, please review our Covid-19 Response Plan: Health and Safety Measures

 

DANCE SPECIFIC COVID POLICIES

Dance classes will follow a strict set of protocol including:

  •  Screenings
  •  Hand sanitizing before and after classes
  • Masks and physical distancing by teacher and students
  • Class size limits to 10 dancers per class
  • Studios to be cleaned between all classes.
  • Lower School dance classes separated by grade.
  • Socks/dance shoes to be worn (no bare feet)
  • No choreography or improvisation exercises that promotes the students touching hands/feet/body parts with other students. 
  • No props that cannot be washed between classes
  • Zoom option of classes will be available for remote learners to participate at home. 
  • Dancing and "learning by moving" as usual!