DANCE CLASS ETIQUETTE

Appropriate behavior is the dance studio was not invented by us, it is the same all over the world.  These rules will be gently introduced to our youngest dancers.  Any dancer age ten and up will be held accountable to them. Generally speaking, these standards  will be handled by teachers and students directly.  We ask that parents reinforce them.  If classroom etiquette is not followed, the teacher may dismiss the dancer from class. 

  • Come to class prepared to work physically and mentally.  When possible, take a few moments to gently warm up. 
  • Students must wear the required dance attire to class in order to participate in class.  This includes correct hair, uniform leotard, tights, and requisite shoes.
  • If a student arrives late to class, the participation of the student in class is entirely at the discretion of the teacher. 
  • The study of dance sometimes necessitates physical contact between the instructor and the student and sometimes between students.
  • Once class has started, you are not allowed to leave the studio unless explicitly given a break by the teacher or in an emergency.
  • Please use the bathroom BEFORE class. 
  • No food or beverages allowed in the studios. 
  • No shoes other than dance shoes on the studio floors.  
  • No outdoor sneakers, even in hip hop class.  
  • No tap shoes in the grey studio.
  • No touching or leaning on the mirrors. The mirrors in the classroom are only for helping to correct lines; avoid staring in the mirror while you are dancing.
  • No leaning or hanging on the barres or stepping on the baseboards at any time. 
  • No gum or candy is allowed in class.
  • No talking at all in class except to ask dance-relevant questions.  
  • You do not need to thank a teacher for any comments in class, be they corrections, observations or compliments; you just need to listen and acknowledge.  You will thank them at the end of class.
  • You may not sit down in class unless requested to do so by the teacher.
  • You do not not "own" any particular section of the barre, no matter how long you have been at the studio.
  • If you are younger, less experienced than your classmates or do not know the combination, please do not stand in the front row unless requested by the teacher.
  • You may not “help” someone else stretch without the explicit oversight and instruction from a faculty member.  This is dangerous. 
  • Without explicit oversight from their teacher,  Pointe 1 & 2 students may not be on pointe except for warming up with “prances” at the barre. 
  • Do not “dance around” between combinations during class, even to show dance phrases from other classes or choreography.  It is rude and distracting to the instructor  and classmates.
  • No gymnastics or cartwheels in the ballet studios or hallways.  If you are allowed in the studio before class, you are expected to be warming up quietly with gentle stretches, not running or jumping around.
  • The studio is not a playground, it is a calm place to strive to improve.  It is a whole different dimension of fun; you will grow to love it.
  • Do not touch other dancers in class unless requested by the teacher for an exercise.
  • Unless injured or ill, students must participate in all combinations in class. 
  • Combinations must be completed whether or not you feel its going well.  You must never walk off the floor before finishing the step (unless injured). 
  • Take a mental note of all corrections and positive comments and go over them in your mind after each class so you do not have to be corrected again for the same thing.  Better yet: write them down.  Progress will be amazingly fast if you do this.
  • The majority of corrections will apply to all pupils in a similar situation: listen carefully to corrections to your fellow dancers.
  • Observe other students and learn from them. 
  • You  may check for cell phone messages from parents during breaks between classes or at the end of class, not during class.  
  • The Director will check messages at breaks during class but will not return parent calls while teaching unless it is an emergency. 
  • Dancers must treat classmates with kindness and respect.   If necessary the Director will address incidents of concern or unkind language with parents in an arranged conference. 
  • Your teacher is to be treated with the utmost respect at all times and thanked individually after each class:  verbally, with a reverence, or a handshake.  It is traditional to applaud the teacher at the end of class. 
  • In ballet class, students are always welcome to express appreciation of another dancer’s technique quietly.   But please do not applaud each other unless a dancer completes a truly astonishing technical feat.
  • Please look around the studio and pick up any personal belongings or trash when leaving.
  • Presents to teachers are never expected or necessary; thank you notes are a wonderful way to express gratitude if you would like to do so.
  • Please do not exchange presents or invitations with dancers at the studio, as this can lead to hurt feelings.