Parent Handbook

parent handbook
ensemble handbook

Welcome to balletmore! This student and parent handbook is designed to help you and your dancer learn more about the studio's policies and expected etiquette of balletmore dancers. First, we welcome you to the world of dance and hope you will enjoy and be enriched by your classes here at balletmore.

Thank you, Melanie Brossiet (Owner and Director)

Studio Policies

balletmore works to provide a clean and distraction-free environment for our dancers. To create this environment, we ask that all food, gum and non-water beverages be kept out of the studios. To ensure the safety of our dancers, we also ask that no street shoes are worn on the studio floors. 

Dancers please use the dressing room for changing and to store clothes, shoes, and dance bags. Please keep our waiting area clutter free for those waiting and viewing classes. Also remember others are in class so it is necessary to remain quiet. Make sure you are stretched, prepared, and have a full water bottle! Parents are required to enter the building to retrieve their student when class is finished.  All pick up & drop off must take place within the balletmore studio. All dancers are required to stay on the 2nd floor of 2335 Burton SE following their class.

Parents please stay with your dancer until class begins. They are not to be dropped off in the lobby, unattended. Do not enter the dance studio, unless our instructors have permitted it. Parents are not to instruct, correct, or talk during a viewing of class. Please leave the training of your dancer to our staff.  Thank you.
 

Class Attendance & REQUIREMENTS

Each balletmore class begins with a warm-up and when this preparation is missed, injuries can occur. When dancers are arriving late, it can also slow the progression of the class, which is unfair to other dancers. If your dancer arrives for class more than 15 minutes late, they will be asked to sit down and take notes. 

Regular attendance is an important part of learning the art of dance. If any classes are to be missed please let teachers know in advance. If your dancer misses their required level classes continually, balletmore staff may recommend an alternate level. We do not offer refunds once classes have begun. Please prioritize other extra curricular activities accordingly.  

Make-Up Classes

balletmore is committed to small class sizes, quality training, and a nurturing positive environment, which is why we believe that consistent instruction, and consistent classes will result in the progression of every dancer. Therefore, we do not offer make-up classes except in the case of serious illness. Levels I, II, III, Int/Adv students may speak to their individual instructors with conflicts, so that a solution that fits each dancer can be found. Please speak with your instructor rather than emailing balletmore about make-ups.
* Private lessons may be required if your dancer has missed important studio classes when choreography was taught.


Communication

We abide by a 24 hour rule when it comes to any conflict at balletmore. Please allow 24 hours to go by before you address a concern, free of emotion. Please do not disrupt class, or our staff with questions during class time. We do not tolerate any gossip, or negative comments about our students in the balletmore studio lobby, waiting area, or dance studio. We provide a comment box in our lobby for any suggestions you would like to make. Please allow time for your comment to be addressed. If you have a comment, or concern that is an emergency, please e-mail our school director at balletmore@gmail.com.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

balletmore parents understand the importance of paying tuition on time and to complete payment for the expected duration of the class. balletmore keeps every customer's credit/debit card on file. Monthly payments are due the 1st of every month, Semester payments are due 9/1/17 & 1/1/18, Full payments are due 9/1/17. In cases of late payments, balletmore will charge the card on file. Monthly payers are automatically charged on the 1st of every month. This method of accountability helps balletmore ensure quality and consistency of business.  


Snow Days & Holidays

Michigan weather is unpredictable. Please check postings on Wood TV or WZZM. The studio is not always able to reschedule snow days, but will try to offer a make-up class for your dancer or extend a class time to help dancers catch up. The balletmore studio calendar lists all holidays and vacations that affect the regular class schedule. 
 

Spring Showcase

At balletmore, all of our students partake in a parent watch day showing that will feature dances from the Winter Ballet. We also offer a performance in the spring. Dates and ticket information will be posted mid-season. balletmore will provide tasteful costume(s) for performances that are not to be taken home. Your $40 performance fee is due November 1st. This performance is optional, but all classes will learn choreography to perfect after January.
 

If your dancer is struggling with class

  • Schedule a one-on-one lesson package to target specific areas of improvement.
  • Please do not over schedule your student in multiple extracurricular activities.
  • Make sure your dancer is in the correct class. It is not valuable to a dancer to be executing difficult steps incorrectly. They will not improve.
  • Ask your dancer's instructor if he/she is making friends in class.
  • Ask your dancer what he/she is learning so he/she can practice at home. Ask your dancer to show you some steps from class, so that difficult steps can be mastered. When practicing steps outside of class time, steps need to be practiced correctly, for improvement.
  • Prepare for dance, so going to dance is a fun, non a stressful event for your family.
  • Communicate with your instructor. E-mail balletmoremanager@gmail.com so that we can help.