Welcome to balletmore! The student and parent handbooks are 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)
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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 other students are in class so it is necessary to remain quiet. Make sure you are stretched, prepared, and have a full water bottle before class begins! 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 & COMMITMENT
Each balletmore class begins with a warm-up. When this preparation is missed, injuries can occur and it slows 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 notify teachers 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.
Outside of short term workshops, our dance program runs from September-May. We require students to make a 9 month commitment, since we develop and build on dance concepts throughout the year. To complete a dance level, students need to attend classes weekly and commit to the full length of the program. This allows our instructors to build both the understanding and ability to execute technical elements of dance at the same pace for all balletmore students, ultimately helping each dancer improve in their dancing abilities.
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 during our Sept-May season. Please reach out to our studio manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with conflicts, so that a solution that fits your dancer can be found. * Private lessons may be required if your dancer has missed important studio classes when choreography was taught.
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. If you have any suggestions you would like to make, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
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. There are three payment plans: 9 installments, 2 installments, 1 installment (5% off). The 9 installment payments are due the 1st of every month (charged automatically), the 2 installment payments are due September 1 & January 1, Full payments are due September 1. In cases of late payments, balletmore will charge a $20 late fee to the card on file. 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.
At balletmore, our ensemble students perform twice - once in December & once in May. All non-ensemble dancers participate in the May performance, at Northview Performing Arts Center. 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. For students with the 9 Installment plan, this performance fee is billed automatically alongside tuition on the 1st of November.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can help.