Our Handbook

Whether it’s the start of a new season or right in the middle of a semester, we are constantly praying that Arts Avenue will be a studio where your child cannot wait to get to and that it will be a place of joy, friendship, growth, and honor. This handbook has been designed to support our efforts to create a loving environment in which your child can learn excellence in the arts without compromising values.

This handbook contains our policies, important dates, news, and dress code. Please reference it if you have any questions. If your child is enrolled in classes, you will also receive a monthly newsletter with updates, reminders, and highlights. Just reach out if you aren’t receiving these emails and would like to be added to our email list.

1. Tuition is due on the 10th of each month. Our preferred method of payment is Automatic Withdrawal. Please go to your parent portal to set this up. This will ensure that your payment is received on time to avoid a late fee of $10. If you are unable to set up Automatic Withdrawal, you can pay by cash or check at the studio. We have a secure black box on the wall in the lobby where you can place your payments. PLEASE write your child’s name in the memo line of your check. If paying by cash, be sure the cash is in an envelope with a note containing your child’s name on it. If you would like a receipt for a cash payment, our Office Manager can give you one. There is a $20 fee for all returned checks. 2. Please be sure your child uses the restroom before class. 3. In order to ensure the safety of our students we ask that you make sure your child gets in the classroom with a teacher present and that you come in the studio to pick up your child when class is over. We will not allow children to run out to the parking lot. We want to keep everyone safe! 4. If someone different will be picking your child up after class please inform your teacher ahead of time by either telling them in person or sending a written note with your child. 5. Please be sure to inform your teacher if your child has any allergies or medical concerns they need to be aware of. 6. Parents are asked not to stay in the class to watch their children. This will facilitate a better learning environment for all of the children with fewer distractions. Dance classes will have an observation week each semester where parents come in the class to watch and take pictures. We also have a live feed set up in the dance room so that you can watch the dancers on the TV in the lobby. 7. There is no gum, food, or drinks (except bottled water) allowed in class. We do encourage bringing water bottles since the studio does not have a drinking fountain. We do however, offer bottled water for $1.00. 8. Students are asked to listen and be kind and respectful to teachers and other students in class and to work hard and do their best. 9. If your child is sick, please keep them home. If your child is injured, please have them come and observe class. Much can be learned by doing so. Diligent attendance is important. 10. Dress in proper dress code. Dress codes can be found on the theater and dance pages. 11. If you need to drop your student’s class, written notification is required at least one week before the following month. Tuition will be charged until notification is received. 12. No hanging on barres or poking the mirrors in the dance room. No heels or street shoes on our marley floor in the dance room.

AUGUST

  • Aug. 28 – First Day of Classes

SEPTEMBER

  • Sept. 4 – Labor Day. No classes.

OCTOBER

  • Oct. 9 – Columbus Day – We WILL have classes on this day.
  • Oct. 14, 1:00pm – Auditions for “Lights, Camera, Action!” Talent Show

NOVEMBER

  • Nov. 11, 7:00pm – “Lights, Camera, Action!” Talent Show
  • Nov. 20-24 – Thanksgiving Break. No classes.

DECEMBER

  • Dec. 2 – Georgetown Christmas Stroll. Classes to perform: Ballet 1-4, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Lion King.
  • Dec. 16 – Raggedy Ann & Andy Performance
  • Dec.13-19 – Dance Classes Observation Week
  • Dec. 20-31 – Christmas Break. No classes.

JANUARY

  • Jan. 1-2 – New Year’s break. No classes.
  • Jan. 3 – Classes resume.
  • Jan. 6-7 – Meet Me in St. Louis Performances at Southwestern University.
  • Jan. 15 – MLK day. We WILL be having classes this day.
  • Jan. 27-28 – “The Three Trees”. Company members dance production at East View HS.

FEBRUARY

  • Feb. 15-17 – “The Lion King, Jr.” performances at the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene.

MARCH

  • March 12-16 – Spring Break. There will be no regular classes this week.
  • March 23-24 – “The Velveteen Rabbit” performances at the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene.

APRIL

  • April 28 – Poppy Festival. Classes to perform: All combo classes.

MAY

  • May 14-18 – Observation week for dance classes.
  • May 18, 7:00pm – Spring Dance Recital at Southwestern University
  • May – Senior non-musical production

JUNE

  • June – Junior non-musical production
  • Summer camps begin
We are so excited about our theater productions this year! “Meet Me in St. Louis”, “The Lion King, Jr.”, “The Velveteen Rabbit”, and “Raggedy Ann & Andy” are all such fun shows and we can’t wait to get started!! Here is some important information for all of our theater students. 1. Please have your child wear appropriate attire to class. In our theater classes there will be a lot of movement and choreography so girls should avoid skirts (unless there are shorts underneath) or anything that hinders movement. 2. Pencils!! Every theater student needs to bring a pencil with them to class each week! A pencil is a very important tool for every actor. As the director gives out blocking and stage movement directions, actors need to write that information in their scripts so that they can rehearse at home and so that they can remember what they are supposed to do. Everything needs to be written in pencil (not pen) just in case the director needs to make any changes to the blocking. 3. Imagine It!, Theater Combo and Homeschool Musical Review classes – please bring a folder with pockets to each class. These will be used to keep scripts and song sheets in. 4. SCRIPTS

  • Raggedy Ann & Andy students will receive their script and song sheets in a folder on their first day of class. They will need to bring this to class EVERY week! If your child will be coming to class straight from school, please plan ahead so that they have their script with them.
  • The Velveteen Rabbit and The Lion King, Jr. students do not need to bring any kind of folder. They will be given a complete script that will be theirs to keep.
  • Meet Me in St. Louis students need to bring a 3-ring binder. Once they receive their scripts, they will need to 3-hole punch their scripts and keep them in their binder. It would be helpful if the binders have a front pocket to keep their rehearsal schedule, memorization schedule, etc.

5. Each production class will receive a detailed schedule including any extra rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performance schedules. It is very important that every student is at every rehearsal possible. We understand illnesses come and that sometimes it is necessary to miss a rehearsal, but it does make it quite difficult when a student misses and we have to go back the following week to teach the material again. So please try your hardest to have your child at every rehearsal.

We are excited about our upcoming dance year and hope your child is ready to learn a lot and to have tons of fun! We do have some information for our dancers that we would like to share with you. 1. There is no hanging on barres or poking our mirrors. Our mirrors are not glass for safety reasons, but the material they are made of can be punctured so please do not touch them. 2. No heels or street shoes should be worn on our marley floor in the dance room. This will help protect the flooring and help it to last longer. 3. Arrive early enough to be ready to dance with dance shoes already on when the class time is scheduled to begin.

Dress Codes

* Note about ballet slippers: please do not purchase ballet slippers that are padded and have no strap. All Combo Classes – Any color leotard, any color tights or black dance pants or black dance shorts, pink ballet slippers and black tap shoes. Tap ties encouraged. Boys may wear t-shirts, dance pants or shorts, and black ballet and tap shoes. Please cut ballet slipper strings to about 1” length, and tuck inside shoe when wearing. Hair pulled back. Ballet only and Pointe Classes – Pink tights, black leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers or pointe shoes. Hair in bun. Jazz, Contemporary Classes and Musical Theater Classes – Any color leotard, black dance shorts or black dance pants or leggings. Pink or tan tights optional instead of, or with shorts/pants/leggings. Black jazz shoes for jazz classes and musical theater classes. Nude Lyrical shoes, spin shoes, or barefoot for contemporary class. Your preference. Hair pulled back. Tap Classes – Leotard or T-shirt, black dance shorts or black dance pants or leggings. Pink or tan tights optional instead of, or with shorts/pants/leggings. Socks permitted, but must be very thin and fitted. Black tap shoes. Hip Hop Classes – Any fitness or dance clothes that are not overly baggy or restrictive. Dance boots, or tennis shoes. * A note about dance attire and shoes. Please keep modesty in mind when purchasing dance attire, especially dance shorts. Please do not go too short. No “booty shorts”, crop tops or dance bras (worn without something over), permitted. When purchasing tights, you may want to get “convertible” tights. These are tights that have a hole in the ball of the foot, so that the option of either wearing their tights over their feet, or pulling them off their feet to be barefoot. This comes in handy a lot! If you would like suggestions on brands or types of attire and shoes, just ask a dance teacher. We’d be happy to help. We have a teacher account with Discount Dance Supply. You may purchase items directly through them online at discountdance.com and receive a discount on already very reasonable prices. We have a catalogue in our lobby, or you can view it online. To use the discount, use our teacher code which is: TP33100

Save the Date

Meet Me in St. Louis

Performances of our production of “Meet Me in St. Louis” will be on Thursday and Friday, January 4th and 5th at 7:00pm and on Saturday, January 6th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.  Performances will be held at Southwestern University’s Alma Thomas Theater in Georgetown.  Tickets will be available at the door.

Come Join Us

It’s not too late to register for some of our fall classes! Check out our Theater, Dance, and Choir pages to learn more.