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 1st of each month (September through May for dance and music classes, September through December for the fall session theater classes and February through May for the spring session theater classes, September through January for Newsies, September through February for Little Mermaid and September through March for Alice in Wonderland). Tuition remains the same each month regardless of how many sessions are in the month.
2. There is $45 registration fee, one per family. It is non-refundable and due with registration.
3. Automatic payments will be drafted on the 5th of each month (a 3% charge will be added when paying with a credit card).
4. A $15 late fee will be charged for payments not received by the 10th of the month.
5. A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.
6. Costume fees for the spring dance recital will be due November 1st. Costumes fees are non-refundable. Costume fees are: $55 for students in the Ballet/Tap and Ballet/Jazz Combo classes, $70 for students in all other dance classes.
7. A Recital Hall fee of $30 per student will be due March 1st. This fee helps pay for the rental of the recital venue and includes 2 free tickets per family.
8. There is a $10 per month sibling discount.
1. Please be sure your child uses the restroom before class.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. Please be sure to inform your teacher if your child has any allergies or medical concerns they need to be aware of.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Dress in proper dress code. Dress codes can be found in the theater and dance sections.
10. 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.
11. 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.
- Aug. 18 – “Newsies” Auditions
- Aug. 27 – First Day of Classes
- Sept. 3 – Labor Day. No classes.
- Sept. 29 – 1:00pm – Auditions for Talent Show
- Oct. 8 – Columbus Day – We WILL have classes on this day.
- Oct. 27 – 3rd Annual Talent Show
- Nov. 10-11 – “Ruth” performed by the Intersection Dance Team
- Nov. 19-23 – Thanksgiving Break. No classes.
- Dec. 1 – Georgetown Christmas Stroll. Classes to perform: Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap classes plus Newsies and The Little Mermaid casts.
- Dec. 15 – 2:30pm “Winnie the Pooh” performed by the Introduction to Production class.
- Dec.17-21 – Dance Classes Observation Week
- Dec. 24-Jan. 4 – Christmas Break. No classes.
- Jan. 4-6 – “Newsies” performed by our Senior Production group at Southwestern University.
- Jan. 7 – Classes resume
- Jan. 21 – MLK day. We WILL be having classes this day.
- Feb. 7-9 (TENTATIVE) – “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” performed by our Junior Production group at the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene.
- March 11-15 – Spring Break. There will be no regular classes this week.
- March 22-23 (TENTATIVE) – “Alice in Wonderland” performed by our Kids production group at the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene.
- April 28 – Poppy Festival. Classes to perform: All combo classes.
- May 13-17 – Observation week for dance classes.
- May 18, 7:00pm (TENTATIVE) – Spring Dance Recital at Southwestern University
- May – Senior non-musical production (TBD)
- June – Junior non-musical production (TBD)
- Summer camps begin
We are so excited about our theater productions this year! “Newsies”, “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”, “Alice in Wonderland”, and “Winnie the Pooh” 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.
- Alice In Wonderland 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.
- Winnie the Pooh and The Little Mermaid, Jr. students do not need to bring any kind of folder. They will be given a complete script that will be theirs to keep. They will need to bring their script to EVERY rehearsal.
- Newsies students need to bring a 3-ring binder. It would be helpful if the binders have a front pocket to keep their rehearsal schedule, memorization schedule, etc. They will need to bring their script to EVERY rehearsal.
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 Milar (glassless) mirrors 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.
* 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 or jazz 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 a clean bun.
Jazz, Contemporary Classes and Musical Theater Classes – Color leotard based on level (Level 1: pastel blue, Level 2: pastel violet, Level 3: royal blue, Level 4: burgundy) with black tights or black dance pants. Black jazz shoes for jazz classes and musical theater classes. Barefoot for contemporary class. Hair pulled back in a clean pony tail or bun.
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.
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. If you would like suggestions on brands or types of attire and shoes, don’t hesitate to ask a dance teacher. We will have several leotards, shoes and tights available for purchase at the studio.
Save the Date
Dance Team Auditions
Auditions for the Intersection Dance Team are around the corner! These auditions will incorporate elements of ballet and jazz to assess the skills of each dancer and place according to those skills. Dancers in elementary school will audition on July 28 from 10:00-11:00am. Dancers in middle and high school will audition on July 21 from 10:00-11:30am.