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 1st of each month and remains the same price regardless of how many weeks are in the month.

  • Dance – Monthly payments are due September through May
  • Theater (Imagine It!, Homeschool, and Theater Combo) – Monthly payments are due September through December for the fall session and February through May for the spring session.
  • Senior Production (Cinderella) – Monthly payments are due September through January
  • Junior Production (Frozen, Jr.) – Monthly payments are due September through February
  • Kids Production (Winnie the Pooh, Kids) – Monthly payments are due September through March

2. There is $45 registration fee, one per family/per school year. 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 and are non-refundable.  Costume fees are: $55 for students in the Ballet/Tap and Twinkle Toes classes.  All other students will be notified of their costume fee in the fall when the costumes are chosen.  The cost will range between $55 and $100 per costume.

7. A Recital Hall fee, for the spring dance recital, of $40 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 both classrooms so that you can watch your 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 before the first of the 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.

12. Students are not allowed to be on their cellphones during class.

2019-2020 Calendar

AUGUST

  • Aug. 17 – “Cinderella” auditions (9:30am-12:30pm)
  • Aug. 17 – “Frozen” auditions (2:30-5:00pm)
  • Aug. 24 – “Esther” dance production auditions (10:00am-12:00pm)
  • Aug. 26 – First Day of Classes

SEPTEMBER

  • Sept. 2 – Labor Day. No classes.

OCTOBER

  • Oct. 14 – Columbus Day – We WILL have classes on this day.
  • 4th Annual Talent Show (Date to be determined)
  • Oct. 23-24 – “Esther” Dance Production – performed by our Intersection Dance Team.

NOVEMBER

  • Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day – there WILL be classes on this day
  • Nov. 25-30 – Thanksgiving Break.  No classes.

DECEMBER

  • Dec. 7 – Georgetown Christmas Stroll. ALL students are invited to be in the parade! Some of our classes will be performing as well!
  • Dec. 16 – Homeschool Musical Review performance – during class time.
  • Dec. 16 – Imagine It! performance – during class time.
  • Dec. 17 – Theater Combo performance – during class time.
  • Dec.16-21 – Dance Classes Observation Week
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 4 – Christmas Break. No classes.

JANUARY

  • Jan. 6 – Dance classes, “Winnie the Pooh”, and “Frozen” rehearsals resume.
  • Jan. 10-12 – Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” performed by our Senior Production group at Southwestern University.
  • Jan. 20 – MLK day. We WILL be having classes on this day.
  • Jan. 27 – Senior non-musical production audtions.

FEBRUARY

  • Feb. 10 – New Imagine It!, Theater Combo, and Homeschool Theater classes begin.
  • Feb. 6-8  – (Tentative) “Frozen, Jr.” performed by our Junior Production group at the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene.
  • Feb. 17 – President’s Day.  We WILL be having classes on this day.
  • Feb. 24 – Theater Academy class begins.

MARCH

  • March 13-14 – (Tentative) “Winnie the Pooh, Kids” performed by our Kids production group at the Georgetown Church of the Nazarene.
  • March 16-20 – Spring Break. There will be no regular classes this week. **Please note – we follow Georgetown ISD’s spring break schedule.

APRIL

  • April 25 – Poppy Festival. Some of our classes will be performing.

MAY

  • May 11-15 – Observation week for dance classes.
  • May 15, 4:00-9:00pm – Dress rehearsal for Spring Dance Recital at Southwestern University
  • May 16, 6:30pm – Spring Dance Recital at Southwestern University
  • May 18-22 – Last week of classes.
  • May 28-30 – (Tentative) Senior non-musical production (TBD)

JUNE

  • Summer camps begin

We are so excited about our theater productions this year! Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway “Cinderella”, “Frozen, Jr.”, and “Winnie the Pooh, Kids” 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

  • Winnie the Pooh and Frozen, 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.  If your child will be coming straight from school, please help them plan ahead so that they have their script with them.
  • Cinderella 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.

Dress Codes

Classical Ballet
  • Level 1: Pink tights, light blue leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
  • Level 2: Pink tights, lavender leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
  • Level 3: Pink tights, royal blue leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
  • Level 4: Pink tights, burgundy leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.

Links to Leotard Options – Children’s Sizes:

  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_N5501C.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5527C.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5528C.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5533C.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5532C.html

Links to Leotard Options – Adult Sizes:

  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5528.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5532.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5527.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5525.html
  • https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_N5501.html
Jazz
  • Level 1: Black tights, pants, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), light blue leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
  • Level 2: Black tights, pants, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), lavender leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
  • Level 3: Black tights, pants, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), royal blue leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
  • Level 4: Black tights, pants, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), burgundy leotard. Black jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
Pointe
  • Pre-Pointe / Beginning Pointe: Same attire as ballet class.
  • Intermediate / Advanced Pointe: Same attire as ballet class.
Contemporary
  • Level 3: Same attire as Jazz class. No shoes.
  • Level 4: Same attire as IDT rehearsal. No shoes.
Hip-Hop

Any fitness or dance clothes that are not overly baggy or restrictive. Dance boots, or tennis shoes.

Tap and Dance for Musical Theater

Leotard or T-shirt, black dance shorts or black dance pants or leggings. Socks permitted, but must be very thin and fitted. Black jazz and tap shoes.

Homeschool Dance Combo, Twinkle Toes, Ballet Tap Combo

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.

IDT Rehearsal
  • Level 2: Same attire as Jazz class.
  • Level 3: Same attire as Jazz class.
  • Level 4: Black leotard or form fitting shirt with black biker shorts, crops, dance pants or leggings. Hair pulled back in a clean pony tail or bun.