Students are expected to be ready for their lessons. This means a student is expected to arrive early dressed and with hair ready before entering dance class. Students at beginning levels and up should warm up and stretch at least 10 to 15 minutes before a lesson or rehearsal begins. This transition period assists in one’s focus and physical well-being.
Students arriving late are not permitted to walk into an ongoing class. Late students should ask the teacher for permission to join a class that has already started by waiting just inside the classroom door. Students arriving five minutes late for an hour class or 10 minutes late for an hour or longer in length class can expect to sit and observe class that day, as much can be gained through observation. This is to reduce possible injuries. They may make-up the class on another day.
Teachers should be addressed with respect. (Example – Ms. Courtney, Ms. Diane) otherwise instructed by the individual teacher. This is to help the students maintain a more professional demeanor.
No gum, food or drinks are permitted in the dance studios or dressing rooms.
Students may not sit down unless instructed to do so by their teacher.
Students may not leave the classroom without the teacher’s permission. This is for their safety
No excessive conversations should take place during class. This can be disruptive to fellow classmates on the floor. We can all learn by observing others.
Be respectful of yourself and others. Kindness goes far. No foul language will be tolerated.
Dancers on pointe must have shoes that are in good condition. All dancers at the Intermediate and Advanced levels should have a backup pair of pointe shoes in their dance bags sewn and ready to wear. It can be dangerous and cause tendon and ligament strains as well as bruised toenails if the shoes are too worn.
Students need to call the studio at (540)993-8175 to let their teacher know if they are going to miss class. You are expected to make up any missed classes within the semester. You may take a make-up class at your level or lower. Any other options must be discussed with the instructor. This is to keep your training moving forward. Students enrolled in our (COMING SOON) are expected to participate in the complete dance program. Modern and jazz are important in developing a well-rounded dancer. (If one of these times causes a conflict, we have other options such as Pilates and additional ballet classes.)
Parents are not allowed to enter ongoing classes as this creates a distraction and may frighten younger dancers. If you have a concern, please ask the front desk to pass a note onto the teacher, and they will meet with you while on break or after class.
Parents: If you need to remove your child early from class, please inform the teacher prior to class. If an emergency arises, please inform the front desk, and they will quietly bring your child to you. This will reduce class distraction and student anxiety.
Please refrain from peeking through the door. This is a distraction to teachers and students. The doors should not be blocked, as someone may trip over another child or object when leaving class.
Parents: Please be prompt in picking up your children at the end of class. Teachers tend to have classes back to back, and we cannot baby-sit students. If they must wait, please notify the front desk and have your child prepared ahead of time with some work to keep them occupied. The studio will not stay open more than 10 minutes after the last class of the evening.
Please check our calendar on the website or on the studio bulletin board regarding holiday observances. Students are invited to take make-up classes throughout the semester to cover any class cancellations due to holiday observances.
In case of inclement weather, please tune in to Local radio, tv stations. With your email address from registration, we will send out timely notices when possible.
If the locals schools are closed, the classes prior to 3 pm will be cancelled. Evening classes will be determined by road conditions and weather reports. Please call the studio line for updates.
As always, we ask that parents and students use their best judgment. Your safety is our chief concern during these times.
*Student Waivers & Release of Liability
All parents/students are required to sign the “Student Waivers & Release of Liability when signing in or enrolling, below description of required waiver:
I have read or will obtain a copy of Virtuous Dance Center policies and will take the responsibility to carefully read and follow the rules and policies therein. I understand that Virtuous Dance Center does not give credit and/or refunds for class(es) missed due to holiday, vacation, illness, weather, etc. I understand that by the end of every season all balances pending must paid in full and give permission to Virtuous Dance Center to charge credit card on file for any balances due or not paid by the end of the season. Balances not paid will be forwarded to a Collection Agency to request payments due. I further understand that there are specific risks of physical or property damages, losses, or injury that may result from my or my child’s participation with Virtuous Dance Center, and I voluntarily assume the risks associated with such participation.
I Understand that As a student of Virtuous Dance center, your child may be involved in activities and events, from which photos (analog and digital), video, and printed material may be included in publications, including newsletters and promotional reports and videos, on VDC website (www.virtuousdancecenter.com), and for educational purposes. In addition, books and other creative works designed by staff and students may be displayed in schools, at school- sponsored events. VDC supports the positive efforts, activities, and honors of our students, which involves working with outside news media, including local newspapers, radio, and television stations, to promote these accomplishments.