Company Rules


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Introduction

After reading through the entire Parent-Dancer Contract, both parent and dancer must sign and return the Acceptance Letter to a Director at the first rehearsal. If you have any questions about the Dance Company, the guidelines, or anything else at the studio, please email us at info@frontstreetdance.com or call us at 630-373-2623.

N.Y.T.B.C. Dancer–Parent Contract

For the 2016-2017 dance year, N.Y.T.B.C. will meet on Saturdays from 11:00am-2:00pm. Time will be divided between the groups and those times will be given out at the first rehearsal. If extra rehearsals are required, they will be billed at $10.00 per dancer on the next month’s tuition.

School & Church Conflicts

All dancers need to submit a list of any school and church conflicts of which they are aware, along with any planned family vacations, no later than the first rehearsal of the fall season.

Excused absences are allowed, but only 2 between August and December, and 2 between January and June. If you leave the Company during a season, you will not be allowed to return for 1 year. This does not apply if you leave at the end of a season.

Competition & Performance Attendance

All competitions, workshops and performances are mandatory for Company dancers. If you miss a competition or workshop, you will be removed from the Company. If you have a conflict with a performance date, you must obtain permission from the Director at least 2 weeks prior to the show date.

All competitions and workshops will be chosen by the Artistic Director. If any dancer wishes to participate in any additional competitions or workshops, they must attain prior permission from the Artistic Director. In addition, dancers are required to get approval from the Artistic Director prior to applying for Student Choreography. Unauthorized competition or workshop participation could result in removal from the Company.

N.Y.T.B.C. Studio Class Requirements

• Pearl Company: (1) Tot Tap/Ballet class per week
• Ruby Company: (2) Ballet Classes (Cecchetti graded classes count as one), (1) Jazz or Contemporary Class, and (1) Hip Hop or Tap Class
• Sapphire Company: (2) Ballet Classes (Cecchetti graded classes count as one), (1) Jazz or Contemporary Class, and (1) Hip Hop or Tap Class
• Diamond Company: (2) Ballet Classes (Cecchetti graded classes count as one), (1) Jazz or Contemporary Class, and (1) Hip Hop or Tap Class

Summer Requirements

If a dancer is planning to participate in Company the next year, the minimum requirement will be to take one ballet class for at least 4 weeks of summer.

Competition Requirements

N.Y.T.B.C. dancers will attend 4 competitions, one workshop, and one local national competition between August and July. Again, competitions and workshops are mandatory for all dancers. Pearls will enter one dance per competition and Rubies, Sapphires and Diamonds will enter two dances per competition. Solo, Duet and Trio entries are optional.

Performance Requirements

Local performances will occur periodically throughout the season. All dancers will be given the performance dates well in advance and are expected to attend. If a dancer cannot attend a performance, arrangements must be made at least 2 weeks in advance with Ms. Lynn. Missing more than one show can result in a dancer being removed from the Company.

Travel

All competitions and shows will be local. At the first Parent Meeting of the season (to take place in September), we will discuss dates for a local overnight competition event in October and the local National Competition we attend at the end of the season. All dancers are required to participate in both the local overnight competition and the local National Competition.

Studio Class Attendance Requirements

Dancers must attend all required technique classes and Company rehearsals. If a dancer misses a required technique class for two weeks in a row, they will be benched from Company rehearsal, but will be required to attend the rehearsal. Technique classes can be made up, but not during a regularly-scheduled technique class. The studio must be notified of an absence at least 2 hours prior to class.

Studio Class Attire

Dancers must wear the appropriate attire for all of their scheduled technique classes. As the premier dancers in the studio, Company dancers need to set the standard for the other dancers. This means wearing the appropriate leotards, tights and shoes for all classes.

Rehearsal Attendance

Dancers must attend all scheduled Company rehearsals. Dancers are allowed to miss (2) rehearsals between August and December and (2) rehearsals between January and June. Missing a third rehearsal during either of these periods could result in the dancer being removed from the Company.

Dancers who are sick or injured for more than one week will need to bring in a doctor’s note giving them permission to return to dance. The studio must be notified of an absence at least 2 hours prior to rehearsal.

The rehearsal prior to a competition or performance is mandatory. Any extra rehearsals prior to a performance or competition are mandatory. Dancers who are not at these rehearsals will not be able to compete or perform.

Rehearsal Attire

Dancers must wear the appropriate attire for Company rehearsal. This is a leotard, tights and jazz pants or shorts. Appropriate shoes must be worn for all dances. Required attire for all Company members includes:
Black jazz pants (if you need new ones, please order them through the studio)
Black jazz shorts (optional)
Dark-colored leotard
Skin-colored leotard
Beige tights
Company t-shirt
Beige jazz shoes
Other shoes as required (depending on choreography)

Fees

• Registration Fee: There will be a $100.00 one-time registration fee to become an N.Y.T.B.C. member.
• Pearl Level Dancers: Pearl level dancers will pay a flat fee per month of $85.00 for required classes and Company rehearsals.
• Ruby, Sapphire, and Diamond Level Dancers: Rubies, Sapphires and Diamonds will pay a flat fee per month of $220.00 per dancer for required classes and Company rehearsals.
• Additional Classes: Any additional classes taken will be billed at the normal rate plus a 10% discount.
• Duet, Trio, and Solo Choreography: Duet, Trio, and Solo Choreography will be paid at $25.00 per hour. This is divided by the number of dancers in the dance for duets and trios.
• Competition Fees: Competition fees are typically $40 per dancer for group dances, $80 to $90 (divided by the number of dancers) for Duet/Trio, and $90 per dancer for solos.
• Workshop Fees: Workshop fees will range from $110.00 per dancer to $280.00 per dancer based on their age and level.

Once the dances are determined, a complete fee schedule will be compiled with all fees included (costumes, competitions, and workshops).

Guest Choreographers and Guest Teachers

When a guest choreographer is invited to set a dance piece for a group, the fee from that choreographer will be divided amongst the dancers in the group as a one-time fee. Guest choreographers and the type of dance they teach will be selected by the director.

Costumes

Costumes for competitions will be the same costumes used for recital. The recital ballet production may require an additional costume purchase, depending on which ballet is being performed. Dancers will be expected to purchase black jazz pants, a Company jacket, and either a leotard (for girls) or t-shirt (for boys) for performances. Sweat pants, jazz pants, tank tops, and bags are optional and can be ordered through Front Street Dance.

Solos

N.Y.T.B.C. solos, duets, and trios will be available with approval from Ms. Lynn. Ms. Lynn will select the choreographer for each solo/duet/trio. The choreography fee is $25.00 per hour (divided by the number of dancers); in the case that an outside choreographer is brought in, then the choreography fee is subject to change. Solo rehearsals will be in addition to weekly classes and private lessons. Once a solo, duet, or trio is completed, it will go into the regular rehearsal time and all additional rehearsal fees stop.

Solos, duets, and trios will be performed at Company performances and can be entered in competition. They will not be performed at the Holiday show; however, all Company dances (including solos, duets, and trios) will be performed in Act 3 of the Spring Recital. Competition is not mandatory for a solos, duets, or trios.

Complaints

In the case that a parent has a complaint, they must call or set up an in-person meeting with Ms. Lynn. All email complaints will be deleted; NO email complaints will be addressed or answered. All complaints presented via the phone or in person will be addressed immediately.