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 2017-2018 dance year, N.Y.T.B.C. will meet on Saturdays from 11:30am-2:30pm. 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.

Company Studio Class Requirements

Pearl Company:
One (1) Tot Tap/Ballet class per week
Onyx Company:
One (1) Hip Hop class per week
Ruby Company:
Two (2) Ballet Classes (Cecchetti graded classes count as one)
One (1) Jazz Class
One (1) Hip Hop or Tap Class
Sapphire Company:
Two (2) Ballet Classes (Cecchetti graded classes count as one)
One (1) Jazz Class
One (1) Hip Hop or Tap Class
Diamond Company:
Two (2) Ballet Classes (Cecchetti graded classes count as one)
One (1) Jazz Class
One (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. Pearl and Onyx Companies will enter one (1) dance per competition and Rubies, Sapphires, and Diamonds will enter three (3) 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 the Artistic Director. 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 we will attend in October and the local National Competition or Summer Workshop we will 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 (2) weeks in a row, he or she 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)

Company Payment Schedules

Ruby, Sapphire, & Opal Companies
Scenario #1
Fees + Jacket Purchase
Scenario #2
Fees + NO Jacket
Scenario #3
Fees + Solo + Jacket Purchase
Scenario #4
Fees + Solo + NO Jacket Purchase
Registration for Group Dance #1 (4 Competitions) $240.00 $240.00 $240.00 $240.00
Registration for Group Dance #2 (4 Competitions) $240.00 $240.00 $240.00 $240.00
Registration for Group Dance #3 (4 Competitions) $240.00 $240.00 $240.00 $240.00
Registration for 1 Workshop $300.00 $300.00 $300.00 $300.00
Costume Fees for 3 Competition Dances $270.00 $270.00 $270.00 $270.00
Choreography Fees for 3 Competition Dances $120.00 $120.00 $120.00 $120.00
Foundation Leotard $18.00 $18.00 $18.00 $18.00
Company Leotard $36.00 $36.00 $36.00 $36.00
Ballet Shoes $36.00 $36.00 $36.00 $36.00
Jazz Shoes $30.00 $30.00 $30.00 $30.00
Tights $8.00 $8.00 $8.00 $8.00
Company Jacket* $78.00 $78.00
Competition Solo Fee** $528.00 $528.00
TOTAL FEES FOR 2017-2018 SEASON: $1,616.00 $1,538.00 $2,144.00 $2,066.00
4 MONTHLY PAYMENTS***: $404.00/mo $384.50/mo $536.00/mo $516.50/mo

* Jackets must be purchased by first-time Company members; however, if previous years’ jacket still fits returning Company members, they do NOT need to purchase a new jacket.
** Solo competition fees are only required if a dancer has opted to compete in the solo category in addition to the group categories; solos are NOT mandatory for all dancers.
***Monthly payments are due by the 15th of each of the following months: August, September, October, and December. PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY PAYMENT NOT PAID WITHIN 5 DAYS OF PAYMENT DATE WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $15 LATE FEE.

Pearl & Onyx Companies
Scenario #1
Fees + Jacket Purchase
Registration for Group Dance #1 (4 Competitions) $240.00
Registration for Group Dance #2 (4 Competitions) $240.00
Registration for 1 Workshop $150.00
Costume Fees for 2 Competition Dances $180.00
Choreography Fees for 2 Competition Dances $80.00
Foundation Leotard $18.00
Company Leotard $36.00
Ballet Shoes $36.00
Jazz Shoes $30.00
Tights $8.00
Company Jacket* $78.00
Competition Solo Fee**
TOTAL FEES FOR 2017-2018 SEASON: $1,096.00
4 MONTHLY PAYMENTS***: $274.00/mo

* Jackets must be purchased by first-time Company members; however, if previous years’ jacket still fits returning Company members, they do NOT need to purchase a new jacket.
** Solo competition fees are only required if a dancer has opted to compete in the solo category in addition to the group categories; solos are NOT mandatory for all dancers.
***Monthly payments are due by the 15th of each of the following months: August, September, October, and December. PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY PAYMENT NOT PAID WITHIN 5 DAYS OF PAYMENT DATE WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $15 LATE FEE.

Registration Fee

There will be a $100.00 one-time registration fee to become an N.Y.T.B.C. member. If a dancer is returning to Company and has previously paid this registration fee the prior year, that student is NOT required to pay the fee again this year. If a dancer has no longer been participating in Company for a full year, or if a dancer quits Company mid-year, then that student WILL be required to pay the registration fee again to rejoin N.Y.T.B.C.

Company Discounts

Company members receive a discount of 15% off all studio classes. Company rehearsal will be billed at the standard one-hour class rate, less the 15% discount.

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.

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.

Solos, Duets, and Trios

Solos, duets, and trios will be available with approval from the Artistic Director. The Artistic Director will select the choreographer for each solo/duet/trio. The choreography fee is $25.00 per half-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 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 the Artistic Director. 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.