Dress Code Guidelines

  1. Leotards may be camisole, tank, short or long sleeve.
  2. All levels may wear skirts of any color/pattern.
  3. Hair must be pulled back in a braid, ponytail, or bun for all classes. Hair must be in a bun for Ballet 3-5 and Pre-Training/Training students.
  4. Older girls may wear tanks over their leotard, but it must be the same color as their leotard.
  5. Bras may not be showing. Midriffs may not be showing.
  6. No dangly jewelry of any kind.
  7. Dance shoes may not be worn outside the building because it reduces the life of the shoes, and it can bring hazardous materials into the studios that can cause damage to the flooring.
  8. Girls ages 9 and up: cover ups for top and bottom must be worn over leotards when entering and leaving the premises (to promote modesty).


Pearl (purity)-Baby Ballet, Tiny Tots, Cherubs, Ballet/Tap Combo, Kinder Ballet, Ballet/Jazz Combo:  light pink or white leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (also black tap shoes for combo…ballet/jazz combo need ballet shoes only), optional skirt or tutu

Emerald (growth) Primary, Ballet 1a and 1b,Ballet ages 5-8: mint or hunter green colored leotard , pink tights, pink ballet shoes, optional skirt

Sapphire (heavenly) Ballet 2a and 2b, Beginning Ballet 10+: light blue or royal blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, optional skirt

Ruby (covenant) Ballet 3a and 3b: scarlet or burgundy leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, optional skirt or black shorts

Amethyst (royalty) Ballet 4 and 5: lavender, dark purple, or black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, optional skirt or black shorts

Pre-Training: same color leotard that they wear to their other weekly ballet class
Training Division: black or navy leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, pointe shoes if applicable, optional skirt

Pre-Pointe: solid color leotard and pink tights (no shirts, shorts, or skirts as we will be focusing on alignment) Please see class description for a list of items needed for class.

Worship, Contemp Jazz, Modern, Ballet/Modern Combo: solid colored leotard or fitted shirt, black pants, capris, or shorts, and foot paws or bare feet (also pink ballet shoes for ballet/modern combo)

Hip Hop: solid color tank or fitted tee, black jazz pants, capris, or shorts, hip hop sneakers or regular sneaker (sneakers may not be worn outside, inside only shoes)

Jazz: solid color tank or fitted tee, black jazz pants, capris, or shorts, black slip on jazz shoes

Musical Theater: solid color tank or fitted tee, black jazz pants, capris, or shorts
Ages 5-8- tan jazz shoes
Ages 8-11, 9-12- black jazz shoes
Ages 11-14 and 12+ black jazz shoes and black tap shoes (lace ups, hard shank)
Advanced class black jazz shoes and black tap shoes (lace ups, hard shank)

Leaps and Turns: solid color tank or fitted tee, black jazz pants, capris, or shorts, tan jazz shoes or foot paws

Irish: solid color leotard, shorts and tights or tight fitting tank and black leggings. Ankles must be visible. Black ballet shoes for sizes 3 and under, see Ms. Rochelle for ordering soft shoes for sizes 3 and up. Black tap shoes for hard shoe (needed for ages 9 and up and Teen class, not for 6-9 year old class). Traditional Irish hard shoes encouraged for Irish 4, optional for Irish 3.

Ballroom/Swing: comfortable clothes and shoes with rubber or suede sole. Heels for females are preferred but not necessary (no heels for swing).

Teen/Adult Ballet: solid color leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, optional skirt (any color/pattern) or black shorts

Ballet for Moms: workout clothes, ballet shoes (no leotard and tights required)

Tap: Dance wear or similar clothing.  Tights with shorts over are acceptable.  Pants need to show knee alignment or be able to be pulled up over the knee.  No jeans. Black tap shoes.

Men: black athletic pants or shorts (fitted not tight), white or black shirt, black ballet shoes

 


Class Schedule, Free Trial Classes, Class Placement

 

Free Trial Classes

We welcome and encourage you to come and try a class for free during our specified trial class weeks:

  1. Sept 25-30, 2017
  2. Oct 30-Nov 4, 2017
  3. Jan 8-13, 2018

Leave us a message at 719.445.9497 or email us at turningpointeoffice@gmail.com and let us know what class you’d like to come and try (class must be an open class - trial classes may not be scheduled in a closed or full class). We feel like this is a great way for you to get a feel for the studio, meet the teacher, and see what a great experience your dancer will have with us! Because our summer session is modified and only a 7 week session, we do not have trial classes during our summer session unless you would like to come and pay the drop in rate.

 

Placement class and Evaluations

For students ages 8+ who are new to Turning Pointe, we will have a level placement date over the summer.

  • Placement Day: July 30th
  • Advanced Modern, Worship, Jazz Placement (ages 13+) 12-1pm
  • Advanced Musical Theater (be prepared to sing, act, and dance) 1-2pm
  • Ballet 5+ yrs dance experience and pointe 2:00-2:45pm
  • Ballet 3-5 yrs dance experience (ages 8+) 2:45-3:30pm
  • Ballet 1-2 yrs. dance experience (ages 8+) 3:30-4:15pm

Please email turningpointeoffice@gmail.com to register for our placement day.

*Note that to be eligible for an Advanced class, a student must have 2 years of experience in that dance genre and must have teacher approval.

If you are not able to come to our evaluation date or are registering after the placement day, students who are 8-12 who have had 2 or more years of dance experience may attend an age appropriate class as a placement class. Students ages 10 and up with 1 year or less of ballet experience, will enroll in a beginning ballet class and no placement class is needed. Please check in with our school administrator at turningpointeoffice@gmail.com to set up a placement class and the teacher will also be notified.

Current Turning Pointe students 8 years and older will receive an evaluation from their teacher in May for their level placement for the upcoming school year. If a teacher requests for the student to be re-evaluated after summer classes, those students may come to the Placement Day (date TBA).

If a student would like to register for a class that is marked 'teacher approval', our School Administrator will handle looking up their placement level on file or get approval from the appropriate teachers. A confirmation email will be sent once class placement is determined.

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Schedule Changes

Class Changes:
A student may drop and add classes depending on availability. To ensure proper costume orders class changes will not be allowed after December 17th, 2016. Dancers wishing to change classes after then (but before January 15, 2017) must have the instructor’s permission and must purchase an additional costume

Withdrawal:
A student wishing to drop all of their classes is considered to be withdrawing from the studio. A student not showing up for classes does not constitute a withdrawal. To withdraw from a class, written notice must be given to our school administrator: you must fill out a blue withdrawal form or email turningpointeoffice@gmail.com on or before the 20th of the previous month or you will continue to be responsible for tuition payment for the next month.  Example: if you want to withdraw from a class and send us written notice on October 28th, you will still be responsible for November tuition for that class. This is a 10 day notice and most studios require a 30 day withdrawal notice. If a costume has been purchased for any withdrawn class and the student moves out of town, there is a $15 shipping fee per costume.

Make-Up Classes/Absences:
Tuition will not be adjusted based on the length of the month, absenteeism, school closures, vacations, holidays, or inclement weather. We usually follow District 20’s schedule on snowy days- but there are also times where school is cancelled and we have dance classes because the weather clears up in the afternoon. If the weather is questionable, please call 445-9497 for a recorded message or check the home page of the website! Students may always make-up at any age appropriate class at any time.


Student/Parent/Teacher Relations

Contacting Instructors:
Instructors can be contacted via email. All emails are listed on the Turning Pointe website or you can email teacher.turningpointedance@gmail.com and put the teacher’s name in the subject line. Please do not try to catch an instructor between classes. Class schedules are very tight and our instructors would like to give your questions and concerns the proper attention.

Social Media:
We are on Facebook and Instagram! Become a fan and keep up with latest Turning Pointe Dance news!

Phone Calls:
You may leave a message for a teacher at the studio. Do not call or text any staff member on their personal phones. Due to varied work schedules, emails are best.

Disruptive Behavior:
Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. If this occurs repeatedly, the parent will be contacted. If it continues, the student will be dismissed from class that day.

Opening Class Doors:
Please respect our instructors. All classes are closed session. Do not open the door during class time. When classes are over, the instructor will open the door for the next class to enter and students will exit to the lobby.

Fall & Christmas Parent Programs:
There will be two informal programs during class times at the studio: a fall peek week in October and a Christmas program in December (last 15 minutes of class time). Please feel free to bring cameras or video equipment to these programs.

  • FALL: Studio 1 and 2 Oct 16-21, 2017
  • FALL: Studio 3 and 4 Oct 23-28, 2017
  • CHRISTMAS: Studio 1 and 2 Dec 4-9
  • CHRISTMAS: Studio 3 and 4 Dec 11-16

Emails from Studio:
All registered accounts will automatically be enabled to receive email updates and alerts from the studio. You can update your email address on file through your customer portal.


Lobby Rules

1. Hallways Must be Clear
Per the Fire Marshal code, there is no sitting or standing in the hallways. Please remain in the lobby area while waiting for class to begin or let out. On program weeks when the studio is especially busy, all strollers are to be parked outside the front door.

2. No Horseplay
Parents are asked to keep students and waiting siblings from aggressive horseplay in the waiting areas including hitting anything hanging from the ceiling.  Parents and siblings are not allowed in empty classrooms.

3. No Acrobatics
Students should not be performing any gymnastics in the halls or waiting areas.

4. Food
No soda, coffee, gum, or messy food in the main lobby areas. Only water is allowed in the studios. Please do not bring any nut products into the studio. We have students with severe nut allergies and must make the studio a safe place for everyone.

5. Student Drop Off
Students should not be dropped off earlier than 10 minutes prior to class or stay longer than 5 minutes afterwards. Please walk your student in or make sure they have gone inside their dance room before leaving. Students must remain inside the building until their ride arrives. Students left 5 minutes past their class end time are subject to a $10 charge.

6. Parking Lot
No student of any age should hang out in the parking lot without a parent present.

7. Time Between Classes
Student 11 and under cannot be left unattended between classes. If a student is in dance class under teacher supervision, parents may run an errand (please see bathroom info below). But students 11 and under not in class must have parental supervision in the studio.

8. Bathroom Break for Younger Students
If your child is not able to  go to the restroom by themselves (this includes getting their leotard and tights on and off on their own), the parent needs to remain in the waiting area just in case their dancer needs to use the restroom during class. Teacher assistants can escort students to the restroom and bring them back to class, but will wait outside the restroom door and will not be able to help them get dressed. If your child is able to go to the restroom by themselves, you may leave to run an errand while your student is in class.

9. Trash
Please do not leave any trash or books on the floor. It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep the studio clean, inside and out.

10. Courteous
Please be courteous to fellow parents. Our waiting areas can become crowded and a little common courtesy can go a long way.


 Personal Belongings

1. Labels
Please label all shoes, dancewear, dance bags, coats, etc. with the students first and last name. Please write your dancers name on the bottom of their shoes. If not labeled properly, teachers will write your dancers first and last name on their shoes during the first few weeks of classes.

2. Lost & Found
The lost and found is located in the plastic bin in the lobby at the studio. Items will be donated at winter, spring, and summer breaks and when the bin becomes overfull. Please check these bins regularly. Turning Pointe Dance is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


 Classroom Etiquette

  1. Attend class properly dressed and on time
  2. No hanging on the barres
  3. Do not enter the classroom without the instructor’s permission
  4. No street shoes in classroom, no food or drinks (except water bottles) in classrooms
  5. No chewing gum
  6. Students are expected to behave with politeness, respect, and courtesy to teachers and peers
  7. Students must have cell phones/electronic devices on vibrate or silent during class

What to Expect Your First Week

Lobby
The lobby is very crowded the first few weeks of classes. This will settle down after the first few weeks

Review
Like school, the first few weeks of class are review, and getting everyone comfortable with new classes and new teachers. This helps to make the students comfortable and the teachers can see if they are in the correct class

Class Level
If dancers have been placed into classes that are not correct for them –Don’t worry – we will find a more suitable class!

Parking
Parking is the #1 complaint with parents in dance schools around the nation. This is something that can’t be helped. Please be careful to watch for children! There is additional parking in front of Gold’s Gym

Shy Students/Separation Anxiety
The youngest dancers will often have tears or anxiety the first few weeks. This is normal. The teachers are trained to get children “on task” quickly. Please rest assured that we deal with this A LOT and sometimes there may be a few tears at first. Usually once mom is out of sight and we get them dancing, they quickly forget and have so much fun! If they continue to cry and be upset after a few minutes, we will bring them to you…but more often than not, they will be fine!  It does take trust on the parents part, but please rest assured that they are in a loving and encouraging environment and we will do our very best to make them feel comfortable and secure. Please keep noise down at the window and don’t let siblings open the door or knock on the window. This will distract the dancers.

Bathroom
If your child is not able to go to the restroom by themselves (this includes getting their leotard and tights on and off on their own), the parent needs to remain in the waiting area just in case their dancer needs to use the restroom during class. Teacher assistants can escort students to the restroom and bring them back to class, but will wait outside the restroom door and will not be able to help them get dressed. It also helps if you can take them to the restroom before class begins!

Parents Leaving
Parents are permitted to leave during class and run an errand, get a Starbucks, wait in the car, etc. while their dancer is in class. Please see bathroom policy below for the exception!  Siblings may not be left unattended in the waiting room. bathroom, or studio…they must be stay you. Also, the studio closes 5-10 minutes after the last class for the morning/afternoon…please be mindful of this if you want to have your dancer change after class or chat with other moms…teachers often need to leave to go to their next thing so please be considerate of teachers time.Students left 5 minutes past class end time are subject to a $10 late pick up charge.

Dottie Spotties
We have colored tape on the floor in the studios that we call “dottie spotties” for our younger dancers to easily find a place to spread out and dance and not hit their neighbor with their arms or legs (we also use this to teach spatial awareness and self space vs general space). This usually takes some training to get our baby ballerinas and tiny tots to stay on their dottie spotty…so this is something that you can help us practice at home! Also, we let them know that teachers are the only ones allowed to open the black studio door so that they are not running in and out of the studio during class, so this is also something you can remind them to prepare them for class.

Rewards
We give suckers or stickers as rewards at the end of class time for listening to the teacher and doing a great job dancing! For our 4-6 year olds our teachers give tickets for good behavior…if they save their tickets they can trade 10 of them in for a piece of candy or 100 in for a bigger prize (tickets carry on from year to year so they can use tickets from last year).