This online newsletter has been designed to provide you with information concerning the POLICIES and PROCEDURES that you will need during your stay this year at Connecticut Dance Theatre & the Arts. It outlines RESPONSIBILITIES on your part and that of the school’s. We believe you will find many of our policies to be fair and reasonable. We have designed these rules to provide an atmosphere conducive to both personal learning and professional growth. In fairness to everyone, I ask that you read this material carefully. With the entire school familiar with these rules, the effectiveness of our school’s mission of excellence in dance, theatre & the arts education will be greatly enhanced.
Miss Nefra and Staff
CLASS PLACEMENT POLICY
We will advise parents and students on class placement. Any changes needed will be at the discretion of Miss Nefra and the staff. These changes will be made within the first month of classes. We ensure proper placement of children based on their age and ability.
ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS & LATE FEES
1/2 HOUR MONTHLY BASIC RECREATIONAL INTRODUCTION PROGRAM -This 1/2 basic program offers a student the opportunity to get to know us here at Connecticut Dance Theatre & the Arts. A required $15 registration fee and the first month’s tuition is due upon registering. The monthly tuition of $40 will begin October 1st thru April 1st (November will be the students largest payment containing the Recital Costume Fee). An automatic late fee of $15 will be posted to your account after the 10th of each month.
1 HOUR PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM -This program is designed to give new students ages 3.5-5 the opportunity to participate in a dance class, which includes Tap, Jazz & Tumbling. A required $15 registration fee and the first month’s tuition is due upon registering. The monthly tuition of $50 will begin October 1st thru April 1st (November will be the students largest payment containing the Costume Fee). An automatic late fee of $15 will be posted to your account after the 10th of each month.
MONTHLY RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS (1 hr.-1 1/2 hrs.-2 hrs.)-These programs require an initial registration fee of $15 and the first month's tuition. 1 hr. fee-$50 per month, 1.5 hrs.-fee $70 per month, 2 hrs. fee-$90 per month (November will be the students largest payment containing the Recital Costume Fee). An automatic late fee of $15 will be posted to your account after the 10th of each month. There will be additional charge per month for those who add the Ballet Program to their schedule.
All recital costume payments are due in full by November 10th.
Costumes will not be ordered if payment is not made in full by this date.
At Connecticut Dance Theatre & the Arts, we offer Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop. In addition to dance, we also offer private classes in the arts of music: Piano, Guitar, Drums, Saxophone and Voice.
BALLET: uses the foundational principles of body movement and form, and as such is considered a basis for all other dance forms. Unlike lyrical, ballet normally uses music without lyrics and expresses its meaning through movement alone.
Pre Ballet Ages 3-5
Elementary Ballet Ages 6
Ballet 1 Ages 7-9
Ballet 2 Ages 10-12
Ballet 3 Ages 13 and Over
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING: A method of improving muscular strength by gradually increasing the ability to resist force with free weights, machines, or the person's own body weight. Strength training sessions are designed to impose increasingly greater resistance, which in turn stimulates development of muscle strength to meet the added demand.
HIP-HOP: A musical style with funk, rhythm and blues, and ethnic roots; characterized by a strong beat, intricate mixing of recorded music and a strong speech known as rapping.
JAZZ: A fusion of kicks leaps and turns put to the beat of the music. Jazz encompasses a large number of styles and variations.
LYRICAL: Focuses on soft and flowing movements similar to ballet which takes its technique from ballet and jazz. Lyrical dance is more interpretive in style and usually reflects the actual lyrics of the songs; this can manifest itself through the portrayal of a certain character.
TAP: A style of American Theatrical Dance, distinguished by percussive footwork that makes out precise rhythmic patterns on the floor.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: This program caters to children between the ages of two and five. The combination class is one hour in length and consists of Tap, Jazz and Tumbling.
Connecticut Dance Theatre & the Arts Competition Team
The Connecticut Dance Theatre & the ArtsNational Competition Team is a group of highly dedicated and motivated students and parents. To become a member of theConnecticut Dance Theatre & the Arts Competition Team one must show determination, dedication, perseverance and an eagerness to learn. Your talent should be able to handle all levels and genres of dance.
At Connecticut Dance Theatre & the Arts, our director and teachers will invite students via written notification to audition for the team. This does not guarantee your child a seat on the team, whether alumni and or new. This is only the first stage of joining our team. You must then pass your audition along with all of the other candidates. You will be notified by mail of the decision.
There are many other expectations that we require from both student and parent to fulfill. This can be the most rewarding challenge a family can take on together. Remember, we at Connecticut Dance Theatre & the Artsexpect time, dedication and a lot of hard work. This is a major commitment but the payoff is bigger than you can expect.
Snow Cancellations and Weather Delay Information
Connecticut Dance Theatre and the Arts does not always follow school closings.Check all information by friending us on Facebook at Conn Dta Please watch News Channel 8 and 30 for all delays and cancelations.The school will also post closures on Facebook.