COVID-19 Policies

At Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center safety is our top priority! In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the studio will be implementing the following policies:

 

Illness:
  • Any student who exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 may not return to the studio until either student is cleared by a doctor (note required) or 2 weeks have passed with no symptoms 

  • All staff will be tested for COVID-19 in the event that a student becomes ill.

  • Students who travel out of state will be asked to quarantine for a 2 week period or provide a negative COVID-19 test 

  • Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center will do its best to contact trace. Should a student or family become ill we will notify all families who have come in contact with that individual. (You may also be contacted by the state contact tracing department.)

 

Shut-down potential:
  • As we did in March-June 2020, PBDC will continue to follow all policies put in place by the governor, and the town of Grafton. 

  • In the event of a forced shut down during the ’21-’22 dance season, all classes will continue on Zoom at their regularly scheduled times. Students who wish to participate in future recitals/ performances must attend zoom classes. (Please Note: Zoom classes will be priced at the same rate as in-studio classes - charging full price is critical for us to remain in business, and is a competitive rate for online classes in the industry)

 

 

PBDC will attempt to honor all recital, competition, and performance dates, and asks for your cooperation and acknowledgment that all dates at this time are subject to change.

 

Policies subject to change.

 

Studio Updates, Jan. 31st, 2020

Summary:
  • You are solely responsible for checking our schedule of classes and our policies, and giving us the required notice for absences.

  • Participation in each class and timely arrival in correct uniform has always been a requirement, and is a policy we will be more strictly enforcing. 

  • When recital choreography begins (first week of Feb), each student is permitted only 3 absences. Please plan ahead accordingly.

  • We require FULL and TIMELY attendance for all classes/events in May and June. No absences will be excused.*

 

Attendance and Dress:
  • Arriving on time to classes ensures that your student is prepared to learn, and that their arrival is not disruptive to the class running. 

  •  Your student is required to attend class in the appropriate uniform. This includes the correct hair and footwear. (You can read about the requirements here, and ask your student’s teacher if you have further questions.

Absences:

If your student has a planned absence, such as:

  • A school event: a dance, band, choir, track

  • A vacation

  • family events

All teachers affected must be told personally by the student with a minimum of 2 weeks notice. 

Absences due to contagious illness or emergency will of course also be excused! Any other reason, or less than 2 weeks notice, will be marked as Unexcused, and may initiate a follow-up conversation.

 

Make-Up Classes:

Starting in February, we will be adding a mixed-age Make-up Class once a month! It will be scheduled for a Saturday near the end of the month, and will be required for any student age 8+ who misses any class during the month.

Students may also take the make-up class to erase one incident of tardiness, or incorrect/incomplete uniform from their record!

 

Important, Please Note:

3 incidents of non-observance of these policies, including dress code, tardiness, or unexcused absence, will result in a corrective conversation, and continued unchanged behavior may result in your student’s removal from recital performances (if your student is deemed under-prepared to perform).

Please note that as costumes are custom orders, they cannot be refunded in the event that your student is not prepared to perform.

 

*If your student has an important event (i.e. family wedding, Nature’s Classroom, school trip) scheduled for May/June, please let their teacher(s) know by Jan. 31st, so we can make appropriate plans and accommodations.

Studio Policies

Class Placement

Placement is based on a combination of age, experience level and individual ability. Changes may be made after registration to assure the best interest of the individual student. 

Attendance / Make-up Classes

Each exciting lesson is integral to the progress of every student. Regular attendance is very important to the students and the teachers. Students must notify the dance center if they will be absent. Make-up classes are encourage, and must be attended within 1 month.

Inclement Weather

Cancellations due to inclement weather are rare. When possible, cancellations will be announced on the center's answering machine. If school is cancelled, afternoon and evening classes may be held as scheduled as long as the roads are clear. Any classes missed due to inclement weather should be made up by coming to another class during the week at the convenience of the student. Sorry, no special make up classes will be arranged. 

Cancellations

Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center, Inc. reserves the right to change or cancel courses and times according to enrollment. If a cancellation or time change is necessary, you will receive a telephone call or email explaining the cancellation or time change.

 
 

Payment Policy

Payment Schedule
  • The first equal installment tuition payment plus the annual registration fee is due upon registering. 

  • A place in a class will not be held until this tuition and registration fee is received. Please note there are no refunds, transfers or credits given for early withdrawals. See Refund Policy.

  • The dance center accepts cash and personal checks. Please make checks payable to Patricia Brosnihan Dance Center, Inc. A $15.00 service charge will be assessed on all checks returned to the dance center.

  • Any outstanding semester or term tuition balance over 30 days will be billed an additional $15.00 to cover administrative costs. A $10.00 late charge will be added to any equal installment tuition balance unpaid by the 15th day of the month due. 

  • Any outstanding balance over 60 days will result in dismissal from classes until the account is paid. A $15.00 service charge will be assessed on all checks returned to the dance center. 

Refunds 

The dance center regrets that there can be no refunds of tuition or registration fee unless a class is canceled. Once enrolled, students are charged for the full amount of the tuition for the remainder of the semester. No deductions, transfers or refunds from the Center's fixed charges may be made for withdrawal or classes missed. 

Tuition Credits

Tuition Credits for the next semester can only be issued for a long term illness or injury when a student presents a note from a physician or nurse. Credit will be issued for the number of classes missed after the date the Center is notified of the student's inability to take class. 

 

Classroom Expectations

What We Expect - Dress and Timeliness

We expect each student to arrive to classes on time, dressed in attire appropriate for that specific class. This includes correct footwear, and hair already in place.

Arriving on time and fully ready enables our teachers to maximize the full class time with the fewest disruptions.

What We Expect - Behavior in the Classroom

Respect is a core value of our studio. This includes respect for the building and classroom tools, respect for each other, and respect for our teachers. Arriving prepared is part of that respect for the busy schedule of our classes.

We have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying and harassment. Students involved may be dismissed from class and parents/guardians will be informed. We will work with the students and their parents whenever possible to find a peaceable solution going forward.

Our teachers work hard to be fair and kind, arriving prepared to every lesson. We expect our students to treat their teachers with respect, and adhere to class rules. If a student or parent takes issue with a rule or class requirement, we encourage you to address it with the teacher as soon as possible. We will always be happy to address any concerns, and we prioritize our students having the best possible learning environment.

Our Promise to You

We commit to being prepared for each class, to being consistent and fair in our ​behavior towards students, and in finding solutions to any problems that may arise. Fun and Educational classes are maintained when both teachers and students behave respectfully, and we continue to strive to communicate in an effective and timely manner.

Acro/Flex - all levels

Dance leotard (any color)​, tan footless or transition tights (transition ballet tights OK if attending ballet immediately before/after), optional: dance shorts.

Shoes: Foot Undies (no lyrical half-shoes)

Hair: Ponytail (no buns)

Ballet

Ballet PreK-1st Grade/Combo classes

Dance leotard, light pink or light purple. Ballet pink tights

Shoes: Pink ballet slippers, white tap shoes

Hair: Bun or braid(s) - NO ponytails

Ballet Primary I & II

Dance leotard in light pink. Ballet Pink tights.

Shoes: pink ballet slippers, full sole, canvas or leather (Capezio preferred)

Hair: Bun or braid(s) - NO ponytails

optional: dance sweater in black or pink, and/or dance skirt

Ballet IA & up (through Pointe)

Dance leotard, black. Ballet Pink tights

Shoes: Split-sole stretch canvas, recommended: Capezio Hanami (these size approx. 2.5 sizes above street shoe size) see here

Hair: Bun only

optional: ballet wrap skirt, thigh-high leg warmers and/or dance sweaters in black or pink.

Company

Appropriate wear for Ballet or Lyrical class.​

Hip-hop

Black jazz pant, leggings, or joggers, & dance top in a solid color (leotard not required)

Shoes: hip-hop dance sneakers

Hair: Ponytail or bun

Jazz

Dance leotard, any color. Tan dance tights or black leggings (no printed/colored, or boot cut yoga pants)

Shoes: Tan slip-on jazz shoes (Capezio recommended)

Hair: Ponytail or bun

recommended: Yoga blocks

Lyrical

Dance leotard, any color. Tan footless or conversion tights

Shoes: Lyrical half-shoes (Capezio recommended)

Hair: Ponytail or bun

optional: Dance shorts

recommended: Yoga blocks

Tap

Dance leotard, any color. Tights, black leggings, or yoga pants

Shoes: Black lace-up tap shoes (Capezio recommended)

Hair: Ponytail or bun

optional: Dance shirt or shorts

Dress Code