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Dance – Guidelines

Due to changing state guidelines, our latest modified health and safety protocols can be found here.

The health and safety of our dancers are paramount and we’re continuing to modify our operations in accordance with the latest local, state, and federal guidelines and based on our dancers’ best interest. The following as your class prepares to move indoors at Simkus Recreation Center. All procedures are subject to change based on further guidance authorities.


UPDATE August 15, 2020

Note, these procedures and requirements may change or be enforced at any time in order to maintain the safest environment possible for our participants and staff. We appreciate you abiding by all guidelines as we work together to resume operations.

Participant Expectations

  • “Participants” includes dancers and parents/guardians in a parent-child class.
  • Participants must conduct a wellness check prior to coming to class. Current symptoms include:
    • Fever of 100.4+ degrees or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
    • Refer to the CDC website as the list of symptoms is updated occasionally.
  • Participants cannot attend if they:
    • Are displaying any COVID symptoms.
    • Tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results.
    • Have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact includes a person in their household or someone they were within 6’ of for 15+ minutes.
  • Participants must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while entering and exiting the building, in the hallway and bathroom, and any time not in the dance room.
  • Participants need to be able to maintain 6’ of the distance between other participants at all times.
  • Participants should come dressed for the dance. Use the washroom before leaving home. For increased safety measures, we ask that you limit restroom and locker room usage as much as possible.
  • Participants should eat before or after practice. Snacks are not allowed.
  • Bring a bag/backpack with the following:
    • Large towel, beach towel, or small blanket
    • Water bottle (filled). A drinking fountain is not available.

Modified Operations

  • Parents are not allowed in the building (except those in a parent-child class).
    • Parent watch opportunities are suspended until further notice.
  • Curbside drop-off and pick-up procedures are now in place, located at the northeast doors nearest the dance rooms.
    • Parents must remain in their cars during drop-off and pick-up.
  • Do not arrive more than 5 minutes before class start time. Instructors wait for dancers outside until the class start time.
    • Doors may be locked after class start time as the facility is not open to the public.
    • If you are late dropping off, knock on the window of the first dance room and an instructor comes to the door to get your dancer. Avoid late arrivals as this disrupts the class in progress.
  • Be prompt for pick-up as our instructors need to prepare for their next class.
    • If you are late picking up, your child should wait inside by the NE doors until you arrive.
  • If you must pick your dancer up early, knock on the window of the first dance room and an instructor releases your child. Avoid early pick-ups as they disrupt the class in progress.
  • Classes maintain distance between them while in the facility at the same time.
  • Sanitizing of hands upon entering the dance room is required.
  • Staff wears face coverings when unable to maintain 6’ of physical distance.
  • Participants lay on their own towels/blankets for stretching.

 

New Cleaning & Safety Measures

  • Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of the building and high-touch surfaces is conducted.
  • Dance staff clean equipment and supplies between each group’s use.
  • Bathrooms are sanitized every two hours.
  • End of day cleaning of the recreation center is performed with electrostatic misters for additional disinfecting.
  • Participants displaying any COVID symptoms are isolated until pick-up and can return with a note from a medical professional stating they acknowledge the symptom displayed in class but that the participant is approved to return to the program.
  • Participants who are suspected of having COVID-19, test positive, or have come into close contact with someone who is COVID-positive in the last 14 days must report this information to the Recreation Supervisor so proper protocol can be followed.

Dance Recital Handbook

Attendance

Attend class regularly – your attendance is imperative for your success.

Attire & Personal Belongings

Exceptions for dress code requirements may be made until October to provide our dancers an opportunity to take advantage of our shoe and dancewear sales.

Dance DisciplineHairAttire
Ballet & PointeHair up in a bun, out of face.Black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers. Ballet skirt pink or black is permitted.
Hip-HopHair up, out of face. Comfortable loose-fitted clothing, required hip-hop shoes that are not worn outside. Clothing must cover knees for floor work. Shorts, jeans, sandals, boots and flip flops are not permitted. Black low converse style shoes used for class and recital
JazzHair up, out of face.Leotard, black dance yoga, legging style pant or capri and black jazz shoes.
KinderdanceHair up, out of face.Any leotard with skirt, pink tights, ballet shoes, black tap shoes or black jazz shoes depending on class. No large tutus.
Musical TheatreHair up, out of face.Leotard, tights, dance or yoga style pant or capri and jazz shoes either black or tan depending on costume.
TapHair up, out of face.Leotard, tights, dance or yoga style pant or capri, dance shorts and black jazz tap shoes.
Tiny ToesHair up, out of face.Any leotard with skirt, pink tights, ballet shoes, black tap shoes or black jazz shoes depending on class. No large tutus.

Personal Belongings

  • Cell phones must be turned off and in the bag during class time.

Bathroom Procedure

Encourage your dancer to use the washroom prior to class. Leaving the room interferes with classroom instruction for the class and your dancer.

Twinkle Toes, Tiny Toes & Mini Hip Hop Dancers

  • Dancers cannot leave the classroom without an instructor, parent, or assistant instructor. Classes cannot be left alone for a washroom trip therefore, if necessary, the whole class will have to go to the washroom. We recommend a rotating parent on “Potty Patrol” for the 45-minute class or the parent must stay to help your dancer.
  • Instructors are not allowed to assist in the bathroom or help with pulling up tights. Practice this with your dancer.

Kinderdance & Up

  • Buddy system: dancers must walk to the washroom with another dancer.

 

Costumes

Fee

  • $50 costume fee covers your performance costume for the recital.
  • Costume fees cannot be refunded after December 1. If a dancer withdraws from a class after December 1, that dancer receives a costume.

Measurements

  • Parents are responsible to measure dancers. Return measurements to the instructor. Measurement questions ask your instructor.

Drop-off & Pick-up

Ages 2-9
Require parent in building. Dancers are not permitted to meet parents at another location in or out of the building unless the form is completed.

Ages 10+
Parents may pick-up and drop-off them in the parking lot. Dancers are not permitted to walk home or meet parents at another location in or out of the building unless the form is completed.

Ages 12+
Dancers may arrive and depart on their own. A self-sign out form must be completed.


Late Pick-up

Dancers must stay in the room with the instructor. If late pick up continues, a fee may occur.

Food & Drink

Drinks

  • Only water bottles are allowed in the classroom.
  • Water breaks are at the discretion of the instructor.

Food

  • No food allowed.
  • Treats given out for celebrations must be wrapped and handed out at the end of class when dancers are dismissed to parents.

Important Dates

Dates are subject to change at the discretion of the Carol Stream Park District)

  • Dress Rehearsal, April 29 – Attendance is mandatory to ensure a successful recital.
  • Recital, May 4 – Dancers must stay for the entire recital – approximately 1½ hour.

Placement

Participants could be in the 11:00 am or 2:00 pm recital. Class recital placement depends on sibling conflicts and the number of dancers in each recital.

Registration

Payments

Payments can be made on a month to month basis or in full.

Payments – Monthly Basis All payment plans must be made via automatic withdraw on the 1st of each month for a total of nine months. Complete an automatic payment request form at the time of registration.


Refund and Withdrawal Policy

View Refund and Withdrawal Policy

There are no refunds for missed classes, or costumes.

Forte Dance Company Handbook

Attendance

Regular attendance at all dance classes is expected and imperative to develop the skills to be successful throughout the year. Choreography and technique are taught weekly to prepare for the performances and competition.


Absence

  • All dancers are allowed no more than 3 absences in each class from September through April. Although dancers are allowed 3 absences, we encourage perfect attendance.
  • Dancers should only be absent if it is absolutely necessary. A dancer who misses a class and rehearsal may hold back the progress of the entire team.
  • Attendance is monitored closely in all classes.
  • There are no “make-up” classes for any absence.
  • Excessive absence is not acceptable.
  • If you are sick for multiple weeks, injured, or on vacation let your instructor know.
  • When a dancer is absent from a choreography class, they are expected to learn the choreography prior to returning to the next class.

Promptness 

  • Be on time as rehearsals are very important.

Attire & Personal Belongings

Dress Code

Dress Codes must be followed by Dance Competition members. Dress appropriately for the class including proper shoes. Hair should be styled neatly and away from the face.

Dance DisciplineHairMust-Have AttireClass Attire
BalletHair up in a bun, out of faceBlack leotard camisole (for performances). Pink footed tights. Pink canvas ballet slippers for competition (bought through Carol Stream Park District)Black leotard. Pink ballet shoes. Pink tights. Black ballet skirt.
Hip HopHair up, out of faceComfortable fitted clothing. Clean athletic shoes (that are not worn outside). Pants covering knees (shorts, jeans, boots are not permitted).Girls- shoes (bought through Carol Stream Park District) Boys – After costume is picked
JazzHair up, out of faceLeotard. Tan footed tights (bought through Carol Stream Park District). Black dance or yoga style pant or capri. Black jazz shoes.Leotard. Black leggings. Black jazz shoes.
LyricalHair up in a bun, out of faceBlack leotard camisole (for performances). Pink footed tights. Pink canvas ballet slippers for competition (bought through Carol Stream Park District)Black leotard. Pink ballet shoes. Pink tights. Black ballet skirt.

Personal Belongings

  • Cellphone Usage – Dancers may have phones, but they must remain in bags for the duration of the class. The only time a phone can be used is with the permission of the instructor.
  • No personal belongings.
  • No food or snacks; only water bottles are allowed in the dance rooms.

Behavior & Discipline

Be a Role Model

Set a positive example by being well-behaved, mature, and responsible. It’s Fortè Dancers job set good examples for others. Part of a team and are expected to support, help, and work together with all of your peers.


Dedication

Take rehearsal content and what you learn seriously; practice outside of class as often as necessary.


Discipline

Discipline is carried out in a way that helps children develop self-control and assume responsibility for their own behavior. We make every effort to assist the child in correcting any unacceptable behavior through redirection, reminders of expected behavior, time-outs, and parent conferences. Our approach focuses on positive reinforcement; staff acts in a manner that is kind and caring, yet firm. If an incident occurs, instructors have a behavioral form detailing what happened for parents.


Etiquette

Keep talking to a minimum; excessive talking hinders rehearsal productivity.

Review corrections. When you receive a correction, try to fix it immediately but also remember it in the future so it is not repeated. At the end of class, make mental notes of the corrections you received.

 

Classes

Class Cancellation

Classes may be canceled by the Carol Stream Park District if the facility is closed due to unforeseen circumstances such as power outages, flooding, weather, etc.


Class Combined

Classes may be combined if they do not meet the 6 participation requirements.


Extra Classes

We encourage all company members to take additional classes to work on technique and get a variety of different skills from various instructors. Taking additional classes make Fortè members more well-rounded dancers. Etra classes are not mandatory. An additional fee, costume, and competition fee is applied.


Instructor Substitution

If an instructor is absent due to illness, the Carol Stream Park District reserves the right to staff a qualified substitute or schedule a make-up class.


Make-up Classes

Make-up classes are not scheduled for missed classes due to patron personal conflict.


Missed Classes

Refunds and proration are not issued for missed classes due to patron personal conflict.

Competition

Competitor’s Obligations 

All competitors are required to rehearse during their scheduled time slot as well as a practice throughout the week on their own time. Dancers are provided a copy of all competition music.


Fees

There is a fee per dancer per dance that they are registered for. If dancers are in more than one company, in a small group or technique class payment is per class. Duets and Trio fees are per dancer per group.


Judging

When a competition team member sign-ups, it is with the understanding that being a member of the competitive team. Remember the team is judged as a team when competing, and one student with bad attendance hurts the entire team. Occasionally there are required school events that may interfere with rehearsals, if this is the case, bring it to our attention. Of course, classes may be missed due to illness, injuries.

Competitors are also judged on their costumes, hair, and makeup.


Schedule

The time of competition and the exact day is given a week before the competition.

Costumes

Dancers must wear the appropriate costume for any and all dances that you are a part of.


Borrowed Costumes

Any borrowed costumes from the Carol Stream Park District must be returned at the end of the season. Instructors collect any items that belong to the Carol Stream Park District at the end of the winter season after the Holiday Showcase, and at the end of the season after the competition or recital.


Fees

There are costume fees that provide each dancer with one costume per company they are in. Like the competition fee’s these apply per class that your dancer is in including small groups, multiple companies, and the technique class.


Lost

Keep costumes in a safe place and do not lose any pieces. If you do lose a piece we can try and help you find a replacement but costs extra.

Drop–off & Pick-up

Ages 8+
Parents may pick-up and drop-off them in the parking lot. Dancers are not permitted to walk home or meet parents at another location in or out of the building unless the form is completed.

Ages 12+
Dancers may arrive and depart on their own. A self-sign out form must be completed.


Late Pick-up

Dancers must stay in the room with the instructor. If late pick up continues, a fee may occur.

Performances

The Fortè Dance Company performs around the community in the wintertime; participate in seasonal group outings, two Carol Stream Park District performances, and a competition. All companies come together and perform a finale dance at the end of the recital.

Registration

Payments

Company members must meet the financial requirements for rehearsals, competitions, special performances, and costumes.

Payments – Monthly Basis All payment plans must be made via automatic withdraw on the 15st of each month. Complete an automatic payment request form at the time of registration. Payments are set up to be made two weeks prior to participation. Payments that are not successfully processed prior to the first of the month or participation is suspended. The monthly fee is determined based on the average monthly cost to run the program annually. Price per month is not broken down by the number of practices that month. When there is time off during the summer, fall, and winter the monthly rate remains the same.

Costume, competition, and performance fees are paid through a code throughout the entire season.


Refund and Withdrawal Policy

View Refund and Withdrawal Policy

There are no refunds for missed classes, or costumes.

Small Groups, Trios & Duets

We offer Fortè opportunity for participants interested in competing with additional dances such as trios, duets, or small group dances. This is a selected group of dancers that work well together, have good behavior, and attends class regularly.


Fees

There is an additional costume fee, competition fee, and rehearsal fee. We keep everyone updated on pricing for this additional Fortè opportunity.


Placement

Dancers do not choose their own groups, groups are assigned by instructors. Indicate on your audition form if you’re interested in an additional dance to be performed at the competition.

Volunteering

Holiday Dance Showcase and Spring Dance Recital

At least one parent for each Fortè member is required to volunteer at our Holiday Dance Showcase and Spring Dance Recital. Options include set-up the prior evening or a variety of positions the day of the event. Volunteers must be over the age of 18.


Parent Committee

The Fortè Dance Company has a small parent committee that meets once a month to go over and plan fundraisers, group outings, and parties.

Wellness

  • Dancers should be rested for class.
  • Dancers should have a healthy snack before class.
  • Try to limit dancers’ absences; however, if your dancer is not feeling well keep them home until they feel better.
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