2020-21 Studio Handbook
Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!
If this is your first year being part of our dance family, thank you for choosing Junction City School of Dance. For those of you returning, you have been missed, especially as we ended the past school year with online classes and without our traditional recital. We are eager to return to the studio to dance with you, and while this year will look different than previous years, we’re excited for the ways we will learn and grow together.
Our Vision & Mission: I established the studio in 2007 with just a handful of students and a vision that our freedom in Christ Jesus expressed through dance and worship can become someone else’s healing. Today, incredible instructors with years of experience in dance teach students of all ages and levels with a threefold mission — to teach all to dance from a heart of surrender and excellence, to love and encourage dancers to know Christ in new and deeper ways, and to nurture and facilitate personal and spiritual growth in pursuit of becoming vessels that bring glory to God. Junction City School of Dance strives to offer the highest quality dance instruction to all members of our community. We do not discriminate on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or national origin.
Virus Response: We take seriously the health of our dancers, their families, and our teachers, and following state guidelines, we have established studio guidelines that we ask you to review before you register for classes. In addition, before your child dances with us, you will be asked to sign a liability form. We have planned in-person and online classes for this year, knowing that we may have to shift to all online instruction if the state requires dance studios to shutter again for a time. We will seek to update our guidelines and plans in light of ever-changing mandates.
Studio Location: This year we’re excited to announce that we have all our dance classes under the same roof inside Christ’s Center at 530 W. 7th Street in Junction City. Studio A is our larger studio that this year will accommodate 9 to 10 dancers per class under current virus guidelines. Six to 8 dancers per class will fill the Creative Arts Studio, previously known as Studio C.
Studio Director: Our staff has utilized Studio Director, a dance software and online service, for some time, and now we’re bringing you the online platform to you for registration, bill pay, dancer evaluations, and much more! This will require you to create an account, but the process is simple. Click the “account login” button at jcschoolofdance.com to set up your account. After you have done this, you may still choose to pay with cash or check if you prefer.
Communication is important to us. We utilize Facebook and Instagram as well as our newly designed website to post regular updates regarding the studio. You can expect regular emails about studio and class news as well as handouts at the studio. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact us!
Dance from Your Heart!
Amy Baker & JCSD Staff
STUDENT CLASS PLACEMENT
We consider both age and physical development when placing a student in the appropriate level. Please email the studio if you would like to discuss student placement. Most students should plan on spending two years in a level before moving up. This gives students time to not only learn material, but an opportunity to demonstrate what they know as a leader in the class. Please keep in mind that advancement is the result of technical and artistic ability, classroom behavior, and maturity, not just age.
Missed classes may be compensated through attendance at another class of the student’s choice. No refunds are offered for missed classes. It is not necessary to call if your student will be absent unless you are planning to attend a makeup class.
LOST & FOUND
The Lost and Found box is emptied on the 5th of each month. We hold items for one month, and if not claimed, we donate the items to a local charitable organization.
TUITION PRICES for 2020-21
- Registration fee: $45 for the first child in a family and $5 for each additional child
- Costume Fee: $75 per dancer per class
- JCSD T-shirt: $15
- Monthly tuition for all classes is $50 with the exception of the following classes:
- Creative (45 min.): $45
- Ballet II (2 days/week): $130
- Ballet III/IV (3 days/week): $200 (includes Pointe, 2 days/week)
- Other Level III/IV classes: $55
- Stretch & Strengthen: free for Levels II, III, IV or $10 drop-in fee for all others
- Drop-In Fee (all leveled classes): $20 per class
- 6-week classes: $90
- Fall (Monday classes): October 12-November 16
- Winter (Monday classes): February 8-March 15
- Spring (Monday classes, no class on May 31): April 26-June 7
For the 2020-21 school year, a full year of dance can be calculated at 9 1/2 months.
IMPORTANT DATES for 2020-21
- September 8: Classes begin, no Monday classes this week
- October 19-23: Costume sizing
- October 26-30: Recital Flashback Week
- November 26-27: Thanksgiving Holiday
- December 1: Remainder of costume fee due
- December 9-12: Winter Showcase
- December 19-January 3: Christmas vacation, no classes
- January 4: Classes resume
- January 18: Registration closes
- March 22-26: Spring Break, no classes
- May 31: Memorial Day, no Monday classes
- June 16-19: Spring Recital
- TBA: Community Performances
* Please note: JCSD holds all classes on Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day and on school in-service days.
Monthly payments are due on the 1st of each month. Payments more than 10 days late will be assessed a $10 late fee. Returned checks will result in a $25 NSF fee. We encourage payment through the website at www.jcschoolofdance.com.
Cash or check payments should be placed in a sealed envelope labeled with the dancer’s name and can be dropped off in the studio tuition box or mailed to the business office: P.O. Box 543, Junction City, OR 97448
Full tuition will be charged beginning in September and continuing through May. A half month’s tuition will be requested in June. Vacations and breaks have already been taken into account.
SHOWCASE and RECITAL INFORMATION
Tentative plans are being made for our annual Winter Showcase December 9-12. We will provide more information as the date approaches.
Recital tickets will be offered at a reduced rate for the June 2021 recital, which will be held this year in the sanctuary at Christ’s Center over the June 16-19 weekend.
Costume fees for this recital are $75 for each class. You will be required to purchase a separate costume for each class your student participates in. The first half of the costume fee is required at registration. The remainder of the fee is due on or before December 1.
- Single child in a family with Ballet III/IV $250 or without Ballet III/IV $155
- Multiple children in a family with Ballet III/IV $325 or without Ballet III/IV $230
- Pay whole year in advance and receive 10% off the year’s tuition (does not include registration fee, costume fee, apprentice discounts, or any other promotional offers)
(Please label all clothing.)
Tiny Twos/Creative Dance: Students should wear a simple, solid-colored leotard with pink or white ballet tights, and a skirt (optional). Shoes: pink ballet shoes (no bedroom slippers)
Pre-Ballet: Students should wear a light, pink, solid-colored leotard, either pink or white ballet tights, and a skirt (optional). Shoes: pink ballet shoes (no bedroom slippers)
Pre-Tap/Jazz & Tap/Jazz I: Students should wear a simple, solid-colored leotard with tights or leggings. Skirts are optional. Shoes: black tap shoes
Modern I, II, III, IV: Leotard and leggings with bare feet.
Modern/Jazz II: Students should wear leggings or jazz pants with either a leotard or appropriate shirt. Shoes: bare feet or foot undeez
Ballet I/II/III/IV: Students should wear modest, black. solid leotards, pink ballet tights, and pink ballet slippers. Students may come in a skirt, but may be asked to remove it during class. No tutu style skirts. For Level 1 and up, underwear should not be worn with tights.
Jazz III/IV: Students should wear leggings or jazz pants with either a leotard or appropriate shirt. Shoes: black or nude jazz shoes
Hip-Hop/Popping: Students should wear modest, loose-fitted clothing (sweats, shorts, leggings) and clean-soled tennis shoes.
Pre Ballet /Ballet I-IV: Ballet bun required. Please see “How to make a ballet bun” on our website for further instruction.
All other classes: Hair should be SECURELY pulled back from your face. Please no hair touching the face or neck. Full instructions for making a ballet bun are available on our website.
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF POLICY
Current virus restrictions have forced us to change this year’s pick-up and drop-off policy. Dancers may enter through the main studio doors at Christ’s Center on Juniper Street no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins and check in for hand sanitizer and temperature check. We ask that a parent check in each Level 1 and lower dancer. Dancers in Level 2 and higher classes may check in on their own.
No parent is allowed to remain in the building during class time with the exception of Creative and Tiny Two’s classes and then only if a child is struggling to transfer from parent to teacher.
Classes will be dismissed through the studio’s back door*, which is on the north side of the building by the playground and inside the gated parking lot (accessed from the driveway on Kalmia Street). We ask that parents approach the stairs outside that door to pick up their Level 1 and lower dancers. Each dancer is asked to wait quietly inside the building until his/her ride arrives. It is against our policy to have unattended children or teens waiting outside the studio or building. If you have any concerns with this year’s drop off/pickup plan, please reach out to us.
*Level III/IV classes and the morning Creative and Tiny Two’s classes will be dismissed through main studio doors.
JCSD retains the right to charge for every minute a staff member is required to wait with your child for a late pickup — up to $10 for every 5 minutes your child is left waiting. In addition, it is not staff’s responsibility to watch your children who are waiting outside the studios. If the staff member must leave the site with your child, a message will be left with your emergency contact.
*Please note that these guidelines will be updated throughout the 2020-21 year as needed in keeping with state mandates.
Cleaning: JCSD staff will sanitize the facility between each session and seek to limit the number of people inside the studios to provide adequate distancing between staff and students. You will see that we’re reducing the number of dancers per class and shortening some classes for this reason to give us time to clean and to provide adequate spacing of students leaving and arriving.
Face Masks: All dancers ages 5 and older are required by the state to wear face masks indoors (and outdoors if six feet cannot be maintained between individuals).
Health: As you’ll continue to hear as we all work to protect each other from the spread of COVID-19, your dancer must stay home if he/she, you or anyone in your family is coughing, has an abnormal temperature of 99 or higher, or any other COVID-19 symptoms. In general, if you have a question about the health of your dancer or anyone you’ve been in contact with, please exercise caution and stay home! If your dancer has been in contact with someone with coronavirus or has traveled out of the state, we ask that you self quarantine away from the studio for two weeks.
High-risk Individuals: If your child falls into a high risk category for COVID-19 or you live with a high-risk individual, we ask that you consider a different activity for your child. While we will work hard to keep the studio and its surfaces sanitized each day between classes, we cannot guarantee we will be able to maintain appropriate social distancing measures at each point in the class.
DANCER & STUDIO ETIQUETTE
Attendance is a priority. To keep our schedule running smoothly, we ask that students arrive and are ready in the 5 minutes prior to the start of class. If your child is 20 minutes or more late, they will be asked to sit out for the remaining class time and simply observe.
While inside the studios, please help us protect the floor and studio space:
- No gum or food of any kind. However, a water bottle is encouraged as the drinking fountain is temporarily not available.
- No cell phones or electronics
- No street shoes (including cowboy boots, high heels, clogs and black soles) are allowed on the marley floor in Studio A.
- No jewelry
- No touching mirrors or hanging on barres
Taking pictures and videos may only be taken in classes with permission from instructor and dancers.
Personal belongings must be limited to a water bottle (clearly marked with first and last names), dance shoes, and necessary cold and rainy layers. Dance bags are not allowed at the school during the 2020-21 school year because of limited space inside the studios.