Policies

Arrive Early to Sign In

Please arrive 10 minutes at the studio prior to the start time of your class to sign in and get yourself ready. To provide high quality dance classes and prevent any interruptions or distractions, we are not allowing students who arrive 20 minutes beyond class start time. Students arriving late will have to wait for the next sessions.

Dance Competition Policies

Purdance has a set schedule of competitions and outside events that we attend each year. A student’s participation in these events will be determined by their teacher.

  • Students compete at their own risk and must sign a Purdance release form.
  • All students should have a clear understanding of the responsibilities of entering a dance competition. Students must follow the teacher’s preparation plans for competition. These may require, but are not limited to, additional practice time and lessons. We welcome discussion and questions regarding your ability to participate in these events.
  • Deadlines for turning in appropriate forms and payments must be met in order to participate in any outside competition/event. Students who turn in late forms or payments will not be allowed to participate.
  • Participation expenses will vary. These may include but are not limited to:
  1. Fees to outside event organizers
  2. Processing fees to Purdance
  3. Preparation expenses (i.e. additional lessons, extra practice sessions, costumes, makeup, hairstyling, etc.)
  4. Transportation costs to and from the event
  5. Teachers’ hourly rates/fees/expenses at the event (Pro/Am students should discuss these fees with their teacher prior to signing up for any event)
  • Purdance does everything possible to avoid excessive fees and keep costs as reasonably low as possible. It is our goal to make these events both fun and affordable.

Food/Drink

Please no food, soft drinks or chewing gum in the studio with the exception of water. Bringing your own water bottle to class is encouraged.

Call if You’re Late

We appreciate a courtesy call to the Purdance office at (408) 444-LEAP if you anticipate being late to a class or missing a class that is part of a program.

Late Arrivals

Arriving late to class can be disruptive to other students and distract from the focus of a learning atmosphere. If you arrive 15 minutes past the start time of class, it is up to the instructors’ discretion to have you join the class or only observe.

Injuries and Illnesses

Students should keep the faculty informed of any recent illnesses, injuries, or other conditions that may interfere with their classwork.

Physical Contact

Please be advised that the study of dance involves physical contact. Instructors will often need to make hands-on contact to adjust students’ alignment and to demonstrate proper motion. To best ensure their safety physical contact between students is not permitted.

Pets

Although we love your furry friends, our primary concern is to ensure the safety and health of all our dancers and Purdance staff. We ask that you do not bring any pets into the building with the exception of licensed service animals.

Photography & Video

Private photography or videotaping of other students is strictly prohibited. Please respect the privacy and comfort of all involved and reserve your photography and videography for outside of the studio.

Footwear

Please bring indoor dance shoes and change into the shoes when you arrive to the studio. Street shoes are not permitted because dirt and pebbles can create sharp, sticky and/or slippery hazards for fellow dancers.

Parent Code of Ethics

Purdance cares about the safety and health of our students. As a parent or legal guardian, I will support my child’s participation in Purdance’s curriculum through the following:

  • Accompany your child into and from the studio at all times.
  • Stay with your child until at least 10 minutes prior to class time and return for them immediately at class end time.
  • Stay in the studio for the duration of class if your child is in Preschool.
  • Encourage your child to participate in positive teamwork and have respectful regards for all dancers, viewers, teachers and Purdance staff.
  • Support the teachers in managing their students and choreography as they feel benefits the entire class.
  • Focus on your child’s efforts and support your child’s performances.
  • Private videotaping of group classes or Purdance shows is strictly prohibited.
  • Call the studio at (408) 444-LEAP if you anticipate your child will arrive late or miss a class.
  • Please feel free to make an appointment to speak with a teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Parents, your child’s safety is our primary concern and children don’t want to be the last ones to be picked up. Please pick up your children on time. Parents late to pick up their children 30 minutes after a class has ended will be charged $30.00. Every 10 minutes thereafter is an added $10.00 charge. If you anticipate arriving late, please inform the Purdance Office about your arrival time.
  • Parents are invited into the classroom to observe class during special Parent Observation events.
  • Parents and students should regularly check the bulletin boards in the entryway for news and information.
  • Changing into a different group class can be done only through the joint authorization of the teacher whose class the student is leaving and the teacher of the class the student would like to join.
  • If for any reason you would like to withdraw your child from a group class, you must complete a Purdance Withdrawal form.
  • Classes are non-transferable. Missed classed are not pro-rated or redeemable for cash. Make-up classes for your child’s absences are not provided.
  • Class space is limited and filled on a first-come, first–served basis.
  • Due to these limited class sizes, we are unable to offer make-ups or refunds for missed classes.

Student Code of Ethics

  • I will attend my classes regularly.
  • I will come to class on time.
  • I will wear my hair pulled back from my face in a neat bun for ballet or ponytail for jazz.
  • I will wear proper dance attire for class and wear a cover-up over my dancewear when arriving and leaving Purdance.
  • I will not wear my dance shoes outside of the building.
  • I will use the restroom before or after class and inform my teacher if I need to use it during class.
  • I will demonstrate respect for my fellow students, teachers and Purdance staff.
  • I will treat the Purdance studios and belongings of my fellow students with care and consideration.
  • I will keep track of my dance attire, shoes and belongings and keep the dance area clean.
  • I will clean up after any messes I make.
  • I will bring only my dance supplies and water into the studio rooms. I will leave my personal valuables with my parents or at home.
  • I will keep my cell phone off or silent during class and off the dance floor.
  • I will listen while my teacher is giving instructions and raise my hand to ask questions or comment.
  • I will speak positive and happy words about my parents, fellow students, teachers and Purdance staff.
  • I will rest at home if I am too sick to participate in class.
  • I will learn through observation if I have an injury.
  • I will be courteous, optimistic and well-mannered. I understand I may be dismissed from class for misbehavior.
  • I will walk, not run, and speak with inside voices when I am at Purdance.
  • I will tell my teacher in advance if I need to leave class early for any reason.
  • I will leave the Purdance only with a parent/guardian.
  • I will stay off of the wall barres or center barres unless instructed by my teacher.
  • I will read Purdance newsletters and be responsible for upcoming events and performances.