Welcome to the California Dance Company family! These policies are designed to help you understand how things work here at the dance studio. We believe that by creating a fun, nurturing, family atmosphere, our students feel comfortable expressing and developing themselves as dancers and young people. As a result of this belief, our students leave with a love of dance, a sense of self and friendships that will last forever.
Tuition is due by the 1st of each month. If payment is not received by the 15th, a $20 late fee will be added to your account. If tuition is not received by the 15th, we will not permit your dancer to attend class until your account is brought current. Please note that monthly tuition pays for the reservation of the class rather than the actual attendance. If your child is unable to attend a class, tuition is still due in order to reserve his/her spot in the class.
Payment can be made by cash, check or through your My Account online login. The My Account login enables you to pay with a credit and/or debit card. You also have the option of putting your account on Auto Pay; which is run by the 4th of each month. Please note that monthly statements will not be sent and you are responsible for remembering to make your payments.
Please contact office staff any time your child adds or drops a class so your account can be updated accordingly:
- To drop a class, you must notify the office on, or before, the first class meeting of the month in which you want to drop. Otherwise, your account will still be charged the full month’s tuition and you will not receive a credit or discount.
- Students must only attend classes in which they are registered. Any dancer not appearing on a class’ roll sheet will be sent to the office to verify registration before attending the class. Tuition and any applicable registration fees are due prior to the student attending the class.
Monthly payment is not related to the number of classes in any given month. The number of classes each month depends on the calendar and any holidays that take place during that month. Since each month is different, some months will have 3 classes; others will have 4 or 5 classes. Everything balances out over the course of the dance year.
All returned checks will be charged a $25.00 fee.
An annual registration fee of $25.00 is due as soon as you register for class(es) for the first time in a season. The annual registration fee for any subsequent dancers in the same family is $15.00.
Again, please note that we DO NOT send out monthly statements.
Class Placement / Progress
Students will be placed in class according to their age and ability. Their teacher may recommend advancement as the season progresses. These alterations are for the benefit of the student; so he/she can get the most of their training. It is crucial for the student to be in a class where they can make maximum progress.
Tiny Tots and Mini classes are designed to expose the little ones to dance in a fun and creative way. Serious students who would like to continue their dance education should study Ballet, Jazz, Tap and other genres such as Modern and Lyrical. Students may choose to take only one style of dance but their training will be limited. Exposure to diverse types of dance will result in a well-rounded, technically well-trained dancer.
New students who wish to be evaluated for class level placement may take one (1) free class of a selected dance style (example: Jazz). Upon completion of the free class, a recommendation for placement will be made and you may then register your dancer appropriately. If your dancer wishes to try additional dance styles, he/she can do “Drop In” classes at the rate of $13.00 per class.
Studio holidays will follow most school schedules; only closing for major holidays. We do not close for school districts’ in-service days. See our Season Schedule for more information.
Students are encouraged to attend class on a regular basis. Missing classes makes it harder on the student to progress in the curriculum. Please call and let us know if your child will not be attending class.
The studio must be kept informed of any health issues your child is experiencing. For example, in regards to issues such as pulled muscles, sprained joints, broken bones, etc…, a doctor’s note certifying your child is cleared to dance is required. For chronic issues such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, etc…, your child should always have his/her labeled medication with them so that any issues experienced during a parent’s absence during class can be addressed immediately for the safety of the child.
California Dance Company is not liable for any injuries or other damage experienced at the studio or in any other location where performances or appearances may be held. Students must have their own health insurance in the event that treatment becomes necessary for any reason.
We ask that students not leave a class at any time without direct permission from the teacher.
CELL PHONES are not permitted inside the classrooms.
Late students who arrive within 20 minutes of class will be allowed to attend. However, they are not to enter the room until the student has received permission from the teacher to enter and join the class. For students arriving LATER than 20 minutes of start time, the student will not be allowed to attend and will be marked absent.
WATER only in the classrooms; no food/eating/gum chewing allowed.
Dance bags and other personal items should be left in the cubbies, not on the floor.
No hanging on ballet barres nor playing on any equipment.
NO TALKING to fellow students or parents during class as it is very disruptive to others.
Students will make sure to take home all their belongings and clean up after themselves before they leave.
We ask students to wait until the class before them is completely finished before entering the classroom.
Parents – please utilize the upstairs observation rooms to watch class, don’t coach your child during class and keep conversation quiet while classes are in session. Students need to concentrate 100% in class!
Only office staff is allowed in the office.
Children (non-students) must stay in the same room as the parent.
No throwing things or running in the studio and please don’t bring in skateboards, balls, etc…
No children are to be outside without supervision.
Ballet: Leotard, ballet shorts or skirt, tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair needs to be pulled back off face in a ponytail or, preferably, a bun with a headband or bobby pins for bangs. Ballet warm ups are allowed until the instructor asks the dancers to remove them. No t-shirts or tanks allowed.
Jazz: Form-fitting dance clothing such as jazz shorts, pants or capris, tights, leotards and/or tanks are ok. No baggy clothing. Hair must be pulled back with a headband, bobby pins or clips for bangs. Jazz shoes are required; instructors may allow different shoes or no shoes upon request.
Hip Hop: Stretchy, comfortable dance or work-out clothing such as pants, shorts, tanks and t-shirts. Restrictive clothing like jeans, or jean shorts, should not be worn.
Tap: Same as jazz. Tap shoes are required.
Lyrical: Same as jazz. Footundeez are usually worn in place of jazz shoes.
Modern: Same as jazz; usually danced in bare feet.
Dangling jewelry should not be worn in any class.
Dancewear and shoes can be found at the following locations:
- Revolution Dance shoes are available at the studio. Check in the office for sizing and prices.
- Active Wear 4 U across from the studio or check it out at www.activewear4u.com. Call Rhonda at 530.365.9422 for the hippest dance outfits or ask to design them yourself.
- For wholesale prices, try www.discountdance.com or call 800-328-7107.
- Payless Shoe Source and Walmart are a GREAT place to get the little ones’ ballet and tap shoes at very inexpensive prices.
Most classes perform in our Christmas Showcase held at the beautiful Cascade Theatre each December. Due to its popularity, there are two shows with the rehearsal typically being held either the day before, or the morning of, the first performance. More information is available in our monthly e-newsletters or you can check specific dates by clicking here.
Our year-end production is held in mid-June each year with rehearsals the day before, and the morning of, the show. This is an excellent opportunity for students to show off the talents they have acquired throughout the year! Participation in the year-end production is not mandatory; however, the 3-4 months preceding the production will be committed to working on the routines for each performing class. If your student does not plan to participate in the year-end production, please let the office know as soon as possible.
Typically, costumes are not ordered for the Christmas Showcase. For the year-end production, costumes will likely be ordered for all Tiny Tots and Mini classes, along with Jazz, Lyrical and Modern classes for Adults. If a dancer is currently enrolled in a class, he/she will be measured for a costume and it is agreed the dancer will be in the production and therefore responsible for the associated costume fees. Once the costume is ordered, it cannot be returned and the parents remain responsible for its payment, even if the child does not perform in the recital. We cannot make exceptions to this rule!
Please read all e-newsletters carefully and check out the bulletin board at the studio for more details about our productions.
Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 3:30 – 7:00 pm. You may call the studio at 530.365.7749 any time and leave a message. Your phone call will be returned within 48 hours. You may also leave us a handwritten message in the mailbox or e-mail us. There is also a suggestion box located in the first bathroom for you to submit any ideas, solutions or suggestions you may have. We encourage you to share your thoughts on how we can improve the entire studio experience!