Motion Dance CentrePolicies 2021/22
All communication is done via email, so please keep an up to date address on file.
All communications with instructors from parents/guardians is to be done either through studio email addresses, or through phone call/text messages to the dance studio main line: 902-802-8116. Please do not use personal Facebook accounts for communication. Emails and texts will be answered during business hours, and response time can range from 24-48 hours for non-urgent requests, although we will endeavor to answer as soon as possible!
For our competitive teams we will also post in the Motion Dance Centre Competitive Facebook Group.
Classroom Etiquette Policy
All dancers will arrive to class with appropriate dance wear, with proper dance shoes, hair pulled back off of their face if applicable, and a sealed water bottle. Dancers should use the washroom before class to avoid disruption.
All dancewear items are available for purchase in the office. Should you have any questions on the required dancewear for your child’s class, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Class Attendance & Participation Policy
Whenever possible, dancers should participate in class with full energy. Students are expected to make class time a priority unless they are ill, and if they miss class it is their responsibility to learn missed choreography from a friend, through a classroom video, or in a private lesson. Frequent absences may result in being removed from routines in upcoming shows/events/competitions.
Cancellation/Make Up Class Policy
If classes are cancelled due to weather conditions, MDC will make those classes up, and information will be sent out with more details within 48 hours of the cancellation. All cancellations will be posted on our social media accounts by 8am on weekends, and 3pm on weekdays. MDC reserves the right to reschedule classes, combine and/or change class times due to circumstances involving dance related events like competitions, instructor illness, or registration numbers.
Merchandise purchased within our studio may be exchanged or refunded within 15 days of purchase as long as the item is returned with original packaging and in like-new condition. For hygiene reasons, tights are not eligible for exchange or refund if opened.
Tuition fees, registration fees, and costume fees are non-refundable once paid to Motion Dance Centre Inc. We do not offer refunds or credits unless there is a documented medical reason why your dancer can no longer participate, or in the event that you are moving out of province and unable to attend classes. Moving to a new address still within the HRM, a newly arising scheduling conflict with another activity or sporting event, or disinterest in continuing with dance do not qualify students for a refund or credit.
Where applicable, exam fees and competition fees are also considered non-refundable once paid. In these cases, Motion Dance Centre acts as a third party to facilitate the payment of fees from families to competitions and examining bodies, and once those fees have been paid to the external organizations, refunds and credits are out of our control.
Please note, our Covid-19 related refund policy will stay in effect, whereby if a government mandated shutdown occurs, classes will be held on Zoom for the remainder of the affected month, and if we are not able to be back in the classroom the following month, monthly payments will be paused until we can resume, and our season will be extended to make up the missed time.
In the event that a dancer has credits placed on their account from a third party such as a competition or examining body, or tuition credits that may have been given at the discretion of the Artistic Director, those credits are not transferrable to another dancer, and are not redeemable for monetary value. This includes situations where students choose to move to another school, or discontinue dancing altogether These credits do not expire, and will remain on the dancers account for as long as Motion Dance Centre is in operations.
Outstanding Accounts Policy
Motion Dance Centre requires that all tuition, costume and competition fees be paid by June 30th. Dancers with an outstanding balance will not be able to register for the next season until the outstanding balance is paid.
** As of December 29, 2021 **
All staff, students, and parents/caregivers are required to wear masks in the hallways and washrooms of the studio.
Staff and students are required to wear masks in the classroom, according to current restrictions. This will be re-evaluated on January 12, 2022.
Covid-19 Vaccine Policy
** As of December 29th, 2021 **
As of October 4th, 2021 the province has mandated that we are required to ask to see proof of vaccination for students 12+, as well as for adults participating in Adult Tap, Adult Ballet, Adult Jazz/Hip Hop, Parent Dance, Intellidance Tykes, Intellidance Tots, and Yoga.
You can either forward your vaccine records to the office at email@example.com, or by stopping in during office hours. Once we see the proof of vaccine, we will put a note on the student file, and will not need to see proof every time they enter the building.
For students who are 11 and under, they are currently able to participate regardless of the vaccine status of their parent or caregiver, however unvaccinated parents and caregivers will not be able to come inside for drop off/pickup, and will not be able to attend our December recital.
As of October 4th, 2021 we will be required to ask all adults entering the building during drop off and pickup to show proof of vaccination.
Current Covid-19 Operating Procedures
** As of December 29th, 2021 **
We continue to hold safety as our top value as a studio. All students and staff are to sanitize their hands before entering class, and after exiting class. Masks are required inside our building.
Our staff is fully vaccinated, and as per the government mandated vaccine policy, as of October 4th 2021, all students 12+ must be double vaccinated to attend classes, and all parents and caregivers must be double vaccinated to enter the building.
Recognizing that our hallways are narrow, we ask that parents who are able to drop their dancer off and leave do so, only returning in the last 5 minutes of class for pickup.
We ask that parents/caregivers that do stay during class time social distance while in the hallways.
Social distancing will be required in dance classes. Each classroom has 6 foot squares taped to the floor, and students will be asked to dance within their squares, in accordance with the provincial restrictions mandated. This will be re-evaluated on January 12th, 2022.
Following the government self assessment tool provided (can be found here: https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en) we ask that any student who is either experiencing themselves, or has a close family member in the home who is experiencing Covid-19 related symptoms and is driving the student to class, do not enter the studio space until they have either received a negative Covid-19 test or their symptoms have cleared.
Dancers who are in class and are visibly showing symptoms will be asked to call a parent to pick them up.