Policies & Procedures
The Turning Pointe Academy of Dance Company (TPAD) is a select dance opportunity for students who have a desire to participate in shows, competitions, and community events. These students show an exceptional interest and talent in dance and have proven to be attentive and committed to participation in class. The Performing Company program is a year-round commitment. To be considered for participation each June, the student must commit to participation in 5 Regional Competitions, 1 in house convention and the National Competition Finals in the summer.
Performing Company members are selected solely at the discretion of the TPAD staff, Jen Rivers, Shamura Caruthers, Brooke Endres, Cameron Rivers, and Brooke Napier. Selection is based on age, ability, attendance, attentiveness, willingness to learn, attitude, respect to instructors and teammates, and parental support of the program. Selection to the TPAD Company is for one year, however, should problems arise during the year affecting any of the selection criteria listed above, TPAD has no obligation to allow the student to continue in the program. Reselection is made in June of each year. There is no obligation or guarantee of continued participation.
Placement of TPAD members in class levels and/or routines is made at the sole discretion of the Staff and is always made with the best interest of the Company. Placement of TPAD members in formations for routines is at the sole discretion of each instructor/choreographer.
*An annual deposit fee of $100.00 per dancer is due 3 days after auditions. This deposit will be applied towards the following year’s National fees. If the dancer leaves the program, the deposit will automatically be forfeited.
Participation in the Company requires dedication and commitment to the team. Members must utilize time appropriately so that participation in the program does not interfere with schoolwork. Homework, school projects, and other outside activities are not excused absences from class. It is important that students participate in extra-curricular activities learn to manage their time properly. Excused absences are limited to illness, family emergencies, and graded school functions (i.e. band, chorus, science fair) and an email or phone call from the parent to the studio must be provided. Parents are asked to schedule dentist, doctor, and orthodontist appointments on non-dance days or at times that do not require missed class time.
Students are allowed two excused absences from a class subject per dance semester (class subject – not teacher). A dance semester is August through January and February through June. However, excessive absences, even excused absences, may impact on the student’s participation in a routine/competition/performance. The decision to remove a student from a routine is at the sole discretion of the teacher and TPAD Director. Additional absences from any class over and above the allowance will require a private lesson at the student’s expense with the teacher of the missed class within thirty days of the absence.
Dates for competitions and conventions are provided well in advance. Absences from competitions, convention and our Nationals for any reason (unless approved by the TPAD staff) are not excused and will result in dismissal from TPAD. Absences from competition for minor illness (i.e. cold, headache, low grade fever) are not excused absences. You must understand each dance is a TEAM effort. If one person is absent, the entire formation and choreography of the routine is jeopardized, and there is no time to correct it the day of a competition.
TPAD members are expected to attend all required classes and to be on time for these classes. Continual absences or tardiness will not be tolerated. Absences and tardiness impact on the entire group and the instructors. A strong support system is required from the TPAD parents. Students must arrive and be picked up from class on time; attend all rehearsals and extra classes; and arrive at shows, performances, and competitions BEFORE the scheduled arrival times. Remember early is on time – on time is late! Any TPAD member absent from any class rehearsing a competition routine during the week of a show, performance, or competition, may not be allowed to participate in that event. This policy will be implemented at the discretion of the staff. Any member falling behind in their class routine(s) may be removed from the routine(s) and/or private instruction may be required. In addition, any dancer arriving 15 minutes after class time has began will not be allowed to participate in that class.
Participation in the TPAD company often requires mandatory rehearsals and classes on weekends. TPAD members are expected to attend all scheduled TPAD events including shows, community events, regional competitions, and National Finals. It is understood that most of these performances are on weekends. National Finals are week-long events held in the summer – usually in June/July National Finals dates and locations will be provided at the first parent meeting.
Extreme Weather or Unexpected Interruption of Classes: If TP must cancel classes due to extreme weather or events beyond our control such as power outages, the missed specialties will be made-up. Technique classes & groups will not be made up. Notification will be made via email, local tv stations, voicemail at studio & facebook. Please make sure we have a current email address on file.
PROPER CLASS ATTIRE
Proper attire is required for all classes. This includes the dancewear listed below and the appropriate shoes. Failure to comply with these rules will result in dismissal from class. If a member is dismissed from class more than twice, they will be removed from the program.
BALLET – THIS APPLIES TO ALL STUDENTS
Girls: When trying classes…
Any style black sports bra & black booty shorts
Tights are not required
Pink, tan, or black split sole ballet shoes
Hair: Secured bun
Leotard in any color
Pink, tan, or black split sole ballet shoes
Hair: Secured bun
Boys: Black, white, or gray fitted tank or fitted Under Amour shirt – no t-shirts
Black shorts – must be above the knee
Black ballet shoes
ALL OTHER CLASSES
Girls: Any color/style leotard or sports bra
Form Fitting Dance shorts – No basketball shorts (soffee shorts are acceptable)
Proper dance shoes for each class
(NO BALLET SHOES/SOCKS FOR JAZZ OR LEAPS & TURNS)
Hair: Secured ponytail or bun
Boys: Any color fitted tank, fitted Under Armour shirt, or appropriate t-shirt (no baggy or loose shirts)
Any color shorts (must be above the knee)
Proper dance shoes for each class
No additional changing time will be allowed between classes. Students late to class due to changing clothes, changing hairstyle, socializing, or eating will not be admitted to class and parents will be notified.
HAIR, MAKEUP, AND ACCESSORIES FOR COMPETITION
GIRLS: To maintain our uniform look, all girls must be able to have a high bun by January 1st. Bangs are not allowed. If you have bangs they must be able to be pulled back and secured. We encourage having your ears pierced! It is often difficult to find accessories that come in non-pierced. Older students: Belly rings are allowed, but a small clear stone will be required for competitions and other TP events (no dangle rings or color/shaped stones). Stage makeup for competition must also be uniform. We will provide information on ordering the makeup used by the TPAD. It is highly recommended to order new makeup every year for health reasons.
TUITION – MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO ‘TURNING POINTE ACADEMY OF DANCE’
Tuition is due on the 1st of each month and is considered late if received after. A late fee of $15.00 will be added on the 2nd and a $10 per week fee will be accessed to your tuition until current. Please note: all specialties/classes will be suspended on the 7th until tuition is current. In the event of suspension, you are still billed for that time. Monthly tuition includes all required TPAD classes and required choreography and rehearsals. An additional fee will be assessed for rehearsals held prior to nationals. There will be a mandatory 2 week boot camp prior to nationals.
A $25.00 discount per month is given on the tuition of families with multiple siblings participating in Company.
Tuition is payable in cash, checks payable to Turning Pointe Academy of Dance, or by Visa or MasterCard. CHECKS RETURNED BY YOUR BANK TO TURNING POINTE ACADEMY OF DANCE OR TURNING POINTE BOOSTER CLUB FOR ANY REASON WILL INCUR A $35 RETURNED CHECK FEE AND FUTURE PAYMENTS MAY BE REQUIRED IN CASH OR BY MONEY ORDER.
Company team members are required to provide a 30 day written notice if they decide to leave at anytime. NO REFUNDS WILL BE ISSUED.
Private instruction to improve technique is available with the teacher of your choice. Please refer to the Private Policy Rate Sheet in the office for hourly rate and policies and procedures. Solos, duets, trios, and optional group routines are privileges extended to students who not only excel in their classes, but who are dedicated and hard workers. The first obligation of each company member must be their required group routines. All solos, duets, trios must be approved by the staff.
If you are selected for a solo, duet, or trio, you must commit to regular, on-going private lessons with your choreographer or a recommended instructor to perfect and improve your routine throughout the entire competition season. Failure to continue private lessons on a regular basis will result in denial of competition participation. This rule is implemented at the discretion of the staff.
No student will be allowed to have a private lesson unless their tuition account and their performing company account is up-to-date. NO EXCEPTIONS.
The studio provides information on approved dance workshops and conventions coming to our area. We encourage participation in workshops and conventions as long as there is no conflict with rehearsals at TPAD..
TPAD BOOSTER CLUB
The TPAD Booster Club is an organization of volunteer parents and supporters of our dancers. The Club’s purpose is to promote and support the activities of the performing company and its members throughout the year. The Club will coordinate competition support, studio spirit, fundraising, social activities, and communication. We hope you will choose to be involved and support our dancers.