Please read our program policies before registering your child!
Attendance Policy: It is in the best interest of the student to attend all scheduled classes! However, there is no penalty for an absence. We ask that you communicate with your child's teacher or email us about any planned or previous absences. A make-up class can be arranged, per our Make-Up Policy, as follows:
Make-Up Policy (only for Recreational Dance Program at the YMCA): Make-up classes may be requested when a child has been absent due to illness or a class cancellation during Quarters 1, 2, and 3. We allow each student two (2) make-up classes per quarter, which must occur within that quarter. Make-up classes may be arranged for a different location or class name than the dancer's class, but must be age-appropriate. Make-up classes must be prearranged and have confirmation before attendance! To schedule a make-up class: Send an email to info@CarolinaDanceCollaborative.org at least three weekdays before your requested make-up class, stating the child's full name, primary class, and date/reason for their absence. Notes: Make-up classes are not allowable for an absence from a virtual class when one was provided. Make-up classes are not allowable during Quarter 4.
Inclement Weather Policy: If we must cancel classes due to inclement weather, parents will be notified by email at least two hours prior to class start time and it will be announced on our Facebook groups. We will not have a virtual class when we cancel due to weather/road conditions, but YMCA Program parents may request a make-up class! To do so, please follow instructions in our Make-up Class Policy (#2). We will reschedule classes for cancellations of classes in our School & Clubhouse or Adaptive Programs.
NO Refunds or Credits/Transfers Policy: There will be no tuition refunds or credits/transfers issued for missed classes due to anything outside of our control. This includes, but is not limited to, class cancellations due to weather/road conditions, class facility closures, change of student interest level, scheduling conflicts, and acts of God.
Performance Policy: Every 4th Quarter student is eligible to perform in the Spring Performance for the YMCA Program at the end of the year. However, it is at the teacher's discretion to determine if a student is disqualified from participating in quarterly or end of year performances due to class participation or lack of attendance. Furthermore, a child who misses more than half of their 4th quarter classes will not be allowed to participate in the Spring Performance.
Crying Child Policy: Sometimes it takes our little dancers a couple of weeks to warm up and become happy participants in class. We will work with you and your child to achieve this! Teachers may handle each situation a little differently, but from our previous experience, we know a crying child can create a domino effect, so we will escort all crying children out of the room and ask them not to re-enter until they are ready to dance. If this happens, we encourage you to observe the ongoing class with your child until they feel confident and composed enough to re-enter. If you think your child will do better if you escort them back into class, we understand, but please step out again.
Bathroom Policy:Please make sure your child uses the restroom priorto class to minimize the distractions during class. If your child needs to use the restroom during class and you are not available, please know that your child will be led to the restroom by a staff member, volunteer, or the parent of another dancer, but no one will go into the stall with your child!We strongly encourage children to be potty-trained; however, if your child is in the process of potty-training, please make sure your child enters class with a clean pull-up. Instructors do not change diapers or pull-ups!
Enrollment Policy: We must have a minimum of 5 registrants to run a class. As each new Quarter/Session approaches, we keep a watch on classes with low enrollment and make efforts to increase enrollment. If it becomes necessary to cancel a class because enrollment is less than 5 students, each family will be notified by email, a few business days prior to their first scheduled class, with suggestions for class options at other times/locations. If a class change is not feasible, we will privately discuss another appropriate alternative.
Health and Safety Policy: The health and safety in the classroom for our staff, students, and their families is of utmost importance to our organization. We maintain high standards of safety in the classroom which includes sanitation of barres, props, and hands between classes. We also provide and encourage use of hand sanitizer for our dance students. We ask our dance families to be considerate of others: Please don't bring your child to class with symptoms of a contagious illness or if you know you/they may be a carrier of a contagious illness due to a recent confirmed exposure.
Parent Wait Time and Viewing Policy (for YMCA Program only): Parents may remain and watch their children from the lobby area inside of most YMCA facilities. Due to limited space at some locations, inside viewing is not feasible, but watching through windows from the outside is. Parents may leave the facility property during class time, but we strongly advise first considering our crying child and bathroom policies (#6 and #7 above) and parents must return before the end of class for a timely pickup.
Subject to Change
Since we are a mobile dance outreach, we ask our dance families and instructors to honor the current COVID-19 guidelines or policies upheld by the facility where your child's class takes place. Additionally, we implore you not to bring your child to class if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you are aware they have had recent exposure to someone with COVID-19.
Agreement to our COVID-19 Waiver is part of online class registration, so it's important to read our COVID-19 Protocols and the Waiver, below:
Instructors sanitize barres, props, and hands between classes.
We provide and encourage use of hand sanitizer for our dance students.
Masks are currently optional for students and teachers.
Please be aware that each host facility could change their policy at any point, in response to government recommendations.
In the event of a class facility closure due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, we will continue to hold classes virtually by Zoom for the duration of the closure.
In case of facility closures, no refund requests will be granted, per Program Policy #4.
Per Program Policy #2, make-up class requests will not be granted when students opt out of attending their virtual class.
COVID-19 Online Waiver As a parent/guardian, online registration requires that you agree to the following: By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my child and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending dance classes with the Carolina Dance Collaborative and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including but not limited to, Carolina Dance Collaborative, participants and their families.
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child or myself including, but not limited to illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind. On my behalf, and on behalf of my child, I hereby release, covenant not to sue Carolina Dance Collaborative, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Carolina Dance Collaborative and its employees whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any dance class/program.
Student Code of Conduct
CDC after school programming should demonstrate high standards of ethics and promote the development of good character and other important life skills. The highest potential of dance is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing integrity with honor according to five core principles: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, and caring. This Code applies to all students involved in CDC after-school programming. Students must also adhere to the Code of Conduct and attendance policies at their specific school’s site.
TRUSTWORTHY — be worthy of trust in all I do.
Integrity — live up to high ideals of ethics and always pursue honor; do what’s right even when it’s unpopular or personally costly.
Honesty — live and compete honorably; don’t lie, cheat, steal or engage in any other dishonest conduct.
Reliability — fulfill commitments; do what I say I will do; be on time to classes and performances.
Loyalty — be loyal to my school and classmates; put the class above personal glory.
RESPECTFUL — treat all people with respect all the time and require the same of other students.
Class — live and dance with class; be a good team player; compliment and encourage extraordinary performance, show sincere respect.
Disrespectful Conduct — don’t engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual or racial nature, trash-talking, taunting, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals or dance itself.
Respect Teachers — treat Dance Teachers with respect; don’t complain about or argue with teachers or their decisions during or after a class or performance. Do not speak while the Teacher is talking.
Role-Modeling — Remember, participation in dance is a privilege, I am expected to represent my school, teachers, and CDC with honor, in and out of the classroom. Consistently exhibit good character and conduct yourself as a positive role model. Suspension or termination of the participation privilege is within the sole discretion of the school administration.
Self-Control — exercise self-control; don’t fight or show excessive displays of anger or frustration; have the strength to overcome the temptation to retaliate.
Healthy Lifestyle — safeguard your health; don’t use any illegal or unhealthy substances including alcohol, tobacco and drugs or engage in any unhealthy techniques to gain, lose or maintain weight.
Attentiveness — commit yourselves to class by focusing on directions and the exercises and combinations at hand.
FAIR — live up to high standards of fair play.
Always be willing to listen and learn.
Demonstrate concern for others; never intentionally engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to self or others.
Help promote the well-being of classmates by positive counseling and encouragement or by reporting any unhealthy or dangerous conduct to an adult.
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