B2D Dance Competition Team Handbook

B2D COMPETITION TEAM HANDBOOK

Updated January 30th, 2017

 

WELCOME NOTE

Dear Dancers and Families,

We’d like to welcome you to the B2D family as a member of our Dance Competition program. You’re now part of an exclusive team of dancers overseen by a talented team of instructors under a studio-wide mission of cultivating talent and personal growth.

This handbook is meant to serve as your guide, and official contract, for all the information, rules, and regulations governing B2D’s dance teams. Due to our recent foray into the exciting world of dance competition, many of these rules are fairly new and thus may be unfamiliar even to dancers who’ve been team members for many years. As such, before you sign this handbook to acknowledge acceptance of its terms, be sure to review it as thoroughly as possible.

In addition, throughout this handbook we outline the studio’s philosophy as it pertains to dance education, team expectations, and the responsibilities of both dancers and parents. Like our rules and regulations, this philosophy has evolved as we ventured into the dance competition realm, and thus, it’s imperative that you keep pace with it as well.

After reviewing this handbook, please electronically sign the acknowledgment section within the timelines noted. We expect to periodically update the Handbooks and will alert you when such updates are made.

Sincerely, 

Rami Shalan

PART I: MISSION AND BACKGROUND

Since its humble beginning in 2007, B2D’s core mission has been to provide the highest quality dance education. Our success in this area always hinged on one simple but crucial factor: The Talent! From day one, we hired, cultivated, and retained some of the most talented dance teachers around, and together, we built dance programs drawing on their talent and expertise; a journey of continuous improvements that continues to this day.

To deliver high-quality dance education, however, we always saw it as our mission to make said education…fun! We sought to make our students enjoy this education by offering it on a platform that provides engaging material, original outlets, and a unique structure that doesn’t necessarily adhere to the industry’s standard practices.

We focused on the basics:

  • Kids love to dance and perform, so why should it take a yearlong class for a chance to perform at a “year-end” recital? And so it was that we broke our yearly calendar into five class sessions featuring a total of three yearly recitals.
  • Stage performances are great, but how about an additional unique performance outlet that fuses the kids’ love for sports and dance? And thus the Dance Cup was born!
  • Dancers love to watch music videos, so why not allow the kids to star in a professionally produced video of their own? Enter the only-of-its-kind B2D Music Video Series!
  • Dance schools tend to have a core faculty of a half-dozen teachers with kids often growing up studying under just a handful. But why not offer a variety of talent and styles so kids can learn from many different teachers over the years?
 And with that, we became home to a 40-teacher strong faculty with over 15 Hip Hop instructors!

In the past few years, the growth of our dance team program, and our entry into the dance competition world, necessitated the addition of a new element to our mission. While the dual mission of quality-but-fun dance education applies equally to our dance teams, we have been increasingly focused on elevating these dancers to a higher caliber of not just skill set, but also commitment! In turn, our expectations of these elite dancers, just like the training provided for them, far exceed what’s offered in our general dance programs.

We look forward to working with our dancers and their families on this exciting dance journey for many years to come!

TEAM’S MISSION


Our team’s mission is to strive to be the best team we can be! Winning is great, but it’s not the ultimate goal. The goal is to constantly improve as dancers, as individuals, and as a team. Above all, we must always give it our best efforts. The effort matters as much, if not more, than the results.

We’d rather place last after working our hearts out, then place first after barely trying! “

TEAM’S GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  1. Embrace the Team Spirit:
    1. Respect all your fellow B2D dancers and your teachers, and expect the same treatment in return.
    2. The team comes first! Think “what’s best for the team” and not “what’s best for me.”
    3. The team is stronger than the individual dancer. The whole is always greater than the sum of its parts
      “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team!”
  2. Accept the Commitment:
    1. This is not a mandatory course; you chose to try out and be part of this elite team.
    2. Therefore, you must treat it as a top priority and to give it your all.
    3. If you prefer a lower commitment dance activity, then focus solely on taking our regular dance classes.
      “A quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor”
  1. Reap What You Sow:
    1. You have to earn your place in the team. You won’t receive a participation medal for showing up; you’ll have to earn one for being good at what you do.
    2. Your progress, advancement and new opportunities in the team are solely based on merit: your hard work, talent, and commitment. Coddling is not observed; but encouragement always is!
      “You gotta earn it!”
  2. Develop Confidence by Accepting Rejection:
    1. Self-confidence is a goal attained through hard work, talent, and reaping the favorable results of both.
    2. At times, things won’t go your way. You won’t be placed in the formations you want, you won’t perform in the pieces you desire, or you along with your teammates won’t win at competition. Such moments in dancing, as in life, are bound to happen.
    3. The key is to take such rejections in strides because they’re part of growing up, as a dancer and as a person. In fact, they are essential for personal growth.
      “To become confident, you must learn to accept rejection and perceive it as an opportunity to get better!”

PART II: TEAM STRUCTURE

MEMBERSHIP

  1. BASIC OBLIGATIONS: All team members are required to meet the following minimum obligations:
    1. Attend the weekly team rehearsal class. The class is typically two hours long, but may be shortened or extended at times. The rehearsal frequency is once per week but may occasionally occur fewer or more times.
    2. Enroll in one foundation class per class session (e.g. Fall Session) by week #1 of the session. Foundation classes include Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern Dance, or Tap.
    3. Perform in all B2D Recitals, in which their team is performing. B2D recitals include Spring Gala, Fall Gala, and the annual Dance Cup.
    4. Perform in all competitions events in which their team is performing. All competitions are announced by early Fall.
    5. To the best of their abilities, participate in all offsite performance events in which their team is participating. Those may include festivals, charity events, or special events.
  2. DURATION:
    1. Your membership in the team, as defined by attendance, training, and event participation, is a yearlong commitment.
    2. While our class sessions run for around 11 weeks at a time, and recurring billing is done on a 4-week basis, we expect all team members to plan their yearly activities in accordance with this yearlong commitment.
    3. For team purposes, our calendar year runs from the Fall Session (September) until the end of the Summer Session (August).
    4. During the summer months, the team schedule is greatly reduced (SEE ATTENDANCE SECTION)
  3. TEAM MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:
    1. We don’t require existing members to re-audition every year to stay in the team.
    2. Throughout the year, however, all members are constantly evaluated and their performance is carefully monitored.
  4. PROBATION AND EXPULSION:
    1. Probation periods and expulsion from the team may be enforced by the team and studio directors at any time if they deem that the member has violated any of the rules and regulations outlined in the team’s Handbook
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WITHDRAWAL

  1. PERMANENT WITHDRAWAL: Members who wish to permanently drop out of the team may do so by sending a written notice to the team and studio directors. You team membership, and all related attendance, training, and billing obligations, would end at the conclusion of the class session (e.g. Fall) in progress at the time of your request for withdrawal.
  2. TEMPORARY WITHDRAWAL: Members who wish to take time off from the team would need to follow the same process and guidelines for permanently dropping out of the team, and may audition to join the team at a later time in accordance with the same guidelines and audition windows available for non-members. In essence, you would have to apply for the team anew, and there’s no guarantee that an audition window would be open at the time of your re-application, or that you would be accepted back into the team by default.
  3. INJURY WITHDRAWAL: Members who can no longer attend the team due to a verifiable injury or ailment may be allowed to remain on the team as observers without being required to participate. The health of our dancers is of paramount importance and you should never dance while injured. Their team-related billing may be prorated, or cease all together, to reflect their non-participation observer status. Upon recovery, the team members would be allowed to re-join the team but are required to undergo an audition to successfully demonstrate that their dance form is at an acceptable level. Depending on the timing of their return, they may not be able to participate in competition.

AUDITIONS

  1. AUDITIONING FOR OTHER TEAMS: Current team members interested in auditioning for other B2D teams can do so by emailing the studio director or applying to an open audition when such auditions are announced.
  2. AGE ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must meet the minimum age eligibility requirements at the time of application, or expect to meet the age requirements by the time the team’s class session commences. As of January 1st, 2017, the age eligibility requirements for the current four B2D teams are as follows:
    1. BeliEVErs: 6 to 9
    2. Beta: 9 to 12
    3. Theo: 12 to 15
    4. Delta: 15 to 18
  3. AGING OUT OF A TEAM: Students who exceed the age range in their current team are allowed to stay in the team provided they seek and receive written approval from the team and studio directors.
  4. AUDITION WINDOWS: Determining whether to accept an existing team dancer into another team is contingent on a host of factors starting with whether the team is accepting new dancers at the time of application. As a general rule, we don’t accept new dancers during the competition season. Beyond that, there is currently no set window for auditions, and thus, interested dancers should apply once they receive notices of upcoming team auditions, or contact the studio director to inquire about upcoming audition opportunities.
  5. PRE-AUDITION QUALIFICATIONS: Beyond age eligibility, various dancer-specific factors are taken into consideration, such as the dancer’s track record of technique mastery, performance skills, attendance record, years of experience, conduct, maturity, ability to work with older teammates, and a host of other factors as deemed relevant by the team and studio directors.
  6. AUDITIONS: If such factors were deemed satisfactory, the dancer would be required to audition for the new team as part of a group of new auditioning candidates, or by taking class with the existing team, or through a private audition in front of the team and studio directors. All auditions incur a fee separate from all regular team fees. The results of the audition would be communicated to the dancer and their parents within 14 days following the audition. There’s no explicit or implicit guarantee that auditioning candidates from existing teams would be accepted into other teams.
  7. SPECIAL TEAMS: Beyond our existing teams, the studio may from time to time create and invite certain dancers to join special teams for specific events or projects or on ongoing basis. There are no defined eligibility criteria for such teams and open auditions may or may not be held for such projects. The invitation or selection of the dancers is made at the discretion of the team and studio directors in accordance with the requirements of the project, event, or objective being pursued.

  1. YEARLY COMPETITION PARTICIPATION:
    1. For the 2017 Competition Season, B2D teams are scheduled to attend a total of three competitions in February and March (SEE list of competitions and dates on your Team’s Info Center on the B2D website.)
  1. ANNOUNCING PARTICIPATION AND DATES:
    1. All competitions and dates will be announced to all teams by early September, before the Fall Session starts.
    2. While all competitions dates are known and announced well in advance, the competition organizers only announce the exact day and time for each team around 7 days before competition weekend. Therefore, all team members must block the entire weekend or the entire date range for the competition until the exact time slot and full schedule are released
  2. COMPETITION PERFORMANCE STRUCTURE:
    1. For the 2017 Competition Season, all B2D teams will be performing their team’s choreography piece from the B2D Fall Gala, after having practiced it over the Holiday Session and part of the Winter Session.
    2. This structure may change in future competitions seasons, where the teams may perform choreography pieces from other B2D Galas, such as the Spring Gala, or perform more than one choreography piece from various galas, (e.g. the pieces from both the Spring and Fall Galas.) All such structural changes would be announced and communicated to dancers and parents before the new competition season commences.
    3. For the 2017 Competition Season, all B2D teams will also perform the same competition piece at the B2D annual Dance Cup, as part of the opening, halftime, or closing ceremony. The 2017 B2D Dance Cup takes place on Sunday, March 19th. [Visit your team’s Info Center page for a full listing of all your performance obligations for the year]

PART III: GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS

  1. GENERAL CONDUCT:
    1. No gossiping.
    2. No inappropriate language.
    3. No bullying, mocking, or teasing.
    4. No negative criticism or hostile behavior directed at your teammates or any other B2D dancers.
  2. CLASS CONDUCT:
    1. While class is in progress, the following actions are prohibited: Personal cell phone use (except for videotaping dance routines), chit chatting, constantly complaining, or interrupting the instructor without properly asking for a chance to speak. You must follow the instructor’s directions at all times.
    2. The team’s director has the right to expel you from the classroom if you violate any of the above rules and regulations.
  3. KEEPING TRACK OF INFORMATION:
    1. Dancers are responsible for communicating effectively with their parents to ensure they keep track of all team-related dates, schedules, policies, and announcements.
    2. Once the schedule and/or any other info are announced, both dancers and parents must mark their calendars and plan accordingly.
  4. TEAM AUTHORITY:
    1. We welcome your feedback about the many matters that the team director opens up for votes. As a team member, however, you cannot make demands about how you should be assessed, rewarded, placed, the choice of costumes, music, or competition, or any other team-related decisions.
    2. All team decisions, including where you get placed in the formations, whether you can do all or just some of the choreography’s parts, or whether you’re ready to participate in a particular performance, rest solely with the team and studio directors, and all such decisions are made in accordance with the highest standards of dance education and in the best interest of the team. Remember, the team comes first!
  5. ONLINE POSTINGS:
    1. If you post any public team-related pictures/videos/mentions on social media or elsewhere, you must attribute the proper credits, including citing the studio’s name, team name, and choreographer’s name.
    2. If the team or studio directors state that you cannot make any public online postings for any event that you attend with the team, you must refrain from making such postings. Many competitions have strict rules about videotaping and taking pictures, and you must follow our directives regarding all team-related events.
  1. RESPONSIBILITY FOR TRACKING TEAM INFO:
    1. Managing a team of youth dancers requires the collaboration of both the parents and the studio’s personnel. We ask that you exercise the same level of diligence and planning for your kids’ team membership as you do for their school and academic matters.
    2. Parents are responsible for keeping track of all team-related dates, schedules, policies, and announcements. Once the schedule and/or any other info are announced, you should mark your calendar and plan accordingly. “I did not know” is not an excuse. “Do we have class today?” is not a question you should have to ask once the schedule is posted.
  2. COMMUNICATION CHANNELS:
    1. There are two main communication channels for each team, which you must follow as diligently as possible:
    2. TEAM INFO CENTER: Your team has a private web page on the studio’s website, where important dates, rules, and all static information will be posted. This channel is for the type of information that does not change frequently (e.g. Competition Dates, Costume Info, etc.) You must reference this page and make note of all the key information listed there.
    3. FACEBOOK PAGE: The team’s Facebook group page is the official communication channel for all dynamic team announcements (i.e. new information or material as they become available), such as practice videos, pointers from the team director, performance gig inquiries from the studio director, and others. We strongly recommend that you customize your Notification Settings for the Facebook group page to receive alerts whenever any postings are made on that page. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you have to create one for team communication purposes.
    4. Emails may be sent from the studio or the team directors covering certain types of announcements, but you must follow the two above mentioned communication channels on your own, and as diligently as possible.
  3. COMMUNICATION WITH DIRECTORS:
    1. Parents are expected and encouraged to have open communication with both the team and studio directors. Communication must be done in a professional and respectful manner, and without disrupting practice, competitions or any other B2D related events.
    2. The best method for non-urgent private communication with the team or studio directors is via email.
    3. As needed, you may request a private meeting with the team or studio directors to discuss any important matters beyond the information covered in the course of team communication or announcements. Text messages, phone calls, and Facebook private messages should only be used for extremely urgent matters.
    4. Team directors are not in charge of fee/tuition-related matters, and all such inquires should be made to the studio director or staff.
  4. PARENT MEETING
    1. At least one parent or guardian must attend Company Parent Meetings when such meetings are held.
  1. DANCER’S EVALUATION:
    1. Your dancers are evaluated solely on merit. This may include a combination of innate talent, hard work, attitude, the ability to improve, and a host of other relevant factors as determined by the team and studio directors. In a dance team, such factors as “my dancer will feel rejected or hurt if he/she doesn’t get to do this or be part of that” do not count. Remember that one of the team’s official guiding principles is for kids to “build confidence by accepting rejection.” If the dancer is unable to hold up that mantra, then a dance competition team may not be for them.
    2. Withholding a dancer from attending practice or competitions as a form of punishment, or threatening to pull your dancer from the team, for reasons beyond what’s outlined in the Attendance and the Membership, Withdrawals & Auditions sections, will be considered in violation of the team’s rules and regulations and may result in dismissal from the team. How you parent is entirely your business, but your dancer’s presence in, or absence from, the team affects the entire team’s operations, and thus, you must follow the proper protocol for all matters related to their team membership and attendance.
  2. TEAM AUTHORITY
    1. We welcome feedback from parents, but you must remember that all artistic, technical, and strategic decisions rest solely with the team and studio directors, and all such decisions are made in accordance with the highest standards of dance education and in the best interest of the team.
    2. Parents making demands about how their kids should be assessed or rewarded or placed or the choice of costumes or competition or music or any other team-related decisions will be considered in violation of the team’s rules and regulations. Remember, the team comes before the individual dancer!
  3. ONLINE POSTINGS:
    1. If you post any public team-related pictures/videos/mentions on social media or elsewhere, you must attribute the proper credits, including citing the studio’s name, team name, and choreographer’s name
    2. If the team or studio directors state that you cannot make any public online postings (pictures or otherwise) for any event that you attend with the team, you must refrain from making such postings. Many competitions have strict rules about videotaping and taking pictures, and you must follow our directives regarding all team-related events.
  4. PROBATION AND EXPULSION
    1. Probation periods and expulsion from the team will be enforced by the team director or studio director at any time if they deem the dancer or their parents to have violated any of the team rules and regulations, including but not limited to, failure to perform at the required skill level, misconduct, failure to attend practices without prior authorization, or failure to meet billing obligations.

PART IV: RULES & REGULATIONS: COMPETITION EVENTS, ATTENDANCE, COSTUMES, AND SCHEDULING

  1. COMPETITION RULES
    1. Parents and dancers are responsible for learning and following the specific rules and regulations for each competition they attend. These rules are above and beyond the studio and team’s rules and vary from one competition to the next.
    2. The studio and team directors will disseminate such information to the parents and dancers, but the responsibility for adhering to these rules rest on the parents and the dancers.
  2. ATTENDANCE
    1. Dancers are required to attend all competitions in which the team is scheduled to participate in a given season. If you can only attend some but not all of the competitions, then you will not be allowed to participate in any competitions during that season.
    2. On a case-by-case basis, the team and studio directors may exempt you from attending one or more competitions during the season and allow you to attend the rest. Parents and dancers must submit a request for exemption to the team and studio directors, in writing and with supporting evidence corroborating the reason for the absence, within 7 days from when the competition schedule is announced, or as soon as the circumstances leading to their anticipated absence arise. It is solely at the discretion of the team and studio directors to grant you the exemption.
    3. All dancers are required to stay at competition until the award ceremony or until the time specified by the team or studio directors. Do not schedule to leave the competition early for any reason. Parents and dancers are responsible for planning all their other events, including vacation, around all team-related scheduled events. Under special circumstances, the team director may grant you permission to leave competition early provided you make such request with supporting evidence at least 7 days before competition. In cases of emergencies that may require you to leave competition early, you must immediately communicate such circumstances to the team director.
  3. TRAVEL & LODGING:
    Parents and dancers are responsible for arranging rides, travel, accommodation to the competition, and for incurring all related fees.
  4. CHAPERONE:
    1. For all team members younger than 16 at the time of competition, at least one parent or guardian is required to escort them to competition or designate another parent/guardian as the chaperone for his or her child, provided each parent/guardian is not responsible for more than two dancers at once.
    2. Provided the competition organizers allow it, female parents/guardians are allowed in the female dressing room, while male parents/guardians are allowed in the male dressing rooms.
    3. All designated chaperones at competition are required to help get their dancers ready in accordance with the team director’s instructions pertaining to costumes, hair, makeup, accessories, and others.
  5. CONDUCT:
    1. While attending competition events, you’re representing the studio and not only your team or yourself. Thus, while the first guiding principle in this handbook is to “respect all your fellow B2D dancers,” at competition you are expected to respect and show the highest sportsmanship towards all dancers, attendees, and staff.
    2. Naturally, when other B2D teams are performing, you ought to cheer them on like they’re your own team.
  1. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
    1. All team rehearsals and required technique classes are mandatory and take precedence over all other activities.
    2. Always arrive on time! If you’re running late, you must inform the team director or call the studio to pass on a message to the director or to the class instructor. Repeated tardiness will be grounds for suspension or expulsion from the team.
    3. Do not schedule to leave team rehearsal or the required technique class early for any reason. In special circumstances, you may submit a written request with supporting evidence to the team director at least 3 days before the rehearsal or class date, and await approval to leave early. Leaving rehearsal early to attend a social event, for example, will not be approved.
  2. FOUNDATION CLASS:
    1. In addition to their mandatory team rehearsal class, all dancers are required to enroll by week #1 of the session in one B2D Foundation Technique class for the entirety of each session (e.g. 11-week Fall Session) and attend it in accordance with the attendance requirements outlined below.
    2. A Foundation Technique class include Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Modern Dance, Tap, or any other class that may be designated by the team and studio directors as a suitable alternative.
    3. Failure to enroll in and attend the required technique class on time, by week #1 of the session, will be grounds for dismissal from the team
  3. ABSENCE RULES & REGULATIONS:
    1. ALLOWABLE ABSENCE LIMITS:
      1. In a given class session, other than Summer, you’re allowed ONLY ONE absence from team rehearsal for a legitimate reason, as defined below.
      2. In a given class session, other than Summer, you’re allowed ONLY TWO absences from your required Foundation Technique class for a legitimate reason, as defined below.
      3. Legitimate absence reasons include sickness, injury, emergency, death in the immediate family, mandatory school event, or an event crucial to the dancer’s academic well being. Missing rehearsal or class to go to a social event or vacation or a sports practice, for example, are not legitimate reasons.
      4. During the Summer sessions, the rehearsal class frequency is reduced substantially (e.g. meet 5 times instead of 11). The attendance requirements are also reduced where dancers are allowed two absences from the team rehearsal and three absences from the required technique class, for legitimate reasons. All other rules and regulations remain in effect, including the required foundation technique class and the manner in which you notify us and obtain approval for absences.
    2. REPORTING ABSENCES:
      1. All non-emergency/sickness absences (e.g. mandatory school event) within the allowable absence limits must be communicated to the team and studio directors at least 7 days before the absence date.
      2. All sickness/emergency-related absences must be communicated to the team and studio directors as soon as the urgent circumstances leading to the absence arise.
    3. REQUESTING EXEMPTION FOR ABSENCES ABOVE ALLOWABLE LIMITS:
      1. To obtain permission for non-emergency absences totaling more than the allowable absence limits, you must make a written request and submit supporting evidence to the team and studio directors by no later than 7 days before the anticipated absence date.
      2. For emergency/sickness/injury absences that exceed the allowable limits, you must submit your request as soon as the urgent circumstances leading to your absence arise.
      3. Approval for such absences is solely at the discretion of the team and studio directors. If approved, the team director will likely require you to take a mandatory private lesson to learn the material covered during your absence. The fees for private lessons are separate from the team fees.
      4. Unapproved absences above the allowable absence limits will be grounds for dismissal from the team.
    4. RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING MATERIAL FOLLOWING ABSENCE:
      1. When a dancer misses the team rehearsal class, they’re responsible for learning the material covered by either working offline with a teammate, practicing on their own using the rehearsal video if one is available, or by scheduling a private lesson with the team director.
      2. If they opt to learn the material covered through a teammate or on their own, the team director has the sole discretion to determine whether the dancer has sufficiently learned the material upon returning to the next class.
      3. Should the team director deem that the dancer has not learned the material sufficiently, then the director may require you to schedule a mandatory private lesson, the fees for which are separate from the team’s regular fees.
  1. MAKEUPS FOR MISSED REHEARSAL CLASS:
    1. Dancers who miss company rehearsal, within the allowable absence limits and with proper notice and approval, can attend regular classes at the studio as makeups.
    2. For everyone one hour of missed rehearsal class, you may attend a regular 1-hour class.
    3. All makeups must be made within the same class session (e.g. Fall) during which the absence occurred, and do not roll over to future sessions and are not transferrable to other dancers. You must obtain a Makeup Card from the front desk before entering the classroom to attend the makeup class.
    4. No refunds or credits will be due to you for missed team rehearsals.
  1. COSTUME OBLIGATIONS:
    1. Parents and dancers are responsible for purchasing all required costumes, makeup kits, and any other accessories that the studio or team directors designate as mandatory.
    2. Parents and dancers are responsible for keeping all their costumes and related accessories in good condition and making sure not to lose or damage them. Parents and dancers are responsible for replacing and re-purchasing any lost or damaged items.
  2. HAIR & MAKEUP OBLIGATIONS:
    1. Dancers, with the help of their parents when applicable, are responsible for learning and successfully applying the team director’s instructions about costumes, hair, makeup, accessories, and any other costume or “team-look” related requirements.
    2. Periodic Hair and Makeup Workshops will be scheduled to train the dancers and their parents on the specific team-look for each competition season. Such workshops are mandatory and the fees for which are separate from the team’s regular fees.
  3. TEAM GEAR OBLIGATIONS:
    1. Parents are responsible for purchasing the Team Gear, separate from the team’s costume, which will be worn by all B2D teams at competition before and after performing.
    2. You may need to re-purchase such items whenever the dancer outgrows the current size, or when the team gear changes. Team gear may change annually, but will not change within a single competition season.
  1. CANCELATIONS 
    1. Team rehearsals may be canceled due to inclement weather, loss of power, team director’s sickness, scheduling conflict, or for any other reason as determined by the studio.
    2. In such cases, we will attempt to schedule a makeup class. But if that’s not feasible, we will credit your account for the value of the canceled rehearsal
    3. If a makeup class is scheduled for an alternative date, you must arrange to attend the new date unless you have an emergency, ailment, or a major prior engagement that cannot be rescheduled.
    4. If you can’t attend the makeup, no credit will be made to your account
  2. ADJUSTMENTS TO REHEARSAL DAY AND TIME
    1. The team’s regular rehearsal days and times may be changed from time to time for the duration of one or more sessions, typically for compelling reasons. The team and/or studio directors will first survey the parents and dancers to ensure that such proposed schedule changes work for the team members. However, in cases where the majority of, but not all, the team members are able to adjust to the new schedule, the team’s proposed schedule change will proceed as planned.
    2. The team members who’re unable to adjust to the schedule change will be exempt from the team and may return to audition at a later date once they’re able to attend the new rehearsal day and time. Priority for such auditions will be given to these team members over other auditioning candidates.

PART V: BILLING AND FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS

  1. RECURRING BILLING:
    1. Parents are responsible for providing a valid debit or credit card on file to use for recurring billings
    2. Parents are responsible for updating their card on file should it get canceled, expired or replaced.
  2. TIMELY PAYMENTS:
    1. Parents are responsible for making all team and competition-related payments within the noted deadlines. All upcoming payments will be communicated to the parents ahead of time.
    2. Declined or late payments will incur a $25 late fee.
    3. Parents with more than three declined or late payments within the same year (September to August) will be automatically switched to an upfront-payment system, where all payments due will be required in advance and in full.
  3. FORFEITING PAYMENTS FOR ABSENCES OR UPON TERMINATION:
    1. No refunds or credits will be issued for rehearsals or classes that were missed by the dancer.
    2. In the event that a dancer must be dismissed from a team either voluntarily or at the request of the team or studio director, the dancer forfeits all monies paid towards the team or related activities.
The following are the fee categories associated with the team membership:

  1. Recurring Team Dues:
    1. Cover the weekly team rehearsal fees.
    2. The fees are $17 per rehearsal hour ($136 every 4 weeks)
    3. The fees are prorated to reflect any days off or rescheduling for the team rehearsal.
    4. The fees are billed directly to the card on file every 4 weeks in advance.
  2. Competition: Entry Fees:
    1. Cover the fees paid to each Competition on behalf of the dancer.
    2. The fees vary by competition, with a range of $35 to $75 per competition.
    3. The fees are billed through a PayPal (or other merchant) payment request sent by the studio to the dancer/parents.
  3. Competition: Studio Fees:
    1. Cover the team director, staff, and administrative fees incurred by the studio in the course of managing and attending competition.
    2. The fee is approximately $40 per competition event.
    3. The fees are billed through a PayPal (or other merchant) payment request sent by the studio to the dancer/parents..
  4. Costume Fees and Hair/Makeup/Accessories Fees:
    1. Cover the costume and “team-look” requirements beyond the basic attire, including the Makeup Kit.
    2. The fee varies, with a range of $30 to $90 for costumes, and $25 to $45 for Makeup Kits, per competition season.
    3. The fees are billed through a PayPal (or other merchant) payment request sent by the studio to the dancer/parents.
  5. Required Hair/Makeup Workshop Fees:
    1. Cover the workshop held once per competition season to illustrate and train the dancers on the specific team look.
    2. The fee range is $20 to $35 per workshop.
    3. The fees are billed through a PayPal (or other merchant) payment request sent by the studio to the dancer/parents.
  6. Team Gear Fees:
    1. Cover the studio-specific warm-up jacket/top that all teams are required to wear to competition (before and after their performance).
    2. The team gear may or may not change for every competition season.
    3. When dancers outgrow their size, they will be required to purchase a new one.
    4. The fee varies, with a range of $30 to $60 per team gear order.
    5. The fees are billed through a PayPal (or other merchant) payment request sent by the studio to the dancer/parents.
  7. Travel & Lodging Fees:
    1. Cover the costs associated with traveling to and staying at competitions venues.
    2. For the 2017 season, no out-of-town competitions requiring overnight stay are planned, and thus no travel and lodging costs are expected beyond the local commute to the event.
    3. The fees are incurred directly by the parents, if applicable.
    4. The studio will not bill you for such fees, unless group transportation (e.g. chartered bus) is arranged by the studio for the participating teams
  8. Mandatory Private Lessons:
    1. Cover the fees for the private lesson required when a dancer misses class within the allowable absence limits but is determined to not have sufficiently learned the material covered during their absence (SEE ATTENDANCE section)
    2. Covers the fees for the privates lessons required when a dancer misses more classes than the allowable absence limits and is granted exemption to continue with the team (SEE ATTENDANCE section)
    3. The fee for the private lesson is $85 per hour.
    4. The fees are billed through the credit card submitted on the B2D Private Lesson Form.

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