B2D Dance Competition Team Handbook (2021 Season)

B2D COMPETITION TEAM HANDBOOK

Updated August 20th, 2020

Director’s Welcome Note

 Dear Dancers and Families,

We’d like to welcome you to the B2D family as a member of our Competition Team Program. You’re now part of an exclusive team of dancers overseen by a talented group of coaches 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. 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. Before you sign this handbook to acknowledge acceptance of its terms, be sure to review it as thoroughly as possible.

Once your review is completed, 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

Studio Director
Born 2 Dance Studio


PART I: TEAM’S MISSION & GUIDING PRINCIPALS

 

A) TEAM’S MISSION

Our team’s mission is to strive to be the best we can be! Winning is great, but it’s not the only 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. As we always say, “Growth is our favorite trophy.” 

 

B) 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 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.”
  3. 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. We will help you become a good dancer, but the success of these efforts rest on you.
    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!”
  4. 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

 

A) 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 1.5 to 2 hours long, but may be shortened or extended at times. The rehearsal frequency is once per week. 
    2. By day #1 of the Fall session, enroll in one foundation technique class for the entire season. Some classes are offered as quarterly courses, and Ballet I through IV classes are offered as year-round courses from September to June. For Hip Hop team members, foundation classes include Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, or Tap. For Jazz and Contemporary team members, your required technique class is either Ballet or Pointe.
    3. Perform in all B2D Recitals, in which their team is performing. B2D recitals include Spring Gala, Fall Gala, and the annual Urban Games.
    4. Perform in all competition events in which their team is performing. All competitions are announced by early to late 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 quarterly class sessions run for around 11-12 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) and offers flexibility in that a total of 6 rehearsals are offered, but you’re only required to attend 4 of them.
  3. TEAM MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL:
    1. All current team members are required to re-audition every year to stay in their teams.
    2. Throughout the year, all members are constantly evaluated and their performance is carefully monitored and communicated to both the dancer and their parents.
  4. PROBATION AND EXPULSION:
    1. During the season, probation periods and expulsion from the team may be enforced by the coach and studio director at any time if they deem that the member has violated any of the rules and regulations outlined in the team’s Handbook, including failing to meet the team’s performance standards.

 

B) WITHDRAWAL

  1. PERMANENT WITHDRAWAL: Members who wish to permanently drop out of the team may do so by sending a written notice to the coach and studio director. Your 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. Needless to say, dancers dropping out in the middle of the season would cause major disruption to the team’s choreography and formations.
  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.

 

C) AUDITIONS

  1. AUDITIONING FOR OTHER TEAMS: Current team members interested in auditioning for other B2D teams can do so by participating in our annual public auditions, typically held in May or June after the end of the current season.
  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 our Fall Session commences, typically on the Tuesday after Labor Day.
  3. AGING OUT OF A TEAM: Students who exceed the age range in their current team are allowed to stay in the team, if they so choose, provided they seek and receive written approval from the coach and studio director.
  4. TEAM AGE BRACKET: Each team’s age bracket (e.g. XYZ team for ages 10 to 12) may be adjusted with every new season (e.g. increased to ages 11 to 13), or may stay the same. The studio takes various factors into account when making that decision.
  5. 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 director in accordance with the requirements of the project, event, or objective being pursued.

 

D) DANCE COMPETITION STRUCTURE

  1. YEARLY COMPETITION PARTICIPATION:
    1. For the 2020/2021 Competition season, B2D teams plans to attend a total of three regional competitions in March, April, and May. Typically that number is four, but given the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re cutting it down to three only.
  2. ANNOUNCING PARTICIPATION AND DATES:
    1. Typically all competitions and dates are announced to all teams by August, before the Fall Session starts. For the 2020/2021 season, we will be announcing them in late Fall as we get more information about each events’ pandemic safety protocols. 
    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.
  3. COMPETITION PERFORMANCE STRUCTURE:
    1. Typically, all non-Beginner new teams will perform their team’s choreography piece first at the B2D Fall Gala (December), then at each of the competition events during the season. However, for the 2020/2021 season, there will be no B2D recital due to the pandemic. 
    2. During the B2D Spring Session (March to June), each team will learn a new piece for the B2D Spring Recital (June 2021), while continuing to perform the original Fall piece at the April and May competition events.

PART III: GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS

 

A) DANCERS: 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 coach without properly asking for a chance to speak. You must follow the coach’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 coach 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 coach and studio director, 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 and tagging, including citing the studio’s name, team name, and choreographer’s name.
    2. If the coach or studio director 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.

 

B) PARENTS: GENERAL RULES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  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.
  2. COMMUNICATION CHANNELS:
    1. There are two main communication channels for each team, which you must follow as diligently as possible:
    2. TEAM SNAP APP: Each team has a Team Snap group, which we utilize for posting the rehearsal and event schedule, as well as for sending posts, alerts, and team chats. If you haven’t already, please download the app and we’ll add you to your team’s group.
    3. FACEBOOK PAGE: Each team’s Facebook group page is the official video and music posting channel, where we post practice videos, music files, and other info. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you have to create one for team purposes (with an alias even just so you’d get the team material without having to be visible on Facebook.)
    4. Emails may be sent from the studio or the coach 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 COACH AND DIRECTOR:
    1. Parents are expected and encouraged to have open communication with both the team’s coach and the studio director. 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 coach or studio director is via email.
    3. As needed, you may request a private meeting with the coach or studio director 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 coaches are not in charge of fee/tuition-related matters, and all such inquires should be made to the studio director or staff.
  4. ANNUAL TEAM MEETING
    1. At least one parent or guardian must attend the Annual Parent Meeting when such meetings are held.
    2. In conjunction with the meeting or separate from it, the studio organizes an annual Team Banquet at the studio, which is meant to foster bonding amongst all our teams, parents, and coaches. Attending the banquet, by at least one parent, is strongly encouraged.
  5. 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 coach and studio director. 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 learning to accept 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 your child 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.
  6. TEAM AUTHORITY:
    1. We welcome feedback from parents, but you must remember that all artistic, technical, and strategic decisions rest solely with the coach and studio director, 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!
  7. ONLINE POSTINGS:
    1. If you post any public team-related pictures/videos/mentions on social media or elsewhere, you must attribute the proper credits and tagging, including citing the studio’s name, team name, and choreographer’s name
    2. If the coach or studio director 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.
  8. 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

 

A) COMPETITION EVENT REGULATIONS

  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 coach and studio director 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 coach and studio director 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 coach and studio director, 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 coach and studio director 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 coach or studio director. 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 coach 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. As has been the case in the past three seasons, we do not plan on attending any out-of-town events, and thus, no overnight stay is needed
  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.

 

B) ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS 

  1. ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS:
    1. All team rehearsals and required technique classes are mandatory and take precedence over all other leisure 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 coach 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 Fall session in one B2D Foundation Technique class for the entirety of each session (e.g. 12-week Fall Session), or for the entire year, which is now an available option for Ballet classes, and attend it in accordance with the attendance requirements outlined below.
    2. A Foundation Technique class includes Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, or Tap, or any other class that may be designated by the coach and studio director as a suitable alternative.
    3. Failure to enroll in and attend the required technique class on time, by week #1 of the session, may be grounds for dismissal from the team.
  3. ABSENCE RULES & REGULATIONS:
    1. ALLOWABLE ABSENCE LIMITS:
      1. In a given class session (e.g. Fall), 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 team rehearsal class frequency is reduced substantially, where 6 rehearsals are offered; you’re only required to attend 4; and are billed for only 5.
      5. During the Summer sessions, the attendance requirements for the Foundation Technique class are to attend 6 hours of technique class.
    2. REPORTING ABSENCES:
      1. All non-emergency/sickness absences (e.g. mandatory school event) within the allowable absence limits must be communicated to the coach and studio director at least 7 days before the absence date.
      2. All sickness/emergency-related absences must be communicated to the coach and studio director as soon as the urgent circumstances leading to the absence arise.
      3. Communication to the coach and/or studio director to report absences must be made via email or a TeamSnap message. Marking your availability as absent inside the TeamSnap app is NOT enough.
    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 coach and studio director 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 coach and studio director. 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 coach has the sole discretion to determine whether the dancer has sufficiently learned the material upon returning to the next class.
      3. Should the team coach 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.
    5. MAKEUPS FOR MISSED REHEARSAL CLASS
      1. Dancers who miss team 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 transferable to other dancers.
      4. You must obtain a Makeup Card from the front desk before entering the classroom to attend the makeup class.
      5. No refunds or credits will be due to you for missed team rehearsals.

 

C) COSTUMES, HAIR, AND MAKEUP REGULATIONS

  1. COSTUME OBLIGATIONS:
    1. Parents and dancers are responsible for purchasing all required costumes, makeup kits, team T-shirt, team jacket, and any other accessories that the coach or studio director 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. Hair and Makeup tutorial videos are offered to train the dancers and their parents on the specific team-look for each competition season.
  3. TEAM GEAR OBLIGATIONS:
    1. Parents are responsible for purchasing the Team Jacket, 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.

 

D) SCHEDULING REGULATIONS 

  1. CANCELLATIONS 
    1. Team rehearsals may be canceled due to inclement weather, loss of power, team coach’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 coach and/or studio director may 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

 

A) BILLING RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. RECURRING BILLING:
    1. Parents are responsible for providing a valid debit or credit card on file to use for recurring and all team-related 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 coach or studio director, the dancer forfeits all monies paid towards the team or related activities.

 

B) TEAM FEES AND BILLING METHODS

The following are the fee categories associated with the team membership. These rates apply to teams only and are separate from Solo/Duet/Trio competition divisions, as those are relayed privately to members participating in such activities.

Please note that while we can outline our studio-related fees (e.g Team Dues, Studio’s Competition fees, etc.) with precision, we can only offer a range for other fees over which we have little control, such as costumes, competition entry fees, accessories, etc. To the best of our ability, we try to stay within the ranges noted.

1) BILLING METHOD:
All team-related billing, including the items outlined above, are to be charged to the dancer’s credit card on file. The studio sends out an outline of fee schedule and dates for each competition season, but the exact amounts and dates will vary from time to time.

2) BILLING ITEMS:

  1. Recurring Team Dues:
    1. Cover the weekly team rehearsal fees.
    2. The fees are $19 per rehearsal hour (e.g. $152 every 4 weeks in the case of teams meeting for two hours per week).
    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, typically during the week preceding the 4-week billing period.
    5. Dancers in more than one B2D competition team will receive a 10% discount on their second (or third or fourth, if applicable) team’s billing.
  2. Competition: Entry Fees:
    1. Cover the fees paid to each Competition on behalf of the dancer.
    2. The fees vary by competition, with an estimated range of $45 to $65 per competition (based on the 2019/2020 season).
  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 $40 per local competition event.
  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.
  5. 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), as well as a Team T-Shirt, which dancers wear to festivals or other events in which the teams are participating.
    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. In the 2019/2020 season, the warmup jacket costed $49 and the T-shirt costed $19.50.
  6. Stage Rehearsal Fee:
    1. Covers the offsite dress rehearsal we host before the first competition of the season. This rehearsal is designed to allow all our entries to run their pieces on stage before going to competition.
    2. The stage rehearsal is only applicable for beginner-level teams that don’t perform at the Fall recital.
    3. The fee is $30 per dancer per group entry
  7. Travel & Lodging Fees:
    1. None. No out-of-town competition events are planned.
  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.

PART VI: ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND SIGNATURE

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