Policies

NDC Policies

CLASS REQUIREMENTS

    • Students begin by studying ballet/tap.
    • Students must have the fundamentals of ballet before beginning other disciplines. All new disciplines will be added at the discretion of the director.
    • Technique class is required for all pointe students
    • All students are strongly urged (required) to continue their ballet training.

Students interested in private lessons must request in writing several months in advance. Students must be taking class in the discipline of their private lesson in addition to ballet technique. Private lessons are designed for middle/high school students who are interested in pursuing dance in some capacity in their future or in rare situations for students who need additional instruction with material being covered that they are struggling with. Private lessons are 1 hour in length.

SCHOOL CURRICULUM

The Ballet Curriculum – The ballet/pointe curriculum is based upon the Vagonova method. The Vaganova method (named after Agrippina Vaganova) is considered to be very clean, with precise movements that express clean lines yet softness underneath. Even though a Vaganova trained dancer would be very strong and clean, he/she would still be soft and perform without robotic stiffness. Vaganova emphasized dancing with the entire body, promoting harmonious movement among arms, legs, and torso. Vaganova believed that the torso was the foundation of all movements; so the dancer’s torso had to be strengthened.  This explains a lot of the core work that we do at NDC. In the Vaganova method students are required to have substantial time in preparation for pointe. Technique classes and pre pointe classes are attended consistently for a longer period than other ballet methods (such as the Ceccetti) Also in this method once students achieve the level of pointe a full pointe class is given. Students are expected to dance en pointe as they would in their ballet slippers.

Young students of NDC focus on the basic elements of classical ballet including the introduction of terminology and class room etiquette.  Intermediate students and advanced student expand upon these building blocks becoming familiar with various styles that exist in today’s dance world.

The Jazz Curriculum– The jazz curriculum focuses on developing clean lines, strong technique and the understanding of the body’s core.  Styles include a combination of classical jazz, jazz for musical theatre, and modern jazz movement.

The Tap Curriculum– The tap curriculum emphasizes precision of movement, strong rhythmic skills and technique.  Students are presented with the traditional tap styles as well as the changing styles of tap today.

The Lyrical Curriculum– The lyrical curriculum is a fusion of ballet and jazz technique that interprets music or lyrics while following traditional lines and technique.

Contemporary Dance Curriculum– The modern curriculum focuses on Horton, Humphrey and Graham technique exploring the elements of time and space. The Contemporary curriculum integrates the styles and elements of both ballet and modern dance. It is not a specific dance technique but a collection of methods developed from modern and post-modern dance and can take on many forms including dance fusion, emergent dance and revisionism.

ATTENDANCE

It is in the best interest for students to attend class weekly. Consistent attendance aids in the student’s progress.  Please notify the school when a student is going to be absent.  Parents/students should call the school to leave a message the day of an absence or if it is a planned absence let the teacher know one week ahead of time. Students should discuss the opportunity to make up their class with their teacher.   Makeup class must be scheduled within one month of missed class. A student is permitted four (4) absences per semester.  Should a student’s absence become excessive the student may be dropped one level or withdrawn from class in accordance with the add/drop policy.  In the case of illness (no fever/contagious) students should attend class to watch new material. Students who have achieved the level of adding jazz to their curriculum are expected to learn any new material that has been introduced while they are absent.

TARDINESS

A late arrival does not ensure sufficient time for the body to warm up.  Late arrivals disrupt the flow and concentration of class.  Late arrivals will participate in class at the discretion of the teacher.  Students should wait outside the classroom when they are tardy.

CLASS PLACEMENT

All students are advised to consult with the Director, Roshni Pecora for proper level placement.  Students are placed according to age and ability.  It is customary for most students to remain in a particular level for at least two years.  This is normal and should not be looked at as a setback.  Often the time is needed for a student to progress from executing a step or series of steps to mastering them.  Moving too quickly can be detrimental to the technical and artistic development of the student and create a high risk of injury. This is particularly important in the decision of beginning pointe work.  The student’s body must be ready in many different ways to begin pointe.  Advancement and placement of each student is at the discretion of the faculty. All questions should be directed to Roshni.  Since teachers are scheduled to teach consecutive classes, the need to begin and end class does not allow enough time for teachers to meet with parents between classes.  We encourage you to call the school to arrange a conference.  You can reach Roshni outside the studio at 978-758-7160 or through email Roshnipecora@gmail.com

 ENROLLMENT ADD/DROPPING CLASSES

Students must consult with the Director before adding or dropping any classes.  When adding a class or any other additional dance activity all tuition must be current and consistently paid on time. Students on alternate payment plans and/or receiving financial assistance will be ineligible to add classes. Adding secondary support classes are for the purpose of improving technique students will add a class one level lower for this purpose. Should there be no  a class offered at one level lower adding additional higher level classes are up to the discretion of the Director You must notify the office in writing when dropping a class. October 10th is the deadline for dropping classes. Tuition will be charged until written notification is received.  After the October 10th deadline students will be required to pay tuition for the month in which a class is dropped as well as an additional month’s tuition. Once a class has been dropped a student is not allowed to add it back to their schedule. Adding and dropping classes can disrupt the flow of class.

CLASS OBSERVATION

NDC whole-heartedly encourages weekly viewing of class in progress. This allows you to see your student’s progression and enjoyment.  We require all observers to observe from outside the classroom and to refrain from making comments to students while class is in progress.  Classroom doors will be closed if waiting area becomes excessively noisy, or there are distractions to the students or teacher. Students and siblings are not allowed in unoccupied studios while waiting either for class to begin or while other siblings take class. Unattended siblings will not be allowed due to distraction and excessive noise.

CLASS CANCELLATION

In the event of a teacher’s absence every attempt will be made to provide a substitute teacher. However, any class that must be cancelled due to the absence of the teacher will be made up.  In the event of a student’s absence makeup class options will be available when possible. Students must speak with Roshni for makeup class options. Makeup class for absences must be made within one month of the absence. Students who are enrolled in a private lesson are responsible for tuition regardless of cancellation on the student’s part. During inclement weather, class cancellations are announced on the school’s answering machine and website. Cancellations will also be emailed and text messaged to those who subscribe.  Weekday cancellations will be available after 1:00 PM; weekend cancellations after 8:00 AM.  As a general guideline NDC will follow public school cancellations.  Keep in mind that NDC draws students and teachers from many surrounding communities and therefore consideration to all these areas will be given. Tuition has been calculated to allow two (2) snow days per class.

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