Etiquette And Policies
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Following are the terms and conditions of the enrollment of your child for whom you are the parent/guardian, with Ballet Classique Methusela (BCM).

What Is Etiquette

Dance training is built on standards that reflect respect and professionalism. It is the expectation that everyone will physically demonstrate esteem for the art form, the teachers and other students.

We Expect Our Dancers To:

Dress Like A Dancer

Follow the dress code policy. Being properly dressed shows the teacher you are serious about your art form and that you have respect for yourself. Ensure that your tights, bodysuit, and exam skirts are clean and unripped, proper fitting and in good condition. Warm-up clothing for older dancers will not be permitted in class. Students will not be permitted to enter class without the proper attire.

Be Neat

Long Hair must be secured in a tight bun prior to entering the classroom. Hair that is not long enough for a bun must be secured back from face with a dance head band. No jewelry may be worn except for studs. Light colored and tasteful nail polish only is permitted (ex. clear or a very light pink). Please ensure that any tasteful polish worn is unchipped.

Be Present and On Time

Please make every effort to be present at all your classes and arrive in a timely fashion. Older dancers are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to class start time to warm-up, stretch and focus their minds in preparation for class. -If you are going to be absent please notify the studio by email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (403) 245-4346.

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There is no refund for missed classes. Missed classes may be made up in a class of the same or lower level within 30 days of missed class. Please request permission in advance prior to attending a makeup class. Arriving late is disruptive to the overall flow of the class, other students and the teacher. The etiquette expected if late for a class is to please enter quietly, excuse yourself and take your place as quickly as possible.

Be Verbally Respectful

Students are required to address all teachers and staff by using Mr. or Ms. & Their First Name. Proper etiquette in the classroom is expected at all times. Upon the completion of class, thank your instructor before leaving. This also applies to guest teachers and substitutes. Students are expected to treat the teachers and staff of BCM with proper respect at all times and shall receive the same from BCM staff in return. Respectful and attentive behavior is expected. The school has the right to suspend any student when the director concludes that a student is willfully disobedient to a teacher or the student’s or parents behavior has a harmful effect on the other students. Disobedience and bullying will not be tolerated at BCM.

Our Manners

Dancers are polite ladies and gentlemen.They should not lean against the wall or barre. Sitting down, unless directed to do so, is not acceptable. Chewing gum in class is not permitted. Yawning, talking and whispering is considered rude behavior. Water only (in a secure closable container) is permitted in the studio. Water breaks are given by the instructor periodically throughout class. It is recommended practice to drink water before and after class ends. Dancers should always ask permission to leave the studio while class is in progress. Dancers are asked to use the washroom prior to class commencement. In the case of needing to use a washroom during class permission is to be asked of your instructor.

Our Attention and Attitude

Dancers are in class to work, watch, listen, and learn.   Attention and focus are indispensible. Students are expected to learn the proper vocabulary and be able to pick up steps quickly and correctly. Ballet discipline requires that you start and finish a combination to the best of your abilities and with as much grace as you can. The display of negative emotions is considered inappropriate. Above all, this is a place for students to learn and enjoy dancing. Our goal is to give each and every student equal opportunity to achieve success. Remember a good attitude is very important in any learning environment.

No Electronics

Leave Your Electronics In Your Dance Bags (turned off) or At Home. Stretching, Warming Up and Mentally Preparing for class is considered a valuable use of pre-class time.

We Expect Our Parents To:

(In Addition To Etiquette For Dancers)

Be Aware of Studio Dates and Events

It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to be aware of all school dates and events. Parents are expected to pick up their notices from their mail slots weekly, check and read emails and read any notices posted. It is also the responsibility of the parents to inform the school of any email, address or phone number changes.

BCM and its staff are not responsible for personal injury or damage/loss of belongings on its premises.

BCM reserves the rights to change, cancel or substitute dates, classes and schedules, as well as add or remove faculty members at any time.

BCM has a policy of a 'one school enrollment', meaning that each student enrolled in BCM will not be enrolled in ballet classes with another school.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Punctual drop off and pick up is expected. With respect to a late pickup, a parent is expected to contact the studio immediately in the case of extenuating circumstances in order to notify your child and her teacher. A late pickup fee of $15 is imposed if we have to wait between 5-10 minutes for your child to be picked up; after 10 minutes it is an additional $1/minute.

Electronics In Waiting Area

As we expect our dancers to leave their electronics at home, it is only fair to request the same consideration from parents in the waiting areas.

Washrooms

Please make sure your children use the washroom before class to minimize interruptions and maximize the valuable learning time available to them.

Nut Free Premises

For the safety and wellbeing of our instructors and students, BCM is a nut free zone.

Extreme Weather

When temperatures exceed -30 classes will be cancelled. If driving conditions due to blizzards etc. are extreme and dangerous, classes will also be cancelled. We value our students and their families and wish to ensure their safety at all times. If a class is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions or dangerous driving conditions, you may make up the lesson within 30 days in a similar level class. Refunds or credits are not given.

To request permission to schedule a make-up class please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 403 245-4346.

Photos; Video

BCM parents understand that BCM reserves the right to use it’s former or current student photos, video or the like for publicity and marketing of the school. For the privacy of ALL students, any videos/photos taken on phones or cameras during class time are NOT to be posted on any form of public media by parents. This is being enforced.

One School enrollment Policy

BCM has a 'one school enrollment policy'. This means that students enrolled in ballet at BCM will not be enrolled in ballet classes at another school.

Personal Injury or Damage and Loss of Belongings

BCM and its staff are not responsible for personal injury or damage/loss of belongings on its premises.

Class Time Changes and Scheduling

It is understood that BCM reserves the rights to change, cancel or substitute dates, classes and schedules, as well as add or remove faculty members at any time.

Payment

Payment in the form of postdated cheques is due in full NO LATER than student’s first class. An additional $30 fee will be charged if payment in full is not provided. Please note this includes costume fees and year registration fee. 

Payment may be made in 1 payment or 3 payments. A monthly payment option is also provided however, a 10% surcharge applies to this for tuition under $1000 per year. Discounts cannot be combined with any other discount. Returned cheques are subject to a $40 NSF fee. After 2 NSF cheques cash or money order payment is expected for the remaining tuition/fees. In the event your account/payment is more than 30 days late, BCM will forward all bills to Vanguard Collections unless you make other payment arrangements with the school.

Refunds

There is no refund for tuitions or costumes or any other fees. Two weeks notice prior to yearly class commencement is required to cancel your reserved space in a class. Deposits and registration fees are non-refundable unless class has been cancelled by BCM.

Funding

We encourage all families who may qualify to apply to Kidsport and/or Canadian Tire Jumpstart. These programs are just super! Kidsport provides $250 per semster in funding and Jumpstart provides $150 per semester in funding. Please ensure you provide Ms. Sara-Lynne with your forms to be filled in within the first week of classes.

We appreciate every member of our BCM family! Thank you for maintaining a respectful and positive atmosphere while when you are here!

Studio Contact Information

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 403 245-4346