FDC Information & Policies 2023-2024

FOCUS Information and Policies 2023.24

Welcome to FOCUS Dance Center for the Performing Arts where our “FOCUS” is on inspiring students and athletes of all ages and levels in the pure fun and artistry of dance performance and fitness. Our talented master faculty will provide you with the benefits of physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness, through the very best quality in training and techniques. We are thrilled you have chosen our Performing Arts Center and look forward to the opportunity to work with you. Here’s to a year filled with training, confidence building, Concert performance and new, fresh, exciting, and inspiring beginnings!

 

FOCUS offerings:

Merit/Reward Based Training Classes

Adult Classes

Fitness only Classes

Competing Programs

Open Company Training Blocks

Social Dance Classes

Yearly Prestigious Concert 

Summer Day Camps

Summer Camp/Workshop/Intensives

School Fundraising Partnerships

Creative Mind and Arts Academy for the tiny tot 9:00am-12:00pm (coming soon)

Morning Adult Fit Program: (Coming Soon)

Tap Jams/Improv: (Coming Soon)

Hip-Hop Dance Crew Classes and Companies (Coming Soon)

For more information about the above offerings, please contact us at 949.737.5151 or connect@focusdance.com

Thank you for registering for classes at FOCUS Dance Center. The following is a reminder of some important policies. Please read all points.

By registering and enrolling, you are agreeing to these information and policies.

  • Merit/Reward Based Training Classes:

Merit/Reward-based training classes provide on-going weekly growth encouragement training, for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancer, in all styles of dance, ages, 2.5 to 102. Classes are designed for fitness, dance technique/performance, teambuilding, confidence, posture, and presence, positive social skills, refined listening skills, mental and physical stamina, discipline, greater sense of responsibility, goal setting and achieving, as well as new friendships. The skills gained in each class, help to enhance all areas of one’s life.

  • The Merit/Reward-based training classes are on-going with no set beginning or ending dates to the training program to give the student the ability to continue challenging themselves to more advanced levels of ability when they are ready.
  • Dancers challenge themselves to advancement through three yearly informal/inhouse showcase/progress presentations where dancers advance through three rankings (Example: 1A, 1B, and 1C etc.) within each training level as well as the ability to graduate to more advanced levels when ready. Carefully planned curriculum and training are given to successfully master the skills of each ranking and put the control in the hands of the student as to how quickly they grow and advance.

 

  • Honors Concert Series:

The Concert participation opportunity held in early May, equivalent to the super bowl in its magnitude, prestige, and grandeur, is now offered separately from the Merit/Reward-based training classes giving the student the opportunity to continue training uninterrupted. The choreography and rehearsals are taught outside of the weekly Merit training classes (day(s) and time(s) TBD) over a shortened period in preparation for participation in this prestigious event. The Concert is the next level up to the success of the dance experience. It is a collaboration of like-minded dancers interested in participating in the added benefits of confidence, and composer in front of an audience, the united challenges of working with a team on a professional stage, and a sense of completion in successfully applying and presenting the skills gained from their on-going training, and the opportunity to share the stage with our Competition level dancers.

  •  Honors Performance Concert Series involves a participation fee as well as costume charges for each dance.  Every participating dancer is responsible for these fees. Please be aware that you may have some additional costs for the performance, i.e. accessories for costumes, and basic makeup. Optional costs may include reserved seating, professional photos, USB of performance, flowers etc.
  • Students who join a class after March 1st will need to be assessed and approved to participate in the Spring Concert Series

Our Safety guidelines and disaster emergency preparedness plan is attached and on our website. We appreciate you taking the time to read it if you have not done so already. 

 

Evaluations/progress reports are always available upon request.

 

  • WELCOME to SOCIAL MEDIA: Most important is our FOCUS Talk weekly newsletter; This weekly e-mail is sent to all FOCUS clients and is our main form  of communication with valuable ongoing information, reminders, promotions, Holiday closures and important time-sensitive information throughout the season. Be sure you provide us with your EMAIL ADDRESS. Our main form of communication is via FOCUS Talk Newsletter, and e-mail. Please ensure we have your correct email on file and notify us in the office if you change it on the parent portal.

    PARENT PORTAL: Our Portal located on our website, focusdancecenter.com, that parents can use to enroll in classes, pay their bill, add siblings, etc! Please use this to update card information, enroll for automatic payments.

 

FOCUS Dance Center has my permission to use my or my child(ren)’s photograph publicly to promote Itself. I understand that the images may be used in print publications, on-line publications, presentations, websites, and social media platforms. I also understand that no royalty fee or other compensation shall become payable to me by reason of such use.

 

NON-COMPETING STUDENT TUITION POLICIES

  •  A non-refundable $75 (or $125 per family if enrolled at the same time) registration fee per dancer is applied at time of registration, and when reactivating your account.
  • Tuition received after the 5th of the month will result in a $25.00 late fee.
  • Tuition is due regardless of attendance in class.
  • Returned checks, will be charged the initial amount plus the bank and FOCUS  processing fees. After 1 returned checks we will accept payment in credit card only.
  • Approved special circumstance refunds are accompanied by a $25.00 processing fee.
  • Families must give a 30-day written notice if you choose to withdraw from FOCUS. If a dancer takes a break and returns at a later date, you are required to re-activate and pay the $75.00 reactivation fee. All withdrawal requests must be emailed to connect@focusdance.com
  • All Drop-ins are non refundable.

Make-up policy:

  • Limited make-up policy: all make-ups require a doctor’s note 
  • Approved Make-ups are only issued to students that are still actively enrolled in the studio and will remain on your account as long as the account is active.
  • Once an account is made inactive, all makeups become invalid.

Clients are responsible for the tuition until they withdraw from the class. You may email to request an add/drop at any time. Your class is not dropped until you receive a confirmation email. Withdrawals will not be accepted over the phone.

Holiday-Vouchers are available through the front desk for students affected by the following holidays:

▪    Thanksgiving (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

▪    Easter/Spring Break (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)

▪    Memorial Day (Monday)

▪    Independence Day (Monday)

▪    Labor Day (Monday)

  • All other breaks will not receive a voucher.
  • Holiday-Vouchers cannot be applied to tuition.
  • There will be no refunds for missed classes.
  • Students with poor attendance may be required to take private lessons to learn missed material.

IN PERSON DANCE CENTER POLICIES

Dancers:

  • Please arrive at the designated class time, ready to dance.  If the dancer is 15 or more minutes late, they may not be allowed into the class for their own safety.
  • Instruction begins 5 minutes into each class and instruction ends on the hour or half hour depending on when class is scheduled.
  • Please wear proper attire and appropriate shoes for dance listed on our dress code.  For safety reasons, dancers without proper attire will not be able to participate.
  • Please write the dancer’s name inside all dance attire and shoes.
  • Dancers in all ballet classes must wear their hair in a bun.  For all other classes, hair must be secured off the face and neck.
  • During class, dancers may ask instructors questions.  All other talking is inappropriate.
  • Please be respectful and considerate of instructors and fellow students.
  • Disruptive behavior will result in temporary or permanent loss of class participation privileges.
  • Ask the instructor for permission to leave the classroom.  After tiny dancer classes, dancers will be escorted to the front office until their parents arrive.  FOCUS Dance Center is not responsible for students once they have left the Dance Center.
  • No food, drinks, candies, or gum is allowed in the dance rooms or down the hallway.  Closed water bottles are acceptable and encouraged.  All food must be eaten in the study area or outside.  No cell phone use during class.  Please keep all cell phones on vibrate and in your dance bag.
  • Students with inconsistent attendance may be required to take private lessons to learn missed material.
  • Lost & found baskets are located in each dance room. The lost items are held for one month then taken to a local charity.
  • Please keep the hallways clear.  No Strollers are allowed in the hallways. Due to the fire Marshall rules, we need to maintain a 36” clearance in the hallways.
  • Please be considerate by not bringing your child to class if they are not feeling well. Virtual options are available for each class in our goal to not spread any germs to the other students / teachers. 

Parents:

  • Please do not interrupt classes to speak with instructors.  Contact the FOCUS Dance Center office with any questions or concerns you may have regarding our instructors, classes, or placement.  Please contact the office to make an appointment to speak with the instructor.
  • FOCUS reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes due to low enrollment or other FOCUS circumstances.
  • Please call the office in advance to check on the status of a particular class that is listed as Call First.
  • For Pre-Ballet Dance levels and higher…In Dance, tights are considered underwear.  It is difficult to dance with too many layers when wearing tights, leotards and also underwear.
  • Please be advised the front office doors are locked promptly at the end of office business hours.  All dancers still have the ability to exit from any exterior door after hours. Just no one will be able to enter without assistance.
  • Please ALWAYS have dancers go to the bathroom before class. Parents of Tiny dancer classes, please stay during their class time to assist if they need to use the bathroom.  If a  dancer under the age of 7 needs to use the restroom, a member of our office staff will escort them to the restroom. 
  • Parents are allowed to watch the class in the hallway at the studio window for the first 5 minutes and the last 5 minutes only. Please use the monitors in the front lobby to watch the entire class. There are no parents allowed in the classrooms at any time.
  • Parents are responsible to come on time at the end of classes to pick up their child. Any child under the age of 7 will be walked to the front desk by the instructor to wait for your arrival. Anyone over the age of 7, parents are responsible to be here on time to pick up their child. The office / instructors are NOT responsible for your child once class has ended. Note: if you know ahead that you will be late, please phone the office.

Cancellation for Private Policy:

If you need to cancel or reschedule your private lesson please email at least 24 hours prior to the lesson. If you don’t show up for your lesson or give less than 24 hours notice, you will receive ‘one’ grace notice. Upon the 2nd time there is a NO SHOW or late cancellation, you will be charged by the office for the private lesson without crediting.

VIRTUAL DANCE CENTER POLICIES

Dancers:

  • Please arrive at the designated class time, ready to dance. 
  • Virtual class Instruction begins 5 minutes into each class and instruction ends 5 minutes before the end of the hour or half-hour depending on when class is scheduled.
  • Please wear proper attire and appropriate shoes for dance listed on our dress code. For safety reasons, dancers without proper attire will not be able to participate.
  • Dancers in all ballet classes must wear their hair in a bun. For all other classes, hair must be secured off the face and neck.
  • Please put yourself on mute until the instructor requests otherwise.
  • Make sure to never go barefoot if you are needing to dance on carpet. Socks or dance shoes only.
  •  Make sure your dance space is safe to move around in.
  • During class, dancers may ask instructors questions, please raise your hand. All other talking is inappropriate.
  • Please be respectful and considerate of instructors and fellow students.
  • Disruptive behavior will result in temporary or permanent loss of class participation privileges.
  • Ask the instructor for permission to leave the screen.
  • No food/gum is allowed while taking class. All food must be eaten before or after class.
  • No cell phone use during class.
  • Students with inconsistent attendance may be required to take private lessons to learn missed material.

Parents:

  • Please do not interrupt classes to speak with instructors. Contact the FOCUS Dance Center office with any questions or concerns you may have regarding our instructors, classes, or placement. Please contact the office to make an appointment to speak with the instructor.
  • FOCUS reserves the right to cancel classes due to low enrollment.
  • Please call-in advance to check on the status of a particular class that is listed as “Coming Soon!”
  • For Pre-Ballet Dance levels and higher…In Dance, tights are considered underwear. It is difficult to dance with too many layers when wearing tights, leotards and also underwear.

FOCUS DANCE CENTER DRESS CODE

The following list will assist you in your dance-wear purchases. Updated 07.27.23

  • Dancers must wear appropriate dance shoes to each class.
  • Warm-up attire is at the discretion of the instructor.
  •  Please do not wear baggy clothes to class. The instructor needs to be able to see your posture and alignment to properly assist you in your lessons.
  • No sports bras or bra straps to be shown in Ballet classes.
  • No Jewelry 
  • For Pre-Ballet levels and higher…In dance, tights are considered underwear. It is distracting from the dancers' lines to see underwear.
    • Note: Please be aware that our class shoes and tights’ dress code will also be required and worn for Showcases and performances.

Pre-Primary/Primary-A/Primary-B/Primary-C/Ballet

Hairstyle: In a bun

Leotard and Ballet Skirt: FOCUS/ABT required colors and styles sold exclusively at The FIT

Tights: Capezio Ballet Pink #1916C 

Ballet Shoes: Girls – Light Pink Canvas split sole (Buy either style below) 

Hanami #2037C (Child) or Hanami #2037W (Adult)

Boys – Black canvas split sole (Buy either style below) 

Hanami #2037C (Child) or Hanami #2037 (Adult)

Competing Ballet Training Blocks

Hairstyle: In a bun

Leotard: Solid Black (any style)

Tights: Capezio Ballet Pink #1916C or #1916 required for class and the concert.

Ballet Shoes: Girls – Pink canvas split sole (Buy either style below)

Capezio Hanami #2037C (Child) or Capezio Hanami #2037 

(Adult) Boys – Black canvas split sole (Buy either style below)

Capezio Hanami #2037C (Child) or Capezio Hanami #2037 

(Adult) Pointe Shoes (with teacher approval only, teacher will advise.

Jr Tap/Tap

Hairstyle: In a bun or ponytail. Hair must be pulled back from face. 

Top: Solid colored tight fitting (any style)

Bottom: Athletic leggings or booty shorts with tights

Tap Shoes: Girls and Boys Black lace up tap shoes 

Capezio Cadence #CG19C (child) or Capezio Cadence #CG19 (adult)

*If the lace up is too big, purchase the Mary Jane Capezio #3800 (child) in black leather (NOT patent)*

Jr. Jazz/Jazz/Lyrical/Turns & Tech/Musical Theater 

Hairstyle: In a bun or ponytail. Hair must be pulled back from face

Top: Solid colored tight fitting (any style)

Bottom: Athletic leggings or booty shorts with tights  

Shoes: Boys and Girls

E-Series Jazz Slip Ons  #EJ2C (child) or E-Series Jazz Slip Ons #EJ2 (adult) 

Jazz/ Musical Theatre (Black) Lyrical (Tan) Turns and Tech (Tan or Black)

 

Jump Start/Jr. Hip-Hop/Hip-Hop/K-Pop 

Hairstyle: In a bun or ponytail. Hair must be pulled back from face

Top: Loose or long fitted tops

Bottom: Athletic leggings, sweat pants, basketball shorts, or cargo shorts…..NO JEANS

Shoes: Converse sneakers sold at TheFIT

Tumbling/Acro/Stretch and Conditioning

Hairstyle: In a bun or ponytail. Hair must be pulled back from face

Top: Solid colored tight fitting (any style)

Bottom: Athletic leggings or booty shorts with tights Shoes: Boys and Girls see styles below

Capezio Nude Turning Point #H063C (child) or Capezio Nude Turning Point #H063W (adult)

Boys Dress Code

Ballet: Plain white T-Shirt, black jazz pants, joggers or shorts See ballet dress code for shoes

Tap/Jazz/MT/Lyrical/T & T/Tumbling:

Solid colored T-Shirt, black basketball shorts, joggers or sweats Tap/Jazz/MT/Lyrical/T & T/Tumbling see dress code for shoes The FIT (@ FDC)

For your convenience,

“The FIT” RETAIL STORE IS IN THE LOBBY OF FOCUS!

Providing all dancewear and activewear needs including

tights, leotards, leggings, dance shoes, training tools, FOCUS gear and MUCH more…

IMPORTANT FDC DATES

Please Mark the Following Dates on Your Family Calendar!!!

OPEN - Columbus Day:

Monday, October 9th 2023

Wear your Halloween costume to class:

Wednesday, October 25th - Tuesday, October 31st 2023

CLOSED - Thanksgiving:

Wednesday, November 22nd - Sunday, November 26th 2023 (vouchers given to JUST Thurs / Fri / Sat)

Classes resume: Monday, November 27th 2023

Assessment Presentation Week:

Friday, December 15th - Thursday, December 21st 2023

CLOSED - Winter Break: (No vouchers)

Friday, December 22nd 2023 - Sunday, January 7th 2024

Classes resume: Monday, January 8th 2024

OPEN - Martin Luther King Jr Day:

Monday, January 15th 2024

OPEN - President’s Day:

Monday, February 19th 2024

CLOSED - Spring Break:

Friday, March 29th 2024 - Sunday, March 31st 2024 (No Vouchers)

Classes resume: Monday, April 1st 2024

Tech Rehearsal:

Saturday, April 13th 2024 & Monday, April 15th - Friday, April 19th 2024

Dress Rehearsal:

Saturday, April 20th 2024 & Monday, April 22nd - Friday, April 26th 2024

FOCUS Concert:

Saturday, April 27th 2024

ON BREAK - Memorial Day:

Monday, May 27th 2024 (Voucher available for JUST Monday)

Classes resume: Tuesday, May 28th 2024

Assessment Presentation Week:

Monday, June 10th 2024 - Saturday, June 15th 2024

Summer Break: 

Monday, July 1st - Thursday, July 4th 2024 (Voucher given for JUST Thursday)

Classes resume: Friday, July 5th 2024

Summer Intensive / Audition:

Monday, August 12th - August 16th 2024

Competing Audition:

Saturday, August 17th 2024

Assessment Presentation Week:

Monday, August 12th - Saturday, August 17th 2024

End of Summer Break/Labor Day:

Monday, August 19th - September 2nd 2024 (Voucher given for JUST September 2nd / Labor Day!)

Classes resume: Tuesday, September 3rd 2024