SDG Student Handbook
As we strive to do all things for the glory of God with our utmost abilities, so that we would reflect the God we serve as well as be a shining light to those around us to see, we expect all students and parents of SDG to abide by the following principles and guidelines:
Student and Parent Conduct
All students and parents/guardians/caregivers are expected to behave respectfully and honourably towards other adults and children alike.
We have a zero tolerance policy towards abusive or intimidating speech or behaviour. Abusive behaviour may result in immediate suspension from participation both for parents and student and re-enrollment may not be permitted at the discretion of the directors.
If the student will not participate in the program/class that she or he is enrolled in, or behaves disruptively towards other participants, she or he will be returned to the parent/caregiver and will be dismissed from the class/program for that class. A clear statement of why this decision was made will be given to the parent/caregiver. It will be the parent/caregiver’s responsibility to assess the problem and take whatever corrective action the parent/caregiver feels is necessary.
Dancers are expected to arrive 10 minutes before class to allow time for changing, warming up, and using the restroom so class can start on time.
Absentee - please notify our school by email or text message if your child will be absent due to illness or another reason.
Students must ask for permission from the teacher to leave the classroom.
Students should not leave the school premise until parents are on site for pick up. SDG will not be liable for the students once they leave the studio.
Students are expected to show honor and respect to instructors and other students in class giving full attention and showing full cooperation at all times.
SDG reserves the right to cancel a class if there aren’t enough students enrolled. The payment will be refunded in full.
SDG reserves the right to change the class the dancer is placed in if the dancer’s skill level does not match the original class. (provided the dancer will be able to attend the new class)
What to Bring to Class
Dancers and singers should bring their own water bottles to class so they can stay hydrated.
Dancers should also bring their own Bible for pre-class Bible studies.
Dancers should also bring a notebook and a pencil so they can write down their practicing for the week.
If your singer is in Senior Vocal, please have them bring a black choir folder to class, or a black 3-ring binder. Either is acceptable.
Dress Code for Dancers
No undergarments worn underneath should be showing.
Dancers should wear other clothes over their leotards and tights when going in and out of the studio for modesty purposes.
Dancers should not wear watches or jewelry (stud earrings permitted) during class as they can potentially get in the way of dancing. Dancers should have these items removed before class, and are allowed to put them on after class is finished.
No low back or transparent leotards at mid section should be worn.
Ballet Attire for Girls
All dancers should be fully dressed in the following before arriving at their class. Ballet shoes should be put on at the studio.
• Little Ballerinas and Intro to Ballet: Pink tank or cap sleeved leotard for good coverage.
•Beginners and Up: Preferably black tank or cap sleeved style for good coverage, but if you already own one in a different color you may use it.
•SDG Fellowship: Whatever style or color of leotard you like.
Ballerina pink ballet tights, choose "convertible" if you plan to take contemporary classes, or simply choose "footed" for just ballet class.
Pink Ballet Slippers
Little Ballerinas and Intro to Ballet: Light pink full sole leather ballet shoes.
Beginners and Up: Split-sole canvas shoes are highly recommended for their flexibility and the way they shape and show the dancer’s foot, but traditional leather ones are acceptable as well.
For all ballet classes, please come to class with a ballet bun done neatly with hair pins and a hair net. We'd like to keep all loose hair away from the face to eliminate distractions during class. If you need help on how to make a ballet bun, we have made a video showing you how to do one. For contemporary classes, a ponytail is also acceptable.
Here are a few dance stores that'll carry everything you need as well as provide shoe fitting services:
-InStep Activewear in Oakville
-Dancewear in Burlington
-Mirena’s Fashions in Mississauga
Beginner Ballet & Up
Any solid color leotard; dance shorts are optional.
No shoes required. Turners are recommended.
Jazz shoes; barefoot, socks, or indoor sneakers are all acceptable
Kinderdance & Intro to Ballet
Pink tanks or cap sleeves.
Black tanks or
Neat ballet bun with hair off the face and neck.
Footed or convertible ballet tights in ballet pink
Pink full or split sole leather or canvas slippers.
Hair up and away from face
Black or pink, footless or convertible
Pink spilt sole canvas slippers. Leather is accepted for beginners.
No tights required.
No leotards required; wear comfortable clothes to move in
Ballet & Contemporary Attire for Boys
Fitted white t-shirt or tank top, black tights or jazz shorts.
Black ballet shoes.
Barefoot for contemporary.
Comfortable clothes that they can move in, with layers to take off once they get warm
Tap shoes (style isn't essential)
Hair up and away from the face
Musical Theatre Attire
Comfortable clothes, with layers to take off once they get warm
Jazz shoes are best; however, barefoot or socks are also acceptable
Hair up and away from the face
Attire for Singers
All singers can wear street clothes to class.
Performance And Recital Policies
Students must attend all rehearsals in order to participate in performances and recitals.
If students must miss a rehearsal due to conflicting schedules, the teacher must be notified in advance.
All classes will learn a dance to perform in our recital; however, if your dancer is at our Beginner 3 level or older and is looking for more performance opportunities, particularly to share the gospel and minister to our community, please refer to the SDG Dance Fellowship.
Age-appropriate costumes will be determined by our instructors. Parents/Guardians will be notified of costume fees needed.
Please check our Schedule page for our set recital and dress rehearsal dates for 2023-2024.
Parents/Guardians are asked to check their email inboxes and the SDG website regularly for important information throughout the season.
Parents/Guardians are expected to monitor the student's siblings in the waiting room during classes.
Parents/Guardians are not permitted in the classrooms while classes are in progress in order to minimize distraction.
Please notify our school when your dancer will be absent by either email or text message.
Makeup Class Policy
If a student is to miss a class due to a circumstance resulting from our school needing to close or cancel a class, or the student has become ill and thus has to miss class, the student is welcome to attend another class of the same level (or different level upon instructor's approval) on another day with no additional cost. However, separate make-up classes that are not part of the regular class schedule are not covered, and extra class fees would apply, which is the responsibility of the participant.
Classes missed beyond this are not the responsibility of the school. We appreciate your patience and understanding under these unique circumstances we are all trying to navigate!
Class Cancellation Policy
We understand that sometimes our best efforts to plan and schedule our days for busy families don't always work out. Please be aware of our cancellation policies before registering for any program.
If you decide to cancel your registration before the end of the second week of a specific term, you will receive a pro-rated refund of your registration fee minus an administration fee of $50.
If registration is cancelled between the end of the second week of term and the midway point of a given term, you will receive a 50% registration fee refund minus an administration fee of $50.
If registration is cancelled after the midway point of a term, unfortunately no refund will be made in this situation.