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.

 

Classroom Policies

  • 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. 

  • 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 also need to bring a notebook and a pencil so they can write down their practicing for the week. 

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.

Dance 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.

Dance Leotards

•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. 

 

Ballet Tights

Ballerina pink ballet tights, choose "convertible" if you plan to take contemporary classes, or simply choose "footed" for just ballet class.

 

Pink Ballet Slippers

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 show the dancer’s foot, but traditional leather ones are acceptable as well.

 

Hair

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

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Classes

Intro to Ballet

Beginner Ballet & Up

All Contemporary

Hair




Leotards





Tights




Shoes

Pink tanks or cap sleeves. Pink ballet skirts are optional.

Black tanks or cap sleeves. 

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.

Neat ponytail with hair off the face and neck.

Any solid color with dance shorts being optional.

Black or pink, footless or ballet convertible tights.

Pink spilt sole canvas slippers. Leather is accepted for beginners.

No shoes required. Turners are recommended. 

Dance Attire for Boys

  • Fitted white t-shirt or tank top, black tights or jazz shorts.

  • Black ballet shoes.

  • Barefoot for contemporary.

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 Advanced Beginner level or older and is looking for more performance opportunities, particularly for the purpose of sharing the gospel and ministering 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.

Parent/Guardian Policies:

  • Parents/Guardians are asked to continually check their email inboxes and the SDG website on a regular basis for important information throughout the season.

  • Parents/Guardians are expected to monitor siblings of the student 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 or is required to quarantine and thus miss class, the student is welcome to attend another class of the same level (or different level upon instructor's approval) on a different 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 through!

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 prior to registering for any program.

 

If you decide to cancel your registration prior to 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.

Policy on Covid and Other Illnesses

At SDG, we take covid seriously and want to share our position and hearts with you. First, we believe in the full sovereignty of God, and that there is no atom in all of God’s creation behaving outside of His will and His visibility. Second, we believe in the divine protection of our God who is always faithful and always good. The Scriptures promise us God’s protection and we have personally experienced it first hand so many times. Thirdly, we believe God has given us minds to think and to be wise! So with those core and firm beliefs as our operating foundation, we would like to go over some practical items on our covid policies. 

 

(1) Masks are optional. We believe in the value of facial expression and interpretation of non-verbal communication. We believe strongly in building healthy trusting and thriving relationships with each other, and that seeing one another's faces is a vital element that contributes to this. We believe in the clarity and power of full face to face communication, and want to foster an environment that builds upon these values. 

(2) Because our mask policy is that masks are optional, we are trusting that all of our students will self screen honestly before attending class. The official "updated" list of Covid-19 symptoms includes fever/chills, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, and any two of the following other symptoms: nasal congestion, headaches, muscle aches, joint pain, or gastrointestinal symptoms. If your child feels unwell, has symptoms, or you are suspicious of illness for any reason, please contact us and do not come to class and place others at risk. We are trusting your parental judgement and discernment over your child!