Arts Avenue Theater and Dance Studio

2021-2022 Handbook

 

            Welcome to Arts Avenue Theater and Dance Studio!  Whether this is your 15th year (which means you've been with us since we opened!) or it is your first year with us, we are so happy to have you and your child joining us on a journey in the arts!!  As we begin our 2021-2022 classes, we pray that our studio will be a place where your child can't wait to get to and that it will be a place of joy, friendship, growth, and honor! 

When Vicki opened Arts Avenue in the fall of 2007, she chose a scripture verse for the studio which you can find on the wall when you first walk into our lobby.  The verse is Romans 10:15, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news."  Acting, singing, dancing, and music are all powerful instruments that we can use to bring God's good news and it is our hope that while your child is with us, they will learn how to use their craft to do just that, as well as how to learn excellence in the arts without compromising their values!

            You are receiving this handbook so that you can refer to it for dates, policies, etc.  We hope that you find this useful.  And as always, please remember that dates and times do need to change sometimes.  We will update you as soon as possible if that should happen.  Have a great year!  Arts Avenue Team!

 

 

Studio Policies

 

1. Tuition is due on the 10th of each month.  Our preferred method of payment is Automatic Withdrawal.  Please go to your parent portal https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/artsavenue to set this up.  This will ensure that your payment is received on time to avoid a late fee of $15.  There is a 3% charge for credit card payments.  If you are unable to set up Automatic Withdrawal, you can pay by cash or check at the studio.  We have a secure black box on the wall in the lobby where you can place your payments. PLEASE write your child's name in the memo line of your check.  If paying by cash, be sure the cash is in an envelope with a note containing your child's name on it.  If you would like a receipt for a cash payment, our Office Manager can give you one.  There is a $25 fee for all returned checks. 

 

2. Please be sure your child uses the restroom before class.

 

3. If someone different will be picking your child up after class please inform your teacher ahead of time by either telling them in person or sending a written note with your child.

 

4. Please be sure to inform your teacher if your child has any allergies or medical concerns that they need to be aware of.

 

5. There is no gum, food, or drinks (except bottled water) allowed in class.  We do encourage bringing water bottles since the studio does not have a drinking fountain.  We do however, offer bottled water for $1.00 which is located in the small refrigerator by the front door in the lobby.

 

6. Students are asked to listen, be kind and respectful to teachers and other students in class, and to work hard and do their best.

 

7. Dress in proper dress code.  Dress codes can be found on the theater and dance pages.

 

8. If you need to drop your student's class, written notification is required at least one week before the following month.  Tuition will be charged until notification is received.

 

9. No hanging on barres or poking the mirrors in the dance room. No heels or street shoes on our marley floor in the dance room.

 

COVID-19 GUIDELINES

 

1. This year, we will not be requiring students or teachers to wear masks.  However, if you would like to have your child wear a mask to class, they can.  We are leaving that decision up to each family.

 

2. We are so excited to have our lobby open again for parents!  We have a monitor for each classroom in the lobby so that you can watch your child in their class.  We do ask, however, that if you are sick, please do not come into the studio.  Also, please help us keep the studio clean by picking up after your young children that stay with you in the lobby.  This includes toys they play with, trash, etc.  If you need to change your infant or toddler’s diaper while at the studio, please throw the diaper away in the outside trash can and not in the bathrooms.

 

3. Before class, students will need to wait OUTSIDE under the back awning.  When it is time for class, your child’s teacher will come outside and will take all the students in at the same time.  If your child is not yet 12, please wait with your child until the teacher comes out to ensure their safety.  When class is over, your child’s teacher will bring the class outside where you can pick them up.  We will not let the students run out into the parking lot for safety reasons so you will need to come up to the awning area to get your child.

 

4. Students are encouraged to use hand-sanitizer when coming into the studio.  We will have hand-sanitizer in the lobby as well as each classroom. 

 

5. If a student presents any kind of illness (runny nose, sore throat, cough, fever, etc.), that student will need to stay home.  If a student comes into the studio with any of those symptoms, the teacher will take their temperature.  If there is a temperature of 100.0 or greater, the teacher will contact the parent and ask them to come pick the student up.  The student will be kept away from other students and will not be able to participate in class while waiting for the parent to pick them up. 

 

6. If your child or someone in your family tests positive for Covid-19, please inform your child’s teacher and the studio owner right away.  They will need to stay at home for 10 days from the onset of symptoms before returning to the studio.  All classes that a student is in who has a positive Covid-19 test result will be notified by the studio owner. 

Calendar

 

SEPTEMBER

            Sept. 6 -  Labor Day. No classes.

           

OCTOBER

            Oct. 11 - Columbus Day - We WILL have classes on this day.

 

NOVEMBER

            Nov. 11 - Veterans Day - We WILL have classes on this day.

            Nov. (TBD) – Intersection Dance Team’s Production of Exodus.

            Nov. 22-27 - Thanksgiving break. No classes.

 

DECEMBER

            Dec. 4 - Georgetown Christmas Stroll (if it is held this year).  ALL students invited to be in the

                   parade.  Some of our classes will also be performing.

            Dec. 13-18 - Homeschool Musical Review, Imagine It!, and Theater Combo performances during

                   class time.  Parent observation/participation in dance classes.

            Dec. 20 -Jan. 1 - Christmas Break. No classes.

 

JANUARY

            Jan. 3 - Dance, Oliver, and Seussical classes resume.

            Jan. 6-8 – (TENTATIVE) Senior Production of “Mary Poppins” at Southwestern University.

            Jan. 17 - MLK day.  We WILL be having classes on this day.

            Jan. 22 - Senior non-musical production auditions.

            Jan. 31 – Senior non-musical production rehearsals begin.

                       

FEBRUARY

            Jan. 31- Feb. 5 - New dance classes and new sessions of Imagine It!, Theater Combo, and

                     Homeschool Theater begin.

            Feb. 10-12– (TENTATIVE) Junior Production Performance of “Oliver, Jr.” at the Georgetown

                     Church of the Nazarene.

            Feb. 21 - President's Day.  We WILL be having classes on this day.

            Feb. 28 – Theater Academy class begins.

           

MARCH

            March 10-12– (TENTATIVE) Kids Production performance of “Seussical, Kids” at the

                      Georgetown Church of the Nazarene.           

            March 14-19 - Spring Break. There will be no regular classes this week.  *Please note that                                     we                        follow Georgetown ISD's Spring Break.

 

APRIL

            April 23 - Poppy Festival (if they have it this year). All students invited to be in the parade with us. 

                      Some of our dance classes will also be performing.

 

MAY

            May 13-19 – Parent observation/participation in dance classes.

            May 16-21 – Last week of classes.  Homeschool Musical Review, Imagine It!, and Theater Combo

                      performances will be during class time. 

            May 20, 4-9pm – (TENTATIVE) Dance Recital Dress Rehearsal at Southwestern University

            May 21, 6:00pm – (TENTATIVE) Spring Dance Recital at Southwestern University

           

JUNE

            June 4-6 – (TENTATIVE) Senior Non-Musical Production

 

 

Theater News

            We are so excited about our theater productions and classes this year!  Here is some important information for all our theater students.

 

1. Please have your child wear appropriate attire to class.  In our theater classes there will be a lot of movement and choreography so girls should avoid skirts (unless there are shorts underneath) or anything that hinders movement.  Please do not wear flip-flops.

 

2. Pencils!!  Every theater student needs to bring a pencil with them to class each week!  A pencil is a very important tool for every actor.  As the director gives out blocking and stage movement directions, actors need to write that information in their scripts so that they can rehearse at home and so that they can remember what they are supposed to do.  Everything needs to be written in pencil (not pen) just in case the director needs to make any changes to the blocking.

 

3. Imagine It!, Theater Combo and Homeschool Musical Review classes - please bring a folder with pockets to each class.  These will be used to keep scripts and song sheets in.

 

4. SCRIPTS

a. “Seussical, Kids” and “Oliver, Jr.” students will receive a complete script that will be theirs to keep.  They will need to bring this to class EVERY week!  If your child will be coming to class straight from school, please plan ahead so that they have their script with them. 

 

b. “Mary Poppins” students need to bring a 3-ring binder.  Once they receive their script and music pages, they will need to 3-hole punch the pages and keep them in their binder.  It would be helpful if the binders have a front pocket to keep their rehearsal schedule, memorization schedule, etc.

 

5. Each production class will receive a detailed schedule including any extra rehearsals, technical rehearsals and performance schedules.  It is very important that every student is at every rehearsal possible.  We understand illnesses come and that sometimes it is necessary to miss a rehearsal, but it does make it quite difficult when a student misses and we have to go back the following week to teach the material again.  So please try your hardest to have your child at every rehearsal if they are not sick.

Dance News

 

We are excited about our upcoming dance year and hope your child is ready to learn a lot and to have tons of fun!  We do have some information for our dancers that we would like to share with you.

 

1. Costume fees for the Spring Recital are due on November 1st and are non-refundable.  Costume fees for students in the Ballet/Tap Combo and Twinkle Toes classes are $55.  All other classes will receive an invoice in October with their costume fee amount.  Costume fees are PER student, PER class.

 

2. A recital hall fee of $40 per student is due on March 1st.  This fee helps pay for the recital venue and other recital related items and includes 2 free parent tickets.

 

3. There is no hanging on our dance barres or poking our mirrors.  Our mirrors are not glass for safety reasons, but the material they are made of can be punctured so please do not touch them.  No heels or street shoes should be worn on our Marley floor in the dance room. This will help protect the flooring and help it to last longer.

 

4. Arrive early enough to be ready to dance with dance shoes already on when the class time is scheduled to begin.

 

 

DRESS CODES

 

* Note about ballet slippers: please do not purchase ballet slippers that are padded and have no strap.

 

Twinkle Toes, Ballet/Tap Combo - Girls: Any color leotard, any color tights, and pink ballet slippers. Hair pulled back in bun or ponytail.  Boys: Any colored T-shirts, dance pants or shorts, and black ballet shoes.  Both Boys and Girls: Please cut ballet slipper strings to about 1” length, and tuck inside shoe when wearing.
 

Classical Ballet - Boys: White t-shirt, black dance pants. Black ballet slippers.

Girls:
Level 1: Pink tights, light blue leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
Level 2: Pink tights, lavender leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
Level 3: Pink tights, royal blue leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
Level 4: Pink tights, burgundy leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun.
Level 5: Pink tights, navy blue leotard, ballet skirt permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in clean bun.

Links to Leotard Options – Children’s Sizes:
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_N5501C.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5527C.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5528C.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5533C.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5532C.html
 

Links to Leotard Options – Adult Sizes:
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5528.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5532.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5527.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_TH5525.html
https://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_N5501.html

 

Ballet and Technique - For all levels: Pink convertible tights, any color leotard, dance shorts and ballet skirts permitted but not required. Pink ballet slippers. Hair in a clean bun. Convertible tights are required as we will often work barefoot.

 

Jazz - Level COLORED leotard (same level colored leotard as in classical ballet), black tights, pants, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), black jazz shoes.  Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
 

Hip Hop - Any fitness or dance clothes that are not overly baggy or restrictive with either dance boots or tennis shoes.

 

Contemporary - Level colored leotard. Black leggings or convertible tights. No shoes.

 

Lyrical - Any color leotard, any color tights, and lyrical shoes (turn shoes, half-sole shoes, or foot paws are permitted). Hair pulled back in bun or ponytail.

 

Cardio and Stretch - Any fitness or dance clothes that are not overly baggy or restrictive.
Tennis Shoes.

 

Acro - Any colored leotard with dance shorts or leggings. All clothes must be form fitting. No tights or shoes. Hair must be pulled back in a tight bun or ponytail.

 

Tap - Any fitness or dance clothes that are not overly baggy or restrictive and black tap shoes.

 

Musical Theater/Tap -  Any fitness or dance clothes that are not overly baggy or restrictive. Black tap shoes and jazz shoes.

 

Pointe - Pink convertible tights, corresponding level leotard, and pointe or ballet shoes. Hair in clean bun.

 

Intersection Dance Team - Level COLORED leotard (same level colored leotard as in classical ballet), black tights, pants, leggings, or biker shorts (all over leotard – no running shorts), black or tan jazz shoes. Hair in a clean ponytail or bun.
 

Homeschool Dance Combo - Girls: Any color leotard, any color tights, pink ballet slippers, black jazz shoes, and black tap shoes. Hair pulled back in bun or ponytail.  Boys: Any colored T-shirt, dance pants or shorts, and black ballet, jazz, and tap shoes. Both Boys and Girls: Tap ties encouraged. Please cut ballet slipper strings to about 1” length, and tuck inside shoe when wearing.

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For questions or more information, please contact us at:

Email: info@artsavenue.org • Phone:(512) 688-5207


Address: 614 E University Ave, Georgetown, Texas 78626

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