All Colby Center for Dance classes have a Dress Code/Uniform for each level. This ensures that the learning process is not impeded by distracting dance wear, ill fitting shoes, etc. Discipline is much easier to achieve when everyone begins on the level playing field that a uniform look provides. As part of our full-service approach, we sell everything you will need to meet the Dress Code requirements right through our Parent Portal, and even handle fittings for you right at the studio. No shopping, no shipping charges, no hassle - and excellent pricing. (Please do not buy any dancewear or shoes for your classes elsewhere, as they will not be color or style matches for Dress Code or performances - no exceptions).
Intro to Dance & Mommy & Me students may wear their hair in any style that does not distract them. We suggest a ponytail, bun or braid, so they can keep their focus on their teacher.
Ruby, Amethyst & Mini level classes must wear their hair in a single, high ponytail. Please, no pigtails, braids, or hair down. A bun is not necessary until Show Day, though it is acceptable as a class style if your dancer's hair is long and they prefer it out of the way.
Topaz, Emerald, & Sapphire Ballet classes must wear their hair in a high, neat bun - we are happy to lend a hand to show you how to do this with ease.
Upper level classes other than ballet must wear their hair in a single, high ponytail. If hair is of a length/weight that affects balance or upper back & neck placement during turning, the dancer will need to wear it in a bun - the teacher will determine this.
Cover-ups should be worn to and from the studio so our dancers are not walking in public in only dance clothes. Cover-ups may NOT be worn to classes.
Beyond the lobby and two office areas, the dance studio is an "unplugged" or cell phone/electronic device free zone (this includes our Staff). The studio phone is always available for emergencies. The Colby Center Staff will hold any phones/devices at the front desk that are seen or used beyond the lobby. As an educational facility, and one that is encouraging fitness at that, we feel strongly that there is no purpose for cell phones, iPads, etc while at the dance studio other than to distract from the learning process or to encourage physical inactivity. But don't worry, we have no problem providing the studio phone in rare cases when a student must reach a parent or vice versa during class time.
No gum, food or drinks other than water may be inside the dance rooms.
No jewelry may be worn in ANY class except small stud earrings. Please remove bracelets, watches, rings & necklaces before entering your classroom, as the teacher will remove them if you do not, and we are not responsible for lost items.
No long or fake finger/toe nails except in adult classes.
Family, friends, and other observers may not enter classrooms. This protects our flooring from street shoes and debris brought in from outdoors, as well as ensuring that the class time & attention are spent on learning material. We do have closed-circuit television observation in our lobby.
Teachers have been instructed by the administration to remove disruptive students from classrooms. Because our classes move quickly, this is extremely rare, but the policy ensures that ALL students have an equal chance to participate in a highly motivated and positive environment. The opportunity is extended to every member of the class as it begins each week, and is only interrupted when the disruptive student themselves chooses not to take advantage of the chance to participate appropriately. In younger classes, an individual, gentle, yet direct warning may be given, but this is at the teacher's discretion.
All questions, concerns, etc must be directed to the Office Staff. In order for our teachers to focus completely on the students and class plans, we ask that our parents not direct these questions and concerns to the teaching staff between or after classes. Should your question or concern require a teacher's input, the Office Staff will absolutely connect with them before getting back to you promptly with the answer or solution. We do prefer in-person or telephone communication to email because of the misinterpretations that email communications can sometimes result in, despite best intentions by everyone. We have found over 20 years that the voice connection is a much stronger one, and much more positive and personal. We feel that any concern or question involving your child is worth the extra minute or two that may take. We appreciate your participation in this wonderful circle of communication!