Welcome To Our Dance Family!

ONLINE STUDENT HANDBOOK

Below you will find a lot of important information needed to organize your dance experience.

Enrollment

Welcome!
This is an exciting time for dancers at Greater York Dance. It is the time when hundreds of students of all ages join our dance programs and another school year unfolds. We are fortunate to have the best faculty engaged in teaching and inspiring students of all ages, levels and aspirations. The combination of music and movement allows students to express themselves and to study a broad range of styles with a solid foundation in Ballet (ABT® National Training Curriculum) and Dance (partnership with Studios from LA).

Our main educational goal is to provide inspiration and education to our students in an environment of health. We are fortunate to have the physicians of Wellspan Ortho to watch over and guide our dancers. As you explore our programs, you will learn about our schools of dance: The School of Early Childhood, The School of Ballet and the School of Commercial Dance. At Greater York Dance, you will choose your schedule based on what styles of dance you enjoy. And don’t forget to check out our PERFORMING COMPANIES (Midstate Ballet, Midstate Musical Theatre and the GYDance Crew) along with TRAVEL & TOURING opportunities this season. Watch for FLASH FRIDAYS which will have one time or short term dance classes based on popular demand. Greater York Dance has partnered with a group from Los Angeles, CA that will offer LIVE-STREAMING CLASSES from LA with world famous instructors as part of a MASTER CLASS SERIES for those who want a little more.

Many of our young dancers will have their first performance at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in the Nutcracker Ballet or the Hip Nut. Our tiniest tots along with all the students of the school will dance in the December Visitor’s Showcases, and in the June DanceFest. We will celebrate and share family joy and student achievement. Thousands will watch our dancers and be taken away with the arts and applaud a well-deserved “thank you” for a job well done as our performance season unfolds. And, did you know that we have several students currently on college scholarships up to $30,000 per year for dance at top universities across the country? Be assured that we have the knowledge and offer the support that can take you to your dreams. We even house the DANCE IT FORWARD Outreach program that provides dance training to students with no regard to their ability to pay.

It all starts with small beginnings and ends as we proudly watch our students thrive in dance when they graduate to go onward and reach for their life’s goals. We are equally proud of those who may only study with us for a brief period of time. You see, our joy is to share this extraordinary art form. We look forward to the coming season with our dance family.

Go to GYDance.org, Student Center

– Create an account or Log into your account
 – Select Your Classes
– $35 Membership will be added plus
 1st month’s Tuition to reserve your space
– Release of Liability needs acknowledged
– Policies are on the website and agreement 
with them is a condition of enrollment

Class, Private & Semi-Private Instruction Offered
We offer over 70 classes per week for your dancing convenience. We also offer Private, & Semi-Private Instruction or Coaching according to the dance interest and priority of the student. Students who wish to advance at an accelerated pace are encouraged to take classes and supplement with private instruction. Focused private or semi-private instruction can change a student’s dance experience altogether. Students may also wish to work on competition or special performance material and be coached.

Need help selecting your classes?
Attend one of our Meet The Director Open Houses or
 Schedule a meeting or call with our directors by emailing CustomerService@gydance.org or calling 717-755-MOVE (6683).

Dress Code for Class

We recommend that dance supplies be purchased from

If something you need is out of stock, please email and we will help you to find it elsewhere.  CustomerService@gydance.org

MAKE UP KITS (click here) may be ordered online in the preferred colors.

Dress Code

Dress Code Guidelines for Performance

    • Headpieces are to be worn on the RIGHT side and should be secured with bobby pins or sewn into place.  Be sure to “X” bobby pins. Hats should be punctured with a scissors or pin and then pinned in place.
    • Bodystockings worn under costumes should have straps regular and not X’d.
    • Clean Dance Shoes, please.
    • No jewelry is to be worn; small stud earrings are acceptable
    • No Gum or candy backstage.
    • Clear nail polish preferred (and only thing allowed for ballet/modern).
    • Unless otherwise specified, straps should meet like a “V” in the back.
    • No underpants are to be worn under tights or costumes.
    • DANCERS who perform in more than one dance must arrive wearing a tan/nude colored leotard.
      Depending on the costuming, any dancer may be asked to provide a tan/nude colored leotard.
    • Do not sunbathe and get tan lines or burnt bodies and bright red faces; they are not attractive onstage under those bright lights.
    • No eyeglasses may be worn onstage.

Policies

Non-discrimination Policy
Greater York Dance is open to everyone regardless of age, gender, color, religion, and national or ethnic origin or status. We value diversity and do not discriminate. Policies listed are for everyone.

Communication   HOW WE COMMUNICATE
GYDance.org, Student Center
GYDance Facebook Page
GYDance Twitter
Monthly Email Infoletters & Bulletin Boards
Dancer Progress Reports
Please note: Faculty is unable to answer questions 
between classes. Go to the Main Office FRONT DESK or Email CustomerService@gydance.org.

Parking
Please park in the rear of the building and enter the Dance Center using the rear (Eastern Blvd) entrance. Only staff is permitted to park in the front (East Market Street) of the building per request by our landlord.

Safety
For the safety of the children, we ask that parents come to the waiting room to drop off and pick up students. Only older students should be crossing the parking lot to a waiting car. Students and parents may not “hang out” outside the building (unless in a car). No student may leave the premises (to walk to area restaurants) after being dropped off without written parental consent on file with the office.

Greater York Dance prohibits the abuse of alcohol, drugs, tobacco on studio property or at Greater York Dance events.

Please be advised that the dance center office is not open every moment that there are classes. If you have safety concerns for your child if someone is not at the front desk when your child is in class, we suggest that you wait in the lobby for them.

Lost & Found & Orders
The lost and found “bin” is located in the waiting area. Greater York Dance is not responsible for loss of or damage to personal property. Please label property including dancewear, clothing and shoes with student’s name.

You will be notified of any items that you have ordered.  Failure to pick them up within 90 days will forfeit said items.

Snacks
Dancers who have long rehearsals or classes often need to pack a healthy lunch or snacks. Water should be a main source of refreshment. Clear drinks like Powerade are also acceptable. No food or drinks are permitted in the studios, dressing rooms or stage. No gum anywhere.

Viewing Windows
We are thrilled to have studio viewing windows. They will be open whenever possible at the discretion of the instructor.

Visitors’ Week & Studio Showcase
Visitor’s Weeks are scheduled each Winter (December/January) and Spring (May/June), and following Summer Program Intensives. These weeks are a great opportunity for you to experience the joy, hard work and dedication that your student demonstrates. At the Spring visitation, parents will be invited to see the dance and then will receive important information in regards to the Greater York Dance June Show performances.

A Few Reminders While Observing:

      • Manage the behavior of younger siblings during class.
      • Please silence all cell phones.
      • Enjoy photography and/or video recording of the class and your student!!!

Attendance Policies
Attendance will be taken in each class. Students who wish to participate in performances must have regular attendance. Those who do not attend regularly may be pulled from performing with the class. This is in fairness to those attending regularly to keep the class progressing.

Dress Rehearsal is mandatory and those who fail to attend these important performance rehearsals especially those noted as mandatory should not expect to be included in the performance(s) or special event(s).

Absence
Please report absences on our website, Contact Us.

Illness or Injury
Students who are ill should not come to class. You are the best judge of your child’s health, and we trust you will not bring a sick child to the studio. However, if in the opinion of the teaching staff your child is sick, we will ask you to take your child home. The following criteria will be considered in determining if your child should go home:

      • Fever of 100 degrees or more
      • Flu – with or without fever
      • Inflammation of the eyes
      • Vomiting
      • More than one incidence of diarrhea
      • Communicable disease
    • Injured dancers are encouraged to come observe class so they remain familiar with class content.

Class Make-up Policy
All Students may make up missed classes by attending another class at or below their current level anytime through May of the season. Feel you missed a lesson? No problem… make it up!  We generally allow a maximum of 4 make up lessons per season.

Allergies/Disabilities/Eyeglasses

      • Students with allergies must indicate this when registering prior to the first lesson. Please note this in your online account under Medical Information.  We ask that parents of students who have serious allergies, especially to things like nuts, remain with their child at all times at rehearsals and performances.
      • Students with disabilities should be revealed when registering by emailing us.
      • Students with severe allergies or medical issues need to have a parent stay close by and volunteer at rehearsals and performances for safety.
    • No eyeglasses will be permitted onstage at performances or rehearsals leading up to them. Students will be asked to take glasses off. Wearing eyeglasses in class is also discouraged for reasons of safety.

Holidays, Closings and Inclement Weather
Holidays and weather/unusual circumstance closings are listed on Facebook, Greater York Dance page. Often WGAL-TV 8 or ABC 27 news stations list our cancellations. Decisions to cancel classes due to inclement weather will be made on a case-by-case basis by the directors of Greater York Dance and most often follow the decisions of area school districts and colleges. Refunds are not given for classes not held, but the Class Make-up Policy will apply. Weather can vary greatly from one area to another. If classes are not canceled, but threatening weather conditions in your area make it unsafe for you to drive to us, please use your discretion and stay home.

Volunteering
Parents, family and friends are encouraged to get involved and volunteer.

Insurance
Greater York Dance maintains proper safeguards, but makes no representations, either expressed or implied, regarding physical capabilities of any student, although activities are planned to meet the overall requirement of each level. Greater York Dance or its representatives or employees are not responsible for injuries of dancers, parents, friends or visitors. Dancing, like any other activity, has risks. Each dancer is responsible for their medical insurance and anyone injured on the premises including offsite events or performances are responsible for medical treatment, time off work, and all liability.

Mandated Reporting
By law, staff members are mandated reporters.  This means that staff must report information to the proper authorities if they suspect any harm has come to a student.

Acceptance Of All Policies
Although we try to include as many of our policies as possible, there are some policies which may only appear on our website or in written materials created by us or verbal. You agree to all policies upon enrollment.

Behavior & Dance Etiquette

Behavior & Dance Etiquette
Dance Etiquette consists of courtesy and good manners. Because dance is fun and exciting and all of our dancers are here because they want to be, rarely are there discipline issues in the studio. We expect courteous, polite and respectful behavior of all who participate in our program.

Professional behavior means being respectful of directors, faculty, facility, art form, and fellow artists; behavior that compromises our good name is unacceptable. TEAMWORK is EXPECTED of everyone. This keeps our dance family healthy.

It is the responsibility of each parent/guardian to regulate their dance and any siblings or visitors while in the waiting area. This includes no running, yelling, or disrespectful behavior in the building. Children are asked to be seated or to enjoy parent supervised play in the children’s play area. We offer free coffee and a big screen TV for your pleasure.

Note: Students may be dismissed for poor behavior or attitude or social media posts that could be perceived as negative against Greater York Dance, it’s instructors, programs, directors, dancers or that could be perceived “not positive”; all monies are forfeited and account balances are due immediately. Greater York Dance needs to be a DRAMA FREE ZONE for the peace and joy of all the artists.

Guidelines for the Classroom
Chewing gum, eating, drinking, talking, sitting down, smoking, leaning against the wall or poor attitude are all unacceptable forms of behavior during a dance class as they would be on stage in front of an audience. Students are expected to arrive dressed for class and on time.

No Street Shoes On Dance Floors as they bring dirt onto the dance area. Put dance shoes on just prior to class while inside.

Electronic Devices including cell phones must be kept out of the classroom by students. No electronic devices may be used inside the studios or during performances or rehearsals unless invited. Absolutely NO recording may be done – in any format – unless you are specifically invited to do so by the Artistic Director, or it is announced as a social media blitz event.

Those not willing to follow the dress code and Greater York Dance policies and standards will not be able to participate.

Artistic Decisions

Artistic Decisions
Artistic Decisions are related to vision, staff, repertoire, sets, choreography, costuming, music, casting, technical training, dancers’ rules and regulations and production. Please remember that there are three essential elements to the success of any performing arts: an idea, an artist and the audience. Vision is not static. It is something that changes and evolves over time, and we respect our Artistic Director and these freedoms. Matters regarding artistic decisions are a closed subject. The dynamics created by parental pressures to cast, level or line-up are unhealthy for everyone, and the directors have set this boundary. They will gladly share their input as to areas of accomplishment or improvement when feedback is requested.

Class Placement
Class placement is based on ability and age appropriateness of the techniques being taught. A dancer’s progress is dependent upon the consistency and frequency of training, just like any other athlete. Technical work is presented in a sequential, graded format to meet the needs of each student who seeks quality training, enrichment and physical fitness; quality of training is never diminished regardless of the number of classes taken. Students remain in the same level until the skills to progress to the next level are achieved. The School of Early Childhood has specific ages groupings, so that parents are assured a quality and appropriate classroom atmosphere.

Class placement is unique to each student and involves a variety of factors such as:

  • focus

  • individual maturity level

  • work talent / work ethic

  • attitude

  • growth

  • natural abilities

Financial Information

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Sibling Discount Family Rate – Students in the same immediate family combine the classes/week for the maximum discount. Family Discounts are available to company members with more than one child enrolled.
Boys ages 4 and up receive 50% off; Boys ages 8 and up (who take at least 2 ballet classes/week) will receive 75% off.

Late Payments
A $15 late fee will be charged to your account if your payment is not paid by the due date.
Returned Check Fee $25
Automatic Credit/Declines Fee $20
Refunds & Early Withdrawal
All requests for early withdrawal must be submitted 30 days in advance in writing, sending an email to CustomerService@gydance.org.  If paid more than one month in advance (School Year), a 75% refund less a $35 admin fee will be returned with this proper withdrawal notification. No refunds are available for Summer Sessions, June DanceFest, Performance Dues, Tickets and Awards. (Costumes/use of costumes are forfeited if discontinued prior to the performance.) Whether attending or not, tuition will be charged until the end of the month that the office has been notified in writing of withdrawal. Any scholarships or discounts (if applicable) will be relinquished if the student withdraws or is dismissed before the completion of the course or season.

Multiple Class, Family and Boys Discounts, Bring A Friend Credit, School Year
Sibling Disceount Family Rate – Students in the same immediate family combine the classes/week for the  maximum discount. Family Discounts are available to company members with more than one child enrolled. Boys ages 4+ receive 50% off; Boys ages 8 and up (who take at least 2 ballet classes/week) will receive 75% off. Students may earn a $10 account credit for Bringing A Friend who enrolls in one of our dance education programs.

Performing Student Info

Performance Dues

Greater York Dance offers performance opportunities for students and most of our classes are performing classes and students will learn a dance to perform in the June DanceFest. Students pay dues to participate in the show and receive a medal award. If for any reason you wish to opt out of performing, please complete the Opt-Out Form.

At the Visitor’s Weeks in December and May/June, parents will be invited into the classroom to view the class along with a performance dance. These weeks are a great opportunity for you to experience the fun and dedication that each student demonstrates each within their studies.

Performance dues of $75 for each June DanceFest performing class selected is due by 12/1/17.
Please be sure to complete a June DanceFest Opt Out Form should you choose not to perform in the June DanceFest.

Greater York Dance has performed across the country and offers many performance options for dancers for over 45 years.

GYDance Crew
Hip Hop Crews – Hip Hop & Breakdancing

Midstate Musical Theatre
The group performs in a Kids Musical Theatre Production, Disney Jr productions

Midstate Ballet
A pre-professional youth ballet of classical and contemporary dance

Participating in the December Performances of Hip Nut and/or Nutcracker Ballet at the Appell Center & June DanceFest
– with your weekly class in June
– as a member of one of the above companies or teams

Youth America Grand Prix, International Ballet Competition  Our dancers have previously placed in the Top 12 in the regional competitions.

June Show Performing Details

The June DanceFest Shows feature all the performing students of Greater York Dance.

Most Greater York Dance classes are Performance Classes and will be participating in the June Dancefest Show(s). In addition to class dues, dancers pay Performance Dues per performing class selected. When a student enrolls (unless they select a technique only class), they become a PERFORMING STUDENT for the December Studio Showcase and the June DanceFest.  Please note: This is NOT a costume fee as we do not sell costumes; we provide or lend the appropriate attire needed for what is being presented. Once paid, there are no refunds. Dancers opting out of performance will need to complete an Opt Out form (see below).

From February to May, the faculty works on the June Show performance material during a portion of each class (Exception – Technique only classes such as Ballet are schedule for separate variations classes if student wishes to perform).  It is very helpful and important that dancers not miss class during the weeks leading up to the show. Excessive absences may lead to being excluded from performing. Each performing dancer is given a special award.

Other performing opportunities are available from time to time, based on the dancer’s level of interest such as the Nutcracker Ballet, the Hip Nut, performing with the Midstate Ballet, Prima Performers, Midstate Musical Theatre and Hip Hop Crews.

Important Dates
By allowing your child to participate in the June Show, you are committing yourself and/or your child to the following dates and events listed on the Greater York Dance Season Calendar of Events. As the season progresses, additional June Show information and updates will be listed in your online account documents and or the bulletin board near Studio B. Our goal is to make the June Show an organized, exciting experience for everyone involved. It’s a team effort; students, their parents, the teachers, and the directors are key players in the show’s success.  Dress rehearsal(s) are absolutely mandatory to participation.

The deadline for all account balances due is May 18.  If a student withdraws or is dismissed from class for any reason, any fees paid are forfeited (along with any costumes).

Tickets
Tickets to the June Show performances will go on sale in March. Check the online calendar for specifics dates/times. All accounts must have a zero balance before any family member may purchase tickets. All tickets are reserved seating and may be purchased online. Due to fire laws, everybody attending the show who sits in a seat will need a ticket. Children under 3 may be held on a lap. There are no ticket refunds.

Volunteering At Performances
Adults of Greater York Dance families who are interested in volunteering to help backstage are welcome. SIGN UPS ARE ONLINE – SEVERAL WEEKS PRIOR TO PERFORMANCES. Individuals are needed for front of house sales, sewing, detailing/helping with the children backstage (Dressing Room Assistant) and many other capacities.

Our Dressing Room Directors work very hard to put an efficient system in place, and we ask that all volunteers rely on their experience, follow their instructions and work together as a team to make the children’s dance experience a FUN one.

Dressing Room Assistants are needed for each class to supervise the dancers during both dress rehearsal and the performance.

Another way to help is by donating needed items for our performances.

Yearbook
The June Show will have a Yearbook. You are able to place an ad with photo or text or just a fun message to your dancer with a 1 line message. Support your dancer and support Greater York Dance! Hundreds of people will receive the book at no charge.

Detailing For Performance

Costumes are either given or lent to you or supplied by the dancer you and items that are given will be distributed prior to the performance usually in May. Items that we will be lending to you are transported by Greater York Dance Detailing to the theatre.

Students should not wear any part of their costumes, accessories, or tights prior to the dress rehearsal or performance so to keep it looking sparkling and new.

Alterations are needed on occasion and may be the responsibility of the student.

Important note: No Eyeglasses are to be worn onstage unless a student’s sight is so impaired that it is a disability.

Please place YOUR NAME on all belongings.

Dress Code Guidelines for Performance

    • Headpieces are to be worn on the RIGHT side and should be secured with bobby pins or sewn into place.  Be sure to “X” bobby pins. Hats should be punctured with a scissors or pin and then pinned in place.
    • Bodystockings worn under costumes should have straps regular and not X’d.
    • Clean Dance Shoes, please.
    • No jewelry is to be worn; small stud earrings are acceptable
    • No Gum or candy backstage.
    • Clear nail polish preferred (and only thing allowed for ballet/modern).
    • Unless otherwise specified, straps should meet like a “V” in the back.
    • No underpants are to be worn under tights or costumes.
    • DANCERS who perform in more than one dance must arrive wearing a tan/nude colored leotard.
      Depending on the costuming, any dancer may be asked to provide a tan/nude colored leotard.
    • Do not sunbathe and get tan lines or burnt bodies and bright red faces; they are not attractive onstage under those bright lights.
    • No eyeglasses may be worn onstage.
    • MAKE-UP KITS will be available with all the best colors.

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Volunteer Links for Clearances

Child Abuse History          State Police Criminal

The State of PA requires all volunteers who work with children to take a one time certification online course.

Calendar of Important Dates

Season Calendar