Welcome Students and Parents!
Please read the following letter and review the calendars that are attached. We have provided information that will help you and your child have an enjoyable and successful dance experience.
Goals: Our goal for students is that they have fun while learning and improving their dance skills. Instructors will be teaching the discipline of dance appropriate to the child's age group.
The benefits of dance are numerous: coordination, appreciation of dance, self confidence, ability to perform in front of a large audience and the discipline of being part of a team. With childhood obesity becoming a national concern, it is more important than ever that children are physically active. Dance is a positive way to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Attendance: Unless your child is a soloist, his/her attendance will affect the class. It is not fair to those children who attend regularly to have to dance the recital with children who do not know the routine or their positions. If your child is sick, keep him/her home (if anyone in your family is sick, keep him/her home), we just ask that dance class be given priority over other activities. Instructors have a right to take a child out of a class if attendance will greatly affect the recital performance. Parents will be advised of any attendance problems as soon as they become evident.
Payments: Payments for dance sessions, costumes and candy fundraiser are listed on the calendar. There will be a $35 charge for any checks returned for insufficient funds. All payments are made to Maplewood staff. Make sure you receive a receipt for all payments you make. Please make all checks payable to the City of Garden City.
Weather Cancellations: If the Garden City School System has declared a "Snow Day" the Dance Express classes will be cancelled for the day. If Garden City School Systems has declared a “Cold Day” classes will NOT be cancelled.
Instructor Cancellation: If an instructor is ill or has an emergency Maplewood Staff will attempt to call you with this information. Classes that have been cancelled due to weather or instructor illness/emergency will be rescheduled. The Dance Express calendar indicates the "make-up" periods.
Class Dress Code: Dancers are not allowed to wear jeans to class. Students who come to class in jeans will have to sit and watch that day. Dancers should always wear the appropriate dance clothes and shoes. Most students wear leotards for their classes. Wearing "dance" clothes is part of the discipline of dance. The first day of class, your child should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Instructors will tell you what type of footwear that will be needed.
Dance Assistants: Some dance instructors have volunteer dance assistants. These assistants will begin the stretching and warm-up session of the class while the instructor speaks to parents.
COVID Cancellation: If you or your child are exposed to someone that has tested positive for COVID, please adhere to the rule of self-quarantining for 14 days before returning to the Maplewood Community Center for any activities.
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If you choose to stay and wait at Maplewood Center during your child's class, please avoid bringing other family members (siblings) with you. If you have no other choice but to have others with you and you must wait inside, please bring games, books or toys that encourage quiet play. There can be no balls or running in the hallways. Children who are not enrolled in a supervised activity must always remain with a parent or guardian
Communication: If you have a question for the instructor there is a limited period of time between classes to talk to parents. We strongly suggest you leave a written request at the front desk asking the instructor to call you. If you leave your name, phone number, best time to call and the instructor you want to speak to, the staff will forward the information. Instructors are not in everyday so please be patient; it may take a few days for a return call.
The dance program is supposed to be a fun learning experience. If you or your child has problems or concerns, please address the instructor in private. If you have questions or concerns you want to discuss with Dance Coordinator, Lori Couture, you may call 793-1853 Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 am to 3:00 p.m.; or email LoriC@gardencitymi.org.
Dance Recital: Information on the Dance Express Recital still to be determined.