Rockwell Dance Center

Handbook

 

 

 

Welcome to Rockwell Dance Center. We begin our year with great enthusiasm for the future growth and education of all our students. RDC is proud to have a faculty that supports the holistic education of the arts. Our instructors all have degrees in their chosen fields, but more importantly their goal is to inspire and challenge while sharing the passion they have for their art form. Our students are encouraged to develop not just amazing technique but an overall understanding of the history of dance, anatomy, in addition to appreciating each other as individual artists. Our goal is to provide a professional and passionate faculty, master classes and varied performance opportunities for our students; whether their intent is studying for a career or solely for enjoyment. In addition, our hope is that each person becomes technically proficient as a dancer and performer, while never forgetting that having a gift is wonderful, but sharing that gift to make our community a better place should be the ultimate goal. 

We look forward to an exciting year of classes, performances and beautiful dancing!

Nikole LaChioma, Owner, Director RDC

Beth Skvorc, Managing Director

Catherine LaChioma, Administrative Director

 

Our state of the art performance center has 12,000 square feet of space. It is comprised of 5 dance studios (all with sprung flooring and professional audio systems), 4 music/voice studios, a black box theater, 2 lounges, kitchen and homework area, RDC Café, company lounge, girls and boys changing theater, 2 lounges, kitchen and homework area, RDC Café, company lounge, girls and boys changing theater, 2 lounges, kitchen and homework area, RDC Café, company lounge, girls and boys changing rooms and a professional costume shop - all in one convenient location with easy access to I-95, the 25 Connector, Merritt Parkway, Route 8 - a quick and easy commute from almost anywhere in Fairfield and New Haven Counties. We are just minutes from the Trumbull Mall, and located just across the street are Planet Fitness, Trumbull Tennis, Next Step Gymnastics and the Sports Zone.

 

POLICIES:

Closings

We follow the Trumbull Public School closings for bad weather and emergencies. Please call our studio or check our Face Book Page regarding school delays – our decision will be posted on our telephone answering system or on our Face Book page by noon of the day in question.

Class Changes or Cancellations

Class Changes or Cancellations may be made based on enrollment. The faculty and RDC reserve the right to place or move students according to technical ability. Instructors may be changed due to personal or professional scheduling conflicts.

Tardiness and Absences

Promptness is expected. If you are going to be absent, or more than ten minutes late please contact the studio by phone.

Make Up Classes

It is the student’s responsibility to make up classes due to personal conflicts or illness during the same dance year. Classes cancelled in conjunction with school closings will not be made up. Classes cancelled due to faculty illness or conflicts may be made up by RDC.

Injury Policy and Protocol

Any student with a medical issue or injury must immediately report it in writing to RDC and must present RDC with a doctor's note giving the student permission to return to class. 

Free Trial Classes and Placement Evaluations

We welcome new students to come take a facility tour, as well as a free trial class for placement evaluation.

Class Levels and Placement

RDC students are leveled in every discipline each May, by their instructors, for the next year’s class placement. This is for ease of registration. Students are continually evaluated throughout the year and can request written evaluations. Students should expect to remain in a level an average of 2-3 years in order to successfully complete the syllabus and curriculum.   

Start of Classes

Since we acknowledge that a lot can happen between May and September, the first month of classes is used for review and assessment to make sure that each student is properly placed, that the class make up as a whole is conducive to each student moving forward and meeting the specified goals for the coming year, and for the teacher to become familiar with the class and the class to become familiar with the teacher. For these reasons, it may move at a slower pace than anticipated. Please be patient, and if you have any concerns at the end of September please bring them to the instructor.

Student Evaluations

Written evaluations for your dancer may be requested throughout the year by contacting the front desk and leaving the student name, instructor name and class. Please allow 2 weeks for processing.

Parent Meet and Greet

In November and February of each year we have “Meet and Greet”. This is a time for parents to come and observe classes. The first 15 minutes of class the instructor will give a short bio, explain the syllabus of the class and state goals and objectives for the year. Parents are then free to ask questions and observe the class. Week of November 13-18, 2017 and February 5-10, 2018.

Tuition 

Fully or partially, is due upon registration based upon your chosen Payment Plan.  There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee per student, per year. You may view our class rates and payment options online at www.rockwelldancecenter.com  (see registration form).  It is understood, whether payment is made yearly or monthly, that tuition is a yearly contract.  You are given the month of September to withdraw from this contract with no penalty (except classes taken, costumes and registration).  After September you assume liability for full yearly tuition and no refunds will be given.

Dance Privates and Choreography Sessions: Rates are based on instructor.

Studio Etiquette

Proper courtesy and respect for all dancers is expected. No cell phones, food or beverages aside from water are allowed in any of the studios. No street shoes are allowed in any of the dance studios. A lounge areas and a kitchen/homework area are provided for students to do homework, eat or relax before or after classes. Everyone is expected to clean up after themselves. Personal belongings should be stored in the kitchen cubbies during classes, not in the waiting areas. Lost and Found items will be kept for a month and then donated to a local charity if not claimed.

Liability: We are not responsible for personal injury or lost property. Students and parents (guardians) release claims of liability while studying dance, voice, acting and music instrumentation at Rockwell Dance Center.

Harassment Policy

Rockwell Dance Center will not tolerate any unlawful harassment of students, faculty, or employees. Such prohibited harassment includes verbal, written or physical conduct for any reason in addition to that which is based upon an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability. Participating in any such behavior may result in dismissal from the studio.

RDC is a Nut Free School

We have dancers who have severe, life-threatening nut allergies. This means that they cannot come into contact with nuts or with anyone who has touched/eaten anything with nuts or nut products. We ask that all dancers, parents, and staff refrain from bringing in products with nuts or nut oils. This includes but is not limited to:

-Nuts of all kinds (peanuts, walnuts, almonds, cashews, etc) or products that contain nuts (some

granola bars, trail mix, cookies/brownies, etc)

-Peanut, almond, cashew, or other nut butters

-Any products made with peanut or other nut oils

We apologize for any inconvenience this causes; it is not our goal to make things difficult for our dancers. Instead, we are trying our best to offer a healthy, safe environment for all dancers where they do not have to worry about their allergies and instead can focus on having fun and learning. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

BRING A FRIEND TO DANCE WEEK

Twice during the school year (Fall and Spring) students can bring a friend to dance class with them free of charge. We will announce the dates a few weeks prior.

 

 

2017-2018 CALENDAR

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 – First Day of 2017-2018 Classes

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – Rosh Hashanah - Closed

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 – Auditions for A Winter Ballet

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9 – Columbus Day – Closed

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 – CT TAP Master Classes & Performance

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 – Ideas In Motion Applications Due

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31 – Halloween - Closed

WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22-26  Thanksgiving Break - Closed

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8-10 – A Winter Ballet

FRIDAY-TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22-JANUARY 2 – Holiday Break - Closed

TUESDAY, JANUARY 9 – Auditions for A Spring Ballet

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13 – Ballet Co & YAGP Showcase @ RDC

MONDAY, JANUARY 15 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Closed

FRIDAY-SUNDAY, JANUARY 26-28 – YAGP Regionals, Worcester, MA

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28 – Dancefest, Stamford Palace, Stamford, CT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10 – RDC Hip Hop Showcase @ RDC

THURSDAY-TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15-20 – Winter Break - Closed

SATURDAY, MARCH 3 – Ideas In Motion @ RDC

FRIDAY-SATURDAY MARCH 10-12 - Connecticut Classics

SATURDAY, MARCH 18 - Dancers Responding to Aids @ SUNY Purchase

SATURDAY, MARCH 31 – S.A.M. BENEFIT CONCERT

SATURDAY-MONDAY, APRIL 7-16 – Spring Break – Closed

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 – Tech/Dress for A Spring Ballet

FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY, MAY 4, 5, and 6 – A Spring Ballet

SATURDAY, MAY 12 – RDC Tap Showcase @ RDC

MONDAY, MAY 28 – Memorial Day - Closed

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6 – Last Day of Classes

SATURDAY, JUNE 9 – RDC End of Year Dance Concert

 

 

REGISTRATION

Registration for 2017-2018 dance classes begins Friday, May 19 from 4-8pm and will continue Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-8:30 pm, Fridays 4-8pm and Saturdays from 1:30-3:30 pm. Registration is on-going until classes are filled.

 

DANCE ATTIRE

Proper dance attire for all classes is required.

Ballet Levels:

• Pink

• Blue

• Green

• Lilac

• Garnet

• Navy

• Onyx

Ballet Dress Code

• Mirella Children’s Cotton Camisole Children #M207C

Pale Pink, Light Blue, Seafoam Green, Lilac, Garnet, Navy, Black Onyx

• Mirella Adult Pinch Front Seamed Camisole Adult #M210LD

Seafoam Green, Lilac, Garnet, Navy, Black

• Pink Footed or Convertible Tights

• Levels Pink – Lilac Full Soled Leather Ballet Shoes

• Levels Garnet – Black Split Sole Leather or Canvas Ballet Shoes

• Gentlemen – White T-Shirt, Black Tights or Dance Shorts, Black Ballet Shoes and Dance Belt

Tap Dress Code

• Black lace up Tap Oxfords

• Black Leggings or Dance Short

• Comfortable Tops

Hip Hop Dress Code

• Comfortable Street Clothes and Sneakers

Jazz Dress Code

• Black Leggings or Dance Shorts with Fitted Top

• Jazz Shoes or Socks (check with instructor about preference and style)

Modern Dress Code

• Leggings or Dance Shorts

• Fitted Top

• Bare Feet and/or Socks

Partnering (Classical/Contemporary)

• Leotard

• Convertible Tights

• Ballet Shoes and/or Pointe Shoes

• Leggings or Dance Shorts

• For Men T-Shirt and Dance Belt