Student and Class Policies
If any of these policies are not adhered to, a meeting with the student and parent will be called
to determine appropriate action.
Statement of Fellowship
At Dramatic Truth we seek to strike a loving, affirming balance between our knowledge of God, knowing who we are in Christ, and loving our community. While we hold that study, discussion, and mentoring in Scripture are essential and natural in the training and equipping of Dramatic Truth dancers when subjects arise where everyone may not agree with one perspective, Dramatic Truth’s position will lovingly, kindly, and respectfully adhere to the traditional interpretation of Scripture, while always, and absolutely, being sensitive to the heart and perspective of all members of the discussion, with the end goal of building up each person. We will create an environment of love and respect for everyone, no matter their beliefs or lifestyle, where everyone feels welcome and loved. Please ask us if you have any questions about our ministry or our beliefs.
Dress Code and Classroom Etiquette
Dramatic Truth is committed to upholding standards that will develop discipline and respect in students while emphasizing to each student their individual worth and contribution. The following are class guidelines that we expect all students to adhere to in order to uphold unity, harmony, and respect for teachers and fellow students.
Dance Dress Code
All students must adhere to the dress and hair code and an instructor or another staff member may ask you to match the dress code before continuing in class. (DTBT Company is exempt from the dress code.)
Women must wear pink tights inside the level-designated colored leotard and pink ballet shoes.
Leather shoes are required for Lower School. Canvas shoes are allowed in Upper School.)
Leotards and tights need to be purchased through the studio for Wee/Pre classes and levels I-II.
For Levels III and up, leotards may be purchased from the school or independently by the student, only in the appropriate, solid class color.
Level III: Hunter Green
Level IV: Burgundy
Level V: Eggplant
Level VI: Black
Independently purchased leotards must have no more than a capped sleeve, (tank, halter, etc are acceptable), have no plunging backline, and cover the chest and seat areas modestly. Teachers have final discretion regarding leotard choice in class. A student who persistently wears inappropriate leotards will be charged for and given a DT leotard.
For modesty, dancers are allowed to have nude undergarments showing but no other color undergarments are allowed to show. Pink knit warmers are allowed for keeping warm during the winter months.
Female dancers in levels IIIA/B are allowed to wear fitted shorts in the class color as needed, to allow them time to adapt to their changing needs and the ballet uniform. Only shorts purchased from DT are allowed, available at the front desk.
In Ballet classes a flat bun, secured with a hairnet and hairpins is required, no bangs and no whisps. Gel or hairspray is strongly recommended. For Modern, Theatre, and Break Dancing, hair must be secured back, no loose wisps unless the instructor specifies otherwise.
Level 3 & Up Black, fitted T-Shirt, black men’s ballet tights, dance belt*, and black ballet shoes. *Men’s ballet tights and dance belt are specialized attire. Please purchase from a dance store. Street leggings and shorts are not permitted as substitutions.
Hair must be securely off the face for the entire class unless the instructor specifies otherwise. If a male student has very long hair, the teacher may require it to be put up with bands or pins.
If a student cannot come to the Warm-Up class beforehand, it is expected that the student arrives 10 minutes before class to give themselves a warm-up to be ready for class.
Students arriving late or unready for class MUST enter the classroom immediately, not hang about in unsupervised areas.
A late arriving student, once ready, must wait to the side of the classroom to be invited to join. If the student is habitually late, a meeting will occur between the teacher and the parent.
Students should have his/her uniform on correctly and hair in place before participating in any warm-up or class.
Posture & Readiness
Students do not sit down or lean on the barre or wall during class. Students are expected to stand up straight without folding their arms or placing hands on hips. Barres must be in place and students in prep position when the teacher enters the classroom. Students may be asked to sit out of class if not prepared.
Talking in Class
No side conversations are allowed during class. Sometimes questions concerning technique arise in class during the learning process. When the teacher is finished with a correction or combination, you may ask your question in a respectful and polite manner by raising your hand. All students should listen carefully to any correction given to any student during the class or rehearsal, not talking to other students. Thank the teacher for the answer. It is not appropriate to ask for directions from another student in the class. At the conclusion of class, dancers are expected to personally thank the teacher. Criticism of the instructor inside or outside of class by the student is not permitted.
NO electronics are allowed in class. All electronics must be silenced at the beginning of class and put away.
Gum should never enter the studio, as it can very quickly destroy the floors and shoes.
Addressing of Teachers and Staff
All teachers and staff members (including the front desk) are to be addressed with Mr./Mrs./Miss followed by their first or last name, no exceptions. They should be honored and respected by students, families, and each other for their knowledge in their respective fields and their contribution to Dramatic Truth. Any parental concerns with a teacher or staff member should be directed first to that person, and then to the Artistic Director. Teachers should be thanked verbally or with applause at the end of each class in Lower and Upper Schools.
DT Incident/Behavior Report Policy
Your child’s safety is extremely important to Dramatic Truth. Therefore, if an event (illness, accident, behavior, etc.) happens in the classroom, the teacher will contact the parent after class or within 24 hours. Teachers will also contact parents if a student habitually complains of injuries before class, is unable/unwilling to participate in parts of the class, or frequently violates the dress code.
Drop-off and Pick-up Policies
Please drop off your child/children at least 5 minutes before his/her class begins. Any students waiting must quietly wait in the front near the front desk.
All students must be picked up directly after class. Our teachers have places to be also, please be on time.
A student left more than 10 minutes after class may be charged for childcare.
All parents of lower level students (IIB & below) MUST come into the building to pick up their child.
If non-family members are helping with transportation, we must be notified beforehand or your child may not be released. This is for the safety of your child.
School Phone Numbers:
No DT students are allowed to walk to Dollar General in between classes or while waiting for pickup. Please feel free to bring a snack in an insulated container. Label all snack containers.
In the Event of…
Absences and Class Make-Up Policy
There are no refunds. All missed classes must be made up within the current school year. Students may make up in their current level or one level below. Missed classes must be made up in the same dance genre, i.e. Ballet with Ballet, Tap with Tap.
Lack of Participation Due to Ongoing Injuries
If a student has an injury that prevents fully taking class, the student is expected to sit at the front of the room and record notes. The teacher will communicate with parents within a day notifying them of the absence of participation. Injured students are expected to work on rehabilitating the injury during class time and outside of class. Teachers are happy to give advice about recovering from injuries or directing students and parents to medical partners for help. If an injury persists for 3 weeks, the student will be asked to sit out of class until they have a rehabilitation plan from a physician regarding the injury.
If a student has a fever or has vomited within the past 24 hours, he/she is not allowed in the studio for 24 hours after the fever has broken. Please also do not come to the studio if your child shows obvious symptoms of being ill, such as a cough, runny nose, or sneezing. Please call or text your teacher to let her know of the absence.
Holidays, Closings & Bad Weather Policy
DT does not follow the school calendar or school closing policy of any school district. Between August and June, we are closed Thanksgiving week, Christmas Break, Spring Break, and Easter (Good Friday to Easter Sunday). We do not take Labor Day, President’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, or Memorial Day off. If families choose to miss class in observance of these holidays, they may make up the missed class per the class Make-Up Policy.
*Any changes or cancellations due to bad weather (Snow day, etc) will be sent out via email by 2:00 PM during the week and 8:00 AM on Wednesday & Saturday, so please check your email. Please do not call teachers about bad weather cancellations.