Dance School Policy

Shari Rarick School of Dance and Dancewear
1400 W. Columbia Ave. Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 963-0669
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DANCE SCHOOL POLICY:  September 2022 - June 2023

• Do not wear dance shoes outside! They are designed to be worn on our Stage floors.  
• Wear cover-ups to and from the studio.     
• Please write your name in ALL dance shoes to help find the owner in shoe mix-ups.
• NO gum in class or the studio. 
• We prefer that no large jewelry be worn in class.
• Bring no valuables to class with you. We cannot be responsible for lost or missing items.
• ALL food and drinks must be kept in the eating area [not in the waiting room].

September through and including June = 10 equal monthly payments   
(All rehearsals and performances are educational classes)  June payment and attendance are required for Recital.

1st Subject: $55.00 per month 
•Each addt’l Subject: $35.00 per month  
•Pointe Class: $30.00 per [2 classes 55+35 = 90 per family]
Tuition is due by the first lesson of the month.
A $5.00 late fee will automatically be charged after the 10th of each month.   

Payments:  Cash, Check, and Credit Cards.
Arrangements can be made for automatic payment. 
Cash and Checks may be put in the studio mail slot [right of the front door] anytime.
Please use the student’s name and how it is to be applied to your payments.

1. A non-refundable costume deposit of $60.00 for the June Recital [6-10-23] is required for each class. Due November 15th, 2022. 
2. Costume balance [$5-20] will be due in the Spring.            
3. Christmas Show[12-11-22] costume will be a separate fee due in December [usually not more than $35].  
4. If you choose- fundraisers will be available for your account.

CLASS INFORMATION:  age as of Sept. 1st, 2022 

MOM AND ME: 30 mins. - (5 class sessions) Stretchy clothes, shoes are not necessary, socks are acceptable.
TOTS: (Ballet, Acro, and Rhythm)
 3 & 4 yr olds - 45 mins. Leotard, tights, and pink ballet shoes.
JR & SR COMBINATION: (Ballet, Acro, and Tap) 5 & 6 yrs olds - 1 hour. Leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes, and black tap shoes with elastic tap tie.
TAP: 7 yrs to Adult - 45 min.
 Leotard, tights, black tap shoes, hair tied back.
BALLET: 7 yrs to Adult - 1 hour. 
Leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes, 8 1/2 x 11 notebook with pencil for ballet notes, hair tied back or bun.
POINTE/PRE-POINTE: 11 yrs to Adult - 30 min. Must audition, 3 yrs Ballet, and enrolled in ballet.
JAZZ: 7 yrs to Adult - 45 min. - 1 hour. Leotard, tights, black jazz shoes, hair tied back.
ACROBATICS: 7 yrs to Adult - 1 hour. 
Leotard, tights,  footless or convertible tights, hair tied back.
HIP HOP: 7 & up - 45 min. Leotard,  leggings, and jazz shoes.
LYRICAL: 9yrs to Adult - 45 mins. Must have e in Ballet and Jazz, and currently enrolled in both Ballet and Jazz. The approval of the instructor is required. 
ADULT CLASSES: 45 min. -1 hour
. Tap or Ballet  (leggings and t-shirts are acceptable).
SPARKLE DANCE TEAM: - see desk for info.  

DANCEWEAR: We have a dancewear store on site. All shoes (especially ballet) should be BLOCH, CAPEZIO,  SO DANCA, or EUROTARD!
Other ballet shoes’ soles may cause difficulty balancing on the proper part of the foot, soreness, and unhappy ballerinas.
All new students may try the class without dancewear and shoes for the first month only.
Please wear stretchy clothes (no zippers or buttons) and socks or barefoot.
A leotard must be worn in every class and hair tied back by October 1st! 
This is a studio requirement.
**Please put NAME IN SHOES.

*2-day dancewear August 17th & 18th 4:30-7:00 pm
*10% off Sale will continue through September.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Classes meet weekly. Perfect attendance certificates will be awarded during the last class after the recital.
Students are expected to attend every class. Excused absences may be made up with another similar class.
Make-up class forms are at the desk. Students will give the slip to the teacher at beginning of the makeup class.

Open curtain for viewing class:
Sept. 6th-12th
Nov. 28th-Dec. 3rd
Feb. 27th-March 4th.

ADVERSE WEATHER POLICY: Dance School closing [due to weather] on Facebook.    

VACATION POLICY: We will send home a “Dates to Remember” sheet with the Dance School’s Holiday schedules, extra rehearsals, and other important dates to put on your calendar.

SPECIAL NOTICES: Check the message window for announcements.  Fundraisers, Christmas show sign-up, music ordering, and more.
Join us at for notices. Fundraisers are available for those interested; Profit goes on your account.  [2 options in fall, 1 in Jan].

CHRISTMAS SHOW will be Sunday, December 11th  (our student’s gift to the community. This is a volunteer performance. Students must sign up in October (with clothing size).
Students may perform only 1 dance, and acro is not available for performance due to stage size.  It is held at Ann J Kellogg Elementary School. Your class will perform at 1:30 or 3 pm as assigned.

ANNUAL RECITAL: Saturday, June 10th, with the Dress Rehearsal Date and Time to be announced.  All students are expected to participate as part of their dance education. There is also Run-Thru on a Friday in early May. Students are expected to participate in this learning opportunity.  Run-Thru is recorded and reviewed for class improvement. The Rehearsals and Performances are part of June’s lesson.

INSTRUCTORS: Shari Rarick Gysel, David H. Smith, Colleen Thome, Kim Iliff, Tammy Babcock, Brittany VanDyke, Rebekah Arnold, Megan Banning, Katie Trumble.

Member of: Dance Masters of America, Dance Masters of Mi, Cecchetti Council of Am, Dance Educators of Am, Sacred Dance Guild, ASCAP,
 Altrusa Club, 
[past] Regional Director Jazz Dance World Congress, BCCHS Hall of  Fame.

Dance is an athletic activity and participants do so at his/her own risk. He/she shall assume all risk involved, including but not limited to all loss or stolen property, cost, claim, injury, damage, or liability sustained while participating and hold harmless Shari Rarick School of Dance.