our studio policies to ensure your child's
safety, progress and positive experience here at
REIGN DANCE PRODUCTIONS
offers the most comprehensive dance education for children and teens in the tri-state area.
Our training is recognized in students world-wide and our choreography is ranked nationally. Classes are available for all levels from beginner to advanced. A multiple-class pre-professional program for those interested in intensive dance study is also provided. Many of our alumni are currently working professionally. To further enhance your performing arts training we also have
several of Pittsburgh's working professionals teaching Voice, Acting and Musical Theater.
I FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE OWNERS/ DIRECTORS, STAFF AND FACULTY OF THE MLDS HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE LESSONS TO ANY CHILD WHO’S TUITION IS DELINQUENT. The Maryen Lorrain Dance Studio term begins September 7th and runs through June. Dance runs the full school year and then some! You are enrolling in a 10 month program and may pay several different ways; All tuition is due on or before the 10th of each month.
There are no refunds on classes missed, however you are welcome to come in another day & time to take class. There will be make-up classes scheduled to accommodate weather related cancellations and Holidays.
There are no refunds on classes missed, however you are welcome to come in another day & time to take class. There will be make-up classes scheduled to accommodate weather related cancellations and Holidays. Please notify the front desk staff if your child will be absent. We can then let the teacher know. You have already paid for the class, therefore your child will be allowed and encouraged to make-up the class. During Dance Concert preparation we will let you know which classes are learning the same routines as your child so you can do the make-up class there. In the event of an extended illness or other unforeseen circumstances, please contact the office as soon as possible.
Christmas Holiday Break
*ALDC Members WILL have IMPORTANT Rehearsals & classes during the break!!!
Dates and Groups TBA - A schedule to follow!
Annual Dance Concert
All Cancellations and or Delays will be posted on the Web-site! Students may make-up lessons missed! *Sign up for our new direct e-mail via Yahoo Groups for urgent messages.
We have a glass enclosed observation mezzanine designed for you to enjoy the progress and participation of your child. All the preschool parents are encouraged to attend. We must limit siblings or extra people to (1) because of space limitations. Any children in the Observation Mezzanine that are NOT registered students must be supervised by an adult. All registered students may watch from the Observation Mezzanine for 30min only, assuming they are on a break. Registered Dancers may be dropped off and picked up, it is not necessary for you to stay. Your other children may not be dropped off for FREE Baby Sitting Services!
Take a look at the annual program book from last year. You will see a beautiful piece of artwork. Each routine is pictured in the book as a memory of your classmates and individuals demonstrating their year of accomplishments, plus candid photos from the studio's activities and company's events. A keepsake for all to cherish for years to come. The photo shoot takes place late in February and the middle of March. We schedule the shoots as costumes arrive. Children (and moms too) learn so much during the photo shoot; how the costume is to be worn, how to secure headpieces, how to style hair and apply theatrical make-up. This is like a wardrobe rehearsal for the show. We took over 8,000 photographs last season - Your child will love their modeling job! Plan now to be a part off our Silver Anniversary Edition. Program Book sponsor forms will be attached to your Fall Newsletter.
2007 Dance Concert
We have one spectacular extravaganza per year. The Dance Concert has been held in the past at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills and Franklin Regional School District. This year our show will be Monday June 23 through Friday June 27, 2008. Please be a part of our exciting Show! All Tu-Two Cute, Baby Ballerinas and Prima Preschoolers will have one ordered costume. The Intermediate Prima Preschoolers II and Advanced Preschool will have two ordered costumes. All other classes will have a Costume for each dance subject (NO Acro/ Gym). Some Jazz and Hip Hop Classes will do one or the other if all the children take both classes to eliminate costume costs. A Performance Package Payment plan is the way to go for all of our recreation students. One easy payment per month will include your Costume, Headpiece, Tights, Accessories or props, and your group picture fee in the annual program book. Your first Costume Package Fee is due by November 10th, 2007! A Concert Fee will be charged instead of purchasing tickets this season... You will receive as many tickets as you need... this will ensure the show expenses are met and fill the new larger auditorium with appreciative audience members! Ask the front desk staff about this plan!
Children are a Reflection of You ~
Good Manners and Proper Etiquette are always expected.
Dance is the most beautiful of all the arts -
and dancers, the most beautiful of all the artists.
REIGN DANCE PRODUCTIONS
wants to create beauty on the inside, too!
Please contact the front desk staff whenever the need arises. Most of the time, the front desk staff can help you with problems that may arise. Daytime office hours via Telephone are 11am to 12noon. If you have concerns that cannot be addressed in a brief conversation, please set up a phone conference - we can have your child’s teacher call you. The fee is $25 per parent/teacher conference. We want your experience here at Reign Dance Productions be a positive one. Sorry, Instructors do NOT have time to talk between classes.
We want all our students to have an enjoyable and educational dance experience. We will treat you and your children with courtesy and respect. We expect our students to show the same attitude toward their teachers and fellow dancers. We request that your children observe the following simple rules:
* Pay Attention to your teacher - Don’t talk with your friends during class! It disrupts the whole class and makes it difficult for the teacher to communicate with the students. Meet your friends before or after class for social fun.
* Food or drinks are permitted in the DEN ONLY. Be careful - spills ruin the floors and food attracts bugs. You may have snacks in the den, but please dispose of your trash properly. There are breaks for water during shoe changes. Leave water bottles in the DEN.
* Do not pull up on or hang from the Ballet Barres. They can be pulled from the wall or you can get stuck in them. Barres are for balance and support.
*Come prepared to dance - attire, grooming, attitude, ambition, energy!
Reasonable rules and standards are provided to promote self-discipline. Students should arrive at the school with sufficient time to change into dance shoes to begin class on time. Students who arrive 10 minutes after the scheduled class time are welcome to observe the class; however, they will not be permitted to participate unless there is an extenuating circumstance. If students need to leave before the end of the class, they should notify the teacher before class begins. Students may not leave the classroom without first receiving permission from the teacher. As employees of REIGN DANCE PRODUCTIONS, teachers have the responsibility to see that their class is under control, and they have the authority to dismiss any student who will not cooperate and is a disruption to the rest of the class. Inappropriate dress or behavior will not be allowed. No gum, food or drinks will be permitted inside the classrooms during class or rehearsal.
We try to place students in the best, most challenging and appropriate class. sometimes the teacher will determine that a student needs placement in a more advanced or less advanced class or simply a smaller or younger or bigger or older class than originally assigned. This is not done without careful consideration. Remember you are paying us to teach your child to dance. You entrusted your children with us because we know what is best for them concerning their dance education. Children are our business. We are the experts, defining each dancer by their work ethic, potential, ability to comprehend quickly, natural body lines and maturity in applying corrections. Each child should aspire to be in the next level! Should your child come home disappointed with their placement, it is your responsibility as a parent to remind them that hard work yields improvement. They should work harder than ever and prove to the teacher they deserve to be moved!
Beginning Pointe Work... Pointe is the most demanding dance genre. A student may have the desire to do pointe work, but the determination of readiness for pointe must come from careful observation by your daughter’s teacher. Recreation Students are often put on pointe for a 15 minute period once per week to learn what strength and skill is needed. We would like them to become more serious students and this often is the incentive they need. Competitive/ Advanced students are put on pointe for longer periods of time which require your daughter to be in two ballet classes per week for pointe work.
It is important for parents and students to understand that dance class is not the same as your grade in school. Nor do you dance from 8am to 3pm Mon through Friday. In most cases the class will progress as a group but, not all the time. Every child will be challenged in each class to compete against themselves not others.
Notify the front desk staff immediately if you are changing the day and time of your class. You are charged as an active student until you notify the office of a change in status. Students are welcome to add classes, level permitting - just inform the front desk. Class changes must have the permission of all teachers involved. This applies to ALDC members as well as recreation students! This is especially important when we are ordering costumes and preparing dances for the annual dance concert. You are responsible for payment in full September through June. All MLDS recreation students wishing to change classes or drop a particular subject must do so in writing or you will be responsible for payment in full for the entire term.
Conventions, Performances, and Other Activities
During the year, many of our students have opportunities to participate in activities such as master classes, community performances and even trips to New York City. We encourage all students to take advantage of these opportunities. Information including costs and entry fees etc. will be provided in advance of each event. All fees must be paid in advance of said event.
Students interested in competitive dance study may audition for THE ABBY LEE DANCE COMPANY. Celebrating 26 years of victorious success this season. We host open auditions near the end of our season before the annual dance concert and again, during August. This year we are seeking 5, 6, and 7 year olds for the Tiny Tots. All dancers must be enrolled in the complete program for their age/ability level to be eligible for the dance company. Usually competition and special choreography takes place on the weekends. Only Graduating Seniors with 5 years seniority may retain their ALDC status and lesson their class load. Some advanced students may take Company Level classes with teacher approval. Solo, Duet and Trio choreography is available for interested as well as, committed students. Dancers must study (enrolled, attending and paid in full) four days per week to be considered for a Specialty Routine. There are many additional requirements, a list is available upon request.
Hair must be up off the back of your neck and slicked away from the face in either a pony tail, bun or French braid.
A bun is mandatory for all Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Ballet Classes.
No jewelry is allowed for safety reasons;Necklaces can break, rings can fly off /earring backs fall.
(Have you ever stepped on an earring post in your bare feet?)
No Baggy Sweats. Neat dance warm ups may be worn only until your muscles are warm. Young students may wear a sweater if necessary during the winter. Cover ups must be worn to and from class. Never enter or leave the studio in only your dance attire.
We always want to present a polished appearance.
DO NOT wear dance shoes outside. Wearing dance shoes outside ruins the sole and also tracks dirt, oil and gravel into the studio, causing damage to the customized dance floors.
Girl’s Dress Code:
Solid Leotard - Any style or material is acceptable, but refrain from purchasing busy patterns!
Tights - Ballet Pink, Black, White, Lt. Toast or Suntan are permitted. All Tu-Two Cute, Baby Ballerinas and Prima Preschoolers I may use full footed. Intermediate Prima Preschoolers II need stirrup or footless or convertible tights.
Pink Tights are mandatory for all Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday Ballet Classes
No Tights / Bare legs should be worn for Monday Legs & Feet / Jazz Class
Tu-Two Cute / White Theatricals Buckle Tap Shoes and Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers
Baby Ballerinas / White Theatricals Buckle Tap Shoes and Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers
Prima Preschool / White Theatricals Buckle Tap Shoes and Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers
Advanced Prima Preschool / Tan Theatricals Buckle Tap Shoes and Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers, stirrup tights
Mighty Minis / Tan Theatricals Buckle Tap Shoes and Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers, stirrup tights
Adv Minis & Young Jr's / Tan Theatricals Buckle Tap Shoes & Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers, stirrup tights, Tan Gore Jazz Shoes
Junior/ Preteens / Tan Oxford Tie Tap Shoes and Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers, stirrup tights, Tan Gore Shoes
Preteens/ Teens / Black Oxford Tie Tap Shoes and Bloch Leather Ballet Slippers, stirrups, Black Gore Shoes
Adults / Bare feet Pilates class Tennis Shoes for Hip Hop
ALDC Members will need specific shoes for each competition routine as they are decided upon.
Pink Leather Dansoft Ballet Slippers for the Premier Preschool
Program, all Beg Int and Adv Mini, Jr, Preteen and Teen Classes.
Pink Canvas Slippers for all Advanced Ballet Ensemble Classes.
Pink Pointe Shoes
(consult with instructor).
Intermediate Junior Tap Students - Capezio U-shell Tan buckles
Younger Adv Tap Students - CG06 Capezio split sole oxfords
Advanced Tap - Tap Extreme by Capezio
Nude Tan or Black gore or neoprene jazz shoes will be needed for all Jazz classes.
NEW Caramel Pedinis and Black Pedinis will be need by all Junior and Sr Co members
***Note a new shoe selection is in the works!
Please put your child’s name and phone number inside the instep of all shoes. The studio is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
Black dance pants, sweat pants, or Hip Hop pants. Tucked in T-shirt or muscle shirt. Long Hair must be up and secured off the back of the neck for technique as well as the prevention of injury to another dancer.
White Socks and White Canvas Ballet shoes, Adv Ballet Students may wear Black Canvas Shoes. Bare feet and Tan or Black Gore Boots for all Jazz Classes and Musical Theater, Black Hip hop Sneakers, Black Oxford Tap Shoes. Capezio Tap Extreme for Advanced Tap Students.
ALL MALE STUDENTS SHOULD BE RESPECTFUL OF ALL THE LADIES IN THIS BUILDING, AS WELL AS THEIR PROPERTY AND THE BUILDING ITSELF. YOU ARE HERE ON A PARTIAL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP. MANY OF THE GIRLS ARE PAYING 5 TIMES THIS, YOUR BEHAVIOR SHOULD BE EXEMPLARY AT ALL TIMES AND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS SHOULD ALWAYS WORK HARDER IN CLASS THAN ANYONE ELSE. YOU WILL BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD BY ALL FACULTY MEMBERS. THE FIRST TIME YOU ARE ASKED TO LEAVE A CLASS BECAUSE OF YOUR BEHAVIOR YOUR TUITION WILL BE CHANGED TO THE FULL PRICE FROM THE CURRENT REIGN DANCE PRODUCTIONS TUITION RATE CHART.