Studio Policies

Please read about our studio policies prior to registering.

For information about tuition or discounts, please see the Tuition Fee Information page of our website.

The following Studio Policies are in place to keep our studio running efficiently throughout the year.  Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

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YEARLY CLASSES: Classes run from September to June. The class schedule is subject to change, pending enrollment.

STUDENT CLASS PLACEMENT FOR RETURNING STUDENTS: Before the end of each dance season, current students receive a Student Placement Form and are given priority registration for the following year.  CSD faculty make all placement decisions; appropriate levels of classes are determined with the best interest of each student in mind.  Faculty members will review all students’ placements for accuracy in the first three weeks of classes each fall.  If a class adjustment is advisable, the teacher will approach the parent to discuss class options.

STUDENT CLASS PLACEMENT FOR NEW STUDENTS: With the exception of our dance companies, acceptance into the school is based on class availability, age, and previous experience.  If a student is new to CSD, a faculty member may need to assess the student to ensure that they are placed in the appropriate level.  Please provide the studio with details of your dance background, if any.  Registration and assessments continue through the summer on a first come, first serve basis.  Faculty members will review all students’ placements for accuracy in the first three weeks of classes each fall. If a class adjustment is advisable, the teacher will approach the parent to discuss class options.

CHANGE OF CLASSES: Students must contact the Director of the school in writing to request a change of classes.  Please note that students may not be able to change if the class size is full.

CLASS SIZE/WAITING LISTS: Class sizes are limited to provide an excellent student-teacher ratio, helping to ensure student feedback and a high standard of dance education.  Each year, we present a schedule that will meet the needs of our new and returning students.  If a class is full, you can be put on a wait list.  CSD also reserves the right to cancel any class that has enrollment of five or fewer students.

MINIMUM NUMBER OF CLASSES/YEAR: Students taking full year regular classes will be guaranteed a minimum of 30 weeks of classes per year, as this is what our tuition fees are based on.  In fact, most classes will receive approximately 33 classes/year of instruction.  There are no refunds or make-up classes for classes cancelled due to weather, holidays, studio event cancellations, or extenuating circumstances, unless the number of classes drops to less than 30 per year.

CLASS CANCELLATIONS: Every attempt will be made to contact each student if we cancel a class due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.  In the event that a class is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will notify each dancer affected by the cancellation via email.  We will also change our answering service message to indicate that classes are cancelled, and notify the CHYM FM Snow desk of our cancellation (tune into CHYM FM at 96.7).

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CORRESPONDENCE: CSD prides itself on maintaining a high level of administrative service.  We work diligently to ensure that parents are kept well informed of every aspect of their child’s dance program.  Faculty members are always willing to speak with students or parents if they have any questions or concerns.

COMMUNICATION: Good communication between Contemporary School of Dance and our students is very important to us!  We work diligently to ensure that parents are kept well informed of every aspect of the studio. Please note that CSD does not give out faculty phone numbers or email addresses.  If you need to speak to an instructor, please call or email the studio and we will be happy to pass your contact numbers on to them.  Do you have a question?  We are always willing to help.  Feel free to contact us by calling the studio, 519-725-0143, or emailing:

NEWSLETTERS: To provide clear and consistent information, we publish a quarterly newsletter, CSD Footnotes, which we post on our website and bulletin board.  It is the responsibility of the student/parent to stay current on studio news.  We will email our dance families when each newsletter is made available at our website.  Please take a few moments to review each issue of the newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on studio events!

EMAIL: We have found email correspondence to be very efficient with our dance families.  We use email to send important reminders, flyers, studio information, and account information throughout the year.  Please ensure that we have your correct email address throughout the year so we can keep you informed!  You can have many email addresses on your account – let us know if you need to add another email address.

Student Responsibilities

ATTITUDE: CSD has the basic expectation that students treat each other, their teachers, the faculty and staff, and other adults with kindness and respect.  Whether students attend our programs to develop self-esteem, get their exercise, or train for a career in the arts, a professional and polite attitude is necessary at all times.  If problems persist, parents will be contacted.   Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference!

TIMELINESS: Try to arrive on time!  Students should arrive 15 minutes before their class starts so they have ample time to use the washroom, and get ready prior to the class starting.  When children arrive late, they may feel uncomfortable and not want to participate, which is also disruptive to the class.  When students miss the beginning of a class, they miss out on warming up their bodies properly.  Part of learning to dance is learning self-discipline and this begins with arriving to class on time and being prepared for the lesson.  To avoid injury, students who are 15 minutes late or more will not be permitted to participate in the class; they will be asked to observe.

ATTENDANCE: In order for students to benefit fully from their dance education and make progress in their training, they must attend a minimum of 80% of their classes throughout the year.  There are no refunds or make-up classes for classes missed by students.  Please notify the studio in advance if you will be absent. Regular attendance is vital, especially when students are working on group projects, examinations and dances for performances.  If you miss a class, try to catch up on what you missed by getting together with a friend before the next class!

ILLNESS/INJURY: If students are mildly ill or have an injury, they will be expected to attend, as it is extremely valuable to come to dance class and WATCH! (No contagious diseases please!) Dancing is learned through visual, auditory and kinesthetic information, so students who watch class still use their eyes and ears to learn dance!  By observing classes, they won’t have missed any information or be behind in their learning.  If a student misses a class, they are expected to catch up on class material that they missed with friends prior to the next class.  Students are responsible for knowing their class material.

ATTENDANCE RECORDS: Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class.  After April 1, students who miss two or more classes may lose the opportunity to perform in the year-end production. We do keep attendance records for all of our students; however, it is not a monitoring system.  It is the responsibility of the parent to contact the school if it is your intention to withdraw.  Students who achieve perfect attendance in a class (September through June) will be recognized in our show programme at the year-end production.

DANCE UNIFORM:  Please review what your dancer needs for their dance uniform prior to shopping for dancewear and shoes.  CSD students are to wear the proper dancewear and footwear specified in our dance uniform list.  Students are advised to have a dance bag and label all their dance items.  Students in Primary level and up should not wear underwear under dance clothes.  For a streamline look and ease of movement, dancewear is designed to be worn independently. Students are allowed to wear a “CSD” t-shirt for warm-up!  No baggy shorts, pants, pajama pants, etc. allowed in ANY class. No jewellery is permitted in class (except medic alert bracelets). The dance uniform should be respected at all levels of dance – it will be STRICTLY adhered to. Being properly groomed shows that you respect the art of dance and are proud to be a dancer. Teachers are permitted to deny class participation if a student does not abide by the dress code regulations; if uniforms are repeatedly forgotten, students will be asked to sit out and observe the class.

HAIR: Hair must be properly groomed for dance class. All ballet students must wear a proper bun with a hairnet and hair pins.  Hair should be neatly pulled off the face in a ponytail or bun for all other classes.  Forgetful ballerinas, in Grade 2 level and up, who arrive at class without the supplies to make a proper bun will be provided with a “bun kit” and their family’s account will be charged accordingly.

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PARKING: We have plenty of free parking conveniently located near our main entrance.  For everyone’s safety, please slow down and carefully reverse out of parking spots.  Please park in designated areas only; parking is not permitted adjacent/parallel to the building.

At the rear of the building, there is a convenient and safe drop-off/pick-up “loop” – please drive slowly and look for dancers.  Please refrain from honking when picking up students!  Do not park adjacent to the rear of the building – parking is available in the middle of the rear lot in designated spaces or at the front of the building.

ENTRANCE/SHOE REMOVAL: At both entrances, ALL shoes must be removed and placed on the mats provided. This will keep walkways clear, floors cleaner, and is friendlier on our bare-footed dancers! Street shoes are not allowed in the studios.  Hip hop dancers need to wear clean running shoes.

NO NUTS FACILITY: CSD has several students enrolled who have life-threatening allergic reactions to peanuts and all other nutmeats. In order to create a safe environment for everyone, we have declared our studio a No Nuts Facility.

FOOD & DRINK: No food or drink is allowed in the dance studios (unless the dancer is diabetic). Only water bottles are permitted! Gum is not allowed. Our lunchroom area has a fridge, microwave and sink and is at everyone’s disposal; make yourself at home, but please clean up after yourself.  Garbage and recyclables must be placed in the proper receptacles. We like to keep the studio looking clean and hope that you will too!  Food is not allowed in the changerooms, as this attracts pests to our school.

TUCK SHOP: Water and healthy snacks are available at the CSD tuck shop in the lunchroom!  Items are sold on the honour system – please be sure that children pay the correct amount for purchases.  I.O.U.’s are not permitted. All profits from the tuck shop support CSD’s dance companies.

CHANGEROOMS: CSD has three changerooms to accommodate boys, junior level girls and senior level girls.  Students may leave their clothing in the changerooms at their own risk.  CSD is not responsible for lost or stolen items, so please leave all of your valuables at home.

CSD_8453-57 - croppedVIEWING ROOMS: We provide the viewing rooms primarily for the quiet enjoyment of CSD students and also for parents to occasionally watch classes.  Please do not move furniture provided – walkways need to be kept clear in case of emergency exit.

PLAYROOM: We are happy to provide a Playroom for parents who need to bring younger siblings of dancers to the studio!  Parents can easily observe classes and children can play with toys provided by the studio. Children who are visitors should not be left unattended and should be engaged in quiet, non-destructive activities.  Rough-play and destruction of property will not be tolerated. Please keep toys in the playroom and remember to put toys away when finished playing with them so they are ready for our next visitors.

OBSERVATION WINDOWS: Please do not tap on windows or wave to students in the classroom. This is distracting not only to the students, but also to the teacher. If you notice that students are being distracted, please back away from the window.  We leave the blinds/curtains open as much as possible, but this is at the discretion of the teacher. If a teacher feels she does not have the attention of the students, the blinds/curtains will be closed. Under no circumstances should a parent or student go into the studio and open the blinds if they are closed.

VANDALISM: Anyone aware of any vandalism in the studio is asked to report it immediately to the Director. This is your dance studio – please respect CSD property.  Anyone caught destroying CSD property will be asked to leave the school immediately without refund.

LOST AND FOUND: Our lost and found box is in the lobby- please check it regularly as it fills up quickly! In our newsletters, we will notify students of a deadline for claiming items. If items are not claimed by the date, we will give clothing to goodwill. We will keep found jewellery in the office. Please label all of your dancewear items, including shoes, so that if your item is lost, it is easily identifiable. Please note that the school will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items, so please leave your valuables at home.  It is not the responsibility of CSD faculty or staff to retrieve lost items from the Lost and Found.