Studio & Classroom Etiquette
Viking prides itself on establishing a community environment and culture that values sportsmanship, respect and body positivity. All dance students and dance family members are expected to adopt the following studio and classroom etiquette policies:
General Studio Etiquette Expectations
- A positive and professional attitude is expected from all Viking dance students and family members.
- Students and family members must be respectful at all times to other students, parents, and faculty members.
- Bullying of any nature towards any Viking student, faculty member or otherwise will not be tolerated and could lead to expulsion.
- Profanity, rudeness and purposefully disruptive or destructive behavior will not be tolerated.
- Students must be ready and properly dressed for their classes prior to entering the studio. (Please refer to Dress Code)
- Dance footwear is to be worn in the studios only. No outside shoes are permitted on the dance floors.
- Dancers are encouraged to use the restroom prior to beginning their classes to avoid exiting during class time.
- Please use the cubby storage to store personal items and belongings, not the studio floors. Please be aware that Viking is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
Please notify the front desk and the instructor at the beginning of class if a dancer needs to leave early.
- Always knock before entering the studios when classes are in progress.
Classroom Etiquette Expectations
- Dancers are expected to arrive to class prepared and ready to dance at the start of their class time, as tardiness disrupts the flow of the class. Arriving late results in the loss of crucial warm up time, increasing the risk of physical injury.
- No gum chewing, eating, or drinking is permitted in class, with the exception of water in sealable bottles/containers.
- Electronic devices are not permitted in the studio’s.
- Dancers are not allowed to hang or climb on the wall mounted Ballet barres.
- Dancers must refrain from touching, banging or kicking the studio mirrors.
- Dancers are expected to respect their instructors and remain focused and engaged during classes. Instructors reserve the right to ask a dancer to leave class if they are disrespectful or disruptive to the instructor and/or classmates.
- Dancers are expected to accept instructor feedback and corrections graciously, and display a sincere effort to apply them.
- If a dancer is dealing with an injury, they are expected to inform the instructor at the beginning of class.
- All Viking Dancers are expected to encourage and support fellow classmates.
At Viking, we understand the need for comfort and the importance of individuality in the classroom. That is why our dress code is flexible, yet sensible and age appropriate. We also emphasize the importance of equipping your dancer with the proper attire and footwear for the classroom to ensure adequate facility of movement and support. We highly recommend that dancers follow our dress code guidelines for participation in their dance classes. Maintaining a dress code allows instructors to clearly assess and adjust body placement and alignment.
General Dress Code Guidelines
- No jewelry is to be worn during class.
- No blue jeans or bare midriffs.
- Hair must be secured out of the eyes and away from the face.
- Dancers are encouraged to be properly dressed prior to entering the classroom.
- Dance shoes are to be worn on dance floor surfaces only. Please refrain from wearing dance footwear outdoors.
- Only dance footwear, clean sneakers or bare feet are allowed on the dance floors.
Class Dress Code Guidelines:
Ballet– Ballet dress code for girls is leotard (any color), tights (any color), and ballet shoes (leather or canvas, any color). Hair must be pulled back away from the face neatly in a bun. Dancers may also wear form fitting bike shorts or ballet skirt over leotards. Ballet dress code for boys is form-fitting shirt (any solid color); form fitting black shorts or leggings, and ballet shoes (black or white). Long hair must be slicked back away from the face.
Creative Movement– Creative Movement dress code for girls and boys is any comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. No jeans or dresses. Bare feet or ballet slippers/jazz shoes.
Hip Hop– Hip Hop dress code is any comfortable clothing that permits free flowing movement and black split sole dance sneakers. No bare midriffs. Pants that reach below the knee or kneepads are encouraged due to floor work.
Jazz/Lyrical– Jazz dress code for girls is leotard (any color), solid color shorts, pants or leggings, Jazz shoes (black or tan) for Jazz, mesh half-sole lyrical shoes (tan) for Lyrical. Hair must be pulled back neatly away from the face. Jazz dress code for boys is form-fitting shirt (any solid color), form fitting black shorts or leggings, Jazz shoes (black or tan) for Jazz, bare feet for Lyrical. Long hair must be slicked back away from the face.
Tap– Tap dress code for girls and boys is comfortable clothing that does not restrict the motion of the dancer and black Tap shoes. No bare midriffs.
Combination Classes– Any attire from the genres listed above that is included in the combo class is acceptable. Students are encouraged to have proper footwear for all genres in combination classes.
Absences/Makeups & Injuries
Regular Attendance at all dance classes is crucial to ensuring a dancer maintains proper technique and often helps dancers advance in their progress at an accelerated pace. However, Viking understands that circumstances do occur (illness, injury, etc.). In the event that a dancer needs to miss class, Viking allows for a makeup in the same genre, age group, and level if there is an opening available. If there is not an alternate class offering available, an appropriate makeup will be selected with the Dance Director or Assistant Dance Director’s approval. Note – Makeup classes for absences will no longer be provided once that class has begun learning recital material. Viking will not overbook a class to accommodate another student’s absence and does not issue credit for missed classes under any circumstances.
In addition to absences, sometimes injuries do occur. If a dancer has sustained a suspected or known injury prior to class, it is the responsibility of the dancer or the parent to notify the instructor at the beginning of class. Dancer’s that do not have medical clearance to dance while injured are encouraged to still attend and observe classes.