The Dance Connection

 

 

Fall Registration

 

You may register for Fall classes at any time through our website or at one of our open registrations.  The Current Fall schedule is available online and all classes are still open unless otherwise noted.   The Dance Connection accepts registrations from new students until January 1st.  Tuition for students that register after the first term may be prorated accordingly.   

Open Registration dates are August 20th - 23rd from 11:00-3:30 PM & August 29th from 4:00-6:00 PM and September 5th from 4:00-6:00PM

Unsure about which class to take, ALL NEW STUDENTS are welcome to try the first class in each discipline for free before registering.  

ALL CLASSES RESUME ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH!! WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING

EVERYONE IN SEPTEMBER!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Registration Packet

Student Registration Packet

 


The Dance Connection 

1 Burnham Avenue* PO Box 563 * Unionville, CT 06085


www.danceconnectiononline.com
(860) 673- 7457    

info@danceconnectiononline.com

WELCOME!

 

Welcome to The Dance Connection and what is sure to be a fantastic year! The purpose of this registration packet is to familiarize families with the studio, policies, new offerings for this year, and other important information and dates that you will need during the course of this dance year. Please take a few moments to read through this packet and be sure to keep it for your reference. 

We are entering our twenty-fourth  year of exceptional dance education anticipating a lot of fun and growth in all of our classes! Whether you are taking a preschool combination class, or a full schedule of advanced classes, we are looking forward to watching you grow and develop into wonderful dancers this year! 

The Dance Connection has a wonderful and talented faculty on staff. They all have extensive backgrounds in dance performance and dance education. What makes our faculty stand apart from others is the collaboration that exists among the instructors to ensure your child is receiving consistency among the top quality training they receive as a student at The Dance Connection.  

The big question is…what can you expect for your child as a student of The Dance Connection? The answer is simple. Top quality dance education, in a student focused, professional atmosphere. You can expect structured but fun classes; information that is available via internet, handouts, and postings; and of course a staff that truly cares about your child. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What am I charged, and how often?

     Tuition can be paid in full for the entire year, or in three trimesters.  Account statements will be emailed the week before the first class in September, December, and March. There is a $25 registration fee, and a one time non-refundable costume fee which is billed in December.  Our tuition is very reasonable and is based on a 34 week yearly program.  Any outstanding accounts will be charged a late fee.  There is a $30.00 returned check fee and a processing fee of 3% for online credit card transactions. 

Can I watch my child’s class?

    Yes, certainly!  Teachers will designate several days throughout the year for parent observation. We will inform parents in to watch the last 10 minutes of designated classes to see their child’s progress and combinations they have been working on.  We want our students to get the most they can out of their time in class, therefore limiting these observation days helps students to stay focused and offers the least amount of distraction in class. 

Is there a dress code?

    Yes. We require our students to have specific dance attire to allow the instructor to see the body and make corrections. The following page in the packet lists our dress code for each style of dance classes we offer along with places that you can purchase these items. 

Why does my child have to wear certain attire?

    Just as soccer players are required to wear shin guards as a safety precaution, it is important for students to wear the proper dance attire to class to allow the instructor to correct body alignment and placement to ensure proper technique, otherwise, we may not be able to see a problem that could cause a potential injury.  Having the hair neatly and securely pulled back allows your child to move more easily without the distraction of hair in her eyes.

How long does the dance program run?

    Dance classes run from September to early June, culminating in an annual recital which is held the first or second weekend of June. We break for Thanksgiving, Holiday Break, Spring Break (April), as well as a few federal holidays. Please see the website for our current studio closings list.

What if my child misses a class?

    Not a problem! You may make up the class by attending a different class of the same level until we begin choreographing recital dances. Please call the studio    ahead of time to let the instructor know you are coming. We do encourage our students to make every effort to attend their classes regularly so they do not miss important technique and practice.

Can I add or change a class OR my friend wants to join...

    Of course. We want you and your child to be happy with their classes. Call, email, or stop by the studio and we will be happy to help you choose one that is right for you. You may register until January 1st. 

My son expressed interest in dancing. What do you offer for boys?

    Dance is NOT just for girls! We encourage all boys to try out a dance class- tap,     jazz, hip hop, anything! We have had boys enrolled in classes for the past several years and welcome them into any style class. Dancing helps boys gain STRENGTH and COORDINATION that can help them in other activities.

CLASS ATTIRE

Students must attend class in the proper attire.
Attire can be purchased at  Dancingly Yours (Plainville), Dance Village (Manchester), or other local dance stores and online at Discount Dance Supplies.

Combination Classes:

  • Black leotard, pink or white tights, pink ballet shoes (split sole for K-1st grade classes), black patent leather tap shoes

  • We recommend “tap ties” for tap shoes instead of the black laces that come with them.

  • Leotards with attached skirts are acceptable if desired, but please no unattached skirts.

Ballet Classes/Pointe Classes:

  • Black leotard, pink tights, pink split sole ballet shoes (Canvas Preferred)

Tap and Jazz Classes: 

  • Any color leotard and tights

  • Bike shorts and dance shorts permitted (no pants)

        Tap Shoes:

  • Wednesday Level 1 and Tuesday Level 2 classes: black patent leather tap shoes.

  • All Level 3-6 classes: Black slip on tap shoes (style #LS3007L or #S0361L)

Jazz Shoes:

  • Caramel jazz oxfords with a split sole for all levels. Suggestion: capezio CG15 or EJ2 or Sansha brand

Hip Hop Classes:

  • Comfortable clothing , bike shorts, dance shorts & pants permitted (no jeans).

  • Black jazz sneakers

  • Wednesday night high school classes ask for attire details.

Lyrical Classes:

  • Ballet attire

  • Bike shorts permitted

  • Convertible, footless, or stirrup tights

  • Body Wrappers Angelo Luzio pirouettes in tan or Capezio Tan pirouettes

Acrobatics:

  • Any color leotard and bike shorts with bare feet

Boys:

  • Shorts and a tee-shirt with the correct shoes

CLASS CONDUCT

Students are expected to show respect for their teacher, classmates, and for our facility by:

  1. Arriving to class on time.
    It is disruptive to students when you enter class after it has begun.

  2. Listening during class and giving your teacher your full attention.
    You will miss something important if you are chatting with your friend or otherwise occupied while the teacher is talking and paying attention shows your teacher you are ready to dance. Also, it is respectful to watch your classmates when they go across the floor. They are quiet and watch you, please do the same for them.

  3. Trying…HARD!
    Dancing is hard work! Always give your best effort and never give up. You will achieve that hard step with the right attitude and lots of practice!

  4. Applying the corrections your teacher gives you.
    You will become a better dancer all around and improve more quickly!

  5. Coming to class prepared to dance.
    Wear the proper required attire and pull your hair back neatly and securely off your face so it doesn’t fall out while you are dancing. Make sure you have both your shoes (and that they are the correct kind).

  6. Being partners with anyone.
    You will meet a lot of new friends in dance class. Introduce yourself, and be partners with anyone, even if you don’t know them.

  7. Being gentle with the mirrors and ballet barres.
    Don’t hang on the ballet barres. They may come out of the wall or break. Try not to put your hands on the mirrors- they get covered in fingerprints easily.

  8. Not chewing gum in class.

  9. Helping to keep our lobby clean.
    Keep your belongings together, use the cubbies if possible, hang your coat up. If you eat a snack in between classes, please throw away the wrappers. If you spill or drop anything, please clean it up right away so that crumbs don’t get stepped on and drinks don’t stain the carpet. Please tell a teacher if you need help. You won’t get in trouble…WE PROMISE! Please tell a teacher if you use the last paper towel or toilet paper roll so that we can restock it- and please be sure paper towels make it into the trash in the bathroom. We are lucky to have a beautiful studio. Let’s all help keep it that way!


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

BRING-A-FRIEND WEEK

Bring-A-Friend to dance week is a very special week where all of our students can have a friend come with them and participate in dance class! This is always an exciting week with special center floor combinations and much more! It also gives our students the chance to share the fun they have each week with a friend who might not dance and give them an extra-something in common!

THIS YEAR'S BRING A FRIEND TO DANCE WEEK WILL BE OCTOBER 2nd-6th …
DON’T MISS OUT!

 

Phone: 860-673-7457                       
email: info@danceconnectiononline.com
mailing address: PO Box 563, Unionville, CT 06085
All information is available 24/7 at DANCECONNECTIONONLINE.COM!

 
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  Students making friends and working hard in Hip Hop!!

Students making friends and working hard in Hip Hop!!

Class Descriptions

Combination Ballet/Tap and Ballet/Tap/Jazz or Ballet/Lyrical and Jazz/Acro

These classes are designed specifically for our small dancers ages 3 through 6 (preschool through first grade). The classes teach children the beginning fundamentals of ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling and/or lyrical. Ballet includes barre work, across the floor and center technique. Tap, jazz, and lyrical includes introductory skills, stretching and technique. Students perform 2-3 dances in the recital.  

Ballet classes are offered from a beginner level to advanced. Students are taught proper body placement, body alignment, barre and center floor work, along with across the floor combinations. Beginner classes introduce vocabulary, proper alignment, and classical ballet technique.  Advanced classes include adagio and allegro work and combinations using balance, strength and style. In addition Pointe is offered (by Teacher recommendation).  All students are urged to study ballet, as it is the foundation of all other dance styles and facilitates further success in these disciplines.

Tap is a style involving rhythm, dynamics, and varying sounds. Tap dancers will have a graduated warm-up to loosen their ankles and knees for proper execution of skills, across the floor progressions and have center floor work to learn and perfect new skills.

Jazz classes are fun and energetic. They include such elements as kicks, leaps, turns, splits, and isolations. Classes include stretch and strengthening exercises, floor work, and across the floor progressions in addition to center floor combinations.

Hip Hop classes combine street dance with funk and jazz, similar to what you would see in televised dance performances or music videos. Students will learn the importance of isolations and dynamics to execute pop-and-lock and funk movements.

Lyrical is a style of dance that uses the emotion and mood of the music to elicit movements from the dancers. Students have a warm up focusing in core strength, flexibility and movement of the back. The class includes floor work, progressions and center combinations.

Acro-Gymnastics teaches strength, flexibility, and tumbling. Gymnastics skills include but are not limited to walkovers, limbers, handsprings, chest rolls, cartwheels/round offs, handstands and more.

 

                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Class Attire

CLASS ATTIRE

Students must attend class in the proper attire.
Attire can be purchased at  Dancingly Yours (Plainville), Dance Village (Manchester), or other local dance stores and online at Discount Dance Supplies.

Combination Classes:

  • Black leotard, pink or white tights, pink ballet shoes (split sole for K-1st grade classes), black patent leather tap shoes
  • We recommend “tap ties” for tap shoes instead of the black laces that come with them.
  • Leotards with attached skirts are acceptable if desired, but please no unattached skirts.

Ballet Classes/Pointe Classes:

  • Black leotard, pink tights, pink split sole ballet shoes (Canvas Preferred)

Tap and Jazz Classes: 

  • Any color leotard and tights
  • Bike shorts and dance shorts permitted (no pants)

        Tap Shoes:

  • Wednesday Level 1 and Tuesday Level 2 classes: black patent leather tap shoes. 
  • All Level 3-6 classes: Black slip on tap shoes (style #LS3007L or #S0361L)

       Jazz Shoes:

  • Caramel jazz oxfords with a split sole for all levels.  Suggestion: capezio CG15 or EJ2  or Sansha brand

Hip Hop Classes:

  • Comfortable clothing , bike shorts, dance shorts & pants permitted (no jeans). 
  • Black jazz sneakers
  • Wednesday night high school classes ask for attire details. 

Lyrical Classes:

  • Ballet attire 
  • Bike shorts permitted
  • Convertible, footless, or stirrup tights
  • Body Wrappers Angelo Luzio pirouettes in tan or Capezio Tan pirouettes

Acrobatics:

  • Any color leotard and bike shorts with bare feet

Boys:

  • Shorts and a tee-shirt with the correct shoes

 

 

 

 

 

Studio Closings

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STUDIO CLOSINGS
The Dance Connection will be closed on the following dates:


October 8th- Columbus Day

October 31st- Halloween

November 12th- Veterans Day

November 19th-23rd- Thanksgiving Recess

December 24th- January 6th - Holiday Recess

January 21st- Martin Luther King Day

STUDIO WILL BE OPEN FOR WINTER RECESS(FEBRUARY VACATION)

April 8th-12th -Spring Recess

April 19th- Good Friday

May 27th- Memorial Day

June 1st & 2nd or June 8th & 9th - Tentative Recital Dates (*subject to change)

SNOW DAYS:

DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER, THE STUDIO OCCASIONALLY MAY HAVE TO CLOSE. IF A CLASS IS CANCELLED MORE THAN 2 TIMES, MAKEUP CLASSES WILL BE SCHEDULED IN APRIL OR JUNE PRIOR TO THE RECITAL. 

CLOSINGS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE WEBSITE/Instagram/FB, NBC CHANNEL 30 and 

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