POLICIES FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR 2020-2021

 

READ AND SIGN BEFORE REGISTERING YOUR CHILD

IN THE SCHOOL OR ANY PROGRAM ASSOCIATED

 

 

DISCLAIMER

VISCB is a private school and as such it has the right to make its own policies which will prevail upon any circumstances that could affect the well being of its staff and educators in order to properly fulfill their responsibilities with the students. The school has the right to reject, expell, dismiss any student who, along with his/her parents, do not follow the strict policies of the school.

 

COVID- 19 LIABILITY STATEMENT

The health and safety of our students, parents, teachers, and staff are of the utmost importance to Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet and Arts Ballet Theatre of Fl, so we will be adhering to the CDC's Covid-19 and Florida State guidelines.

An inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, we cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19.

 

By taking classes at Vladimir Issaev School of Classical Ballet, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to Covid-19 and will hold VISCB harmless from any liability of a lawsuit (if) sometime thereafter your child/the student contracts the Covid 19 virus.

 

I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that I, my child, or anyone that accompanies me to any activity related to VISCB and ABTF, may be exposed to COVID-19. Such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and/or death.

 

OUR FACILITY HAS UNDERGONE A DEEP CLEAN THAT INCLUDES THE DISINFECTING OF ALL AREAS. THERE WILL BE STRINGENT REGULAR SANITIZING AND DISINFECTING PROTOCOLS.

 

 

VLADIMIR ISSAEV SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL BALLET

 

 

DRESS CODE

All VISCB students are required to wear appropriate assigned attire to class (es) and will not be allowed to participate in class if attire or hair are not worn correctly.

Attention: No correct uniform = No class

NO SHORTS or T-SHIRTS ALLOWED in class.

Dance attire and ballet shoes should NEVER be solely worn outside. Please, have your child arrive and leave the studio wearing regular shoes and warm–up clothing on top. (shorts, pants, skirt or similar).

 

HAIR: Must always be in a neat and secure bun w/hair net, gel and pins.

NO CORRECT BUN = NO CLASS

Children will be asked to leave the class if bun is not secure.

“How to Make a Bun” handouts are available at the front desk and store.

If time permits, store personnel can make your child’s bun for $5.00

 

TIGHTS: Pink Ballet (non-shiny) tights. Always clean and in good condition.

 

SHOES:  Pink canvas split sole ballet shoes w/ laces tucked in and students name written inside.

Professional Division students will require sewn ribbons on their shoes.

NO leather shoes. Label your child’s shoes.

The school is not responsible for any items left behind

 

UNIFORM - STUDENTS DIVISION

Solid color leotard noted below, pink tights, pink canvas ballet slippers

                        Toddlers                         Lilac Leotard – no skirt

                        Musical Kinder 1 & 2        Pink Leotard – no skirt

                        Pre-Ballet 1 & 2              Black Leotard – no skirt

                        Ballet 1 & 2                    Black Leotard – no skirt

                        Youth Ballet                     Green Leotard – no skirt

                                                 NO JEWELRY, TUTUS, DECORATED LEOTARDS

 

DIVISION - SELECTED STUDENTS

Solid color leotard noted below with VISCB logo, pink tights, pink canvas ballet slippers w/ ribbons

Any classes taking pointe technique will require a white rehearsal tutu or Ballewear Ombre (white/blue) for pointe and/or variation class.

                        Vaganova 1                   White Leotard – attached skirt

                        Vaganova 2                   Light Blue Leotard – attached skirt

                        Vaganova 3                   Royal Blue Leotard – no skirt

                        Vaganova 4A                Dark rose Leotard – no skirt

                        Vaganova 4B                   Burgundy Leotard – no skirt

                        Vaganova 5 and up         Black Leotard – black skirt allowed

Boys                 White Tank, black or gray tights, white socks, Black or white canvas ballet slippers.

ADDITIONAL CLASSES

                        Character                       Uniform, Black chiffon skirt, black character shoes

                        Flamenco                        Black leotard, pink tights, Hair in a bun

                                                            Black Flamenco skirt, Black Flamenco shoes.

                        Hip Hop                         School T-Shirt, Black school leggings, black hip hop or tennis shoes

                        Modern/Contemporary     School T-shirt, black school leggings, and nude Apolla socks Performer.

 

FOR ALL CLASSES HAIR MUST BE IN A BUN – NO SHORTS OR T-SHIRTS ALLOWED for Ballet Classes

TUITION AND PAYMENTS

• All fees and payments are non-refundable under any circumstances. There are no refunds or pro-rated tuition for missed classes, personal holidays, vacations, or cancelled classes due to any act of God (a natural hazard outside human control, such as a hurricane, floods, earthquake or tsunami, or other natural disasters for which no person can be held responsible) or any acts of terrorism or for any tuition paid in advanced.

• Tuition payments are monthly, (regardless of the length of the month). Tuition is not based in the amount of classes.

• Tuition is due on the 1st of every month and is late by the 5th of every month. There is a $20 late fee for every week tuition is late added to your account after the 5th.

• If you cannot make your tuition payment in the time allotted for whatever reason, contact the school office immediately.

• We only accept these types of payment: Cash, ZELLE©, Check to VISCB, VISA, MASTER CARD, Discover.

                                    Sorry, No AMERICAN EXPRESS

• Medical documentation is required in order to waive tuition in case of injury.    

    Medical clearance from the doctor will be necessary to come back to class after an injury.

• Registration fee and first month tuition is due at time of registration.

• Automatic Payment Services are highly recommended. Charges will be made on the 1st of the month.

• August tuition is 75% of the value of the month.

• Students with past due tuitions, will be unable to take class.  They will be asked to sit and observe the class.

• Students still have to pay full tuition if they miss a month as his/her space is being honored.

NOTE: NOT COMING TO CLASS DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE WITHDRAWN YOUR CHILD FROM THE SCHOOL

Charges will continue to be made until written notice of withdrawing is received • Please, check withdraw policies for details

• After tuition is more than 10 days late, checks will not be accepted.  Only credit cards or cash.

• All unpaid monies will be sent to a collection agency.

• Tuition and fees are NOT tax deductible.

 

TUITION & FEES

Tuition is due on the first of: Sept., Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., Mar., Apr., May & June

Tuition amount will be calculated at time of registration.

Automatic Payments will be processed on the first of each month. Charges are subject to a Declined Fee if such is the case.

Payments should be made during administrative hours: Monday through Friday from 11 am to 6:00 pm and Saturdays between 9 am and 2 pm. No payments will be accepted after administrative hours.

Payments are also accepted over the phone or by sending a check via regular mail.

Checks must be made to VISCB

TUITION AND FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE

Registration Fee   - at time of registration                             $40.00 – per student/no family discount

Automatic Payment Service Fee                                           $3.00 to $5.00

Phone Payment Service Fee                                                $3.00

Late Tuition Payment Fee                                                     $20.00 for every week tuition is late.

Charges will be automatically made between the 6th and the 8th of the month if tuition is not paid on time.

Declined and fee will be applied if unable to make charges.

End of year Recital Performance Fee:

       DUE OCTOBER 1st                  $100.00 CASH or ZELLE© ONLY** and $50.00 additional per sibling performing.

This fee only covers the right to perform at the End of the School Year performance

This fee is charged October 1st for all students in Musical Kinder 1 and above.

Costume Fee for End of Year Recital         DUE NOVEMBER 1st  $80.00 - $100 per costume – CASH or ZELLE© ONLY

This fee is charged November 1st for all students in Musical Kinder 1 and above.

Toddlers Costume Fee       DUE NOVEMBER 1st                    $60

Costume Fee Late Charge                                                  $15.00 to $25.00 After December 1st.

Late Pick-Up or Early Drop off Fee                                      $20.00 for every 10 mins.

Check Returned Fee                                                          $40.00

Declined Credit Card Fee                                                            $15.00

STUDENT WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN CLASS IF TUITION IS NOT PAID BY THE 5th

STUDIO RULES AND ETTIQUETTE REGISTRATION

School registration can only be done by a parent or legal guardian.  Nannies, grandparents, or siblings will be unable to register a child.  For student division, a copy of your child’s birth certificate must be brought at the time of registration to verify age.

 

ARRIVAL POLICIES

Students should arrive 10 to 15 mins prior to their class in their warm-ups over their ballet clothes and shoes. All students must sign-in at the front desk. Parents of Toddlers and Musical Kinder students must sign in their children at the front desk each day they come to class.  Both parent and student must know the student’s level. Patiently wait for your child’s teacher to call and line up their class by the reception area. Signing in as attendance control will be taken into consideration for evaluations.

TRANSPORTATION: It is absolutely prohibited for an unaccompanied minor to use the services of Uber, Lyft or taxis at any time. If using public transportation, a parent must sign a release authorization and indicate the public transportation to be used by the child, times and days.

 

CELL PHONES

No cell phone usage is allowed by neither students or parents in the school area. Calls can be taken outside. No cell phones or electronic devices are allowed in the classroom. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

 

DRESSING ROOMS

Due to COVID-19 and CDC’s regulations the use of dressing rooms is not allowed at the moment.

 

COMMUNICATION

Please update all student information regularly.  Information will be sent via e-mail only.  Make sure your e-mail is always up-to-date.  Our teachers have busy schedules. If a parent wishes to communicate with a teacher they must request an appointment by the front desk or via email.  Calling ahead of time is always preferred. You can text ( no call ) via WhatsApp to 305 948 4777    ( no calls via WhatsApp please )

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS- HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Community Service hours will only be accepted when students volunteer for Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida. Students must keep track of their hours.  When a letter of volunteered work recognition is needed, the request must be made by e-mail.  Including:  Name and address of school, number of hours completed. In-Kind and Cash donations are welcome.

 

CONDUCT

Students, parents and guardians are expected to behave in a disciplined and responsible manner, with respect to all instructors, staff and fellow students.  VISCB reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any individual (student or their parents/guardians) whose conduct, or attitude is found to be unsatisfactory or expresses poorly about other students, parents, teachers or any member of the staff or the school in general.

Students in the Professional Division should greet and bow to their instructors and pianists at the start and at the end of each class.

 

DUE TO COVID-19  AND FOLLOWING CDC’s REGULATIONS -  Parents / Visitors are not allowed inside the classrooms, bathrooms, or in teaching area. They should be dropped off at the reception area and the teacher will come to pick them up right before the class starts. Late comers must be signed in and wait until a teacher assistant or the receptionist has a moment to bring them into the classroom. Students will not be allowed in class if arriving more than 5 minutes after the class has started to avoid interruptions and due to respect to the teacher and for the ones arriving on time.

Teacher will release younger students by the reception area or outside the studio doors after each class.

Temperature will be taken and children will be asked to use hand sanitizer

CORRECTIONS

Students will constantly be receiving corrections from the teachers. Such corrections might be individually or as a group but always in front of his/her peers as dance corrections are meant to be taken by all students. Teachers have no intention of demining or humiliating any student.

NOTE: During class, the teacher might physically manipulate the students during class in order to obtain better results.  If you do not agree with this policy, please do not register your child in this school.

 

EVALUATION

Students will be evaluated twice a year during open classes.  Final student placement is at the sole discretion of the Artistic Director. Attendance will be taken into consideration for evaluations. Not signing in at arrival at the studio, will be considered a non-excused absentee.

 

PLACEMENT

Students are PLACED in the level they work at their best and individual development.

Ballet students DO NOT FLUNK, Ballet students are asked to CONTINUE in a level in order to make best progress.

 

RESTROOMS

Bathrooms are for VISCB Students ONLY! To keep high sanitary standards and for the safety of the minors, parents and siblings are not allowed to use our bathrooms. We apologize for the inconveniences this may cause.

 

FOOD AND DRINKS

Absolutely no food or drinks (with exception of water) are allowed in the studios.  We sell a variety of snacks in the front desk area as a fundraiser.  Snacks can only be purchased after a child’s class not before.

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

•   Attendance will be taken under consideration for further placement of the child, roles in performances and evaluations. Missing classes or rehearsal will jeopardize the place of the student in the dance.

•   Punctuality is a must! Students are expected to arrive 15 mins before class to warm up their muscles and avoid injuries.

•   Immediately upon arrival students must sign in and are expected to attend all classes as scheduled.

•   No student will be allowed in class 5 minutes after it has begun. This will be strictly enforced.  We do not want a student to attain an injury.  Late arrival students will not be as warmed up as the rest of the class.  That is a very easy way to get injured.

•   Parents are NOT allowed to walk their child into the classrooms.  If you arrive after the class has gone inside you will have to wait for a VISCB staff member to take your child to the class.

•   There are no make-up classes.  If a student misses their class they will be unable to make it up and tuition pro-rations will NOT be made.  Each class has a specific number of students.  We are proud of maintaining class integrity. 

•   For safety reasons, it is just as vital to pick-up your child on time after class as it is for them to arrive on time to class.  There is a late-pick up fee of $20.00 for every 10 mins you are late. A notification is appreciated.

• Students may not use class time to engage in other activities such as homework or using their cells.

DUE TO COVID -19 Students will be placed in the studio keeping a 6 feet distance between each other.

 

VERY IMPORTANT: WITHDRAWAL POLICIES

All withdrawals must be done in writing; either a hand written letter or an e-mail to: VISCBallet@gmail.com specifying the students name and reason for withdrawal.  All withdrawals must be received 7 days before the 1st of the upcoming month.  Students whose letter is received after the 1st of the month will be responsible for that month’s tuition regardless of attendance or not.   Parents will be financially responsible for their child’s tuition until withdrawal letter is received.   The school is honoring your child’s spot in the class until notified otherwise.

We greatly appreciate your suggestions and welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress or problems at any time.

If you have any complaints or disagreements during the school year, we would really appreciate you contacting us before making any comments to an unauthorized person. 

You can always contact the school by calling: 305.948.4777 OR email viscballet@gmail.com

www.classicalballetschool.com

 

SCHOOL RIGHTS

The school reserves the right to cancel enrollment of any child for unpaid tuition.

 

The school reserves the right to terminate a child from school, if in the opinion of the Administrator and/or Director it is in the best interest of the child/parents or the school.

 

The school reserves the right to terminate a child from the school if the student, parents or guardian does not behave in a disciplined and responsible manner, with respect to all instructors, staff and fellow students. 

 

The school reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any individual (student or their parents/guardians) whose conduct, or attitude is found to be unsatisfactory or expresses poorly about other students, parents, teachers or any member of the staff or the school in general.

PERFORMANCES AND END OF YEAR RECITAL

Costumes paid after December 1st may not arrive on time for photos or recital as VISCB is not responsible for vendors receiving late orders.

VISCB students are offered many performance opportunities throughout the year.

DUE TO COVID-19 performances at theaters and similar venues are on a halt until further notice

• Students are expected to participate in the end of the school year Recital as part of their training.

• Students who register after January will be able to participate in the recital upon approval of the teachers. 

• Students are expected to attend all regular classes.  3 missed classes may result in removal from final performance.

• Additional rehearsals will be necessary and students will be required to attend all rehearsals.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS ARE TO OBSERVE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR RECITAL, failure to this will be subject to dismissal from the school for the following years.

EVENTUALLLY AND AS A COURTESY you will  to receive:

1 Program Book – an electronic file or link with access to a PDF copy.

1 Recital Video – ONLY online downloadable copies with a code to protect the privacy of the children.

IF POSSIBLE, 1 Group* Picture per student – ELECTRONIC FILE ONLY. (additional group pictures $5)

For Individual pictures you must contact the photographer directly.

  • DUE TO COVID 19 GROUP PHOTOS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT THE MOMENT.

Recital tickets are not included – They must be purchased separately

All Professional Division students are required to perform in some or all of the ABTF’s programs.  A $100.00 performance fee is required for each program.  

Please, do not confuse the ABTF Performance fee with the School end of year Performance Fee. If participating in the Nutcracker, both fees are due October 1st.

 

ABTF COMPANY PERFORMANCE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO FESEABILITY DUE TO COVID-19

Program 1         

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center      Oct. 3 & 4, 2020

Broward Center                             Oct. 10, 2020

 

NUTCRACKER

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center       December 3 – 6, 2020

Parker Playhouse                            December 10– 13, 2020

 

Program 3         

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center      March 6 & 7, 2021

Broward Center                             March 14, 2020

           

Program 4

Aventura Arts & Cultural Center      April 17, 2021

Broward Center                             April 18, 2021

 

STUDENTS CALENDAR

VISCB follows the same holiday schedule as Dade County Public Schools with the exception of legal holidays that fall on Monday’s. A copy of our full calendar can be found on our website: www.classicalballetschool.com - calendar is subject to change

Changes in the calendar or class schedule if any, will be announced via email. There are no make-up classes.

Below are important dates you should familiarize yourself with:

 

First day of classes

Monday, August 17, 2020

 

Thanksgiving Break

Thursday, November 26 through Saturday, November 29th, 2020

 

Winter Break  

Saturday, December 19, 2020 thru Sunday, January 3, 2021

 

Spring Break

Sunday, March 28 thru Sunday, April 4, 2021

 

CLOSED ON MEMORIAL DAY

Monday May 31st, 2021

 

Toddlers Recital (In Studio) - TBD

 

MANDATORY REHEARSAL for the Recital - TBD

 

End of year Recital - TBD

 

Last day of classes

June, 2021 - TO BE DETERMINED

 

Summer Camp – Session 1 - TBD

 

Summer Camp – Session 2- TBD

 

Summer Intensive TBD

Monday July 5, 2021 through Saturday July 31, 2021

15939 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

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