Staenberg Kooper Fellman Campus

Dance Department Policies

The following policies are to be followed by all students of the JCC Dance program. If you have questions, please contact Esther Katz at (402) 334-6406 or ekatz@jccomaha.org.

NEW! Covid Policies

New JCC Dance Class & Piano Lesson Covid-19 Policies

The following procedures will be in place to keep everyone as safe as possible:

• There is a maximum of 8 students in the dance studio per class.

• Students and 1 guardian if needed should arrive to the entrance with masks on.

• Upon arrival you will have a short health screening of questions and temp taken. If you feel sick at all, please do not come. Please arrive early to avoid being late for class. While in line for the health screening, please keep a 6ft separation between you and the people around you waiting.

• If possible, please do not bring bags, but if you need additional shoes for class, those can be brought in a small bag. These will be placed on the floor by the ballet barres at the markings, NOT in cubbies.

•  When entering and leaving the studio, please use the hand sanitizer by the door.

•  In class we will maintain a 7-9 ft separation between students and teachers depending on the studio.

•  Masks – The Performing Arts Department will observe the following protocol regarding masks:
TEACHERS: will wear masks for the entire class.
DANCERS: School aged dancers are asked to wear masks for the entire class, teachers will remind them when is a good time for a “mask break”. Those ages 4yrs and under are encouraged but not required to wear a mask.
PRIVATE PIANO LESSONS:  We ask that the participant and teacher wear masks the entire time.

• Studios, Pianos, barres, surfaces, and the chairs in the lobby will be wiped down between each lesson.

• All dates and classes are tentative and subject to change.

Dance Department Policies

Dance Department Policies

NEW STUDENTS

  • All students must be registered prior to the first day of class.
  • Students must be a minimum of 3 years years of age by September 1st and potty trained.
  • All new students, with the exception of Music & Movement and Pre-Ballet, must contact the dance director for proper class placement. Placement will be determined by the director and instructors.
  • Me and My Shadow class requires your child to be accompanied by an adult.

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ALL STUDENTS

  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts or baggy warm up gear are not allowed.
  • Hair must be kept neatly away from face and neck either in a bun or a pony tail, short hair should be clipped back or held back with a cloth headband.
  • No gum chewing allowed
  • No jewelry should be worn.

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ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance is required in all classes and is essential to the progress of the student. Students are expected to come and watch class if they are injured. In case of absence, the parent needs to notify the Performing Arts Department by calling (402) 334-6406. Classes missed may be made up during the current semester by consulting the instructor or director. Students should arrive with sufficient time to dress and warm up prior to class.

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REFUNDS
Refunds will be given only in cases of prolonged illness, with medical verification. There are no refunds for voluntary withdrawal or missed classes.

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INCLEMENT WEATHER
In the event of inclement weather, there will be a message on the Performing Arts Department’s outgoing voicemail: (402) 334-6406. Please check 1 hour prior to the start time of your class to find out if class is canceled or continuing. We DO NOT follow suit with school closings, so please call. You may also call the Front Desk at (402) 334-8200 or Member Services at (402) 334-6426 to get the latest information.

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PARENT OBSERVATIONS
Fall Semester parent observations will be held in October. Spring Semester observations will be only for Music & Movement classes. (All other classes will participate in the recital.) Parents and friends are encouraged to come. Parents may arrange to observe classes at other times by contacting the Dance Director. You may always come and observe classes on the TV monitors in the hallway. Parents are not to sit in classes unless they have permission by the teacher.

*Observation policy subject to change in order to align with covid health directives.

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FIELD TRIPS
Special field trips are offered for various dance performances in the area. We meet beforehand, discuss what we are going to see, then go and enjoy. As events draw near, information will be made available and sign-up sheets will be posted. Field trips are open to students, parents and friends.

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WORKSHOPS & FILMS
Various workshops are offered in areas of interest for our dance students, including master classes with guest teachers, special lectures, stage make-up, injury prevention, etc. Information will be made available as events draw near.

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PERFORMANCES
As dance is a performing art, performance experience is an important element in dance training. Students will be informed of different performing opportunities available to them. Each year there is a culminating performance in May, every other year we do a Grande Story Ballet and on the off year we will do a Themed performance. Older students are encouraged to audition for our JCC Dance Training Company for more performance opportunities.

Attire & Curriculum Per Class

The style of dance wear varies according to the different dance types. It is important that the garments are made with lightweight, breathable, stretchy fabrics which provide dancers with comfort and freedom of movement. Below you will find the required attire for each of our dance classes.

T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts or baggy warm up gear are not allowed. Hair must be kept neatly away from face and neck either in a bun or a pony tail, short hair should be clipped back or held back with a cloth headband. No gum chewing allowed. No jewelry should be worn.

Music & Movement / Pre-Ballet

Music & Movement

A progressive, preparatory program with emphasis centered around the development of rhythm and coordination introducing the child to creative movement. Children explore their potential as pertains to music, movement and dramatic characterization.

Boys Attire: White t-shirt & dark shorts, white socks and black ballet shoes or bare feet.

Girls Attire: Pink leotard & pink tights. Pink leather ballet slippers or bare legs and bare feet

 

Pre Ballet

A progressive, preparatory program with emphasis centered around the development of rhythm and coordination introducing the child to creative movement and the basic elements of ballet. Children explore music, movement and dramatic characterization.

Boys Attire: White t-shirt, black or navy shorts, sweatpants, or tights, black ballet shoes with elastics sewn on.

Girls Attire: Plain ballet pink leotard, pink tights and pink leather ballet shoes with elastics sewn on. Hair must be in a ponytail or a bun, (bun is preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face. No leotards with skirts attached and no skirts.

* Pre Ballet II & III Clases: Also require black tap shoes.

Ballet I - VII

Designed for children, professionally aspiring students, or those studying for personal enjoyment. Curriculum is based on the Royal Academy of Dancing Syllabus. The R.A.D. is an international organization whose purpose is to maintain high standards of teaching by means of a graded syllabus.

Boys Attire: White T-shirt or leotard, black shorts, dance pants, or tights. Black ballet shoes with elastics sewn on.

Girls Attire: Hair MUST be in a ponytail or a bun (bun is preferred). Short hair must be pulled back out of the face. Pink tights, pink ballet shoes with elastics sewn on, leather or canvas.

Ballet leotard colors are as follows:
Ballet IA & IB Pink leotard
Ballet IIA & IIB: Red leotard
Ballet III/IV: Blue leotard
Ballet IV & V: Green leotard
Ballet VI & VII: Any solid color leotard

Tap

Incorporating jazz and musical theatre, tap builds understanding of rhythms, syncopation, and coordination.

Boys Attire: White t-shirt, black/navy sweatpants, black tap shoes. Girls Attire: Leotard as per ballet class or black, black or pink tights

or jazz pants, black tap shoes. Hair worn up and out of face.

Jazz / Leaps & Turns

Set to modern & contemporary music, jazz techniques are taught in progressive levels through a series of warm-ups and combinations.

Boys Attire: White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants or dance pants, black jazz or ballet shoes.

Girls Attire: Leotard as per ballet class or black tank leotard, black tights or jazz pants, black jazz shoes. Hair must be worn up and out of the face.

Modern

Modern dance explores all possibilities of movement, incorporating ballet and other ethnic dance. Modern Dance comes from the earth, using gravity for its benefit instead of trying to defy gravity like in ballet. All styles are taught to provide a solid foundation of expression. Recommended to become a well-rounded dancer.

Boys Attire: White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants, bare feet. Girls Attire: Leotard as per ballet class or in black, black or pink

tights or jazz pants, bare feet. Hair must be up and out of face.

Lyrical

Lyrical combines both ballet and jazz technique together, set to different styles of music. Different songs and lyrics often serve as inspiration for different movements and expressions.

Boys Attire: White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants or dance pants, black jazz or ballet shoes.

Girls Attire: Leotard as per ballet class or black tank leotard, black tights or jazz pants, black jazz shoes. Hair worn up and out of face.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a high energy class. Unlike other methods, hip hop encourages students to do steps with their own style and flair. Hip Hop also involves basic break dancing techniques to help build balance and strength. All of these elements work together to help students learn balance, coordination, and discipline.

Boys Attire: White t-shirt, black or navy sweatpants or dance pants, black jazz sneakers suggested. You may wear sneakers but they may NOT be what you wore in off the street.

Girls Attire: T-shirt, jazz pants or pants you can move in, black jazz sneakers suggested, you may wear regular sneakers but NOT what you wore in off the street. Hair must be worn up out of face.

Pom

You will be required to purchase a set of Poms for this class.  Upon registration, we will send the information of the specific kind to purchase.

Adult

Please wear clothing that allows you to move freely during class, for ballet you need ballet slippers and for tap you need tap shoes. Modern is done with bare feet.

Dance Wear Purchase & Exchange

Dance wear purchase: Dance attire can be purchased at Bobby’s Dance Wear – 13471 West Center Road, (402) 334-1225
Exchange: Contact Esther at (402) 334-6404 if you have outgrown, wearable dancewear or shoes, as an exchange program may be available.

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