To achieve the maximum results of training and proper progression, students are asked to attend all classes to which they are assigned, unless it is absolutely necessary to miss. To minimize absences, parents are urged to take into consideration classes and rehearsals when scheduling their children for appointments and when planning family vacations and events. Any absence due another dance related event (workshop, convention, competition, performance, etc.) will be an excused absence. If a student has excessive absences the student/parent will be notified in writing of the concern. After the written warning dancers may be moved back a level if necessary. If absence continues and affects the dancer’s progression, that dancer may be asked to leave the program. Consistent attendance is vital in maintaining a student’s mastery of dance technique – especially where new skills are involved. Consistent weekly training is necessary to establish strength and muscle memory. Classical ballet training is a highly specialized technique that requires excellent instruction by a knowledgeable teacher and committed attendance by the student in order to achieve the desired results.
EPA Staff will communicate with dancers and parents primarily through email, the Members Page, and our website (www.edgeperformingarts.net). We ask that parents check both regularly to stay wellinformed. Be sure to list your email address clearly on your registration form so that we can keep you informed about all that goes on during the year. Parents and dancers are not allowed to contact instructors via personal means (phone, email, text, etc.) unless the instructor contacts them first. Parents may contact the school or Program Director at any time
with questions or concerns.
EPA is an advanced ballet and performing arts program for dancers who are driven to excel. In order to achieve the skill level desired, students should understand the necessary level of focus and concentration that will be required of them prior to attending class. Students will be encouraged to learn dance technique primarily through observation and execution. Unnecessary talking during class is discouraged. Proper student conduct in the classroom allows the maximum amount of progress to be made during class time since dance technique is based on continual repetition of movement to train and strengthen the muscles of the body. Students who are disruptive to the class will be asked to observe class so that others may continue their work. If disruption continues, the EPA staff will contact the parent/guardian to address the issues.
Conferences & Questions
Parents are welcome to schedule a conference with the program director if questions or the need arises. Please email Info@edgeperformingarts.net to schedule an appointment. We ask that you do not attempt to communicate with the instructors before or after classes with questions, instead call or email the School office. Please understand that prior to teaching class our faculty members are focused on the class ahead and after class they are often on their way to their next class. Thank you for your consideration of their time.
EPA offers a unique opportunity for graduating seniors who have been with our program at least two full years. This option is intended for the serious dancer who has graduated from high school and is interested in auditioning for professional companies or work, or just wants to stay in shape to pursue other dance options. Students who fit within this category may take classes at the highest level offered free of charge for one year after high school graduation. This allows our dancers to continue their dance training while choosing the right path for their future.
Students are expected to act in a respectful manor while at EPA or any related activity. Students responsible for disorderly conduct, violating any school policy, nsubordination, disruption of class, or violating any of the classroom teacher’s rules, will be subject to the following consequences:
1st offense: The student will receive a verbal warning
2nd offense: The student will be asked to sit the class out, and a written warning may be sent to the parent
3rd offense: The student may be moved to a different level within the program or dismissed from the program entirely, depending on the severity of the offenses.
Depending on the severity of the offense, Edge Performing Arts Staff reserves the right to dismiss a student from the program at any time during the dance year.
Students at EPA are required to wear appropriate attire for all classes. This includes required black leotard and tights and appropriate shoes. Hair must be secured out of the face at all times in a bun. Dancers should never wear dance shoes outside of the studio, as this tracks dirt into the studio and is detrimental to the marley floors, as well as dangerous for the students. All dress code requirements are mandatory in every class and level at EPA. Parents are responsible for making sure their dancer meets proper dress code when dropping them off for class.
Classes begin the day after Labor Day each year, and concludes with an in-class showcase performance in late May. Built into our schedule is an allowance for scheduled holiday breaks as noted on our calendar, Spring Break, and one miss due to outside or unforeseen circumstances (snow, etc.) If classes are cancelled beyond that, EPA will schedule make-up classes.
Evaluations & Examinations
Each student enrolled at EPA will receive a written evaluation at the end of the dance year which will be
based on input from all of their instructors.
It is both appropriate and often necessary for dance students to remain in the same class level for
multiple years before continuing to the next level. Unlike academic studies where a student progresses a
grade level each year, in dance training it is quite normal to spend several years in one level in order to
properly assimilate all the necessary material.
The training of a dancer is based on the constant repetition of particular steps and movements until the
student has a full comprehension of the dance vocabulary and shows competency of execution.
Sometimes, especially in younger children, total comprehension can only be accomplished when the
physical body has grown strong enough to handle the more complicated moves required in dance.
Edge Performing Arts is conservative about the age at which a female student begins training on pointe.
Usually, by age 11 or 12 the student is strong enough physically and advanced enough technically to
begin pointe work. And, we may start them in a pre-pointe class to build strength and technique before
putting the dancer onto pointe shoes. It can be dangerous to start a student on pointe too early in the
process of training. The student must have a thorough understanding of proper body alignment as well as
ankle, foot, leg and abdominal strength to prevent injury or the development of chronic conditions such as
tendonitis. A student who begins pointe work too early may also develop bad habits in an effort to stand
on pointe when they are not strong enough to do it properly. There is no urgency to starting pointe work at
an early age, as a well-trained dancer easily goes up on pointe with little effort. Many students who start
pointe work too early are then discouraged by the difficulty of proper execution which they did not
anticipate. It is much wiser to wait until the appropriate time when the student is physically ready and can
achieve the anticipated results. For these reasons, EPA errs on the side of caution when deciding the
appropriate time to place a student on pointe. Please respect these decisions as what we feel is best for
the overall health, safety, and training of our dancers.
We hope this information will enable parents and students to better understand the actual “time line” of
development in a dancer’s training and that there is nothing unusual about the gradual advancement from
level to level.
There are no make-up classes offered if a student has to miss a scheduled class.
Performing Arts has cameras in the classrooms, and television monitors in the lobby. These will be
turned on the first week of each month. The reason we do not turn them on every week, is it is easier to
see progression in the dancer if you do not see every week. (Similar to not realizing how much your child
has grown physically because you see them every day, when others notice more quickly that they have
grown taller, etc.)
In an effort to minimize distraction for our students and allow our faculty to do the best job possible in the
training of your child, we do not allow parents inside the classrooms to observe. Please refrain from
observing class through doorways. Our goal is to keep your child focused so that they can maximize their
class experience and continue to progress effectively through the required syllabus.
We sincerely appreciate your interest in your child’s dance classes. We hope to demonstrate to you the
progress your child is making with the guidance of his/her instructor. Thank you for helping us to make
this an enjoyable and informative experience for all the students, teachers and parents.
School Closings Due to Inclement Weather
If class needs to be canceled due to inclement weather EPA will post it on our website, as well as the
local WXII television station. You can even go to the WXII website and sign up for email or text alerts
anytime we notify them of an EPA closing or delay. Please note that classes are not necessarily canceled
when area public schools are closed. EPA is not responsible for classes canceled as a result of extreme
weather conditions or other circumstances outside the school’s control.
Students are expected to arrive at the school on time for the start of their classes. In the interest of injury
prevention, students who arrive ten or more minutes late for class will be asked to observe class that day.
Please show respect to your teachers and fellow students by arriving on time for your classes.
Dancers who enter the Edge Performing Arts program commit to the program for the upcoming dance
year. There is an audition fee of $20 for new students. Parents have two options for tuition payments.
#1 Set up a nine equal monthly automatic payment with a Visa, MasterCard or checking account.
#2 Pay the total annual amount up front (this option receives a discount on the annual tuition).
There is a $25 fee on any returned check or declined Visa/MasterCard monthly transaction. Students will
not be allowed to participate in classes if tuition has not been paid. Our teachers will aid in enforcing this
A sibling discount of 5% applies to the monthly tuition rate for siblings who live in the same house,
registering at the same time.
Tuition paid to the school is non-refundable. There are no tuition credits.
• Tuition for the current dance year paid in nine equal payments (September-May), via auto
payment set up of a Visa, MasterCard, or checking account.
• Payment will be charged/drafted automatically between the first and tenth of each month
September through May.
• A declined credit card fee of $25 will apply to any payment that is declined on the first day of the
month for any reason. Please contact EPA immediately if your credit card number or expiration
date changes. A student will not be allowed to participate in classes on the Monday following a
missed monthly tuition payment until this payment has been made.
• No portion of tuition will be refunded in the event of absence, injury, relocation, decision to
withdraw, or dismissal from the school. Future monthly payments may be cancelled upon 30-day
written notice of withdrawal from the school, with extenuating circumstances (example: moving
out of state, a prolonged injury with a doctor’s note).
• Tuition for the dance year paid in full within ten days of registration/acceptance
• No portion of annual tuition will be refunded in the event of absence, injury, relocation, decision to withdraw, or dismissal from the School.