SPAC COMPANY DANCER HANDBOOK
Starstruck PAC Dancer Handbook
Company participants are required to participate from August 2020-July 2021. This is a serious commitment and will not be taken lightly. All students and their parents will be required to sign an agreement that they understand what their commitment is and that they are willing to participate to their fullest. The company does 3 regional competitions, recital/showcase, and 1 national. Some regionals may require travel. All dancers are required to participate in all performances unless otherwise stated by faculty. Any violation of this commitment/ handbook may result in removal from company. If a dancer quits midseason they will never be allowed to audition for company again unless it is for health reasons, which will require a note from a doctor.
Attendance is mandatory for all company members. When it comes to school and family activities, we will be flexible. However, by accepting your place in company, you have agreed to your schedule & are not allowed to miss more than what is listed below. If you are going to miss a group rehearsal or class, please email or text the teacher so we can plan accordingly. If you are going to miss your solo/duet rehearsal, you must give adequate notice (see private lesson contract) or you will still have to pay your instructor for your lesson. Please keep in mind we plan our classes and rehearsals ahead of time and if we don’t know people will be missing, that changes what we have planned and can sometimes result in wasted time on everyone’s part.
You may not have a standing attendance of: -2 jazz
-2 leaps and turns
-3 rehearsals per dance
NOTE; We fully support your child being well rounded and having activities outside of dance. However, they are on a high-level competition team and they are constantly learning new skills. When they are not there, it is holding everyone back because we have to make sure all of the students understand cleaning, technical skills, etc. They can’t improve if they are not there!
Attendance will be monitored by faculty and documented on your evaluations that are given out twice per year. Students may not make up classes in studio this year while Covid-19 precautions are in place. In order to make up or take extra class, dancers will need to utilize the Zoom classes available on the schedule (coming soon).
Drill Team/Other Activities: We would like all dancers that participate in other activities to email their coach and copy us on it to open a line of communication so everyone can work together and be flexible. Please include all competition teachers you have in your email.
Ballet Tuesday 5:00-5:45
Jazz Tuesday 6:00-7:00
Leaps and Turns (optional, but recommended) Thursday 5:00-6:00
Leaps and Turns Tuesday 5:45-7:00
Jazz Wednesday 5:00-6:30
Ballet Wednesday 6:30-8:00
**Dancers age 9 and under can choose to take the Tuesday 5:00 ballet class with instructor permission Modern/lyrical (optional) Tuesday 7:30-8:30
Ballet Monday 4:30-6:00
Jazz Monday 7:00-8:30
Leaps and Turns Tuesday 4:30-6:00
Ballet Wednesday 6:30-8:00
Modern/Lyrical (optional) Tuesday 7:30-8:30
Ballet Monday 7:00-8:30 (divided into two sections)
Ballet Wednesday 5:00-6:30 (divided into two sections)
Jazz/Leaps and Turns, alternating Thursday 4:00-5:30
Modern (only required for those in a modern dance, otherwise optional) Tuesday 6:00-7:30 Lyrical (optional) Tuesday 7:30-8:30
Small groups- $17 per month per dance
Large groups- $17 per month per dance
Production- $17 per month per dance
Solos/duets- $17 per person per 30 min and $175 studio fee per year
Faculty Expense Fee $100
T-Shirt fee- $40
Company Jacket Backpack (optional)
Spirit Wear (optional)
NOTE: Accounts must be up to date in order to audition for company as well as accounts up to date before you can compete.
Fees associated with each competition will be sent via email before your due date. If you are pulling a solo or duet, you need to notify Amy Hofer AND the front desk as soon as possible. Once the studio has paid for your specialty, we cannot get your money back. These fees need to be paid on time or a late fee will be added to your account. Please see your company calendar for due dates.
Many competitions and conventions will not allow individuals sign up and have to go through a studio. Please email the front desk if you are looking at doing an extra event at least 2 months in advance!
Our costumes average $150. Some will be more, some will be less. You are responsible for buying your own AB stones and the studio will cover the cost of colored stones and be included in your final statement. Costume deposits ($40 per dance) will be made in September, October, and November. Specific due dates will be listed on the company calendar. Teen and senior dancers may want to consider paying an extra deposit to offset final invoice. Solo/duet costumes are your responsibility. However, please speak with your instructor on how they would like it designed. If you quit in the middle of the year, YOU DO NOT GET A REFUND ON YOUR DEPOSITS. We have already spent that money on materials and the costume will be passed onto the alternate and they will pay the remainder of the costume!
If costume deposits are not made, your costumes will not be given to you!
Jewelry & Make Up
Company earrings will be ordered through the booster club. All other earrings for specific dances will be purchased through the front desk once they are available.
Required: foundation that matches your skin tone (high quality), concealer (one shade lighter than skin tone), blush, black eyeliner (liquid or clay pot), eye shadow (dark brown crease, medium brown lid, and highlight under the brow), mascara, and lipstick (Maybelline All Day Cherry #15 24-hour color OR Lipsense Fly girl), fake eyelashes
There is an alternate for almost all dances (maybe not 8 & under) so that if someone is pulled from a dance due to illness, injury or attendance we do not have to respace the dance. Alternates are responsible for knowing every person’s part in the dance and be ready to perform it at any time.
If the alternate knows they are dancing BEFORE fees are due, the alternate will pay for the competition.
If the alternate has to fill in AFTER fees are due for competition, they DO NOT pay. We realize this is
sometimes 4-6 weeks before the competition, but we cannot continue to bill people last minute.
If the alternate is permanently put in the dance, they will only pay for any remaining part of the costume
that has not already been paid for and the costume will become theirs.
The Competition Philosophy
It is important to understand that the “competition” aspect of being a member of the Starstruck Company should be considered a “performance” opportunity. Competition results are strictly a subjective opinion and your child’s growth should not be completely gauged by their scores or achievements at competition. It is important that you, as their parent, understand this and counsel your child through this experience. These are invaluable life lessons for these kids but only if the parents are supportive or them and of the faculty. We do not foster competition within our company and all we ask of our students is to be the best version of themselves that they can be. Each child learns and peaks at different times, and you need to applaud their efforts and accomplishments as well as encourage them when they get off track. We encourage them to set specific goals other than “get 1st place” because that is out of our control. Help them come up with goals for the year that they can be in control of (pirouettes in high releve, engaging their back, working through tendu and degage to battement.) The faculty can also offer suggestions!
Competition Run Throughs
We will have run throughs for all group dances on the Wednesday evening prior to each regional competition weekend.
Extra Practices (including Christmas Break)
We often schedule extra rehearsals in order to get ahead or to clean intricate dances. These are at no charge to you, but also keep in mind that the teachers aren’t paid for this either. Please let us know asap if you are unable to attend (especially during Christmas Break) so we can either cancel or reschedule if needed.
The competition schedule usually comes out 1-2 weeks before the event. Any cash prize will be divided and applied to your account with exception of production, which the studio uses to pay for props. You are not to communicate with
any competition or convention official about studio matters. Let us know of any concerns and we will relay the message.
Starstruck is a drama free zone! Parents are expected to be supportive, respectful and courteous to all dancers and their families. The studio will not tolerate rudeness, jealousy and resentment. Disrespect to a team member, their family, teacher or director could result in removal from the company or from the studio. It makes no difference how good your child is or who you are...you are not allowed to bring drama or negativity into our studio, which we want to be a safe, friendly learning environment for your children.
Your role as a parent includes:
Lift up and support all of the dancers
Teach your child that they will not always get what they want, or win everything
Teach your child to be happy for other dancers and their success
Stand firmly and support your teachers
Teach your child to do the RIGHT thing, not always what their emotions tell them to do
6. Let them know that we all make mistakes, but we also have to take responsibility and apologize for things we say and do
I know this is a huge commitment, really for your entire family. Please put in the effort to make this a wonderful place for you and the rest of the families. I cannot expect kids to respect each other and get along if you as parents do not set that example. Please choose your words wisely and kindly.
Thank you for trusting us as a studio and sharing your children with us. We take our job very seriously and your child’s success is our priority. Making decisions regarding placement in their classes and dances is a very long, difficult and well thought out process. No child is “held back” or “forgotten.” We want your child to excel to their fullest potential and by enrolling at this studio, you are putting your faith in us and showing that you believe in our methods and what we do with them.
If your child is not feeling well, please use extra caution and keep your dancer home. If you have possibly been exposed to Covid -19, you must call the health department to discuss your specific situation and follow their recommendations. We ask that you please report any exposures or positive tests to Starstruck faculty, and let us know what recommendations you have received from the health department. If you are being quarantined for any reason outside of Starstruck, the quarantine will apply to the studio as well in most situations. Please let Starstruck faculty know if this situation should arise. To successfully keep the studio open this season, we all need to make responsible choices that support the overall well-being of our team.
Zoom classes will be available each week for students to take if they are in quarantine (or to make up classes/ take extra technique). In order for these classes to occur, the studio is charging $10/month per company member for access to these classes.
Entry to the studio will be from the doors in the courtyard area as marked. Teal and pink studios may enter through the front doors. Parents will not be allowed inside the studio as we work to keep numbers down. Dancers should continue to bring minimal gear and place in distanced spots around the perimeter of the room. Please leave any extra gear (backpacks/laptops/school items) in your car or with a parent whenever possible.
Masks will be required at all time inside the studio. We would like all dancers to wear a cloth face covering that stays over their mouth/nose and does not have a valve. Masks should also be worn outside the studio while dancers are standing in the courtyard waiting for entry to class/rehearsal or on breaks when social distance cannot be maintained.
Dancers will not have access to lounge areas during breaks. All families should have a plan in place for their children when they have a break, as we are not able to provide outdoor supervision and children should not be left unattended. Restrooms will be open, but dancers are not allowed to congregate in restroom and waiting in line must be socially distanced. Please plan dance attire accordingly so changing is not necessary. If you have an extenuating circumstance arise and you cannot make it to the studio to pick up your child or provide supervision on a break, please contact a member of Starstruck faculty or the front desk.