School of Contemporary Dance Policies

Placements for all students are determined in a joint process by Faculty and School Director.   (Please see Curriculum and Placement page for a full description of the process). Placement assignments are made and individualized notifications sent prior to the opening of Fall registration each year.  Many classes require a unique registration passcode; those are sent out along with placement assignments as needed.   Placements are valid for one year, through the following summer session.

Initially, new students placements are age-based, with an official placement determination from the Instructor and School Director made after one to weeks of class.

General Studio Policies
Absences, Make-ups & Cancellations

When possible, please inform the studio of any impending absence.  Absences resulting from illness, injury or vacations may be made up within three weeks. Planned absences may be made up in advance with approval. Please note that absences are not refunded. In the event of school closings due to inclement weather, or a class cancellations due to a teacher emergency, classes may be made up within one month and no later than March 31. (please see inclement weather policy for details). Kinetics has the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment.

Late Arrival & Leaving Early

In order to prevent injury, at an instructor’s discretion dancers arriving 15 minutes or later to class may be asked to observe class for the day. If a student must leave class or rehearsal early for any reason, please notify the instructor before the start of class. Students waiting for rides must do so INDOORS in the studio A front lobby. If there is no desk worker present at the front desk, your child may wait in the studio with his or her class.

Code of Conduct

Kinetics strives to maintain an atmosphere of positivity, respect and courtesy at all times.  The entire KDT family, from students to parents to teachers and staff, are expected to treat others in this regard, and accordingly can expect to be treated in the same way, both in the classroom or while spending time in our common areas. Students are expected to arrive on time for class and to enter the studio quietly when the teacher’s calls for class to begin.  Kinetics has the right to remove a student due to disruptive behavior. All are asked to maintain an appropriate indoor voice level in common areas.  Please help us keep our space clean and orderly by tidying up books and toys in waiting areas, cleaning up after snacking, and making use of cubby cubicles to store dance bags and belongings whenever space allows.  Food and drink are permitted in waiting areas; water bottles only are permitted into the studios.  Kinetics is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, personal property.

Peanut-Free & Severe Allergies

Due to the number of students at our school with severe peanut or nut allergies, we ask that all students and families refrain from bringing any nuts or nut-containing snacks to the studio, even for personal consumption. For some, allergic reactions may occur by eating the food, inhalation of food vapors, or even simply contact with the skin, mouth or eyes. Some reactions can be severe enough to cause anaphylaxis, a life threatening allergic reaction. Contact between students is common in the classroom and for this reason, please consider the safety of others and refrain from bringing nut containing snacks to the studio. If your child has allergies or medical conditions, please notify the school manager and instructor and let us know of any special instructions to follow in the event of an emergency.

Parent Observation

Parents are invited to view the classroom from our observation windows.  We ask that parents limit observation at the instructors’ request or when it causes students to become distracted.

Dress Code
Dressing appropriately for dance class is vital to safety and good teaching. In order to see and correct alignment, including addressing injury-causing mistakes, instructors must be able to see students properly.  Proper dance attire differs from genre to genre but adherence to dress code is expected at all times.  Please ensure that your student is prepared with the required attire and footwear for each of his/her classes.  Please note, baggy pants, pajama bottoms, gym shorts, oversized t-shirts, or loose sweatpants are not acceptable dancewear.  No jewelry aside from small earring studs are permitted in the classroom.  Hair that is shoulder-length or longer must be pulled back and away from the face.  A neat bun is required for ALL ballet levels, and a bun or ponytail are recommended for all other disciplines.   No chewing gum is permitted in class.  See our Dance Attire Chart, below, for a list of expected attire for every class/genre.  Looking for dance supplies? We can recommend a few:  Discount Dance Supply , 1-800-328-7107, Use our school code, 75107, to find the dancewear we’ve specifically selected for Kinetics’ dress code. You’ll get great discounts, and Discount Dance Supply will provide a donation to Kinetics!  Premier Dance Gear – Columbia, 410-418-8804, Artistic Dance Fashions – Loch Raven, 410-321-1121.

Dance Class Dress-wear Foot-wear
Ballet- All levels Girls: Solid color leotard; pink tights *Note: Students must have a black leotard*

Boys: White t-shirt, black tights or leggings

Girls: Pink leather or canvas ballet slippers. Canvas styles with 4 way stretch are not permitted (this includes styles such as Total Stretch by Body Wrappers, Elastosplit X by Bloch, Zenith Strech Canvas by Bloch, and Hanami Canvas Split Sole by Capezio)

Boys: Black ballet slippers

Creative Dance, Dance and Storytelling Girls: Any color leotard and footless tights/leggings.
Boys: T-shirt and tights or leggings.
No shoes required
Dance Basics, Ballerina Basics and Dance
Girls: Any color leotard, pink tights. Ballet skirts are permitted.

Boys: White t-shirt, black tights

Leather ballet shoes – girls pink, boys black; black tap shoes (no tap shoes required for Ballerina Basics).
Hip Hop- All levels Camisole or fitted shirt; black jazz pants or leggings.
–T-shirt, comfortable pants. NO SKIRTS!
Clean sneakers
Jazz- All levels Solid color leotard; black jazz pants, tights or leggings
Gym shorts not allowed
Camisole top or fitted shirt is allowed.
Split-soled black jazz shoes
Lyrical- All levels Solid color leotard; black or tan footless tights or leggings, or capri pants No shoes required
Modern- All levels Solid color leotard; black or tan footless tights or leggings No shoes required
Musical Theatre- All levels Camisole or fitted shirt; black jazz pants or Capri pants Split-soled black jazz shoes preferred
Tap- All levels Any color leotard, black jazz pants or leggings Black tap shoes
Tuition Policies: Withdrawal, Refund, & Late Payment
Withdrawal from any class requires two weeks advance written notice.   Non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal. Without appropriate notice, undersigned dancer or parent/guardian will remain responsible for the full tuition period.

  • Absences (classes missed due to student absence, cancellations, student vacations, holidays, or days off from school) will not be credited or refunded. We do, however, encourage make-ups; please see Absences, Make-ups, & Cancelations policy.
  • Approved refunds will have a $10.00 service fee deducted.
  • No refunds will be given after February of a given year.
  • Refunds shall be made for withdrawals not made within a timely matter.
  • Late Payments: Accounts not paid in a timely manner will result in a $10 late fee applied the day following the due date. On the 8th day past the due date, non-payment will result in automatic withdrawal from class. Students may re-register for classes once the balance is paid, provided there is still space in their class(es). Registration fee will apply.
  • A fee of $30.00 will be charged for returned checks. Customers with more than one returned check will be asked to pay in cash in the future.
Performances and Costumes
A fee of $20 will be charged for any single costume item not returned to Kinetics after the end-of-the-year showcase. A fee of $40 will be charged for entire costumes or tutus that are not returned. Fees must be paid, or the costume returned, prior to registering for the next session of classes.
Notice of Non-Discriminatory Policy
Kinetics Dance Theatre, School of Contemporary Dance, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.
Inclement Weather

Weekday Morning Classes

If Howard County Public Schools are DELAYED or CLOSED due to weather, all classes, both Kinetics and HCRP, beginning before noon will be canceled.

Weekday Afternoon Classes

Regardless of Howard County Public Schools status, Kinetics will make an independent determination based on driving conditions for all classes, both Kinetics and HCRP, beginning after 12:00 noon.   That information will be posted on our website, Facebook page, and will be added to our telephone voicemail

Weekend Classes

If inclement weather occurs over the weekend, classes will be evaluated depending on current driving conditions.  Status will be posted on our website, Facebook page, and will be added to our telephone message.

Make-ups for Inclement Weather Cancellations

Please note that make-up procedures differ according to whether your class runs through Kinetics or through HCRP. For KINETICS classes: independent make-ups are encouraged. Students may attend any class at a suitable age and level as a make-up for the cancelled class within one month, and no later than March 31st. If possible, we request that you notify the school ahead of time when you plan to attend a make-up class. For assistance in choosing a suitable make-up class, please contact the school by phone or email. For HCRP classes, official make-up classes are held, with date and time designated by the teacher (usually tacked on to the end of the current session).

Kinetics Community and Events
Parent Observation and Bring-a-Friend Week
Parents are always invited to watch class through our observation windows. In November and April, we will open our doors to friends who may want to try a dance class as a part of Bring a Friend to Dance Week. During Bring a Friend to Dance Week, students are invited to bring a friend to the studio to try a free dance class.

Fundraising at Kinetics
As a non-profit organization, Kinetics Dance Theatre relies on parents’ and students’ support of our yearly fundraisers, such as the Annual Fund Fall Campaign, ticket sales to our five concerts per year, recital program shout-outs/ads, t-shirt and trophy sales, our holiday basket raffle, flowers at the recital and much more! Monies from these fundraisers help Kinetics pay for theatre rentals, exciting programs and workshops, new costumes, guest teachers and choreographers.
Dance Workshops, Field Trips, and Projects Watch for notices in our newsletter, on our website and posted around the studio. We’ve got some new ideas in the works, including group tickets to professional dance concerts, fun dance workshops for the whole family, and dance projects for our students.

Kinetics welcomes volunteers! If you would like to help us with specific events, provide general assistance, or share a skill with us, we often need help through the year with performances, workshop events, chaperoning, fundraising, costumes, photography, music, and more. Please let us know!

Birthday Parties
Don’t forget to ask us about our birthday parties!!! Celebrate your birthday and have a blast dancing with up to 20 of your friends! Each party includes 45 minutes of supervised dance instruction and games with one of our dance instructors and 45 minutes for presents and goodies. Fees: $220 for non-Kinetics families; $200 for Kinetics families. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a date. Contact the studio for more information (410) 480-1686.