Code of Conduct & Notice of Non-Discrimination

Kinetics Dance Theatre 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.  Food and drink are not permitted in waiting areas; water bottles only are permitted into the studios.  Kinetics is not responsible for loss of, or damage to, personal property.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Kinetics Dance Theatre School of Contemporary Dance admits students of any race, color, national origin, and sex to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made to students at the school. It does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, or sex in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.


Student Placement

While many classes are open to all students of appropriate age (i.e. Creative Beginnings, Adult classes, etc), placement within Kinetics’ leveled technique classes follows a system of recommendation to ensure students’ safe and successful progression.  When this is the case,  placements are determined jointly by our Faculty and Head of School.   Returning students are notified annually of their placements prior to the opening of Fall/Spring Term, and new students are placed after a brief period of observation, sometimes including trial classes.  

The Studio Director, our on-line registration system, makes it easy to see which classes students are eligible to enroll for based on age and recommendation (or “pre-approved classes”).  

To learn more about Kinetics’ placement process and educational philosophies, see Curriculum and Placement.  

Absences & Make-ups

Make-ups for Student Absences

When it is possible, please inform the school of an impending absence so that we may notify instructors as a courtesy for planning purposes.  When students miss class due to personal reasons such as illness, injury, or travel, they are welcome and encouraged to attend another class as a make-up.

Absences are not eligible for refund or credit.

Click here for more information about scheduling a make-up class.

    Late Arrivals & Leaving Early

    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.

    Inclement Weather
    Decision-Making Timelines for Studio Closures
    • Studio closure decisions for morning classes are made available by 7:00am.
    • Studio closure decisions for afternoon/evening classes are made available by 2:00pm. 
    Studio Closure Notifications
    • If you are registered for a class that is impacted by a studio closure, this decision will be communicated via email. 
    • Communications are sent to the email address(es) listed on your Studio Director account. Please login to your Studio Director account to ensure a current email address is on file and you haven’t opted out of email correspondence. 
    • Studio closure decisions are also posted to the homepage of the website.
    Make-Up Class Option
    • You can schedule a make-up class in any level/age-appropriate Kinetics class if a class is missed due to inclement weather. 
    • Click here for instructions on how to register for a make-up class. 
    Parent Observation, Photography & Videography

     We are dedicated to providing opportunities for parent observation both in the classroom and via showcase.

    • Each studio is equipped with a “one-way” observation window so that parents may view their children.  However, please note that students are sometimes still able to see outside of the window, and we ask that parents limit observation at the request of the teacher when students become distracted.
    • Parents should remain outside of the classroom unless invited in by the instructor or by separate arrangement.
    • We ask that photography and videography be limited to appropriate times, i.e. before or after class and/or with the teacher’s approval.
    • At no time should photography/videography include other classmates other than with the verbal permission of a parent or guardian.
    Costume Non-Return Fee

    Kinetics Dance Theatre maintains an extensive and ever-growing collection from which students are costumed for the Annual Spring Showcase.   Rather than requiring students to purchase costumes for each class, tuition for each class is accompanied by a performance fee which covers costume wardrobe maintenance, venue, and tech costs.  Students may be asked to provide their own dance-wear (i.e. nude or black leotard, tights, leggings, etc) to serve as a costume base.  It is expected that costumes be returned immediately following the Spring Showcase (same day).  

    Costume-Failure to Return Fees:   $20 single costume item |  $40 full costume OR tutu  

    Fees must be paid, or the costume returned, prior to registering for the next class season. 

    Peanut-Free & Severe Allergies

    Due to a number of students with severe peanut or nut allergies, Kinetics Dance Theatre is a nut-free space.  We ask that all students and families refrain from bringing any nuts or nut-containing snacks to the school, even for personal consumption.

    For some, allergic reactions may occur by eating the food, inhalation of food vapors, or 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 into the school.

    If your child has a severe allergy or medical condition, please notify the Head of School and your child’s teacher and identify any special instructions to follow in the event of an emergency.

    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.