WELCOME TO BLUE DOG DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS
We are excited that you are incorporating dance into your life.
There are many things that make Blue Dog Dance unique. Here you will find a huge difference in the quality of experience for you and your child’s overall enjoyment and satisfaction of being involved with a dance program.
In addition to our regular class schedule, we have many opportunities to add performing in your year. All students are able to join us for our Halloween show – The 7 Fears of Julia Blue, our holiday show – The Polar Express, and our spring ballet – Oz. We also have performing groups for elementary and middle school ages who perform at various events throughout the year. The Royal Blue Dance Company is for our high school dancers. You can choose to add these into your schedule. But you don’t need to do these things to have a chance to shine. All of our students perform in the recital in June.
In many studios, the teacher will conduct class and do administrative duties. By trying to do two jobs at once, the class may suffer as the teacher has to use class time for customer service issues, or the studio may have no customer service available while classes are in session. To have a good experience, it is important to choose a studio that can assist you with details like costumes or schedules. Our studio’s friendly office staff is available to assist you during regular office hours.
Our studio-wide curriculum allows for classes to follow a progression and allow teachers to adjust to student needs. Each week your dancer is exposed to dance concepts. We keep class sizes small with a maximum of 6-8 for our creative dance classes, and 12 for all other classes. We host a stress-free recital with all the details taken care of for you.
Blue Dog Dance opened in September 2008 at our Briarwood location. Our mission is to build stronger individuals, families, and communities through dance education. Over time we have grown to multiple studio spaces, a staff of over 15, and over 600 students each week. We strive to provide opportunities for all students to develop as people through dance classes and performing arts productions.
Care of Students
The school is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. Students are not to be left at the school for excessive time before or after class.
Parents, legal guardians of minor students and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on school property resulting from normal dance activity or any other activity conducted by the students before, during or after class time.
The school is hereby granted permission to take photographs of the students to use in brochures, web sites, posters, advertisements and other promotional materials the school creates. Permission is also hereby granted for the school to copyright such photographs in its name.
Other Good Things to Know
The studio has water for the dancers to use. However, we do not provide cups. Please bring a water bottle with you and feel free to fill up.
We sell all attire needed for classes for your convenience on our online store www.shopnimbly.com/bluedogdance. We can fit your dancer for the right size in studio before making your purchase.
There are plenty of dancers and all the shoes look the same. Please label your shoes, jackets, and other items so we can let you know if you leave them behind. If not labeled, items go in our lost and found bin.
Lost and Found
We collect lost and found throughout the year. Please take a moment and look in the bin from time to time. All uncollected items get donated several times per year.
A non-refundable annual registration fee of $35 per family is required at time of registration.
The number of classes and time of classes determine monthly tuition. Please refer to the chart.
40 minute class $52
45 minute class $62
55 minute class $70
70 minute class $78
Second class discount $10
Third class discount $15
Each additional class discount $20
Payment of Tuition
Tuition will be debited from your bank account or charged to your credit card on file on the 1st day of each month from September-June. The month of September is non-refundable. All charges will appear as being from Blue Dog Dance. If you choose not to do automatic payment, you have the option of paying in full the 10-month academic year.
The school will electronically debit any bank account for the amount of any NSF auto-debit transactions plus a $25 NSF fee.
Withdrawal and Refunds
There is a one-month minimum for all lessons. Withdrawal must be done with a withdrawal form. Withdrawal must occur within the first 21 days of the month to withdraw for the following month. No withdrawals will be accepted after April 1. To withdraw from classes you must:
- Inform school administration in person, and
- Complete a digital withdrawal form provided by the school office.
A recital fee considers if the costume is rented from the studio or purchased by the dancer. Fees vary. Please see recital information.
September 4, 2019 First day of 2018-2019 classes
October 31, 2019 No classes starting after 5:30pm
November 27-30, 2019 Closed – Thanksgiving Holiday
December 22, 2019 – January 4, 2020 Closed – Holiday Break
February 16-22, 2020 Closed – Mid-Winter Break
April 12-18, 2020 Closed – Spring Break
May 16-17, 2020 Recital Picture Days (tentative)
May 25, 2020 Closed – Memorial Day
June 13-14, 2020 Recital Weekend (tentative)
June 21, 2020 Last day of 2016-2017 classes
Academic Year Schedule
Class schedules are published in the Spring for the following academic year. Classes meet at the same time each week. Classes begin the Wednesday after Labor Day. The schedule changes to adjust for enrollment. New classes are added periodically throughout the year. Enrollment in classes is open until full or until March.
Summer schedule consists of weekly classes and camps for new and experienced dancers.
STUDIO WIDE WEEK EVENTS
Share Dance Week
Right before Halloween all dance students can bring a friend to their dance class. An invitation is sent home with your child to give to their friend. The invitation does contain a waiver and will need to be signed by the friends’ guardian. The teachers will have the friends participate in the class.
I Heart Dance Week
Around Valentine’s Day we have a fun week of showing dances we’ve been working on in class and we will dance with ones we love.
Throughout the year we will have different weeks that students can participate in if they choose.
CLASS CANCELLATIONS AND ABSENCES
Blue Dog Dance reserves the right to terminate lessons to any students without notice. Classes with fewer than 5 students may be canceled, combined, or rescheduled at Blue Dog Dance’s discretion. In such a case a refund for unused lessons will be given.
We cancel classes if the Issaquah School District cancels school or after school activities. If Blue Dog Dance must cancel classes due to extreme weather or events beyond our control such as power outages. No refunds for lessons missed due to these reasons will be given; however, we encourage you to find an appropriate make-up class within 30 days.
In the event that, for any reason, a teacher cannot teach a class, we will provide a substitute teacher. If we are unable to secure a substitute to teach the class, we will cancel the class an issue a credit for the class missed.
In the event that a student cannot attend a class, you may attend a different appropriate class as a make-up. This option is up to the student. Please ask the desk staff to help determine an appropriate make-up class. All make-up classes must be done within 30 days of the missed class. Make up classes do not occur after May 1st.
Dance is an art that builds progressively each week. To ensure the dancers success in the class, it is important that the students regularly attend their classes. Students missing 2 or more consecutive classes may be required to have a private lesson to fill in on missed material.
The studio reserves the right to ask students who are late to class to sit down for the class and observe. Repeated lateness may result in termination of lessons. If students are consistently late, we may ask to find a class better suited for your schedule.
Parent’s Responsibility to be Aware of Dates and Events
It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all school activities, such as viewing days, recitals, extra classes, and dates the school is open or closed. It is the parent’s responsibility to regularly check the website www.bluedogdance.com to ensure they are informed. It is the responsibility of the parents or adult students to inform the school of any billing, address, or phone number change. You may log in to your student portal at any time to look up billing, contact and class information.
Forms of Communication
Email is our primary form of communication. Please make sure we have a current email address in our system. Our website is updated for general information on events. Please download the Blue Dog Dance app to see information regarding your account, transactions, enrollment, emails, and calendar events. Please be on the lookout for our emails, monthly blips, and general announcements.
A few times a year parents are invited to come in to the class and observe. You will be notified of these weeks via email. When coming to observe, please be courteous by turning off your cell phone and keeping siblings quiet. The blinds in the studio windows are opened and closed at the teacher’s discretion. Teachers want to allow for viewing; however, they need to keep distractions to a minimum for the best class environment. When observing, please note that some students behave differently than when in class.
During class time, the studio is for students, teachers, and staff. Parents are welcome to wait in our lobby or drop off and pick up. Parents are not allowed in the studio space unless during observation weeks. There is no waiting in Studio C; please wait for your dancer in the main lobby.
Ballet – Ballet is a formal and technical style of dance traced back to the late 15th century. Classes focus on core strength, flexibility, body alignment, and muscle control. The method of ballet can vary depending upon the training of the individual instructor. Ballet develops grace, poise, and discipline.
Jazz – Jazz is known for its powerful jumps, high kicks, and precise turns. Technique focuses on building a strong core with the ability to use the spine in undulations and contractions. We explore different styles of jazz choreography including character, Broadway, adagio or dance team.
Lyrical – Lyrical is a combination of jazz and ballet technique that allows for a greater expression of lyrics. Contemporary is similar to lyrical in technique and incorporates modern elements that allow for both lyrical and abstract interpretation of movement. Both styles are relatively new as dance forms and can vary from one class to another.
Tap – Tap can come in a variety of styles, but the taps on the shoes make it a fun, percussive form of dance. Tap dancing is an American art form with a history of influences of African, Irish, and Spanish dance. We develop tappers who can function as Broadway, rhythm, or classical tap dancers. We focus on technique, vocabulary, syncopation and improvisation.
Hip Hop – Hip Hop has developed from street dancing and now incorporates styles ranging from cheerleading to urban styles. Students enjoy this style of dance while exploring the dance concepts of space, time, energy and focus.
Creative Dance – Creative Dance classes are an introduction to dance and interpretive movement. Our classes are based on brain-compatible dance education concepts. Children reinforce neurological pathways to develop movement patterns as the base of all dance education. All this, and they have a good time meeting friends.
Pre-dance with Tap – Pre-dance classes are offered to children ages 4-5 as they transition from a creative movement class to a more structured technique class. These classes combine styles to expose dancers to a variety of movement possibilities. Elements of Ballet, Jazz and Tap are incorporated into classes.
Acrobatics – What every dancer needs in their tool box – strength, flexibility, balance, agility and motor coordination taught safely and mixed with dance.
Required Dance Wear
A dress code is important to the instructor and the students as well. Appropriate class attire facilitates the teaching of proper alignment of the body, while helping students to create unity by reducing distractions.
For all classes, long hair must be tied back. No jewelry in class. No skirts or tutus are to be worn in class.
Creative Dance and Dance with Me
Girls: Pink leather ballet shoes, pink tights, pink leotard, hair neatly pulled up off the face and neck.
Pre-Dance with Tap and Kinder Ballet/Tap
Pink leather ballet shoes, pink tights, pink leotard, Mary Jane style tap shoes (Velcro closure is preferred). Hair neatly pulled up of the face and neck into ponytail, braid or bun.
Pink leather ballet shoes, pink tights, any color leotard, hair neatly pulled up off the face and neck into ponytail, braid, or bun.
Comfortable street or dancewear that is easy to move in. Mary Jane style tap shoes for Tap Level 1, Oxford style tap shoes for Tap Level 2 and up.
Leotard with jazz pants, leggings, capris or dance shorts with tights. Form-fitting long camisole or tank top optional with teacher approval. Tan jazz shoes. Hair pulled up and off face and neck.
Leotard, leggings, jazz pants, capris or shorts with tights. Lyrical Shoes. Hair pulled up and off face and neck.
Loose, comfortable, athletic type clothing. Sneakers for class are to be clean and worn ONLY in the studio. Shoes worn in from the outside will not be allowed on the dance floor. Please have a separate pair for entering and leaving the dance floor.
Leotard with jazz pants, leggings, capris or dance shorts with tights. Form-fitting long camisole or tank top optional with teacher approval. Tan jazz shoes. Hair pulled up and off face and neck.
Black pants or shorts, white tee shirt tucked in. Black ballet shoes or tan jazz shoes (varies by class)
Dance with Me is for students age 2-3 years old. Creative Dance is for students who are 3 years old by September 1st of the academic year. Pre-Dance with Tap is for students who are 4 years old by September 1st of the academic year.
We offer several classes for kindergarteners. Our Kinder Ballet and Tap, Kinder Sing and Dance, and Kinder Hip Hop are great choices for this age.
Elementary Age Students
We level classes 1 through 5 for elementary students. Level 1 is for new students and level 5 for the most experienced dancer.
Middle School Students
We offer classes 101 though 106. Students brand new would join a 101 class. Students transitioning from elementary level 5 would join a 103. Level 106 is for our most advanced middle school students.
High School Students
Our classes for high school students are labeled beginning, intermediate, and advanced. They are labeled relative to our enrollment for the year.
In the Spring, we send out recommendations for enrollment for the following year. It is your student’s best interest to follow the suggested class. After classes form, we may need to suggest a different class for a student to provide the best fit. We want all our students to get the most out of their classes. Our class progression is designed for students to be at times the more experienced in a class and at times the less experienced in the class. If you have a concern about placement, please talk to the studio manager.
Teaching Academy/Teaching Assistants
Students who are in middle and high school can also serve as a teaching assistant for a younger class. Additionally, every other year we offer a teaching academy for students who want to develop as a teacher. This extra class teaches dance students the skills needed to serve as a substitute teacher and build skills to teach a class. The class focuses on classroom management, progression, choreography concepts, cueing, providing feedback, and more. Talk to the studio director if you are interested in either of these programs.
Paths of a Dancer
The three paths of a dancer that we have defined are the educational path, the developmental path, and the advanced technique path. There is no path better than another.
The educational path is for students who take class one per week. The developmental path encourages kids to take classes that develop their interests. The advanced technique path creates a way for dancers to become technically proficient as a dancer.
Wherever your future as a dancer may bring you, all of the benefits of dance begin at the educational path. This is where all the excitement and love for something fun and challenging is nurtured; and where the student’s grace, poise and self-esteem are grown. Most students stay within this educational path and receive much fulfillment, joy, and challenge inspired throughout their years of growth. The remainder of the students will find themselves naturally gravitating towards the developmental path. Others will make dance their primary interest following the advanced technique path to master the discipline of dance or to pursue a carrier in dance.
Every student will experience progress, but no two students will progress at the same rate even if they experience the exact same training. It is important throughout training to encourage focus on oneself, and to be satisfied with one’s own accomplishments. Regardless of the path chosen, you will find that your journey in dance encompasses far more than the technique and steps taught. Through dance we develop the virtues of respect, responsibility, unity, enthusiasm, commitment, and perseverance – just to name a few.
Please talk to us to help you discover the best path for your dancer.
All who participate are requested to display the willingness to uphold the virtues we declare as the fundamental guidelines stated below. We consider it a privilege to participate in the performing arts and value the work we do by showing respect, bringing enthusiasm, creating unity, and being responsible.
Respect is caring about people and treating them with dignity.
We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We honor the rules and policies of our school which makes an orderly environment. We value students, teachers, parents, the studio and the performing arts. We also practice self respect by treating our bodies with dignity and establishing personal boundaries that allow for healthy growth.
Responsibility means that others can depend on us
We are accountable for our actions, and we keep our agreements. We learn from our mistakes and receive coaching. We come to class on time, with proper attire, and practice at home. We lead by example in our actions and speech. We interact with peers and staff in a mature manner. We ask for and give forgiveness.
Enthusiasm is being full of spirit.
We participate whole-heartedly with zeal and eagerness. We bring positive attitudes to class. We celebrate our accomplishments with classmates and teachers. We inspire and serve the people of our class or team through full participation in all activities. We practice and perform with enthusiasm because that is how we improve in our endeavors.
Unity means people work together peacefully.
We value each other’s gifts and talents. We embrace our individual strengths and differences. We cooperate in class to accomplish our goals. We solve conflict through listening. We care for our studio, community and earth. We voice opinions and initiate change that elevates the entire performing arts community.
We value the performer more than the performance.
We model our code of virtues after The Virtues Project TM.
Basic Dancer Rules and Etiquette
- Be On Time
- Wear Proper Attire and Shoes
- Keep Hands to Yourself
- No Whispering
- Wait for Your Turn
- Listen to Teacher
- Always Finish Every Exercise
- No Gum
- No Street Shoes
- No Phones
- Come inside the waiting room to drop off and pick up dancers under the age of 8. It is unsafe to allow children to walk through the parking lot alone especially in the evenings.
- Never leave siblings or friends of dancers in the waiting room unattended.
- Bring dancers to class on time and pick them up promptly after class.
- Do not allow children to stand on the furniture or hit the windows.
- Keep lobby conversations to a low tone and take phone calls outside.
- Have dancers and siblings sit quietly while doing a quiet activity, remembering that the waiting area is also a work and homework area.
Year Round Performing Groups
Our performing groups meet weekly to learn dances to perform at various events throughout the year. We perform at retirement homes, festivals, showcases, and community events. Our performing groups also attend one competition and put on their own show. Performing Groups auditions in the Spring for the following year.
In Motion is our intensive program for middle school aged students. They attend 2 classes plus a Performing Group class on Sundays. They participate in all the Performing Group activities as well as opportunities unique to their age. This programs helps develop strong dance technique in a concentrated program.
Royal Blue Dance Company
The Royal Blue Dance Company is our high school dance company open to all high schoolers at Blue Dog. Dancers meet weekly to prepare a gala benefit. We have donated thousands of dollars to Seattle Children’s Hospital. This company showcases that dance can truly have a positive impact on not only dancers and their families, but the community. We hope you come and support us.
The 7 Fears of Julia Blue
Our original story of a girl who wants to go to a Halloween party, but has a few fears she needs to overcome. This show is a great family show. Simply sign up to be a part of the production. And there is a costume contest at intermission!
Our adaptation of The Polar Express is our holiday tradition. Dancers can act, sing, and/or dance in this fun story about believing. Look for auditions in the Fall. All dancers get a role, but roles change from year to year.
Come join our yearly ballet, Oz. We perform the classic story of The Wizard of Oz in a theater in the round. This unique take on a classic is fun for everyone. Auditions are in January for main character roles. Other roles are open to all students.
What is a Recital?
The recital is a show at a theater where students perform a dance they learned in class. Students showcase the skills they have learned in a costume. Each class prepares one dance for the recital. Recitals will have about 16 dances total in each show.
Dance is a performing art, and the recital give the opportunity for the students to gain a performance experience. It builds their confidence and allows them focus on a group goal in each class.
Students are asked to make a commitment to attend classes on a regular basis to learn choreography. Please come to class in dance attire and wearing proper dance shoes.
Students who participate in the recital pay a non-refundable fee to cover the cost of costume, pictures, videography and other expenses. Students who commit to the recital are also committing to their class tuition through June.
Costumes, Make-Up and Hairstyles
Measuring for Costumes
Measurements for classes will be taken in November/early December. Costumes cannot be returned and are non-refundable. Therefore, if your student is absent on the day we take measurements, they will be asked to come in separately to do so. Teachers select a costume that is appropriate for the theme of the dance. Costumes are ordered based on measurements allowing for some growth to happen during the course of the year.
Costumes are estimated to arrive in April. However, this is entirely dependent on the shipping company. There are usually very few occasions where a costume will need to be reordered, however in the event that this should be the case, the studio guarantees that the costume will arrive before the dance recital.
There is absolutely no photography or videography of any kind during the recital. You may take pictures and video during dress rehearsal. No one is allowed at the base of the stage for this purpose because it is highly distracting to the dancers.
A professional video will be taken of each recital show. Each family will receive one video of the shows electronically to allow easy distribution.
Extra Fun Stuff
Please be on the lookout for our fun stuff. In year’s past we have done flower sales, yearbooks, and recital tee shirts. We like to offer a few optional things to make the event memorable for your family.
When attending the recital, please keep in mind the following theater etiquette:
- Please stay for the entire show.
- Please turn off your electronic devises.
- Please sit in your assigned seat.
- No balloons or flower arrangements are allowed inside
We need volunteers to make everything possible. Volunteers help at dress rehearsals or the recitals for the lobby. A sign-up sheet is available in the studio. Please consider being generous of your time to ensure a great experience for all of the students.
Tickets will go on sale in May can only be purchased online. You choose your seats. Please be sure to buy your tickets in advance! Online ticket purchasing ends the day before dress rehearsal. At that point, any available seats will be sold at the theater during dress rehearsal and at the door day of the recital.
No Refunds. All ticket sales are final. We cannot issue refunds.
A dress rehearsal is held at a local theater for dancers to perform in their full make-up and in costume. The dress rehearsal is closed – only one parent per child is allowed in the theater. Students will be dismissed after they have danced. Please note that we cannot give a specific time when dress rehearsal will end. We do our best to adhere to a tight schedule, so your prompt arrival at your designated time is appreciated. Rehearsals are mandatory, and the success of the class depends on every member being there.
When measuring your child in November, the teachers leave some room for growth. If the costume needs to be altered, the studio will have it professionally altered and returned before recital.
Costume Pick Up
Costumes will go home with students on the class before picture day. Please care for the costumes – no eating or drinking in them. Any costume piece that belongs to the studio must be returned at the theater immediately after the recital. No exceptions.
Creative Dance Students
Creative Dance Students rent studio costumes and return them immediately after the show. You must bring a change of street clothes to the theater.
Dancers should wear neutral eye shadow, pink blush, and red lipstick. Mascara for older dancers. Hair styles are assigned by class. Come to dress rehearsal and recital with hair and make-up already done.
Each dance is assigned a hairstyle. We ask you make the best effort to accommodate hairstyles, but we don’t expect short hair to make a perfect bun.
Individual and group pictures will be taken at the studio. A schedule will be printed closer to the date. There is no personal video or photography of any kind on picture day. We are only able to offer one photo session. If a dancer misses their session, we are unable to schedule a new time.
Each dancer participating in the year-end recital will have a group photo and individual photo taken in their costume. Photos will be delivered in electronic form. This gives the families an opportunity to print and distribute as they wish.
Students are dropped off at the performers entrance 15 minutes before the start of the show. They arrive in costume with hair and make-up done. Students stay backstage with staff chaperones for the entirety of the show.
3-4 year olds are released in the auditorium. Older students are release at a parent pick up area. For ease, please assign one family member to pick up the dancer.
No parents backstage
Parents are not allowed back stage. Dancers may not be picked up early from recital. This ensures a controlled environment backstage.