Studio Rules and Policies

Soul 2 Sole Dance, Inc. provides a quality dance and performing arts program taught by top, well-trained instructors. Its state-of-the-art location in highland park offers classes for children ages pre-school thru teens focusing on education in the art of dance and theater while building confidence and self-esteem.

Studio Rules

For Students

All dancers must respect and obey their teacher’s instructions in the studio.
All dancers must show proper respect to fellow students.
No dancers should be in a studio without a teacher present, unless they have been given permission to enter.  This is necessary to
insure the safety of all dancers.
In an effort to maintain a positive, family atmosphere, appropriate behavior and language will be expected from all students, parents
teachers, and staff members.
All dancers must be on time for class — dressed in proper attire and ready to learn.  (Please refer to Class Attendance, Tardiness, and Illness) below.
All dancers MUST be dressed in the required shoes and dance attire for each class.  Please refer to the Dance Attire below for proper attire.
Please show the proper respect for your dance studio by placing empty cups, water bottles, wrappers, and other items in the garbage cans provided in the studio hallways.

Soul 2 Sole Dance, Inc. has a nut free policy.  Please refrain from bringing any nut products into the studio.

For Parents

Please label your child’s belongings (shoes, bags, sweaters, coats, boots), etc.
Please make sure that all younger students have gone to the bathroom prior to class.
Please make sure that the studio has a valid parent email address when you register since the studio uses emails to be send important information and updates throughout the year [including statements and billing].
Please familiarize yourself with studio policies, dress codes, special events, important dates and closings, tuition, recital, and registration information.
Please drop off and pick up your child(ren) promptly at the end of their class(es).

Food and Drink

Absolutely no food or drink including waterwill be allowed inside any of the dance rooms. This rule pertains to both students and parents. No gum chewing. Snacks and drinks may be purchased from our vending machines but are allowed in designated areas only.

Conferences

To discuss your child’s progress, or to answer any questions you may have, we recommend you make an appointment with their teacher. Parents should feel free to call either studio and request a return call or an appointment if their child loses interest in dance, or seems unhappy with the class. Most times a change in teacher or subject can make dance new and exciting again.

Class Attendance, Tardiness, and Illness:

Regular attendance is vital to learning.  Please plan to arrive for class with adequate time to dress so that you will be in the studio  on time to start class.  Progress in class is dependent on participation and consistent attendance.

Tardiness:  If a student arrives more than 5 minutes after the start of class and they miss the warm-up and run the risk of injury due to improper stretching and other aspects of the warm-up. As a result, a student arriving more than 10 minutes late may be asked to observe class rather than participate. This policy is followed not as a punishment but for the safety of the student. The student must respect this decision and the ongoing class.

Illness:  Your child will not be allowed to attend classes if they have had ANY of the following:

  • Fever in the last 24 hours
  • Contagious/Infectious illness/ Missed classesmay be made up, preferably within one month in a comparable class so long as the class is for the same grade and level  as the class that was missed.  Please call ahead and the front desk staff will schedule the makeup class so that we can inform the teacher  that you are planning to attend their class.  If you are unable to attend a class in the same discipline, you are welcome to make up a class in any other discipline (what a great opportunity to try a new class!!)  There will not NO refunds for missed classes.
Tuition
  • By mail— Fill out the enclosed registration form and mail it along with your payment to:
    799 Central #250, Highland Park, 60035
  • By fax— Fill out enclosed registration form and fax it with your credit card number to the studio. 847.579-4668
  • By phone— Call the studio with your registration information and your credit card number. 847.579-4660
  • In person— Stop by the appropriate studio with your registration information and payment.

Please remember, registration cannot be taken without payment in full. No refunds will be given two week prior to classes beginning.

There are no refunds given for cancelled or missed classes. Make up classes are allowed for any class missed due to scheduled studio closings, inclement weather, illness, or family/school functions. THIS POLICY WILL BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO. **payment plan available**ask for details **$15 fee charged per month tuition is not paid **

Placement and Levels (students must be the grade listed for class requirement as of the first day of dance session)

Class Policies

Levels

Placement in class levels is based on many factors including a student’s mastery of material, strength, artistic development, commitment, maturity, and attendance as determined by their instructor and/or Artistic Director.  A student’s ability to properly execute the required material is mandatory before progressing to the next level.  It is not unusual for a student to remain in the same level for several years while improving their mastery of material and strength.
If you are a returning student please check your evaluation card given out at the end of spring session. To ensure the best development as a dancer, you will only be allowed to enroll in your required/recommended level.
If you are a beginner with no previous experience or a student with dance experience but looking to try a new dance form, enroll in a class that is age appropriate. Soul 2 Sole Dance, Inc. staff will place new students who have had previous study at other dance schools into the appropriate level. Please call the office before registering so that we may assist in your correct placement.

“FUN”damental (ages 4-6) Classes designed for FUN and mastery of the fundamentals in a specific dance discipline in which you are registering. 

Level 1 — Classes are designed for dancers begining their journey in dance and for dancers who need to continue to build on  and reinforce the required dance skills needed to move to the next level.  Dancers may stay in the level for up to 4 years.
Level 2 — By director/teacher approval only. Up to 4 years previous experience in the specific discipline in which you are registering.
Level 3 — By director/teacher approval only. Up to 6 years previous experience in the specific discipline in which you are registering
Level 3 and above students must be registered in a minimum of two technique classes per week.
Level 4 — By director/teacher approval only. Up to 6 years previous experience in the specific discipline in which you are registering
Technique Only Classes — These classes are designed to improve technical ability and are NON-recital classes. Please follow age and level requirements when registering for these classes. (Ballet Technique, Turns and Progressions, Stretch and Strengthen, Hip Hop Progressions). Dance Company Class — Placement by week-long June audition only.

Size

There are size limits for each class depending on the age of the students, the size of the studio, and the type of class. These limits are strictly enforced to ensure the quality of your dance education. A waiting list will be started for any class that has reached its capacity. Soul 2 Sole Dance, Inc. reserves the right to cancel a class due to insufficient enrollment. Class size must be at least five students. If a class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment and an alternative class cannot be found, a full refund will be issued.

Staffing

Soul 2 Sole Dance, Inc. reserves the right to substitute qualified staff, whenever necessary, to ensure the success of a class. Refunds are not granted for staffing changes.

Dress Code

Soul 2 Sole Dance, Inc.’s dress code is designed for uniformity and efficiency. It helps each student present a neat appearance and shows they have respect for dance. As with any sport that requires a uniform, our required apparel is selected to allow students and move freely, help instructors view their alignment properly, and have proper shoes to insure safety in all forms of dance. Anyone not wearing the appropriate attire will be unable to participate in class, but may sit and observe class. No street shoes that have been worn outside will be allowed in any dance room. This rule pertains to both students and parents.

Our studio store, Gotta Have It, is fully stocked with your required clothing and shoes.  Stop in and our knowledgeable, friendly staff will assist you in proper fitting of shoes and clothing.

 

Pre-School — any color or style of dance wear or moveable clothing. No street clothes or shoes may be worn. Ballet skirts, shorts, or pants are allowed, but no formal costumes. Hair must be off face. Ballet,  jazz, or hip hop shoes are required.

Ballet — solid black leotard and pink tights must be worn to every class. Hair must be worn in a bun. No tee shirts, cover-ups, skirts, or sweats may be worn. No jewelry, bracelets, rings, watches, or distracting hair accessories. Pink ballet shoes must be worn to every class.

Jazz / Lyrical / Poms  Form fitting clothing must be worn to every class. Tank tops, half tops, leggings, jazz pants/shorts in any color are acceptable. No tee-shirts, sweats, or baggy clothing may be worn. Hair must be worn off of face in a ponytail. No jewelry, bracelets, rings, or watches. Jazz shoes must be worn to every class.

Hip Hop / Tap — Moveable clothing must be worn to every class. Students may express their individual style and may wear less form-fitting clothing T-shirts, sweats, and hats are acceptable. No jeans, skirts, or shorts. Hair must be secured away from face. No jewelry. Jazz shoes or Hip-hop sneakers must be worn to every Hip Hop class. Tap shoes must be worn to every Tap class.

 

Preschool Class Attire

You and Me Ballet:
Dancers should wear a leotard, tights are optional but they must be FOOTLESS tights if worn.  Dancers should be barefoot!

All Ballet Classes:
Dancers should wear a leotardand tightswith ballet shoes.  Hair should be pulled back out of their face.

Hip Hop Classes:
Dancers should wear tight fitting clothing, ex. tank top and leggings, NO shorts, dresses or skirts.  Shoes must be a CLEAN pair of gym shoe sneakers.

Jazz Classes:
Dancers should wear tight fitting clothing, ex. tank top and leggings, NO shorts, dresses or skirts.  Shoes are a pair of black slip on Jazz shoes.

Tap Classes:
Dancers should wear a leotard and tights, skirts are optional.
Shoes are a pair of slip on Tap shoes (teachers prefer a pair with the ankle strap or tip taps, no loose strings, please.)

Tumbling (ages 2.5-K):
Participants should wear tight fitting clothing, gymnastics leotard OR
tank top and shorts or leggings.  Please wear socks with grippers, if possible.

Yoga:
Participants should wear tight fighting clothing, tank top with shorts or leggings. Please wear socks.

Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Tech, and Ballet/Jazz Combo Class Attire:
Solid black leotard and pink tights (footed or convertible tights acceptable).  Leggings or formfitting shorts must be worn to every class.
Pink ballet shoes must be worn to every class; black jazz shoes required for jazz portion. NO T-shirts, cover-ups, skirts, or sweats may be worn. NO jewelry, bracelets, rings, watches, or distracting hair accessories may be worn.

Jazz, Broadway Dance, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Poms Class Attire:
Form fitting clothing must be worn to every class. Leotards, tank tops, half/crop tops, leggings, jazz pants/shorts in any color are acceptable.
Black jazz shoes
must be worn in every class; half-sole shoes may be worn for Lyrical or Contemporary classes. Hair must be worn off of the face in a ponytail or bun. NO T-shirts, sweats or baggy clothing may be worn. NO jewelry, bracelets, rings, or watches may be worn.

 


Modern Class Attire

Form fitting clothing must be worn to every class.  Leotards, tank tops, half/crop tops, leggings, jazz pants/shorts in any color are acceptable.
NO shoes are required – bare feet in every class
. Hair must be worn off of face in a ponytail or bun. NO T-shirts, sweats, or baggy clothing may be worn. NO jewelry, bracelets, rings or watches may be worn.

 

Turns and Technique

Form fitting clothing must be worn to every class.  Leotards, tank tops, half/crop tops, leggings, jazz pants/shorts in any color are acceptable.
Black jazz shoes must be worn in every class
. Hair must be worn off of the face in a ponytail or bun. NO T-shirts, sweats or baggy clothing may be worn. NO jewelry, bracelets, rings or watches may be worn.

 

Hip Hop Class Attire

Moveable clothing must be worn to every class.  Students may express their individual style and may wear less form fitting clothing, T-shirts, sweats, etc.  Hats are acceptable.  Sneakers used for studio-use onlyare to be worn to every class {if wearing wet or dirty shoes, dancers will be asked to sit during class or remove shoes}. NO Converse sneakers may be worn for Level 3 and up since they do not offer enough support for the dancers. Hair must be secured away from the face. NO jewelry, bracelets or rings may be worn.