School Policies

In order to maintain an environment that is conducive to everyone’s learning, the VBC School has established guidelines for all dancers and parents. Dancers are asked to review the Student Handbook and return the signed Code of Conduct page. The Student Handbook can be downloaded for future reference.

Ballet Etiquette
  1. Arrive on time and prepared to learn and dance.
  2. Absolutely no food, beverage or gum allowed in the studio. Water in a bottle with a lid is ok.
  3. Leave items in the dressing room, cubbies or on the outside edge of the studio. Do not clutter your barre space.
  4. If you must leave class early, notify the teacher ahead of time and exit quietly so as not to disrupt the class.
  5. There is no talking in class unless called on by the teacher. 
  6. Pay attention, participate and follow your teacher’s directions. Listen before asking questions. 
  7. Be respectful of your peers, instructors, and your space.
  8. Approach class and rehearsals with a positive attitude.
Attendance

Dancers are expected to attend every class and rehearsal for which they are scheduled. Consistent attendance is critical to progress. An excess of absences from rehearsals is disruptive to the choreographic process and to the other performers. 

Parents will be required to enter absences in the Parent Portal and notify the front desk as soon as possible. Illness and family emergencies will be considered ‘Excused.’ All other absences will be considered ‘Excused’ or ‘Unexcused’ on a case-by-case basis.

Illness & Injuries

In the event of an illness, parents are asked to keep their children at home. Absences should be entered in the Parent Portal and the front desk should be notified as soon as possible. Tuition will not be pro-rated, except for prolonged absence of 10 consecutive days or more due to documented illness, injury or emergency. See ‘Refunds’ on the Tuition page.

Dancers experiencing injury are asked to observe their classes and rehearsals while recovering. Observation will allow them to still learn from corrections and combinations during class as well as to be aware of any changes or instruction during rehearsals. If a dancer requires more than a week of observation due to an injury, a doctor’s or physical therapist’s note will be required. The dancer will be required to submit a letter releasing them to return to full or modified activity as indicated.

Make-Up Classes

Dancers in levels 1-6 will be permitted to make-up missed classes in the lower level with permission from the instructor. Dancers may not make up more than 1 class in a week.

Drop-Off/Pick-Up

All students are asked to sign-in upon arrival at the front desk. Students should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of their class and should be dressed and ready to dance at the start of class. The Vacaville Ballet Company is not a child-care provider. Our front desk manager and instructors are not responsible for supervising dancers outside of their studio time. Dancers must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of their class or rehearsal. We understand that emergencies come up and are unavoidable. Parents are asked to call the front desk if they are unable to pick up their dancer in a timely manner. A late fee of $50 will be charged to a dancer’s account if a dancer is picked up beyond the allowed pick up time. Failure to submit your late fee will result in a 2nd notice and an increased fee of $100. Dancers will not be permitted to participate in future productions until their account is in good standing.

VBC Guidelines

The Vacaville Ballet Company strives to maintain a safe, nurturing, positive, and productive environment for all dancers, instructors, and staff to learn, dance, and grow. All dancers are expected to behave with respect for their fellow dancers, their teachers, and themselves. This expectation extends beyond the ballet studio to the theater and when representing VBC in the Vacaville Community.

VBC strives to ensure all rules and expectations are reasonable and in the best interest of anyone who steps through our doors. The Vacaville Ballet Company values inclusion, integrity, and diversity. We have zero-tolerance for bullying, violence, discrimination, and other behaviors that do not fit within our values and mission. VBC reserves the right to dismiss any dancer, instructor or staff member found to exhibit behaviors that are counter to our values and mission.

Code of Conduct

Everyone shall behave respectfully of all members of the Vacaville Ballet Company community. 

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner reflective of VBC’s values when in the studios, in the theater, or out in the community representing VBC.

The Vacaville Ballet Company values inclusion, integrity, and diversity. We have zero-tolerance for bullying, violence, discrimination, and other behaviors that do not fit within our values and mission. This includes in-person, online, through social media, or through messaging applications. Students or adults who witness bullying, harrassment or discrimination should report it to the front desk immediately. 

The use of messaging or social media apps to create groups that are non-inclusive and/or speak poorly of individuals or the organization are strictly prohibited.

The Vacaville Ballet Company reserves the right to determine, at its discretion, which actions and/or behaviors fail to comply with this Code of Conduct. And to issue disciplinary action as appropriate.

Disciplinary Action

A first violation of this Code of Conduct will result in a warning by instructors or staff and an email to a parent/guardian.

A second violation will result in a disciplinary meeting with the student, parent/guardian, and instructor to develop a plan to address the behavior.

A third violation will  result in a meeting with the parent/guardian and Board of Director President or Vice-President to discuss the matter and determine the best course of action.