Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season of Dance Education, Training, and Fun!
All of us here at ABDA are thrilled to have you join our dance family! We have an exciting school year planned for you (despite the new challenges). The following information is filled with information covering the entire school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us anytime by giving us a call at 610-325-2003 or sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes begin Wednesday, September 9th (see the full studio calendar). Please make sure you have registered for your classes before the first day of your class, so we can properly take roll. Also, make sure you have paid your 1st Quarter Tuition and Registration Fee to avoid a late fee. You may submit a check or bring cash on your first day of classes, OR log into your student portal or contact us via email to run an on-file credit card. See below the Dress Code policy to make sure you are dressed appropriately for your first class, hair pulled back accordingly, and have the correct footwear.
Every family has a student portal through the Jack Rabbit software program. You can find this link on our website by clicking on “student portal” in the top right corner. It will prompt you to log in using the primary email address that was submitted during registration. If you did not create a password or it is not working, click on “forgot password” and enter your email address. You can then change/create your password and successfully log in. There is a video that will explain how to use your portal. Once logged in, you can view your dancer’s classes, update contact info, add an on-file credit card, make a payment, view special announcements, etc. We will post all tuition, costume and
performance fees to your account for you to view. It is a great tool to keep everyone informed!
NEW!!! Every class will have an IN-STUDIO & VIRTUAL option until further notice. Please see our IN-STUDIO Covid-19 Safety Protocols link below. For those participating via VIRTUALY through zoom, here are some helpful tips and information:
- Make sure dancers have a large space for dancing. They should have a hard, smooth, surface to safely dance on. Contact us to help with ideas about proper dance flooring. A portable ballet barre or chair can be used for Ballet classes.
- Please give your dancer some privacy as they enjoy their dance classes. PLEASE assist younger ones with technology and keeping them focused.
- Don’t be late, wear appropriate dance attire & footwear, and make sure to use the restroom before class begins.
- Make sure you have a charger for your device and that it is always charged and ready.
- Make sure you have high speed internet to help give you the best connection.
- Keep your video ON at all times during the class but MUTE your audio. Unmute to ask questions or respond to your teachers.
- Do NOT use virtual backgrounds.
- Make the most of non-verbal communication, do not abuse the chat feature, and please give feedback.
- Treat your virtual class just like an in-studio class – dance full out, be respectful, ask questions, limit interruptions, etc.
- To log into your virtual classes, open the zoom app OR use zoom.us. Click on “JOIN a MEETING”.
- For all classes in STUDIO A - use the meeting ID # 610-325-2003 and password 5678.
- For all classes in STUDIO B - use the meeting ID # 538-437-5665 and password 5678.
- For all classes in STUDIO C - use the meeting ID # 681-421-4561 and password 5678.
Every family has a student portal through the Jack Rabbit software program. You can find this link on our website by clicking on “student portal” in the top right corner. It will prompt you to log in using the primary email address that was submitted during registration. If you did not create a password or it is not working, click on “forgot password” and enter your email address. You can then change/create your password and successfully log in. There is a video that will explain how to use your portal. Once logged in, you can view your dancer’s classes, update contact info, add an on-file credit card, make a payment, view special announcements, etc. We will post all tuition, costume and performance fees to your account for you to view. It is a great tool to keep everyone informed! Parent Portal
NEW!!! In your portal under the “ePayment” drop down box, you can select AUTO quarter, bi-annual, and annual - meaning the studio will AUTOMATICALLY charge your on-file card for tuition - OR you may choose quarterly, bi-annual, or annual to process a payment yourself either by cash, check, or your on-file credit card. If you ever have any problems or questions regarding your Student Portal, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We will also send emails periodically with important information and reminders. It would be best to keep all communications for the school year as you receive them from our office, whether saved in your email or printed and placed in a folder. You will be receiving information about your participation in our annual December Holiday Show and our June end of the year recital. We welcome your comments and suggestions regarding any of our policies or procedures at any time.
*SPECIAL NOTICE – Our waiting rooms will be CLOSED during a pandemic, such as COVID- 19.
Please carefully review ALL safety procedures that everyone must follow!*
Please note that the waiting rooms are made available for the convenience of our students and their families. The waiting rooms are for waiting, reading, TV watching, snacking, conversation, video viewing, homework, and children playing with toys or games. We ask that you please respect the activities of others and the classes in session. If you use our books and magazines, we would appreciate it if you would return them to the shelves. If younger siblings play with our toys, please make sure you return all toys to where you found them. Do NOT leave all the toys out for someone else to clean up. If you do make a mess, please clean up after yourself. In addition, parents and guardians are expected to supervise any younger siblings at all times. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Parents/guardians may drop off dancers and leave to run errands and what not OR they may stay in our waiting area while dancers are enjoying life in our studios.
We request that you arrive at the studio with adequate time to prepare for class, parking, changing, restroom, etc. Parents, for your children’s safety, please be available in the waiting room to receive students when dismissed from class. Please call whenever delayed for class start time or pickup. Make sure to park in an actual parking spot out front of the studio to avoid any confusion or safety concerns. Drive slowly and carefully while in our parking lot and be on the lookout for tiny dancers popping out behind cars. Dancers should use the restroom BEFORE class begins especially younger ones. It is advised that students bring a water bottle to class to stay hydrated. Please make sure all shoes, water bottles, dance bags, etc. is labeled with your dancer’s name.
The studio welcomes everyone to bring in drinks and snacks. However, please only water or dry non-peanut snacks. Please try to avoid crumbs, since they tend to attract bugs. There is a microwave, refrigerator, Keurig, and water cooler in the waiting area. Feel free to use these at any time. Again, if you do make a mess, please clean up after yourself. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
There is free WIFI in the studio! The network username is ABDA and the password is “BePositive!”.
A clean studio is a happy studio! If you ever see something that needs attention, please let us know. For example: if the bathroom is out of toilet paper or paper towels, the water cooler out of water or cups, a mess that needs to be vacuumed, etc. You can leave us a note in the drop box in the waiting area, or let a teacher know at the end of class.
The entire ABDA faculty and staff are very concerned about the safety and wellbeing of every dancer. We do have first aid kits in each studio along with a plentiful supply of Band-Aids. We do have a few ice packs as well in our freezer in the waiting room.
*PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW the COVID-19 Safety Procedures listed on our website that we must implement in order to keep the studio open and everyone safe!!!*
The ABDA Drop Box is located outside the office door alongside blank envelopes, pens and blank note paper. Since there may not be anyone in the office, you can safely submit any payments, forms, notes or messages in this drop box. Someone will contact you the following day.
We welcome your comments and suggestions. If any parent/student wishes a private conference concerning your individual dance goals or financial concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. We are happy to work with you to ensure that your school year will be one of pleasure and growth. The entire faculty and staff wish you a fantastic year of dance!
Angela Bates Majewski