Studio Handbook

2022-2023 Season


Welcome!  

Thank you for choosing Dance Ink. At Ink, our mission is to bring joy and the love of  the performing arts into your child’s life in a nurturing and motivating environment  while passing on our expertise of the performing arts industry to students and parents  alike.  

From the young age of 18 months, we recognize and foster the terminology needed to  further each child’s understanding of the performing arts. It is our goal to encourage  and empower children of all ages and abilities to be creative and expressive as well as  knowledgeable of dance and theater history while making a positive impact in our  

community.  

General Information  

Phone Number:  

412-427-2837  

General Office Hours:  

Monday-Thursday - 10am-4pm


*Please call or email ahead to schedule individual appointments or meetings outside of the general office hours.

Website:  

inkcares.org

Email Addresses: 

General Inbox - danceinkpgh@gmail.com

Lindsey - lindsey.danceink@gmail.com

Stephanie - stephanie.danceink@gmail.com

Alivia - alivia.danceink@gmail.com


Parking and Drop Off/Pick Up:  

INK encourages a drop off/pick up policy for students in Levels 4 and up. This helps with the flow of traffic and eliminates congestion.  *Please be on time when picking your child up. If you must be late, please call ASAP.  If you are later than 15 minutes past the pick up time, additional fees may apply.

Registering:  

- Online at inkcares.org and create an account 

- Call 412-427-2837 

- Email us at danceinkpgh@gmail.com

Portal Log-In Information  

1. Visit inkcares.org and click “My Account” under the Menu.  

2. Sign In using your email address/username and password. Forgot your password? Have it reset with the forgot password link.  


Technique Descriptions  

Mommy & Me  

Introduce your child to the magical world of movement and music! Our Mommy And Me dance class is designed to help your child develop social, motor, and cognitive skills throughout their toddler years. This class is available to children ages 18 months to 3 years and their caregiver. Moms, dads, grandparents, aunts, uncles, family friends, and more – if you and your child want to experience the joy of dancing, our Mommy And Me class is the choice for you!


Creative Movement

What is creative movement? Creative movement is a form of dance that uses rhythmic, patterned, or improvised body movement, and it's one of the oldest art forms found in every culture around the world. Dance is often accompanied by music, but it's also a form of nonverbal communication and self expression, because when people feel free to move their bodies without judgment, you often get a glimpse of their innermost thoughts and feelings.

Dance and creative movement can benefit people of all ages, but there has recently been a surge in teaching children the benefits of this art form. It's believed that dance helps people:

  • Gain confidence

  • Develop healthy self esteem

  • Learn problem-solving skills

  • Learn cooperation when they work in a team

  • Learn to respect differences between people and cultures

  • Learn spontaneity, leadership, and self-control

  • Boost creativity

  • Gain physical strength, flexibility, and stamina

  • Improve posture, balance, and coordination

  • Build freedom and autonomy

Dance Combo Classes

These classes combine different styles such as  Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Tap. 

Ballet  

Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles. Ballet is an art form created by the movement of the human body. It is theatrical – performed on a stage to an audience utilizing costumes, scenic design and lighting. It can tell a story or express a thought, concept or emotion. Ballet dance can be magical, exciting, provoking or disturbing.

Pointe  

Pointe work is for students who maintain the correct body alignment as well as strength  in their ankles and feet. Typically, pointe work is introduced to students who are between the ages of 10 & 12. Students must have a visit with their pediatrician to confirm their feet  are ready to begin Pointe work. Not all students will be recommended for pointe at age 10 or at the same time as their classmates are.  

Tap  

Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of metal taps affixed to the heel and toe of shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion, coupled with both characteristic and interpretative body movements.

Jazz  

Jazz dance is a form of modern dance which is heavily influenced by the sounds, rhythms, and techniques of jazz music. It is highly recommended that students taking jazz also take ballet.


Hip Hop

Hip Hop Dance is a style of movement characterized by bounces and rocks executed to Hip Hop music. It has deep historical and social roots in African American culture, having emerged in Black communities living in 1970s New York. While frequently referred to as a singular dance style, Hip Hop dance is part of a whole culture of Hip Hop, that includes Deejaying, Graffiti, Emceeing, and several sub-styles of dance, including Breaking.

Contemporary  

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.


Lyrical

Lyrical dance is a style that combines ballet and jazz and is typically set to lyrics. There is a strong storytelling theme in lyrical dance.

Acro  

Similar but very different from gymnastics, Acro is taught to help strengthen students as  well as help with flexibility. As students progress through the levels of Acro, they will  

learn the fun “tricks” seen in dance shows and competitions such as ariels, walk-overs,  handsprings and more.


Conditioning

Conditioning is a practice that focuses on strengthening, toning, and stretching different parts of the body. Within the different genres of dance, students use a plethora of body parts and muscles.


Leaps & Turns

This class will include across the floor and jazz progressions while focusing on proper technique for jumping and turning.


Theater Dance 

They Sing! They Dance! They Act! Each Musical Theater class will have a repertoire of  numbers they have learned throughout the year. In our Musical Theater classes,  students will learn Broadway Musical dance numbers keeping with the style of the show.  

Acting  

Students will learn different acting skills through acting games, scene work, and  preparing monologues for auditions, to help with their dance and musical theater  performances.  

Vocal  

We  encourage dancers to sing as so many auditions nowadays require students to sing a song in addition to dancing. This class gives students the opportunity to break out of their comfort zones and become more well-rounded performers and artists. 


Composition

Dance composition is learning how to make a dance. During the dance composition process you explore a movement idea by creating dance movement or selecting steps in some dance genres, then you manipulate these elements and materials of dance into movement modules of various lengths to compose a dance.


Baton

Baton twirling is an art involving the manipulation of a metal rod and the performer's body to a coordinated routine. It is similar to rhythmic gymnastics or color guard . Twirling combines dance, agility, coordination and flexibility while manipulating a single baton or multiple batons.



Adult Classes: Yoga, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Ballroom

Private Vocal Lessons  

Private Vocal lessons are offered for students whose vocal cords are mature. Typically  around age 10-12, we offer private vocal training for students.  

These are one on one private lessons in the Vocal studio held each week.  

Private Lessons  

Anyone is welcome to sign up for private lessons. We cater our private lessons to what  your child is wanting to improve upon. If you are interested in private lessons, please  email Stephanie or Lindsey for information and scheduling.  

Dress Codes  

Not all students in each level will need ALL shoe types. Only what your child is  registered for is what they will need.

Mommy & Me - Level 1

Comfortable clothing that is easy to move around in.  Bare Feet and leather full sole ballet shoes: pink for girls and black for boys.


Levels 2 & 3

Leotard and tights or leggings for girls.  Any color.  T-shirt and tights or joggers for boys.

Ballet - leather full sole ballet shoe: pink for girls, black for boys

Jazz, Baton & MT - leather slip on jazz shoe: tan for girls, black for boys

Tap - leather slip on: black for both boys and girls

Acro - bare feet


Levels 4/8 

Leotard and tights for girls.  Leggings and ballet skirts permitted in appropriate classes.  Any color leotard.  White or black t-shirt and tights or joggers for boys.

***There is a separate dress code for Ballet Ink.  Pink tights and studio leotard. 

Ballet - canvas split sole: pink for girls, black or nude for boys

Jazz - bare feet or pidini for girls, bare feet or black jazz shoes for boys - each class will be notified 

MT - T strap character shoes for girls, black jazz shoes for boys - each class will be notified accordingly

Tap - leather tie: black for both boys and girls

Acro, Lyrical, Contemporary - bare feet

Pointe - must be in an approved pointe shoe


Adults  

Comfortable clothing that allows for movement.  Appropriate shoes for classes taken (i.e. tap shoes for tap class.



Studio Etiquette  

Food and Drinks  

No gum/food/drink in the studio.  Snacks allowed in the student lounge only.  All students are required to clean up after themselves.

Only water in a leak proof water bottle is allowed in the studio during  class. 

Lobby/Dressing Room Areas  

Please clean up after yourselves.  

Dance Studio Areas  

No hanging on the ballet barres at any time.  

No touching the mirrors at any time.  

Restrooms  

There are 2 restrooms for families, students, and faculty.

Please help us keep our restrooms clean. If the restroom needs any supplies or  something is wrong, please let us know as soon as possible.  

  

Hair during classes  

All students must have hair pulled back away from your face for all classes, at all times.  Ballet Ink Program, hair must be in a bun.  

Attendance  

Attendance is the key to success. Please make every effort to help your child succeed by  bringing them to classes on time. We understand that is not always possible though  please make every effort.  


If students have 3 or more unexcused absences, this may prevent them from being permitted to perform in certain productions.

Illnesses  

• Fever, please do not bring them until the fever is gone for 24 consecutive hours.  • Vomiting, please do not bring them until the vomiting is gone for 24 consecutive  hours.  

• Mild cold and it is during an important time of year (Spring Production or Holiday Production times) please have your child come to watch classes or rehearsals so they can learn  where their spot in the dance is. This is extremely helpful for the instructors and the  student once they are 100% recovered.  We encourage masks to be worn to reduce spread of germs.

• Any other contagious illnesses, please stay home until you have been released from the  doctor.  

• Lice. If your child has lice, please do not bring them to class unless they have been  treated and all lice is gone.  

Please email or call the studio to let us know if you are unable to attend due to an illness.  

Tuition Payment Options  

Monthly Tuition  

Upon registration - Registration fee and FIRST MONTH'S tuition is processed. September - June - Normal monthly tuition payments will be automatically processed on the 5th of each month.   

Monthly tuition payments are non-refundable.  

HOW will payments be processed? 

UNLESS a tuition payment is made online through your parent portal in advance, the tuition will  automatically be withdrawn from the account on file on the 5th of each month.   

Declined Payments  

If your payment is declined, you will receive an email notice. If payment is made within  24 hrs, there will be NO LATE FEE APPLIED.  

LATE FEES 

If no payment has been made within 24 hrs, there will be a $5 late payment processing  fee applied to the account.   

Other Fees  

Registration Fee  

Single student registration fee is $35.  

Family registration fee is $50. 

Registration fees are due upon registration and will automatically be processed through  the card provided.  

Registration fee is non-refundable.  

Holiday Production Fees  

Participation fee is $75 per student. Sibling Discount does not apply.  Additional merchandise, event tickets, costumes, etc. are an additional fee.

Spring Production Participation Fees  

1st child - $125  

Each additional child - $75  

Adults participating - $50  

Costume and ticket fees are additional.


Spring Production Costume Deposits and Holiday Production Fees are due on October 31st.

Final payments for the Spring Production and Costumes will be due February 1,  2023. Again, if payment has NOT been made prior to February 4, the payment will  automatically be deducted from the account on file on the 5th.   


Spring Production Fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.  


INK Policies  

Release of Liability  

I am aware that dance and exercise associated with it places unusual stress on the body  and carries risk of physical injury. On behalf of myself and my child, I assume the risk  and agree that Dance Ink LLC, Faculty and Staff  shall not be liable in any way for injuries sustained during attendance at the school or  any of its related functions.  

Media Release  

It is likely your child may be photographed or televised at any time without notice.  These photos or television footage may be used for promotional purposes.

Multiple Studio Attendance  

Although it is strongly not recommended to attend more than one dance, musical  theater, performing arts school, or like there of at the same time; INK performance  dates, rehearsal dates, and classes shall remain the first priority before any other dance,  musical theater, performing arts school, or like there of.  


Make-ups  

Students are welcome to make-up missed classes at any time within the season the  class is missed. 

Performance Opportunities  



Musical*


Holiday Production*

Spring Revue 

Performance Ink - local festival and parade performances**

Fierce Ink - competitions (2 levels!)***

Ballet Ink***

*Costumes, hair, makeup, tights, shoes, accessories’ policies must be followed for performances. 

**A studio jacket will be available for purchase for any student who wishes to have one!

***Specific warm ups and dress code to be followed.


Summers at INK

Summer Camps & Musical Theatre  

  

Summer Clinics & Workshops

Summer Classes  

New in 2023!  The Ink Intensive

**Be sure to check our social media sites on small business Saturday in November for  some serious offers on our summer programs! You won’t want to miss this!  




Expectations  

Parents  

1. 1. Parent/Teacher Communication  

• Please refrain from walking into the dance studios where classes are in session to  talk to the instructors. If you would like to speak to the instructor regarding your  child’s progress, please let Stephanie or Lindsey know so we can set up a time for you to  meet with us and them.  

• At no time should you ask for an instructor's contact information, including email  addresses, mailing address, phone number, etc. If you would like to speak with  them, please let Stephanie or Lindsey know. We will gladly set up a time when it is  convenient for everyone to meet.   

• Please respect our instructors personal time and class time. They are doing their  best to make sure all students are learning in class and having fun.  

2. Social Media  

• Please refrain from contacting our instructors via social media to discuss studio  matters. Our instructors are advised to contact management if this occurs. Their  social media accounts are for their personal use, any business matter should be  directed to the studio.  

3. Respect  

• Please respect other families in the lobby during class hours. Keep the noise level  down and clean up any messes made prior to leaving.  

• Please respect the faculty’s space and time. We would love to stop and talk with each  family after each class, however that is not possible during classes. 

 • Please respect other students at the studio.  

• Talking negatively in any form about another family, student, faculty or INK in  general is strictly prohibited. The studio is an uplifting, exciting, and fun  environment, so please help us keep it that way for the children.  

4. Who to contact  

• Should you want to speak to any faculty member regarding classes, helping around  the studio, performances, or anything else, please email Stephanie or Lindsey to set up a time.  

• Instructors do not make the schedules or decisions so please do not ask them questions or to do things they are not permitted to.

Students  

1. Work hard!  

• We firmly believe each students’ success is based on their work ethic in each class.  As long as each student is working hard, we will be right there behind them pushing  them to be the best dancer they can be.  

2. Have fun!  

• First and foremost, you are here to have fun and learn to dance! Help us keep the  classes exciting and fun! Smile and enjoy yourself! If you have questions, please  ask!  

3. Student/Teacher Communication  

• If you have questions about steps, techniques, please do not hesitate to ask your  teacher during class. We are here to help you get better!  

• Instructors are not permitted to give out their personal email addresses or phone  numbers. Please do not ask for them to text, email, or call you for anything.  

4. Social Media  

• At no time should you try to contact an instructor over social media. If you would  like to speak with them, please let Stephanie or Lindsey know so we can set up a time for  you to meet.  

5. Respect  

• Please respect all other students and families at the studio.  

• Do not touch other people’s belongings without permission.  

• Clean up after yourselves. Do not leave trash in the lobby or dressing room areas.  • Be mindful of the classes going on around you including vocal lessons in the vocal  studio and keep the noise in the dressing rooms to a minimum.  

• Talking negatively in any form about another family, student, faculty or INK in  general is strictly prohibited.  

• Respect your teachers and the decisions they may make regarding choreography.  What you can Expect from the Faculty  

1. Respect  

• We will respect your time at the studio. We will do our best to start classes on time  and end on time.  

• We respect our families. If at anytime, you feel you have been disrespected at the  studio, please let Stehanie or Lindsey know as soon as possible.  

2. Parent Communication  

• Our first line of communication with all families is email.  

• NOTE - Our major emails come from our database. Please check your junk or  spam files as they are considered “mass emails”  

• Our second line of communication is via FACEBOOK - both the main page and our group page.

• We will post any major updates (weather, closings, etc.) to our Facebook page.  Please be sure to like and follow us there.  

• Our last line of communication is by calling our office phone during office hours.

• Flyers. At times we will have flyers available for pick up in the lobby.  

  • Weather closings will also be posted on WPXI.

 3. Student Communication  

• During classes, instructors will give corrections to students. Students are asked to  please speak up if they have any questions at that time. Instructors will not provide  their personal email addresses or phone numbers to students.  


Your child’s Success  

“You can only help someone who wants to help themselves.”  

As long as our students are working hard in classes, we will be right there to help them  succeed. Please understand we are here to teach your children proper technique and  strength so they can execute the steps that they will learn throughout the year.  

If you ever have questions about your child’s progress, please ask us.  


Any and all information in this handbook is subject to change. 


The Calendar of Events for 2022/2023 is available on our website and posted in the studios.  It is subject to change.