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2022-2023 Student & Parent Handbook

Handbook

2022-2023 Printable Calendar

2022-2023 Printable Fall Registration Information

2022-2023 Printable Handbook

Hair and Make-Up for Pictures and the Recital

Online Shoe Order Form

 

 2022-2023 Calendar

(printable version available above)

August
1st – 3rd                         4:00-8:00PM Stop in to order or purchase shoes for dance!
29th – Sept 1st            Classes begin!

September
5th Labor Day              No Dance & Tumbling Classes

October
15th                                 1st Costume Payment Due by the 15th
31st                                  Halloween – No Dance & Tumbling Classes – Enjoy Trick-or-Treat!

November
15th                                 2nd Costume Payment Due by the 15th
21st – 27th                    Fall Break – No Dance & Tumbling Classes - Happy Thanksgiving!

December
15th                                 Final Costume Payment Due by the 15th
                                                        (3 payments only available if your costume total is more than $200)
19th – 1st                       Christmas/New Years – No Dance & Tumbling Classes

January
2nd                                  Classes Resume
15th                                 Payments for tights & jewelry due by the 15th

February

 March
6th – 9th                        Dance & Tumbling Pictures at the Studio
13th – 19th                   Spring Break
15th                                 Recital Fee ($75 per family) due by the 15th

April
3rd – 6th                        Registration Information for 2023-2024 will be emailed

May
5th                                   Dress Rehearsal at The Riverside Casino
6th                                   Recital at The Riverside Casino – 1:00 & 6:00PM

 

Arriving Late to Class
It is sometimes necessary for students to arrive late to class from a sport or activity. This is perfectly acceptable as we know how busy all of our students are. We do ask that they finish eating before entering their class and that they enter the studio quickly and quietly so as not to disturb the rest of the students. They should put on the appropriate shoes and join the class.

Attendance
Attendance is very important in dance and tumbling as they are progressive in nature – each dance step or tumbling moves leads to the next. Please make every effort to be at class each week. If you must miss class, please send us an email to let us know.

Attire for Class
While we do not have a specific dress code for dance (i.e.black leotard and pink tights) we do have an expectation for our student’s attire and hair for class. For our younger students we prefer any style of leotard and tights. If they are in tumbling and dance the same evening they will want to wear footless tights and bring socks for dance. Older students are expected to wear a leotard or tight fitting tank top with shorts and tights. All students should have their hair up and away from their face. It is best to leave necklaces, bracelets and other jewelry at home. All students will also need a dance bag with their name in it to keep all of their shoes and socks together in the studio. Outside shoes/boots should be placed on the shoe racks in the lobby. Jackets/Coats should be hung on a hook. Students will bring their dance bag into the studio with them.

Cancellations
We will not be following the school districts for winter weather cancellations.  We will make our own determination about inclement weather and notify you via email.  Cancellation announcements will also be on the studio website and the studio Facebook page. 

Cell Phone Rules for Students
Students with cell phones are asked to set them to silent and place them in their dance bag in the studio. Students will not be allowed to text or take calls on their cell phones during class. Parents needing to contact a student during class time should call the studio office. If cell phones become a problem during class we will be using a basket to hold them during the hours of class.

Competition
Competition Dance requires much more of a commitment of time than regular classes. It is also more of a financial commitment. We learn our competition routines over the summer - starting in June - with hopes that most of them are complete before school begins. Rehearsals for these during the school year are weekly or bi-weekly depending on schedules. We have a separate recital for our competition routines which is held in late January/early February. We then attend two or three competitions that will fall during the months of February/March/April. We generally attend competitions in Davenport and Cedar Rapids.  A registration link for Competition Dance will be available to you in the spring.

Contact Us
If you have questions about anything studio related it is best to email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We prefer the studio Facebook page not be used for questions – it is intended to keep everyone updated on events and things to celebrate at Stairway to the Stars. The same applies to Facebook Messenger – please do not send questions to the studio or my personal Facebook Messenger.

Costumes
We measure for and order the costumes for our spring recital in September.   Costumes have an average price of $65-$85 each.  We plan to distribute costumes as soon as they arrive (usually mid-December). Your dancer or tumbler will bring home a large shopping bag with their costumes in it. Instructions for costumes will be emailed. Please try-on costumes immediately. It is a lot easier to deal with sizing issues or missing accessories right away. Please reference the instruction sheets as these should answer a lot of questions.

Facebook
We do have a studio Facebook page and we encourage you to “like” it as we do post pictures and announcements during the year. You are welcome to tag yourself in any photos. We prefer that our Facebook page be used to celebrate the accomplishments of our students and not for questions. Questions should always be directed to the email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jewelry
All students must have our standard rhinestone jewelry for pictures and the recital. This consists of a necklace and earrings (pierced and clip-on available). These pieces will be issued to new students with their costumes. Replacements may be purchased at any time in the office. The necklace is $15 and the earrings are $5.

Make-Up & Hair for the Recital and Pictures
Hair should be in a bun at the back of the head for all classes. No one should have bangs on their forehead – they should be swept off to the side. We want a uniform appearance onstage and in our photos. The focus of our performance is the dancing and having one or two students with intricate up-dos or other hair styles is distracting to the look of the performance. All performers must wear make-up which should include foundation, powder, eye liner, eye shadow, mascara, blush and lipstick. The strength of the lights washes out most features, so we want to be sure we can see everyone. We may be offering a hair and make-up session in the spring for those that are interested. More information will be provided as the date gets closer.  Hair and Make-Up for Pictures and the Recital

Newsletters
A newsletter will be emailed to you at the beginning of each month to keep you informed on important information, upcoming events and deadlines. Please be sure we have your current email address and that you are receiving the Newsletters. They will also be posted on our website under the “Newsletters” tab.

No School Days
We still have dance and tumbling when there is no school for in-services, conferences, the Monday after Easter etc.   The only times that we do not have class are listed in the Calendar of Events at the front of the Handbook and on the website.

Payments
Invoices will be emailed around the first of each month and periodically throughout the month to accounts with balances due.  We have several payment options available for your tuition and other charges! Our tuition is a yearly charge that you may pay in one payment (September), two payments (September & January) or 9 monthly payments (September-May). If you would like to pay your tuition in one payment or two payments simply multiply your monthly amount by 9 for one payment and divide that by 2 for two payments. All accounts are currently set-up for monthly payments.

Payment Options:
• The easiest way to pay your tuition and other charges it to use our Parent Portal. You should have received a login and password for this when you registered. If you need this information re-sent to you, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Monthly Auto Payment: if you would like your tuition and other charges to be automatically charged to your debit or credit card, please complete the Auto Payment section on your account on the Parent Portal
• Venmo: @StairwayToTheStarz. We will email you a receipt.

Pictures
Each year we offer the opportunity for your dancer or tumbler to have his/her photo taken in each of their recital costumes. Individual and Group photos are taken. These provide a wonderful momento of the dance year and also offer the opportunity to see everyone together in the costumes and to make alterations or changes to them as needed prior to the recital. We are also able to ensure that everyone has all of the correct pieces to each costume. You will receive a picture schedule in the January and February newsletters. Pictures will be taken at Stairway to the Stars in March. Be sure that you have gone thru all of your costumes and that you have followed the instructions that were emailed to you. Envelopes from the photographer will be sent home with your child 1 -2 weeks before pictures. You will need to complete an envelope for each costume that you intend to order an individual and/or group photo in. You will need additional envelopes for photos with siblings, etc. We would like everyone to have their envelopes filled out prior to arriving at the dance studio. Everyone should be in the group photo, even if you do not plan to purchase it.

Recital
Our 2023 Recital will be held at the Riverside Casino & Golf Resort.   We will be having two performances this year on Saturday, May 6th at 1:00PM and 6:00PM.   Dress Rehearsal will be at the Casino on Friday, May 5th at 5:30PM.   Please be sure to enter the Event Center on the East side of the building – do not use the Casino entrance.

We have a block of rooms for Friday and Saturday night under Stairway to the Stars. To make a reservation in our block please call Group Reservations at (877).677.3456 and indicate that you are with Stairway to the Stars. Please make reservations prior to April 5th as that is the day the rooms will be released to the public.

In order to make things go smoothly we will need a big group of parents to help out!  If you are interested in being a part of our volunteer team, please use the link on the Recital Tab.

Recital Week
We will not be having regular classes during the week of the recital. Please arrive at the Casino at 5:00PM for Dress Rehearsal on Friday of Recital Week. 

Shoes
All students must order their shoes thru the studio. This is to provide consistency in style, color and fit. Most orders arrive within a few days. We do have a used shoe program but we receive a limited number of quality pairs for resale each year. If you are waiting for used shoes and do not receive any within the first two weeks of class you will need to purchase new ones. Tumbling class will not wear shoes, they will be barefoot.  Link to our shoe order form:  Online Shoe Order Form

  • Creative Dance: pink ballet shoes
  • All Ballet Classes: pink ballet shoes (some older classes may wear Foot Thongs for the recital)
  • All Jazz Classes: tan jazz shoes (some older classes may wear Foot Thongs for the recital)
  • All Clog Classes: black slip-on clog shoes
  • All Tap Classes: tan baby doll tap shoes (except Mon 6:30 & Wed 6:30 need black slip-on)

Text Messages
Text message is not the best way for parents to communicate with the studio. If your question requires a simple “Yes or No” answer a text message is fine. If you are asking a question which requires us to be able to look at your account, you should email us. Keeping track of text messages which require attention can become overwhelming – email is much easier in that regard. Also, if your child will be absent from class a phone call or email to the studio is much better than a text message or Facebook message.

Tights
Recital tights will be ordered for all students in December. Returning students that have tights from a previous recital may bring them in for approval in the office to be worn again.  Tights are $8 per pair (stirrup tights are $12 per pair).

  • Creative Dance: pink tights with feet
  • All Tumbling Classes: tan stirrup tights
  • All Tap & Clog Classes: tan tights with feet
  • All Ballet Classes: pink tights with feet
  • All Jazz Classes: tan tights with feet (some older classes may wear tan stirrup)

Tuition
Tuition is a yearly charge, not a monthly charge. If you have chosen to make the 9 monthly payments, they are due September – May.
If you are paying your tuition in one payment, simply multiply the monthly amount by 9. The yearly amount is due the first week of September.
If you are paying your tuition in two payments, simply multiply your monthly amount by 9 and divide by 2. The first payment is due the first week of September and the 2nd payment is due the first week of January.

Waiting Between Classes
• Students: Students who have a break between classes are to wait in the lounge area in the lower level, not in the office or on the stairs. There are tables and chairs for doing homework and activities. There is also a microwave and utensils so they may heat up food brought from home.
• Parents: We encourage parents to use the drop-off/pick-up method for classes. We do not have room in our facility for large amounts of parents to wait during class. If you must remain at the studio while your child is in class please use the lounge area in our lower level and not the office, lobby or stairs.

Water & Snacks
We offer bottled water and a varying selection of snacks in our office.   All items are 50 cents each.  We also offer a punch card for $10.  We encourage students to eat a snack after school before coming to class.

Website
Our studio website is www.stairwaytothestarz.com. We have the calendar on our page and we also post the newsletter each month. If classes are cancelled due to winter weather this will appear in red at the top of the Home page. Reference this site to answer lots of your questions.

Questions
If you ever have questions please do not hesitate to call or email the office.
Phone: 319.653.5648
Missy’s cell: 319.461.2390
Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

 

 

 

Why lessons at Stairway to the Stars?


Stairway to the Stars offers children the experience they need to become successful learners, while experiencing the wonderful world of dance. Enhanced concentration, coordination and discipline are just a few of the skills learned at Stairway to the Stars that will help foster a healthy mind and body.

We make the dance experience stress-free for parents too with a clear, consistent schedule and a website, newsletters and office staff to keep you informed. We take care of everything from start to finish including shoe fitting and ordering! We are conveniently located in downtown Washington with four studios within our facility. This enables us to keep our regular schedule of classes within the week - keeping weekends free for family time.

Our Philosophy

Stairway to the Stars is committed to providing quality dance and tumbling classes to enhance the overall development of the child. We believe that children gain enormous benefits from proper dance training, whether or not a dance career is the goal.

Students are involved in a safe, enriched, child-centered environment that provides them the opportunity to explore dance with a qualified, nurturing staff. We encourage our students to develop a positive self-image. When children feel good about themselves they are free to learn and grow.