Class Information & Student Needs

General Information For All Students and Caregivers:

 

Arrival Procedure- Students in Recreational and Level I classes should arrive right at classtime. There is no need to arrive early as these young children still need constant supervision. Also, please do your best to not arrive late for classes. Late arrivas are distracting for both students and teachers, especially for young child's classes. Please always follow all parking laws and remember to use caution and patience with our neighbors or others who may unfamiliar with parking along City Park Avenue. 

Outdoor Classes - Children should approach their class without the help of a caregiver. Adults are prohibited from entering our class space for Covid safety. All unvaccinated students must arrive in a mask. Vaccinated students are welcome to attend outdoor class without a mask. Unvaccinated children might be allowed to remove their mask once on their spot for dancing. This will depend on the ages and how cooperative they are about maintining distance form one another. Outdoor students should bring something to sit on such as a towel or small yoga mat. If your child is susceptible to bug bites or itchiness you may want to send them in leggings or tall socks and apply bug spray for arriving to class. Because our youngest dancers won't be chaning their shoes this session, there is no need to send a big bag with extra shoes. They can just come to class in their ballet shoes. Make sure to send plenty of water and have your little dancer use the restroom just before leaivng for class. 

Indoor Classes - Dancers should arrive in a mask. This mask must fit the face well with no gaps and also have a good fitting nose clamp that keeps the mask over the nose at all times. If a child arrives for an indoor class for an ill fitting mask that repeadetly slips off the nose, they will not be permitted to come inside. If we don't notice until they are inside, you will be called to pick them up right away. Bags and water bottles will be left outside the studio in designated areas. A teacher will meet younger students out on the sidewalk at classtime and guide them inside to their spot. 

Pick Up Procedure- please arrive promptly for pick. Please do not crowd around the class area or the exit to the studio. Classes with student's ages 11+ will not require parents to get our of their car for dismissal unless they feel it is necessary.  Teachers will make sure these older students see their parent's car before taking off. We will not always be able to help these older students cross streets to get to their parents cars, so if you feel that your child needs assistance, exit your car and cross the street. For our younger students, caregivers will need to exit their cars. When it is your child's turn to leave, please make sure to wave your hands so that the teacher and your child can see you. We will make sure that all student's see thier carefive before taking off. Having someone out of the ordinary pick up your child during the time of Covid is strongly discouraged, as we would prefer not to have to have conversations with caregivers at drop off or pick up so that distance can safely be maintained. We are always available by email cityparkmovementandart@gmail.com

Parking- Please park legally in the park and at the studio for every drop off and every pick up. Do not block traffic. Do not double park. It's better to be a minute or two late than to cause a dangerous traffic concern. Remember that there will be lots of students all trying to get to class on time while you driving near by and parking. 

Communication - Our main form of communication with parents and caregivers is email. Please make sure to read all emails sent from us. If your email address changes, make sure to notify us via email. If you have a question or concern please contact us through email. To properly maintain distance and limit exposure, there will be no after class announcements. 

Zero Tolerance Policy- City Park Movement and Art has a Zero Tolerance Policy. Children should be respectful and kind at all times. We strive to provide an environment where all children feel safe and welcome. Children will receive one warning for unkind or disrespectful behavior, after which they will be asked to leave. It takes everyone’s cooperation to create a peaceful and kind environment where we all feel safe and welcome. Thank you for playing your part in spreading kindness in our community! In addition to our usual zero tolerance policy of kindness and respectfulness, we have added Covid safety. If your child is not mindful of our Covid safety rules which now include distancing and mask protocol. Older student's expectations will be set higher, while younger students will will have concrete rules - such as stay on your spot and no touching your friends. No refunds are given for students who are asked to leave due to the zero tolerance policy.

Pre Covid Sick Policy Still Applies- We strive to keep our studio a healthy environment in all ways. Please keep sick children home so they can heal! After a sickness, your child must be fever, vomit, and diarrhea free for 48 hours. Children under 6 with runny noses should stay home. If your child has a wet cough or a cough that is worsened by physical activity, they should not attend class. We have students and teachers with compromised immune systems and want to make sure that our space is a safe space for all. If your child arrives at the studio and is obviously sick you will be called for pick up. Please help us to keep our community healthy! 

Covid Sick Policy - If your child contracts Covid, they must get a negative Covid test result before returning to class. If your child is exhibiting any ill feelings, even just lethargy or a mild headache, please keep them home out of an abundance of caution. If your child has allergies, that cause cough, runny nose,  or excessive sneezing, we will need to know this in advance and would like a doctor's note via email too. Please remeber that young students are not yet vaccinate and that they can spread the virus even if their symptoms are mild. 

Covid 19 Guidelines and Protocol

1. ALL Students and Staff Attending Outdoor Classes must wear a mask when approaching their class area. We know this may be harder for younger students, start practicing now. Make it fun! Some classes depending on age of students and level of cooperation may be allowed to remove thier mask once they are on thier spot.  If the infection rate in New Orleans goes up, or if CDC guidelines change, our mask rules may change too.

2. Outdoor students, staff, and parents must ALL practice physical distancing at all times. Again, this will be harder for younger students so start practicing now. 

3. If you don't think that your young child can wear a mask and/or distance, please wait until they are older to register them. We love our youngest student's but Covid safety is of the utmost importance at this time. 

4. Students will all need a small bottle of hand sanitizer with them at all times.  

5.  Students or staff who have been exposed to Covid - 19 must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days before returning to class. If a student or someone in the household has contracted Covid - 19, we'd like to know so that we can take necessary precautions.

6. Students attending indoor classes must have a snug fitting mask. This mask must have a nose clip that keeps the mask in place. If a mask repeadetly slips below the nose, a caregiver will be called to pick up the student. We ask that our indoor unvaccinated students are following all City of New Orleans mask and distancing guidelines while not in class. If your child is attending summer camp in another city or parish where unvaccinated people are indoors without masks, we do not want them attending indoor classes at this time. We want all families choosing to send their children to our indoor classes to feel safe with this decision. 

7. We ask that students and staff who participate in high risk activities such as attending indoor gathering with unvaccinated peoples sit out of class for week to make sure they have not contracted Covid. 

8. Parents are not allowed to attend indoor or outdoor classes. If you wish to stay close by, please separate yourself from the outdoor class by a minimum of 10 yards and do not congregate with other parents unless you are observing all masks and distancing recommendations. If you want to stay on the sidewalk outside of the studio during indoor classes, please stay a minimum of 6 feet away from the front door and windor fan and wear a mask. No exceptions. If a caregiver is not following Covid guidelines at drop off, pick up, or while trying to observe a class. The student and care giver may be asked not to return. No refund will be given.

9. If our community's restrictions increase again or if we decide it is best for our community and we move outdoor programs to zoom or our indoor programs outdoors, no refunds will be given.

10. This policy will be ever changing. You will be notified via email about any changes.

Unexpected Closures- When severe weather happens, we follow the same schedule as schools and camps. If schools and camps are canceling for the day or closing early, the general rule is that we are too. An email will be sent if a cancellation happens. Classes cancelled for severe weather will not be rescheduled or refunded. Zoom classes may be cancelled for severe weather such as flash flood warnings, tropical storm warning, hurricane warnings, or tornado warnings so that teachers and students can make sure they are focused on their own safety. 

Refund Policy- If a student's class registration is cancelled for any reason, a 50% refund will be given if we are notified of the cancellation 14 days before the first class. If we are notified of a cancellation less than 14 days before the first class, no refund will be given. 

Outdoor Classroom- How is outdoor classroom different? Well, we'll still have a floor and music, but that's it. No bathroom. No shared tissues, no trashcan, etc. Please make sure that your child is prepared by using the restroom before class and bringing any needs that they may have. Bring something to sit on and maybe apply bug spray before arriving. If an outdoor class has to be cancelled for rain or any other inconvenient but not severe weather reason, class will be held on zoom. We suggest that even our little ones give these classes a try. We've gotten pretty good at online classes!

Dance Students

Ballet & Jazz Combo Classes 4 - 10 years.

All students should wear dance attire to every class. This can include but is not limited to leotard, tights, jazz shorts, etc. These can be any color or style. Students in these classes will need ballet slippers. Ballet shoes should be pink for girls and black for boys. Students do not need jazz shoes. Students will need to arrive and depart in masks. Students should also have a water bottle and hand sanitizer in their bags. Please also make sure your dancer has a yoga mat or something similar that they can carry themselves to every class. For our younger students, we recommend a child size yoga mat or a regular mat cut in half so that it is easier for them to carry and manage.

Ballet I, II, & III.

Leotards. Tights. And an optional ballet skirt. Male students should wear dance shirt and pants. Female students should have pink ballet slippers or pointe shoes and male ballet students should have black ballet shoes. Students will need masks, hand sanitizer, and a yoga mat for every class if outdoors. Dress code and dance class etiquette must be followed for zoom classes as well. 

Jazz & Tap I, II, & II.

Dance attire of any color or style must be worn to every class. No T shirts, running shorts, or fashion leggings will be permitted. Jazz students dancing outdoors will be dancing in tennis shoes this session. Jazz/Dance sneakers may be nice to have so that dancers can still point their toes. Tap students at this level need black lace up or slip on shoes that can bend with the foot. No stiff patent leather mary janes. Dancers will need masks, hand sanitizer, and a yoga mat for every class.

Contemporary Dance

Dance Attire of any kind or color. No T shirts, running shorts, or fashion leggings will be permitted. Outdoor Contemporary can be done in dance sneakers or regular tennis shoes. Zoom contemporary should be done in contemporary shoes. Dancers will need masks, hand sanitizer, and a yoga mat for every outdoor class.

Acrobatics

Athletic Attire must be worn. Suggested attire: leotards, acro shorts, bike-a-tards. No T shirts or loose fitting tanks. No jeans or clothing of any kind that inhibits movement. Class will be done barefoot. Acrobats will need masks, hand sanitizer, and a yoga mat (or perhaps something thicker that they can carry and set up easily) for every class. For our youngest acro students, we recommend a toddler size yoga mat or a regular yoga mat cut in half.

Art Students

Art students will provide all of their own supplies. We are unable to share any supplies due to Covid 19. Once registered, you will receive a supply list. Supplies are always kept minimal with cost in mind.

Theater Students

Theater students will receive scripts and/or lyric sheets. It will be the student's responsibility to keep these organized and bring these to every class. 

Students are always responsible for their own costumes and props. 

Day Time Programs

Circle Time & Nature Walk

All students will need a full leak proof water bottle, an easy to eat snack, a mask, hand sanitizer and other recommended art supplies. All of this should be in a bag that your child can easily manage. More information on supplies once registered.

City Park Field Guide Makers

All students will need a full leak proof water bottle, an easy to eat snack, a mask, hand sanitizer and other recommended art supplies. All of this should be in a bag that your child can easily manage. More information on supplies once registered.

Art In The Park

All students will need a full leak proof water bottle, a mask, hand sanitizer, something to sit on if desired, and other recommended art supplies. All of this should be in a bag that your child can easily manage. More information on supplies once registered.

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Company Dancers

Our company dancers are our oldest and most advanced dancers.

These dancers must all be enrolled in enrolled to dance a minimum of three days a week. All Company Dancers should be enrolled in Pointe and Technique classes. 

An unlimited package is always offered for dancers at this level. Please check the page of the session you are currently registering for, or email us for details. 

Why do we require or advanced students to take all of these classes and require them to dance a minimum of three days a week? Because by this level of training your dancer is on the physical level of a professional athlete. Their bodies must be in tip top shape to dance on this level. Anything less than three days a week is just not enough. Dancers lacking the strength and flexibility required for their classes can be easily injured. Another reason we require company dancers to take a minimum number of classes is so that all the dancers can keep up with their company dancer peers. Dancers only taking one or two classes a week are not going to be able to keep up with their peers who take seven classes a week, therefore, they'll be holding their team back.

Company dancers are a team. They need everyone on their team to be committed to the goal of being the best dancers they can be.

Being a company dancer is an honor and privilege and these dancers should be proud of this achievement! The friendship that comes along with this is just a bonus.