Michiana’s Premiere Classical Ballet School and Home of the Southold Dance Theater Pre Professional Ballet Company

Southold Dance Theater Studio Policies are designed to ensure a productive environment for all, to prevent injury, to promote excellence, and to make your time with  Southold as rewarding as possible.  Please, take the time to review this information and feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Attendance and Punctuality

Regular, punctual attendance is important to a child’s progress. Being on time for class is essential.  Dancers should not disrupt class by entering late or leaving early. Classes begin with warm up exercises to prevent injuries that might result from more difficult moves to follow.  If a student is more than ten minutes late, she/he will be asked to observe the remainder of class as it will not be possible for them to be properly warmed up to join the other dancers. Dancers who must leave early are required to get prior permission from their instructor. All students must notify the SDT Office at 233-9841 of any absence or tardiness.  Failure to contact the SDT’s office could affect your eligibility for casting of roles in future Southold Dance Theater Productions and/or promotion to the next level.

Make Up Classes

Students should make up any class missed due to injury or illness.  Make ups must be completed within the same semester at the student’s level or level immediately below.  No refund or credit is given for missed classes.  A credit toward the next semester will only be issued in the case of extreme illness or injury which prevents the student from returning to class during the same semester.


Evaluation and Placement

Students receive an end of the year evaluation which is completed in May and give to the student during end of the year conferences or mailed with the fall enrollment packet.  Teachers may recommend advancement of a student at any level during the course of the year.  Placement recommendations are entirely at the discretion of teachers and the Artistic Director.  The Artistic Director will make a final decision in the event of a disagreement concerning appropriate placement.

Students transferring from other schools will attend a placement class at the earliest possible time.  The teacher will make a placement recommendation and classes will be assigned accordingly.

Class Observation

Parents may attend class during our predetermined Observation Weeks, or with special permission from the teacher. For young children (under 7 years old), parents are expected to accompany their child to the studio classroom, and wait in the lounge area until class is finished.  There are scheduled observation opportunities two times each year.  Please consult the school calendar.


The Southold maintains a dress code to encourage improved concentration.  The dress code further enables muscles and physique to be seen clearly, and defines and continues the lines of the body.

All uniforms should be kept clean and neat. Holes and frayed edges must be mended. Dance and pointe shoes should never be worn outside the building. Warmers may not be worn during class.   Watches, jewelry and safety pins should not be worn in the studio.   A female student’s hair should be confined in a bun so that it is immobile, does not distract the audience, hit other dancers or impede turns.

Students who are not properly attired will be required to leave class so they may change into appropriate dance clothing.

Attire Requirement by Class Level

Creative Dance I
Girls – All pink leotard, tights and canvas ballet shoes.
Boys – White t-shirts, black tights or shorts and black canvas ballet shoes.

Creative Dance II
Girls – All pink leotard, tights and canvas ballet shoes.
Boys – White t-shirts, black tights or shorts and black canvas ballet shoes.

Primary Dance I
Girls – All pink leotard, tights and canvas ballet shoes.
Boys – White t-shirts, black tights or shorts and black canvas ballet shoes.

Primary Dance II
Girls – All pink leotard, tights and canvas ballet shoes.
Boys – White t-shirts, black tights or shorts and black canvas ballet shoes.

Ballet I-VII
Ladies – Black camisole or tank leotard, pink tights and pink canvas ballet shoes.
Gentlemen – Solid color t-shirt, black tights, dance belt and black canvas ballet shoes.

Open Division (Non-Ballet Classes)
Ladies and Gentlemen should wear comfortable dance clothing and soft-soled dance shoes.

Black leotard, black tights and black tap shoes.

Comfortable dance wear and bare feet.

Company Classroom Dress Code

  • All students must wear their hair pulled neatly into a bun.  Student’s with hair too short for a bun must have hair secured away from the face.
  • Any style black leotard.
  • Pink tights.
  • Pink leather or canvas ballet slippers.
  • Warmers and/or skirts may only be worn at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Students may wear any color leotard of their choosing on Wednesdays.

Company Performance Requirements

(not all items will be required for every performance, but should be available if necessary)

  • Black camisole leotard (simple single strap, scoop back)
  • Black wrap skirt (ex: Capezio ABT Black Wrap Skirt style #1471)
  • Ballet pink tights (Block or Capezio convertible tights preferred)
  • Pink canvas ballet slippers (no leather allowed for performances)
  • Nude Camisole Leotard
  • One pair of pink bloomers
  • One pair of white bloomers
  • Black character shoes
  • Black jazz shoes


Class and Rehearsal Etiquette

  • Dancers should be respectful of the instructors and their fellow dancers at all times.
  • Students are not to leave the building until excused by an instructor or SDT office staff.
  • Students are not to leave the studio until excused by their instructor. If they need to use the restroom or get a drink of water, they should wait for a break or ask the instructor in case of an emergency.
  • Students should be age-appropriately quiet and focused for the duration of all classes.
  • Students should not disrupt class by talking, entering late or leaving early.
  • Students may not enter the studio if a class other than their own is in session.
  • Students may not “warm-up” in a studio when another class is in session.
  • Students should wait outside of their designated dance studio until an instructor invites them inside.

Students may not chew gum, carry food or drink into the studio.  The only exception to this is a reusable water bottle.


Social Media/Electronic Device Policy

In addition to our website and print promotional materials, Southold also uses Facebook to post announcements, photos, videos, and other newsworthy items concerning Southold, our students, and the dance world at large. We encourage all Southold families to follow us on Facebook to view up-to-date announcements as they occur.

Please note that under no circumstances is a student/family permitted to post video content of Southold choreography and/or performances on any social media platform without receiving explicit, prior permission from the Southold administration and/or Artistic Director. Personal photos of you are exempt from this policy.

Students and parents should neither claim nor imply that they are speaking on behalf of Southold Dance Theater. Dancers may represent Southold in the media only if approved by a member of Southold Staff to communicate on a specific topic. Dancers and Families are not allowed to speak to the media without the express permission to do so.

Photography is not allowed in dressing rooms. No Exceptions!



Participation in Productions

Southold produces two major productions annually, including  The Nutcracker. Our status as resident dance company at the Morris Performing Arts Center is a special honor and testimony to the talent in the organization.

Please note that attendance at the School of Southold Dance Theater does not guarantee participation in ALL productions/competitions and students will be required to audition. If selected, a performance fee will be required for all participants. Students participating in the production must continue to attend classes regularly in order to maintain technique.

Casting for all roles is entirely at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Only the Artistic Director can select and determine which students deserve to represent the Southold at any competitions, festivals, etc. The Artistic Director will provide rehearsal and casting information at the earliest possible date.
Students and parents must be fully committed to attend all rehearsals and performances as scheduled. Dress rehearsals are mandatory.  Students who miss more than two rehearsals or a dress rehearsal will not be allowed to perform.



Financial Assistance

Completed financial aid applications for students must be submitted to the Southold Office with the students registration. The Board Finance Committee will review all applications based on financial need. Awards up to 60% tuition reduction may be granted.

Scholarships will be awarded annually and may only be used for tuition.  Scholarship-sponsored training cannot be postponed for more than one session.  A student must apply for a new scholarship each year. The SDT Board of Directors reserves the right, upon advice of the Artistic Director, to cancel any scholarship commitment in the event the student is not making a sincere effort to benefit from the training.

Financial Aid forms are available in the Southold office and are due on August 1, 2017. Applications will not be accepted after this date.



Tuition Policies

Tuition is non-refundable.  A former student whose tuition is past due will not be allowed to register for additional sessions.  Tuition must be current in order for the student to attend class and participate in productions.  Payment for the summer sessions and special workshops is due on the first day of class. Semesterly tuition is due at the first day of class, and 9 month tuition is due on the 10 of each month.

Family Discount

For families with more than one student, there is a one time $25.00 discount for each additional student.

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