Dress Code & Class Attire

 

Regular Dance Classes


MUNCHKIN, CHILD & YOUTH LEVELS

Class Dancewear Shoes Tights/Socks
Ballet Black leotard any style. Pink ballet shoes. Footed or footless pink tights.
Tap Black leotard any style. Black tap shoes. Footed or footless pink tights.
Jazz Black leotard any style. Black slip-on style jazz shoes. Footed or footless pink tights.
Modern Black leotard any style. No shoes required. Some students prefer to wear foot thongs or turners. Footless pink tights.
Hip Hop Black leotard any style or Black T-shirt. Choice of black leggings, sweats or biker shorts. Any style/color of tennis shoes. Any color socks.
Break Dance Black leotard any style or Black T-shirt. Choice of black leggings, sweats or biker shorts. Any style/color of tennis shoes. Any color socks.
Boys in all disciplines Black T-shirt, Choice of black sweats, yoga pants or biker shorts. No denim jeans. Ballet shoes = black.
Tap shoes = black.
Jazz shoes = black.
Hip Hop & Break Dance = any style/color tennis shoes.
Any color socks.

 

JUNIOR & SENIOR LEVELS

Class Dancewear Shoes Tights/Socks
Ballet & Pointe Black leotard any style. Optional wrap skirts or form fitted top wraps or shrugs. Ballet = pink ballet shoes.
Pointe = pink pointe shoes.
Pink or light tan tights.
Tap Black leotard any style or form-fitted top. Choice of black leggings, yoga pants, sweats or biker shorts. No denim jeans. Black oxford-style tap shoes. Student’s choice of socks or tights. Some choose not to wear any socks.
Jazz Black leotard any style or form-fitted top. Choice of black leggings, yoga pants, sweats or biker shorts. No denim jeans. Black slip-on style jazz shoes. Pink or light tan tights.
Modern Black leotard any style or form-fitted top. Choice of black leggings, yoga pants, sweats or biker shorts. No denim jeans. No shoes required. Some students prefer to wear foot thongs or turners. Pink or light tan footless tights.
Hip Hop Black leotard any style or Black T-shirt. Choice of black leggings, sweats or biker shorts. Any style/color of tennis shoes. Any color of socks or tights.
Break Dance Black leotard any style or Black T-shirt. Choice of black leggings, sweats or biker shorts. Any style/color of tennis shoes. Any color of socks or tights.
Boys in all disciplines Black T-shirt, Choice of black sweats, yoga pants or biker shorts. No denim jeans. Ballet shoes = black.
Tap shoes = black.
Jazz shoes = black.
Hip Hop & Break Dance = any style/color tennis shoes.
Any color socks or no socks.

 

ADULTS

Adult students can follow the dress code for the ‘Junior & Senior Levels,’ but can also choose a more relaxed dress code. For instance, in ballet, pointe, jazz and modern, they can opt for camisole tops plus leggings or yoga pants rather than tights. In tap and hip-hop, adults can elect to wear comfortable clothing such as loose tops and bottoms (no denim jeans). Dance shoe requirements, however, must remain as noted in the ‘Junior & Senior Levels’ section above.

Attire for Flamenco & Hawaiian Dance Classes


Students in the flamenco class should consult with the instructor on the first day of class to find out where to order the flamenco ruffled skirt and flamenco shoes. It is recommended that students wear a camisole or other form-fitting top and leggings in black color in addition to the instructor’s recommended ruffled skirt.

Students in the Hawaiian class should wear a camisole top or other form-fitting top and leggings in black color. This class is taken barefoot. The instructor will make the recommendation as to the proper hip scarf students should get.

Attire for Acting and Choir Classes


All students in either acting or choir classes must wear a black shirt (t-shirt, camisole top, turtle-neck, leotard, etc.) and black bottoms such as yoga pants, leggings, biker shorts, hip-hop pants, or sweats. This dress code benefits a student’s education because it allows his/her facial expressions and character development to be the focal point in class rather than designs and busy print on shirts which are very distracting. Students can elect to wear any style/color tennis shoes or black jazz shoes.

Costumes, etc.


  • Dance, acting and choir students in every show produced by Heartbeat will be required to purchase a costume appropriate for the character of their dance, song or acting scene. In some shows, it will be necessary to order custom-made costumes, while in other shows, students may be asked to find a clothing item they already own. In all cases, Heartbeat is diligent in trying to keep costume expenses as low as possible. Costume order sheets and other related information are handed out to students prior to the start of each production preparation.
  • Female dancers of all ages participating in any of our musical theater productions will need to purchase a light tan body tight. The Capezio brand is recommended. The body tight will provide modesty when changing from one costume to another in the dressing area and will also serve as the ‘light tan tights’ requirement for our shows. If a parent can’t find a body tight small enough for their child, they can opt for a light tan or nude color camisole leotard and regular light tan tights. Information will be disseminated prior to each production as to where students can order the body tights online or find at a local dancewear store.

Make-up Classes, Refunds, Class Drop-out

  

Make-up Classes

  • Make-up classes can be taken any time within 30-days of an absence for any reason. Make-up classes must be taken within the session in which the class was missed.

Refunds

  • Registration fees are not refundable for any reason. Tuition is not refundable for any reason less than two weeks prior to the first day of the start of a session. Refund requests before the two weeks prior to the start of a session will incur a 50% fee. Full refunds are given only for class cancellation by Heartbeat due to insufficient enrollment or for illness or injury supported by a doctor’s notice.

Class Drop-out

  • Students who drop out of all of their classes at Heartbeat must submit a 30-day written (or emailed) notice. Tuition will still be charged during the 30-day period and the student is welcome to continue his/her classes during that time. If a student is dropping some, but not all, classes at Heartbeat, a drop-out notice is not required. Simply inform the front desk of your schedule changes.

Communication, Safety & Class Observation

Communication

Important announcements, reminders and newsletters are sent out via email so it is very important that students keep Heartbeat updated on any changes to their email addresses and to set up their email to accept Heartbeat’s communication. When applicable, notices will also be posted on Heartbeat’s website: heartbeat-studios.com and on the Heartbeat Performing Arts Center Facebook page. These notices include newsletters, special announcements such as class cancellation due to bad weather, show rehearsals, costume information, etc.

From time to time, information is disseminated by hard-copy directly to each student. Parents of young students should regularly check their child’s dance bag for these notices which may include costume order forms and new class schedules.

Safety

  • Bad weather class cancellation notices will appear on Heartbeat’s voicemail (952-432-7833) and Facebook page (Heartbeat Performing Arts Center) by 3:00pm the day of the weather emergency. If in doubt, students and teachers are asked to call Heartbeat to hear the recorded message before they attempt to travel to the studio. If a weather emergency happens after classes have started, students will call their parents for an early pick up.
  • Heartbeat’s student drop off and pick up policy requires parents or chaperones of younger students to walk their children into the building before class and meet them in Heartbeats lobby to walk them out to their cars after class. It is incredibly unsafe for young children to dart out of Heartbeat’s building into a parking lot full of cars. Parents are asked to make sure their children know this procedure.
  • Class behavior education requires that students practice the etiquette of being respectful to each other and to their teachers. Key to this is refraining from talking during class, turning off cell phones, no food or beverage brought into the classroom, arriving on time, wearing proper attire, and coming to class with a positive attitude ready to learn.

Heartbeat holds safety in the studio as a high priority. Students exhibiting disrespectful or unsafe behavior will be asked to sit down and observe the remainder of the class. In some cases, a meeting with the student and parent will be scheduled.

Class Observation

  • Class observation is allowed from the lobbies only. This is to create the most optimal learning environment for Heartbeat’s students. Parents and guests in lobby areas must keep talking low in volume and not bring in food or beverage other than water.
  • Heartbeat provides a lunchroom/homework/study area for students who have breaks between their classes. The lunchroom is furnished with a microwave and small refrigerator for students and teachers to use.