Our Policies


Studio Rules & Guidelines


Updated 3/16- due to recent CDC recommendations discouraging gatherings of over 50 people- all students over age 5 must be DROPPED OFF AT THE DOOR for classes. This drop-off policy will remain in effect until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.

1. BGDTC strives to provide a  positive learning environment for all students. We require all visitors  to our studio to treat our staff, students,  parents, and children with  respect at all times. Undesirable or threatening behavior toward any  child will result in immediate removal from the facility.

2. No student cell phones turned on during class.

3.  Parents are always welcome to observe, but must remain in designated  waiting areas during class. Please do not disrupt class for any reason.  If you must pull your child out of class before the designated end time,  please contact a staff member to assist you.

4.  The safety of our students is of utmost importance. All students under  the age 13 must be walked into the studio by a guardian. If your child  is to be picked up by someone other than the person who dropped them  off, please inform the office staff. No student, regardless of age, will  be  allowed to wait outside the studio for transportation.

5. BGDTC is a non-smoking facility.

6. Proper footwear and attire must be worn at all times.

7. Required paperwork must be filled out and returned to the office staff prior to participation in any class.

8.  Dance requires discipline and focus. Disruptive behavior will not be  tolerated. Behavior that continually hinders the learning of other  students may result in removal from class and/or transfer to a more  appropriate environment.

9.  Financial information- including tuition due dates and the rules  surrounding payment- are included on this site and in your registration  handbook. Continued  late payments could result in a child losing  his/her spot in class.

10. Information about competition team rules are outlined on this site. Please read them before auditioning.

11.  Anyone who has concerns or questions needs to make an appointment with  the director FIRST. We will do anything we can to help address these  concerns. Staff are not always available to speak with parents during  class hours, so an appointment must be made.

12. Please let us know if your child is dropping a class or will be absent from class two weeks or more in a row.

13.  Students may not be dropped off or picked up more than ten minutes  prior to/after their last class. Young children and siblings should  never be left in the lobby or waiting areas unattended. If an emergency  arises, please alert the office staff so your child can be properly  supervised until your arrival.

14.  Please keep noise levels low in the hallways or waiting areas.  Excessive noise can distract students participating in class.

15. Choreography is not to be shared without the written consent of the director and class instructor.

16.  Any damage to the studio by a child or parent will be charged to the  parent(s) responsible or the parent(s) of the child responsible for the  incurred damages.

17. The  Homework Lounge is a designated quiet space for our dancers in grades 3  & above to complete homework assignments during breaks between  classes. All students are encouraged to utilize the cubbies provided,  but we request younger dancers and siblings remain in the designated  observation areas for any extended time periods in the studio.

18.  A designated play area is provided in the front observation room of the  studio for younger dancers and siblings. Please do not leave young  children unattended, and be respectful of the BGDTC staff by tidying the  area before leaving.

19.  Other rules specific to spring recital, mandatory dress rehearsal, and  competition team will be outlined in the appropriate sections of this  website.

20.  Please be on time to class. Walking in late is distracting to teachers  and other students, and class announcements and stretching are  important.

21.  BGDTC reserves the right to refuse service to any student, parent, or  legal guardian for any reason, including- but not limited to- not  adhering to the rules set forth in these policies and procedures.

22.  No refunds will be given for recital costumes, class tuition,  registration fees, competition fees, or any other form of payment for  any reason. 

Required Attire

 A dance dress code is important for both the safety of the dancer and for teachers to be able to see body alignment and correct mistakes. Also, when a young dancer walks into the classroom, being dressed appropriately gets them both physically and psychologically ready to dance. Inappropriate dance attire or unkempt hair can be a distraction for the dancer, teacher, and rest of the class as well.

At BGDTC, we require all competition team members to wear BLACK for every class and rehearsal, with hair pulled back away from the face. Appropriate shoes are required for each style.

Recreational dancers are required to wear leotards/tights, jazz pants, or other athletic or movable clothing in any color. Absolutely no jeans allowed! Long hair must be pulled back away from face. Twirlers must have hair pulled up and back, and are encouraged to avoid all jewelry, especially necklaces. No large or dangling earrings permitted for any dancers. Dancers may wear skirts or tutus that do not interfere with their movement or batons. Male dancers can wear dance pants or loose fitting and movable attire.

Dancers who show up to class continually dressed inappropriately or with the wrong shoes may be called for a parent meeting and could be asked to sit out. BGDTC understands that we may have new students who are not new to dance- and may already have appropriate shoes. So BGDTC does not require that dance clothes, shoes, or required items be purchased in our dance shop, but it is required that all clothing and shoes be approved by an instructor. All dance shoes especially are not created equally- for example, ballet “slippers” sold in big box retail stores are not the same as leather or canvas ballet shoes, and can injure a young dancer’s feet.