Mission The Bender JCC School of Dance has been carefully planned to provide each student quality instruction in a warm and creative environment. Emphasis will be placed on the development of technique and musicality while improving coordination, confidence, discipline, perseverance, grace, and poise allowing each student to complete the program with the feeling of personal success.
NoticesImportant information is published in the Bender JCC Program Guide, posted on the website and on the Bender JCC School of Dance bulletin board outside the dance studio and e-mailed to you. Please make sure you notify us of changes in address or e-mail. We need your updated e-mail address!
Snow/Inclement WeatherPlease check the Bender JCC website or sign up for text messaging to find out if we have Dance class on that day.
AttendanceIn order to progress at a student’s best rate, regular attendance is very important. Students must come to class on time, dressed in class uniform and ready to dance. 80% attendance or better is required for participation in the Spring Dance Performances. The three (3) classes preceding a concert performance ARE MANDATORY. Lack of consistent training and proper warm-up at the beginning of class can cause injuries. Students over 10 minutes late for class will be asked to sit and observe. Students may be excused from class due to illness, injury, a graduation of a family member, funerals of close relatives, and college visits. If a student is sick or unable to attend class, they, or a parent, must contact the Dance Director at 301-348-3777 or DClarkclark@benderjccgw.org. Make sure to include the student’s name, class level, and a reason for absence in the message to the Dance Director.
RegistrationThe Bender JCC School of Dance offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, yoga and theater arts. Classes are open for members and non-members and listed on the dance page. Register online or at the Bender JCC front desk. Early registration is recommended, as class size is limited. A minimum is required. Students desiring registration after the start of the semester must consult Bender JCC Dance Director.
Tuition PoliciesEnrollment in the School of Dance is on a yearly basis for dance classes, semester basis for Preschool classes or session basis for Yoga and Theater Arts. Tuition is payable at the time of registration and must be paid prior to attending classes. Payment Plan is available for yearly dance classes. Registration is always open. In order to register late, a meeting must be arranged with the Director of the School of Dance, Debbie Clark, at 301-348-3777 or DClarkclark@benderjccgw.org to discuss possible tuition adjustments and appropriate class placement. There are NO REFUNDS after the semester has begun.
Studio EtiquetteWe ask that all parents and students respect our studio by following our rules:
- RESPECT your teachers, studio staff, and each other.
- Be Ready to Dance at 5 minutes before class is scheduled to start.
- ONLY teachers, students, and assistants are allowed in the dance studio during class time.
- DO NOT bring food into studios. This includes gum. Water is allowed. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.
- Students are expected to look like dancers. Hair and dress apparel are to be neat when entering the studio. Please refer to the studio’s dress code for your particular discipline
- Please leave all valuables at home. Bender JCC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Dancers are expected to BE RESPECTFUL of studio property and clean up after themselves.