Code of Conduct

A positive and productive learning environment for our dancers, parents and staff is essential.  Everyone associated with Dance Expressions by Erica is to behave in a responsible and disciplined way in our studios.  Dancers in particular are expected to behave respectfully toward their parents, teachers, classmates, and their art form.

  • Dance Expressions by Erica reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student whose conduct or attitude, or whose parent’s conduct or attitude, is inappropriate or disrespectful.  Dance Expressions by Erica reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
  • The students and parents of Dance Expressions by Erica are permitted to treat everyone involved with respect. Students must always greet Dance Expressions by Erica pleasantly and address them as Mr., Miss or Mrs.
  • The students of Dance Expressions by Erica are to be prepared and on time for every class. Students are to wear the above dress code. Students are to follow the directions of instructors. Students must not engage in horseplay or disruptive behavior in the classroom. Students are to work hard, learn and enjoy the process of learning. Students must not chew gum, eat or drink during class, unless otherwise told by their instructor. Students are to keep their cell phones in their bag for emergency use only.
  • Dance Expressions by Erica assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen property.
  • If you witness any behavior by anyone at or near the studio that concerns you, please take appropriate action and call the police (if the situation warrants) and/or notify Erica Kamensky or Lori Brown immediately.
  • Since young children often need to use the restroom or need a parent at a moment’s notice, parents or caregivers are to remain at our studios during classes that are thirty minutes in length, or with children who are 5 and under.
  • All students must be picked up by a parent or guardian, unless a note from the parent is sent with child.
  • If your child does not have a cell phone, emergency phone calls regarding pick ups should be directed to (724)864-5678.
  • We will never leave an under-age child at the studio alone without supervision. However, be aware that Dance Expressions by Erica staff are not babysitters.  If you are over 15 minutes late to pick up a child after the last class at the studio, you will be charged $15 for every fifteen minutes you are late.
  • Dancers are strongly advised to wait for rides inside the building.   Dance Expressions by Erica is not responsible for children who stand outside, leave the building, roam the grounds, or visit the neighboring businesses.
  • Siblings of students may not be left unattended in studios or to roam the building.
  • We recommend that street clothing and shoes be worn over dance clothes when entering and exiting the building.
  • The waiting area at Dance Expressions by Erica is for the convenience of our families.   Although quiet conversation is welcome, please respect students who wish to do school work in a quiet setting and the classes that are in session.
  • If a student arrives late to class, the participation of the student in class is entirely at the discretion of the teacher.
  • Food may only be eaten in the kitchen.
  • Take a moment after eating to clean up your eating area, and check whether anything has dropped on the floor.
  • No food garbage of any kind is to be left at the studio! This rule is so important to keep vermin of all variety away from our beautiful studios. Please ensure that your dancer carries an extra plastic grocery bag in their dance bag  to “pack it in and pack it out.”
  • No food is allowed in the dance studios, lobby areas, closets or bathrooms.
  • Any infringement of this will necessitate a “water only” policy and food allowed only outside of the building.
  • No smoking permitted anywhere in the building or on the grounds of the building.
  • Dance Expressions by Erica is not responsible for any lost, stolen or left-behind articles.  Mind your belongings and do not bring anything of value, especially jewelry, to the studio.
  • Our Lost and Found will hold articles of clothing for about two months. Any clothing left over will be redistributed to anyone who wants it, or given to charity. It would be wise to label all dance clothes, especially dance shoes to ensure their prompt return.
  • Parents are more than welcome to observe their child’s dance class through the viewing windows into Studio 1, 2 & 3.
  • Dance Expressions by Erica does not allow parent observation into Studio B unless invited by instructor. Parents sitting on the steps have created a distraction.
  • We have installed a closed circuit viewing option that can be watched on the screens provided in the lobby areas.
  • Cameras, video recorders and/or cell phones are allowed in viewing areas during observation.
  • Faculty phone numbers, addresses, or emails will not be given out to students or parents.  Paper and an envelope will be provided at the front desk if you need to communicate privately with faculty.
  • Be aware that between classes is not generally a good time to have a discussion with the Director or the faculty.  Short exchanges and greetings are absolutely fine, but longer questions should be emailed or left on answering machine.  We appreciate your help with this!
  • Dance Expressions by Erica classes are about individual dance accomplishments, not body types.  It is our privilege to teach every eager student who comes to class, regardless of size, shape or ability.
  • It is Dance Expressions by Erica policy that teachers not discuss weight or dieting at all with any Dance Expressions by Erica student.  This is not our area of expertise.
  • Teachers with concerns about a child’s health will consult privately with a parent.
  • With regard to injuries, families are likewise urged to seek qualified medical opinions. This also is not our area of expertise.
  • Dance Expressions by Erica will do our best provide consultations with qualified nutritionists or therapists along the course of the season.

The following conduct will result in dismissal:

  • Any action or event which is a violation of federal, state or local laws including the illegal possession of drugs or alcohol (including underage use of tobacco), or weapons.
  • Smoking on the premises
  • The destruction, damage or theft of Dance Expressions by Erica or the property of others.
  • Unauthorized or inappropriate use of equipment, machines, costumes or an area of the building that is off limits.
  • Use of the studios for anything except warming up or scheduled class without the explicit permission of the Director.
  • Conduct such as physical intimidation or injury, verbal harassment, sexual harassment, bullying or coercion, including by cell phone, on the internet, or in social media.

The following will result in warnings and possible dismissal:

  • Any significant, or repeated violation of classroom etiquette.
  • Any significant, repeated violation of the dress code.
  • Emotional outbursts.
  • Multiple unexcused absences.
  • Non-payment of tuition.

Please email info@danceexpressionsbyerica.com with any questions regarding our code of conduct.