For over THREE DECADES, the North Shore School of Dance has been a leader in dance education and professional training. Our faculty and staff are committed to providing the finest quality of training in an environment that is nurturing, challenging, and disciplined. Our goal is to educate the mind, body and soul of each of our students. We believe that our success comes as a result of quality training and passion, by staying true to the traditions of dance as an art form.
At NSSD, we don’t teach students a dance, we teach them how to dance. We believe in education and teaching them skills that will last a lifetime. Our dance classes give each student confidence that instills pride and a higher self-esteem.
All students and parents are required to abide by NSSD rules, guidelines and regulations outlined below.
NSSD relies on a positive atmosphere for our faculty, dancers and their parents. Our program promotes a positive learning experience for all participants. We believe that the dancer’s success depends on the support of their parents or guardians. Your commitment to the process makes an enormous difference; we encourage you to be a supportive part of your child’s dance education.
Students are expected to treat North Shore School of Dance staff and peers with respect and a positive attitude. Dance class is not a time for socialization, it is a time for focus, dedication and education. Excessive talking is distracting and disrespectful to the teachers and classmates.
A Message to Parents & Students
NSSD Attendance Policy
We request that absences be reported to the office prior to class time. If an absence is not reported, it will be considered unexcused. The dancer's presence at all classes is imperative. The spirit of teamwork and the lesson of dedication are a big part of our school's educational process
Good attendance is critical to consistent progress and advancement. Students missing an excessive amount of classes during the year will not advance. We encourage each child to make up any missed classes. No student is permitted to make up a class in a level more advanced than their registered class. Students entering class ten minutes late will be asked to observe class for that day. Injuries can result when a student has not had a proper warm up.
Injuries, Illness & Allergies
Please inform your instructor of any health problems your child may have. Your signature on the registration form is certification of your child's ability to participate in his/her dance class. Please inform your child's instructor of any pervious injuries of physical limitations.
Students who are injured and unable to participate are asked to come and observe class. Observing class is important to the development of the students' dance education. Once a student has stopped participating in class they may not resume class at any point.
In non-COVID times, students must be fever free for at least 24 hours before they are allowed to return to their scheduled class.
During the pandemic, please refer to NSSD mitigation directions by visiting our NSSD COVID-19 Policies Page.
Due to the number of nut allergies in our students, NSSD is a nut free zone. If your child needs a snack between multiple classes, please provide them with a healthy alternative. As a reminder, there is no eating in any of the dressing rooms or studios.
General School Etiquette Rules
Please turn off all cell phones when entering NSSD.
All waiting areas must be kept quiet.
No running in the hallways.
No cell phones in the studios.
Students are not allowed to use studio pianos.
Do not lean on the barres.
Chewing gum and eating are not permitted in the studios.
Street shoes are not allowed in the studios.
This is a place of business; students/families must conduct themselves in a quiet, controlled, appropriate manner in all areas of the building.
Wear street clothing or warm-ups over your dancewear when outside of the studio.
Do not wear dance shoes outdoors.
Pick Up/Drop Off School Etiquette
Students are not to be left unattended and should remain with parent or guardian until class begins.
Please arrive early so that your child has ample time to use the bathroom before class.
Parents must be prompt when picking up their child or carpool.
Please call the office if you are running late. After an initial warning, parents that are repeatedly late will be charged at a fee of $15.00 per 15 minutes.
Before Class School Etiquette
During Class School Etiquette
Be on time for classes and rehearsals.
Do not enter a class rehearsal in session without first getting permission from the instructor.
Students who are injured or who arrive late to class should sit quietly in the studio observing class. This is to ensure the students’ physical safety. A written observation should be turned in to the instructor at the end of the class.
No jewelry including necklaces, bracelets long earrings and/or wristwatches should not be worn during class.
Hair must be secured in a bun for ballet, pull back and off the neck for all other classes.
Students may not sit down or leave class without the teacher’s permission, except in an emergency.
Movements other than the one being demonstrated or addressed by the instructor should not be practiced during that time.
Be alert to all corrections given to you and the other students in class.
Do not talk in class. Address any questions to the instructor. Students must show respect to teachers and fellow dancers for an enjoyable learning environment.
In the event of an accident, the instructor wiII supervise procedures.
Change groups quickly and energetically in the center.
Do not block the accompanist’s view during class.
After the lesson, remain on the floor until the instructor retreats from the center of the room to thank the accompanist.
Parent observation occurs at two specific times throughout the year. the dates for parent observation are posted on the bulletin boards and are located in the fall brochure. Please plan to stay for the entire class period. No flash photography is permitted. All cell-phones and pagers must be turned to silent or turned off. Show your dancer support by giving them your full attention and encouragement; show your dancer(s) what it is to be a good audience, as you set the best example.
Observation is only permitted at designated times. Prospective students and special cases must be approved by the instructor and Director no later than 1 week prior. The training process is sensitive; your presence may distract or inhibit other students. Viewing windows are available in most studios; however, if the class seems distracted by the window, the curtains will be closed.
To remain in compliance with CDC and Government Guidelines, Parent Observations for the 2021 - 2022 year will be a virtual experience. Families will be notified one week prior to the scheduled observation date via email. Each family will be given a Zoom meeting ID, password, and direct link to the class. This will mean a student may have two or three different Zoom meetings scheduled in a single evening.
Due to changes in the postal service, copies of all NSSD mailings will be available on our website to download directly. This includes, but is not limited to all forms, brochures and packets. Limited paper copies will be available upon request. All inquiries should be directed to email@example.com.
As a reminder, all statements, confirmations, and class information will be emailed to the registered email address. Please update your email address as needed. the front office staff is not allowed to give out student or teacher class information, phone numbers, email addresses or home addresses. Therefore, we ask that phone numbers be exchanged on an individual basis.
All audition photos and/or videos must be pre-arranged through the office and director at least 24 hours prior. Please contact the office to inquire about studio availability and fees.
The front office staff are not allowed to give out student or teacher class information, phone numbers, email addresses or home addresses. Therefore, we ask that phone numbers be exchanged on an individual basis.
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What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the website, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
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Prior to your first class, please present a signed copy of all necessary forms. Currently, NSSD has 3 required Liability Waivers that must be completed and returned to us in order for students to be able to participate in our classes and programming.
Please see below for more information:
As the students/client/and/or the parent/guardian of a minor participant, I understand and expressly assume all risks involved in connection with dance instruction, rehearsal, social gatherings, and performances with at North Shore School of Dance, including but not limited to risk of bodily injury occurring as a result of contact with other students/clients, instructors, walls, equipment, floors, structural objects located in or near the studios or at home during virtual classes. I am aware of any physical condition or physical limitations that warrants that the client/student is physically fit and able to participate in the activities involved in dance instruction, rehearsal, or performances. Students/clients waive all claims arising out of dance instruction, rehearsal, training, social gatherings, and performances, loss, theft, property damage or otherwise, which students/clients may ever have against North Shore School of Dance, its successors, and assigns, and its officers, directors, employees and agents, and their heirs, executors, and administrators.
Download, complete and return the form below before you start classes:
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is reported to be extremely contagious. Evidence has shown that COVID-19 can cause serious and potentially life threatening illness and even death.
While North Shore School of Dance adheres to the strict sanitizing guidelines set forth by the CDC and Illinois Department of Health, we cannot guarantee those measures will protect you or your child(ren) from becoming exposed or infected with Covid-19.
I have read and understood the above warning concerning COVID-19.
I hereby choose to accept the risk of contracting COVID-19 for myself and/or my children in order to utilize services and enter North Shore School of Dance premises. I release and waive my right to bring suit against North Shore School of Dance and its officers, directors, managers, officials, agents, employees, or other representatives in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to utilizing North Shore School of Dance premises. I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen or unforeseen. When participating in classes that utilize the facility, it is the student/client’s responsibility to refrain from coming to class, rehearsal, performance if ill or with a fever in order to protect other students, and officers, directors, managers, officials, agents, employees, of North Shore School of Dance from contracting any highly contagious disease, including, but not limited to, COVID-19.
Photography / Likeness / Videotaping
Please be aware that by entering North Shore School of Dance, you consent to your image being used, without compensation, in videos or for use in any and all media. As the student/client and/or the parent/guardian of a minor present, I authorize North Shore School of Dance and/or its representative, agent, or employee to photograph and/or videotape and use any photograph/likeness for any purpose, including publicity, choreographic archives, promotional materials and/or any other reason deemed appropriate by the directors at North Shore School of Dance