Gustafson Dance, 2285 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, California 93105
(805) 563-DANC (3262) ext. 1

Primary Levels

Primary Classes: Students at the Primary Levels take one ballet class per week, with the option of attending an additional Jazz class. Primary 1 is for those students in 1st grade and Primary 2 is for those students in 2nd grade.

Make-up Class Options: Dancers making up a missed class may take any ballet or jazz class in any class in his/her level. Please call the office beforehand so that we can notify the teacher that your child will be making up a missed class.

FALL- The Primary Levels will perform one jazz dance (if enrolled in jazz) in Rudolph, and one ballet part in Nutcracker with State Street Ballet Company and live orchestra at the Granada Theatre. The dancers may be in one or more performances of Rudolph and Nutcracker. Detailed Information on parts and shows will be posted by September.

SPRING- The Primary Levels will perform a ballet and jazz (if enrolled in jazz) dance in End of Year All School performance at the Lobero. They may dance in one or more performances.

Studio Rehearsals: Weekly Rehearsals for Rudolph will be done in Jazz class on Wednesdays starting in October. Weekly Rehearsals for Nutcracker will be done in the Primary level classes. Starting in February, weekly rehearsals for End of Year All School performance will be done in the Primary level classes

Theatre Dress Rehearsals: Spacing and Dress Rehearsals are mandatory for all three school performances. We especially cannot make any exceptions for the Nutcracker since it is a collaboration with the professional company, State Street Ballet, and incorporates an orchestra at a fully professional Union theatre.

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No Jewelry (Small earrings ok), clear or light pink nail polish only. No street clothes over dance clothes in class. Warm-ups are only to be worn if necessary and must be designed for dance and be form fitting.

Policies for the Primary Levels

* Observation Day will be held on the first day of each semester plus one other day each semester noted in the calendar. You may observe your children at other times, provided that you have called ahead of time to let the instructor know.

*It is not appropriate or safe to let students or siblings run around in the studio prior to the start of class. During class, it is recommended that parents and siblings go for a walk or sit outside. There is seating in the lobby, but please be aware that classes going on in the front studios are easily disturbed by normal talking.

*Children must be picked up promptly at the end of class. A $10 fee will be assessed for each 10 minutes the child has not been picked up.

*There are no refunds for missed classes or performance fees, due to any reason. Most of our classes at these levels are full, so enrollment in a class prevents others from enrolling. We assume that you will continue from one trimester to the next unless you notify our office.

*Tuition Payments must be made one week in advance of the start of the each semester; otherwise, students on the waiting list will be given the opportunity to enroll in your place.

*Please make up missed classes only during the semester in which they are missed. Make-up classes are to be arranged by the parent with permission of the instructor.

*Any schedule conflicts need to be given in writing, in advance. Please know that casting may be changed if a significant amount of classes or rehearsals are missed for any reason.

*Keep your email and phone numbers current with our office and notify us if you have not received weekly emails.

*If you are too sick to attend class, please contact the office BEFORE 3pm.

*Classes can and should be made up.

*Dancers may not miss any classes or rehearsals the two weeks prior to any performance. If illness keeps one from attending class, the class must be made up before the performance.

*Please be sure to let the teacher know if you are taking a make-up class so he/she can mark it down properly.

*The dress code must be adhered to at all times, including proper hair, shoe elastics need to be sewn on, no jewelry. NO STREET CLOTHES are to be worn, and no shoe Booties to be worn during class or rehearsal. If you have a specific reason for being out of dress code, please let your instructor know before class begins.

*We expect good behavior from all students, including respect shown to all teachers, staff, younger and older dancers and parents, as well as all property of Gustafson Dance, State Street Ballet, all theatres and other dancers’ belongings.

*We expect supportive, appropriate and positive conversation among dancers and parents. If you need or want to express concerns or frustrations, please do so outside of the studio, or make an appointment to meet with Allison or Nicole. We do not tolerate any inappropriate or negative comments regarding the studio, any teacher, staff, dancer or parent on public Social Media sites.

*There is to be no eating in the bathrooms, or inside the dance studios. This is SMELLY, UNCLEAN, and RAT INVITING! Please eat outside!