MISSION STATEMENT

Mission Statement

Conroy Dance Centre is dedicated to providing the highest quality of dance and performing arts training in a friendly, positive and safe environment. Whilst encouraging each student to achieve their full potential, we strive to provide opportunities for a lifetime of memories, or potential career.

SAFETY
Conroy Dance Centre (CDC) is committed to creating an atmosphere that enables children and young people to learn and develop in a safe environment.
We recognise that it is a privilege to work with children and young people and that it is also a great responsibility. CDC will take appropriate steps to ensure that children and young people are not exposed to reasonably foreseeable risk of injury, whether to their physical or mental health, or well being. We are committed to the protection from harm and the safeguarding of all children and young people in our care, and believe that all children and young people deserve to be treated with respect and kindness, regardless of their age, gender, sexual orientation, race,
religion or disability.
Conroy Dance Centre Risk Management procedures are available to parents on request. All teachers and staff hold valid Blue Cards (Working with Children). Selected staff members are First Aid trained.

CDC FACILITIES
Our purpose built-studios are maintained to the highest of standards. We offer:
• Dance-safe sprung flooring with professional tarkett in all studios
• Large well-ventilated studios with temperature control (Air-conditioning & heating)
• Age specific waiting rooms
• Cafeteria
• Professional acrobatic equipment including tumbling mats, springboards & crash mat.
• Well-maintained first-aid and emergency facilities
• Professional sound equipment including over 12 hand-held & 8 headset wireless microphones, 2 pianos & 2 full keyboards
• Multiple large screen TVs & video equipment

CDC VALUES
All CDC teachers are trained to a high standard, and hold qualifications with internationally recognised dance/arts societies. Our teachers participate in Continued Professional Development, and in many instances are responsible for the instruction of other teachers in this capacity. Conroy Dance Centre will always ensure age-appropriate choreography, music, costuming and make-up for students.
CDC teachers value:

• Integrity in all professional and business relationships. Integrity implies not merely honesty but fair dealing, courtesy and consideration.
• Objectivity in all professional and business judgements, working in an open and cooperative manner with students and families.
• Competency in all professional work, teaching with due skill, care and proper regard for the technical and professional standards expected.
• Confidentiality, ensuring that information obtained in the course of their professional work is not disclosed without the consent of the pupil or parent, except where there is a legal right or duty to disclose.

PARENT POLICY

PARENT POLICY

For parents and guardians of students enrolled at the Conroy Dance Centre (CDC).

The aim of the CDC is to ensure that all students experience dance in a fun, friendly, positive and safe environment. In order to achieve this, please take note of the following guidelines. We would like to stress that these points are of great importance in assuring the wellbeing of all students at the dance centre.

Any student unable or unwilling to integrate and benefit from the education provided at CDC may be asked to withdraw from the school after reasonable notice.

Punctuality
It is vital that students arrive in good time for their classes. If students are late for class they may miss important information, impede the learning of others or place themselves at increased risk of injury.

Attendance
Regular attendance is extremely important. If students do not attend on a regular basis then the development of the class and the individual student will be affected. Exam students’ attendance will be monitored as they prepare for their examinations and assessments and students who fail to attend classes and additional lessons may be withdrawn.
Students who participate in group eisteddfods, or end of year concert acknowledge that their attendance is vital and necessary for the progress of the routine. Parents/guardians acknowledge that acceptance to participate in these performances brings with it a responsibility of attendance levels satisfactory to teachers, management and staff of CDC.

Drop Off/Collection/Parking
Parents/guardians are asked to drop off students directly before the start of their first class. Junior students must be signed in & out of the junior waiting room with the supervisor, who will then monitor their behaviour and well-being.

Parents of older students allow them to take self-responsibility for safety, behaviour and well-being, with the support of CDC staff, before, between and after their scheduled classes.

Parents/guardians must adhere to the CDCparking and drop-off guidelinesat all times. To minimise movement of cars close to the dance centre entrance, parking or drop-off of students in the staff car park area is not permitted under any circumstances.

Parents/guardians are asked to drive with due care when dropping off and collecting their children from classes.

Class Viewing
Parents are invited to observe their child’s class at an arranged time only.

Fee Payment/Policies
Parents/Guardians agree to respect and abide by all fee agreements and procedures set out by Conroy Dance Centre (CDC).

Uniform/costumes
Parents/guardians will provide all necessary shoes, clothing, costumes, make-up and accessories as required for classes and performances.

Medical/Conduct
Parents/Guardians recognise CDC are committed to student safety, and classes are conducted by trained and qualified teachers.

Parents/Guardians agree that their child is in good physical condition to participate in class and will tell staff about any medical conditions or allergies.

Parents/Guardians will let CDC know if their child has been injured or may need to take care while in class.

Parents/Guardians understand that children showing inappropriate behaviour will be removed from the dance class. Parents/Guardians will partner with CDC to resolve the issues so their child can return to class quickly.

Parents/Guardians are expected to respect all CDC staff and families, and conduct themselves with dignity, honesty and integrity. Theyagree to consider the advice and direction provided by teachers and be supportive of their children’s efforts, focussing on their child’s commitment and progress, rather than results or awards.

Parents/Guardians appreciate that children participate in dance for their own enjoyment, will teach their children respect for other students, teachers and adjudicators, and lead by example. CDC reserves the right to ask a student to leave the dance centre for inappropriate behaviour by a parent.

Problem resolution
Parents/Guardians agree that any concern or query regarding their child/student will be brought to the attention of CDC staff, via respectful and thoughtful communication. A request for personal appointment or phone call should be made via reception during office hours. In the first instance, concerns should be raised with the staff member concerned, and if unable to be resolved at this level, should be brought to the attention of directors of CDC.

External training
Any extra curriculum dance based activities must be agreed with the CDC directorsprior to application.

Students enrolled at CDCare exclusively trained.– If students wish to attend other dance organisations please discuss this with the directors.

Confidentiality
The School’s emails and letters contain confidential and/or privileged information and are intended for only the person to whom it is addressed. Any unauthorised copying, forwarding, disclosure or distribution of the material contained in emails and its attachment/s to persons outside CDC is strictly prohibited. All personal information at the School is kept confidential and will not be discussed or shared by the School with any other parent or student.

Use of Photographic/Recording Equipment
Please seek permission from the directors or teaching staff before photographing or recording students at the dance centre.
Footage from open days/concerts should not be posted on social media. The use of any photographic or recording device in a dressing room is not permitted.

STUDENT POLICY

STUDENT POLICY

Guidelines for students enrolled at the Conroy Dance Centre
(CDC). Until a student is able to personally accept these
responsibilities, a parent/guardian agrees to these guidelines on their
behalf.

The aim of the CDC is to ensure that all students experience dance in a fun, friendly, positive and safe environment. In order to achieve this, please take note of the following guidelines. We would like to stress that these points are of great importance in assuring the wellbeing of all students at the dance centre.

Any student unable or unwilling to integrate and benefit from the education provided at CDC may be asked to withdraw from the school after reasonable notice.

Conduct
All children and students are expected to show respect and kindness to teachers, adults and fellow students within our dance school.

Inappropriate language is not acceptable.

Bullying will not be tolerated, and may result in dismissal from CDC. For clarity, bullying is defined as intentionally aggressive
behaviour, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.

This includes:

Verbal/Emotional: name calling, sarcasm, humiliation, rumour spreading etc.
Physical: kicking, hitting, pushing, pinching etc.
Sexual comments or unwanted physical contact

Attendance
Regular class attendance is essential to ensure safe progress.
Dan cers need to be on time. Warm–up is carried out at the start of class to ensure the body is ready for dance and to prevent injury.

During class
Students should not run around the dance studios or waiting areas. Acrobatic tricks should only be performed under the supervision of a teacher. Students may not pull up on or hang from the Ballet Barres. Mobile phones should preferably be locked in your personal locker, and not brought into the studios. If necessary to bring a phone in
to the dance studio, it should be set to silent and not used at any time during class.
Only water in a sealed water bottle is permitted in the dance studios.
Chewing gum is not permitted.

Any injury or pain incurred during class should be reported to the teacher immediately.

Dress code
Students should adhere to their class uniform, and appropriate hair styles for class. Uniform and hair requirementsenable students to work correctly and safely in class, and present a neatappearance for dance class.
With the exception of small stud earrings, jewellery should not be worn.

Personal Property
Students should make sure that valuables & personal items are not brought to the dance centre, or are kept locked in their personal locker during classes. CDC regrets that we cannot be held responsible if items go missing.

Care for property
Students are requested to treat the dance centre premises, and the possessions of others with care and consideration.
Dancers are expected to clean up after themselves , with rubbish placed in bins provided, and waiting areas kept tidy.
Bags are to be placed in the shelving provided in the waiting rooms. To avoid damage to property, the use of footballs, handballs etc inside CDC is not permitted.
Scooters, skate boards, roller skates etc must not be ridden/used anywhere inside the building or around the car park.

Drop off/pick up
Students may not leave the premises without adult supervision, and approval by their parent/guardian.
Students of driving age are not permitted to transport younger students in their car without prior written approval of the child’s parent/guardian.To enhance safety, students are required to use the designated pathway when arriving/leaving CDC.

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

This policy is intended to provide Conroy Dance Centre (CDC) staff, parents and students guidelines for the use of social media. For the purposes of this policy ‘social media’ is a term for a wide-spectrum of user-driven content technologies – including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, blogging and other such social media outlets.

We expect staff, parents and students to conduct themselves appropriately when using electronic communication and social media to share information with other members/persons or posting material on public websites connected to CDC, thus upholding the values and integrity of CDC and ensuring the best possible opportunity for students to learn and enjoy the art of dance.

An individual’s social media is for personal use and not to discuss CDC business, experiences or relationships. CDC’s social media pages are to positively promote CDC and share information with parents, students and staff and the wider community. By participating on CDC social media pages, you agree that you will comply with
those social media websites’ terms of use and/or community guidelines as well as this social media policy. We do encourage open discussion, but request posted content be appropriate, friendly and respectful to all.

Students and parents should neither claim nor imply that they are speaking on behalf of CDC. Individuals should refrain from posting anything that could compromise self-esteem of students or staff at CDC. Further to this, parents, staff and students should never post negative comments about other schools, teachers, or events, including competitions, conventions and performances. Please respect the law, including those laws governing defamation, privacy, discrimination, harassment, copyright (including all choreography presented at CDC) and fair use. Violation of this policy may result in individuals being barred or removed from CDC social media pages and/or further disciplinary action.Remember to always treat others how you would like to be treated.