Dance Creations Dance Studio
 
 
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1401 E. Cottonwood St.Springfield, IL. 62703 | dcds91@comcast.net
 
 
 
 
 
 

About Us

Dance Creations Dance Studio offers the most unique and diverse program in the area. With decades of highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers together we nurture the minds and spirits of all dancers. Building a strong foundation in a structured classroom environment is our philosophy. In this we believe that every dancer, recreational in intensive, will develop a passion for the art of dance.

History

Dance Creations Dance Studio (DCDS) was founded in 1991 by Janet Cripe, to offer a wide variety of dance instruction to dancers age two through adult. A family orientated dancing environment DCDS offers Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Gymnastics. Our staff strives to make each and every student feel important by instilling a sense of accomplishment and self-worth allowing them to reach their personal best. We provide our students with a quality dance education so that all of them, whether they study with us for one year or ten, will leave the studio with a love and appreciation for the art of dance.

An annual spring performance is held so that our dancers have the opportunity to perform for family and friends. All students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the performance.

The Director

 
Janet Cripe is the Owner/Artistic Director of Dance Creations Dance Studio and founder of the youth performance Company, DCDS In Motion. DCDS In Motion is a children performance company established in 2008 for the dancers at Dance Creations Dance Studio. Its mission is to create an environment for its dancers to expand their talents, enjoy performance type activities, and learn priceless lessons by participating in various projects to help others in our community. To date, DCDS In Motion dancers has raised over $15,000.00.00 for the Illinois Capital Area Chapter of The Red Cross, The Share programs at both St. Johns Hospital and Memorial Hospital, The United Breast Cancer Foundation and The Make A Wish Foundation.

At a young age, Janet began dancing at the Vitina Sansone School of Dance were she later assisted Vitina Sansone in all aspects of dance studio management. Having trained for more than 40 years in Ballet/Lyrical, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, she has studied with some of the greatest instructors in the industry. She is an Early Childhood Specialist of the Duluth School of Ballet. As a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association she continues training at seminars and workshops to revitalize practical teaching methods.
 
Janet Cripe - Artistic Director - Dance Creations Dance Studio
 
Well known for her high standards in quality dance training, her passion is to teach and create. With 30 years of teaching experience, she treasures watching her students grow within, and beyond, the art of dance. Janet is thrilled when her students take what she has taught them, apply it to their dreams, create new possibilities for themselves, develop those possibilities and succeed with their endeavors. Currently a lifelong dance student continues to dance while working with genetic research in New York and a former student operates her own local hip-hop studio.

Janet has received many awards from regional and national dance competitions including Top Studio, Best Choreography, Best Concept, Most Entertaining, and Most Age Appropriate Studio. In 1996, six members of the DCDS competition team were among the cast of the FedEx Orange Bowl performance cast. Most recently ten dancers were featured at a Martina McBride concert.

She is the driving force that inspires the students and faculty at DCDS to excel.

Policies & Procedures

Enrollment a Student INFORMATION FORM IS REQUIRED EACH NEW SEASON. PARENT SHOULD SELECT BOX STATING THAT HE/SHE HAS READ AND UNDERSTANDS THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF DCDS. REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNLESS POLICIES HAVE BEEN READ AND UNDERSTOOD IN ITS ENTIRETY.
EnRollment Fee is $25.00 per student AND $40.00 PER FAMILY.
When you enroll a dancer at this studio, you are ENROLLING FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON. FEES ARE BASED ON NUMBER OF HOURS PER CLASS PER WEEK. PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE LISTED BELOW. WE DO NOT SEND OUT A BILL EACH MONTH! THERE IS A $10.00 LATE CHARGE ON ALL PAYMENTS AFTER THE 7TH OF THE MONTH. PLEASE ALWAYS MARK DANCER(S) FIRST AND LAST NAME IN THE MEMO AREA ON YOUR CHECK. THERE IS A $30.00 RETURNED CHECK FEE!! NO EXCEPTIONS. tHERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS ON paid tUITION FOR ANY REASON.
PLEASE SELECT PAYMENT OPTION AT TIME OF REGISTRATION.
Opt 1: Pay for the year in full - receive A 10% DISCOUNT (Offer not good after SEPTEMBER 1) Check or Cash
Opt 2: Tri-annual Installments WITH payments due in September, December & March. Tuition Payments are due the first class of the month. If dancer will not attend that class parent IS RESPONSIBLE for dropping off or mailing in your payment before the end of that week. Payments received after the first week should include a $10.00 late payment FEE. This payment is basically monthly lesson fee X 9.5 DIVIDED BY 3. June lesson fees are ½ price and equally divided between monthly tuition. Check Or Cash
Opt 3: AUTOMATIC MONTHLY WITHDRAWALS from a checking account. Dance Creations Dance Studio has authorization to debit monthly tuition fees from a bank checking account. This is the only option For monthly payments. June lesson fees are equally divided between the monthly payment which end after the May tuition payment.
Opt 4: ADD COSTUME TO ANY OF THE ABOVE PAYMENT TYPES.
Monthly Pay Rate Class # 30 Minutes 45 Minutes 1 Hour 1 Hour 15 Minutes 1 Hour30 Minutes 1 Hour 45 Minutes 2 Hours
Discount 1 $43.00 $48.00 $50.00 $55.00 $60.00 $65.00 $70.00
-25% 2 $32.00 $36.00 $38.00 $41.00 $45.00 $49.00 $52.00
-35% 3 $2700 $31.00 $32.00 $34.00 $39.00 $42.00 $45.00
-50% 4 + $22.00 $24.00 $25.00 $27.50 $30.00 $32.50 $35.00
EXAMPLE:
Miss Daisy Dancer takes (1) 1 Hour Combo Class, (1) 45 Minute Gymnastics Class and (1) 45 Minute Hip Hop Class per week. Tuition would BE $50 + $36.00 + $31.00 = $117.00 per MoNTH / $370.50 Tri-Annually / $1111.50 LESS 10% = $1000.35 ( 10% only good IF PAID BY sEPT 1ST)
  • ALL FAMILIES WITH MORE THAN ONE DANCER TAKE 10% OFF TOTAL MONTHLY FEES!!
  • ANNUAL RATES AVAILABLE AT 10% OFF ENTIRE SEASON. GOOD ONLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1ST
PLACEMENT
Current age, age of previous training, previous styles of dance studied, and maturity of student will be taken into consideration. sTUDENTS WILL NOT BE PLACED IN CLASSES IN ORDER TO BE WITH FRIENDS OR SIBLINGS. pLACEMENT IN ANY CLASS IS NOT GUARANTEED FOR ANY DURATION. Class placement is made by dIRECTOR AND IS DECIDED UPON WITH THE BEST INTEREST IN MIND FOR THE STUDENT.

CLASS ATTIRE
BOYS - SOLID COLOR T-SHIRT & DARK COLORED SHORTS OR TRACK PANTS.
GIRLS – MUST BE SOME FORM OF DANCE WEAR - LEOTARD, SPORTS BRA, UNITARD, BOOTY SHORTS & TIGHTS. HAIR SHOULD BE UP AWAY FROM FACE. FOR HIP HOP CLASSES LOOSE COMFORTANBLE CLOTHING SHOULD BE WORN. PLEASE BRING A PAIR OF CLEAN, DRY SNEAKERS FOR HIP HOP. NO STREET SHOES MAY BE WORN IN THE STUDIOS.
(BLACK ELASTIC SHOULD BE USED IN PLACE OF TIES IN PATENT TAP SHOES AND ALTERED BEFORE CLASSES BEGIN.)

PEANUT FREE

DCDS IS A PEANUT FREE DANCE STUDIO.

MISSED CLASSES
IF A DANCER IS GOING TO BE ABSENT FROM CLASS IT IS NECESSARY TO CALL THE STUDIO AND LEAVE A MESSAGE. A DANCER WHO IS ABSENT FROM SCHOOL DUE TO AN ILLNESS SHOULD NOT ATTEND CLASS ON THAT DAY! PLEASE DO NOT BRING A DANCER TO CLASS IF HE/SHE HAS A FEVER OR SYMPTOMS OF ANY ILLNESS!!

PARKING
PLEASE KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE ON DANCERS ENTERING AND EXITING BUILDING. DCDS IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO VEHICLES.

Drop Off and Pick Up Policies
Students should not be dropped off more than 15 minutes before their class time begins. students under the age of 7 must not be dropped off any sooner than 5 minutes before their class time begins without parental supervision. Students must always be picked up on time unless previously approved by the studio director.

PARENT VIEWING
PARENTS ARE INVITED INTO CLASS THE LAST 15 MINUTES OF CLASS DURING THE Times indicated on the sEASON calendar. THERE MAY ALSO BE TIMES IN WHICH INSTRUCTOR MAY INVITE PARENTS IN TO VIEW. PLEASE NOTE THESE EXTRA VIEWINGS ARE TOTALLY AT RANDOM. Each dancer should have no more than 2 people attend the class viewing INCLUDING SIBLINGS.

PARENT/FAMILY WAITING AREA IS AVAILABLE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE FAMILIES AT DCDS. PLEASE REMEMBER TO CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR FAMILY. NO FOOD OR DRINK (OTHER THAN WATER) IS ALLOWED IN THE STUDIO. CHILDREN MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO ROAM FREELY THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING. IF SIBLINGS MUST ACCOMPANY PARENT TO BRING A CHILD TO DANCE THAT SIBLING MUST NOT BE LEFT UNATTENDED.

sTUDENT eTIQUITE

Dress appropriatEly for class. Be respectful of instructor and fellow dancers. if late for class, please knock before entering studio. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS HAVE DANCER USE RESTROOM BEFORE CLASS!!! ESPECIALLY THE LITTLE ONES! NO CELL PHONES IN CLASS!!!!! fOCUS MUST BE ON THE CLASS!

ANY STUDENT THAT IS BEING DISRUPTIVE OR DISRESPECTFUL TO THE INSTRUCTOR OR THE CLASS WILL BE ASKED TO SIT OUT OR GO TO A PARENT OR A GUARDIAN. TIME OUT WILL LAST FOR THE DURATION OF THE CLASS.
IMPORTANT: READ CAREFULLY
THIS IS YOUR SOURCE OF INFORMATION!
2017 SPRING production AN ANNUAL SPRING PRODUCTION IS PRESENTED SO THAT THE DANCERS MAY HAVE A NIGHT TO SHINE! Participation in the performance is prefered but not mandatory.THE PRODUCTION IS USUALLY THE 2ND WEEKEND IN JUNE AND IS THE OFFICIAL END TO THE SEASON. tHEDATES FOR THE 2017 SPRING PRODUCTION IS jUNE 9. DRESS REHEARSAL (MANDATORY FOR ALL) will be in the morning same day as show starting at 9:00am.

DETAILED INFORMATION PACKETS WILL BE PLACED IN FILE FOLDERS APPROXIMATELY APRIL1.

Participation
In order to participate in the spring production students must attend CLASS(es) consistently and consecutively. STUDENT(S) aCCOUNT MUST also BE UP TO DATE. NOTE: There must be no outstanding balance on your account in order to receive your costume(s) and participate in Recital.

iF YOUr Dancer will not PARTICIPte in the spring production please let us know as soon as possibleE!


COSTUME DEPOSIT
A NON - REFUNDABLE $70.00 COSTUME DEPOSIT FOR EACH CLASS SUBJECT A DANCER ATTENDS (EXCEPT FOR TECHNIQUE & GYMNASTICS) IS DUE WITH THE OCTOBER LESSON FEE PAYMENT. THE COSTUME DEPOSIT IS NON-REFUNDABLE – NO EXCEPTIONS. A FUNDRASIER WILL BE OFFERED IN BOTH THE FALL AS WELL AS SPRING TO HELP DEFRAY PERFORMANCE EXPENCES. *PLEASE NOTE COMBO CLASSES HAVE A COSTUME DEPOSIT PER SUBJECT.

A $10.00 Late Fee PER COSTUME will be added to all costumes deposits made after October 15th.

RECITAL FEE
A $75.00 RECITAL FEE PER DANCER WILL BE DUE MARCH 1st. RECITAL FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE.

CLASS ENROLLMENT
SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON CLASS ENROLLMENT. ALL CLASSES WITH LESS THAN 4 STUDENTS WILL BE CANCELLED.

wITHDRAWLING FROM CLASSES
To withdraw from the CLASSES AT DCDS IT IS REQUIRED THAT A WITHdRAWL FORM BE recEIved 1 MONTH prior to withdrawl. Tuition is payable until and including the 30 DAYS notice (THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON PAID TUITION). Parent/Guardian must sign form - phone calls or e-mails are not acceptable. a $100.00 restaging fee will be added for any dancers withdrawls within 6 weeks of our spring production.

CORRESPONDENCE
NEWSLETER, MEMOS & UPDATES WILL BE PLACED IN FILE FOLDERS LOCATION OUTSIDE EACH STUDIO. EACH FAMILY WILL HAVE ITS OWN FILE. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR CHECKING FILE REGULARLY FOR NEWSLETTERS AND MEMOS. NEWSLETTERS WILL NOT BE MAILED OUT. PARENTS SHOULD LIST A CURRENT E-MAIL THAT IS CHECKED REGULARLY (THE EMAIL ADDRESS LISTED STUDENT INFORMATION FORM)

CREATIVE RIGHTS

ALL MOVEMENT, CHOREOGRAPHY, AND MATERIAL USED FOR PERFORMANCES ARE THE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND CREATIVE WORK OF THE INSTRUCTOR AND DANCE CREATIONS DANCE STUDIO. USE OF CHOREOGRAPHY AND OR MOVEMENT EXERCISES WITHOUT EXPRESSED VERBAL OR WRITTEN PERMISSION BY THE INSTRUCTOR IS PROHIBITED. This includes performance, videotaping and distribution online posting (FACEBOOK You TUbe) and photography used for advertisement.