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Dear Parents and Guardians:

Warm Greetings!  I would like to personally welcome you to Kharisma Dance Studio (“KDS”)!  Thank you for completing the on-line registration form and for your interest in our new faith-based dance program being offered at the beautiful Victory Christian Community Center (“VCC”).  As the KDS Owner and Artistic Director, I am super excited to share the joy of creative expression through dance with students of every age, encouraging them to develop a healthy self-esteem, a strong body, a disciplined mind, and a vibrant spirit!  “Worship the Lord in all His holiness.  Dance before Him all the earth!” - 1 Chronicles 16:29

I truly believe God bestows every person with a special creative talent we are “called" to lovingly share with others.  Our spiritual mission (if we choose to accept it) entails, 1) identifying what our creative talent is and, 2) how we can best use our creative talent to bless others.  I knew immediately after taking my first Ballet class at the age of 5yrs with my amazing Mom, that dance was my gift from Heaven!  Since then, I have been on an exciting and enriching journey filled with all types of dance, taking classes throughout my elementary, middle, high school and college years, and eventually teaching and performing in musical theater productions and with professional dance companies.  After graduating from college, I was strongly encouraged by my loving and protective parents to pursue a sensible business career while enjoying my artistic interests as a hobby.  Well, God graciously blessed me with a corporate career filled with lots of international travel.  I quickly noticed that I was able to find great dance classes in every city to jump into and it was apparent to me that the love of dance is universal and folks are dancing at all times, all around the world!  So, after spending 25 years helping others build their businesses as a program manager and consultant, I retired early from my position as Senior Vice President of Global Quality Management at AIG Corporation and pursued my life-long dream of opening my own dance studio in 2008.  Hallelujah! KDS was born, and since then, I’ve been providing quality dance instruction to students of all ages, and becoming a highly sought after professional choreographer working on a variety of musical theater projects, church worship programs, dance competitions, and music videos. 

Thank you again for your interest in KDS and I can’t wait to have fun, praise, and honor God through dance with you and your family!   Please take a few minutes to review the KDS policies and procedures provided below for helpful details regarding class registration, attendance, dress code, recital fees, dance shoes, etc.  This information is also provided on the KDS website on the VCC Policies page.  If you have any questions, please not hesitate call me at 706-669-9166 or send an email to kharismdancestudio@gmail.com.

Best Regards & God bless!

Venae Ellis

Owner & Artistic Director

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Venae Ellis, Owner & Artistic Director, received her early dance training in Denver, Colorado studying with the Lani Hood Dance Theater and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble as well as training in liturgical dance workshop with the Vineyard International Church.  She has danced professionally in ballet, tap, jazz and modern and performed in a variety of musical theater productions.  Mrs. Ellis has over 15 years of teaching experience and provides professional choreography to theaters, churches, dance competitions, music artists & dance fitness specialists.  She is also a professional singer and performs as a lead vocalist with her husband in the group they founded, Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk.  Mrs. Ellis is also an AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor with additional certifications in Zumba, Yoga, Yo-chi (yoga/tai-chi), and SilverSneakers





STUDIO POLICIES

Class Enrollment & Registration

Prior to starting classes, each family will be required to pay a non-refundable $20 registration fee per family, per dance year.  Parents who register early (before August 5th) will receive a Free Registration Waiver.

The registration fee covers the costs of paperwork processing and computer time required to set up your dancer(s) in the KDS attendance and tuition-billing system. It also covers your dancer’s insurance, music license fees and studio communication costs—all separate expenses from class tuition.

Class Tuition

Monthly tuition fees are figured based on the number of classes taken by each family and are due on the 1st day of class each month. This provides for clean record keeping and, more importantly, encourages young dancers to commit to a block of instruction in order to master technique requiring a dedicated focus and consistent repetition over time.  A single class walk-in rate is provided for adult students only who want to see if a class will be a good fit for them and their schedule.  Tuition payments received after the 8th of the month will be subject to a $10 late fee. Tuition is due regardless of the number of classes attended; no refunds will be given for classes missed because of illness, vacation, or cancellations caused by inclement weather.

Tuition can be paid by cash, check, or charge at the studio office; by cash or check deposited into the tuition drop box at the dance studio (please write your dancer’s name on the envelope containing cash or on the check); or by credit card online.

Fees

  • $50/Month - 1 Class Per Week

  • $75/Month - 2 Classes Per week

  • $95/Month - Unlimited Monthly Classes (for 1 student)

  • $150/Month - Unlimited Monthly Classes (for 2 or more students)

Recitals

At KDS, we are very excited to share with our families and the larger community a new approach to performing arts focusing on Christian values.  Ultimately, KDS does not require participation in annual dance recitals, however, it is strongly encouraged and considered an important part of the overall learning experience.  Publicly sharing creative expression is the highlight of a dancer’s training and a goal they strive and look forward to.  It will help to build self-esteem and self-confidence, along with giving dancers a chance to showcase the results of their hard work, dedication, and progress.  KDS students, regardless of skill level, are invited to perform in the annual recital(s).

For this reason, we are planning for a 2020 Spring Recital, allowing KDS dancers to display what they have learned and worked so hard on over the year and we will add a 2021 Winter Recital, the following year.  A $50 recital fee for families with one recital dancer and $80 for families with 2 or more recital dancers will be collected by the end of February, 2020.  This fee will cover event costume costs, marketing and program expenses.  In addition, each family will receive 4 complimentary tickets providing parking at the state-of-the-art Victory Christian Community Center auditorium. Any additional tickets for the 2020 Spring Recital may be purchased when tickets are released to the public.  Visit www.kharismadancestudio.com for the latest on 2020 recital dates and ticket purchase information.  

 Costume purchase

Each costume, once paid in full out of students’ recital fees, will become the property of the dancer.  If dancers drop a dance class(es) after their costume(s) has been ordered, they may pick up their costume(s) at the studio anytime after that year's dance recital has taken place.

Returned Check Fee

There will be a $25 fee assessed for all returned checks.

Dress Code

Students should be properly dressed for each class they attend, including the proper dance shoes. All students, regardless of which classes they are taking, are required to wear a leotard (any color). Shorts, skirts, capris or jazz pants may be worn over their leotards. Fitted tank tops may be worn over the top of leotards, but t-shirts or sweatshirts will need to be taken off before class begins. Parents should also make sure their dancers' hair is out of their face when they come to dance class.

Dance Shoes

Dancers must wear the proper dance shoes required for each dance class. Dance shoes should not be worn outside the dance studio, since this can cause unnecessary wear and tear to your child's dance shoes. Dance shoes should be marked with the dancer's name and carried to and from the dance studio in a dedicated dance bag. This carry bag can also hold their belongings during class time and keep them separate from other dancers' belongings.

  • For Ballet, Lyrical, Liturgical: Leather pink ballet slippers. If you need to buy new ballet slippers, please buy them in the ballet pink color. Fabric slippers and bare feet are not acceptable.

  • For Hip Hop, Jazz: Black or tan jazz shoes (lace up or slip on) or dance sneakers with a low heel (no street shoes or ballet slippers). All dance shoes should fit comfortably, but not loosely. It is preferable to have your child try on dance shoes before purchase, but, if necessary, shoes can be ordered online, referencing the associated size charts. Make sure there is a return or exchange policy available for any shoes that do not fit properly.

  • For Tap: Black tap shoes, Oxford style lace up, slip-ons or ankle buckle.

  • For Zumba: Any dance sneaker or cross training shoe that will allow you to move easily with good arch and ankle support. No bare feet allowed!

TO ORDER AFFORDABLE DANCE WEAR AND SHOES ON-LINE FOR CHILDREN OR ADULTS, CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING SITES:



Helpful Dance Shoe Care & Maintenance Tips

  • For young dancers, take the tie shoelaces out of their tap shoes and replace with a sewn in loop of black elastic. This will save your child from having tie up their shoes and they can easily slip their shoes on, which saves time. In addition, most younger dancers cannot tie their shoes tight enough creating the risk of them slipping off. Please make sure the elastic stretches when the foot goes in and it’s snug, but not so tight that it causes discomfort.

  • Each student will need a carry bag to transport their dance shoes in and they should never wear their tap or ballet shoes outside! Dancers should arrive in their street shoes and then change into dance shoes right before class.

  • Please write your child’s name on all their belongings (dance shoes, jackets, coats, etc.) Personal items do get misplaced and it’s much easier to find the owner when they are clearly marked

  • Dancers need to bring a bottle of water to every class! We work very hard during each session and it’s super important to stay well hydrated.

Class Start and End Times  

All classes will begin and end on time. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their dancers arrive to class on time and must also be there to pick them up as soon as class is over. KDS and The Victory Community Center staff are not responsible for children left unattended before or after dance class.

Attendance

Regular attendance is encouraged to ensure optimal growth of both individual dancers and the class as a whole. Attendance is particularly important once dance recital practices begin, typically in November, not only so each dancer doesn't get behind, but also because other class members are relying on your dancer for his/her role in the routine.

Winter Weather-Related Closings

In the case of inclement winter weather, KDS will cancel classes if NGCA and the majority of Gilmer County schools are not holding classes and activities. If bad weather arrives during the course of the day and parents are unsure about the status of classes for the evening, they can check the KDS website and Facebook page, which will always be updated by 2:30 p.m. If bad weather begins to arrive through the course of the evening, parents are responsible for calling the studio to determine whether classes are cancelled before coming to class. KDS will not typically make up classes cancelled due to bad weather unless the same class misses two or more sessions, in which case KDS staff will attempt to reschedule the class.

Spring Severe Weather Procedure

In the case of severe weather during the Spring, KDS is obligated to keep dancers at the studio until the immediate threat passes. KDS staff will make every possible attempt to keep dancers and their family members safe during storms. When severe weather hits, parents are responsible for calling the studio to determine whether classes are cancelled before bringing their dancers to class.

Holiday Breaks

The KDS studio will be closed during the following holiday breaks: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring Break. Exact break dates found online at www.kharismadancestudio.com, and in reminders in the monthly newsletters. KDS will remain open during all parent/teacher conference breaks, teacher in-service days and any other days off from school, including national holidays like Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, etc.

Make-up Classes

KDC does not allow dancers to make up classes that they miss, primarily due to the fact that each class is working on a specific, unique dance routine, so make-up dancers will not get any practice in their own routines by attending a different class. Furthermore, alternate classes might be at their full class limit, leaving no room for additional dancers.

Appropriate Classroom Behavior

Dancers are expected to respect their dance teacher and classmates at all times. KDS and KDS staff reserve the right to excuse from class children who refuse to cooperate. In such a case, the student’s parent will be notified and asked to pick up their child immediately.

Policy and Procedure Changes

Kharisma Dance Studio reserves the right to make changes to the policies and procedures at any time. Notice of changes will be given on the KDS website (www.kharismadancestudio.com) and in the monthly newsletters.