Orientation: Orientation will be held at Gonzaga on Wednesday at 4pm and Thursday at 7pm the first week of classes. All students must attend one of these orientations. Forms will be handed out to you at that time. A full explanation of the program will be presented during the orientation and any questions will be answered by a member of the mangagement team from Spokane Dance Company. Contact Kristen Kavon firstname.lastname@example.org for the location of the orientation on the GU campus.
Forms: There are three (3) forms that must be filled out prior to attending your first class. 1) Spokane Dance Company’s Registration form; 2) Gonzaga Liability waiver; 3) Spokane Dance Company Liability waiver. All three forms should be submitted to Spokane Dance Company by Friday night (12am) the first week of classes.
Class Selection: Gonzaga requires 2 hours of class per week in order to receive 1 PE credit. Classes begin with jumpstart on Sept 8th or Sept 10th. The first actual dance classes will be on September 12th or 13th. Classes are offered on Wednesday and Thursday nights at 6:40pm - 8:40pm. These classes are two hours in length and meet once each week. Students can choose between Ballroom (Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese waltz) on Wednesday night, or Rhythm (Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Merengue, Salsa, and Swing) on Thursday night. The classes will be limited to keep the students balanced in the two classes. You may reserve a certain class by emailing us at: email@example.com and reserving your place in either class. These classes are open on a first come, first serve basis.
Introductory Class: Every student (regardless of skill level) is required to attend at least one “Jumpstart Session” on the first Monday night (6:00—8:00) or the first Saturday (2:00pm - 4:00pm) after the semester begins and before taking any other class. This is an “introduction to dance” class which will accelerate your dance training. Without this class you will quickly fall behind the rest of the students.
Studio Location: Classes will be offered at Spokane Dance Company 902 West Indiana.
ATTENDANCE AND ATTITUDE
1) A student must attend 2 hours of dance class per week for a 1 credit class. Absences will lower your grade. You are allowed only ONE absence before your grade may be effected. If you have two absences or more absences you may request permission to make up classes. However, there are only a few makeup positions available each week. The only exception will be if you are excused for a Gonzaga Event and written proof is provided to Spokane Dance Company. If you are more than 10 minutes late you are considered absent. Please be on time.
2) Your attitude is reflected in your ability to assimilate the material presented. When you enter the dance class music will be played for warm up. Students are expected to be on the dance floor warming up as soon as the music begins. Students who do not get on the floor immediately are deemed to be exhibiting a “non participating” attitude and your grade will be adjusted accordingly.
3) Practice is expected as a form of homework. Students should dedicate two hours of dance practice for every hour in class. Instructors can tell when you return to class if you have NOT practiced. It is very obvious as class progresses. Failure to practice will be reflected in your grade.
At the end of the semester you will be required to dance during the last class of the semester. You will be graded on your performance. Students may elect to attend a semi-formal dance offered by Spokane Dance Company as an alternative exam. All students are required to dance with several partners and perform all the material which has been presented in class. Men must LEAD the dance and women must FOLLOW. Spokane Dance Company takes this issue very serious. Ladies who LEAD or help the man on the final exam will receive an “F” as a final grade. This is viewed as cheating and can be compared to giving another student answers on a final exam. If a man is doing something incorrect on the final and the woman follows him, even though it is incorrect, the woman is being graded on following. Therefore, she is getting a good grade! If a student chooses the Formal Dance, there will be a dance fee ($5) and the dance may be open to the public. Any student who attends the Semi-Formal Dance will receive an "A" on the final portion of the grade. All criteria above are combined resulting in your final grade.
Every student should maintain a complete list of all steps presented in class. These lists will be a great help to you during the dance program. Bring a notebook and write down what you have learned AFTER CLASS has ended.
Spokane Dance Company is a public facility with students from EWU, Spokane Parks and Recreation, Gonzaga University, and students from the general public. ALL students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and be respectful of fellow students and studio personnel. Any student violating this provision will be asked to leave. All students are expected to pay attention in class and conduct themselves in a “non disruptive” manner. This include TALKING while the instructor is teaching. Be courteous to other students who are also trying to learn. If you are talking and carrying on.. You are disrupting the class.
Code of Conduct:
The following behavior is UNACCEPTABLE and will result in your being asked to leave the studio:
· Any violence or threat of violence.
· Any loud or profane language or other rude or offensive behavior.
· Any horseplay or throwing of objects.
· NO SOLICITATION. Solicitation includes promoting events at other businesses or locations.
Spokane Dance Company Dress and Grooming Standards - Acceptable Studio Attire
Spokane Dance Company wishes to create and preserve an atmosphere that reflects the ideals and values espoused by social dance, thereby promoting a positive image of dance, especially among those less familiar with the art form. Both faculty and students have a shared responsibility to uphold dress standards while at the same time allowing for acceptable movement.
Social dance requires that two people are in close proximity to each other. Body odors detract from the experience and interfere with a partner’s learning. Please wear a deodorant to classes. Ladies, be careful not to “take a bath” in perfume.
1. Appropriate classroom attire for women:
· Shoulderless attire and halter-tops are not appropriate for social dance class. Straps over the shoulders are required.
· Bras, or built-in support, must be worn underneath for modesty and to give appropriate support when needed.
· Sheer or "see-through" fabric is not appropriate unless it is over approved attire.
Dress slacks or a skirt with a blouse are required.
Dress shoes or dance shoes are required. Tennis shoes or athletic shoes are not permitted on the dance floors.
Jeans, shorts, t-shirts with offensive sayings and tube tops are prohibited at all times in the studio.
2. Appropriate classroom attire for men:
· Shirts must be worn at all times.
· Sheer or "see-through" fabric is not appropriate unless it is over approved attire.
· Dress slacks and a collared shirt or a plain t-shirt are required.
· Dress shoes or dance shoes are required. Tennis shoes or athletic shoes are not permitted on the dance floors .
· Jeans, shorts, and t-shirts with offensive sayings are prohibited at all times in the studio.
Men Lead - women follow - The instructor TEACHES. DO NOT try to teach someone else. If they have a question they can, and should, ask the instructor. Others may have the same question. If you attempt to instruct someone , your chatter is disruptive to the class and in most cases, what you are trying to “teach” is EXACTLY what the instructor IS TEACHING. So the student who needs the instruction is being deprived of the instructor’s training.
Teaching Assistants (TA)
A teaching assistant is defined as an assistant who spends some of his/her hours engaged in classroom teaching or other forms of indirect teaching. This is a position which carries a high degree of responsibility and requires a professional attitude at all times. The TA program has been designed to allow a student who is considering the idea of being a teacher, a chance to experience that position before making a commitment to our “Teachers’ Training School.” This position is only open to students with previous social dance training. All students wishing to be teaching assistants are required to apply thru Spokane Dance Company’s General Manager. No application will be accepted after the second full week of classes.
FUN BUT SERIOUS:
Students are expected to have professional behavior at all times during class. Social graces dictate a higher level of behavior than you might find in other classes. Our classes are a lot of fun. But don't mistake “fun” as “not serious” We take our training very serious and want you to do the same. If you take it serious, you will leave our program with an ability to be comfortable and graceful in any social dance situation throughout the rest of your life… and a good grade!
Classes Begin Fall 2007 - Remember, “Jumpstart” class (Monday night (September 10th) or Saturday (September 8th) is required before attending any other class. Forms must be turned in to Spokane Dance Company BEFORE class begins.
Who can come to the social classes? Is it just for Gonzaga students?
All classes and studio events are open to everyone, and a good portion of the dancers in some of our classes are not affiliated with Gonzaga.
I have friends who can't afford the classes, but they want to learn to dance. What can they do?
We suggest our “Social Club” program which gives a student “unlimited classes” for a very affordable fee. See our General Manager for details. If they absolutely cannot afford any fees, Class fees usually can be waived in return for a few hours of volunteering for the club, such as helping at the door, helping with janitorial and men walking women to their cars. This is done on a “first come—first served basis. Contact the General Manager for details.
Do I need a partner to take ballroom dance classes?
No, not at all. We rotate partners several times in every class so you'll be dancing with many different people.
If I have someone I want to dance with, do I have to rotate partners?
The answer is simply -YES, because you'll learn leading and following skills much faster if you dance with lots of different people. (Then when you go back to your original partner at the end of class, you'll have a much better time dancing with each other, because you'll both be better dancers for having danced with other people).
Do I need any experience dancing to come to a social class?
None at all! Take our “jumpstart” class on Monday and you will be ready to take any class starting the next day. Our social classes are meant for everyone, and don't presume any dancing experience.
Do I need special shoes?
There's no need to wear ballroom shoes for social classes, though if you have a pair, it makes dancing much easier. See our General Manager if you would like to order a pair of ballroom shoes. He can make some recommendations and can get you a fairly good discount on shoes..
What is practice session dancing?
Practice sessions are a chance to practice the moves you learn in ballroom classes - it's a social hour where you can dance as you choose. During general dancing, we put on a variety of ballroom songs. Practice sessions are held every Friday, and Saturday nights. Practice sessions are open to everyone.
How do I get to the "Indiana St. Studio" from Gonzaga?
Leave the campus and head north on Ruby Street. Turn left on Indiana St. Go west 9 blocks. The studio is on the right side of Indiana - one block before Monroe Street.
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