Washington State Youth Ballet strives to maintain open communication between faculty, parents, and students via e-blasts, individual emails, bulletin board/door postings, class hand-outs, WSYB website, and Facebook.
If a parent or student would like to speak with an instructor, please contact the director for an appointment. Please keep your contact information current at all times.
SCHOOL CLOSURE POLICY
With the safety of the students and the parents in mind, classes will not be held when the Walla Walla public schools are closed due to weather. When school begins late, WSYB will hold classes as scheduled. If the weather becomes severe and school has not closed the Director will contact the families of students taking class that day and let them know whether class will be happening. Please check with the academy about when your student may make up their missed classes. If the Federal Government is closed, WSYB will be closed as well.
CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE
Occasionally there can be behavior problems in the studio, which can distract students and disrupt the class progress. A verbal warning by the instructor will be given to the student. If the behavior continues the student will be ask to watch class and the director will contact the parents/guardians. Working together in a positive way to understand the behavior and why it's happening, WSYB inspires to give students tools they can use to help them cope with issues they may be having.
WSYB'S POLICIES ON BEHAVIOR AND PROHIBITED ACTIVITIES
We are committed to providing a healthy and supportive environment. This policy applies to everyone at WSYB, including our students and their families, WSYB employees, guests, and visitors. We expect everyone, at all times, to treat each other in a respectful manner and we prohibit any inappropriate and offensive conduct, including without limitation: name-calling, making malicious, false, or derogatory comments, harassment, spreading rumors and lies, gossiping, making fun of others, fighting or instigating a fight, threatening behavior, using profane or abusive language, destruction of property, stealing, and any other malicious conduct, whether verbal or physical. This also applies to any social media postinsgs that identifies or involves WSYB students or their families. WSYB has a zero-tolerance policy for all weapons, illegal drugs, and underage use of cigarettes and vaping items. This applies to students who bring a weapon or banned substance to WSYB, regardless of its intended use, or arrives at WSYB, or a WSYB event under the influence of alcohol or an illegal drug.
WSYB reserves the right to remove or dismiss anyone who WSYB determines in its discretion has engaged in any conduct in violation of any part of this policy. No refund of tuition will be given.
PICKING UP/DROPPING OFF STUDENTS
When dropping off students please make sure they have plenty of time to get ready for class. Students need to have time to warm up and be dressed in the appropriate dress code. If a student is more than 10 minutes late for class it will be at the instructor's discretion whether they can participate or not. If not, they will be asked to watch the class. Ballet classes are structured to slowly warm-up the body and missing the beginning of class is an injury risk.
Please be as prompt as you can in picking your children up. Especially in the late evening. We will always have someone at the studio until the last student leaves in case of a delay or emergency. Please contact the school if you are going to be late picking up your student. All dancers must put clothing on over their dance attire when being dropped off or picked up. Parking lots are public areas, so please be covered appropriately.
Fathers will not be allowed in the female dressing room. If you have a young dancer, please make sure they are dressed before coming to the studio or you can take them into one of our two bathrooms to help them get ready for their class.
It is very important for our dancers to attend their classes on a regular basis as repetition is a key part of dance training. If a dancer is not able to be present for class, please notify the director before their class by phone or email. Students are encouraged to make-up absences. Please call the director to discuss times that would work for the student for the appropriate make-up class.
WSYB's goal is to prepare dancers from a young age to reach their maximum potential. Level by level, as students move through our curriculum, they will be challenged to apply themselves fully in order to fulfill their desired goals in dance. Once again we expect everyone, at all times, to treat each other in a respectful manner. The dance world is a small one and just like life, the people you stand next to today may be the leaders of tomorrow. Please refrain from behavior that will take away from the entire class having an educational and enriching experience.
Students, siblings, parents and visitors are to conduct themselves in a quiet and respectful manner while in lobbies, hallways, dressing rooms and bathrooms.
Please keep dressing rooms neat and orderly. Respect other's property.
All children must be supervised at all times. Running, climbing and excessive noise will not be tolerated.
No videos will be permitted of classes without instructor permission
~ Do not talk in class unless asking a question or answering one by the instructor.
~Be attentive to all corrections, whether it be for you, another dancer or for the entire class.
~Do not lean or hang on barres.
~Try and refrain from negative body language. Hands crossed, rolling eyes, facing away from the teacher while they are giving combinations.
~No sitting in between combinations. The teacher will give you time to stretch.
~Cover your mouth when you yawn, cough or sneeze.
~Do not walk in front of the instructor. Please give them space to teach.
~No cell phone use in the studio.
~Older students are expected to be role models for the younger students.
~No gum or food in the studio. Students may bring closed water bottles into the studio with them.
~Please throw away all trash.
~Any injury must be reported to the instructor and or director immediately. Students who are injured are asked to watch class and take notes.
~ If you are feeling sick, please stay home and rest
~Always be supportive of other dancers in your class.
~Do not quit in the middle of a combination.
~NEVER SAY "I CAN'T"
Photo Credit: Annelise Page Photography
After a very difficult but amazing inaugural year, WSYB is proud to continue offering classes to the youth of the Walla Walla Valley. Check out our fall schedule. We are always open for new students to join our family.