Online Handbook

Health Policy

Please remain at home if you are experiencing any COVID-19, cold, or flu symptoms or have a positive test or diagnosis of a communicable disease.

Students, instructors, staff, volunteers, and visitors are no longer required to wear a face mask within the studio. These guidelines may be changed to match local and/or CDC guidelines.

Image Capture

Each year families are asked to sign a waiver for photographs and video can be used for internal and external marketing communications. 

For performances, LBP brings in a third party vendor to capture individual portraits, group/class photos, and performance videos. Purchasing these items accrue an additional fee paid directly to the vendor and are completely optional. 

Holidays

No classes are held on Labor Day, Thanksgiving, the Friday after Thanksgiving or Memorial Day.

 

Classes are cancelled for weather conditions if Chicago Public Schools cancels classes.

Non-profit Status

LBP is a non-profit organization that only charges what is necessary to meet operating expenses. Tuition is calculated on a calendar divided into four-week terms. Tuition is non-refundable. No fees may be transferred or extended or deducted.

 

Students are automatically reenrolled for the next term unless the desk staff is notified by the student or parent. Each student must pay a $20 registration fee each year. A $10 reentry fee will be assessed for any student who misses a term for nonmedical reasons.

Winter Break

Each year LBP takes a 2 week break from classes. While the dates change annually, they roughly line up with the Chicago Public School's winter break.

No one is attending to the front desk during winter break. It is best to email us. Please forgive us if it takes longer than usual to reply. 

Code of Conduct

Dancers and families alike are asked to review and sign a Code of Conduct annually. The Code of Conduct promotes respect and mature behavior needed for a community environment. 

Our mission is to bring the joy of dance to everyone regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, socio-economic status, or political alignment. All are welcome at LBP!

Everyone Can Dance!

Dress Code

LBP accepts gender-neutral dance attire in our classes and dancers may select which option is most comfortable. Attire should provide proper coverage at all times, including through movement.

Ballet

For girls: leotard, pink or skin-toned tights, ballet shoes with the drawstrings tucked in, hair secured in a bun if long enough or securely up off the face if too short for a bun, ballet skirt or “booty shorts” are optional but permitted, form-fitting warm-ups are permitted only at the beginning of class, undergarments should not be visible under the uniform.

  • Kinder, Pre-ballet, Beginning Ballet: Pink leotard

  • Basic Ballet: Periwinkle or light blue leotard

  • Intermediate Ballet: Burgundy leotard

  • Pre-pointe and up: Black leotard

 

For boys: white shirt, black ballet tights with appropriate undergarments, black ballet shoes with the drawstrings tucked in, hair secured up off the face, form-fitting warm-ups are permitted only at the beginning of class.

 

Pointe

Dress code is similar to ballet, but with the addition of pointe shoes.  Shoes must be fit by a professional, and any changes in shoe type must be approved by the teacher.  The teacher of Basic Pointe students must approve all new shoes, even of the same type, to ensure fit and safety.  Shoes should be sewn securely, with both elastic and ribbons, for safety and aesthetics.  Students should attempt to sew their own shoes.  Basic Pointe students should expect to use one to two pairs of pointe shoes in a school year.  Intermediate Pointe students should expect to use two to three pairs of pointe shoes in a school year.  Advanced and Perfection students should expect to use four or more pairs of pointe shoes in a school year.  Shoes are expected to be clean and broken in for all performances.

 

Jazz, Lyrical, and Contemporary

Leotard or form-fitting shirt, tights or leggings, jazz or ballet shoes, hair secured up off the face, form-fitting warm-ups are permitted only at the beginning of class.

 

Hip Hop

Clothing that is comfortable to move in that does not obscure the visible lines of the body, designated clean sneakers with non-marking soles (no street shoes), hair secured up off the face.

 

Tap

Clothing that is comfortable to move in that does not obscure the visible lines of the body, tap shoes, hair secured up off the face.  To assist in making the best sound, the quality of tap shoes is expected to increase with level, which will be facilitated by the teacher. 

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