PNA Centennial Dancers 2010-2011 Handbook Purpose of the PNA Centennial Dancers: We are a non profit organization whose sole purpose is to promote and expand the appreciation of the Polish Heritage. Our goal is to support and participate in activities of Centennial Dancers, PNA, and the Polish-American Community. Participation: Participation is open to all children between ages 3-18 as of September 30. All dancers are encouraged to be a PNA member. Parents' Responsibility: To provide support and respect for the Board of Directors and the Choreographer, agree to serve on committees when asked and provide supervision of their children before and after class to insure orderly practices occur weekly. Please check in when dropping your child off for any hand outs or special announcements. Each family is to work two- 4 hour shifts at the only mandatory fund raiser – Plymouth Fall Fest. Fall Fest is always the weekend after Labor Day, the dancers dance on Saturday of that weekend. Parents are also responsible to encourage their children to participate in all group activities and performances. Financial Obligations: All families are required to meet financial obligations on a timely basis. No dancer will be allowed to start classes until the registration fee and form is received. All payments for tuition are to be paid by the due date. Tuition balance must be paid by February 1st. If this is not met, the dancers will not be allowed to continue with PNA Centennial Dancers. Costume rental charges are due one month following recital. Dancer Responsibility: By dancing with Centennial Dancers, you are committing yourself to the group. The dance year begins in September that is when you are expected to attend weekly dance practices. If you cannot make 100% of the practices, then you cannot make the commitment needed for Centennial Dancers. All dancers are to participate in group activities and performances. Required Dance Attire: No street shoes are allowed on the dance practice floor!!! Students are required to wear the following dance attire to weekly practices: Boys: Black shorts/sweat pants. Red Centennial Shirt, Black ballet/jazz shoes. Girls: Black practice skirts, Red Centennial Shirt, Black/Red Tights, and black ballet/jazz shoes, with hair pulled back, no dangling earrings, bracelets, or rings are permitted, since this is a health hazard. Costumes: Each student shall own his/her „Centennial Dance Costume”. Boys: red/white striped pants (not tight fitting) white button up shirt red ribbon tie red vest black boots/black shoes w/boot spats. Girls: Centennial ribbon skirt w/red tap pants white tights (NO NYLONS) white Centennial blouse petticoat slip – all groups, ethnic slip – group IV& V . Centennial headpiece Polish vest usually a dark colored background with sequined designs red shoes with strap – group I, black shoes with strap – groups II & III, black character shoes – group IV &V (No Heals Greater Than 1”) Some items can be purchased directly from Centennial using the costume order forms. Attendance: The Choreographer and/or Director shall take attendance records at weekly practices and performances. These records will be entered into the students‟ file. A review will take place to determine eligibility for Recital and Presentation Ball. If a dancer does not attend 75 % of the practices or does not attend walk on or dress rehearsal, they will lose their privilege to dance at recital. If a dancer is late for recital they will be allowed to dance for the Finale only. Excused Absences: For an absence to be considered “excused” you need to contact the Choreographer or the Director in writing as soon as possible. We will not allow walk on or dress rehearsals as an excused absence. A death of a grandparent or a member of the immediate family, hospitalization of the student, illness of the student (only with a doctors note) or attendance of a Sacramental Obligation - - First Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation of the student. Presentation Ball: The purpose of any ball sponsored any PNA or Centennial Dancers is to honor and recognize “Graduate” students for their „years of dedication and active participation, not only at recitals, but performances and activities‟. Requirements to be presented as a Debutante or Squire: It is recommended the “Graduate” has danced 5 years with Centennial PNA Member in good standing Dance the Junior and Senior years Dance 3 out of the 4 years in High School. Be an active participant in all Centennial events, including recitals, performances, parades and practices. Students not meeting these requirements will not be presented, but will receive recognition at the recital. Awards: Students are recognized by receiving merit awards along with ribbons for their 1-5 years, trophies for 1-4 years, year pins for 6-15 years. Special recognition is given to 5, 10, 15 year dancers at the recital; 5 years – Eagle Charm, 10 years Centennial Dancers Charms, 15 years – a Special gift from Poland Disciplinary Actions: The Board of Directors and /or the Choreographer may take disciplinary action and/or dismiss a student and/or family from the group for any of the following reasons: -Any student/parent showing disrespect, using foul and/or abusive language or gestures, participating in any deliberate physical act resulting in harm towards the staff, Board of Directors, Choreographer, or other students or families: causing disruptions during classes, group activities, refusing to follow group policies. -Any students refusing to follow instructions or refusing to actively participate during practice, attend practice on a regular, weekly basis, wear appropriate practice and/or performance attire, being argumentative or disrespectful to Board of Directors, Choreographer, or room mom, creating practice disruptions, creating unsafe conditions for fellow students during practice. -Any student/parents caught participating in mischievous actions such as inappropriately using bathrooms, tampering with bulletin boards/objects on walls, telephones, making illegal 911 calls, coloring and/or drawing graffiti on walls/furniture at any rental facility or performance premises. Any student/parents caught participating in theft; vandalism or any other destructive action to any rental facility, automobile, or personal property shall be immediately dismissed from the group. All tuition monies paid will be forfeited. Any student caught in possession of or using any illegal substance will be reported to the proper authorities. If any student arrives to a PNA, or Centennial, or any polish activity while under the influence of an illegal substance they will be reported to the proper authorities. Internet/Marketing: In the event that the PNA Centennial Dancers (PCD) or media takes pictures/video in an effort to promote in local or national publications or on the PCD web site, Ad/program booklets or Recital video/DVD you will need to inform the Board of Directors or the Choreographer in writing if you request to have your child‟s image/name not used.