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Conduct Guidelines

Below are the expectations to which the department holds all dancers.  If you have questions please see your dance instructor or email KU Dance at kudance@ku.edu

Preparing for Class

  • Arrive early, if possible, to dress and warm up.
  • If you are late entering class, ask permission from the teacher and make sure your body is warm enough for the exercises.
  • Do not leave class and re-­enter without permission, except to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. No food or drink (other than water) allowed in the studio space. Do not chew gum during class.
  • No street shoes allowed in the studio space. (Bring clean shoes to use if they are required by the instructor).
  • Turn off cell phones; do not answer phones or text during class.
  • Dress appropriately for the style of dance you practice. For example, ballet class requires leotards, tights and slippers or pointe shoes. Modern class requires clothing that is fitted close to the body and bare feet. Refer to your syllabus for the appropriate attire in different courses.
  • No dangling jewelry, watches, bracelets, necklaces, etc.
  • Students should practice proper hygiene.

During Class

  • Listen respectfully to the instructor’s instructions and feedback.
  • Perform classroom exercises with the appropriate group. If you have questions about where to stand in class or what group to go with in across the floor or center work, please ask the instructor.
  • Raise your hand to be recognized to speak and ask questions. Please do not talk during the exercises, or when the instructor or other students are talking.
  • Perform the entire dance combination as given. Finish every combination. Even if you have difficulty, dance discipline requires you to finish a combination to the best of your ability.
  • Move quickly from one area of the space to another when going from center to across the floor. Stay out of the way of other dancers who are still performing a combination.
  • Focus on the technique and movements of this class and do not practice other class combinations during this class time.
  • Listen to the instructor’s comments and corrections and apply them to your work. Accept corrections as positive criticism; use each one as an opportunity to grow.
  • Leave personal/emotional problems outside of class.
  • If you are ill or injured, or have a chronic injury, please inform the instructor so s/he is aware of your limitations. Arrange for appropriate make-up work with the individual instructor.
  • The following are considered disruptive behaviors and may result in expulsion from the classroom:
    • Monopolizing classroom discussions.
    • Failing to respect the rights of other students to express their viewpoints.
    • Talking when the instructor or others are speaking.
    • Talking during exercises.
    • Constant questions or interruptions that interfere with the instructor’s presentation.
    • Use of profanity or derogatory language.
    • Arguing with professors or other students; we have a critical feedback model that allows questions to be asked and answered in a respectful way.

Outside of Class

  • The same definitions of appropriate and inappropriate behavior (above) apply to rehearsals and all other contexts within the department, including communications within administrative offices.
  • Please inform your instructor or the chair if you have a problem or concern with another student or instructor.
  • If you would like to speak with an instructor, please make an appointment with him/her during office hours.
  • Address questions or concerns with other students and faculty in a respectful way, in a moderate voice, without profanity or derogatory language.
  • Listen respectfully to feedback and apply it to your work.

Time Management Expectations

Dancers have great time management skills, but sometimes we need to remind each other that a person can only be in one place at a time. Your priorities are your courses, rehearsals, and self-care.

This means that work hours, social commitments like sororities or fraternities, and even family commitments like out-of-town trips have to be scheduled around your priorities.

This balance can be challenging, for anyone at any stage of life, but it will minimize the stress in your environment if you can explain that you cannot miss classes or rehearsals to others.


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