2023-2024 Student Handbook
Below is a list of important studio policies & information that you need to know for the school year.
Welcome to Raices Latin Dance! We’re happy you chose Raices for your child’s dance journey. We hope this handbook will help answer most of your dance related questions, but you’re always welcome to contact us with any additional clarifications.
Registration is open ONLINE. Visit our website and click Raices Youth Program tab, then the Raices Youth Registration tab to setup an account and register for classes. The registration fee for returning students is $20.00 and new students is $30.00. All waivers must be signed before your child(ren) may participate in class. If a class is full your child(ren) will be added to a waitlist on a first come first serve basis. Once a spot opens up you will be emailed and your child(ren) will be enrolled.
Tuition & Payments
All guardians of registered students are required to keep a credit card file. All registrations are processed via auto-pay. Auto-pays are processed on the 5th of each month. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please get in touch with us as soon as possible in order to stop autopay before processing and discuss financial aid options. If the credit card is declined an email will be sent to contact on file in order to resolve the issue, however Raices Cultural Arts LLC reserves the right to try to process the tution payment again until the payment is fulfilled. There are no discounts for vacations, holidays or days missed due to weather or public emergencies. Tuition is based on a monthly fee and is divided into 10 equal payments (Sept-June). June is the last payment. All balances must be paid in full before a student is allowed to participate in the end of the season showcase.
Trial-Classes: Are charged at $15.00 per student, per class. If you decide to enroll after a trial class, the Trial-Class Fee will be credited towards the registration fee.
Raices Latin Dance believes in ensuring that all children are able to experience the joy of dance. We also are intentionally putting our focus on underserved populations in the city of Worcester, specifically children and teens of Latinx and BIPOC descent. There are limited funds available, so we ask that requests for Financial Aid Funds remain open to those that truly have a financial need.
Financial Aid awards are based off of household size and total family income. Once an application is received, it will be reviewed, and a decision will be communicated via email. Families will either receive full-funding or partial-funding. Please contact Lindiana at Raiceslatindance@gmail.com with the subject line Financial Aid to access the Financial Aid application.
Ballet: Any colored leotard, Pink or flesh-toned footed or convertible tights. A ballet skirt may be used as long as it doesn’t cover the knees. Canvas or leather ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back in a bun.
Jazz: Any colored leotard, flesh-toned or black footed or convertible tights. Dance shorts may be used over the leotard. Bare feet or leather Jazz shoes. Hair must be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.
Salsa/Bachata: Any colored leotard. Dance shorts may be used over the leotard. Flesh-toned or black footed or convertible tights. Leather Jazz shoes or Salsa shoes (1 inch for level 1 & 1.5, 2-3 inch for level 2). Hair must be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.
Hip-Hop: Pants & Top that can be worn comfortably (no jeans). Sneakers that are only worn for class (no outside shoes). Hair can be worn up or loose.
Ritmos Folklorico: Any colored leotard. Dance shorts may be used over the leotard. Flesh-toned or black footed or convertible tights. Leather Jazz shoes. Hair must be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.
Creative Movement: Any colored leotard, flesh-toned or pink footed or convertible tights. Ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled back in a bun or ponytail.
Boys attire: White tee-shirt, any colored sweat shorts, basketball shorts, or sweatpants. Bare feet or leather Jazz or Ballet shoes. For Hip-Hop: Sneakers that are only worn for class (no outside shoes).
1. Treat all staff, dancers, and parents with respect. Bullying is not tolerated.
2. Jewelry should not be worn in classes. Stud earrings and small hoops are ok.
3. No gum in the studio.
4. Clearly labeled water bottles are allowed in the studio areas.
5. Dancers must arrive on-time to class.
6. Please arrive dressed for class.
7. Please use the restroom before or in between classes.
8. Phone must be put away and put on silent. (Parents, no cell phone calls in the studio)
9. Please try your best to keep studio areas clean (clean up after yourself).
10. Please pick up your children on-time.
The Youth program in a non-profit program and in order for the studio to run smoothly we will need the assistance of parents. If you are a parent with some extra time on your hands, please get in touch with us and let us know if you would like to volunteer. Email Raiceslatindance@gmail.com with the subject line Volunteer.
All students have the option to perform at the end of the season at the Showcase in June (6/8/24 & 6/9/24). This is optional and not required. If you do not want your child(ren) to perform please let us know in writing via email. We will try our best to costume all classes from costumes we already have in-house. However, in some cases we will need to ask parents to purchase a costume for their child.
We will have an opportunity for students to perform out in the community for both the Raices Traveling Company & Ritmos Dance Company. These companies will perform and represent the studio at local events, festivals, and dance congresses. There may be additional travel fees required for these teams, however we will try our best to fundraise on order to offset costs of travel and hotel stay. Participation in both of these performing companies are by Invitation Only. Instructors will select students through class observation and assessment of the student’s skills, enthusiasm and commitment level.
If you ever have questions throughout the season you may get in touch with Lindiana. Office hours are available online or via phone Mon-Wed, 10am-3pm. Please contact 917-838-9891 or email@example.com.
*If you need assistance in Spanish instructor Masielle Paulino will be able to assist with Spanish speakers. Si necesita ayuda en español, la instructora Masielle Paulino podrá ayudarlo.