Varsity Head Coach: Chloe Dolan
JV Black Coach: Breyann Thorson
JV Orange Coach: Ashley Wzientek
Attendance and Participation
Attendance at practices, performances, and competitions is mandatory even if dancer is injured or benched unless excused by your coach. Please remind your coach the day prior to your absence and submit a written note or send an email.
If you have an unexcused absence from practice the week of performance/competition, you will not be allowed to perform/compete that week.
Dismissal could result if a dancer is not on competition teams and missing practices
Dismissal could occur for dancers who “no show” on performance or competition days.
If you must quit, let the coach know as soon as possible. If you quit or are dismissed from the team, you must hand in all money owed and uniforms immediately. You are not eligible for the team again until the next tryout in the Spring.
Respect your team members in private and in public.
Awareness of team reputation in public is important, especially when wearing team costumes/clothing.
No MSHSL violations (e.g., drug or alcohol use), no reported drug or alcohol use, no school suspension (ISS or OSS), or expulsion. If a dancer is found to have done any of these, she will meet with the coach to discuss eligibility.
No unresolved conflict (e.g., gossip, rumors, problems in the team – leave personal issues in the hallway). No yelling at or disrespecting teammates or coaches. Consequences will be given at the coach’s discretion (warning, bench, or dismissal after warning and bench).
Any concerns about the dance/choreography need to come directly to the coach.
If you need to offer feedback, keep it positive, motivating, and inspiring. No negative comments (e.g., “I’m fat”, “I don’t like this costume”, “I can’t”, etc).
Coach may bench dancer(s) for inappropriate behavior (e.g., talking, distraction, off-task) during practice.
Bring the following items to every practice:
-Performance shoes/Practice dance shoes
-wear tights/leggings/yoga pants/t-shirt/tank top (clothes that show your dance form), sports bra.
No jewelry (remove all piercings), long nails, gum, or candy is allowed at practice, performances, or competitions. Also, only healthy snacks allowed at practice (no pop).
Leaving practice is permitted with coach’s permission only (e.g., bathroom breaks, phone calls)
Cell phones must be turned off during practice. If there is a special circumstance, please communicate this to your coach.
If you have attended school the day of practice, you are expected to participate in practice unless you have a signed note from the athletic trainer or a doctor.
Team Members: Team members will assist coach and team in all areas. Every team member will make a conscious effort to support one another and help the team improve as a whole. Help each other have a positive attitude, motivate each other, and be dedicated to the team. Dance team members need to be prepared at practices, performances, and competitions.
Choreographers: All dancers are eligible to be a choreographer. Responsibilities include making CDs/tapes of music and written copies of choreography for the team. Choreographers will also be committed to staying after practice or schedule times to fix/complete parts of the routine. Choreographers need to be prepared to teach the routine at practice. If any issues arise during choreography communicate with your coach, so they can assist in helping resolve the issue.
Varsity Letter: To receive a varsity letter you must dance at least one routine at every competition in the regular season. You must not have been “benched” for any reason during the season.
Managers: Assist coach and team in all areas. Managers must attend all practices, games and competitions. The practice schedule may be adjusted with coach’s consent. Managers must set up a meeting with their coach to go over expectations.
Performances and Competitions
Competition Team will be determined by coach before each performance/competition. Being on a team does not guarantee you will dance at performances and competitions. You must always work at maintaining your spot. The coach may determine to change the performance/competition squad at any time in the season.
If a dancer has a concern about a coach’s decision they must talk to the coach first. If there is still a concern after that discussion then a meeting between parent, dancer, and coach may be set up.
Pep fests and Games are preparation for competitions, therefore only the competition team may perform. Pep fests and games are not optional.
Behavior Expectations at Performance/Competitions
Be respectful of visiting schools (e.g., no gossip, no “rivalry slams”).
Stay with the team unless excused by coach.
Wear team clothes over costume in public before and after performance.
Use assigned rest rooms only for dancers once in uniform.
Warm up with team as a team. Do not do any warm-up/stretching activities not usually done in practice.
Keep costume zipped up in public before and after performances/competitions.
All school property borrowed for the season, including all costume pieces, jackets, dance bags, etc., MUST be returned to your coach the day after your last practice or performance. If Varsity goes to State, Varsity Dancers MUST turn in their costumes by the Friday after State performances. Dancers and parents will be billed for items not returned.
ALL dancers and managers must travel to and from competitions and off-site performances with their team. You may only leave with your parent if your parent provides written notice to the coach one week prior to the event and your parent talks to the coach at the event before taking you home. Parents should give the coach a heads up and avoid waiting to communicate these plans the day of a competition. If parents want their dancer to ride home with a different adult, they need prior approval from the office for that parent to take another dancer. The other adult also needs to speak with the coach at the event prior to leaving with the athlete.
Be on time!! Be respectful of bus drivers (e.g., quiet voices, appropriate/polite music requests)
We will have scheduled stops only. Arrange buying snacks/items and restroom breaks in advance. We will provide our best estimate of arrival times. Plan on calling parents from school upon arrival back at SCHS.
Videotaping We discourage parents from posting our performances or performances of other schools online. We want to be respectful of every dancer on the team, not everyone is comfortable sharing stuff online, or having their daughter posted online. If you want to share with each other, please share privately between parents.
Saving seats: Saving seats is not recommended at competitions. Saving seats is not allowed at the Section 1A Meet. Parents and fans will have to arrive early to the competitions to ensure seats next to each other. Parents can communicate with each other and arrive at the same time to ensure you all sit together and create an awesome fan section. :)
A reminder to our parents and fans to be polite and show good sportsmanship at our competitions. You are an extension of our school and represent our team. We want to develop a positive image for our school and our athletes. Keep this in mind when attending the competitions.
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