Studio Rules and Policies


Dance studio rules are for the benefit of all students.
We emphasize the consistent practice of dance class and performance etiquette and dress code.


  • Students must arrive 10-15 minutes before class to allow time to use the bathroom, dress, remove jewelry, and neatly put hair back.
  • All students must be READY TO DANCE at the start of each class. Late students may only enter with permission from the director/teacher and may be asked to sit and observe class.
  • Students who miss three or more classes may have a diminished role in performances.
  • Makeups for missed classes are offered when possible and handled on an individual basis.

Studio Rules

  • Students must be dressed properly, tie up hair neatly, and remove jewelry for EVERY class. (If wearing beads, hair must be in a net.)
  • Students and parents are responsible for their belongings. Do not bring valuables into the studio or waiting area. CKDS is not responsible for lost, stolen, or misplaced property.
  • All students MUST be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of class.
  • NO gum, food, or drinks other than water permitted in the studio.
  • NO parents/caregivers/siblings in the studio while class is in session.
  • NO loud noise allowed in the waiting area when class is in session.
  • NO photography or videotaping allowed at CKDS performances or in the studio, without permission.

Class Etiquette

  • Eyes and attention must always be on the teacher.
  • Be appreciative of corrections and apply them.
  • Be kind to your classmates. Rudeness is unacceptable.
  • No talking or leaning on the barre during class.
  • Never stop in the middle of an exercise.
  • Leaving class before it is over is not acceptable.
  • After class, applaud teacher and say, “Thank you.”


Toddler Dance

  • Toddlers and parents wear comfortable clothing (i.e. leggings, sweatpants, shorts) and dance barefoot or with Cynthia King Ballet Slippers™. 

Ballet and Pre-K Dance

  • Girls: leotard (solid color, no designs/embellishments, no skirts) and tights
  • Boys: studio t-shirt with leggings, dance pants, or sweatpants
  • Cynthia King Ballet Slippers™ required
  • Students in Ballet 2 and higher must wear hair in a bun.

Tap, Jazz, Modern, & African Dance

  • Girls: leotard (solid color, no designs/embellishments, no skirts) or studio t-shirt with tights, leggings, dance pants, or sweatpants
  • Boys: studio t-shirt with leggings, dance pants, or sweatpants
  • Tappers wear synthetic/leather-free tap shoes. Jazz, Modern, and African dancers are barefoot.

Hip-Hop / B-Boy / Breakdancing

  • Studio t-shirt with leggings, dance pants, or sweatpants
  • Synthetic/leather-free clean bottom sneakers (that are only worn in class and not outdoors).


  • Students who identify as gender non-conforming may choose the dress code they are most comfortable with.


For information on where to purchase synthetic/leather-free shoes and sneakers, ask Ms. King or another staff member