Children / Youth Policies and Procedures

MCD Code of Conduct and Rules

With the goal of creating a welcoming and positive experience for all students, Marin Conservatory of Dance hold students, faculty and staff to high standards of professionalism. MCD expects its students, parent(s)/guardian(s), faculty and staff to demonstrate respect for each other and the facilities.  Ballet etiquette is taught and practiced at MCD to prepare students for the greater dance world and beyond.

MCD reserves the right to refuse business to anyone and will exercise that right by dismissing any student/parent(s)/guardians(s) whose conduct is found unsatisfactory or if payment for classes, performance fees or costumes is not received.

Code of Conduct and Rules:

· MCD has high expectations for the dedication and effort of our students.  Consistent class and rehearsal attendance is key to your dancer’s training. Please keep absences to a minimum and contact your student’s teacher to report an absence as soon as possible. Refer to the Absence section of this agreement for further details.

· If a student needs to leave class early for any reason, please notify their teacher BEFORE class begins.

· Students are to arrive 10-15 minutes before class, prepared and ready to check in. 

· Attendance is taken and classes start promptly.

. If a student arrives late, they must wait for a break, the teacher will acknowledge them and then they curtsy before entering the studio.

· Students are expected to use the bathroom and be standing quietly in a line prior to the start of class.

· All students are expected to address the faculty with Ms. or Mr. before their first name.

· Students are always to refrain from running around, yelling and screaming.

· Students are expected to curtsy/bow at the end of class as a sign of respect for the teacher.

· Students are asked to adhere to the MCD Dress Code which is outlined below.

· Students are required to treat the facilities with respect and to clean up after themselves.

· Please do not hang on the barres or stand on the furniture in the lobby.


Tuition is non-refundable. Tuition is non-refundable. Tuition is not refunded for missed classes or rehearsals or unforeseen circumstances. Only if a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, will you be given a refund of tuition and performance fees.  MCD’s tuition commitment is for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Tuition is not transferable to private coaching lessons. For students in Levels 3-5, a minimum two-week commitment is required of MCD’s four-week Summer Intensive.  Dancers being promoted from Level 2 to Level 3 are also required to attend a minimum two of the four week Summer Intensive.Tuition is discounted if a student is enrolled in multiple weeks of the Summer Intensive.  Refer to MCD’s Private Coaching page for pricing. Dancers that cannot attend the Summer Intensive can schedule private lessons as an alternative. Dancers who do not attend or make alternative arrangements will not be promoted in level and or dismissed from the upcoming performance. 

Costume Fee /Costume Rental Fee/ Performance Fee

Costume fee and or costume rental fees are collected early to mid-semester in the Fall and Spring; these fees are not included in tuition costs. Costume fees and or costume rental fees are non-refundable. If a dancer is unable to perform in the Spring Showcase portion of the performance due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be given their costume. The costume rental fee is a fee paid towards the rental of costumes for the more significant production as in " Nutcracker Suite" and "Peter and the Wolf." Dancers do not take these costumes home and are not purchasing these costumes. This fee includes alteration, cleaning, and usage fees. 

The Performance Fee is a fee paid for the dancer to participate in any production at MCD. These fees are non-refundable and are included in tuition when enrolling. 

Level Placement

Students are required to take pre-requisite ballet classes before advancing to the next level.  If you are unsure of which level to enroll your child in, please contact MCD to schedule a placement class prior to the class registration deadline. At the end of the Spring semester, MCD’s faculty will assess each dancer’s progress and will provide parents/guardians with an evaluation and recommendation for which level to enroll in for the Fall semester.  


Students are expected to attend every class for which they are scheduled.  Consistent attendance is paramount to the success of a dancer’s training.  Dancers are to arrive on time, focused and ready to learn.  Excessive absences will negatively impact your student’s progress and is taken into consideration for level promotion at the end of the year.

To report an absence:email your child’s teacher prior to the scheduled start time.  Please write “absent” with your child’s full name and level in the title of the email. Please include the reason for the absence. Please use the following faculty emails:

o Ms. Melinda –

o Ms. Leilani –

To report and extended absence: Please submit an email as stated above, but add “extended absence” in the title line along with your child’s full name and level. Please explain why your child needs an extended absence. 

Absences Prior to Performance or withdrawal from Performance

Students are required to attend allclasses four weeksprior to a performance, or they will not be allowed to perform. Additionally, in order to perform, all students must attend all mandatory rehearsals as detailed for each performance.  Should you decide your child will not perform, please inform your teacher via email at least four weeks from the performance.  Performance and costume fees are not refundable.  This policy is in place to ensure a quality performance and fairness to all students.  Choreography and staging are based on a consistent group of performers.

Make Up Classes

Make-up classes are available on a limited basis and must be taken within 30 days of the missed class. A maximum of four make-up classes may be scheduled per semester. Make-up classes may be taken at current or lower level classes, must be scheduled with your child’s teacher in advance, may not be available for some levels due to scheduling conflicts or if a class is full.


If a student misses four or more weeks of classes due injury or illness, the Director must be notified in writing specifying the beginning date of the injury or illness. The Director may offer credit towards classes after the delivery of a doctor’s note.  Situations like this will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  

Credit is for youth classes only and is for the student who withdrawals only – it is not transferable. The credit must be used in the succeeding semester following the withdrawal, otherwise it will expire.

MCD reserves the right to refuse admittance to classes and will exercise that right by dismissing any student/parent(s)/guardians(s) whose conduct is found unsatisfactory or if payment for classes, performance fees or costumes is not received. Should a withdrawal occur under these circumstances, no refund of tuition, performance or costume fees will be given.  

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures/Parking

Due to limited parking on site, we require our parents/guardians to use this drop-off/pick-up procedure. To ensure seamless drop-off AND pick-up, please let your dancer off under the overhang in front of the Quality Cleaners and exit back onto Miller Avenue. If a parent/guardian or teen student needs to park, we require to park offsite in the parking spaces along Miller Avenue.

Students must be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of class.  If you are unable to pick up your student on time, please call MCD at 415-326-5117. Parents will be charged a fee of $15 per half hour for any time the faculty or staff must supervise your student beyond the allowed pick up time.

MCD highly encourages dancers to walk or ride bikes from Mill Valley Middle School or Tamalpais High School. Bike racks are located in the back of the studio.

Dress Code

Students are required to dress according to MCD’s dress code which is as follows:

· all leotards are color coded by level and must be purchased from MCD, as well as the skirts.

· No dangling earrings or other jewelry (.e. bracelets, watches, necklaces) are permitted. Stud earrings are permitted.

· Girl’s hair must be neatly in a bun or pulled back with a headband and pinned if it is too short for a bun.  

Please use the following links for tutorials about how to secure a girl’s hair.

Long hair link –

Short Hair Link – 

We recommend Marin Dancewear and San Francisco Dance Gear for all pointe shoe fittings.  

For demi-pointe and pointe shoe sewing instructions, please view these links:

MCD requires that all parent(s)/guardian(s) read, execute and adhere to this Parent Agreement outlining our policies and drop-off/pick-up procedures. We appreciate your adherence to and understanding of these policies and procedures so MCD can offer your student the best possible experience, as well as run our business efficiently. 

We look forward to having your student and family as part of the MCD community.  

Thank you,

Ms. Melinda, Director