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 Dance Department

Mrs. Harvie's Classroom Policies and Expectations for Students and Parents

Mrs. Harvie wants YOU to KNOW:

  1. I believe in you.
  2. I trust you.
  3. I know you can handle life situations.
  4. You are listened to.
  5. You are cared for.
  6. You are very important to me.

Mrs.  Harvie's Rules


  1. Respect Everyone
  2. Respect the dance space (floors, mirrors, objects in space)
  3. Respect Mrs. Harvie by listening when she talks.
  4. Respect others with clean feet and bodies.
  5. Respect yourself by trying your hardest in dance.

Expectations for How Mrs. Harvie conducts class: 

  • I allow students to dance in my class as long as they do not cause a problem for anyone else.
  • I teach when there are no distractions or other problems.
  • I listen to students who raise their hand or respond with the appropriate response.
  • I listen to one person at a time.
  • Please treat me with the same respect level as I treat you.
  • If someone causes a problem, I will do something.
  • What I do will depend on the unique situation.

Expectations for ALL of Mrs. Harvie's Students

  •  “Start the day on purpose” and display a positive “CAN-DO” attitude.
     
  • Students are expected to be respectful of themselves and others and maintain proper      dance etiquette during the learning process.
  • Students are expected to be prepared for class daily with homework assignments,          dance notebook, pencils, and ready for the learning process.
  • Students are expected to remain quiet during barre and center floor exercises.
  •   Students are expected to adhere to school and county policies as outlined in the           Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

Mrs. Harvie's Policies

  1. We DANCE, dance class.  A DR. note is required for a student to sit out if ill or injured as per county policy.   Parental notes must accompany a DR. note per county policy following an injury.
  2. NO JEWELRY; stud earrings only.
  3. NO FINGER OR TOE NAIL POLISH; CLEAR, LIGHT PINK, OR FRENCH ONLY. Short nails.
  4. NO LOTION, BODY SPRAY, OR PERFUME IN LOCKER ROOMS. 
  5. Hair in bun (center or low; NOT ON TOP) with hairnet daily for class; picture day and early release days are the only exceptions. Bangs must be back. Short hair pulled back in headband or pinned secured. Recommendation: No Weaves, Extensions, or thick long Braids as when placed in a bun it interferes with dancing, spotting, and proper use of head mechanics in performing technique. No hair beads they are dangerous to the dance instrument. when placed in a bun interfere with dancing. (Specifically floor work and spotting) (Specifically floor work and spotting turns). 
  6. All Dance Department and School-wide policies apply in Mrs. Harvie's classes. Please visit the website for details.
  7. Locker room- all dancers have 5 minutes to change. 
  8. Feet must be kept clean to help minimize the bacteria on the dance floor. 
  9. No eating, drinking or cell phones are permitted inside the  locker rooms or dance studios. 

Daily Procedures for Majors

  • Be ON TIME and Prepared.  ("To be on time is to be late; to be EARLY is to be on time" Good Habit ; "Start the class period : with  PURPOSE".)
  • Use the restroom first. We do not go during class.
  • Shoes and socks in cubbies.
  • Majors dress out .  
  • Locker contents: Combination lock, uniform, hair accessories, baby wipes, deodorant, Binder.  Hang items.  
  • Lock your locker when leaving the locker room.
  • Find your teacher and greet her with good manners.
  • Classroom Mangers should do jobs; others warm up quietly.
  • Thank your teacher before leaving studio.

Daily Procedures for MiniMajors

  • Hair in bun daily for class EVERY DAY EXCEPT WEDNESDAY.
  • Girls: please have BIKE LEOTARD on under DSA uniform when arriving to class.
  • Use the restroom first;keep street shoes on.
  • Students must bring a zipper dance bag with their dance shoes.
  • Dancers with DANCE BLOCK may bring a light snack to eat between periods in the green room.
  • Greet your teacher with manners.
  • Warm up silently.
  • Thank your teacher at the end of the lesson.

Daily Procedures for Homeroom Majors
"Start the Day ON PURPOSE"

  • Use the restroom first. We do not go during class.
  • Bags,Shoes, and socks in cubbies.
  • Binders & Agendas on shelf.
  • 5 minutes to dress out; 5 min to dress in.
  • Locker contents: Combination lock, uniform, hair accessories, baby wipes, deodorant,.  Hang items.  Notebook in cubby below locker.
  • Lock your locker when leaving the locker room.
  • Find your teacher and greet her with good manners.
  • Classroom Mangers should do jobs; others warm up quietly.
  • Thank your teacher before leaving studio.

Daily Procedures for Electives & Musical Theater

  • Use the restroom first; empty your bladder.
  • Shoes in cubbies
  • Dress into uniform.
  • Greet your teacher with manners
  • Warm up silently
  • Thank your teacher at the end of the lesson.

Grades and .1

See Department Grading Rubric for detailed rubric.


 1. Students often ask for extra credit or if a teacher can "bump" their grade for various reasons.  Because Dance is a performance-based grading process, if and when the teacher decides to "help" a students grade, it will be reflected in grade book as a ".1" .  For example, you may see your 70 become a 75.1.  This means you have been helped.  Your teacher will not move you to the next letter grade at the end of the nine weeks because the .1 will reflect when she has helped you.


2. Grading becomes more challenging each nine weeks.  During the 1st nine weeks, you are expected to develop skills and develop organization, responsibility, and etiquette.  During the 2nd nine weeks, you are expected to take what was presented during the 1st nine weeks, and expand, grow, and master even further.  Because the dance concert happens during the 3rd nine weeks, this time period offers the highest stakes.  You are expected to use your mastered skills and present them on a pre-professional level.  The 4th nine weeks is a time when you will create your own work, step out using your acquired skills, prepare for auditions, and demonstrate mastery of the coursework for the year.


Projects and Late Assignments

Projects will be assigned in order to reinforce classroom learning and to continue to cover Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.

Late work is accepted but -5pts per day from the due date assigned.

Make up Policy

1. When you miss a dance lesson, you miss out on new material or an opportunity to strengthen your skill set.  It is impossible to make up classes due to the nature of and pace of training.

2. It is the dancer's responsibility to communicate an absence immediately via email.  The sooner you communicate, the sooner your instructor can assist you.

3. Dancers are given the absence + a day to make up written work if they have presented an excuse for the absence.