Studio Policies

To ensure a conducive and enriching learning environment, we kindly ask all dancers and families to adhere to the Charleston Dance Center’s studio policies.

Dress Code

At Charleston Dance Center, we believe that proper dance attire enhances the learning experience and fosters a sense of discipline and unity among our students. To ensure a focused and professional environment, we kindly request all dancers to adhere to our dress code guidelines.

General Guidelines:

  • T-shirts and sweatshirts are not allowed in class, as they hinder proper body alignment and muscle tension checks.
  • No jewelry, except small stud earrings, is allowed for safety reasons.
  • No gum chewing during classes.

Class Specific Guidelines:

  • Preschool Classes
    • Pink ballet shoes and tan tie tap shoes.
    • Any style or color leotard and tights.
  • Ballet and Pointe Classes
    • Female Students: Black leotard, pink tights, and ballet and/or pointe shoes. Hair securely pulled back in a bun with a hairnet (for dancers over level I).
    • Male Students: Fitted t-shirt, dance pants or tights, and ballet shoes.
  • Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Broadway Classes
    • Comfortable dancewear such as leotards, tank tops, fitted tops, dance pants, or leggings. No baggy clothing.
    • Appropriate dance shoes based on the style (jazz shoes, dance socks, etc.).
  • Tap Classes
    • Comfortable dancewear (ensuring bottom of leg and feet are visible)
    • Tap shoes with proper taps attached
  • Hip Hop Classes
    • Loose, comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement (no jeans).
    • Clean indoor sneakers with non-marking soles.
  • Conditioning and Tumbling Classes
    • Comfortable dancewear such as leotards, tank tops, fitted tops, dance pants, or leggings. No baggy clothing.
    • No shoes for tumbling

Class Attendance & Tardiness

Late Arrival Policy

Students arriving 15 minutes late to class may be asked to observe the class rather than participate. Timeliness is essential for a safe and effective dance experience. Dancers who arrive late to class may not have sufficient time for proper stretching, increasing the risk of potential injuries.

Minimum Attendance & Cancellation

To ensure the best learning experience for all participants, we require a minimum number of students to be present for each class to be held successfully. Typically, this number is six.

Failure to attend class or consistently arriving late may lead to class cancellations due to poor attendance. Please be aware that classes canceled for this reason will not be rescheduled by CDC.

Student Drop-Off

Dancers cannot be dropped off more than 15 minutes before class time.

Please pick up your child promptly after class. While our front desk is staffed, CDC cannot supervise children left after class. It is crucial for the safety and well-being of our dancers that they are not left unattended, especially since there may be another class scheduled afterward.

Thank you for understanding that our drop-off and pick-up policy is to ensure the safety of our dancers and faculty.


At Charleston Dance Center, we value respect, kindness, and teamwork. We encourage all dancers to exhibit good manners, support their fellow dancers, and show appreciation to our faculty and staff. Together, let’s create a positive and uplifting dance community where everyone can thrive and shine.

If you have any questions or need further clarification on any of our studio policies, please feel free to reach out to us. We are here to support you on your dance journey and make it a truly enriching experience for all!