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Dance classes

The Heartland Conservatory of Dance has a strong focus on classical training to continue the development and inspiration for future generations.

The Pre-Primary & Primary Division – Focuses on musicality, coordination, artistry and technique in the areas of ballet and tap. All Classes are kept small to provide individual attention, self-confidence, flexibility, the foundation to continue with more advanced training and to encourage expressiveness all in a nurturing environment.

  • Learn motor, cognitive, & social skills
  • Foster musical awareness & self awareness
  • Develop imagination & creative expression
  • A positive environment for learning elementary positions & movement of ballet

 

The Elementary Division – Includes the beginning levels for learning ballet technique. The standard is all students begin in level 1. Here they will learn the basic ballet positions, then progression of a ballet barre and the French vocabulary of which all ballet steps are defined.

  • Foundations laid for correct posture, balance, stamina, rhythm, & mindset
  • Learn the progression of a ballet barre
  • Learn the French ballet vocabulary
  • Provides social encounters where cooperation & empathy are learned
  • Teaches visualization skills & focus
  • Builds a healthy self esteem

 

The Intermediate Division – Bridges the gaps between the Elementary & Pre-Professional Divisions

  • In this level a foundation of ballet knowledge technical skill should already be in place.
  • Students in this class will continue to work on increasing their dance vocabulary and technique.
  • Advancement to the Advanced Division is based on ability, not age.
  • Students develop a sense of commitment, & the ability to accept constructive criticism.

 

The Advanced & Pre-Professional Division – Designed to provide intense training in ballet and other forms of dance to motivate students in the pursuit of their desired goals. The program allows for aspiring dancers to be challenged with advanced training in movement and performance. The dancers attend multiple classes a week in Ballet and Pointe. Classes in Variations, Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap are offered to round out their vocabulary of movement.

  • In this level a foundation of ballet knowledge technical skill should already be in place.
  • Students in this class will continue to work on increasing their dance vocabulary and technique.
  • Prepares students for the option of pursuing a professional dance career or collegiate degree in dance.
  • Peak performance training continues.
  • Promotes healthy life long habits that increase positive mood & healthy body image.
  • Enhances emotional maturity & respect.
  • Instills collaboration, accountability, time management, grit & critical thinking skills needed for a success in life & career.

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Attendance:

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Attendance will be monitored. What you get out of something is determined by what you put into it. Absenteeism will only slow down your dancer’s progress. We are very interested in developing your dancer’s talents to their fullest potential. Attendance is expected at each scheduled class. Part of a student’s attendance is being on time. Dance students are expected to arrive 5 minutes prior to class to properly stretch and warm up so as to prevent any unnecessary injuries. If a student arrives more than 10 minutes after the start of the class, the instructor may have him/her sit, observe, and not participate in class. Showcase participation requires consistent attendance.

Class Drop forms:

All Tuition and Fees are not refundable. In the unlikely event that a student needs to withdraw early from the session, a Class Drop Form must be completed to close the account and prevent further billing. The Conservatory requires two weeks’ notice prior to the effective date of the withdrawal. A student’s absenteeism does not affect tuition payment. Only accounts in good standing can be closed. The account will only be closed with a completed Class Drop Form (please email frontdesk.hcd@gmail.com for a form) and will go into effect two weeks from the date received based upon the number of weeks remaining in the session.

 

Registration Fee:

A non-refundable Fall Registration fee ($40/Individual, $45/Family) along with the first tuition installment is required to secure a student’s space in a class. Dancers enrolling in Levels IV & Above must pay the Fall Registration Fee to secure their space, but they do not need to pay their first tuition installment until the regular billing cycle, August 15th

payments:

Our studio accepts payments via credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express) or bank draft through ACH to ensure smooth transactions. Tuition is based on an Annual Tuition for 32 weeks of classes (not per number of classes a month), divided into 10 equal and convenient monthly installments, accounting for planned breaks and holidays.  A non-refundable registration fee and first month’s tuition will be charged to your account upon enrollment. Tuition and fees thereafter will be charged or drafted on the 15th  of every month through April, with May tuition & fees due on the 1st of the month, to cover the last two weeks of classes (ending May 15th). We do not issue monthly statements, so please make sure your information is up to date in our records. If your card is declined, we will attempt a second charge as a courtesy. Should the card be declined a second time, a $25 NSF fee will apply. Failure to settle past-due amounts within two weeks will result in your child being temporarily unenrolled from classes until all outstanding payments are cleared. If you need help with payments, we are happy to arrange a suitable payment plan. Please reach out to us at Billing.HCD@gmail.com to get started.

Student Pick-up:

Out of courtesy for our teachers, students must be picked up promptly following class or rehearsal. After 2 instances of students being picked up more than 10 minutes after your child’s class ends, you will be billed $1 per minute. Additionally, your student will not be permitted to participate in class or rehearsals until this fee is paid. Young dancers must wait inside the building until they parents arrive by car.

Showcase:

The Dance Program at Heartland Conservatory of Dance culminates in an end-of-the-year showcase. Showcase Package fees will be spread out over 10 monthly tuition installments. Payments will begin with your first tuition payment and end with the final installment on May 1st.  The additional showcase package monthly installment will be $25.00 if enrolled in ballet and $35.00 if enrolled in ballet & other styles of dance.”) All students will be enrolled in the showcase if they are enrolled in any class designated as a class with a showcase. The package includes a participation fee, a ballet costume, and a professionally recorded video. Performance tickets will be available for purchase, closer to the showcase. All measurements for costumes will be the responsibility of parents and costumes will be ordered according to the measurements received. Parents are responsible for all alterations or fees incurred if possible to exchange sizes. All costumes must be paid in full. Any costume not paid will be subject to late fees and will not be ordered until it is paid in full. NO EXCEPTIONS. Showcase installment payments are non-refundable. Families that register late will be required to make a one-time lump sum payment for any missed installments.

Showcase Ballet II,III,IV,V,VI:

Students registered in Ballet Level II, III, IV, V, VI must enroll in the weekly class designated as showcase to participate in the End of Year Showcase. It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure your student is registered for the correct class to participate.

Showcase Pre-Primary, Primary, Ballet I:

All students registered in Pre-Primary, Primary, Ballet I classes participate in the end of year showcase and will be billed accordingly.

Weather Closing Policy:

In the event of inclement weather and/or poor road conditions, classes may be canceled for the safety of our students. When Millard &/or Omaha Public Schools are closed due to weather (snow & ice storms, NOT extreme temperature closings), Heartland Conservatory of Dance will also be closed. If inclement weather falls on a weekend, HCD will not follow Millard &/or Omaha closings, but will send out an email to let families know how to proceed. Please call the Conservatory to hear a current message or visit the website http://www.hcdomaha.com to receive the current message due to the weather. HCD does not credit, refund, or pro-rate tuition for classes canceled due to inclement weather.

Dress Code

At Heartland Conservatory of Dance, and in professional ballet schools around the world, each class level of students wears the same leotard color to eliminate visual clutter so teachers can more easily see, define, and correct dance technique.

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GIRLS’ BALLET IMPORTANT NOTE: Hair must be tightly secured. Girls must wear pink ballet shoes with elastic sewn across instep. No underwear is necessary under tights and leotard. No gum.

In an effort to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion students may choose to
wear either pink tights and shoes or flesh toned tights and flesh toned ballet
shoes or pointe shoes. Either way, the tights must match the shoe.

All Girls Tights: TS95/96 seamed mesh tights in theatrical pink – Item available at Bobby’s

All Girls Pink Ballet Shoes: SD-16 So Danca canvas ballet shoe in light pink – Item available at Bobby’s

  • Boppin’ Tots (age 2): Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • LIGHT PINK

      4489 – TANK LEOTARD

      44475C – SS LEOTARD

      BW198 – SKIRT REQUIRED

  • Pre-Primary (Ages 3 & 4): Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • LIGHT PINK

      4489 – TANK LEOTARD

      44475C – SS LEOTARD

      BW198 – SKIRT REQUIRED

  • Primary (Ages 5 & 6): Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • WHITE

      4489 – TANK LEOTARD

      44475C – SS LEOTARD

      BW198 – SKIRT REQUIRED

  • Ballet I: (8+) Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • FUCHSIA

      44819 – CAMI ADJ LEOTARD

      4489/4402 – TANK LEOTARD

      06121 – WHITE PULL ON SKIRT OPTIONAL

  • Ballet II: (9+) Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • PURPLE

      44819 – CAMI ADJ LEOTARD

      4489/4402 – TANK LEOTARD

      06121 – PULL ON SKIRT

  • Ballet III: (11+) Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • LILAC

      44819 – CAMI ADJ LEOTARD

      4489/4402 – TANK LEOTARD

      06121 –PULL ON SKIRT

  • Ballet IVA & IVB: Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • ROYAL

      10819 – CAMI ADJ LEOTARD

      1002/1089 – TANK LEOTARD

      06121 – PULL ON SKIRT

  • Ballet V: Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear
    • RED

      10527 – CAMI LEOTARD

      1002/1089 – TANK LEOTARD

      06121 – PULL ON SKIRT

  • Ballet VI:
    • Elevé leotard, Sangria any style
  • Required Tights for All Levels: TS95/96 seamed mesh tights in theatrical pink – Item available at Bobby’s

Boys Dance:

Starting in Ballet I ALL BOYS need to wear a dance belt. This is a requirement specific to the sport of ballet.

Beginning Boys’ Ballet: Black tights, bike pants, shorts or sweat pants, solid colored T shirt. White ballet shoes with elastic sewn across the instep should be worn with white socks.

Intermediate or Advanced Boys’ Ballet: Grey Wear Moi tights, White T-shirt. White ballet shoes with elastic sewn across the instep should be worn with white socks.

Jazz/Contemporary

Any solid color leotard with jazz pants or shorts, tights or pants MUST be worn. Shoes– Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear

Tap

Any solid color leotard with tights or jazz pants. Shoes: Black tap shoes by Bloch – Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear (matt or patentent leather your choice)

Musical Theater

Any solid colored leotard and tights or black jazz pants. Girls’ and Boys’ Shoes: Purchase at Bobby’s Dance Wear

 

Calendar:

32 WEEKS OF CLASSES

AUGUST 19 – CLASSES BEGIN

HALLOWEEN PARTY – OCTOBER 26

FALL BREAK – OCTOBER 28 – NOVEMBER 3

PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK – NOVEMBER 11 – 16

GLASS SLIPPERS PERFORMANCE – NOVEMBER 23

THANKSGIVING BREAK – NOVEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 1

WINTER BREAK – DECEMBER 23 – JANUARY 5

SPRING BREAK – MARCH 17 -23

PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK – APRIL 7 – 12

FESTIVAL BREAK APRIL 28 – MAY 4

REHEARSAL STUDENT SHOWCASE WEEK MAY 16 & 17

LAST DAY OF CLASS MAY 16

 

2025 Annual STUDENT Showcase

2025 STUDENT SHOWCASE SCHEDULE TBA

1. Drop off & Pick up***All students must check in and out at the back stage drop off door, which is inside the lobby

*** NO EXCPETIONS, students ages 11+ may check themselves in. Our teachers and front desk staff will be at the door checking students in/out.

Level Pre Primary– Ballet II (Ages 10 & Under)

Drop Off – Parent will bring student to the back stage drop off door inside the lobby. Our
teachers and front desk staff will be at the door checking off names.

Pick up – Parent will go to the same door student was dropped off, Students will be checked out the adult listed on in your jackrabbit contacts with photo ID. Our teachers and front desk staff will be at the door asking you for the name of your student and checking IDs.

Any student with an older sibling in level 3 or above may check out their younger siblings.

2. Shoes & Tights

ACT I

Tap Girls – Black tap shoes & costume

Jazz – Girls – Black jazz shoes & costume Contemporary Petite & Junior – Bare feet & costume Advanced Jazz – TBA on shoes or barefoot

ACT II

Ballet Girls – Class dress code pink tights & pink ballet shoes; TS95/96 seamed mesh tights in theatrical pink SD-16 So Danca canvas ballet shoe in light pink

Ballet Boys – Costume with black shoes

Rehearsals at THEATER – MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL (7400 Military Ave.)

• Prepare your child in their hair, make-up and costume according to the schedule

• Make sure your child warms up and has a good meal prior to the show

• All Dancers must arrive at Theater at time of check-in

• Shoes & tights are the responsibility of the dancer and are not included with the costume

• Make-up should be applied. Earth tone eye shadow (NO Blue), black mascara, blush & Pre-Primary through Primary II, light pink lipstick / Ballet I & up red lipstick. PLEASE

WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEO! (Ballet 3 & Under) https://www.youtube.com/watch?

v=nIqu_lrMwhU , (Ballet IV & Up) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92FBBA5dMtA

• Hair should be in a high bun and secure. No Bangs. If the costume has a headpiece that
does not wrap around the bun, it should go on the right side. PLEASE WATCH

YOUTUBE VIDEO! (Thick Hair) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfk6ssFhPss ,

(Child Thinner Hair) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu5hotXsNg

• Dancers should remove all nail polish

• Jewelry is not to be worn. Please leave all valuables at home.• No food or drink is allowed in the auditorium

• No food and drink is to be brought into the dressing rooms

• No Flash Photography is allowed at any time. It could be hazardous to the dancers, no recording of the performance is allowed

• Parents are not allowed in the auditorium for rehearsals & dress rehearsal.

• Dancers will be assigned a place or covered tent to change. Parents should remain in the lobby of the theater until their dancer is finished. Please let your dancer know that you

will drop them off and return to pick them up. We will have staff supervising the students.

• Dancers with multiple costumes could wear a tan leotard under their costume to allow for quick changes

• Dancers, in the final act, will be invited back on stage at the end of the show to take a final bow and celebrate.

Attendance

It is very important to attend all scheduled rehearsals in order for each child to feel comfortable in their costumes and on the stage. A missed rehearsal could result in the dancer being removed from the showcase piece. Good attendance is required to participate in the Showcase.

Shoes and Tights

All shoes and tights should be clean and free of any rips, tears, runs or stains. Please see dress code for required tights and shoes.

Commonly Asked Recital Questions:

What is a Student Showcase?

Showcase gives the dancers the opportunity to exhibit their skills and provide as professional a stage setting as possible under the direction of instructors who are professionals themselves. The reward of being involved is a phenomenal highlight for their year of hard work. Performing promotes teamwork, confidence and poise. Showcase is a professional, safe environment for them to share thier growth with friends and family.

Where is Student Showcase?

Theater Dress rehearsal and showcase are at Marian High School.

Do I have to go to dress rehearsal?

Yes, all students participating in recital must be at dress rehearsal. This is an opportunity for your student to become comfortable with the stage. There also may be last minute instructions that can only be addressed at dress rehearsal.

What is check-in?

Check in is the time that you are your student is required to be in the building at the check in table. Your student will then be taken back to the dressing room area.

What does my child need when arriving at the theater?

All Students must arrive at the theater with hair and make-up done. Pink tights and shoes must be worn with all costumes and kids should arrive underdressed in these clothes. If it is warm outside, costumes may be worn into the theater.

Can I watch the dress rehearsals from the audience?

No, we want to keep the children focused and on task. Parents & siblings taking photos etc. is too distracting and therefor slows down our process.

What do I do after I’ve dropped of my child for an onstage rehearsal?

Every time your child arrives at Marian you will need to check them in with HCD staff, who will be in the lobby of the auditorium.

Can I take videos or photographs

We are providing a professional videographer so there will be NO filming the performance. This professional video is part of your Showcase fee, so you will have a great quality video to watch your dancer. NO flash photography! It is dangerous to the dancers. You may take photos Before after the performance is welcome!

If I’m not backstage, who will help my child change?

There will be a number of assistants back stage to help. Your help backstage is not needed. For the safety of the children, no one except dancers and staff will be allowed backstage.

Can I take my student out after they perform?

Please remember that our recitals are only about 1 – 1 & 1/2 hours. This will be decided after the final show order has been determined

Why does everyone attending have to have a ticket?

Due to fire codes, each person must be accounted for and the space cannot exceed its seating capacity. Each seat holds a value and in order to keep prices down we must charge for each seat regardless of age.

Should I bring my small child to the performance?

Please be advised that the lights and noise can scare small children and many times parents with little ones spend most of the show in the lobby because it is just too much. Every member of the family is always welcome so if you think your little one will enjoy the show, the more the merrier! If the child will not sit on your lap, a ticket is required.

What if I have a family member who needs wheel chair or walker seating?

When buying your tickets there will be ADA seating available

How many tickets can I buy?

All tickets are available for purchase.

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