Frequently Asked Questions
LDTA COVID-19 Policies & Procedures
LDT Academy reopened to the public on June 8th, 2020 with social distancing, masking, and studio capacity limitations.
Since then, Boulder County has moved to Level Clear for a 90-day observation period (May 16, 2021 until August 16, 2021). Boulder County Health has issued re-opening guidance to businesses. At LDTA, we are committed to the health and safety of our students, employees, and studio visitors. LDTA’s guidelines may change as the year progresses as we follow updated guidance from Boulder County Health and the CDC. All of our policies will be revisited and revised throughout the year as appropriate and as conditions change.
LDTA COVID-19 PRIORITIES:
Priority #1: Health & safety of all students, employees and community members
Priority #2: In-studio instruction for all students
“Re-engaging in sports and physical activity with friends has both physical and psychological health beneﬁts for children and adolescents. Participating in sports and physical activity allows youth to improve their cardiovascular health, strength, body composition, and overall ﬁtness. Mentally, youth may experience beneﬁts from the increased socialization with friends and coaches as well as from the return to a more structured routine. These psychological and physical beneﬁts can help support their developmental growth. Exercise also has immune system beneﬁts.” – American Academy of Pediatrics
To reflect our priorities, we have implemented the following POLICIES & PROCEDURES:
ATTENDANCE POLICIES | Students who are sick with any symptoms of illness are required to stay home and make-up classes missed once they are fully recovered from illness. Students and employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may not attend classes until after an isolation period and all symptoms are clear. Classes may be made up in classes at the same level or a level down from the student’s current placement.
SOCIAL DISTANCING | We encourage all students, employees, and visitors to continue to observe social distancing practices at the studio.
MASK USAGE | LDTA plans to begin the year with all students, employees, and visitors to the studio wearing masks based on guidance from Boulder County Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Boulder County Health guidelines encourage masking until at least 80% of the county has been vaccinated. We will continue to monitor conditions and update this policy appropriately. The AAP encouraged all schools and extracurriculars to require mask usage when school resumes in the fall for students age 2 and up. They also encourage all adults to wear masks in order to model mask usage.
The AAP recommends universal masking in school at this time for the following reasons:
a significant portion of the student population is not eligible for vaccination
protection of unvaccinated students from COVID-19 and to reduce transmission
lack of a system to monitor vaccine status among students, teachers and staff
potential difficulty in monitoring or enforcing mask policies for those who are not vaccinated; in the absence of schools being able to conduct this monitoring, universal masking is the best and most effective strategy to create consistent messages, expectations, enforcement, and compliance without the added burden of needing to monitor vaccination status
possibility of low vaccination uptake within the surrounding school community
continued concerns for variants that are more easily spread among children, adolescents, and adults
STUDIO CAPACITY | All studios are now operating at full capacity under Level Clear, but with masking and social distancing reminders. Parents are being welcomed back into the lobby areas with masks worn. We encourage parents to maintain social distancing guidelines as they come in to ask questions or drop-off/pick-up their students.
ENTRANCE/EXITS | The front door is now being used for all entering/exiting the building. A hand sanitizer station is available at the front door.
There continues to be a risk of exposure to COVID-19. If LDTA becomes aware that an infected person has been in the LDTA facility, the following procedures will be implemented:
- LDTA will coordinate with local health officials. Once learning of a COVID-19 case in someone who has been in the facility, LDTA administration will immediately notify local health officials. These officials will help determine a course of action.
- LDTA will communicate with staff, parents, and students and coordinate with local health officials to communicate closure decisions and the possibility of COVID-19 exposure.
LDTA classes are priced for the full series (32-weeks for academy division and 16-weeks for youth division) and include a discount compared to drop-in rates. For your convenience, semester classes have an optional 4-month payment plan and annual classes have an optional 9-month payment plan.
Adults may also purchase class cards for 4 or 8 classes.
The $45 family registration fee helps cover administrative costs associated with registration. This fee is charged once per calendar year per head of household account. Each head of household (purchaser) pays the registration fee each year which is good for 365-days.
Tuition for 16-week courses may be paid in full prior to the first day of class. There is also an 4-month optional payment plan available. The first payment is due upon registration with remaining payments due on 09/15, 10/15, and 11/15 for the Fall Semester. The first payment for the Spring Semester is due upon registration with remaining payments on 02/15, 03/15, and 04/15.
Tuition for 32-week courses may be paid in full prior to the first day of class. There is an optional 9-month payment plan available. The first payment is due upon registration with remaining payments due the 15th of each month (September through April).
You can make changes to your credit card or e-check information online through your family account in Classbug.
We’d be happy to help you with this. Contact us to request a payment date change by email email@example.com or call/text 303.317.2707
Yes! After you register and make the first monthly payment, you can make a balance payment online at any time.
Yes. We have limited funding available for scholarships each year. We offer both a merit-based and a need-based scholarship by application only. The application period for the following school year is open from April to June each year. Applicants are notified by email by July 15.
Scholarships for the 2020/21 school year will be extremely limited. Please complete your tuition assistance application by August 15, 2020. Applications completed after this date may be considered, but families will need to register and make the first payment prior to receiving tuition assistance.
The family registration fee and school uniform is not covered by tuition assistance and must also be purchased.
Absences, Closures, and Withdrawals
LDTA is closed for Labor Day, Thanksgiving Week, Winter Break and Spring Break. No classes are held for any division during these breaks.
When the SVVSD school district closes due to weather, LDTA classes are not held. Announcements about this will be available on the website, LDTA phone message, and in email alerts to the Head of Household accounts for registered students scheduled to attend class that day.
LDTA believes in the classes and dance training we provide. We think you’ll want to stay for your full session of classes. Enrollment in a class at LDTA is for a full series of 16-week or 32-week sessions. Your commitment to the full session provides you with a discount compared to our weekly drop-in rate. Withdrawal from a class is available under the following guidelines:
Youth Division Withdrawal
Withdrawal with Intent to Return (Account Credit Given)
The Youth Division’s 16-week sessions are designed to be shorter tastes of classes. If you realize your child is not yet ready for class, LDTA will charge you only for the classes already taken at the discounted rate and we will credit your account with any remaining balance toward registration in a future session.
Withdrawal without Intent to Return (Refund Requested)
Within 30 days of completing the LDTA Withdrawal Form, your account will be recalculated to remove the full session discount. You will be charged the non-discounted weekly rate for your program through the date of withdrawal only for the weeks attended. All refunds will be made to the payment method on file.
Academy Division Withdrawal
Leaves of Absence
All leave of absence requests must be submitted using the LDTA Withdrawal Form. You are responsible for 100% of tuition up to the date we receive this Leave of Absence Request.
During an approved leave of absence, payment plans will be paused. Once a student is able to return to LDTA, the amount due will be recalculated and the payment plan will be resumed at the original, discounted weekly rate. Leaves of absence are approved for medical reasons in both the ballet program and the choreograph your own program. Academic leaves of absence are approved in the ballet program only.
To completely withdraw from LDTA’s Academy Division (not intending to return), 100% of tuition is due through the date the Request Form is received at the non-discounted weekly rate. It may take up to 30 days to process your refund request.
Poor attendance affects learning and progress in dance classes and can have a detrimental effect upon the entire class. Students are strongly encouraged to make up missed classes as progress and future class placement can be greatly affected by even one absence.
NEW COVID-19 POLICY: Students and employees at LDTA must not attend in-studio classes while sick. In addition, students and employees must not attend in-studio classes while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test. Please assist us in keeping our students and teachers healthy by staying home when sick and practicing appropriate social distancing and mask use at all times.
Students may make up missed classes in their class level or one class level below. When students miss a class, a make-up class card will be added to the account and the head of household will receive an email.
Makeup classes must be taken within four weeks of the absence and cannot be carried over into another academic season. **The four week limit will be extended during the 2020-21 academic session to encourage students to stay home when sick**
LDTA makes every attempt to hold classes as scheduled. Sometimes class cancellations are unavoidable.
Classes cancelled due to weather or instructor illness: Students will receive a make-up class card that can be used in any class at the same level or one level lower to the student’s placement. If necessary and if studio space is available, a make-up class may be scheduled for a different day or time or during a break.
Classes cancelled due to poor enrollment: Students will only be charged for the number of classes held. Any pre-paid funds will be refunded or given as store credit once a class has been officially removed from the schedule.
Snow/Weather Cancellation Policy
In the event of inclement weather, which may cause class cancellations, LDTA will place an outgoing message to that effect on the LDTA voicemail system. LDTA also utilizes Facebook and email communication to provide closure information to our patrons. Emails to registered students come from the email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Additional email addresses in the ldtacademy.com domain may be used for financial accounts and specific programs.
LDTA uses the St. Vrain Valley School District as a guideline for weather cancellations. LDTA recommends checking the LDTA voicemail system to confirm whether or not classes will be held, as circumstances may change during the day to allow us to have regularly scheduled classes.
It is the student’s responsibility to find out if classes will be in session due to the weather.
Recitals and Performance Opportunities
The Youth Division Holiday Recital is held at the end of the Fall Semester during the Winter Break. Pre-K students registered for Combination Ballet/Tap (Combo) classes may participate in this recital.
Participation is optional. Additional participation fees and costume costs apply when participating in the recital. Recital packages are available.
The Annual Recital is actually two recitals: one for each division!
The Youth Division Annual Recital is for students registered in the Spring Semester of a Youth Division class.
The Academy Division Annual Recital is for students age 8+ registered for a recital class.
Participation is optional and additional fees and costume costs apply. Recital packages are available.
Participation Fees – Children’s Holiday or Youth Annual Recital
Recital Packages are available. Pricing information available soon.
Participation Fees – Academy Division Annual Recital
Recital Packages are available. Pricing information available soon.
Costume prices range from $25 – $100 per costume. LDTA instructors choose recital costumes that are age appropriate, dance appropriate, and reasonably priced. If there are modesty concerns, please discuss these with the LDTA administration.
Recital portraits are taken prior to each recital. Portrait packages may be ordered directly from Lifetouch either before or after Picture Day. Even if you do not plan to order pictures, please plan to attend Picture Day so that your child will be in the group photo. Pictures are then picked up from the LDTA office.
Due to COVID-19, group photos may not be available during the 2021-22 academic session.
More information coming soon.
Performers love to receive flowers at the recital! Families may pre-order flowers to give to their student during the LDTA recital.
An all-in-one recital package will also be available which includes your participation fee, recital costume, video package, a keepsake and recital flowers.
Centennial State Ballet is the non-profit youth performance company founded by school owner, Kristin Kingsley. Kristin serves as the Executive Artistic Director of this company. CSB auditions and rehearsals are held at LDTA studios and there are several performance opportunities throughout the year. Visit centennialstateballet.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these performance opportunities. LDTA is proud to host CSB auditions and rehearsals in our studios and we encourage our ballet students to participate. No LDTA student is required to participate in these performances and participation in an LDTA program is not required to perform with CSB.
LDTA Dress Code
Each ballet level (other than Teen/Adult classes) has a specific ballet uniform.
FEMALES STUDIO UNIFORM
Combination Ballet Tap: White
Ballet K: Pink
Ballet 1: Blue
Ballet 2: Lavender
Intermediate Ballet I: Hunter Green
Intermediate Ballet II: Mallard Blue
Intermediate Ballet III: Vampire Red
Advanced Ballet I, IIa, and IIb: Sangria
Advanced III and PBIP: Sangria and Cobalt Blue
MALES STUDIO UNIFORM
Combination Ballet Tap: Black tights/leggings and white LDTA shirt
Ballet K through Intermediate III: Pebble Gray studio tights and white LDTA shirt
Advanced I, IIa, and IIb: Sangria studio tights
Advanced III and PBIP: Sangria and Cobalt studio tights
COVID-19 UPDATE: The LDTA shoe/clothing exchange program has been paused until further notice. LDTA is unable to accept gently used clothing/shoes at this time.
LDTA has a shoe & clothing exchange program where families can trade lightly used shoes and leotards for a different size at no cost. If you don’t have items to trade, you can purchase a gently used pair of shoes for just $10 or a gently used leotard for $5.
The LDTA Exchange is run by NHSDA. Shoes, leotards, and other dance items may be exchanged at any time – special drives may be held throughout the year. When you donate shoes or dancewear to the exchange, you will receive a coupon that can be used toward the purchase of other gently used items.
Longmont Dance Theatre Academy is proud to work with our local dance supply store, Boulder Body Wear. LDTA Students receive a 15% discount on items at Boulder Body wear!
Boulder Body Wear is located at 2850 Arapahoe Rd Suite 104 Lafayette, Co 80026 PH: 303-447-9100
Youth Division Ballet Attire
Girls Ballet: Studio leotard, no skirts; studio tights in pink or color that best matches skin tone; leather ballet slippers; black tap shoes (for combination ballet/tap only); hair in secure bun/pulled away from the neck and face
Boys Dance: White LDTA t-shirt; black leggings (combination ballet/tap) or Pebble Gray tights (grades K-2); black leather ballet slippers; black tap shoes (combination ballet/tap only)
Academy Division Ballet Attire
Studio uniform required for specific classes. For students with multiple ballet classes any style/color leotard for classes not marked as requiring uniform; unattached skirts may be worn during pre-pointe/pointe class only. Shirts, shorts, capris, pants, and/or legwarmers are allowed in Academy Division Adult Classes only.
Pink canvas or leather ballet slippers with drawstring bows tucked in; only pointe students may wear split sole ballet slippers; applicable pointe and pre-pointe shoes must be properly fitted by Boulder Body Wear. Elastics and ribbons on ballet slippers and pointe shoes must be properly sewn.
Hair must be in a secure bun or pulled away from the neck and face; no swinging ponytails. Students with short hair must use a headband and also secure the hair in the back.
Full-footed tights: Ballet Pink, Bloch Endura Adaptatoe convertible tights with seams.
White LDTA t-shirt; pebble gray, sangria, and/or cobalt ballet tights (depending on level); white socks; black leather or canvas ballet slippers.
Long hair must be arranged off of the face.
No dangly earrings longer than 1 inch. No necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, or watches allowed. Stud earrings are acceptable.
A dance notebook should be carried at all times so that they may be prepared to take notes regarding classes and rehearsals.
Academy Division Non-Ballet Classes
Girls and Boys: Leotard of any color or t-shirt with no words; leggings; flat bottom tennis shoes (shoes must not be worn outside – this prevents damage to our studio flooring from bacteria, glass, rocks, or pebbles); hair must be pulled back from face and neck; no skirts, no shorts, and no half shirts will be tolerated. Leggings and t-shirt may be worn over ballet attire for students with multiple classes on the same day.
Girls: Leotard of any style and color or t-shirt; Lycra leggins, jazz pants, or bike shorts; black jazz shoes. No baggy clothes; no sneakers; no jeans; hair must be pulled back from face and neck.
Boys: T-shirt of any color; Lycra leggins, jazz pants or bike shorts; black jazz shoes; no baggy clothes; no sneakers; no jeans.
Modern and Ballet in the Air:
Girls: Leotard or t-shirt of any style and color; any color footless tights/leggings; no shoes or sock; hair pulled back from face and neck. Aerial students must wear a T-shirt which covers the underarm and can either be tucked into leggings or worn over a leotard – this protects student’s sensitive skin during Aerial class.
Boys: T-shirt of any color; loose fitting pants (no jeans); no shoes/socks.
Additional Dress Code Considerations
For security reasons, street clothing and street shoes are required when entering and exiting the building. Dance shoes are prohibited from being worn outside the studio.
For hygienic reasons, shoes must be worn at all times inside the building except during modern, conditioning, and ballet in the air classes.
Gently used dance clothing and shoes will be available during the Shoe Exchange.
LDTA Additional Programs
LDTA offers a 6-week summer program.
Students entering Kindergarten through Third Grade may register for our themed summer camps. Themes vary summer to summer, but typically include a ballet class, a non-ballet dance class, and a craft/activity time. Students participate in short performances for their parents and LDTA summer intensive students at the end of each week.
Attending a summer intensive programs at LDTA is highly encouraged, as students can make tremendous progress during the summer months without the added pressure of academic studies. These programs offer students intensive training in ballet technique, exposure to various dance disciplines, and the exciting experience of working with various guest teachers. Additional studies can include (but are not limited to) jazz, modern, variations, dance history, anatomy, injury prevention, partnering, swing dancing, stage combat, hula, Chinese dance, pilates, and yoga.
The Children’s Division has limited class offerings during the summer, so early enrollment is highly recommended.
Classes in ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, and ballet in the air are available for our Elementary and Academy Division students. Summer is a great time for both youth and adults to train in a new dance discipline or try dance for the first time.
Most evening summer classes are offered at the beginning level.
The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is for Academy Division students in grades six through twelve.
The Junior Chapter is for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Students may apply to join at the end of fifth grade. Members of the NHSDA Junior Chapter have bi-monthly meetings, participate in a service project, and have planned activities throughout the year.
The Secondary Chapter is for students in ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade. Students may apply to join at the end eighth grade. Members of the NHSDA Secondary Chapter have bi-monthly meetings and planned activities. They also plan and participate in the LDTA Exchange and hold a fundraiser each year. Junior and Senior members may also apply for a scholarship each year with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).
The short answer is that the Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program is an intense training program in ballet for high school students who leave their school day early to train daily. PBIP is an audition only program at LDTA. Auditions are held each December for the following school year.
The longer answer is in the PBIP Approach:
Intensive ballet training is more than technique. Our students are encouraged to be creative problem solvers, self-directed learners, community advocates, focused workers, and brilliant young artists. Every student has talents and challenges and it is within this particular alchemy that an individual artist can discover his or her voice as a dancer. It is the role of the instructor to provide feedback and guidance; it is the role of the student to make the changes.
We, at LDTA, believe training in ballet is not about becoming a star, it is about embracing the rigorous daily work that is its own reward. Success is not about perfection; success is about standing back up when you fall down. Achievement is not about being cast in a big role; achievement is in performing any role, no matter how small, with commitment and discipline.
We believe that, at its best, pre-professional ballet training teaches creativity, empathy, lateral thinking, teamwork, determination, self-respect, and grit. In classwork, our students learn to set goals, to overcome challenges, to accept criticism, and to evaluate their progress. In rehearsals, our students learn teamwork, individual responsibility, and perseverance. Onstage, our students are graceful, poised, flexible young people who can respond to adversity on the fly. We are proud of our students when they go on to do whatever they aspire to do in life, whether that is to dance or not, because we believe our students can do anything they set their minds to, and we can give them some tools to help them out along the way.