Tenacity Dance Comapny’s
Student and Parent Promise
About The PromiseS
The promises are the glue that holds the Tenacious Triangle together, a dancer and parent commitment to the progression of a student and Tenacity Dance Company’s success, ensuring that our dancers grow and learn in an environment that contributes positively to everyone’s success. Dance is half mental and half physical and maintaining an “I can do” attitude is crucial for healthy growth and development. The promises develop as the dancers grow and are written comprehensively for each age group, super cute to super real.
Student promises are made the second week after the start of the Fall/Spring season. The first week, we like to get to know each other and students get a feel for the style and technique. The second week we make our promises; students and teachers in class, parents will sign theirs at the front desk. Dancers six and up are asked to write in their own promise and understanding to encourage a sense of responsibility and accountability. We want everyone to be successful, “you get out of it what you put into it.”
TDC's Student Promise
I PROMISE TO:
Say thank you when someone helps me.
Help others when they need it.
Tell my friends when they do a good job.
Smile as many times a day as I can, especially when in dance class.
Give hugs to my friends and family that are having a hard day.
Thank my parents for helping me practice.
Thank my parents for letting me take dance.
Dance as big as you can all the time!
Be a “focused fox”.
Practice. I’m always dancing around anyway, might as well “paint a picture”.
Understand that sometimes I have a hard time being a “focused fox” and I won’t get candy at the end of class.
Sing as loud as I can.
Never say “can’t” because I know I can.
Always smile for my Tenacious Teddy.
ALWAYS HAVE FUN!!!!
I PROMISE TO:
Thank my parents for taking me to dance class.
Thank my parents for buying my fancy recital costume(s).
Thank my parents when they help me practice.
Do the “tenacious 20-3” and practice for 20 minutes three times a week.
Be a “focused fox.”
Always keep trying, even when I’m frustrated.
Participate in free dance, freely.
Have fun even when I’m having a difficult day.
Work hard even when I am tired.
Be kind to others and treat them how I would want to be treated, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Ask questions when I am “thumbs down” in the “three thumbs.”
Cheer on my classmates and give compliments.
That I am old enough to make sure I have all of my dance shoes and accessories in my dance bag.
It is my job to make sure that my uniform gets washed regularly because we WERK hard in dance class…and it gets stinky.
That sometimes I will be frustrated when I can’t get a step and that I need to keep my head up. I can do it. I will do it.
I am not allowed to say “I can’t” or I’ll owe my teacher a breakfast of 16 bacon and eggs…two whole 8 counts. *gasp…sigh*
That my hair needs to be in a bun for every class, even hip-hop.
My own student promise is: (student fills in the blank).
I PROMISE TO:
Be supportive of my classmates and their achievements.
Be humble when victorious and persevere when defeated.
Love myself for who I am.
Love others for who they are.
Be respectful, compassionate, and courteous towards others.
Live in the moment, everyday.
Be grateful for the little things.
Be thankful for the opportunities I have been given, and the sacrifices that were made so I can express myself wholeheartedly through the art of movement.
Thank my parents and family for the financial commitment my passion requires.
Focus on my own goals and to not be distracted by others. You do You.
Be open minded and willing to explore emotions and movement that may make me feel uncomfortable.
“Keep my hands to myself, keep my feet to myself, keep my words to myself, when I’m in dance class.”
My personal promise is ___________________________________ (student fills in the blank).
I AM TENACIOUS BECAUSE:
I want to rise to my potential.
I am committed to my own success.
I want to grow and learn.
I am willing and capable.
I understand the sacrifices that were made so I can dance.
I am committed to my teammates and understand that personal success is team success. Everybody wins when everybody Werks.
I am tenacious because ___________________________________ (student fills in the blank).
I UNDERSTAND THAT:
There is a dress code policy for a reason, and I will follow it.
This is a team oriented studio and my attendance will reflect my commitment to my team in a way that supports not only my success, but my teams as well.
My attendance in class is an investment in my team and myself.
I am not allowed to bring drama to the studio and that if I do, I can be dismissed from any program at TDC.
Ms. Jayna and Miss Rainin run a tight ship and I will be sore after class. I will be asked to tap into a variety of different characters and emotions during class.
I know that vulnerability in my dance education is necessary for growth.
I will be asked to push boundaries and myself.
Constructive criticism is necessary if I want to rise to my potential.
Constructive criticism is an opportunity for growth and learning.
“I can’t” is not allowed to be said in the classroom. Teacher’s choice of “you owe me’s” if I get caught saying it.
I understand that ___________________________________ (student fills in the blank).
I BELIEVE I CAN SO I WILL.
TDC's Parent Promise
I will do my part to support the Tenacious Triangle by:
Being a positive support system for my child and their peers.
Being present in my child’s dance education.
Providing a safe space for all TDC family members to grow and learn.
Encouraging my dancer to practice. This shows them that I am supportive of their dancing and want them to succeed.
Leading by example. Humility heals the heart.
Attending Teacher Experience Workshops. It is important that I know and understand enough about their dance education that I can contribute positively to their success.
Being respectful of others by following TDC’s 5 core values.
Not comparing my dancer to another dancer. TDC encourages dancers to focus on their own success and to not worry about what other dancers are working on.
I understand that:
Gossip is toxic.
My child’s success is TDC’s success.
Every dancer has good days and some not so good.
Sometimes my child may struggle, sometimes they will succeed and that this is part of the learning process.
Every victory my dancer has comes from a previous defeat.
TDC offers pre-professional level dance education and with that comes an expectation of professionalism from all students, family and friends.
I am responsible for communicating through the appropriate channels when I have questions and concerns.
Constructive criticism is necessary for my child to grow and learn and that it is my responsibility to help my child recognize this as an opportunity for growth instead of “I can’t.”
TDC expects its students to be tenacious.
It is important for me to be on time for my dancer. Arriving late can be embarrassing for my dancer.
Dance is an investment and my dancer physically being in class is important in getting the most return out of my investment.
It is my responsibility to aid my child by abiding to TDC’s attendance and uniform policy.
Thank you for sharing your dancers with us. We are honored to be trusted with your dancer’s education and are inspired by their tenacity and creativity daily.
Let the journey begin.