Policies and Guidleines

GENERAL INFORMATION:

 Fees  are always paid at the beginning of the Month and the amount paid is  for the entire month.  Swapanthi does not prorate fees or apply  deductions for missed classes, including medical issues, holidays and  vacations. Missed classes can be made up at any Swapanthi class location  within the same Month.  Swapanthi does not offer sibling discounts.  Students are  expected to attend class regularly.  

CLASS RULES:

  1. The minimum age to begin dance lessons is  5-years old (5½ or 6 is optimum).
  2. Dance classes are one-hour long and including  prayers and warm up.
  3. Parents are not allowed in classes unless requested by the instructor or to video tape during the last 10 minutes of  class.
  4. Parents and students can video tape STUDENTS to      support learning.
  5. Please do not chew gum, eat or drink during  class, other than drinking water.
  6. Hair must be tied back away from the face (no bangs covering the face).
  7. All students, except beginners, must wear half  sarees to class.  Beginners must wear Salwar/kamees or Churidar kamees with a Dupata to  tie around the shoulder and at the waist. 
  8. It is important for the instructor to see the  students’ feet  while dancing. Please make that      pants/leggings/salwars/churidars do  not fall past the ankles. 
  9. Rules are made to be followed, not broken.

PRACTICE:

Students  must practice regularly to keep up and make progress. The recommended  practice rules are posted on the website. The practice log has been  updated and is also posted on the web site.   

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE:

Swapanthi  hosts an annual performance for enrolled students every year. Student participation is required. Bharata  Natyam is a performance art and dancing on stage represents a critical  part of the learning process and is a gauge for progress. Preparing for  and participating in the annual performance helps students grow in the  following areas:  

  • Appreciating the dynamic of dancing with      students from other locations
  • Learning from other students and instructors
  • Observing the learning process of others, junior or senior to the student
  • Forming closer bonds with fellow students
  • Becoming more proficient at donning      hair/flowers, make-up, costume and jewelry
  • Understanding the logistics and technical components of a stage performance