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In order for a student to progress, regular attendance is needed and expected.  If a student knows in advance that he or she will not be able to attend class, he or she should notify the staff.


Too many absences from classes and/or rehearsals could result in removal from competitive routines. Competitive students typically train Monday-Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. and anytime Saturday between 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. However, we reserve the right to schedule on Fridays and Sundays as needed as well as 4:00 weekday start times for those who can make it with their school schedule. These training hours include both classes and rehearsals.


Rehearsal schedules are posted on our website. If you know you are unavailable, pre-sign out in advance so that rehearsals may be scheduled accordingly. This is done by filling out the SIGN OUT form, located on the Schedule page beneath the calendar, with the reason, dates, and times you are requesting to be signed out. Attendance is mandatory the two weeks prior to performances including but not limited to competitions and the spring show. At least one will be a full dress rehearsal. All dress rehearsals are mandatory. 

Students are considered late at the 5-minute mark after Essentials Dance Company's published start time. Official timepiece is the iPhone. Two tardies are documented without consequence. The 3rd and any tardy thereafter will result in an incomplete for that class/rehearsal session. Incomplete classes/rehearsals must be made up via make-up class or private lessons. 

 If inclement weather causes cancellations, tuition will not be adjusted, nor will classes be made up.  Essentials Dance Company follows the Shelby County Schools inclement weather policy. If Shelby County schools are closed due to inclement weather then classes are canceled for that day.

Shelby County schools are not followed regarding closings due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For information regarding classes during this time check the rehearsals page or the band app and contact EDC with any questions, comments, or concerns.

For more information regarding attendance requirements, excused/unexcused absences, and our Add/Drop policies please refer to your handbook and contact us with any questions.

Studio Etiquette/Culture

No food or gum chewing is allowed in class. Water is the only drink allowed during class.

Students should enter the dance studio completely dressed in required attire with shoes on, ready for class.


Always ask permission before checking your phone during breaks.

Students must be respectful to both teachers and peers and should maintain a good attitude throughout each class and rehearsal.

Please do not move or touch plants or trees.


Please do not harm or end the life of any insect on-premises. If you would like an insect removed for you please calmly contact an EDC teacher or Coach Becca. 


EDC patrons including but not limited to students, parents, siblings, relatives, and friends may not touch any EDC or FII equipment without permission at any time.


All belongings should be sanitized prior to entering the premises and placed in the cubbies by the restroom.


EDC is home to a very unique studio culture that has helped the studio earn the title of the Mid- South’s only pre-professional dance company. Dancers should strive to possess the following qualities as a member of the competitive team: 

  • Flexibility and strength in mind, body, and spirit 

  • Responsibility 

  • Consistency 

  • Support of teammates 

  • Humility 

  • Ability to handle constructive criticism with grace 

  • Maturity 

  • Positive attitude 

  • Ambition 

  • Confidence 

  • Respect of teachers and students 

  • Ability to identify corrections 

  • Ability to give corrections in a kind, respectful manner 

  • Awareness of what is going on at all times 

  • Perseverance 

  • Drive 

  • Passion 

  • Desire to better yourself


Communication is very important to us at EDC. Each family will have access to their account through

Please check it regularly for important updates, information, and our highly anticipated newsletters. If you have questions that are not answered in your handbook and/or contract, and you need to contact Ms. Scarlet directly, you can email her at: Our band app and our Facebook page and Instagram also contain a wealth of information. 

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