These are extraordinary times and Health and Safety are our Priority at HWSD. We are excited to be able to offer dance classes at the studio again and have been in direct communication with the Board of Health of Hamilton/Wenham to be be sure we are doing our very best to follow CDC Covid 19 Regulations that are listed in addition to our own HWSD POLICIES. In registering/attending, you and /or your student for any of our Programs provided by HWSD, you are accepting adhering to and in compliance with all of the following listed on this page: The Hamilton Wenham School of Dance or any of its instructors will not be held liable for personal injuries or damage to personal property while a child is a student participating in activities at or pertaining to the studio. It is the responsibility of any person registering to inform HWSD of any limitations or circumstances which may prevent any student’s full participation in class.  These are unprecedented times. In registering, families and students will adhere to and comply with ALL Policies listed on the website in accordance with the CDC requirements and those for The Hamilton Wenham School of Dance. Failure to do so may result in dismissal w/o refund as HWSD must prioritze the safety of ALL students. HWSD will not be held liable should any child/student fall ill.  Should HWSD be required to close down due to State Covid Regulations, HWSD will issue credit only towards future programs when allowed to re open again according to Mass state regulations and requirements. Scroll down for all info on Attendance: Enrollment: Recital Obligations: Weather and ALL other UPDATED 2020-2021 POLICIES

These Requirements/CDC Regulations apply to SUMMER and our NEW 2020-2021 TEN MONTH SCHOOL YEAR ANNUAL DANCE PROGRAM from SEPTEMBER TO JUNE : We are allowed 9 students per class plus the instructor makes 10: Creative Movement 7 students. Kindergarten -Grade 2 Ballet: 8 students plus the instructor and student helper.

  1. Anyone entering the building must be FEVER free for 72 hours without medication & COUGH free. In addition must not attend classes if a family member has a fever within that time frame
  2. According to Massachusetts standards, students/parents will enter and exit HWSD wearing masks. Students must have a mask in class.   Teachers will structure the classes so that the students never reach full cardio exertion, pace the class in a creative innovative way, water breaks with student’s water bottles to make breathing effortless in a mask. All teachers will be wearing masks at all times.
  3. HWSD will follow CDC regulations/requirements which includes MASK wearing state regulations. See more mask info at the bottom of this list #27
  4. Creative Movement to Ballet II in & out of the building. Please drop off all students at the outside door to the building. Adults are encouraged to wait with younger children outside the door to the building entrance until a student helper and or instructor will be there to guide the children inside for classes and dismissal. NEW Students who are not familiar with our studio will be able to see the space your student will be in. Older students grade 3 and up may enter and go straight upstairs.
  5. Please be as prompt as possible for young ones for drop off & pickup at the door from the parking lot.
  6. Please try to avoid the banister if possible but we will be cleaning it throughout the day, as all high traffic areas will be cleaned regularly
  7. The WAITING room shared by Artcie and HWSD will be closed for use: Drop off only & pick up outside only
  8. NO changing in the bathrooms. Bathrooms will be locked and a key will be provided by the instructors for emergency use. Please have students go to the bathroom at home prior to arriving.
  9. Dressing Rooms are required to be closed by state: Students should arrive already dressed for Classes. HWSD does sell jackets, workout pants and dance bags.
  10. Hair must be done at home ie: Ballet Buns: Please wear a bun to school that day should you have dance day to save time.
  11. Please wash your hands and use the bathroom at home if possible before entering the building. If you have personal labelled hand sanitizer, please bring it with you in your dance bag. We have a TOUCH FREE hand sanitizer Students will use before entering the studio.
  12. Any jackets or cover ups to leotards may be hung in the hall on the spaced hooks provided
  13. Students will remove street shoes and placed under hooks in hallway. All dance shoes are to be brought into the studio and put on inside the studio.  Do not put dance shoes on in the hallway.
  14. Labelled water bottles should be brought to class as there will be no cups for sink water.
  15. The Barres are marked 6 ft. apart and Center Floor Decals are marked 7.5ft. apart for social distance.
  16. All barres & surfaces will be wiped down in between every class. 
  17. The studio will be thoroughly cleaned nightly. 
  18. The bathrooms will be in use for emergency only and cleaning materials will be available for older students to wipe down after use.
  19. Student assistants/teachers will wipe down after use by young ones.
  20. ALL CDC protocol will be followed by both HWSD and Artcie
  21. All upstairs windows will remain open for ventilation right now per request of BOH Chair of Hamilton even with AC/Heat on.
  22. NOTES FROM THE CDC listed from #23 down.
  23. Self-Isolating Following Exposure or Potential Exposure: In the event that a staff member or child is exposed to a sick or symptomatic person, the following protocols must be followed.
  24. If a child or staff has been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of whether the individual has symptoms or not, the child or staff must not be permitted to enter the program space and must be sent home. Exposed individuals must be directed to stay home for at least 14 days after the last day of contact with the person who is sick.The program must consult the local board of health for guidance on quarantine for other children and staff and what additional precautions will be needed to ensure the program space is safe for continued child care services.
  25. If an exposed child or staff subsequently tests positive or their doctor says they have confirmed or probable COVID-19, they must be directed to stay home for a minimum of 10 days from the 1st day of symptoms appearing AND be fever-free for 72 hours without fever reducing medications AND experience significant improvements in symptoms.Release from isolation is under the jurisdiction of the local board of health where the individual resides.
  26. If a child’s or staff’s household member tests positive for COVID-19, the child or staff must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they could have been exposed.G.If an Exposed Child or Staff Remains Asymptomatic and/or Tests Negative for COVID-19: If the exposed individual remains asymptomatic and/or tests negative for COVID-19, they must remain in quarantine and continue to monitor for the full 14 days.
  27. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Face Masks and Coverings: To slow the spread of COVID-19, all program staff are to wear a cloth face covering while serving children and interacting with parents and families.

Welcome to The Hamilton Wenham School of Dance: Our Annual School year 10 month program runs from September to June with a year end performance for our performing classes. Since 1991, HWSD has offered quality dance programs for age 3.5 – Grade 12.  Adult programs are also available. The HWSD student base draws from 8+ towns and surrounding areas from public, private schools as well as home school students.  It takes many hours of preparation to create our schedule. Each year our program and schedule is subject to change in days and times. We have the HWSD Schedule up in early to mid-summer for the future season so that families will be aware of the commitment to the dance classes students are enrolled in for upcoming school year. * Summer Schedule for workshops and evening classes comes out in April/early May. * Note required summer classes for Advance Ballet: Pointe: and Incoming Prepointe students * Note Summer requirements are flexible summer 2020 due to Covid 19.


HWSD is an ANNUAL School Year 10 Month Program where all classes begin in September and run the full school year. Dance is a progressive art. Class attendance is essential for technique skills to progress safely and correctly and for the class to have continuity and consistency to progress as an ensemble.  Fairness to the entire group is of utmost importance. Class is also our “rehearsal” time as we begin to prepare for performance. Please contact the studio at 978-468-2393 and leave a brief message or email us at [email protected] should a student have to miss class due to illness or mandatory school/ family commitment.  Students are allowed to do “make-ups” within ONE MONTH of the original absence for ILLNESS, INJURY, MANDATORY FAMILY and/or SCHOOL/or GRADED REQUIRED COMMITMENTS & SNOW DAYS in the grade level lower: or teacher approved class: or another genre (appropriate level)

No “make-ups” after February break.  Please *NOTE: Other “activities” Sports, Drama, Clubs, other lessons are NOT considered mandatory commitments.  PLEASE DO NOT DOUBLE BOOK or overlap times for your student on dance class day. For fairness to all, students will not be allowed to consistently arrive late, leave early, miss class, or do makeups as a replacement for unexcused absences/double booking. Thank you


Creative Movement Students can be prorated enrollment all year.


GRADE K – GRADE 12: There will be a registration fee of $30 for any registration after classes begin in September. * Note Registration Permanently Closes by Jan. 15. Should a Late enrolled student in Ballet for Kindergarten thru Grade 2 need extra instruction, HWSD may require privates to catch them up to class. This is at the instructors discretion.

GRADE 3 – GRADE 12: NEW Students enrolling after the month September until Oct. 31 are required to do the following to be able to enroll in their grade level/appropriate classes: This may not apply if classes are not available in that genre

  • Take three 45 minute privates subject to teacher availability or take four classes in a lower level to keep up with technique if offered

GRADE 3 – GRADE 12: For NEW students enrolling after October 31 until registration closes January 15 who are NEW to HWSD or are current students adding and or changing genres are required to do the following:

  • Take a series of six 45 minute privates subject to teacher availability while at the same time be enrolled and attend the grade/level of the ensemble class the student is entering: Privates can also be subject to teacher discretion and availability. The student may require more depending on progression of ability.
  • $45 for $45 minute privates: See REGISTRATION page for more info regarding semi privates
  • Students NEW to HWSD LATE POINTE enrollment is by audition and placement only


HWSD is not responsible for students prior or after classes. Parents or Caregivers must be on time for pick up. For our NEW NORMAL: Drop Off & Pick up Outside. We will have a helper wait with your small children K-2. See all new COVID instructions on our SCHEDULE PAGE. Our instructors are there for the first classes of the day approx. 10/15 min prior to start of classes. Due to the high volume of students with HWSD and ARTCIE NO FOOD or DRINK is allowed in any areas: Waiting room: Hallway area: Dressing Room: Studio: HWSD will of course make exceptions should there is a health issue that requires a child eat/drink at certain times (please notify Director of HWSD). Labelled water bottles are allowed. The trash only goes out once per week: No Diapers left in building: Students with multiple classes that need to wait in between may leave studio (with your own parental permission to eat or snack outside of HWSD). There are benches right outside and local places nearby to do so: House of Pizza, Dunkin Donuts: Honeycomb: . All changing should be done AT HOME only as the bathroom is for both HWSD and ARTCIE and will be open for emergencies only: Students must adhere to the Dress Code of all classes including hair and foot wear. We share our waiting room and bathroom with Artcie so please be respectful while classes are going on. NO running or use of hallway as there is a Doctor office down the hall. Use correct receptacles for any recycle needs. Respectful voices inside the building. Rules and Regulations are posted in ALL areas in the building: AGAIN NEW COVID REGULATIONS ARE ON OUR SCHEDULES PAGE


All students must attend DRESS REHEARSAL (see Calendar Page ) as it is our also our Technical Rehearsal for lighting, sound, music, blocking, spacing, photography. Your child’s attendance at Dress Rehearsal is essential to the fairness of the entire class rehearsal. This is student’s opportunity to see the performance from the auditorium, support fellow dancers, experience other genres and levels of dance in our program. It only happens once a year and is a wonderful exciting experience. Students are counting on each other as it is their only rehearsal time on the actual stage. NOTICES will be sent by EMAIL in late April/early May regarding Recital Information: Only one parent of students in K-Gr. 2 are allowed at Dress Rehearsal: Please NO small children as it is very busy in the auditorium: Dress Rehearsal is closed to all parents of students Grade 3-12: We will have Helpers with HWSD on that day. NO Photography/Cell Phone use in the Auditorium at Dress Rehearsal or Performance. 


All Payment to HWSD are by CHECK only: made payable to The Hamilton Wenham School of Dance. No refunds are given except in cases of withdrawal from a class after three weeks from the start of the classes in September. Refunds or any Credit towards classes will be given in case of long term injury, illness with note of Doctor.  NOTE: HWSD reserves the right to dissolve a class if it does not meet class size criteria of a minimum of four/five students in which case a refund will be made. If class registration is too small, classes may be merged if levels are appropriate. As stated above on this page, should HWSD be required to close down at any time due to COVID, credit only be issued towards any and all programs at HWSD once allowed to re open again. All class payments and costume fees must be paid in full in order to receive costumes and perform in recital.  Costumes are non-returnable and non-refundable. 


Please notify Director Donna J. Viau if a student has any physical and/or other limitations that may prevent them from fully participating in class.  Students must be FEVER free without meds for 72 hours in order to return to classes. A Doctor’s note is required stating the student is safe to return to class if a student is out under a doctor’s care or more or that of an injury. The Hamilton Wenham School of Dance and/or instructors are not liable for personal injury in any way, loss/damage to personal property to any students/visitors or persons on the premises of HWSD

WEATHER & Other Closing information

HWSD goes by the Hamilton-Wenham Public School system for weather.  We will be closed if HW Schools are closed due to bad weather.  If there is a school delay, dance classes WILL still be held that day.  If school is closed but the weather changes IMPROVE during the day so classes are able to be held, there will be updated messages on our machine 978-468-2393 and on our Facebook page stating classes are underway. I will try my best for Families to also receive an email stating any changeshopefully” by 2:00. Students are allowed to do a makeup for a class missed due to weather or illness by trying another genre approved by the Director or being notified by the director what classes are available in the missed genre. ALL makeups due to weather or illness must be done prior to Feb. Break. We do not close for school meetings or elections when school buildings are in use. Check Calendar Page for other dates pertaining to HWSD


Photos/Videos of student dance from Hamilton Wenham School of Dance may be used for internet, promotional/advertising purposes only ie. Facebook and Web page.  No names will be listed. Please notify HWSD Director otherwise.