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Welcome News/Information

• A Note from the Director:

Welcome to our new students and welcome back to all of our beautiful returning faces!  As we approach the beginning of our 17th season, we are filled with excitement and are so anxious to see all of our students!  It is with a gracious heart that the directors and staff welcome you back to The Complex and are eager to work with you all in class and in performance (yes, you read that right - performances are back!!!  Safely, of course!).  

The mission of The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre is to offer exceptional arts education to the community, create an innovative hub for performance and education, open a space for students to grow and flourish through creative critical thinking and ignite a life-time love of the arts for all students.  The Complex is not only a place of excellence in technical arts education, it is a place where students evolve year after year; they learn the importance of collaboration, strong work-ethic, dedication and persistence, self-actualization, self-discipline, creative problem solving, and critical thought.

Our 17th season of Arts Education, Creative Development and Performance comes with new adventures, new ideas and even new faces!  We are very excited to welcome new staff members to our faculty roster this year.  Please welcome Evan Delaney (guitar/piano), Ryan Defoe (Acting/Directing Teacher/The Complex Players Theatre Director/Director of Community Engagement) and Carl Mercier (Community Theatre Director).  



Important information:


First Day of Classes: September 12, 2022

Last Day of Classes: June 17, 2023



Tuition will be automatically withdrawn on the 1st calendar day of each month from the credit / debit card put on file at time of registration.  If you have not yet secured your registration with a credit card, please do so by calling 860-963-7170 or by responding to the billing email from square that was sent out following the receipt of your registration form.  All payments that are not made by the 10th calendar day of each month will incur a $10 late fee and subsequent $5 late fees for each 10 days not paid. 


Tuition for Dance, Art, Music, Theatre Classes:  

  -Tuition is due on the first calendar day of the month if you are paying monthly. 

  -Tuition is due on September 1, November 1, January 1, March 1, and May 1 if you are paying bi-monthly



Regular attendance in class is essential for proper development for your child as well as their class/cast mates. Please make your classes and rehearsals a priority prior to your registration commitment.



If you are going to miss a class – please call the front desk. Not showing up and not telling someone isn’t fair to anyone.


Arrival/Departure for Class Time: 

Students should arrive no later than 5 minutes prior to the start of class.  Please arrive at The Complex dressed for class.  Students should take all belongings home with them and throw all trash in receptacles. Please plan to pick up your child at the time their class ends. Please call the office if you will be late picking up your child.


Withdrawal from The Complex Classes: 

At the time of registration you are signing a contract for the 2022 / 2023 education season. If you withdraw from your contract during the months of September through December there is a one-month tuition penalty fee, if you withdraw after December 31, 2022 you will still be responsible for the remainder of the tuition left on your child’s contract (through June 2023). A written letter of withdrawal must be submitted to The Complex Director, Nichola Johnson

Dress Code:



Creative Movement and Intro to Dance/Pre-Ballet: Female - any color leotard, tights and ballet shoes. Male - any solid color t-shirt, athletic shorts/pants, ballet shoes. Hair secured back


Ballet I, II, III: Female - Black leotard, pink transition tights, pink canvas ballet shoes, hair in bun. Males - White or black t-shirt (not baggy or oversized), black athletic shorts (not baggy or oversized), black canvas split-sole ballet shoes


Ballet IV and V: Female - Black leotard, pink transition tights, pink canvas ballet shoes, pointe shoes, hair in bun, optional ballet wrap skirt. Male - White or black t-shirt (not baggy or oversized), black leggings/ballet tights, black canvas split-sole ballet shoes


Modern / Jazz / Contemporary Dance: Female: Black leotard, pink or black tights or black leggings. Male: White or Black t-shirt, black athletic shorts/pants or leggings. Bare Feet, hair securely tied back


Tap: All Black, comfortable clothing (any attire from above is acceptable as well). Tap Shoes: Black Hard-Soled Tap Oxford - examples of good shoe choices: Capezio CG09, Bloch "Respect" lace-up tap shoe, Bloch Child "Tap-on" Buckle Tap Shoe, Bloch "Sync" lace-up tap shoe, So Danca TA22 1" heel tap oxford (advanced students). We do not suggest split-sole or "flex" tap shoes, slip on tap-shoes, or patent-leather and economy tap shoes.



Musical Theatre / Acting:

All Black Comfortable Clothing, Black Jazz Shoes (strongly suggested)



Comfortable Clothing


Visual / Creative Arts:

Comfortable clothes

Monthly Newsletters: 

Each month we email a newsletter by the 5th calendar day of the month, if you do not receive an email by October, please check in at the front desk so we may rectify the situation. Check your spam boxes. We ask that you read the entirety of the email.  *Newsletters are also placed on the blackboard wall in lobby in the slot labeled “Monthly Newsletters”


Performance Notes and Info Sheets: 

Emails and hard-copy notices will go home as well as be posted on The Blackboard Wall pertaining to specific shows or events.


The Blackboard Wall: 

The blackboard info wall is located in the front stairway of The Complex and contains much important information and dates….please check this every time you enter The Complex to keep up to date.

Our website is filled with information! Have a question? Check there for answers!


Social Media: 

Look to our Facebook and Instagram accounts to keep you posted! All the cool happenings can be found here, plus sneak peeks of rehearsals and class work!


The Front Desk: 

When all else fails, check in with the front desk! We will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the information. If something needs clarification, don’t hesitate – ask us!


The Complex Boutique:

Find your dancewear and performance needs at our boutique.  If we don't have it, we can order!


Contact Info:

860.963.7170   135 Main St. Putnam

2022 - 2023 Calendar of Events and Holidays

September 2022

  • Monday September 12 - First day of classes


October 2022

  • Friday October 7 - Zombie Fashion Show - Rotary Park: Level VI Dancers Perform

  • Saturday Oct 8-Monday Oct 10 - Studio Closed: Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day

  • Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29 - Rocky Horror Show at The Bradley Playhouse


November 2022

  • Wednesday November 23-Sunday November 27 - Studio Closed: Thanksgiving Break


December 2022

  • December 2, 3, 4 - Holiday Cabaret Performance @ The Complex: Levels 4-6 Perform

  • Thursday December 22-Sunday January 8 - Studio Closed: Winter Break


January 2023

  • Monday January 9 - Classes Resume

  • Monday January 16 - Studio Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • January 27-29 Choreographer’s Concert @ The Complex - Company and Faculty 


March 2023

  • March 17, 18, 19 - SpongeBob The Musical @ The Bradley Playhouse - All Theatre students perform and Dance Level 6 . 

    • *Altered class and rehearsal schedule during this week for ALL Complex students to be announced. 


April 2022

  • Monday April 17- Sunday April 23 - Studio Closed: April Break


May 2022

  • Early May - Visual Art Show: All visual art students and select music students perform

  • Saturday May 20 - Spring Share: Music students and various work by students and faculty

  • Monday May 29 - Studio Closed: Memorial Day


June 2022

  • Beginning to Mid June - Performances: Dance, Theatre, and Music Students. Concrete performance dates and times will be sent out ASAP.

  • Friday June 16 - Last Day of Classes

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