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Welcome News

• 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 19th 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.

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.



Important information:


First Day of Classes: September 11, 2023

Last Day of Classes: June 15, 2024



Tuition will be automatically withdrawn on the 1st calendar day of each month from the credit / debit card put on file at time of registration.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

- Only one card may be kept on file per student, we are not authorized to split payment among multiple cards. 

-Please note that we require a card to be saved on file and enrolled in auto payment for your tuition installments. If you are unable to comply and wish to pay with another method a $5 surcharge will be added on to your monthly or bimonthly payment. 

-If payment is still not received by the 10th calendar day of the month, a $10 late fee will be added on to your tuition payment with subsequent $5 late fees for each 10 days not paid. 






FULL YEAR CALENDAR - subject to change


 September 2023

  • September 9, 11, 13 - FINDING NEMO Jr - AUDITIONS

  • Monday September 11 - First day of classes

  • Monday September 18 - The Dance Company Auditions and Meeting 6:00-8:00

  • Wednesday September 20 - First FINDING NEMO JR. Rehearsal 6:00-8:00

  • Monday September 25 - WINTER DANCE CONCERT AUDITIONS - Required levels 5, 6, Teen.  Optional level 4


October 2023

  • Friday October 6 - Zombie Fashion Show - Rotary Park: The Complex Dance Company Performs

  • Saturday Oct 7 - Monday Oct 9 - Studio Closed: Indigenous People’s Day Weekend

  • Tuesday October 31 - Halloween: No Classes Scheduled


November 2023

  • November 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 - FINDING NEMO Jr. PERFORMANCES

  • Wednesday November 22-Sunday November 26 - Studio Closed: Thanksgiving Break


December 2023 

  • December 2, 4, 6 - SEUSSICAL the musical AUDITIONS

  • Friday December 22 - Friday January 5 - Studio Closed: Winter Break


January 2024

  • Saturday January 6 - Classes Resume

  • Monday January 15 - Studio Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • Saturday January 27 - WINTER DANCE CONCERT@ The Bradley Playhouse - Levels 4, 5, 6, Teen=


March 2024

  • March 11-16 - March Break - Rehearsals and Preparation for the musical (no classes scheduled this week)

  • March 15, 16, 17 - SEUSSICAL The Musical @ The Bradley Playhouse 


April 2024

  • Monday April 15 - Sunday April 21 - Studio Closed: April Break

May 2024

  • Monday May 27 - Studio Closed: Memorial Day

  • May 31 - Spring Share - Music students and various work by students and faculty


June 2024

  • Saturday June 15 - Last Day of Classes

  • June Show week TBA - Altered class schedule

  • June TBA - Dance/Theatre/Visual Art Show - more info TBA



-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.

-Private Music Attendance Policy: Any lesson canceled less than 24 hours prior will be lost and cannot be made up. Lessons canceled more than 24 hours in advance may be made-up. Make-up lesson options may be discussed with the child’s instructor.

-If a private lesson is canceled due to a snow/weather cancellation, you will receive a refund for the cost of the single lesson. If a group class is canceled due to a snow/weather cancellation, your student may attend another comparable class within two weeks of the cancellation. Please inform the front desk if your child will be attending a make up class so we may inform the instructor ahead of time. 



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. If you would like to make-up a missed group class, you may attend any comparable class as a make up, just please let the front desk know first! All make-ups must be taken within 2 months of your missed class. After March 31, no make-ups will be allowed as we will be in show mode!


Arrival/Departure for Class Time: 

Students should arrive no more than 10 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 2023 / 2024 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, 2023 you will still be responsible for the remainder of the tuition left on your child’s contract. A written letter of withdrawal must be submitted to The Complex Director, Nichola Johnson







Creative Movement and Intro to Dance/Pre-Ballet: 

Option 1: (Traditionally Female) - any color leotard, tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair secured back.

Option 2: (Traditionally Male) - any solid color t-shirt, solid color athletic shorts/pants, black ballet shoes. Hair secured back


Ballet I, II, III: 

Option 1: (traditionally female) - Black leotard, pink transition tights, pink canvas ballet shoes, hair in bun. 

Option 2: (traditionally male) - White or black t-shirt (not baggy or oversized), black athletic shorts (not baggy or oversized), black canvas split-sole ballet shoes

Ballet IV, V, VI, Teen: 

Option 1: (traditionally female) - Black leotard, pink transition tights, pink canvas ballet shoes, hair in bun, optional ballet wrap skirt. 

Option 2: (traditionally male) - White or black t-shirt (not baggy or oversized), black leggings/ballet tights, black canvas split-sole ballet shoes


Modern / Jazz / Contemporary Dance: 

Option 1: (traditionally female) - Black leotard, pink or black tights or black leggings. 

Option 2: (traditionally 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: We sell approved tap shoes in our store or: 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 allow split-sole or "flex" tap shoes, slip on tap-shoes, or patent-leather and economy tap shoes.


Theatre/Hip Hop:

Musical Theatre / Acting:

All Black Comfortable Clothing, Black Jazz Shoes


Visual / Creative Arts:

Art Class/Playwriting/Theatre Arts

Comfortable clothes that can get messy



 The Complex Visual Art Supplies:

A, one-time, $30 materials fee will apply to each Visual Arts Student for all supplies utilized in class.  Students should provide their own 8.5 x 11 sketchbook and must bring it to class with them each week.


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”



This year we have added the option to opt-in to text message reminders through Remind. Upon registration, you should have received an invitation to join our Remind group. The Complex will use Remind as a way to quickly communicate important reminders, scheduled days off, snow days, etc. If you are not receiving texts from Remind, but you would like to, you may text @bed223c to the number 81010.

Inclement Weather:

The Complex may have to close or delay the opening of classes due to inclement weather.  Cancellation announcements are made to families via Remind, Email, Facebook, Instagram, and our Website home page.  Private lessons will be refunded or made-up.  Group class students are welcome to make up their cancelled class in any other class on our schedule that is appropriate to their age and level.  Please notify the administration if you will be making up a class.  Students have three weeks to make up a cancelled class.  



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 lobby 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 Store:

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


Contact Info:

860.963.7170 135 Main St. Putnam

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