2020 - 2021 Welcome Newsletter

• 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 16th season, we are filled with excitement, a little anxiety, and most of all, gratitude.  It is with a gracious heart that the directors and staff welcome you back to embark on a learning adventure unlike any we have been on before.  On March 12, 2020 our worlds were turned upside down and our everyday would never be the same.  We certainly felt some devastation during the weeks that would follow, but out of this has come something stronger, and that is community.  The Complex, and the greater Northeastern CT, Community has always been tight-knit and loyal, but what has taken place from March 12, 2020 to present is another level of connection and kinship.  Our communities have come together to keep each other safe, protect our small business, and maintain "normalcy" for our children through authenticity, mindfulness, and compassion.  

   Our 16th season of Arts Education and Creative Development will look a bit different than anything prior, and we honestly couldn't be more excited to start this new journey together.  A few months ago I said, "this is the year we get through".  I am now saying, "this is a year for self-discovery, re-invigorating and re-imagining."  We have all learned so much in the past 6 months, for me it was a complete loss of control which, if you know me, you know how difficult that was!  But, in all seriousness, it has been a time of reflection, examination, gratitude, and change.  I watched our children adapt and feel for others.  I watched, in awe, as they automatically put their emotions to the side to care for their neighbor without giving a second thought.  I am inspired by our children and often think about how I would have handled what they are going through at their age.  As we embark on our 16th season amidst a pandemic, we are doing what we do best - using our creative minds to respond, inspire, and evolve.  We are grateful for our community, most importantly our children.  This time will forever shape their lives and we, at The Complex Performing and Creative Arts Centre, are honored to be on this journey with them.  Thank you all, for what I know will be, our absolute best year yet!  


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• Things to know for this year:

-All in-person classes are running at 50% capacity - space in class is limited

-Upon registering for classes, you are committing to studying with us for our full season - space is very limited and we have turned away students, at this point, to ensure the safety of our community by keeping our enrollment low.  In order for this model to be sustainable we must all be committed.

-We are prepared to transition to an online platform, or a hybrid platform, if absolutely necessary.  Our curriculum this year will ensure a successful transition, if the need arises

-We are not planning any performances for this season.  With that being said, performances may be permissible in the Spring of 2021 and we will make further decisions about live or filmed performances later this year.




• COVID Protocols

-All people entering The Complex must wear a mask.  Masks shall be worn until a staff member announces it is safe to remove them (strenuous physical activity, CLL members working in their personal learning stations, classes where students can be more than 12 feet apart, children under 6 while in dance class, open air instruction)

-All students will have a personal space, that is socially distanced from others, to wait at prior to class

-The lobby is closed to parents / family members at this time.  All children over the age of 6 should be dropped off at the front entrance and picked up outside immediately following class.  Children under 6 may be accompanied into the building and to their "personal space" by a guardian.  The guardian may wait with the child until the teacher brings everyone up to class.  Teachers and staff will bring children outside to meet parents at the end of class.

-No one with a temperature over 100.4 will be allowed to take class in person, but are welcome and encouraged to take class virtually.  If your child shows any symptoms associated with COVID-19, please keep them home to study virtually until they are symptom free or receive negative COVID test results.

-Sanitizing Stations can be found in each studio

-We are taking drastic measures in reducing our enrollment by 50% which allows students to spread out, we ask that parents remind children to not touch others, wash hands, use sanitizer, and that their mask is their to protect our community.  We understand that little ones will not keep a mask on and that is fine - we can distance them in class.  We want this year to be safe, healthy, fun, and inspiring for our entire community.  

-If anyone should test positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19, they must notify directors immediately.  We will begin contact tracing within The Complex and, if necessary, move to an online platform for 14 days. 




• Important information:


  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 June 1 if you are paying bi-monthly


Tuition for the Creative Learning Lab:

  -One time payment for Semester 1 is due September 1

  -Semester one payment plan due dates: September 1, October 5, November 10





Regular attendance in class is essential for proper development for your child as well as their class/cast mates. Students that are not feeling well and cannot attend class, can now attend class virtually.  



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 more 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 2020 / 2021 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, 2019 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




Dress Code:



Tiny Tots Classes: Loose, comfortable clothing and bare-feet or socks


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


(Students may choose gender specific dress code based on and individuals' gender identification)




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 place 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 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 dance wear and performance needs at our boutique.  If we don't have it, we can order!

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