Rollo Academy of Performing Arts

Policies and Procedures

Teaching dance is a physical activity and appropriate physical contact between a teacher and student in class is essential for their training. Teachers can make appropriate physical contact with a student to illustrate a concept or to adjust a student’s alignment (especially with the younger students). In choreographic teaching, teachers demonstrate positions and movements to the students by moving parts
of the students’ bodies and by moving dancers in relation to each other: this often involves physical contact with students.

Students have the right to request no physical contact from the teacher.

The Rollo Academy recognises that such physical contact is a potentially complex area; and the school also fully recognises its responsibilities for safeguarding students and teachers and for protecting their welfare.

Contact by the teacher is made with particular awareness of the needs of each individual, to assist the dancer in correcting placement.

The following principles and procedures are in place to fulfil the school’s obligations:
a) All teachers will treat any physical contact with relevant sensitivity and care, and with due regard for the wishes of the student.
b) Contact will not involve force or the use of any instrument.
c) Teachers will be mindful of location and avoid situations where they are isolated with a student; all classes are held in studios and dance areas with windows.
d) Students are encouraged to discuss any worries with their parent
e) Both students and teachers are encouraged to report any concerns to the Principal