Sherri Mazza-Director

Performance Team and Competition Team Members will perform at local events and expand their dance training to another level.

MS Team Missions

  • To provide quality dance education in a positive learning environment
  • To provide a venue for dancers to express themselves
  • To provide quality dance education
  • To provide quality, age appropriate choreography
  • To provide a fair, reasonable and consistent team environment
  • To do what is in the best interest of the TEAM as a whole and to partner with students and parents to achieve our goals

Tiny Team-Ages 3-5. Mini/Petite/Jr Team-based on age,ability and Director Placement.

MS Team promotes a positive environment for all dancers and requires 100% commitment from the studio, students, parents, and staff. We intend to make dance a fun, learning, and character-building program.

Please make sure you are able to commit to all rehearsals, competitions and all other requirements outlined in the Team handbook prior to accepting a position as a MS Team dancer/parent.

We are happy to discuss issues and work with dancers and parents regarding any questions or concerns that arise.  Faculty members will not take time away from scheduled classes/rehearsals to discuss individual matters. Please email the director if needed.

The choreographer for each dance and the director will choose the participants for each routine.  Many factors go into these decision, including but not limited to:  overall concept of the dance and the dancer’s ability to relate, the dancers overall technical ability and strengths, the dancers ability to adapt, the dancer’s communication, respectfulness, drive, determination, attitude, performance level, emotional maturity and overall age range of the dancers.  The choreographer will construct each piece based on their creativity, ideas and music choices. Much time and energy goes into the choreography of each and every dance.  The concept, music choice, editing of music, staging, use of props if applicable, countless hours of preparation,  are all part of the bigger picture.

Placement for Performance and Competition Teams

Placements are based on level, age and potential. Attendance of all classes and rehearsals is mandatory, unless otherwise notified.  Frequent student absences may result in suspension from class or removal from the team.  The Director reserves the right to remove the dancer from a portion of the choreography, remove the dancer from that particular dance or remove the dancer from MS Team whichever is in the best interest of the team if absences become habitual.

If a student must miss a class due to illness or other emergency it is the parents responsibility to notify the instructor. If a student becomes injured, team members must attend all scheduled classes and rehearsals as an observer.  It is mandatory for students to attend class and rehearsals during the week preceding any competition or performance. If a dancer misses rehearsal resulting in lack of learning choreography the dancer will be asked to learn specific choreography on their own.

We do take into consideration to be reasonable regarding a dancer’s other non – dance related activities.  However, to be a member of a team it requires 100% commitment in the interest of the team as a whole.  We are happy to try and work with dancers who are part of other organizations with regard to their requirements and performances.

Team Attire and classes                                                                                                                                                                                  

Monthly dues include: Team Jacket, Leggings , Leotard, Tights, Earrings, Bow, T-Shirt for student and one parent, Performances and group choreography.                              

Competition Entry Fees                                                                                                                                                  

All MS Team dance members are required to attend scheduled competitions as presented. Competition entry fees will be invoiced to your Mazza-Smith account within 10 days of the due date. Tiny Team members will not go to these events. All others are expected to attend local and out of town scheduled events.

Financial Responsibility                                                                                                                                               

You are the only person who can decide at what level you can participate in respect to time, energy and finances.   If, after you commit and  decide to drop  you will be subject to additional charges for re-choreography, re-staging, etc.  Team Dues are due each month.  Once you make your commitment, please be advised there will be no refunds, credits, pro-rated amounts. Please consider all information and fees carefully.

Rehearsal Fees/Private Fees  Extra Rehearsal Fees/Private Fees are paid to Mazza-Smith Dance in addition to your regular monthly tuition.  All competition ( not Performance Team)  dancers who have an assigned rehearsal time slot or private slot will pay the designated rehearsal/private fee.  Family discount does not apply to private fee/rehearsal fee.  If your dancer has to miss their rehearsal time/private time we may not be able to reschedule.  If the instructor has to cancel for any reason, The Artistic Director will provide a make up class/rehearsal based on the dancer/teacher schedule.

Communication Policy 

We make every effort to keep all parents well – informed regarding all issues of the competition team.  Our primary source or communication is  email.

  • Email is often the most efficient way to discuss issues with Team . This allows private and thoughtful response without interruption and disclosure.

Master Classes   

Periodically throughout the dance year, the Studio will host Master Classes for our dancers.  It is strongly recommended for all dancers to attend these classes.  Generally the fees for these classes range from $10 – $100.  All Master Classes hosted by Studio are offered for the greater diversity in dance experience and education.


Fundraisers will be done throughout the year to help families pay for the costs of competitive dancing.  Families are strongly encouraged to participate in these fundraisers.  Any monies earned from fundraisers will be applied to your fundraising account and will be used as needed toward competition entry fees.

Parental Support  Parental support is important both inside and outside the studio.  Your help at home with positive vibes will be in the best interest of your dancer as well as the team as a whole. Please do not start, listen to, or repeat any gossip or small talk.  “Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space”  It is CRITICAL to keep the energy high and positive inside and outside of our studio walls.

Trophies and Monetary Awards                                                                                                                                   

Physical and monetary awards given to  dancers who perform at any and all competitions are the sole property of Mazza-Smith Team .           It will be at the studio directors discretion as to if and when trophies become the property of the dancer!