Parent Checklist

5th-8th Grades

We’ve created this list to assist you in preparing your child for his or her first class and the season.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call. 

  • Registration Confirmed?  Please double-check the Email titled ‘Class Details and Information’ to make sure we have the correct information for your child(ren).

  • Schedule.  Have you added the program dates to your calendar?  
What happens if you have a conflict and need to miss a class?  After each class, we will email a link to the curriculum handout. Please review the information with your child so they will be prepared for the next class. We will get him or her caught up on the dance steps during the next class with the help of a Student Ambassador.   

  • Technology and Communication.  We recommend that you make an ‘Expeditions In Etiquette’ contact with a link to our website, phone numbers, and email addresses on your smartphone so you can easily find all of your program information.  Do we have your child’s email address on file for ‘class review’ materials and other important reminders?

  • Our Contact Information.  Have you added our information to your address book?
    Carey Sue Vega   
    Email:  CareySue@CareySueVega.com   
    Website:  www.ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com
    Cell:  405-520-3527

    Ann Costello, office assistant
    Email:  Info@ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com
    Cell:  405-413-0133

     

  • Friends?  For the classes where we do not have a waiting list;  have you checked with your child’s friends to see if they will be participating?

  • Headshot.  Nothing fancy is needed, just a quick snapshot via your smartphone will be perfect.  Why?  Plain and simple - it gives us a cheat sheet for learning the kids’ faces and names.  I like to add a digital photo of each child to his or her registration information so that we can review names and faces before classes.  Please email to info@ExpeditionsInEtiquette.com

 

 

 

  • Blended Family.  If you are part of a blended family, we would love to connect with all family members (or parents).  Please feel free to share with us the names and Email of moms, dads, stepparents and we will be more than happy to add them to the contact information and Email distribution list.

Dress Code for Classes

Ladies: 
1.  Skirt Length:  Please choose dresses or skirts that are no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.  When the ladies lift their arms during the dancing portion of the class their hemline goes up as well. The current trend of the micro-mini is not suitable or acceptable for our programs – we don’t want any embarrassing situations to occur.

2.  Dress Top:  Nametags are placed up high and close to the right-hand shoulder, so ladies need material to receive the nametag.  Please, no strapless or thin-strapped tops (this also avoids a nasty sticker burn).

3.  Appropriate Necklines:  Select modest necklines (nothing too low cut, please).

4.  Comfortable Dress Shoes:  Comfort and safety are key: especially during dance practice.  Ladies are required to keep their shoes on…no kicking off the shoes and dancing barefoot.  (It is likely a few toes will be stepped on during practice!)

 

Gentlemen:
1.  Dress Clothes:  Khaki pants, dress shirt, tie, and navy or dark blazer are appropriate.  If your son has a suit that he would like to wear, that is completely fine.  For the majority of the young men, the navy blazer and khaki pants are just “easier” to accomplish.  Special note to gentlemen wearing newly purchased blazers/jackets:Please make sure to remove the tag bearing the brand name of the jacket from the lower left sleeve.  Also, don’t forget to snip any strings holding vents in place.

2.  Dress shoes:  We understand that it may be difficult to find dress shoes – the main goal is to steer clear of “tennis shoes.”

End-of-the-year Events: 

The Ball is a very special occasion at the conclusion of our program year.  Invitations will be mailed prior to the Ball, and a response from your child is required.  This Ball is for registered students only, to allow them to practice the dance steps and skills learned during the year.  The tutorial dinner will include formal dining instruction between each course.  Due to the structure of the tutorial dinner, please ensure that your child arrives promptly.  Make plans now for this special event.

The 5th Grade Dinner and Dance is semi-formal The dinner will consist of a three-course meal. Ladies should wear tea length, age-appropriate dresses (examples would be Easter or ‘party’ type dresses) and dress shoes.  We are more concerned with the dresses being age-appropriate and comfortable than we are the length.  Gentlemen should wear khaki pants, dress shirts, ties, and navy or dark blazers.

The 6th Grade Grand Ball is black-tie.  The dinner will consist of a four-course meal.  Ladies: the majority of the young ladies wear floor-length dresses, with sleeves or straps (please, no strapless dresses).  If your daughter has a tea-length dress and would like to wear it, that is completely acceptable; we are more concerned with the dresses being age-appropriate and comfortable than we are the length.  Each gentleman will be wearing a traditional black tuxedo with a formal white shirt, a black bow tie, cummerbund, and basic formal black shoe.  Tuxedo rental will be available from local vendors for a discounted rate.  More information on tuxedo rental and discount opportunities will be available closer to the event.

The 7/8th Grade Ball is black-tie The dinner will consist of a five-course meal.  Ladies should wear floor-length dresses.  Gentlemen should wear tuxedos. Ladies: the majority of the young ladies wear floor-length dresses, with sleeves or straps (please, no strapless dresses).  If your daughter has a tea-length dress and would like to wear it, that is completely acceptable; we are more concerned with the dresses being age-appropriate and comfortable than we are the length.  Each gentleman will be wearing a traditional black tuxedo with a formal white shirt, a black bow tie, cummerbund, and basic formal black shoe. Tuxedo rental will be available from local vendors for a discounted rate.  More information on tuxedo rental and discount opportunities will be available closer to the event.