INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY.
ETC School usually follows Portland Public Schools regarding weather-related closures. However, updates regarding canceled classes and camps will appear on the ETC website and social media pages at least 2 hours before each class begins. We will also email class registrants directly.
WHAT TO WEAR
Please come to class in comfortable clothing that allows freedom of movement and is not distracting. Sweatpants, footless tights, leotards and unitards are all great. Shirts should be tucked in. Classes are taken barefoot. Long hair should be tied back. Skirts, jeans and loose long hair can be dangerous and are not allowed! Eyeglasses are allowed if they are secured. Jewelry should be removed before class or left at home; wedding rings are permitted, but can be painful on the trapeze.
Family and friends of students are invited to observe the first day of class or camp. Experience has taught us that the presence of family and friends is often a distraction to students. Therefore, after the first day of class, we ask that students have the opportunity to attend without the potential distraction of an audience (either their own or another student’s). Instructors are available to discuss each student’s progress, class experience, as well as potential exceptions to this rule. Family and friends are invited to a short performance at the end of each class or camp.
A water bottle with your name on it. We have water, but limited cups!
PLEASE DO NOT BRING
Toys, games, stuffed animals, or other distractions (unless approved by teachers)
Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to look after children before or after class. Parents who drop their children off unsupervised more than 10 minutes early or pick their children up more than 10 minutes late will be charged a day care fee of $10 per quarter hour.
OPEN GYM POLICY
Echo Theater Company’s open gym offers an opportunity for established students to train on their own, without instruction, to build strength & flexibility, solidify existing skills and build performance skills at their own pace.
To attend open gym, students must either:
- Have completed a full term of Adult ETC School classes.
- Successfully complete a skills assessment.
Students may only use apparatus they have been assessed on or taken a term of study in.
Under no circumstances may a student perform their own rigging. Only instructors may perform rigging. Communicate with the open gym supervisor to request any changes in apparatus.
Although there is a trained ETC School instructor present at all times, this is not an opportunity for instruction from staff or from other students. Students are responsible for their own warm up, conditioning, and general safety at all times.
- Ability to demonstrate proper stretching/warming up and cool down
- Ability to demonstrate awareness of personal limitations of knowledge & abilities
Rope & fabric
- 2 upside down straddles without touching the rope/fabric
- Basic rope/silks climb to top and down twice (no thuds down)
Trapeze, lyra, invented apparatus
- Controlled mount and dismount to standing on trapeze and lyra
- Controlled step step kick turn
- Catchers’ hang
- Thigh stand (controlled, unspotted, no wobble)
- Cathedral (controlled, unspotted, no wobble
Solo ground work
- Cartwheel, kick up to handstand, and forward roll.
- For canes: kick up to a controlled handstand alignment & cartwheel out safely on ground.
For baby circus classes: If you are unable to attend a Baby Circus class, you may schedule one (1) makeup class each 5 or 6 week term. Any other regularly scheduled Baby Circus class works as a “Makeup,” but makeup space is limited. Classes must be made up within one (1) term of your missed class.
See our online schedule at http://www.echotheaterpdx.org/etc-school. Please call the office at 971-267-3246 at least 24 hours before the makeup class to schedule your space. If the class is full, we will ask you to try another week.
For youth classes: Unfortunately, due to the sequential nature of our youth classes and for the safety of our youth students, we are unable to offer make-up classes or credits for missed classes.
For adult classes: A student who misses up to two classes per term may schedule a makeup during the following classes:
- Strength & Conditioning Training
- Adult Open Gym
Tuition payment is due at the time of registration. If a student must withdraw from a class, camp or workshop the following applies:
If a student withdraws more than one week before class begins, the student will receive:
- a refund of class tuition less $10, OR
- a class or ticket credit for the full amount of tuition.
If a student withdraws less than one week before the start of class or camp, the student will receive a class or ticket credit for the full amount of tuition.
If a student withdraws up to one day after the class or camp has begun, the student will receive a prorated class or ticket credit.
If a student withdraws two or more days after a class or camp has begun, we will be unable to issue a refund or credit.
If a student withdraws more than 120 days after enrolling (but before class begins), we will only be able to issue a 50% refund via paper check.
GOOD THINGS TO KNOW
Our office is located at the Echo Theater: 1515 SE 37th Ave, Portland, OR 97214. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns at 971-267-3246, or hello [at] echotheaterpdx.org.
If you accommodations, please contact us at 971-267-3246, or hello [at] echotheaterpdx.org. one week prior to the start of class.
The Echo Theater has on-street parking only.
Echo Theater Company does not deny benefits to or discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, and values the unique abilities of each individual.
Echo Theater Company is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Tax ID 93-0682075. Donations are tax deductible to fullest extent of the law. They are also greatly appreciated!
We welcome your input on our policies. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, contact the school director, Wendy Cohen, at 971-267-3246 or wendy [at] echotheaterpdx.org.