Parents and students, please read the following policies, discuss them and accept them before enrolling at the Academy of Dance or in any independently operated programs offered at the Academy of Dance.
Students must register for all required classes in the course of study for their level. Regular attendance is expected. Students who are injured are required to watch class. Students who are ill are encouraged to stay home and get better. Absences need to be reported prior to the beginning of class. Please call the office if you will be absent. New this year: Make-up classes are subject to space availability while we are in Phase 2. Please call the office to find out if you can schedule a make-up class.
Students must be prompt and ready to begin class on time. Students who are more than 10 minutes late to class may be asked to sit in the studio and observe class. Any student late for class should enter the studio and quietly wait by the door until the teacher signals them to join the class. This is considered good etiquette in the ballet world and is much less disruptive to the students who were on time. New this year: Students should arrive 5-10 minutes before their first scheduled class in order to have their temperature scanned and to reduce traffic in the dressing room.
refunds and drop policy
The registration fee, costume deposit, and performance fee are non-refundable. New this year: In order to drop a class, the student must submit a Drop Form signed by a parent or guardian. This form gives 30 days of notice during which the student may continue to take class if tuition for that period has been paid. Tuition charges will continue to apply until the end of the 30-day period. Refunds will only be issued for classes beyond the 30 days that have been paid for.
Parents must arrange for their dancer to be picked up promptly after class. Often the staff must leave immediately after class. Do not assume that someone will be able to wait with your child until you arrive.
The Academy of Dance reserves the right to cancel or combine any class failing to meet minimum enrollment requirements. The studio closes in the event of heavy snow (following the Central Valley school district cancellation policy). If in doubt, please check our website for up to date notices of closures. New this year: In the event that a student or staff member is exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, all personnel who have had contact with the student will be notified and their class will be temporarily canceled per health department recommendations. In the event that a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, the entire studio will close for 14 days and undergo a thorough cleaning. Upon reopening, any students or staff members who developed symptoms or tested positive in the interim will not be allowed to re-enter the building until cleared to do so by a qualified medical professional.
The Director of the Academy is happy to speak with you regarding your child on matters pertaining to the school. Please schedule a conference time with the office. New this year: conferences can be in-person outside regular studio hours or conducted over Zoom. Zoom is free to use and can be accessed from any mobile device with a camera and microphone.
Female students should arrive at and leave the studio with cover-ups over their leotards i.e. sweatpants and T-shirt or a simple pullover dress. Male students should wear warm-up pants over their tights. Students must dress in required class attire. Students will be asked to observe the class if they are not properly attired. Hair must be neatly up, secured away from the face and off the neck for jazz and in a bun with no bangs for ballet. No jewelry is to be worn. Dance shoes are not to be worn outside. Clearly mark shoes and class attire with the dancer’s name. Unmarked items left at the school will be discarded after a month’s time. See your class assignment page for dress code requirements. New this year: Please arrive at the studio already dressed if possible, in order to reduce the amount of traffic in the dressing room.
Students and visitors are asked to be quiet and courteous in the building. No beverages except water are allowed in the studios. Food is only allowed in the dressing rooms for lengthy rehearsals or back-to-back classes. The telephone is for emergency calls only. No unsupervised children are allowed in the studio at any time.
Tuition is payable by the quarter (4 payments) or by the month (10 payments). Monthly payments are due on the 1st day of the month. A late fee of $10 will be assessed if payment is not received by the 10th of the month for monthly payments or the tenth day following the payment date for each quarter. Statements are issued for delinquent accounts only. A 10% surcharge will be added to accounts that are more than 30 days late. An additional 10% will accrue on late accounts for every additional 30-day period that passes. Accounts that are delinquent for over 60 days may be referred to a collection agency and the dancer will not be allowed to take class until the account is brought current. New this year: Tuition credit will be issued if the student has to withdraw from class due to illness or injury only if a doctor’s note is provided. In the event that classes are canceled due to COVID-19 exposure, infection, or state order, a tuition credit will be applied to all affected students covering the following 14 calendar days. Any student diagnosed with COVID-19 who has to be absent for longer than this period will receive a refund on any tuition paid for the duration of their illness.
New this year: Parents and other family members are not permitted to observe classes, as we are required by state mandate to keep our occupancy low to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.