All tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month, but no later than the 5th of each month, from September through May. Every DelArts family must have a credit card or bank debit card on file with us. Payments for tuition can be made via cash, check, bank debit card, or credit card at any time through the 5th of the month at our front desk, in the drop box in the lobby, via snail mail, or through the convenience of our online portal. After the 5th of the month, if tuition has not been paid by any of these methods, the card on file will be charged for the outstanding tuition plus a $15 late fee. If the account is in arrears for more than 15 days, students will be withheld from all classes until the account is made current.
Current acceptable forms of payment are cash, personal or bank check made payable to Delaware Arts Conservatory (DAC and DelArts are accepted as well), Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Automatic recurring monthly payments for credit cards are available. Customers may also pay via credit card through the online portal. If any credit card information should change for any reason, DAC should be notified and provided with an updated payment information immediately so that classes can continue without interruption.
Should a credit card transaction be declined for any reason, a service fee of $30.00 will be assessed. A fee of $30 will also be assessed for all returned checks. To ensure non-interruption of classes, this $30.00 service fee and any past due tuition must be paid upon receipt of this notice. Should a credit card transaction be declined for a second time, participation in the automatic monthly credit card payments plan may be terminated. If this occurs, to ensure non-interruption of classes, a service fee of $30.00 and any past due tuition must be paid by cash or check. All future tuition payments must be made by cash or check.
CREDIT CARDS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ON AMOUNTS OVER $20.
If you know ahead of time that your child will be absent due to holidays / vacations, school trips or commitments, or family events, please let us know ahead of time so the class impact is minimal. If your child is too unwell to attend class, we ask that you inform our front desk as soon as you can so they can let the teachers know and preparations can be made to catch up on any missed work.
While we do not give refunds or credits for missed classes, we do allow students to make up missed classes. All make-up classes must be in the same discipline. For example, if a student misses a tap class, that student must make up that class in another tap class unless only one class level is offered in that discipline or the next lower level is offered at the same time as the registered class. In this instance, an alternate class attendance can be substituted with instructor approval.
Missed classes must be made up within 4 weeks of the absence at the same or lower level, or prior to the missed class if you know you will be absent in advance.
If a student arrives to a class more than 15 minutes late it will be considered an absence. If a student sits and watches 2 classes, that counts as one absence.
Each student is allowed to miss up to 6 classes per year without penalty towards their promotions/ placements. If any student misses more than 6 classes and does not make up those classes, they will not be eligible for promotion.
Students who withdraw from classes prior to the completion of the season will not be eligible for promotion.
For the recital / end of year performance(s), students may not miss more than 2 classes after April 1. This is due to the need for consistency and out of fairness to the other dancers in the class. If a student misses more than 2 classes during the rehearsal process, they may be removed from the piece. DAC will make an exception if the absence is due to a mandatory school commitment and DAC is given ample notice of this commitment. In this case, a letter from the school and / or teacher must be presented to DAC on the school letterhead for the student to be excused from class without repercussion.
Weather may also cause us to cancel a class. In the event of a weather cancellation, students are encouraged to follow our regular make-up policy, as there is no way for us to add another night of classes during the week.
Dancers moving from to or from Ballet should wear their ballet leotard for the entire night, and are not required to change to a black leotard for other disciplines. Further style-specific uniform requirements are as follows:
BALLET - Black leotard and pink tights through Level C. Dance shorts (fitted, black only) may be worn. Dance skirts are acceptable in pointe class only. Hair must be in bun or, for shorter hair, pulled back from the face and fastened. Long bangs (side bangs) must also be pulled off the face. Pink ballet shoes. Ballet leotard colors by level are: Ballet D - Light Blue/Copen/Powder Blue, Ballet E - Royal Blue, Ballet F - Eggplant/Plum, Ballet G - Navy, Advanced - Burgundy. Students in Company may choose the style / color of their leotard for that class only.
JAZZ / MUSICAL THEATRE - Black leotard and tights or jazz pants. Dance shorts are optional. Hair should be worn in a bun or pony tail with all pieces out of the face. Tan jazz shoes, and/or character shoes.
TAP - Black tap shoes (no split-soles, from Capezio or Bloch) and comfortable dance or athletic attire. No jeans of any kind or school clothes. Pants must not cover the feet. Capri length is appropriate. Younger level tap classes (Tot Dance, KinderCombo, Tap A and B) should wear Mary Jane-style shoes. No patent leather shoes are allowed on our dance floors!
HIP HOP - Form-fitting top (tank, baby doll t-shirts, etc.) and jazz pants or capris. Hair should be worn so that it is out of the face. Dedicated sneakers and knee pads. No street shoes worn outside of the studio will be allowed on the dance floors.
KINDERCOMBO & TOT DANCE - Black leotard, pink tights. Pink ballet shoes, black mary-jane style tap shoes (no patent leather). *Please make sure taps are screwed on to the shoe, not nailed, so as to minimize the amount of aluminum residue left on the floor from inferior taps.
ART & MUSIC CLASSES - Comfortable, age-appropriate clothing. The "best of" collection from a closet would not be the best option for students taking photography, painting, and / or drawing classes. Old shirts or smocks are recommended.
STREET SHOES ARE NOT ALLOWED ON DANCE FLOORS AT ANY TIME AND DANCE SHOES ARE NOT TO BE WORN OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO! Oils and dirt from outdoor surfaces will cling to the shoes and result in damage to our dance studio floor. We also ask that dancers wear clothes - a dress, shorts, etc. - coming into and out of the studio, as studio attire is not appropriate streetwear.
The Delaware Arts Conservatory is a place to learn, concentrate, and work hard. Students are expected to listen attentively in class and, along with guests, display good behavior and have respect in and out of class. Running, yelling, and roughhousing are not permitted.
Student use of cellular telephones, iPod Touches, and similar devices during class is strictly prohibited. Students are more than welcome to bring their devices with them into class but they must be turned OFF, not muted. When phones vibrate and light up, they distract the students and the teacher. Parents and / or legal guardians can always leave a message or get in touch with a student immediately by calling DelArts at 302.595.4160.
Should a student vandalize anyone's personal property or the DAC facility, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) will be held responsible for all cleaning, repairs, and / or replacement costs for said property. The student(s) will be withheld from all classes until these costs are paid for in full.
Parents should walk their child/children to and from the facility. Should parents choose not to do this, DAC accepts no responsibility or liability for students left unattended or for students leaving the building. Children must be picked up promptly after their last class has ended. SHOULD A PARENT OR GUARDIAN SHOW UP MORE THAN 15 MINUTES AFTER THE LAST CLASS HAS ENDED FOR THE DAY, AN AFTERCARE FEE OF $15 WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR ACCOUNT.
Students should not be dropped off at DAC without parental supervision more than 15 minutes prior to the start of their class as our staff cannot provide adequate supervision.
Students will be placed in classes with respect to proficiency. Placement will be made by the instructors and these decisions must be respected.
DAC reserves the right to cancel a class if enrollment does not justify the holding of the initial session or any further sessions. If DAC should cancel a class, students may choose another class at or below the same level or receive a full refund for the remainder of the cancelled class.
We are proud to provide a clean and safe facility for our students, staff, and guests. With this in mind, food, beverages, and gum are not permitted in any of the studios at any time with the exception of water that is in a container with a lid. It is requested that when eating around other people in the lobby area, consideration be given to those with food allergies. Please also be aware of your environment and help to keep it neat by cleaning up after yourself.
Any items left at DAC will be put in a "Lost and Found" bin. All unclaimed items will be held for a reasonable amount of time and then donated to a charity.
Parents will conduct themselves with professionalism at all times, at all DelArts associated events. Anyone acting inappropriately at any time for any reason, whether it be at DelArts, outside of DelArts, at a competition, in the audience of a performance, in the dressing rooms, or at any other location, will be asked to leave with their child(ren), and may be removed from the DelArts program.
Gossiping and complaining on DelArts property is childish and is not allowed at any time. If you have concerns or problems, please address them by scheduling a meeting with the teacher and/or owners, not by discussing it with your fellow parents. Parents on the receiving end must help to put a stop to this behavior. Any parent expressing continued negativity to any parent or DelArts member will be asked to leave.
Verbal or physical abuse of any DelArts staff or faculty member, student, or other parent will not be tolerated and can result in immediate dismissal.
Parents MAY NOT "grab" a teacher between classes. If you would like to schedule a meeting with a teacher, please leave a note at the front desk and that teacher will call you to set a meeting around their teaching schedule.
PARENTS ARE EXPECTED TO STAY IN THE LOBBY AND MAY NOT GO PAST THE LOBBY DOOR INTO ANY OF THE BACK HALLWAYS, OFFICE, DANCE STUDIOS, ART ROOM, ETC. UNLESS INVITED BY A FACULTY OR STAFF MEMBER.
Stealing and/or disrespect of other people's belongings will not be tolerated.
The Delaware Arts Conservatory reserves the right to refuse service to anyone.
I acknowledge and understand that I assume responsibility for myself / my child(ren) for any injury sustained or loss and / or damage of personal property while on the premises of the Delaware Arts Conservatory or any of it's related events. I am hereby waiving and releasing the Delaware Arts Conservatory from any and all claims, costs, liabilities, expenses or judgements, including attorney's fees and court costs arising out of my / my child(ren)'s participation in the Delaware Arts Conservatory programs.
I understand and agree that no member of the Delaware Arts Conservatory is permitted to administer any medication of any kind to myself or my child(ren). I understand that I assume full responsibility for administering any medication to myself or my child(ren). I hereby release the Delaware Arts Conservatory from any and all claims, costs, liabilities, expenses or judgements, including attorney's fees and court costs arising out of my / my child(ren)'s need to receive medication of any kind from the child's parent or legal guardian.
The Delaware Arts Conservatory reserves the right to photograph and video record any classes and DAC events. These photographs and video recordings may be used either in part or in full in publicity and promotional campaigns with no compensation owed to the family and / or the child(ren) photographed or video recorded.
The Delaware Arts Conservatory reserves the right, at it's sole discretion, to change, modify, suspend, add or remove any part or parts of it's policies, at any time, without prior notice as business, legislation, and / or economic conditions dictate. It is your responsibility to check these policies periodically for changes on the DAC website (www.delarts.com). Your continued patronage following the posting of any changes constitutes acceptance and agreement to the changes.