Tuition is due on the 1st of each month (or within the first week of classes each month). It is a flat rate for tuition for each month during fall and spring sessions, based on the number of class hours being taken on a weekly basis, regardless of the number of weeks in each month. (Some months have 3 weeks, others have 5; it all balances out in the end.) Summer Session operates on a different tuition scale and payment timeline, published with that session's information at the time of registration. Tuition is non-refundable, and must be paid prior to services rendered.
All accounts must be cleared, with tuition and fees having been paid in full before any performance/show, or the dancer will not be allowed to participate.
LATE FEES & OUTSTANDING BALANCES: For all unpaid tuition and total account balances after the 10th of any given month, a 25% late fee penalty will be charged to your account (that is, 25% of whatever the total current balance is). (The exception is the months when classes do not begin until later, in which case the fee will be applied to any account balance that stands after 10 days of classes beginning, ex. classes begin January 7th; you'd be charged a late fee for balances left unpaid by Jan. 17th).
I agree that my student will commit to attending the required number of classes for each style/level enrolled in. If he/she does not attend the required number, adjustments to the dancer's level will be made.
* 1 class/week: Petites, Ballet 1, Ballet 2 (two class/week suggested), Ballet 3 (two classes/week recommended)
* 2 classes/week: Ballet 4, Ballet 5 (three classes/week recommended)
* 3 classes/week: all Pointe dancers (pre-pointe B5, B6, and up)
* Other styles: weekly attendance required.
No more than one required class may be missed per month, and missed classes should be made up to maintain conditioning.
If a student is more than 10 minutes late, he/she will not be allowed to participate in class that day, but is recommended to observe. This is not just out of respect and decorum to the instructor and other students (students coming in late cause too much distraction, delay, and interferes with instruction), but also a matter of safety; tardiness inhibits proper warm-up for class and increases the risk of injury.
Good attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class; and the studio cannot jeopardize its responsibilities to the rest of the class for tardy students. Please make every effort to attend every class. Missed classes may not be deducted from tuition payments. Make-up classes are advised.
Make up classes: No credits or refunds are given for missed classes. However, if for any reason your dancer cannot attend class, he/she is encouraged to attend a make up class within the month. (No extra charge for make up.) Consult your instructor or admin for assistance in choosing a proper way to makeup classes. You must check in at the front desk and schedule a makeup session prior to dropping in on a class that the dancer is not enrolled in.
All classes are open for observation, via viewing windows. However, please maintain respect and decorum and let the instructor do their job with your dancer. Refrain from interaction with your dancer during his/her class time, so that he/she and other students in the class may remain focused and attentive to the tasks at hand, reporting to the instructor. Do not open closed doors. Instructors or helpers will bring your child to you if he/she requires attention (for bathroom, behavior/disciplinary issues, etc.).
Observers are not allowed to enter ongoing classes as this creates a distraction. If you have a concern, please ask the front desk to pass a note onto the instructor, and they will meet with you while on break or after class.
Pick up: Guardians, if you need to remove your child early from class, please inform the instructor prior to class. If an emergency arises, please inform the front desk, and they will quietly bring your child to you. This will reduce class distraction and anxiety. Please be prompt in picking up your children at the end of class. Instructors tend to have classes back to back, and we cannot baby-sit students. If they must wait, please notify the front desk and have your child prepared ahead of time so proper behavior is ensured.
- NO eating in the studios. Please eat in the waiting area to reduce accidents.
- Water is permitted for sipping while in class. Please refrain from placing water bottles or cups on the furniture.
- NO unattended children are permitted in the dance studios without supervision.
- Remember street shoes are not permitted on the dance floor as dirt, rainwater, grime, and winter salt can cause damage to the Marley flooring.
- Students are to bring their own water, warm up clothing, notebook & pen, and appropriate dancewear and shoes for each class. Instructors will provide a further, specific list of supplies necessary for class.
- Please turn off cell phones prior to entering class. Cell phones are a distraction.
- Silence is required from observers. Please do not distract from the class instruction taking place.
- Instructors, administrative staff, and helpers should be addressed with appropriate titles of respect.
- Common courtesy and polite language is expected amongst studio family. Profanity is not tolerated.
- Students may not leave the classroom without the teacher's permission. This is for safety purposes.
Lobby & Common Areas:
- Clean up after yourselves (food, dispose of your trash; recycling is available! hair supplies, personal items, toys, etc.)
- Keep conversation appropriate and voices low, so as not to distract from classes that are in session.
- Doorways should not be blocked, by observers or other blockages.
- Children, whether dancers or the siblings of dancers, are to be under supervision of a guardian at all times, and are expected to behave appropriately in the studio (quiet, no running, etc.). Those who do not act accordingly will be asked to leave.
- Children should be picked-up promptly after their classes. If there is an emergency, contact the front desk. If your child must wait for you, please let the receptionist know and provide your child with an activity and/or snack to ease your child's anxiety and wait time, and alleviate front office staff from the need to "babysit."
CODE OF CONDUCT/BEHAVIORAL CODE
I will respect others, which includes common courtesy (physical and verbal), a civil tone and interaction with fellow dancers, cast members, backstage help, instructors/choreographers/the director, and SBDA volunteers.
I agree to take responsibility for my actions, belongings, and behavior.
I will maintain a level of decorum and professionalism, in my rehearsals and around the studio, extending into the community.
I will clean up after myself.
I agree I will not engage in actions that demean or target others in a negative light (including but not limited to):
- Cyber Bullying (via text, social media, online messages, or otherwise electronic)
- Verbal Insults or Derogatory Interactions
- Physical Harm: includes all inappropriate contact (intentional, non-dance-related tactile interaction)
Be kind, caring, uplifting, supportive, and loving!
ALL REQUIRED ATTIRE (CLOTHING, SHOES, & ACCESSORIES) ARE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT SBDA.
- Black or white tights or leggings (may wear black spandex-shorts over leggings)
- White shirt (tucked-in, form-fitting; tee or tank)
- Black or white ballet flat shoes
- Hair out of face (gel to slick back, if necessary, or otherwise secured)
- Petites, Ballet 1: a leotard, tights, and skirt are appropriate. Pink or black preferred.
- Ballet 2 & up: a black leotard, pink tights. Skirts and form-fitting shorts permitted only with instructor approval.
*Saturday classes: "Nuances de Samedi" - any color of leotard & tights
- Hair must be a in a tight ballet bun (secure/hairspray, no fly-aways)
- Tights should be clean and without holes
- Ballet shoes laces should be tucked in/hidden
- Baggy or loose-fitting clothing is not acceptable
- Warmup clothing should be worn to/from class to cover the body, but should be stripped according to instructor rules prior to or during warmups in class.
For Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, & other exercise classes:
- Leotard or Form-Fitting exercise shirt (modest, with full coverage, please)
- Jazz shorts or pants (leggings)- skin tight. Knee coverage suggested from at least tights or leggings, to prevent marley burn.
- Jazz shoes, Footundeez, lyrical sandals, etc., as appropriate or recommended by the instructor
- Hair pulled back and secured out of face, so as not to impede dance movement.
- Acro: barefoot or Footundeez, as comfortable
- Appropriate outfits that won't get in the way
- Tap Shoes
- Hair secured and out of face, so as not to impede dance movement.
Studio & instructor-approved shoes, leotards, tights, and outfit accessories are sold at SBDA studio.