Tuition is based on a four-week month and it is due and payable on the first lesson of every four-week period which is outlined on the tuition calendar.
A 10-percent late charge is automatically charged on any tuition not received by the 10th day of the tuition calendar month.
There are no refunds or carry-over credits for missed classes. Missed classes must be made-up within 4 weeks in a class other than that which the student is registered. It is the student's responsibility to schedule and attend these make-ups. The sliding scale rate on one or more lessons per month does not apply unless the month is paid in full prior to the 10th day of the tuition calendar month otherwise each lesson is paid for at the single lesson rate of $22 per class. Students will be billed the individual class rate of $22 per class if the sliding scale tuition has not been paid in full by the 10th day of the tuition calendar month.
The student is responsible for notifying the teacher if he/she is missing class.
Students taking solo, duet or trio classes must give a 24-hour notice if her/she will be missing the lesson otherwise the lesson will be charged full price and there will be no make-up.
Tuition is non-refundable.
CVPA does not close for summer. Tuition must remain consistent throughout the summer. Missed classes due to vacation are to be made-up in a class other than the class that the student is already registered in.
Students who have any outstanding balances will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular dance activities, recitals, competitions or performances. Outstanding balances including tuition, costumes, competition fees or any other incurred dance expenses must be paid in full in order to participate. It is at the discretion of the director as to whether there are exceptions to this policy.
All tuition, late fees, competition fees and choreography fees are non-refundable. Costume fees are only refundable if the costume has not yet been paid for by CVPA at the time the refund is requested.
There is a $25 service fee on all returned checks.
Please notify CVPA and your instructors if your child has any special needs, allergies, health conditions or limitations prior to your child's first class.
**CVPA offers a "free" trial week for first time students. This "free" trial week gives the student an opportunity to try various classes in order to find the "best fit" for them. After this first week, new students will be required to be registered for any further classes. First-time students registering mid-month who wish to pay the "by the month" rate will be able to pro-rate for the first month -meaning that if you register on the 3rd week of the month, you will be able to pro-rate the monthly fee to $13.75 per class for the remainder of that first month. This will only be allowed for students registering for their first month of dance and will not be allowed in any month after that.
Food and Drink: Food or drink (other than water) is not allowed in the dance studios. All food and drink must be kept in the break area or outside at both Blvd. Studios and the Center Street studios and on the back patio at the Somerset studio.
Refrigerators: Students may use the "Student" refrigerator at the Somerset studio to keep their food/drink - but do so at their own risk! CVPA is not responsible for missing food or drink. Refrigerators will be cleaned out at the end of the week.
No Nuts: CVPA is a "NO NUT" zone. Please refrain from bringing food containing nuts of any kind to the dance studio.
No Gum: No chewing gum in class. Gum or chewing food of any kind while dancing is a choking hazard and is forbidden.
Cell Phones, Photo, & Video: Electronics: CVPA is not responsible for the loss or damage of cellphones, smart watches, laptops, iPads, or any other electronic device brought onto the premises. Bring these items at your own risk.
No Cell Phones In Class: Students may not bring their cell phones into the dance studios, except at the end of class to film choreography. Cell phones must remain in the break area, or concealed in their dance bags for the duration of class. This rule will be strictly enforced.
No Smart Watches In Class: Students may not wear smart watches in class. If worn to the studio, students must remove them before class starts, along with other jewelry and/or accessories. We highly recommend leaving smart watches at home so that they are not lost.
Filming: Students must have permission from the teacher/choreographer before filming any portion of the class or the choreography.
Videos: In order to protect the intellectual property of our curriculum and our choreography, we ask that all videos posted on social media platforms are limited to 20-seconds of any single dance or class.
Photos: Parents may take photos from the waiting area during Watch Week (please see our Watch Week Policy) as long as it does not become a distraction to the class.
Online Posting: Please be courteous when posting photos or video that include other students. When possible, ask for permission.
Castro Valley Performing Arts believes that all students, parents, and staff members have a right to a safe and healthy studio environment. It is our obligation as teaching artists to promote mutual respect, tolerance, and acceptance. CVPA will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student, parent, or staff member. A student or parent shall not intimidate, harass, or bully another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact, verbal assaults, cyber bullying and social isolation or manipulation. Any student or parent who engages in bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the studio.
If a student feels they are being bullied, the student should inform their teacher immediately.
Code of Conduct:
We ask that all students treat their instructor, fellow students, staff and studio surroundings with respect and common courtesy.
BE ON TIME: The first 15-mins. of every class will be used to warm-up the body. A student who misses the warm-up portion of class due to tardiness may be asked to sit and watch the class, rather than participate. This policy is for the safety of our students and will be enforced at the discretion of the teacher.
COME PREPARED: Come into class quietly, focused, and ready to listen. Please finish all conversations before class begins so that all 55 minutes of class time can be spent learning.
FOLLOW THE DRESS CODE: Students are expected to have proper attire, footwear, and props (when applicable) for their weekly classes. Failure to comply with our dress code could result in the student sitting out for the day.
PAY ATTENTION: Follow directions. Don't talk during class time. Give the teacher your undivided attention. Raise your hand if you have a question or wish to say something to the class or to the teacher.
PRACTICE AT HOME: Students should be working on material in between weekly classes.
BE THE BEST YOU: There is to be no inappropriate language or put-downs, even against one's self. Be respectful and kind at all times.
BE COURTEOUS OF OTHERS: While waiting for you classes to start, please be courteous of the classes in session. Keep your voices down and do not be distracting to those who are trying to pay attention. Additionally, please keep all cell phone conversations outside of the studio so they do not become a distraction to the students who are in class.
TRY YOUR HARDEST: Our faculty is there to teach, train, support and push students to grow as dancers, performers, and artists. Students are there to learn and be pushed passed what they may already know or have the ability to do. Progression only comes from what the student puts into the class.
BE FORGIVING & ENCOURAGING: Dance takes practice. You won't get every step the first time you try and neither will the person next to you. We have to forgive ourselves and others for not being perfect and try it again.
ENJOY YOURSELF! Recognize when you succeed and give yourself a pat on the back.