Our Studio Information & Policies
The Dance Connection
Leslie Dare, Director
121 East Market Street Mabank, Texas 75147
Studio Information & Policies 2018-2019
PLEASE READ & SIGN
Dance wear is required for all classes. The following is recommended:
Leotard & tights (girls) pink, black, or white solid colors only. Skirts optional.
Black tights, jazz pants, or fitted sweat pants, dance belt, plain white T-shirt (boys)
Pink (girls) or black (boys) ballet shoes if you take ballet.
Tan (girls) or black (boys) tap shoes if you take tap.
Jazz shoe options will be discussed before your first class if you take jazz.
All long hair must be tied back and/or secured out of your face for class.
INSURANCE and PHOTO RELEASE
The Dance Connection does not carry medical insurance for its students. It is required that all dance students be covered by their own family insurance policies and if injury occurs, it is understood that the student’s own policy is your only source of reimbursement. Parents, legal guardians of minors, students and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on school property resulting from normal dance activity or any other activity conducted by students before, during or after class. It is also agreed that any photographic image of a dance student becomes the property of the school and permission is released to use the image in promotional materials or have it posted on the school’s website.
SNOW AND BAD WEATHER
The studio will not necessarily close for snow days, regardless if area schools are closed, since many times, roads are clear and safe by 2:30p.m. If in doubt, call the studio for a recording on whether class will be held or not.
The studio will be closed for the following holidays: Labor Day - September 3, Thanksgiving - November 19 - 24, Winter Break - December 23 - January 6, and Spring Break - March 11 - 16.
Attendance will be taken at each class and recognition will be given at the recital for perfect attendance. Good attendance is important, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class, and the studio cannot jeopardize its responsibilities to the rest of the class for one student. Please make every effort to have your child at every class. Note: Please notify the studio in advance when a student will be absent. An excused absence (due to illness or an emergency) may be made up by participating in another class, if available. All makeup classes must be scheduled by the studio. Excessive unexcused absences jeopardize a student’s participation in competitions, dance performances, or the recital. Tuition will not be refunded or credited in case of absence. Awards are also given at the dance recital for dance participation at our studio for three, six, and ten years.
PRIVATE LESSONS Limited enrollment
Private lessons are available at an extra charge of $30 per half hour to learn a solo routine for the recital, a competition or pageant, for extra technique help, or extra help if classes have been missed, etc. Most routines take at least five or six lessons to learn. .
Parents’ observation days will be November 12 - 17, 2018 and April 22- 27, 2019. Observing in the class at other times is not allowed, however we do encourage parents to utilize the video monitor from the lobby. For the first few classes, exception will be made for parents of pre-schoolers experiencing anxiety due to separation and the new environment.
SPRING RECITAL/WINTER PERFORMANCE
This year’s Winter Holiday dress rehearsal and show will be December 15th and 16th, 2018 at 3pm. Our dress rehearsal and spring recital will be June 1st and June 2nd, 2019. Please reserve these dates now if you would like your child to participate in the performances.
PAYMENT OF FEES
A non-refundable yearly registration fee of $20 per new student ($15 for returning students), maximum of 2 per year per family. 6 Weeks classes require a $10 registration fee, maximum of 2 per year per student, 4 per family.
Tuition is due the first of the month and will incur a late fee of $5 after the 15th.
Discounted tuition must be pre-paid. Monthly -tuition received before the 1st of the month by cash, check, or credit card or a series of postdated checks dated the first day of every month or by pre-authorized monthly credit card charge or bank card debit(additional fees may apply) will receive a 5% discount off of the regular monthly tuition charge. Amounts pre-paid are not refundable in whole or in part, except in cases where the class did not make or the studio had to discontinue the class, in which case, any unused classes will be refunded. All NSF checks will be charged a $25 NSF fee. Checks should be made payable to The Dance Connection. Tuition, which is based on the average of 4 classes per month, remains the same whether it is a long (5 week) or short (3 week) month and regardless of absences. Note: Classes may have a makeup class scheduled if their monthly average is less than 4 for the year.
Costume Fees (due Jan. 1st ) and Performance Fees (due 6 weeks before a stage performance ) may be paid at the time of registration with a postdated check or charge agreement(Additional fees may apply). Winter Holiday performance fees, costume deposit, and cleaning fees will be billed in Oct. and are due Nov 1st. No costume or recital fees will be refunded after these dates even if the student withdraws from the school.
Dance requires discipline and concentration. For the benefit of other students, disruptive students may be dismissed from class without a tuition refund.
No chewing gum in class.
Students are expected to be on time for class and picked up promptly afterwards. For their safety, students must remain inside while waiting for rides. The school is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. School age students with schedules requiring time at the studio, but not in class, may quietly stretch, do homework, or observe. Disruptive students will lose this privilege.
Choreography rights belong to the studio. Please ask permission before posting on the internet or performing at venues outside of studio performances.
WITHDRAWAL & REFUNDS
We recommend giving students a chance to adapt to learning something new by trying it for at least 1 month. Please give us 2 weeks notice before withdrawing from a class, so that we will be aware of the opening in the class for another student.. Withdrawal must be done at the school office and not with the teacher. No withdrawals will be accepted after April 1. To withdraw from classes a parent or adult student must:
1. Inform school administration, and
2. Complete and sign a withdrawal form provided by the school office.
Upon completion of the withdrawal form, all unprocessed checks, dated after the one-month period, will be returned and recurring billing deleted. No refunds will be given for costume or recital fees after their due date. The school reserves the right to terminate lessons to any student without notice. In such a case a refund for unused lessons will be given.
I have read and understand the above policies and procedures and agree to abide by them
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