Policies

Thomas School of Dance

Policies and Guidelines 2017-2018

 

 

Payments/Late Fees

All payments are non-refundable; this includes registration, tuition, costume, recital, etc.  Tuition may be paid bi-annually or monthly.  Bi-annual tuition payments are due on or before September 14, 2017 and January 25, 2018.  Monthly tuition payments are due on the 1st day of each month.  Any tuition fees not received within 7 days of their due date will result in a $10 late fee and dancers whose account has an overdue balance will not be able to take class.  All 4, 6 and 8 week class/workshop fees, private lesson fees and drop-ins must be paid in full prior to the session/at the time of class. (All balances must be paid by May 8, 2018 in order for dancers to participate in the spring recital.)  There is a $35 fee for any check returned with insufficient funds.

 

Please note that we have re-arranged the schedule of certain spring recital related payments .  The $30 recital fee for those participating in the spring recital will now be due in February, in addition to the costume fee balance.  The costume fee will be split up into two payments.  There will be a $50 deposit due per costume on November 1st and any balance remaining will be due in February (along with the $30 recital participation fee).  Costumes, including tights and taxes generally run between $60 and $70.  Each recital performance class in which a student is enrolled will generally have a separate costume.

 

 

 

Snow Day/Weather Cancellations/Make-up classes

If we must cancel classes due to inclement weather, we will post a message on our website, on Facebook, and on our voicemail.   Please like us on Facebook to receive important announcements and reminders.  We do not close automatically if school is canceled.  If class is canceled due to weather or a dancer cannot attend their regular class due to illness, etc. he/she may take another class of the same or similar level within a week.

 

 

 

Health/Injury Communication

At Thomas School of Dance, it is important to us to advocate for the health and safety of our dancers’ bodies.  As dancers ourselves, we know that if injuries are not properly attended to, treated, or rested, these injuries can have a lasting, negative impact on our bodies. We strive for communication among dancers, teachers and parents with regard to dancers’ health/injuries.  If an injury is reported to a teacher during class, the teacher will make a written record of the reported injury and of his or her resulting actions- such as an ice pack was applied, or the dancer was asked to sit out the remainder of class.  This report will be given to the receptionist, who will then contact the parent/guardian and other dance teachers who have the student in class. You can help out by letting us know of any injuries that have occurred outside of class that may impact your child’s movement and by keeping us informed of any recommendations/movement restrictions given by your child’s medical professional.

 

 

 

Picture Week

Recital photographs are taken during class time the week of April 27- May 3.  We have found this to be the least disruptive way to schedule dance pictures for our families; it also allows our teachers to pose their students appropriately for portraits.  Most regular classes do not have class time during this week, and generally if they do it is foreshortened.  Dancers wishing to make up this class time may do so in an alternate class if they choose.  See our make-up class policy.

 

 

 

Dismissal  

The safety of our students is the primary concern at Thomas School of Dance.  Students are expected to support the physical and emotional experiences of their peers.  Students determined to be endangering the physical or emotional well being of themselves or other students will be dismissed at the discretion of the director of Thomas School of Dance.  In these rare cases, refunds will not be available.

 

 

 

Additional Information

To help keep our dance studio floors clean, please remove your shoes when you enter. This includes family members waiting on the benches past our reception desk and those taking a peek through the viewing windows on the third floor.

 

 

 

Please let us know if your dancer will not be in class.  Please help us out by passing along to your dancer that dancers registered in multiple classes on the same day, not attending all classes that day, should inform the person at the front desk about which classes he/she will attend.

 

 

 

Check out our online calendar on our website thomasschoolofdance.com for a full list of vacation days, fee deadlines, and other important dates.

 

 

Dress Code

Adults

Our dress code does not apply to our adult students. Adults may dress in comfortable clothing.

Ballet Levels 1-6

Female ballet dancers in levels 1-3 must wear a black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers. Hair is to be secured neatly in a bun. Small stud earrings only may be worn for jewelry. Black skirts, and black or pink legwarmers and sweaters are optional. Dance shorts are not acceptable in ballet class.

 

Female ballet dancers in levels 4-6 must wear a solid color leotard, pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Dancers will also need one solid black camisole leotard. Hair is to be secured neatly in a bun. Small stud earrings only may be worn for jewelry. Black skirts, and black or pink legwarmers and sweaters are optional. Dance shorts are not acceptable in ballet class.

 

Male Ballet Students in levels 1-6 should wear black dance tights, a white t-shirt and black ballet shoes. Male dancers in levels 3-6 should wear a dance belt.

 

Combination Tap/Ballet Levels 1-3

Girls should have a solid color leotard and tights. Hair should be pulled back. Small stud earrings only may be worn for jewelry. Skirts, legwarmers and sweaters are optional. Girls need black Mary-Jane or single-tie tap shoes and pink ballet shoes. Boys should wear white t-shirts and black shorts or dance tights and black tap and ballet shoes.

 

Hip Hop

Comfortable clothing. Midriffs must be covered. Jeans and street shoes are not allowed.

 

Irish

Students should wear a solid color leotard and tights or tops and solid color bottoms above the knee. Leggings are also acceptable. Please check with your instructor for shoe requirements for your particular class.

 

Lyrical

Students should wear a solid color leotard and solid color bottoms such as leggings or jazz shorts. Please check with your instructor for shoe requirements. Midriffs must be covered. Males should wear black dance tights and a t-shirt.

 

Modern

Students should wear a solid color leotard and bare feet. Students need long sleeves and long pants at each class.

 

Mommy and Me

Girls should wear a leotard and tights or leggings and leather or canvas ballet shoes. Hair should be pulled back. Boys should wear solid color shorts and a solid color t-shirt and black ballet shoes.

 

Preschool Combination

Girls should have a solid color leotard and tights. Hair should be pulled back. Small stud earrings only may be worn for jewelry. Skirts, legwarmers and sweaters are optional. Girls need black Mary-Jane or single-tie tap shoes and pink ballet shoes. Boys should wear white t-shirts and black shorts or dance tights and black tap and ballet shoes.

 

Tap and Jazz

Students should wear a solid color leotard and tights or a top and solid color bottoms at or above the ankle such as leggings, jazz shorts or jazz pants. Jazz students need black jazz shoes. Tap students will need black tap shoes. Female tap 1/3 students will need black Mary-Jane style shoes.  Boys and Tap 4 and higher will need black oxford style taps. Please check with the studio or your teacher regarding the style for your particular class. Midriffs must be covered.