Thomas School of Dance
2021-2022 Policies and Guidelines
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, 2021 and February 1, 2022. Monthly tuition payments are due on the 1st day of each month with the exceptions of September and January; monthly tuition for September is due on or before the 14th and monthly tuition for January is due on or before January 3rd. Please note tuition bills are not sent out monthly. 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, 8 and 10 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 1, 2022 in order for dancers to participate in the spring recital. There is a $35 fee for any check returned with insufficient funds.
Recital and Costume Fees
There will be a $50 deposit due per costume due on November 1st and any balance remaining will be due on February 1st along with the $30 recital participation fee. Costumes, including tights and taxes generally run between $60 and $75 each. Each recital performance class in which a student is enrolled will generally have a separate costume. We do not automatically bill for the costume deposit. For more detailed information regarding our recital practices and expectations please see our “Performances” page of our website.
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 by 1:30 pm. Please like us on Facebook to receive important announcements and reminders. We do not close automatically if school is canceled. If dance 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 of the missed or canceled class. In some cases classes may be made up via recorded lessons.
Drop Off/Arrival & Pick Up
Dancers may be dropped off/arrive up to fifteen minutes prior to the start of their first class time but no earlier. Dancers should be picked up at the conclusion of their last class of the day/evening. Any dancers picked up more than 10 minutes late following their last class may be subject to a fee of $10 for each additional ten minutes late. Older dancers may wait at the studio in between their classes.
Medications and Substances
Please notify us of any prescription medications, such as inhalers, your student requires while at the studio. Students may not share medications. Alcohol, tobacco, tobacco substitute products, marijuana, and illegal substances are prohibited at Thomas School of Dance and Thomas School of Dance events.
At Thomas School of Dance, it is important to us to advocate for the health and safety of our dancers. 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.
For the health of our dancers, families and community during the COVID-19 pandemic it is imperative that dancers respect our COVID-19 practices and procedures and understand that these may change as CDC, state and local guidelines change. Dancers will need to stay home when not feeling well.
Recital photographs are taken during class time in the spring. 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 picture 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; please see our make-up class policy. A schedule of which classes will have pictures, including date and time, will be posted in the spring along with a schedule of which classes will have regular class during “picture week.”
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.
Regular attendance at dance class is important for a dancer’s development. Please arrive on time for class. Participation in the warm-up is important to the safety of the dancer. At the teacher’s discretion, for the safety of the dancer, dancers arriving late to class may be asked to observe instead of participate. If a student is going to be absent from class please let us know. Please ensure your older dancer knows that if he/she will only be attending some but not all of his/her daily classes he/she should should inform the person at the front desk about which classes he/she will attend when checking in.
Cellphones are not to be used during classes. They should be off or in silent mode and stored inside dance bags.
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 viewing windows.
Water bottles only are allowed in the dance studios. Please, no food or drinks other than water in the studios.
Check out our online calendar on our website thomasschoolofdance.com for a full list of vacation days, fee deadlines, and other important dates.
Please see “Dress Code” page of our website.