BALLET: Pink tights and solid color leotards are required for all ballet classes starting in 1st grade. Pink ballet slippers with elastic sewn across the top are also required. (Not the satin Walmart “ballet slippers” that are actually bedroom slippers.) Short ballet skirts are allowed. Shorts, tight or baggy, are not allowed except for boys who may wear solid colored shorts and t-shirts. Boys also need white socks and black ballet slippers. Hair must be pulled off the face and in a ponytail for the younger dancers. The exceptions to this are our littlest dancers ages 2-6 years old. While these dancers need pink tights and pink ballet slippers, they are free to explore frilly tutus and colorful leotards. Again, boys may wear anything they are comfortable in, but need white socks and black ballet slippers. Beginning with the 5th grade class, long hair must be secured in a bun. Loose hair or ponytails are not acceptable because it interferes with the students’ dancing. Bun-making instructions are found here. The instructors and “older” girls are happy to help. Also, beginning in 5th grade ballet dancers need to wear an elastic “hip alighnment” belt. Click here for an example. Hip alighment belts can be as simple as a piece of elastic tied around the waist that can slip over the hips for re-use.
JAZZ and TAP: Solid color leotard or fitted tank top is required with tights or dance pants. Boys may wear solid colored shorts and t-shirts. Jazz shoes are required for 5th grade and older. Pink ballet slippers are acceptable for younger dancers. Long hair must be in a bun, ponytail, or tight braid. Black “patent-leather” tap shoes are required for all tap dancers up to 4th grade dancers. Black or tan low-heeled tap shoes are required for 5th grade and older. Garments that are baggy, or hide the feet and ankles, are not allowed.
CONTEMPORARY: Solid color leotard or fitted tank top and footless tights or dance pants are required. Baggy pants and t-shirts are not acceptable. No shoes are needed for this style.
HIP-HOP: Comfortable sneakers are fine. Hair should be in a ponytail or braid. Casual clothing that fits the body securely is acceptable. The attire should not “fall” off shoulders and hips easily. Tops should be long enough to tuck into pants or shorts. Tight pants and blue jeans are not acceptable as they restrict movement.
Regular class attendance is absolutely necessary! This is important for you child to have her/his best experience. This is an important part of your child’s education that you pay for. If the student is injured and cannot dance, your dancer is encouraged to come and observe. An important part of the art of dance is discipline, and that means a commitment to regular class attendance.
Absences and tardiness can hold back the entire class. Dance is a physical and sometimes fa rustrating activity, especially when the young dancer realizes that it is not easy. Remind your dancer of her or his commitment and you will find your dancer feeling quite good after class. The teacher reserves the right to dismiss a child from class due to disciplinary problems. There will be no refunds or deductions for classes missed by the student regardless of reason for absence.
Student class placement is generally by grade in school, However, student placement is decided by the instructors with the best interest of the student and classes in mind. Age, grade in school, ability, previous training, rate of improvement and maturity are all considered. The height of the child and the placement of the child’s friends are not considered.
Parents are responsible for their child(ren) at all times, except during class time. Our staff will not be responsible for any child before or after class time. Please pick up your dancer promptly. Do not leave siblings, or friends, at the studio as they will NOT be supervised.
Private Lessons and Studio Rental
Private lessons are $40 an hour, $30 for half an hour. Our facilities are available to rent. Contact us for more information. If a student needs extra help, or has missed classes and fallen behind, the teacher is not to be expected to help a student outside of class except in a paid, private lesson.
Written, or emailed, notification is required for withdrawal from classes. We will not consider the student withdrawn until written, or emailed, notification is received. The student will be responsible for tuition payments until the studio is notified of withdrawal. If a student withdraws after the first class meeting of the month, the full month’s tuition will be charged. If the student is on monthly check-draft and withdraws after the check is drafted, the tuition will not be refunded. Registration fees are non-refundable. If a student withdraws after costumes are ordered, the parents are still responsible for the total cost of the costume.
A costume deposit of $55 or $75 is due with the first tuition payment, for female ballet students. If the student’s costume cost is more than $55 or $75, the remainder will be billed in January. Costumes will be released to the student in May once all tuition and costume fees have been paid. Should the student be unable to dance in the May performances, or withdraws after the costumes have been ordered in January, the parents will still be responsible for cost of the costume. The studio reserves the right to use the costume for a replacement performer. The costume may be picked up after the performances.
A performance video fee of $10 is required for all dance students. This gets every dancer a digital copy of the performance that he or she is in.
Students will be charged for classes up to the date that written notification of their withdrawal is received, whether or not they have attended. Tuition will not be deducted for classes missed by the student. In other words, if the student misses a month of classes and returns, that student will be expected to pay that month’s tuition. Tuition will not be deducted, or pro-rated for days missed due to snow. Billing statements will be mailed for delinquent accounts only.
If professional collection is needed to collect a delinquent account, a collection fee will be added to the total. A $25 returned check fee will be charged for returned checks.
Snow Days Policy
When making the decision to cancel classes the well-being of both our dancers (we have teenage drivers) and teachers is our top priority. Class cancellation due to inclement weather will be based mainly on the condition of the main roads, but other factors are taken into consideration as well. We will not close just because the public school system is. Cancellation information will be posted on our website announcements page, www.booneweather.com, facebook, and on the studio phone message. A decision will be made by 2:00pm. We do everything we can to hold classes and do not take cancellations lightly. Because we live in the High Country “snow” days are taking into account when figuring tuition rates. This means if your dance class(es) don’t get cancelled it is a bonus for you! If three consecutive classes are cancelled a make-up day will offered.