Studio Policies

Start on the Right Foot!

Follow our studio policies to ensure your child’s safety, progress and positive experience here at ALDC

Tuition Policy
I FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT THE OWNERS/ DIRECTORS, STAFF AND FACULTY OF THE ALDC HAS THE RIGHT TO REFUSE LESSONS TO ANY CHILD WHO’S TUITION IS DELINQUENT.

The Abby Lee Dance Company term begins the Tuesday after Labor Day and runs through June. Dance runs the full school year and then some! You are enrolling in a 10-month program and may pay several different ways. All tuition is due on or before the 10th of each month.

Auto Pay Credit Card – On the 5th of each month your base tuition will be automatically debited from your Master Card, Visa, or Discover Card.
There are no refunds on classes missed; however you are welcome to come in another day & time to take class. There will be make-up classes scheduled to accommodate weather related cancellations and Holidays.

Attendance
There are no refunds on classes missed; however you are welcome to come in another day & time to take class. There will be make-up classes scheduled to accommodate weather related cancellations and Holidays. Please notify the front desk staff if your child will be absent. We can then let the teacher know. During Dance Concert preparation, we will let you know which classes are learning the same routines as your child so you can do the make-up class there. In the event of an extended illness or other unforeseen circumstances, please contact the office as soon as possible.

Snow Cancellations
All Cancellations and or Delays will be posted on the “Hot Off the Press” section of our Web-site! Students may make-up lessons missed!
*Sign up for our new direct e-mail via Yahoo Groups for urgent messages.

Observation
We have a glass enclosed observation mezzanine designed for parents to enjoy the progress and participation of your child. All the preschool parents are encouraged to attend. However, we must limit siblings or extra people to one due to space limitations. Any children in the Observation Mezzanine who are NOT registered students must be supervised by an adult. All registered students may watch from the Observation Mezzanine for thirty minutes only, assuming they are on a break. Registered Dancers may be dropped off and picked up; it is not necessary for you to stay. Your other children may not be dropped off for FREE Baby Sitting Services!

Communication
Please contact the front desk staff whenever the need arises. Most of the time, the front desk staff can help you with problems that may arise. Daytime office hours via Telephone are 11am to 12noon. If you have concerns that cannot be addressed in a brief conversation, please set up a phone conference. We can have your child’s teacher call you. The fee is $25 per parent/teacher conference. We want your experience here at Reign Dance Productions be a positive one. Sorry, but Instructors do NOT have time to talk between classes.

Class Behavior
We want all of our students to have an enjoyable and educational dance experience. We will treat you and your children with courtesy and respect. We expect our students to show the same attitude toward their teachers and fellow dancers. We request that your children observe the following simple rules:
* Pay Attention to your teacher – Don’t talk with your friends during class! It disrupts the whole class and makes it difficult for the teacher to communicate with the students. Meet your friends before or after class for social fun.
* Food or drinks are permitted in the DEN ONLY. Be careful – spills ruin the floors and food attracts bugs. You may have snacks in the den, but please dispose of your trash properly. There are breaks for water during shoe changes. Leave water bottles in the DEN.
* Do not pull up on or hang from the Ballet Barres. They can be pulled from the wall or you can get stuck in them. Barres are for balance and support.
*Come prepared to dance – attire, grooming, attitude, ambition, energy!

Classroom Etiquette
Reasonable rules and standards are provided to promote self-discipline. Students should arrive at the school with sufficient time to change into dance shoes to begin class on time. Students who arrive 10 minutes after the scheduled class time are welcome to observe the class; however, they will not be permitted to participate unless there is an extenuating circumstance. If students need to leave before the end of the class, they should notify the teacher before class begins. Students may not leave the classroom without first receiving permission from the teacher.

As employees of THE ABBY LEE DANCE COMPANY, teachers have the responsibility to see that their class is under control, and they have the authority to dismiss any student who will not cooperate and is a disruption to the rest of the class. Inappropriate dress or behavior will not be allowed. No gum, food or drinks will be permitted inside the classrooms during class or rehearsal.

It is important for parents and students to understand that dance class is not the same as your grade in school. Nor do you dance from 8am to 3pm Mon through Friday. In most cases, the class will progress as a group but not all the time. Every child will be challenged in each class to compete against themselves not others.

Changing classes
Notify the front desk staff immediately if you are changing the day and time of your class. You are charged as an active student until you notify the office of a change in status. Students are welcome to add classes, level permitting – just inform the front desk. Class changes must have the permission of all teachers involved. This applies to ALDC members as well as recreation students! This is especially important when we are ordering costumes and preparing dances for the annual dance concert. You are responsible for payment in full September through June.

Photo Shoot
Take a look at the annual program book from last year. You will see a beautiful piece of artwork. Each routine is pictured in the book as a memory of your classmates and individuals demonstrating their year of accomplishments, plus candid photos from the studio’s activities and company’s events. This is a keepsake for all to cherish for years to come. The photo shoot takes place late in February and the middle of March. We schedule the shoots as costumes arrive. Children (and moms too) learn so much during the photo shoot: how the costume is to be worn, how to secure headpieces, how to style hair and apply theatrical make-up. This is like a wardrobe rehearsal for the show. We took over 8,000 photographs last season – Your child will love their modeling job! Plan now to be a part off our Silver Anniversary Edition. Program Book sponsor forms will be attached to your Fall Newsletter.

Dance Concert
We have one spectacular extravaganza per year. The Dance Concert has been held in the past at Linton Middle School in Penn Hills and Franklin Regional School District. This year our show will be ABBY TO INSERT DATE. Please be a part of our exciting Show! All Tu-Two Cute, Baby Ballerinas and Prima Preschoolers will have one ordered costume. The Intermediate Prima Preschoolers II and Advanced Preschool will have two ordered costumes. All other classes will have a Costume for each dance subject (NO Acro/Gym). Some Jazz and Hip Hop Classes will do one or the other if all the children take both classes to eliminate costume costs. A Performance Package Payment plan is the way to go for all of our recreation students. One easy payment per month will include your Costume, Headpiece, Tights, Accessories or props, and your group picture fee in the annual program book. A Concert Fee will be charged instead of purchasing tickets this season… You will receive as many tickets as you need… this will ensure the show expenses are met and fill the new larger auditorium with appreciative audience members! Ask the front desk staff about this plan!

Conventions, Performances, and Other Activities
During the year, many of our students have opportunities to participate in activities such as master classes, community performances and even trips to New York City. We encourage all students to take advantage of these opportunities. Information including costs and entry fees etc. will be provided in advance of each event. All fees must be paid in advance of said event.

Your Children are a Reflection of You ~
Good Manners and Proper Etiquette are always expected.