Studio Policies

Start off 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!

Observation
We have a glass enclosed observation mezzanine in Pittsburgh 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 the ALDC to be a positive one. Sorry, but Instructors do NOT have time to talk between classes.

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. 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.