Thank you for choosing the ACD! To get the most out of your experience here, please review these policies and procedures with your dancers and family members.
Tuition and Billing
Tuition is the same for each month. There will be no refund of tuition for missed classes. Please do not ask us to make exceptions. The instructor may recommend an appropriate make-up class. You will continue to be billed for tuition until we are notified of your withdrawal from a class.
Tuition is due by the 5th of the month. A $25 late fee will be automatically assessed to your account.
There is a non-refundable registration fee due annually of $40 per student and $50 max per family. There is also a $10 reduction in tuition for each additional family member. Each student participating in the recital will pay a recital fee to help defray the costs of production. Students are responsible for the costs of their own costumes.
School information is sent out via emails. If any of your contact information has changed since you registered please update your family’s account online. In the event of inclement weather, Allen Conservatory of Dance will follow Allen Independent School District delays and closings. Therefore, if AISD Schools are closed, then the studio is closed as well. On a non-school day (Saturdays), we will assess the safety of opening the studio and will post our decision to social media as well as send out an email.
Dance attire is not considered appropriate for street wear. Always have your dancer wear clothes over their leotards and tights (such as shirts, shorts, skirts, etc). Street shoes must be worn to and from the studio.
Any dance shoes worn outside on pavement are not permitted on the dance floor.
Ballet 1-5 are not permitted to wear anything other than dress code leotards, tights and shoes. Sweaters may be worn on the very cold days.
All dancers must have dress code attire for classes and performances.
Hair needs to be pulled back away from face and secured neatly. A head band needs to be worn with short hair. No jewelry other than pierced ear studs may be worn in class.
In the Lobbies
Parents may enter studios by invitation only.
Parents who bring small children need to supervise them! Out of consideration for the staff, faculty, and others waiting in the hall, disruptive children will be asked to leave the lobby area.
No food or drink other than water is allowed in the studio.
Students are expected to attend their assigned classes each week unless an unavoidable problem arises.
Tardiness and Absences
Students arriving late to class should step into the studio and wait by the door until the instructor gives permission to join the class. If it is too late to participate, the dancer will be asked to observe class as an alternative learning experience.
When entering classrooms, please wait for music and dancers to stop.
Class attendance records are taken daily and excessive absenteeism may result in the dancer’s inability to participate in recital performances, as well as jeopardize advancement to the next class level.
In the case of illness or family emergency a make-up class may be scheduled. The teacher will recommend a suitable make up class. The makeup class must be taken within 30 days of the absence.
If a child has fever above 99, signs of possible contagious illness, diarrhea, vomiting, any sort of rash, please stay home for 72 hours before attending classes.
IN CLASS AND REHEARSAL
- Do not talk or create distractions while the teacher is talking, even if she is not talking directly to you. You will miss, or cause others to miss, potentially important information.
- Do not talk or create distractions while others are dancing. It’s rude and disrespectful. Watching others dance is a great way to learn.
- In this country, ballet teachers are called “Miss,” regardless of age or marital status. You will address Miss Mary as “Miss Mary” for the rest of your life, regardless of circumstances.
- You should smile and thank teachers for their corrections. They are trying to help you and do not know if you understand or appreciate their corrections unless you acknowledge them properly.
- If a teacher gives a correction to another dancer, you should listen and apply that correction as if she were addressing you personally; just because she does not call you by name, doesn’t mean you could not benefit from that correction.
- If you are late to class or rehearsal, it is necessary to apologize for your tardiness and ask permission to join class or rehearsal.
- You should clap for your teacher/director at the end of class/rehearsal. It is considered polite to curtsy and thank your teacher before leaving the classroom.
AT THE THEATER AND BEYOND
- Except for recital, you may not appear outside of the stage, backstage or dressing room area in costume.
- You may not eat in costume.
- You may not ask your parents to photograph or record you during a performance. (OK during rehearsals).
- You must treat any and all representatives, dancers, and volunteers of the Allen Conservatory of Dance and the premises it occupies with absolute respect.