Policies & Procedures
- Have Fun!
- All Students are making a commitment for the dance season; End-September thru end of May/Beginning of June (unless enrolled into adult or 10 week session programs)
- All Students are expected to attend each class and arrive on time
- Respect all classmates and instructors
- No cell phones/smart watches allowed in classroom
- No talking in rehearsals or classes
- No negative comments to or about anyone/work together as a team/support each other with positive feedback…everyone will have his or her time to shine!
- Water should be brought to class. No gum, food, or drink (besides water) allowed in the studio.
- All students are expected to try their best and work as hard as they can. 100% effort will pay off! Personal integrity and hard work are what makes dance fun and challenging for everyone.
- All students must follow the dress code. See dress code information
- Parents: Please support all dancers and have a great time watching your children grow and learn!
- We welcome all students and parents to DDA Dance Academy!
- DDA Policies & Procedures may change at anytime due to COVID-19.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES (ANNUAL PROGRAM FOR GROUP CHILDREN’S CLASSES)
Students may register anytime until Beg-December 2023. Register early, classes are limited! Our yearly school runs from September 18 or 25th to end of May/or Beg- June. There is an annual non-refundable/non-transferable registration fee of $45 per student ($55/Max. per
family). DDA requires that all registration information and waivers including COVID-19 liability be completely and accurately filled out,
signed, and electronically agreed to for each dancer. A reserved spot in class will only be
confirmed once payment has been received.
DDA reserves the right to switch to a full HYBRID (in-person & virtual classes) schedule or Virtual Only at
anytime for same tuition.
• Zoom only classes are designated live streamed classes that are taught online with no in-person
component. Zoom login information will be sent out before classes begin.
•10 Week Session Program- When enrolling into the session we are holding your spot for the school year
until notified otherwise. There will be (3) 10 week sessions. You must notify us to email@example.com or
in writing 3 weeks prior to the end of the session if your dancer(s) will not be continuing, so we can open
up your child's spot in the class. We will assume they are continuing once enrolled and process cards on
file automatically for each session unless you notify us in writing a few days before the new session begins.
Once card is processed tuition is non-refundable.
•To receive a class confirmation, make sure to include your email address during the online registration process. If classes are full or we have to make a change in our schedule, we will contact you, and do our best to provide you with an alternative
• Participants in the program must be at least 2.5yrs by September 18th, 2023
• DDA reserves the right to make changes to tuition, instructors, curriculum, and schedule.
• A class with less than 5 students is subject to cancellation. Additional classes and age groups may be
Yearly tuition ranges from $687-$793 for 1 class for the entire dance season. Please refer to our website under tuition tab. For convenience, we offer two payment plans- Payment in full due upon registration before September 18th cash/check only (offering a 2.5% discount if registration is completed
before September 18th 2023)- discount does not apply to our tiny tappers program, 10 or 15 week programs, adult program, or music & movement program) or the 10 Installment Plan (giving you the option of breaking tuition down into 10 payments). Tuition is due at the 1st of the month. Although account on auto pay is usually processed between the 1st-3rd of the the month, DDA may process at anytime. Payment #1, #9 & #10 are due upon registration plus the registration fee. Tuition is evenly distributed. It is the cost of the year broken down into 10 payments (3 payments up front). There will be approx. 29-32 dance classes in a school year including picture day/dress rehearsal (unless registering for fitness classes or our tiny tappers program). A non-refundable one time extended class fee of $155 for a 1.25hr class & $305 for 1.5hr classes is due at registration. Method of payment at this current time for installment plan is credit/debit card only (ACH may be implemented for 2023/24 year) on auto pay. Tuition will only be pro-rated beginning November 1st, 2023. If enrolling late between September and November 1st, dancers may make up the classes missed from the beginning of the school with in a period of 4 months from enrollment date. There will not be make up classes due to inclement weather because days are allotted in our school calendar. If we go over the allotted amount DDA allow for make ups in other classes.
• ALL ACCOUNTS are required to have a credit/debit card/ACH on file. The monthly installment fee will be automatically debited from the card on file/ACH if offered between the 1st-4th of each month for tuition as well as costume fees. For company dancers, company expenses, performance fees and any additional company charges will be processed automatically as well. There is a $10 late fee per month for tuition not received during the week due (7 DAY GRACE PERIOD).
All credit card purchases are subject to a 3% processing fee (not for ACH, cash, or check).
Please make any checks payable to DDA Dance Academy and remember to write dancers' name in memo! There is a $40 charge for all returned checks.
The dancer will not be able to participate in class/annual dress rehearsal and recital if the account is not up to date. DDA reserves the right to drop any student for non-payment of their tuition.
If you prepay and are unable to complete the season, refunds cannot be granted. Tuition is non-refundable.
Checks are not acceptable after April, 2024
All students are making a commitment for the dance season; End-September to the end of May/Beg.
of June (unless enrolled into adult or 10 or 15 week session programs)
If you choose the 10 Installment payment plan, a credit or debit card (ACH if offered) will be required to remain on account. If your account is 60 days past due we will charge your credit card. There is a $10 late fee per month for tuition not received during the week due (7 DAY GRACE PERIOD).
The dancer will not be able to participate in class/annual recital if the account is not up to date. DDA reserves the right to drop any student for non-payment of their tuition. Invoices will only be sent out via email if a payment is late.
- Please note, if you prepay and are unable to complete the season, refunds cannot be granted. Tuition is non -refundable.
DDA staff and Director determine placement in classes, as we strive to provide each student with an optimal dance experience. Age is a guideline for class placement but not the determining factor. We not only assess of the student’s ability and development, but by their dedication, loyalty, performance in class and attitude.
INCLEMENT WEATHER AND SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
Should the studio be closed due to inclement weather or emergencies, dance class cancellations and information will be emailed, posted on o ur website/
Facebook/Instagram or you can call 201.819.7989 and check the studio message an hour before classes commence. The academy reserves the right to use substitute teachers when necessary.
We will be closed during Thanksgiving, Winter Recess, February Recess, Spring Recess, and Memorial Day Weekend. Please refer to our calendar document for specific dates.
Parents please check your email regularly, almost all information and photos will be communicated via email.
- Please make sure emails from firstname.lastname@example.org are not being blocked and going into your spam folder!** Thank you!
Newsletters, reminders, and any statements of account will be communicated by email. Information may also be posted on our bulletin in the lobby. It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to be aware of important dates and all studio activities. Please inform us of any address,
telephone, or email changes throughout the year.
To preserve quality of instruction and minimize distractions to your child and/or others, we ask that a parent/guardian drop dancer off at the start of their class time and pick child up directly outside their classroom door 5 minutes prior to the end of class. Parents are not allowed inside the room to watch class. However, we have a closed circuit camera system set up for you to view classes on a TV in the lobby at times during the year. Please respect our viewing policy and wait for parent’s observation week.
PARENTS OBSERVATION FOR AGES 2-5 YEARS
Due to limited space and in order to prevent distractions, parents only are welcome to observe the dance classes during this week (if space allows, grandparents invited as well). Parents will be able to experience the classroom atmosphere, while the dancers can show off their skills. Don’t forget to bring your video camera! Parent’s o bservation will be during your child’s scheduled class time. Stay tuned... specific observation times, more information, and date to be announced later in the year. Observation may be in person or on ZOOM TBA. Observation classes might not be offered for Company classes.
Proper attire is important to start a good attitude toward dance class discipline and allows the instructor to view and correct body placement. Please have your child(s) wear their required dance attire. Hair should be up and away from their face in order to participate.
YEAR END DANCE RECITAL
The dates for this performance to be announced. Last years recital was the 3rd weekend of May at Paramus Catholic High School. Recital dates for next season are TBA. We try to keep the weekend the same if possible. DDA has the right to make any necessary changes if we are not permitted to offer an in-person performance. In the event we can not the recital performance will be offered virtually. The schedule for our mandatory dress rehearsal will also be given later in the school year. Dress rehearsal runs the week of recital. Tickets may be purchased for approximately $27-$30/each. Tickets go on sale several weeks before the recital. Ticket companies charge an additional service fee.
• Costume deposit of $75/student/class due November 1st. Child costumes average in price from $90-$110. Child XL-Adult costumes average from $90-$115. If tights are included pricing will be higher. Balances are due by December 1st. Costume fees are non-refundable. Parents/Guardians accept full responsibility for all expenses, including surcharges and postage for costumes ordered late. Recital costumes tights, t-shirts, program ads and flowers are final sale once order is placed.
• Mandatory recital media fee approx. $40 will be due February 1st. This will include a download of 1 showtime. If you would like an additional download for a different showtime, there will be a discounted charge added to your account.
Attendance will be taken each class. To reach full potential in class, a student must attend on a consistent basis. We expect regular attendance from all of our students at DDA. Any student arriving 10 minutes after the class has begun will have to observe due to safety reasons. If a student must miss a class, please notify the Academy. Poor class attendance may result in dismissal from performances at the discretion of the instructor.
CHANGING OR WITHDRAWING CLASSES
Dance Classes can be changed within the first two weeks of commencement FREE of charge. Students are expected to complete the dance year. To withdraw/or change from a class, parents/or guardians must fill out and sign a withdrawal/or change form and return it to the studio prior to the first of the month to avoid additional tuition or late charges. Please notify us immediately. If it is not received, you will be responsible for the remaining tuition.
MAKE UP LESSONS/MISSED CLASSES
There is no deduction/credits/refunds in tuition for missed or discontinued lessons. Make-up classes can be arranged due to illness within a four week time period from the missed lesson. It is your responsibility to take advantage of the make-up class offered.
There is a $25 trial fee for our “no obligation” first time dance class. Students who register after the trial class will have the trial class fee credited that day. A waiver form must be filled out by the parent/guardian of the dancer(s) and handed in prior to participating in the class.
DDA strives to offer a place of fun and learning however, students are expected to behave respectfully and courteously at all times toward DDA faculty and staff, as well as towards each other. If a student is found to be disruptive, frequently arriving late without permission, and generally misbehaving, it will not be tolerated. Parents will be notified. They may be asked to sit for a few minutes before continuing with class or in extreme cases will be asked to leave the course and fees will be forfeited.
LOST AND FOUND
DDA is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items. Please label all belongings! Please check our lost and found box located in schools lobby. All unclaimed items will be discarded or donated to charity every 6 months.
Please remind children to use the toilet before dance class. If one child has to go, they all do!
DROP OFF/PICK UP
If classes are held after school, children must be dropped off and picked up in a timely fashion. We do not provide child-care. DDA reserves the right to charge account and credit card on file a $20-$30 fee if dancer is not dropped off or picked up in a timely fashion.
ITEMS LEFT AT DDA FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME- DVD/FLASH DRIVES, T-SHIRTS, TIGHTS, COSTUMES ETC.
DDA will only hold onto ordered items that have not been picked up until October of the year ordered. We are not responsible for items that have not been picked up. Items may be donated if not signed out. No refunds will be given.
ASSISTANT TEACHING PROGRAM
Certain classes will have a student assistant teacher to ensure individual attention to each dancer. These assistants are also learning valuable teaching skills under an experienced instructor’s guidance. Please apply for DDA’s Assistant Teaching Program by contacting Ms. Deana.
DDA PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Parent Volunteers are one of the essential elements that will make DDA Dance Academy Recitals so special. Interested in helping out? Please contact Deana for more information. Thank you in advance for your help – it is greatly appreciated.