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There is a non-refundable registration fee of $50 for new students, and $40 for returning students due upon completion of the registration form. Students will not be placed on the class roster without payment.
Tuition is due on the 1st of every month, regardless of holiday, weather, or government shut down closures and covers only classroom or online instruction. Tuition will be posted to your parent portal by the 15th of the previous month in order to allow you adequate time to pay by cash or check if that is your preference. Those who choose to pay via automatic withdrawal will be automatically charged on the 1st using your payment method on file. If this payment method is declined, please refer to the following Automatic Payment Withdrawal Policy.
If your payment has not been received by the due date and your form of automatic draft is declined, your account must be brought current by the 10th of the month or your account will accrue late fees.
A late fee of $25 will be assessed after the 10th day of the month. After thirty (30) days of an outstanding balance, written notice will be emailed using the email of the primary contact listed on file. Once written notice has been sent, a $50 late fee will be assessed every thirty (30) days that the fees remain outstanding.
PAYING WITH CASH OR CHECK
All payments via cash or check are due by the due date. Cash payments can be paid through our office or via Cash App, Zelle, PayPal, and Venmo. There is a $30 NSF fee for all checks returned from your bank. After two (2) NSF checks, only cash, money order, or certified checks will be accepted for payment.
Any disputes regarding tuition must be brought to the attention of management in writing within thirty (30) days of the charge in question. The tuition rate is based on a ten (10) month season and is not altered for months with holidays, etc. No refunds or prorated tuition are given if a student misses class for any reason, except in the case of extreme prolonged illness requiring hospitalization with appropriate documentation.
Failure to pay tuition after two (2) notices (approximately two (2) months of non-payment) will result in a student's dismissal form Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC. Irrespective of the student's enrollment status, outstanding fees will continue to accrue late fees. In addition, Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC reserves the right to seek all legal remedies in the collection of outstanding fees plus attorney fees.
WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS
Once your child is enrolled, monthly tuition payments are expected, even if the student misses their assigned dance classes.
If it is necessary to withdraw a child from AIM, it is your responsibility to notify the office in writing. AIM should be notified at least (15) days before the next tuition payment is due. Any outstanding fees will still be owed upon withdrawal of a student.
Only upon official notice of withdrawal will you be released from future tuition obligation.
RECITAL PARTICIPATION AND ATTENDANCE
It is assumed that all students will participate in the recital enrolling at the start of the season. If you choose not to participate in the recital, you must sign, date, and return the recital participation form that will be given in October no later than November 6th. If you are enrolling after December 1st and would like to participate in our year end recital, please contact the office directly to see if it’s possible.
If your child is participating in the annual recital, she or he will be expected to attend all scheduled rehearsal practices. In the month of October, you will receive your child’s rehearsal schedule along with the recital information letter.
In an effort to give your child a positive dance experience, there will be many rehearsals in the month of June. Accordingly, your child will be allowed to miss a maximum of three (3) unexcused rehearsals. If more than three (3) rehearsals are missed without proper notification, your child will not be able to participate in the recital. However, all Recital Fees and all Costume Fees are non-refundable.
In an effort to maintain the quality of the dance recital and your child’s potential recital performance, this policy will be STRICTLY ENFORCED.
RECITAL FEE AND COSTUME FEE
Each year you will receive your recital fee in October and costume fee in January. These fees are non-refundable (no exceptions) and are a separate fee from tuition.
Important Fee Schedule:
(1) ½ Recital Fee due December 4, 2021. Failure to pay by the 10th day of December will result in a $75 late fee. Failure to pay by January 8, 2022, will result in your student forfeiting participation in this year’s recital. No exceptions.
(2) The second ½ of recital fee is due February 5, 2022. Failure to pay by the 10th day will result in your student forfeiting participation in this year’s recital. Please note the recital deposit as well as any costume fees paid are non-refundable.
(3) The entire costume fee is due by March 12, 2022. Failure to pay by March 26, 2022 will result in forfeiture of all recital fees as well as your students participation in this year’s recital.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
For students ages 3 through 7 years old, parents must come inside the studio to pick the student up after class. No child will be allowed to walk outside without the attendance of an adult.
COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION
Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 5:30pm -8:30pm, and Saturday from 9:30am – 2:00pm. We can be reached by phone and email. In the event of unforeseen closures due to the weather or a government shut down, you will be emailed directly and a message will be left in your Parent Portal. We will also post closures to our social media pages.
Occasionally, information regarding relevant dates, fees, and general information will be handed to a student and placed in their dance bag, emailed or posted in your Parent Portal. It is the responsibility of the student’s guardian to read all informational handouts, check emails, and the Parent Portal on a regular basis to remain current with all studio events.
ADVERSE WEATHER CLOSURE
AIM will make every effort to be open while considering the safety of our students and teachers. When possible, students will be scheduled for a makeup class in the event of a closure due to severe or adverse weather conditions.
In the event of adverse weather conditions, such as tropical storms, severe street flooding, hurricanes, freezes, snow, etc…AIM will follow the Orleans Parish school closures as a guide for canceling classes. If evacuations are suggested/ordered and remain in effect for a prolonged period of time, or if people are unable to return home due to weather conditions, the studio will remain closed until it is deemed safe to return by local authorities. If we are unable to reopen due to damage to our studio, and/or the landlord determines we are unable to reopen for any reason, no refunds will be given for tuition already paid to the studio.
GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN CLOSURE
In the event we are forced to not be able to hold classes in our studio due to a government shut down, all classes will be taught through our online zoom class format. Once it is deemed safe by our local government officials to return, classes will resume in the studio. It will be your responsibility to communicate and notify AIM if you wish to withdraw your child and not take online classes. AIM should be notified at least (15) days before the next tuition payment is due. Any outstanding fees will still be owed upon withdrawal of a student.
Only upon official notice of withdrawal will you be released from future tuition obligation.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Students may carry cell phones and/or paging devices to and from AIM. Upon entering AIM all pagers and cell phones must be stored in the student’s dance bag and/or purse in the “Off,” “non-operational mode,” or “silent mode.” Students may not operate cell phones or pagers during class. Any student openly carrying or operating a cell phone during a dance class – their dance class or a current dance class – will be subject to having that item confiscated by AIM administrative staff. Such device will be retained by AIM until a conference can be scheduled with the student, parent and/or guardian.
AIM strives to create an environment of mutual respect and consideration. As such, students should arrive five (5) to ten (10) minutes before the start of their designated class and stretch in preparation of class.
At all times, AIM students and parents/guardians are expected to behave in an orderly, respectful, and quiet manner while dance classes are in progress.
AIM works to develop an environment where students are free to develop without hindering the freedom of other individuals to develop as well. Students must learn to accept responsibility for their own actions. AIM is committed to the students, but expects each student to behave in a manner that makes a positive contribution to the AIM community. Parents and/or guardians are an essential component of the student’s conduct. As such, AIM asks that all parents and/or guardians be involved in working with AIM staff in implementing successful discipline practices. Students violating the code are subject to disciplinary action as listed below. These policies and regulations apply to any student (1) who is on AIM property, (2) who is in attendance at an AIM or an AIM sponsored event, or (3) whose conduct interferes with the missions or operations of AIM or jeopardizes the safety and/or well-being of students or AIM staff.
AIM’s philosophy of discipline centers on creating an environment conducive to creative growth, expression, and the development of respectful young ladies and gentlemen. Discipline refers to the behavior or orderly conduct of a student. It is expected that AIM will provide appropriate discipline in a safe environment in which all students have the right to learn the art of dance, and staff have the right to instruct, free from disruptions which interfere with the learning process. AIM will promote: (1) personal responsibility and demonstrate self-discipline; (2) discipline management which consists of fair and consistent enforcement of rules that ensure the safety, security, and dance education of all students; (3) a sense of community, with mutual and self-respect shown by all; and (4) a positive dance school climate in which instructors and staff strive to share a positive rapport with students, parents, and the community.
Each AIM student has the responsibility to: (1) attend dance class regularly except when ill or otherwise excused, and be on time for all classes; (2) to wear the required mandatory dance class attire with the AIM logo, including tights, AIM logo leotards, and correct dance shoes; (3) demonstrate integrity and respect for others; (4) behave in a responsible manner and refrain from violations of the Student Code of Conduct; (5) be dressed and groomed as outlined in the AIM dress code; and (6) be prepared for each class, including stretching before class and on days when class is not scheduled.
Parents have the responsibility to: (1) pay required fees and tuition; (2) teach their child to listen to AIM instructors and staff and obey the rules; (3) ensure their child’s compliance with school attendance requirements and promptly report and explain absences and tardiness to AIM; (4) encourage and lead their child to develop strong practice habits at home; (5) participate in positive conferences to discuss any concerns; and (6) keep informed of school policies, administrative decisions, and recital requirements.
As a result, the following will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary consequences, including but not limited to:
-Disruptive behavior in class, including but not limited to, inappropriate language, disrespectful language toward a student, instructor, and/or parent;
-Running, pushing, littering, throwing objects (which is not part of a supervised activity), or cutting in line;
-Producing loud and unnecessary noises;
-Excessive tardiness and/or unexcused absences;
-Eating, drinking, or gum chewing in unauthorized areas, specifically the dance floor;
-Taunting or bullying other students; or
-Using offensive language.
A student will receive three (3) written warnings from an AIM instructor. After the third written warning, a parent conference will be scheduled with the offending student. If the student’s behavior does not improve in thirty (30) days, AIM reserves the right to expel the student. At such time, any outstanding fees will still be owed and no refunds for previous attended classes will be given.
AIM welcomes and encourages the involvement of parents and/or guardians. When parents and/or guardians have concerns regarding AIM, they should make an appointment to meet with the appropriate staff member at AIM to discuss the concern. If the concern cannot be resolved with a conference and the appropriate staff member, then the parent and/or guardian should make an appointment with Leslie Smith Walker. Most problems can be resolved when the parents and staff meet to listen and work together in a professional and courteous manner.
RELEASE FROM LIABILITY
I understand that participation in dance classes and activities could result in possible personal injury.
I understand and agree on behalf of myself and my child, to release and hold harmless, Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC, including it’s teachers, dancers, staff and volunteer members from any liability including claims, costs, expenses, or judgements, including attorneys’ fees and court costs for accident or injury occurring on or around the studio premises or at any function held at other locations in conjunction with the dance school.
I understand that Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC, is not responsible for my child or other children under my supervision who are left unsupervised in the studio and areas surrounding the dance studio and that AIM will only be supervising my child when he or she is participating in scheduled dance instruction, programs, or activities.
I understand that Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC, is not responsible for personal property that is lost, damaged, or stolen while I or my child is at or on AIM property.
I acknowledge and agree that it is my responsibility to maintain my own accident and health insurance coverage that provides adequate coverage for myself and my child participating in AIM activities and that AIM does not provide accident or health insurance for those participating in it’s instruction, programs, or activities.
My signature is proof of any intention to execute a complete and unconditional waiver and release of all liability pursuant to the terms herein, and agreement as to all terms and conditions contained above. I am of lawful age and competent to sign this affirmation.
I HAVE FULLY INFORMED MYSELF AS TO THE CONTENTS OF THIS RELEASE AND HAVE READ THE SAME PRIOR TO SIGNING.
I hereby give permission to Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC, to photograph, video, film, and/or audio record my child and/or me. I consent to the use of such materials for all uses including recital videos, class photos, advertisement book, brochure, all promotional material, and website used by Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC, within the scope of publicizing its business.
I understand I will not be paid for the use of said likeness.
I acknowledge that I am signing this release freely and voluntarily, understanding I shall have no claim against Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC, in the event AIM uses my child(ren)’s likeness for purposes as described herein.
I further understand that this release is granted for the duration of my child/children enrollment in Art In Motion Dance Academy, LLC.
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