WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY
In consideration of the risk of injury while participating in dance (whether joining online classes or in-person) (the “Activity”), and as consideration for the right to participate in the Activity, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors, administrators, assigns, or personal representatives, knowingly and voluntarily enter into this waiver and release of liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever arising out of my participation in the Activity, and do hereby release and forever discharge Stephenville Dance Center, located at 153 N Belknap, Stephenville, TX 76401, their affiliates, managers, members, agents, attorneys, staff, volunteers, heirs, representatives, predecessors, successors and assigns, for any physical or psychological injury, including but not limited to illness, paralysis, death, damages, economical or emotional loss, that I may suffer as a direct result of my participation in the aforementioned Activity, including traveling to and from an event related to this Activity.
I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE AFOREMENTIONED ACTIVITY AND I AM PARTICIPATING IN THE ACTIVITY ENTIRELY AT MY OWN RISK. I AM AWARE OF THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVELING TO AND FROM AS WELL AS PARTICIPATING IN THIS ACTIVITY, WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL INJURY, PAIN, SUFFERING, ILLNESS, DISFIGUREMENT, TEMPORARY OR PERMANENT DISABILITY (INCLUDING PARALYSIS), ECONOMIC OR EMOTIONAL LOSS, AND DEATH. I UNDERSTAND THAT THESE INJURIES OR OUTCOMES MAY ARISE FROM MY OWN OR OTHERS’ NEGLIGENCE, CONDITIONS RELATED TO TRAVEL, OR THE CONDITION OF THE ACTIVITY LOCATION(S). NONETHELESS, I ASSUME ALL RELATED RISKS, BOTH KNOWN OR UNKNOWN TO ME, OF MY PARTICIPATION IN THIS ACTIVITY, INCLUDING TRAVEL TO, FROM AND DURING THIS ACTIVITY.
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Stephenville Dance Center against any and all claims, suits or actions of any kind whatsoever for liability, damages, compensation or otherwise brought by me or anyone on my behalf, including attorney’s fees and any related costs, if litigation arises pursuant to any claims made by me or by anyone else acting on my behalf. If Stephenville Dance Center incurs any of these types of expenses, I agree to reimburse.
I acknowledge that Stephenville Dance Center and their directors, officers, volunteers, representatives and agents are not responsible for errors, omissions, acts or failures to act of any party or entity conducting a specific event or activity on behalf of Stephenville Dance Center.
I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS “WAIVER AND RELEASE” AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY. I EXPRESSLY AGREE TO RELEASE AND DISCHARGE Stephenville Dance Center AND ALL OF ITS AFFILIATES, MANAGERS, MEMBERS, AGENTS, ATTORNEYS, STAFF, VOLUNTEERS, HEIRS, REPRESENTATIVES, PREDECESSORS, SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS OR CAUSES OF ACTION AND I AGREE TO VOLUNTARILY GIVE UP OR WAIVE ANY RIGHT THAT I OTHERWISE HAVE TO BRING A LEGAL ACTION AGAINST Stephenville Dance Center FOR PERSONAL INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
In the event that any damage to equipment or facilities occurs as a result of my or my family’s willful actions, neglect or recklessness, I acknowledge and agree to be held liable for any and all costs associated with any actions of neglect or recklessness.
This Agreement was entered into at arm’s-length, without duress or coercion, and is to be interpreted as an agreement between two parties of equal bargaining strength. Both the Participant and Stephenville Dance Center agree that this Agreement is clear and unambiguous as to its terms, and that no other evidence will be used or admitted to alter or explain the terms of this Agreement, but that it will be interpreted based on the language in accordance with the purposes for which it is entered into.
In the event that any provision contained within this Release of Liability shall be deemed to be severable or invalid, or if any term, condition, phrase or portion of this agreement shall be determined to be unlawful or otherwise unenforceable, the remainder of this agreement shall remain in full force and effect, so long as the clause severed does not affect the intent of the parties. If a court should find that any provision of this agreement to be invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting said provision it would become valid and enforceable, then said provision shall be deemed to be written, construed and enforced as so limited.
Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people.
Stephenville Dance Center has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, Stephenville Dance Center cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending Stephenville Dance Center could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.
By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my child(ren) and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending Stephenville Dance Center and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at Stephenville Dance Center may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, Stephenville Dance Center employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families.
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s attendance at Stephenville Dance Center or participation in programming (“Claims”). On my behalf, and on behalf of my children, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Stephenville Dance Center, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Stephenville Dance Center, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Stephenville Dance Center program.
BY REGISTERING AND PAYING FOR ANY CLASS, EVENT, PRIVATE LESSON, OR OTHER ACTIVITY THROUGH THIS WEBSITE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO ALL OF THE ABOVE CONDITIONS AND WAIVERS. IF YOU ARE AN ATTENDEE OF OUR REGULAR CLASSES AND HAVE REGISTERED AND ENROLLED IN A CLASS THROUGH THE “PARENT PORTAL AND/OR STUDIO DIRECTOR” YOU AGREED THROUGH THERE AS WELL. PLEASE DO NOT HAVE YOUR CHILD/YOURSELF PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLASS OR EVENT UNLESS YOU ACCEPT AND AGREE TO ALL OF THE TERMS IN THIS AGREEMENT.
Dance class is educational and fun! However, an important part of class work is developing an attitude of discipline and respect for teachers and fellow students. Following studio policy will provide an environment whereby classes at SDC will be a pleasure for all involved.
Parent Portal - Please ensure all contact information in the parent portal is correct and up-to-date. The bulk of studio communications from the studio will be through the parent portal in the form of tuition notices, My calendar for your students schedule (click Google calendar for studio calendar), bulletins, reminders, emails, text, and phone calls. The parent portal is your own personal account where you may also view balances, pay tuition, see tardies & absences, view documents/waivers/policies & class provided videos/music, manage students, view class schedules, register for classes, and so much more.
Studio Website - www.stephenvilledancecenter.com visiting our website can answer common questions pertaining to pricing, important links & updates, dress code and upcoming studio events via the events calendar.
GroupMe app - please add this app to your phone. Each teacher will communicate with your class through this app. Your teacher will send a text out the first week of class to start the group. Please respond with a short text or emoji in order to continue receiving class communications through the app. If you have questions for your dancer's teacher, you may private message them within the app. Our classes run on a tight timeline, teachers normally won't have time to answer questions or address issues between classes.
Facebook & Instagram - SDC is on Facebook & Instagram and we update our page often - information on studio closures, events, & studio news will be shared there. Links to both can be found on Studio Website.
For the safety of our students, dancers should be picked up and dropped off inside the studio. Dancers may not leave the studio without an adult.
Come early to class. 10 minutes should give your dancer enough time to use the restroom, get their shoes on and get prepared for class. All baby and pre classes are required to use the restroom before class to cut down on interruptions and ensure class time is dedicated to dance.
Dancers should be ready to start dancing at the time their class starts. This means shoes on, hair ready, and inside class assigned studio space. If your dancer needs to change at the studio, please allow ample time.
The studio has a dress code policy in place regarding information about specific attire and hair requirements for your dancer's classes. Parents, please help us to reinforce the dress code as it is vital to dance education and the conduction of productive classes. Dress Code Policy is posted on our website and in the parent portal under waivers. We can order anything you need for your dancer! We can do shoe and dance clothing fittings anytime throughout the year. Just let any of our teachers know! If you prefer to shop from home, visit the link to our online storefront where you will find items you will need listed by class.
In addition to this policy:
No jewelry (with the exception of stud earrings) is allowed to be worn in class as it can pose a dangerous risk of injury.
No gum chewing is allowed due to the danger of choking.
No baggy clothing - loose-fitting pants, blue jeans & t-shirts are not dance attire.
No costumes are allowed in class unless a dress up day is announced by the individual teacher.
It’s important for students to abide by a dress code policy because a neat and tidy appearance sets an attitude of attentiveness and respect for students, teachers, and the art of dance. Teachers must be able to see the dancer's body outline clearly in order to make proper corrections on posture, alignment, etc.
Please put your dancer's name on all dance items, especially shoes.
The lost and found box is located in the dressing room and will be culled at the end of year.
Students can leave belongings in the dressing room or cubbies - bags, jackets and street shoes should stay outside the classroom. Leave valuable items at home - THE STUDIO IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS.
Classroom Etiquette and Behavior:
Any student arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be admitted to class or may be asked to sit out. For your safety and to receive full benefit from your class, please arrange for a make-up class if you expect to be very late. All students are encouraged not to leave the room once class has begun. Please allow for appropriate restroom use prior to class. Very young children will be treated sensitively as the need arises.
School age children and teens: please practice respect. Students are not to be socializing in a disruptive manner during the class with other students. Please come early or stay late to enjoy friends in the waiting area. Please honor your teacher and fellow students by giving full attention and cooperation. Parents will be advised if there are any behavioral issues or we feel any student is not well adjusted to the classroom environment for any reason over time.
Out of town guests may request to visit at any time throughout the year. No one else is allowed to sit and watch during regular class time.
Tuition will be posted to accounts and a statement will be emailed at the beginning of each month. In months that we are collecting recital & costume fees, that amount will be added to the statement. The invoice does not itemize your bill. Log in to your parent portal to see the break-down of your invoice.
Any student with an overdue balance of more than 60 days will not be allowed into class until payment in full is received or payment arrangements have been made.
If for any reason you decide to discontinue your classes, please notify Ms. Renee by text (254-977-3772). You will continue to be billed until the studio is notified.
The studio currently accepts cash, Paypal, Venmo (@stephenvilledancecenter), or checks written out to Stephenville Dance Center. Payments can be made at the studio or within the parent portal.
Injury or Illness:
When a student sustains an injury that does not permit them to participate over an extended period of time a credit or refund will be issued. In some cases, a doctor's note is required to return to class.If your dancer is injured, they should still come to class to learn choreography even if it is just to observe.
If your dancer has a fever, please do not bring them back to dance until the fever has been broken for 24 hours.
During class if a student complains of being ill, or sustains an injury and cannot participate, the instructor will notify the parents if they are not on the premises.
Credit will not be given for missed classes due to illness, inclement weather, personal vacations & commitments.
The studio will be closed only for major holidays (i.e.: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break) and in the event of inclement weather in which the ISD has to shut down for. Please see our calendar of events for dates that the studio will be closed. Closure alerts and reminders will be sent out via parent portal, FB, & Instagram.
If SDC cancels a class, students will be responsible for arranging their own make-up classes at a time that is convenient for them. The dancer is welcome to take another class in their perspective levels. In the event of multiple cancellations, make-up classes will be scheduled during school vacations. No credit will be given for inclement weather cancellations; however, students are always welcome to take make-up classes for any missed class at their regular times
All students must register online. A $30 non-refundable registration fee will be due at time of registration.
Costume Fees & Costs:
The studio puts on two shows a year in which the dancers wear costumes. For our Holiday showcase the costumes will be $30 per class. For our Spring production the costumes will be $65. There is also a $40 Recital Fee for the Spring Performance. All costume payments are nonrefundable and a zero account balance is required to take costumes home.
Changing Class Levels and the addition of a new level:
If you think your dancer needs to move up a level please contact us before enrolling them in a new level class. We can provide the proper placement suggestions. Instructors may change placement of a dancer up or down if they feel the current placement is incorrect.
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