Ampersand Academy Policies and Guidelines
Please read carefully and initial each section.
The Registration fee and tuition #1 is non-refundable. You must give written notice 15 days prior to tuition date (25th) if dropping a class or auto pay will run as normal.
Attendance & Punctuality
We believe that the decision to study dance involves a personal commitment on the part of each and every student to attend class regularly and should be undertaken only with the full intention of completing the entire session of dance. A great deal of time goes into each student on behalf of their instructor to prepare lessons and choreograph dances to help each student develop to the best of their ability. When students do not take this commitment seriously, not only does it set back the instructors lessons but the artistry of the planned choreography. Dance is a group effort and absences affect everyone. Understanding the importance of making a commitment is a valuable part of dance education. That being said, we do understand that situations may come up that are beyond control. Please note that missed classes are non-refundable. If the missed class is an excused absence (teacher notified of absence before the scheduled class) the students are encouraged to make up the class by attending another class of an equal or lower level.
Students should not be brought to the studio more than 10 minutes before the scheduled classes and should be picked up immediately following class dismissal. Students are to remain inside the building (or directly outside the door) until parents pick them up. Our only concern in this matter is your child’s safety and well being.
Please make sure that your child is on time for class. It is essential that all dancers get appropriate warm-up to avoid injury.
If your child is more than 10 minutes late they may be asked to sit and observe. Initials____________
Studio/ Waiting room rules
NO GUM is allowed in the building.
All students must use the restroom before attending class.
No student is permitted to leave the building without an adult, unless student has provided AADPA with a permission slip.
Hair must be pulled back and away from the face.
Jewelry must be kept to a minimum. Long earrings and dangling bracelets can easily get caught.
Street shoes are not permitted in the studios at any time.
Dance shoes are not to be worn outside.
It is everyone's responsibility to keep the waiting room clean and QUIET.
We are not responsible for unsupervised children. Initial____________
All staff, students and parents/guardians are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which promotes mutual respect and a positive learning environment. Every student is expected to conform to these rules and regulations. Disruptive, derogatory, demeaning or abusive behavior is not tolerated and can result in expulsion from AADPA. In the event that a student or parent is disruptive, the parent/guardian will be contacted to help find a solution.
We reserve the right to dismiss any student for the following reasons:
Non- payment of class tuition.
Not observing the rules of the studio
A child has special needs which we can not adequately meet with current staff and studio
Physical and or verbal abuse of staff or children, by a parent or child.
Excellent results require cooperation and understanding between the parents, students and teachers. In order to achieve this goal, we will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns with parents/guardians. Email or call us to set up a meeting - Please do not interrupt teachers while class is in progress. If your child is not having a positive experience, please communicate with us. It is our goal to produce healthy, happy and educated dancers! Initials______________
Auto-pay is used for your convenience. This means 4 equal lower payments. Example. Four payments of $46 for one class. Tuition will be drawn on the 25th of these 3 fall months (September, October and November— Not in December). February, March and April 25th for the Spring. Partial payment of 1/4 the full tuition is due with registration. ** Note** Tuition will be posted on the 18th-20th of each month. You may pay any way you’d like up until the 25th. ONLY accounts with a balance will be charged with the card on file. ** Tuition must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the end of the session. Students with outstanding balances may not be permitted to perform in the dance concert at the end of the session. There is a $25 fee on all returned checks.
✨There are no refunds available as we are reserving a class space for you/your child. If you register and are send a written notice more than 15 days before the start of class you may receive a credit or refund.✨
What do I wear?
BALLET, JAZZ, TECHNIQUE, ACRO,CREATIVE MOVEMENT
Required: LEOTARD (short sleeve dance shirt for the boys) :
Ages 3-6: Any style or color. Ages 6.5/7-9: Black leotard in any style. Grades 4-6: Black leotard in any style. Grades 7-12: Black leotard in any style. These leotards must be worn to EVERY class. Initials_________
Colors are not gender specific. If two colors are given the child may choose either color.
TIGHTS for all ages may be any style or color . Black dance pants for the boys.
SHOES: Tech: pirouette shoes in flesh or pink. Ballet: pink ballet shoes. Full sole for ages 3-8 and split sole for ages 9 & up. Jazz: tan jazz shoes for all ages. Tap: Tan flat tap shoes for ages 4-9 black flats for boys, black flats for grades 4-12.
Optional additions: Ballet skirt/wrap, spandex of any length, soffe shorts, above the knee skirt, tight tank top (level 4 only).
TAP, HIP HOP, COMPANY, BOLLYWOOD, THEATER -
Ampersand does not enforce a strict dress code for these classes. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow the body to move easily and without restrictions. Extremely loose fitted garments are NOT recommended for students as they prohibit the instructor and student from being able to see proper body placement and alignment. Leotards, tights and dance pants, shorts, or skirts are preferred (not for hip hop). Think sweatpants for HH. Jeans or street pants may NOT be worn to any class. If your child shows up to class in jeans they will be asked to watch class for the day. Tap shoes must be black flats - Hip Hop shoes may be any color or style. All Hip Hop dancers (grades 4-12)must have sneakers. Miss Rachel's favorites are her purple Converse! Initials __________
Parents, legal guardians of minor students, and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on Company property, or during a performance, resulting from normal class activity or any other activity conducted by the students, before, during or after a class or performance. Initial _______
Photo release: The Company is hereby granted permission to take photographs of the students to use in brochures, websites, posters, advertisements, and other promotional materials the company creates. Permission is also hereby granted for the company to copyright such photographs in its name.
Costumes: We try very hard to keep the cost of costumes down. Each non competitive class can expect them to average $25-$50 per dance. This is not a definite. A non- refundable deposit of $10 is due at time of registration for each dancer (not class). Initial_______
I have read and understand the policies set forth by Rachel of AADPA and agree to follow them. I also recognize that failure to comply with school policies (by me or my children) may result in the dismissal of me or my child from the school.