Studio Policy and Privacy

Jan 28, 2020 05:05 PM

Tuition is payable either per term in advance - due by the commencement of week 1 of the coming term, or by enrolling in Auto-Pay.  At the commencement of each new calendar year, a non-refundable registration fee of $30 is also due in addition to term fees.
Families who fail to pay fees on time will be charged a late fee of $20, with the exclusion of those registered in Auto-Pay or those who have contacted the Director prior to the statement due date for a payment arrangement. Should a payment arrangement be made and is not upheld all outstanding fees will be due immediately. Failure to pay fees on time may result in students not being permitted to take part in classes until the outstanding balance is settled and the outstanding balance may be escalated to debt collection. At the discretion of the Director, enrolment may also be terminated for overdue balances not being settled in a timely manner. If enrolment is terminated, all outstanding balances remain due.

Tuition is non-refundable, this applies to missed classes or change of mind. Students may be permitted to change classes where a spot is available in an appropriate class. The Director will decide if a certain class is suitable for a student, and the decision is based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to skill level, and age of students.

Fees are to be paid via Direct Deposit or using Stripe ( our secure credit card payment system) via the parent portal. No cash payments or eftpos payments will be accepted for fees.
All registered students who pay tuition are eligible to perform in the annual end of year concert. Tuition is non-refundable.  

Enrolment Process:
All enrolling families at Leap Performing Arts are required to complete the online registration process via the parent portal. By enrolling your child you agree to all Leap Performing Arts Terms & Conditions. Enrolment is based on a full calendar year and students are expected to return each term. If a student wishes to withdraw from a class, written notice must be given otherwise fees will continue to be charged. Failure to attend class does not constitute notice of withdrawal.

Leap Performing Arts welcomes students of any race, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin and does not discriminate on the basis of such. If your child has any physical or psychological problems that you feel would be helpful for Leap Performing Arts to be aware of, please contact the Director for a confidential meeting.

Photographs and Video:
Leap Performing Arts may publish photography and video footage of students for advertising and or publicity purposes. This includes, but is not limited to Facebook, Instagram and the studio website. Should you not wish for your child to be photographed please select the appropriate option on your child's profile in the parent portal. It is assumed that Leap Performing Arts is able to use any photographs and video of your child unless you select the option of not having your child photographed.

Regular attendance is important.  Our minds can grasp quickly, but it takes constant repetition for the body to really “get” the movement.  Excessive absences or lateness to class will impede progress. In the event of an absence, please notify Leap Performing Arts on 0414 155 239.

Because dance requires great concentration and focus, it is difficult for both the individual and the group when a student comes in late. It is also not safe to dance without warming up. We understand that being late is sometimes unavoidable, and appreciate the efforts of parents and carers in ensuring this is kept to a minimum.

Refund & Dismissal:
No refunds will be made for unattended classes. If a serious illness or injury prevents a student from attending scheduled classes for a duration of longer than 2wks, a freeze on the student’s tuition can be requested accompanied by a doctor’s note.
Leap Performing Arts reserves the right to dismiss any student from any class, classes, or the dance school where the Director regards it advisable to do so in the interest of other students or the dance school.

At Leap Performing Arts, we try our best to maintain open and clear communication. Much of our communication is done via email, so please be sure to regularly check your email for important information. Families are also invited to become members of our closed facebook group for families - LPA parents & guardians. Though email is our main form of contact.

For safety reasons neat and tidy hair is a must for dancing. In ballet students are expected to wear a ballet bun with bobby pins and a hair net. In all other classes a ponytail with the fringe pulled back off the face may be worn.

Respect & Classroom Rules:
At Leap Performing Arts we pride ourselves on providing a safe and welcoming environment for all, which includes respect for the physical space where we dance, the teachers and the other students:                                                                                                                   
*Out of respect and also for safety reasons, students are not allowed to enter the classroom before the teacher is present.

*Students and parents are expected to behave respectfully and courteously at all times toward Leap Performing Arts staff, as well as toward each other.
 This includes interactions via text, email and social media.
*Students must show respect for the property of others and Leap Performing Arts property.  Students need to clean-up after themselves and put waste paper and drink containers in the bin provided.  Any student found destroying Leap Performing Arts property may be dismissed from the dance school immediately.
*We expect that all students will have used the bathroom before class to minimise disturbance of the classroom educational process. We understand students may still need to use the bathroom and students will be sent with another student for safety reasons. All preschool students will need to be taken to the bathroom with a parent not a classroom buddy.

*Gum is never allowed in class.

*Each teacher may also have additional classroom rules, which they will discuss with students in class.

*Only Senior students are permitted to leave the premises without their parent or guardian during their break.

*Lewd remarks and inappropriate language and behaviour are prohibited in the school.  A first offence will result in a verbal warning.  A second offence will result in a written warning.  A third offence is cause for immediate dismissal from Leap Performing Arts.

*Any inappropriate behaviour, verbal or physical, must be reported to Leap Performing Arts Director immediately.

*Leap Performing Arts feels strongly about the importance of the group experience. Each student learns to be responsible not only for herself or himself, but for the accomplishment of the group goal.                                                                                                  
*Any student or parent found negatively speaking about Leap Performing Arts, including via all forms of social media in an effort to destroy the reputation of the dance school will result in immediate dismissal.

 The Director may dismiss a family from Leap Performing Arts or refuse re enrollment if a student or parent breaches any of the above listed rules, for being continuously uncooperative, disruptive or for endangering the health, safety and welfare of herself/himself and others. 
If parents/ students have any questions about anything regarding Leap Performing Arts, please call to make an appointment with the Director on 0414 155 239.