Encore Academy of Dance is not responsible for students misplaced articles. Please mark all personal items and keep all belongings separate from other students in a dance bag placed on the shelf or in a cubby. A lost and found basket is located behind the front desk. This basket is emptied periodically and all contents are donated.
All students must complete a registration and policy form before beginning classes. New students may take one trial class free of charge before registering, however, if they decide to continue the trial class will count as their first class. The registration fee must be paid and all registration information must be provided before any further classes can be taken. Students with balances on their accounts may not register for new sessions until the balance is paid off. All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Tuition and Withdrawal
Tuition is charged to a bank account, debit card or credit card on the 1st of every month. This information can be changed at anytime through the customer portal. If you would prefer to pay tuition in cash it must be paid prior to the 1st of each month, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for this option. After the 5th a $15 late fee will be added, and students may not be permitted to attend classes. NO EXCEPTIONS will be made for this. A $30 fee will be added to all returned checks. Tuition is due even if the student misses classes in order to maintain the students place in the class. Withdrawal from the program requires a 30 day notice and must be made in writing to the front desk or tuition will be due. All fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Credits and Refunds
No credits or refunds will be given. However, all classes may be made up.
Regular attendance is vital to student progress and group choreography. Please make every effort to attend all classes. No refunds will be given for missed classes, however, a student may make-up missed classes by taking another class in the same style of dance during the month in which the class was missed. Please speak with the student’s instructor regarding appropriate make-up classes for your student. If a student misses more than three of the final ten classes before the annual showcase they may be dismissed from participating in the showcase, at the discretion of the instructor.
- Classroom Etiquette
Dance training is built on standards that reflect respect and professionalism. These include being prepared for classes by wearing the appropriate dress code, shoes and having hair done accordingly, listening to the instructor, and applying corrections and not wearing street clothes to class. We expect all students to arrive on time, be prepared to dance and display courtesy to parents, staff members and classmates. Tardy, unprepared or discourtesy students may not be allowed to dance.
Please continue to check your e-mail, the bulletin boards and posted signs for reminders and new information. Encore Academy of Dance can not be responsible for notifying each individual student of all reminders.
During class hours, instructors are not available for discussion. Written messages may be left for the instructors at the front desk. Be sure to include a name and phone number if a return call is necessary. If a parent chooses, or if an instructor feels it is necessary, a conference time may be arranged with an instructor and parent regarding a students progress.
- Drop off/ pick up/ safety
Please walk young students into the studio at all times. Young students should also be instructed by parents to wait inside the studio until the person providing transportation enters the studio to pick them up. Please do not leave students at the studio for lengthy time periods. If an emergency prevents prompt pick up of your student, please call the studio to advise the student and staff of the situation.
An office manager will be at the front desk during office hours when classes are being held to answer questions and supervise the area. Currently, we are not accepting payment at the desk for the safety of our staff. All payments must be made online. NO food or drinks are allowed on the studio floor. Bottled water is acceptable. No food or drinks are allowed outside the lobby area.
- Inclement Weather
Encore Academy of Dance usually follows the Durham Public Schools closings for inclement weather. Should inclement weather be a concern during school hours or on the weekend, please check the your e-mail for instructions. An email will be sent should any changes take place to the schedule. In most cases, classes will be held when schools are delayed due to weather; however, please check your email to be certain. Students may take another class in the same style of dance during the same month to make-up for any classes missed due to weather. If you are uncertain of the make-up class for your student, please check at the front desk.
Each dancer will be charged a Showcase fee of $100 on February 1st, with the February tuition. Each additional dancer from the family will be charged $50. This will include one t-shirt per dancer, one program per family and two complimentary tickets to the performance. Additional t-shirts and programs may be pre-ordered in the spring. A DVD of the annual spring showcase may also be pre-ordered. If a dancer will not be participating in the Annual Spring Showcase a Showcase Withdrawal Form must be filled out.
A costume deposit of $35 per costume will be due October 1st, with the October tuition. All remaining costume fees will be due March 1st, with the March tuition. If a dancer will not be participating in the Annual Spring Showcase a Showcase Withdrawal Form must be filled out and signed by a teacher and the studio director. If filled out by November 1, 2019 the costume deposit will be refunded to your account. If filled out by December 1, 2018 the costume balance will not be charged to your account. There will be a $10 late fee charged for any costume paid for after October 15, 2018, due to additional shipping costs. Any costume ordered after December 1, 2018 will be subject to a $10 late fee plus additional shipping and handling charges of $15.
- Showcase Videos
Encore Academy of Dance has a professional videographer tape the showcase each year. Every family with a student performing in the showcase will have the option of ordering a DVD in the spring. The Theatre does not allow videotaping during the show.