POLICIES

TUITION:

The monthly tuition is due the first of every month. The tuition remains the same regardless of the number of weeks in the month, holidays, or snow days. Some months have as few as 3 classes or as many as five classes. Dancers owing two months tuition will be dropped from class at the end of the second month.

Tuition is due even if the dancer misses class. If tuition is not paid the dancer will be dropped from class. Tuition must be paid each month, season long, regardless of your child’s attendance, unless you formally inform us that you are dropping from classes at Dance Arts Amarillo.

TUITION DRAWING: We have a drawing on the 10th of each month with the names of all dancers who have paid their tuition on or before the 10th. The winner’s parents get a month of free tuition and the dancer gets to pick a prize out of the prize box.
LATE FEE: There will be a late fee or $25.00 charged after the 10th unless arrangements have been made with the office personnel. This fee applies to each month tuition is late.
RETURNED CHECK: For any returned checks there will be a $30.00 fee.
RECTIAL FEES: The recital fee is $50.00. The recital fee is automatically added onto the final balance of the cost of the costumes. The recital fee will not be refunded after March 1.
COSTUME FEES:

Costumes must be paid in full by the week before our Thanksgiving Break. (We will order costumes during Thanksgiving Break to avoid delivery delays). If your child will not participate in the recital, your costume money will be refunded ONLY if we have notice prior to December 1st.

THERE ARE ABSOLUTLEY NO REFUNDS AFTER DECEMBER 1ST.

COSTUME COST PER CLASS: 75.00

BAD WEATHER: We will cancel classes if the weather or roads are dangerous. There will be a message on the answering machine AFTER 2:30 p.m. if the studio is going to close. If you are in doubt, please call the studio before you start out. We do not automatically follow area school closings.
MISSED CLASSES: The studio is not obligated in any way to refund tuition for missed classes. If you are paying by the month you are automatically getting a make-up class in months with 5 weeks. Dancers are welcome to attend extra classes to make up missed classes by talking to the teacher for a make-up time. Dancers with excessive absences will not be allowed to participate in the end of the year recital. Dancers with non-contagious illness should come to class and watch. Dancers with injuries that require them not to dance for more than 4 classes must have a note from a parent or doctor. Serious injuries or operations will require a parent or doctor release before returning to class.
WITHDRAWING FROM A CLASS: Dancers may drop out of dance at any time during the month but will be required to pay for the whole month. Dancers will continue to be charged for classes unless they officially inform the studio they are dropping the class.
CONDUCT:

Dance Arts Amarillo has the right to ask a dancer to leave class if the dancer is disrupting the class, showing disrespect to the teacher or other dancers, or using inappropriate conduct or language. If the problem(s) cannot be resolved, Dance Arts Amarillo has the right to permanently drop the dancer from class.

We reserve the right to ask any parent to leave the studio that is disrespectful to another child or teacher.

If you have a problem with something that is going on in class please do not disrupt the class. Speak to the teacher after class in a calm and respectful manner.

WE ARE NOT A BABY SITTING SERVICE. DO NOT LEAVE UNATTENDED BROTHERS, SISTERS OR FRIENDS IN THE WAITING AREA WITHOUT PERMISSION. DANCERS SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF FOR CLASS MORE THAN 10 MIN PRIOR TO CLASS.

ATTIRE: Dancers are required to wear leotard and tights for every class. Hair is to be up and out of the face. Ballet skirts and short, form-fitting shorts are acceptable. Pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes and black jazz shoes are required for the appropriate classes. Leg warmers are also acceptable.
HOLIDAYS: We will close the studio the week of Thanksgiving, for Christmas/New years holiday and for the week of spring break. There will be notices posted and a message on the answering machine stating the dates when we are closed.
PARKING: Parking is a problem. We ask that you park in the center of the parking lot if you are going to stay for more than 10 or 15 min.
FOOD: There is bottled water in the studio for dancers. Do not bring gum, food, or drinks other than bottled water into the studio or waiting area. If there is a medical reason why a dancer needs to have food or a special drink at the studio, please discuss this with the instructor prior to class or send a note.
CELL PHONES: All cellphones must be turned off during class. No exceptions. If your child uses their cell phone during class, we will take it away for the duration of their class. The studio has a phone if there is an emergency and we will gladly call you to the phone.
PICTURES & VIDEOS:

GENERAL PICTURE & VIDEO POLICY: At no time will Dance Arts Amarillo post a picture or video of a student in a negative manner. Pictures and videos will be of group dancers only. Dancer’s names will not be posted with pictures or videos of dancers. In the event Dance Arts Amarillo wants to use a picture or video of a single dancer, specific permission will be obtained by the Directors of Dance Arts Amarillo, which may include permission to use the student first name when posting the picture or video.

DANCE ARTS AMARILLO PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY OPT-OUT FORM: The Dance Arts Amarillo Photography & Videography Opt-Out Form is available at the Dance Arts Amarillo studio. The form will be stored in both hard copy and digital hard copy and attached to your students records. In the event the form changes, updated forms must be filled out and attached to your students records.

DANCE ARTS AMARILLO PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY OPT-OUT FORM DURATION: The Dance Arts Amarillo Photography & Videography Opt-Out Form must be updated each year. Each form is valid from September of the current dance year until the following August of the next year. The form will not be made retroactive if it is submitted during the current year.

TOTAL OPT-OUT: IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR YOUR STUDENT TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN OR BE IN A VIDEO AT ALL, DANCE ARTS AMARILLO WILL HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO ASK YOUR STUDENT TO STAND OFF TO THE SIDE SO THEY WILL NOT BE CAPTURED IN THE PICTURE OR VIDEO. Please fill out the Dance Arts Amarillo Photography & Videography Opt-Out Form.

STATEMENT OF INTENT: IT IS THE INTENTION OF DANCE ARTS AMARILLO THAT PICTURES AND VIDEOS OF STUDENTS WILL BE USED TO PROMOTE FUN AND LEARNING, AND TO SHARE THESE MOMENTS WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THE STUDENTS.

Wi-Fi Access:

Wi-Fi access requires a password that can be obtained from the office staff at the studio. Access to the Wi-Fi network is monitored and inappropriate content will not be tolerated. This does not mean your personal information will be monitored, only the content being accessed. Dance Arts Amarillo understands that it is sometimes possible to access inappropriate content by mistake and will take that in to account. Should it be determined that a dancer has violated the Wi-Fi policy, their device will be prevented from using Wi-Fi.

The Wi-Fi password will be changed regularly, usually at the start of classes in September, the continuation of classes in Janurary, and at the start of summer. The password may change more frequently as security needs dictate.

Please understand that the Wi-Fi is a limitted resource that does have a monthly limit. Please do not download app or mobile OS updates via the Wi-Fi. Also, please do not post large videos via the Wi-Fi to social media outlets such as Facebook or YouTube. If you would like to post such a video via the Wi-Fi, please get permission before doing so. Uploading pictures to social media outlets is fine.

Staff

Sharon Blagowski-Cost   Owner, Director, Instructor
Amie Chollett   Assistant Director, Instructor
Beth Alexander   Instructor
Jennifer Artsberger   Instructor
Bethany Manes   Office Manager, Instructor
Nicholas Davey   Assistant Office Manager, Webmaster, Stage hand