Rules and Policies

Registration Forms
Please click on the link above to fill out these registration forms and bring them with to the first day of class or arrive 15 minutes before the first day of class to fill them out at DLD Dance Center. Thank you!

DLD Dance Center Objective 
We strive to make sure each dancer will:
♫ be safe.
♫ receive individual attention and encouragement.
♫ develop self-discipline and dedication to dance.
♫ experience success and develop a positive self-image.
♫ feel encouraged and inspired by their instructors.
♫ develop dance skills and technique.
and most of all have fun and express their love for dance! 

Statement of Philosophy
1. We believe in the value of fair treatment of all people.
2. We believe teaching the art of dance is a privilege.
3. We believe each student should be treated with respect and encouragement.
4. We believe in bringing out the best in each dancer, helping them reach their full potential.
5. We believe that each child has different talents and it’s our job to develop them.
6. We believe dance is an instrument and can help children develop a positive sense of self.
7. We believe that children deserve to have Instructors who are capable, caring, and whose values enable them to be excellent role models.
8. We believe above all in offering an environment that let children enjoy the art of dance while having fun as they develop their craft.
9. Children are always accepted to our center regardless of race, creed, national origin or gender.

Classes
Early Childhood Classes: We offer the following 30-45 min 8 week Early Childhood Classes; Mini Movers, Pre-Hip Hop, Pre-Boys Hip Hop, Pre-Ballet, and Pre-Jazz. Classes offered each session are based on interest and enrollment.

Specialty Elective Classes:
We offer 45-minute Specialty Elective Classes every 6-8 weeks. Styles offered include but are not limited to Hip Hop, Boys Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, and Tap which run every 6-8 weeks. These classes are open to all students including company members, dancers that would like to develop their technique, or anyone who just wants to try out different styles of dance to find the right fit for them. Specialty Elective Classes are divided by Beginner, Beginner/Intermediate, Intermediate, and Intermediate/Advanced. If a child is exceeding the expectations of the level they are in, they will be offered the option to move up to the next class level.

Adult Classes: We offer 1 hr. 6-8 week Adult Classes for Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. These classes are divided by Open Level, Beginner, and Intermediate, and Intermediate/Advanced.
       
Recital Classes and Companies
Early Childhood Performance Classes:
We offer Early Childhood Performance Classes for ages 4-6 years in Pre-Hip Hop and Pre-Jazz. We offer Early Childhood Performance Classes for ages 5-8 years in Pre-Ballet. Recital Classes begin in September. A Recital will be held every year in May. Early Childhood Performance Class enrollment is offered in August and again in January based on availability in case a student would like to take regular classes before deciding if they would like to perform in the recital. With joining a performance class, it is a commitment that you as the parents along with your child make which means that your weekly recital class must be made a priority. With this being said, each Early Childhood performer may only miss 5 classes for the performance year. If you miss more than this number, you will be required to schedule private lessons with your Instructor or risk your child not being able to perform in all or portions of certain dances. We encourage all students to schedule private lessons when they are unable to attend a class where new choreography is learned. In the event the absences from classes become an inference for the students’ performance in the recital, then the student may be asked to leave the Company and No Refunds for the class will be given. Tickets are no longer included in your fees for any performances. Students will not need tickets for the recital.

Company: We offer the following Dance Companies at DLD Dance Center: Hip Hop, Boys Hip Hop, Jazz, Breakdancing, Adult Hip Hop & Jazz and Adult Contemporary that are by audition or recommendation only. Companies are divided by level with our Beginner Companies not requiring an audition while all Intermediate-Advanced, Adult, and Competitive Companies do require an audition. Auditions are held every August and returning members must re-audition yearly. Each Company performs in the Recital along with our Annual Hip Hop Dance Production. Intermediate-Advanced and Adult Companies will also be given the opportunity to perform in DLD Dance Companies Professional Dance Showcase. There is now a $30 participation fee for Intermediate-Advanced Company Members to perform in our showcase, this covers rehearsals and a front or second row seat for student performers. There are weekly Company Rehearsals which are 1-2 hrs. for all Companies. Company members are required to take 1 additional Elective Specialty Class per week for (4) sessions from September to May which is included in their Company fee; this does not include camps or classes over the summer. There is a separate fee for participating in the Summer Company. At least 2 of these sessions must directly correlate to the company they are in. It is also strongly suggested that Company members be enrolled in another Elective Specialty Class through DLD Dance Center but this is not included in your Company fee. With joining a company, it is a commitment that you as the parents along with your child make which means that Company and Elective Classes must be made a priority. With this being said, each company member may only miss 5 company and 5 elective classes for the performance year. If you miss more than this number, students will be required to schedule private lessons with their Instructor or risk not being able to perform in all or portions of certain dances. We encourage all students to schedule private lessons when they unable to attend company class. In the event the absences from Company and Elective Classes become an inference to the Company and Students, then the student may be asked to leave the Company and No Refunds for the class will be given. There will also be mandatory all company rehearsals which will be required for performance in productions and recitals. There are no additional fees associated with these additional rehearsals. Company members do run the risk of being taken out of dances if they are consistently missing class, rehearsals and/or not actively rehearsing at home causing them to fall behind from the class in performance routines. Tickets are no longer included in your fees for any performances. Students will not need tickets for the production or the recital. The showcase participation fee covers at ticket for the performance for those students that would like to participate.

Competitive Criteria
1. Must maintain an encouraging attitude, good sportsmanship, and a positive representation of DLD’s principles at rehearsals, competition, and any other performances. Examples: If you’re taken out of a section of a dance you need to maintain a positive attitude and still give a 100% toward the sections you are in. If you or a team member makes a mistake at competition, you must maintain a positive attitude understanding that mistakes will happen, encouraging your team members, turning these types of situations into a positive learning experience, not a negative experience. When attending a competition, it is important to encourage the other teams and never talk down to or badly about another team.
2. Must also be enrolled in another Intermediate, Intermediate/Advanced, or Advanced Company at DLD.
3. Must audition and pick up choreography quickly in order to be offered a spot on the competitive team.
4. Must meet attendance requirements for rehearsals and performances.
5. Must be available for competition weekends blocking off all dates since schedules are only received 1-2 weeks prior to each competition.
6. Must pay all fees and competition fees by due dates in order to compete.  

Summer Company

Summer Company is for students enrolled in the previous year of company. They receive exciting performance opportunities which have includes Festivals, the 4th of July Parade, and more!

Summer Camps and Classes

Camps: We offer Mini Movers, Hip Hop, Boys Hip Hop, and Hip Hop Musical Theatre throughout the summer, these are 1 hr. 8-10 week camps that are held once a week. All camp participants receive a special t-shirt for their participation in the camp and will put on a performance for their parents at the end of the camp.

Classes: We offer Early Childhood, Specialty Elective, and Adult Classes are offered over the summer in 4-6 week sessions which include Mini Movers, Boys Hip Hop, Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and more.

Registration Fee
There will be a Registration Fee of $30 for individual students and of $50 for families due before the start of classes. If registering online, parents of first time students should come in at least 15 minutes before class to pay their registration fee and fill out the proper registration forms. If registering at the studio, please be sure to have at least 15 minutes to fill out registration forms. Please note: If you are consistently enrolled in dance classes at DLD Dance Center you will not have to pay a Registration Fee each year. If you leave the studio for a long period of time and decide to come back, you will be charged a new Registration Fee. If you take the Summer off from the studio and return again in the Fall you will not need to pay a new Registration Fee.

Studio Fees
2017-2018 week Class Fees
♫ $80 per session for Pre-Ballet, Pre-Hip Hop, Pre Boys Hip Hop, and Pre-Jazz Classes
♫ $90 per session for all Specialty Classes
♫ $100 per session for all Adult Classes

2017 Summer Camp & Class Fees
♫ $110 per 8-week Camp (1 hr camps)
♫ $95 per 8-week Camp (45 min camps)
♫ $97.50 per 7-week Adv. Camp (1 hr camp)
♫ $95 per 8-week Adult Class (1 hr)
 
2017-2018 Beginner-Advanced Company Fees
Monthly Payment occur from Aug-May (10 Payments)
♫ w/45 min Elective | 1 Payment: $750 | Monthly Payments: $800 ($80 per month)
♫ w/1 hr Elective | 1 Payment: $825 | Monthly Payments: $875 ($87.50 per month)
Fees Include: 1 hour Company Rehearsal, (1) Elective Class, Company T-Shirt, Production T-Shirt,
Digital Video Downloads of Production and Recital, Additional Company Rehearsals (typically 3-4 on Sundays), and Dress Rehearsals
Costume Fee of $50 per company due November 1

Competitive + Company Fees (Must be in a performance company to be in Competitive Company)
Monthly Payment occur from Aug-May (10 Payments)
w/45 min Elective | 1 Payment $1,450 | Monthly Payments: $1,500 ($150 per month)
w/1 hr Elective | 1 Payment $1,550 | Monthly Payments: $1,600 ($160 per month)
w/(2) 45 min Elective | 1 Payment $1,800 | Monthly Payments: $1,850 ($185 per month)
w/(2) 1 hr Elective | 1 Payment $1,900 | Monthly Payments: $1,950 ($195 per month)
w/(1) 45 min & (1) 1 hr Elective | 1 Payment $1,850 | Monthly Payments: $1,900 ($190 per month)
Fees Include: 2 hour Competitive Rehearsal, 1 hour Company Rehearsal, Elective Class(es), Company T-Shirt, Production T-Shirt, Digital Video Downloads of Production and Recital, Additional Company Rehearsals (typically 3-4 on Sundays), and Dress Rehearsals
Costume Fee of $75 due November 1, Competitions Fees vary and are due by January 1

Adult Company Fees

Monthly Payment occur from Aug-May (10 Payments
♫ w/1 hr Elective | 1 Payment: $825 | Monthly Payments: $875 ($87.50 per month)
Fees Include: 2 hour Competitive Rehearsal, 1 hour Company Rehearsal,  Elective Class(es), Company T-Shirt,
Production T-Shirt, Digital Video Downloads of Production and Recital, Additional Company Rehearsals (typically 3-4 on Sundays), and Dress Rehearsals
Costume Fee of $60 per company due November 1

Early Childhood Fees

♫ 30 min Class | 1 Payment: $375 | Monthly Payments: $425 ($42.50 per month from Aug-May)
♫ 40 min Class | 1 Payment: $400 | Monthly Payments: $450 ($45 per month from Aug-May)
Fees Include: 1 Recital Class, Digital Video Downloads of Recital, Additional Company and Dress Rehearsals
Costume Fee of $50 per recital class due November 1 

Drop In Class Fees
♫ $15 per class for Adult Classes
♫ $10 per class for Specialty and Early Childhood Classes

8 week Class Fees are due before you or your child starts classes.
Company Fees if paid all in 1 Payment are due before your child’s first Company Class in September. If you pay in 2 payments, your 1st payment will be due before your child’s first class in September and your 2nd payment is due in January. A monthly payment plan may be set up if you contact us. If fees are not paid by the due date, your child will not be allowed to return to class until they are. There will also be a $15 late fee per week that your payment is late. There will be a $35 fee for any returned check in addition to the $15 late fee per week that your payment is late. No exceptions.
 
Discounts
A: 10% Discount on all Recital and Company Classes if you fall under the following guidelines: (Specialty and any 7 week classes not included)
♫ You have 2 or more children enrolled in Recital Classes and/or Companies.
♫ Your child is enrolled in 2 or more Recital Classes and/or Companies.
B:
$5 Discount for Company Members for each additional Elective Class taken

Note: For Discount A: 1 Discount per family may be used and will be taken off the total fees for all the classes registered for. Example: If you have 2 more children enrolled in DLD Dance Center Classes and 1 or more of them are enrolled in 2 or more classes, the discount will still only be 10% off the total balance for all classes. However, Discount A and B may be used together.

Refund Policy

No Refunds will be issued for any classes or tuition paid. No Refunds will be issued for any tickets purchased for DLD events. No Refunds will be issued for any parties or group classes purchased. No Refunds will be issued for merchandise purchased unless merchandise was damaged prior to purchase. A credit may be issued for the depending on the circumstances but is not guaranteed.  

Canceled Classes
If a class session is canceled due to low enrollment, you will be notified before the class start date. A refund or credit to your account will then be issued only if the class is canceled by DLD Dance Center. If a class is canceled due to inclement weather, a make-up may not always be scheduled however you may make up with a different class during that session, this is only pertaining to inclement weather.

Make-Up Classes
There are no make-ups for company classes missed, a private lesson may be scheduled for an additional fee to learn what was missed. Elective Specialty classes may be made up with another class only during the session the class was missed based on availability.
           
Proper Dance Attire
Ballet/Contemporary Classes: Tights and Leotard with ballet skirt/shorts or tank top and shorts/leggings. Leather or Canvas Ballet Shoes.

♫ Jazz and Broadway Classes:
Tights and leotard with shorts or Jazz/Dance Pants with Top. Comfortable Clothing for Boys.
Black Jazz Shoes.

♫ Jazz Company Classes:
Tights and leotard with shorts or Jazz/Dance Pants with Top. Black and Tan Jazz Shoes.

♫ Hip Hop Classes:
Comfortable Dance Clothing. Black Jazz Shoes, Dance Sneakers, or Regular Sneakers used for dance only.

♫ Hip Hop Company Classes:
Comfortable Dance Clothing. Black Jazz Shoes, Dance Sneakers, or Regular Sneakers used for dance only.

♫ Boys Hip Hop Classes:
Comfortable Dance Clothing. Dance Sneakers, or Regular Sneakers used for dance only.

♫ Boys Hip Hop Company Classes:
Comfortable Dance Clothing. Regular Sneakers used for dance only.

♫ Breakdancing:
Comfortable Dance Clothing. Regular Sneakers used for dance only..
 
No Jeans, Street/Outside Shoes, Skirts, Dresses or Jewelry to be worn during class.

Mandatory Apparel that you are required to purchase for company
♫ Hip Hop
Girls: Plain Black Leggings, Black Jazz Shoes or Sneakers
Boys: Plain Black Sweat Pants, Mostly Black Gym Shoes or Sneakers

♫ Jazz
Plain Black Leggings, Black Jazz Shoes, and Tan Jazz Shoes
 

Absence Policy

If a student misses 2 classes in a row and we have not been contacted by the parent as to why, we will call or email to follow up and make sure everything is okay. If a child has missed 4 or more classes in a row with no contact from the parents and we unable to get in contact with the parents, we will assume your child is no longer taking the class. Once a child has missed 6 or more classes in a row we may have to ask the child to not return as they will have missed a month and a half of classes which can be crucial if working towards a recital or performance.
The student may be able to make up their Recital or Company classes by scheduling a private lesson with their Instructor however there would be an additional fee for those lessons. 7 week classes can only be made up with another 7 week class regardless if it is the same style of dance the student is currently taking providing the class is not full and the make-up occurs during the session the child is enrolled in, not before or after. There are no make-up classes for Company and Recital Classes. Please Note: No Refunds will be given for any classes. If you are going to be absent, please call or email the studio phone and do not contact Instructors directly.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons can be scheduled to make up Recital or Company Classes as well as just to improve or focus on a dance style. Many students choose to take Private Lessons in preparation to audition for a Dance Team and we are more than happy to help! Private Lessons Fees are $50 per lesson for individuals and $75 for Duos/Trios. Group Private Lessons are also available by appointment for Bridal Parties and other group events but the Fee will depend on how many students would be in attendance. Private Lessons can be scheduled with any of our instructors depending on availability.

Dress Rehearsal and Performances
There is a mandatory Dress Rehearsal for all Performing Groups (Recital and Companies) for any performance they are participating in. Every student must attend all Dress Rehearsals scheduled for Showcase, Productions, or Recital in order to participate. Professional Dance Showcase (optional for Company Students) will be held in December, Hip Hop Dance Production (Mandatory for Companies) in March, and Recital (Mandatory for Company and Recital Classes) in May each year. Performance Dates and Dress Rehearsal dates and times are given out in the Fall with the start of classes. 

Recital Tickets
Recital tickets are not included in your fees for the year and must be purchases at DLD Dance Center or online.
 
Monthly Newsletters
Monthly Newsletters will be emailed to all parents giving updates on studio events and classes. Paper copies will also be posted on our Parent Bulletin Board in our lobby.

General Rules
1. All Parents must come in to the center and pick up their child to ensure the safety of all children that are in our care.
2. The staff of DLD takes pride in keeping our studio nice and clean for our students. Please respect the property and its belongings.
4. Please make sure your child goes to the bathroom before class begins. DLD Staff is not allowed to help your child go to the bathroom. If your child will need help when going to the bathroom we ask that you be sure to stay in the lobby for the duration of the class so that you are able to take your child to the bathroom.

Classroom Rules
1. No street or outside shoes are allowed to be worn on the dance studio floor.
2. No gum is allowed in class.
3. No running in class.
4. No hanging on, sitting or swinging on the ballet bars.
5. No skirts/dresses allowed in class unless it is a ballet skirt worn w/tights and a leotard. 
6. No jeans are allowed to be worn to dance classes.
7. No jewelry to be worn in class.
8. Please always have hair pulled back and out of the face.
9. Always be respectful to your teachers and classmates. 

Student Conduct Rules
1. No Profanity is to be used on DLD Dance Property, at any DLD Dance Events, or any competitions or events that DLD Dance is participating in.
2. We will always show respect to our Instructors and peers at DLD Dance Center. We will always be encouraging and supportive to each other. We will not bad mouth each other, or try to belittle each other in any way.
3. We will not be involved or affiliated with any illegal behavior that directly or indirectly relates to DLD Dance. If an incident occurs, it is the students and parents responsibility to come discuss the incident with us and then we will decide how to proceed for that point.
4. We will be on time for all of our classes, rehearsals, performances, and competitions.
5. If we are having trouble in school, we will notify or Instructor or have our parents notify our Instructor in order to discuss the appropriate course of action. Our goal is always to keep you in dance at DLD but we also want your academics to be a high priority and we will work with you in anyway way possible.

Chronic Disruptive Behavior Policy
We will make every effort to work with the parents of children having difficulties in class. We are here to serve and protect all of our children, although; children displaying chronic disruptive behavior which has been determined to be upsetting to the physical or emotional well-being of any other child, or teacher, may require the following actions:

Initial Consultation
The director and instructor may require the parent(s) of any child who attends the studio to meet for a conference. The problem will be defined on paper. Goals will be established and the parent will be involved in creating approaches towards solving the problem.

Second Consultation
If the initial plan for helping the child fails, the parent(s) will again be required to meet with the director and instructor. Another attempt will be made to identify the problem outlining new approaches to the problem, and discuss the consequences if progress is not apparent.

Suspension
When the previous attempts have been followed and no progress has been made towards solving the problem, the child may be suspended from the studio indefinitely. The studio may immediately suspend a child at any time he/she exhibits a behavior, which is harmful to him/her or others. A parent may be called at any time the child exhibits uncontrollable behavior that cannot be modified by the instructor. That parent may be asked to take the child home immediately.

Discard Policy
The studio reserves the right to cancel the enrollment of a child for the following reasons:
1. Non-payment or excessive late payment of fees.
2. Not observing the rules of the studio.
3. Physical and/or verbal abuse of staff or children, by a parent or child. 
         
Sick Policy
You are the best judge of your child’s health and we trust you will not bring a sick child to the studio. However, we may call you to come and pick-up your child if your child’s instructor feels that your child has become too sick to be in class that day. We understand that children get colds and you will not be called if that is the case. The following reasons would determine if your child must go home:
1. Fever of 100 degrees or more
2. Inflammation of the eyes
3. Vomiting
4. An incidence of diarrhea
5. Communicable disease

Fundraising
We will hold yearly fundraisers that the Recital and Company Classes may participate in if they would like. Our Annual Fundraiser allows us to keep our tuition costs affordable, helps us to purchase new music, props, and equipment needed for classes and performances, and assists with our Scholarship Program.

Injuries 
DLD Dance Center and DLD Dance Center Staff are not liable for any injuries sustained by any of our students while they are taking classes at our facility or when they are performing out for the Recital or any other DLD Dance Center events they may participate in.

Please Note that by enrolling in classes at DLD Dance Center, you have agreed to these Rules and Policies above and it is your sole responsibility to become familiar with them.

Rules and Policies are subject to change at any time at the discretion of DLD Dance Center.