Studio Policies for 2019 - 2020
There is a non-refundable $30.00 registration fee per family due at the time of enrollment with a completed registration form. This fee must be paid and a registration form must be received before a student can take class.
Our annual tuition rates are divided into 9 equal monthly payments (September through May) and is based on an annual course fee, not by the individual classes or weeks. All vacations and holidays have been taken into consideration in arriving at these fees. No tuition refunds will be given at any time, including but not limited to student absenteeism, students who quit lessons mid-month, or for any student whose tuition has been paid for the year in full. No "Dance with Me" refunds will be given for any reason. Students forced to withdraw from lessons because of a medical reason may show a doctor’s note and any prepaid tuition will be held as a credit towards tuition for the immediately following dance year (non-transferable). Any student starting after the first class will have their tuition prorated.
Tuition Rates HERE
September tuition is due by the first class with each following monthly payment due on the 10th of each month. Tuition payments received between the 11th and 20th of any given month will be charged a $5.00 late fee. Tuition payments not received by the 20th of any given month will be charged a $10.00 late fee.
We accept VISA, Master Card, Discover, American Express, checks and cash. Also accepting FlexFit, PersonalBest and Blue Cross/Blue Shield cards. Checks can be made payable to “Modern Movement Dance Studio, Inc.” and dropped off at the dance studio or mailed to 861 Brighton Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150.
We also offer the convenience of automatic recurring billing to your credit card each month. You must submit a signed authorization form (on back of registration form) with your credit card information to set-up recurring payments. Recurring payments will be run on the 10th of each month, September through May, or, if your auto-bill is started after the first month of classes, then the month immediately following its submission.
There is a $35.00 service charge on all returned checks. Any account with more than 2 returned checks will be required to pay in cash. Any student who falls behind more than 2 months on tuition will be required to sit out of class until their account is brought up-to-date including all late fees.
The studio will be closed on Halloween, Thanksgiving (closed from Thursday to Sunday), a 2 week break surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day, a 1 week break in February, a 1 week break surrounding Easter, and Memorial Day if the dance recital is scheduled after it. The studio is not closed for every holiday that school districts are closed for, nor do we follow the school calendar for vacation dates.
Class Attendance and Class Placement
Good attendance and being on time to class is imperative and should be taken seriously. Excessive absences and tardiness can limit progress of a dancer and affect the overall growth and development of an entire class. Students consistently late to class or who miss frequently may not progress as quickly as their peers and may be asked to move down in level. Our class placement is based on skill mastery and readiness, not necessarily by age, and is solely at the discretion of the instructor.
Sick Child Policy
We ask that you please use your best judgment when it comes to sending your child to dance sick. Please keep home students who have vomited or had a fever within 24 hours prior to their class. If you child will be absent due to illness, please call the studio (you may leave a message on the answering machine if calling outside of our regular business hours).
Cancellations and Emergency Closings
Cancellations due to weather emergencies will be posted on our Facebook page as well as emailed out to you by 2 p.m. the day of potential closing. Studio closings may also be posted on channels 2, 4 and 7 but that is not guaranteed. Families will not be called individually if the studio closes for any reason. Text alerts are also available but are optional and must be signed up for each new dance year. The studio will be closed for all classes if the Kenmore-Tonawanda School District closes due to weather conditions. Refunds will not be given for classes cancelled due to adverse weather and make up lessons are at the discretion of the teacher.
Solos, Duets and Trios
Any student who wishes to perform a solo, duet or trio in the dance recital must be enrolled in the style of dance they wish to perform, as well as be enrolled in a ballet class. The student wishing to perform a solo, duet or trio may miss up to 3 ballet classes during the dance year however more than 3 misses will disqualify that dancer from being eligible to perform a solo, duet or trio.
Students ages 12 years or older who show a true love of dance and the desire to help others may be asked to become a class assistant. Students asked will have shown that they are responsible, outgoing, kind, and patient; they must be enrolled in a ballet class and may not miss more than 3 ballet classes during the year; and must have studied the style of dance they are to assist for a minimum of 3 years, as well as currently be enrolled in that style. Class assistants unable to make it to their assigned class must give their instructor at least 48 hours’ notice, except in emergencies, and are responsible for finding their own coverage for the class they are missing. Class assistants who show poor class attendance, are frequently tardy, or who act in a way contradictive to their role model status, will be asked to step down from being a class assistant. Further guidelines will be reviewed with dancers asked to be a class assistant.