Group Class Policies
Group Class Registration
Visit our website and create an account to enroll in group classes. Enrolled students are committed to the entire session, and an annual $40 registration fee is required at the time of registration. Please notify us if your child has any injuries or illness of which we should be aware.
Group Class Placement
Dance students ages 2 - 2nd grade should enroll in the class that suits their age group. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed into the appropriate dance class level. During the first few weeks of classes, instructors may recommend a different level. Depending on enrollment, it may be necessary that dance technique levels are combined. Instructors are subject to change.
Students should store any personal items in the dressing rooms. Boys may keep a bag with them. Once the studio door is opened, students should enter for class. All students should use the restroom prior to the start of class to avoid class disturbance. Dance classes that incorporate multiple genres (KinderCombo, Blend Classes) will allow time for students to change shoes and minimal attire during class.
For the safety of our students, admission into pointe classes is by instructor discretion ONLY. Email email@example.com with any questions regarding admission into the pointe program. Pointe students are also required to be enrolled in a ballet class.
ADA requires a doctor’s note for all students reporting an injury. If a student is injured and not able to continue in a group class (out for four weeks or more), the student’s account will be prorated for the amount of weeks for which he/she attended, and a refund will be issued for any overpayment within 30 days. Refunds are not issued for costumes that have already been ordered. For short-term injuries, students should watch class and provide a doctor’s note when they are ready to begin participating. Refunds and credits are not provided for short-term injuries of three weeks or less.
Studio doors remain closed during all classes. Parents may view classes on the TV monitor in the waiting area. It is not recommended that parents accompany their child into the studio, as it may cause the student or class to become distracted.
Students may enroll at any time, and will pay a prorated rate. The enrollment deadline for performance participation is December 15, 2021. Students may enroll after this date, but they will be unable to participate in the Recitals.
All absences must be reported to the office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (224-223-3160). For the students’ safety, a student who arrives more than 10 minutes late to a group class may be asked to observe the class only. Parents will be addressed if a student is consistently tardy. Students who accrue four absences during 2nd semester, and do not schedule a private, will not be allowed to participate in the recital. Students who accrue four absences in a row will be dropped from classes. To schedule a student for a private please email the office email@example.com.
Students will not be allowed to participate in group classes without proper attire, no exceptions (dress code is listed on the website). Dance students may be required to purchase tights, bun kits, etc. if they are not prepared for class.
Private Lesson Policies
Weekly Private Lessons
If you are a serious student and you are able to commit to a half-hour or hour-long private lesson each week for the session, then weekly lessons would be great for you! Enrolling in a weekly lesson means that you have a “reserved” lesson spot each week. Students may enroll at any time, but once enrolled, they are committed for the remainder of our session, which runs from September to May. An annual $40 registration fee is required at the time of registration. Students who do not wish to participate in a recital or performance should notify the office upon registration to avoid additional fees.
How to Enroll
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to check studio and teacher availability.
Conflicts of Interest
Students who are enrolled in private lessons will not be allowed to take the same type of lesson from a teacher at a different studio. Teaching methods and philosophies may vary greatly from studio to studio, and may hinder, rather than help, a students’ progress.
Private Lesson Absences & Make-ups
All absences should be reported by emailing the ADA office (email@example.com) at least 24 hours before the start of the scheduled lesson. Students who are absent from a makeup lesson will not get another opportunity to make it up. Due to studio & instructor availability, dance students may not be allowed to make up missed private lessons. Students who accrue three absences per 16 weeks of lessons will not be allowed to participate in the recitals. Students who accrue four absences in a row will be dropped from their private lesson spot, with no refund. No refunds or credits will be issued for any student absences.
Recital Policies & Fees
Handbooks for the Recital will be available on the ADA website. Handbooks will also be emailed to all recital participants.
Recitals at ADA are not mandatory, but are encouraged. To opt out of performances, email firstname.lastname@example.org upon registration.
Dance students participating in the Performing Arts Recitals and/or Gala will be measured for costumes in class, and will receive their costumes near the start of second semester. Costumes may require additional alterations, and should immediately be inspected to ensure proper fit and inclusion of all costume pieces. Any alterations are at the expense of the family. Once a costume has been shipped it is non-returnable and non-refundable. Students are required to wear recital hair & makeup as indicated on the ADA website. A costume deposit is due by October 1st for each recital dance (KinderCombo and Blend classes may have multiple recital dances). Any remainder is due by February 1st. Costume fees do not include shoes, tights, or jewelry. Jazz and Hip Hop classes may require the purchase of alternative shoes for the recital. Company students should see the Company Handbook for separate Company costume pricing. You can view costume fees on the class page.
Tuition & Withdrawal Policies
Arseneau Dance Academy allows for two payment options:
• Payment in full with a check or credit card (due upon the start of the session)(3.5% fee for Credit or Debit cards)
• Monthly auto-payments on the 30th of each month, August-May (Month of Feb will be drafted on the 28th) (credit/debit card are available with a 3.5% fee) (ETF is available with no fee)
Late Fees/Returned Checks
Return check fee: $25. Late fee: $10, applied every 10 days a balance is overdue.
If tuition becomes 30 days overdue, student attendance is suspended until tuition is paid. All missed classes/ lessons count as an absence. Students with a tuition payment that is overdue for 60 days will be dropped from classes & lessons, and an invoice will be mailed for the amount due.
Arseneau Dance Academy is a private organization, and rates are subject to change.
If a student enrolled in a weekly class desires to withdraw after the session has begun, a parent must email the office at email@example.com to request withdrawal. The email must include the student’s name, class, and the reason for withdrawal. Students will be required to pay for any classes that have already passed upon their withdrawal, in addition to a $50 withdrawal fee. Any payments that are owed will be charged upon the withdrawal notice. No withdrawals or refunds for tuition or costumes will be allowed after December 15th, 2021.
General Studio Policies
Students are to address the instructors as “Ms.” or “Mr.” followed by their first names. Respect for the instructors is expected and enforced. Students should be prepared to accept constructive criticism from their instructors in order to gain proper correction and further their progress and arts education. Any behavioral problems may result in dismissal from a class with no refund. Students should also use the restroom prior to the start of class to reduce interruptions and distractions. Disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in any of the waiting areas, and may result in student dismissal from the studio.
Students are expected to practice outside of lesson times. Students should see their instructors if they are not sure how often to practice, or if they need additional materials to aid their practice. No student is permitted to use the dance studios to practice without permission from an instructor.
Cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced upon entering the building. The lost and found is located in the waiting room. Items in the lost and found will be discarded or donated before Christmas break and after the recital. No gum chewing or food is allowed in the dance studios. Only water may be permitted in a closed container.
Photo & Video
Arseneau Dance Academy LLC reserves the right to use any student images or videos acquired during lessons or performances for promotional and/or marketing purposes.
Pick Up/Drop-Off & Child Supervision
For the safety of students, parents may drop students off no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of their class. Students must be picked up immediately following their class. Non-enrolled students are only allowed to wait in the front waiting room area. As our staff is unable to watch young children between classes, children should not be left unattended. Students who cause a disturbance in the hallways, waiting rooms or restrooms will be asked to leave the studio, and may be removed from performances. Parents who fail to pick up their children immediately after class three times in one session will be charged a $15 fee.
In case of inclement weather, ADA usually coincides with the decisions of Forsyth County School district. Parents will be notified via email of canceled and/or rescheduled group classes. ADA does not offer refunds for classes canceled due to inclement weather. ADA reserves the right to hold classes or lessons even if the district cancels classes or activities.
ADA uses email to communicate with parents and students. If you opt out of receiving ADA emails & notifications, you may miss communications regarding cancelations due to weather, recital reminders, etc. Parents and students are encouraged to add “firstname.lastname@example.org” to their list of contacts. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Procedures for Submitting Complaints & Suggestions
If you have a complaint or suggestion you would like to submit to ADA for consideration, please email email@example.com using the subject “Customer Service.” A staff member will respond to your complaint or suggestion by the following business day. We encourage anyone who has a complaint or suggestion to contact the office immediately rather than discussing the issue with other parents or instructors.
Waivers & Agreements
Release of Liability
All students and the parents/legal guardians are aware of possible physical injury that may occur during activities at Arseneau Dance Academy, performances and/or rehearsals, and are willing to assume those risks. It is agreed that Arseneau Dance Academy LLC, its officers, directors, instructors and associates are not responsible for personal injury or property loss. Student and the parents/guardians have read and understand the studio policies represented in the ADA Student Handbook, and agree to abide by them at all times.
Arseneau Dance Academy LLC, its owner and operators have parent/guardian permission to seek medical treatment for a participant in the event they are not able to reach a parent/guardian. Parent/guardian declares any physical/ mental problems, restrictions, or condition and/or declare the participant to be in good physical and mental health.
Parent/guardian understands that it is his/her responsibility to provide accurate payment information, and to update credit card information and payment frequency preferences via the online customer portal or app.