Our Policies

Dance Arts Policies & Procedures

Please read carefully the following policies and procedures for Dance Arts during the 2021-22 dance year. There have been several important changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 RELATED POLICIES

The Attendance Policy will be in effect this year.  However,  we want to stress the importance of NOT ATTENDING DANCE CLASSES if your child is feeling sick. In order to protect our staff and other dancers it is incumbent upon everyone to monitor their child’s health and keep them at home if they are showing any signs of any illness whatsoever. We must all work together to try our best to protect the health and well-being of all our dancers, their families, and our staff.

  • If your child is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, please use an abundance of caution and keep them home from dance: cough, fever, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, rash, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, muscle or body aches, fatigue, headache, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose

  • If your child did not attend school during the day because they were not feeling well in the morning, please do not bring them to dance that day even if they are feeling better.

  • If your child fails a daily health check to enter school in the morning, do not bring them to dance class in the afternoon.

  • Depending on the rate of infection in Nash County, we may be checking temps as dancers enter the studio. Any child with a fever will not be permitted to enter. Please do not drop your child off and leave before a staff member has checked your child’s temperature.

If your child has had a fever at any time, for any reason, they must be fever free without fever-reducing medication, for 72 hours, before returning to dance class.

If your child, or anyone in your home, tests positive for COVID-19:

Please notify us immediately. We will protect your privacy and we will NOT release your child’s name or any personal identifying information. It is our responsibility to notify the parents of children that may have been exposed to your dancer, just as you will want to be notified if your child is exposed.

  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, in order to return to dance, she/he must:

    • be at least 10 days out from the onset of symptoms

    • be completely symptom-free for at least 3 days

    • be fever free without fever-reducing medication for at least 3 days

    • If she/he has been hospitalized they must have a negative test or a Dr.’s note

*****She/he must meet all these criteria to return to dance.*****

  • If someone in your household tests positive, your child must quarantine for 14 days beginning when the exposed person has been released from quarantine.

**We will only notify affected families, if we have been made aware, that a student or staff member in your child’s class, has tested positive for COVID-19.**

Dance Studio Info

Registration opens June 4, 2021. We expect many of our classes to fill up, so if you are hoping to get into a specific class, we recommend you register early.

*Our Dance Software will automatically block the registration of anyone that has a past due balance on their account.

**If at any time, NC returns to Stay at Home orders or a phase that prevents us meeting in person for dance classes, videos will be provided. Therefore, there will be no reduction or refund in the price of tuition. Monthly tuition fees are due until the studio is notified, in writing (by email or letter), that you wish to withdraw your dancer from a class or classes. If notification of withdrawal is not given by the 1st of the month, then tuition is due for that month. Stage fees are refundable if you withdraw in writing before December 16, 2021.

Our primary means of communication with parents is through email. It is very important that the primary contact person(usually Mom) listed on your child’s account has an active and frequently checked email in the event that we have important or urgent information to convey. We have often had emails that were blocked by the recipient or that went into Spam folders. You can expect to miss important information if our emails aren’t going through to your account. Returning families PLEASE check to make sure we have the correct email address in your contact info.

Rehearsals & Recitals

  1. Dress Rehearsals are MANDATORY in order to participate in the Recital. Sporting events are not an acceptable reason to miss Dress Rehearsal.

  2. Students will not be allowed to participate in the Dance Recitals or Dress Rehearsals unless their accounts are PAID IN FULL.

  3. The studio reserves the right to exclude any dancer from the recital who has not met a sufficient number of classes to participate.

  4. Class or camp visitors can be distracting and intimidating to many students; therefore, no visitors are allowed during dance classes.

  5. Any pictures taken may be used on the website or for advertising purposes.

 

Health & Safety Procedures

We are instituting the following procedures to protect the health and well-being of your children and our staff.

  1. All dancers will ENTER the studio through the Lobby door and EXIT through the door to the Blue Room.

  2. All dancers need to wait in the car until the previous class has dismissed in order to maintain social distancing. A front desk staff member will signal at the Lobby door when dancers may begin to enter.

  3. In order to abide by occupancy limits, dancers will need to arrive dressed in proper dancewear because no dancers will be allowed to enter the studio prior to their class start time.

  4. No parents or siblings will be allowed to wait in the Lobby while classes are in session at any time. This is to protect our staff and dancers and to comply with occupancy limits. We have a variety of ways you may submit payments to your account: (see payment procedures)

  5. Dancers waiting between classes will be REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK. Dancers will not have to wear masks while participating in a dance class unless mandated by the state.

  6. Due to the small size & inability to allow for social distancing, dancers waiting between classes will not be allowed to wait in the Lobby or the Yellow Room this year. Spots have been marked around the edges of the dance rooms where dancers will be able to sit 6 feet apart. If there is an open classroom, older dancers will be able to wait in the empty room as long as they wear masks and maintain social distance.

  7. Dancers will not be allowed to drink from the water fountain. They are welcome to bring a water bottle to class and we have bottled water for purchase for 50 cents.

  8. Parents will not be able to leave food at the front desk for dancers. If your dancer spends several hours at the studio on a particular day, they may bring food when they come to the studio, or you may bring your dancer food between class times & they can come to the door or out to your car to pick up the food themselves.

  9. Hand sanitizer will be provided upon entrance to the studio.

  10. Bathroom & other high touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently while the studio is open during the evenings.

 

Payment Policies & Procedures

  1. Monthly tuition must be paid by the FIRST of the month. A late fee of $25 will be added to your account after the 10th of the month. There are nine full tuition payments beginning September 1st and ending with the May 1st payment. Tuition is not discounted for missed classes, COVID related absence or closure, inclement weather or scheduled holiday. We have a variety of ways to submit payments to your account:

    1. Payments with a credit card may be made through the Parent Portal or you may call the front desk during business hours (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4:30-8:15) to pay over the phone

    2. You may send a check with your child

    3. You may send cash payments in an envelope with your child, for which we will supply a receipt

    4. You may mail a check, or have your bank mail a check to: 1248 N. Wesleyan Blvd., Rocky Mount, NC 27804

  1. If the studio is closed for any reason your payment due date DOES NOT CHANGE, so please mail your payment or pay online if you wish to avoid a late fee.

  2. Registration fees are non-refundable. The Costume Fee is refundable if you withdraw from a class, IN WRITING(email or letter), by October 10th. Costume fees are non-refundable once costumes have been ordered. Stage Fees are refundable if you withdraw your child (IN WRITING) by December 16, 2021.

  3. If your account is 2 or more months past due, your child will not be allowed to participate in class until your account is current.

  4. Rather than selling tickets to the recital, a stage fee of $60 is charged to each family. The stage fee covers the cost of the auditorium rental, backdrops, scenery, props, programs, lighting, audio equipment, and all recital staff. All friends and family are invited to attend the recital at no charge. Only one stage fee is charged per family, regardless of the number of children participating. Stage fees are refundable if you withdraw your child from dance classes, in writing, prior to 12/16/21.

  5. Students will not be allowed to participate in the Dance Recitals or Dress Rehearsals unless their accounts are PAID IN FULL.

  6. There is a $25 returned check fee.