Policies & Procedures
Shelly True Dance Academy does not mail out information packets or billing statements. All studio information is sent out as email, so please make sure we have an email address for you on file that you check. All recital info goes out via email as well.
Students are registered and their place is held in class for the entire school year, from the date the registration form is signed through the end of June recital. Unless the student is removed from class by having a parent or guardian sign and date the “Class Withdrawal” line at the bottom of the registration form, the parent or guardian will be responsible for tuition payments through the June recital. Coming into the studio and signing the withdrawal line is the only way to withdraw from a class.
There must be at least four students in a class for that class to be held. If a class falls below the four students during the year, it may be cancelled at any time throughout the year.
Please do not let your child go into the dance studios until the teacher calls them in for class. Teachers are only responsible for students during class time. Office personnel are not responsible for students at any time.
Registration fee: There is an annual $35 registration fee per family.
Tuition: Tuition is due during the last week of the month for the next month. Tuition received after the 5th of the month will have a $25 late fee added. Shelly True Dance Academy runs on ten 4 week sessions. Tuition must be paid each month prior to taking class. A $25 charge will be added for any returned checks or insufficient funds on automatic withdrawals. If you know you will be gone during the week tuition is due, please pay early. If a child is sick during the week tuition is due, you may mail the payment in or call and make special payment arrangements.
Refund policy: No credits or refunds for missed classes. Make-up classes are allowed and must be made up within eight weeks. A 4-week notice must be given in writing (signing withdrawal line) to our office if you are withdrawing from a class. Classes already paid for above and beyond the 4-week withdrawal notice will remain as a credit on your account for up to two years to be used on future tuition. The 4-week notice begins from the date the withdrawal line is signed and dated at the bottom of the registration form. Classes or payment from the 4-week withdrawal notice are not transferable to another student or sibling. Recital costumes may not be refunded.
Attendance: It is extremely important that dancers attend all classes. Consistency in training and hard work is what encourages improvement. Dancers should arrive no more than 15 minutes before class and picked up promptly after class. We truly care about the safety of our students.
Recital: It is understood that all registered students will participate in the Seasonal Shows. We will have a show in December and a show in June. There will be a $35/family recital fee to cover the costs of renting a facility, props, staff, etc. Costume fee is $60.
Studio Closure: If the school district in your area is closed, we will send out an email by 3:00pm to let you know if we will be holding classes or not. Often by this time the roads have been cleared and we will be holding class.
Dress Code: We will be strongly implementing the dress code for the safety of our students and also to allow them to get the most out of their classes.
There are many styles of leotards and tights for you to choose from. For tights, there are footed, transition, footless, or bodytights and any brand is fine. When a dancer is dressed like a dancer, they dance like a dancer. Students hold their posture differently, perform differently, and expect more out of themselves when they are dressed like a dancer. No large or dangling earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or watches. Parents, please make sure that your child is abiding by the dress code.
- Ballet/Jazz Combo Kids: tight dance shorts or a ballet skirt over the leotard but no long pants or baggy shorts. This is so that teachers are able to see the legs and posture of the dancers. It is not safe for students to wear “dress up” slippers or socks to class. They do not hold their feet in place and have slippery bottoms. Please make sure that your dancer is wearing ballet shoes, the laces are trimmed to 1 ½ inch past the square knot and tucked into their shoes so that they cannot trip on the untied laces.
- Ballet: leotard and tights are required. No baggy clothes. Hair must be pulled back or into a bun. This is so teachers are able to see neck and shoulder lines while the dancers are dancing. Long bangs (longer than eyebrows) must be held back in a barrette or headband also. Ballet shoes need to be worn.
- Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary: Form-fitting clothing, dance tops/tank tops, tight shorts or a dance skirt, leggings. Hair should be up off the dancer’s neck (example: a ponytail, braids or pigtails). Long bangs (longer then eyebrows) must be held back in a barrette or headband also. Please bring along what you need to put your hair up for class. Shoes optional.
- Hip Hop: Hip-hop students should wear looser-fitted clothing. Street clothing is not allowed, i.e. no jeans, street shoes (sneakers), no jewelry. Hair can be worn down for hip-hop. Dancers must wear Jazz shoes or Hip Hop Dance Sneakers.
- Tap: Tap shoes required.