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Policies and Procedures

Policies and Procedures

By enrolling in CDT or PDS classes you agree to the following:

Registration: For September-June classes a non-refundable fee of $25 per student or $40 per family is required per season at the time of registration. Summer sessions require a full payment by July 1st. Special events do not require a registration fee.

Payment of Fees: Tuition is due by the 1st or the 15th of the month, by automatic payment with a debit card or credit card.  All cards on file will be processed on the 1st or the 15th day of the month from September- June.  Any payment received after the 5 day grace period is subject to a $10 late fee.  Any check returned for NSF reasons is subject to a $25 late fee. We cannot accept and hold a check.

Once classes have begun, all tuition is non-refundable and accounts will not be given credit or transfers. Monthly tuition prices are developed by dividing the annual amount into 10 payments. That way, you pay the same amount each month regardless of the number of classes in a month. All planned closures are factored into your tuition and will not change your payments.

Uniforms, Costumes and Participation Fees: To participate in our program each participant is required to abide by the uniform dress code for their level. Please purchase these items prior to your first class. We are happy to exchange or refund uniform dress code items that are unsatisfactory within 15 days of the initial purchase.  For sanitary reasons, all sales on tights are final. A small monthly participation fee will be due with monthly tuition for those participating in “The Nutcracker”.  50% of the costume fee for the June performance is due with tuition in February. The second installment is due with March tuition. A tight fee will be assessed in April. These will be processed automatically with your specific payment plan, to prevent late costume arrivals from the manufacturer. Participation and costume fees are non-refundable, non-returnable. Sales tax will be applied whenever applicable.

Withdrawal and Refunds: We require 30-days notice to discontinue any classes. Withdrawals must be done in person and will not be accepted over the phone or email. Withdrawals must be done at the reception desk not with a teacher. To withdraw from a class you must:

  1. Inform the school in person
  2. Complete and sign a withdrawal form provided by the school office. We cannot accept a withdrawal form if there is a balance due.

All automatic payments will stop after the one-month notice period.  Non-Attendance does NOT constitute withdraw notice or adequate reason for not paying tuition. Once classes begin, tuition is non-refundable or transferable and credits are not issued.  We reserve the right to terminate lessons to any student. In such a case, refunds are at the director’s discretion.

Parent’s Responsibility to be Aware of Dates and Events: It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all school  activities, such as viewing days, recitals, extra classes, and dates the school is open or closed. The parents will give the school their email address to email all such notices home. The school will also post all notices on the bulletin board. It is the parent’s responsibility to regularly check their email and these boards to ensure they are informed. It is the responsibility of the parents or adult students to inform the school of any email, address or phone number change.

Extreme Weather or Unexpected Interruption of Classes: If the school must cancel classes due to extreme weather or events beyond our control, classes will be cancelled and for GROUP LESSONS ONLY you may make up the lesson within 30 days in a similar level class. Private lessons will be cancelled and your account will be given the proper credit. Refunds are not given.  CDT follows the Auburn School District snow closure decisions. PDS follow the Federal Way School District snow closure decisions.

Substitutions: The studio reserves the right to provide a substitute teacher if the regularly, scheduled teacher is ill or otherwise unable to teach classes. If a teacher is ill and the studio cannot arrange a substitute any missed class may be cancelled and your account will be credited the appropriate amount.

Group Class Attendance and Lateness: Our policy is “better late then never.” However, the school reserves the right to have student who come more then 15 minutes late to sit out the class. Please use common sense about sickness and colds, if you need to miss class please call the office and excuse your dancer. You may make up the absence in a similarly level class within 30 days of the same season.

Private Lessons and Make-up Lessons: In the event you need to miss a private lesson CDT or PDS must receive 24 hours notice to alert the instructor. In cases where we have received adequate notice we can arrange for a make up lesson per YOUR instructor availability. You may not switch instructors and it must be during a time that they are already on location.  Make-up lessons will be limited to 3 per teaching year and you will receive confrimation from the Studio.  No refunds are given for missed lessons.  School activities such as trips or programs, band trips, Spring Breaks that differ from our school’s Spring Break, sports games, etc. might not qualify for make-up lessons. However you may schedule a cancellation so that you are not charged for a lesson during that specific time. Please schedule these a week in advance, not less the 24 hours before and are also limited to 3 per school year.  Non-Attendance does NOT constitute withdraw notice or adequate reason for not paying tuition. Once classes begin, tuition is non-refundable or transferable and credits are not issued. If you are late to your private lesson, you will receive the remainder of the lesson time. No exceptions

Observation: Parents are always welcome to watch class through our viewing windows. Please refrain from distracting your child.  At no time is a parent allowed to interrupt a class.  Should you need to leave class early, make arrangements with the instructor ahead of time or ask the receptionist to remove your child from the studio. There are three observation days throughout the year when parents are invited into the studio to watch. Please make sure that all small children are not disruptive. Please save conversations for outside of the studio, so that class operates smoothly. Feel free to take photos and videos of your dancer; however, please remain in your seat so class is not disrupted. Please silence your cellular phone.

Behavior and Discipline: Students are expected to be on their best behavior at all times. Dancers must treat all staff, faculty and peers with respect and a positive attitude. We use positive reinforcements to help prevent behavior problems. Combination classes receive stamps as an incentive for good behavior. Older kids are encouraged, and given individual attention, to help prevent frustration and other unwanted behaviors.

Care of Students: The studio is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. If you choose to drop off your dancer, please pick up your child promptly. Older students may arrive early to stretch and prepare for class, however they must behave appropriately in the lobby at all times and will NOT be directly supervised.  If you choose to drop off early you do so at your own risk.

Injuries: Parents, legal guardians of minor students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on studio property or off site location resulting from normal dance activity or any other activity conducted by the students before, during or after class time and performances.

Photo Release: The studio is hereby granted permission to take photographs or video of the students to use in brochures, websites, posters, advertisements or other promotional materials the studio creates. Permission is also hereby granted for the studio to copyright such photographs in its name. Student names are not printed and if you are not comfortable with this then we cannot let you register. Thank you for your understanding.

Privacy Statement: Children’s Dance Theater or Prestige Dance Studio does not share or sell any of our client’s or instructor information. Please do not use Staff or Teacher’s personal social media to contact them. Use the studio page or email.