DIAMOND DANCE ACADEMY

 WHERE EVERY DANCER SHINES WITH THEIR OWN bRILLIANCE AND FIRE 

Policies and procedures

Program Guidelines…

THE YEAR begins the day after Labor Day and ends with Recital. All enrolled students must re-register for the Summer Programs and for the following year.
Summer Registration: Registration Fee and  Tuition is due on the 1st  of  each month.
      Note: If Students pay Registration over the Summer they do not pay it again for Fall.)
Fall Registration: The Registration Fee plus First and Last month is due at time of Registration.

TUITION : Tuition is broken into monthly installments. During the Fall Season First and Last month Tuition is due at time of Registration.. After that payment is due on the 25th of each month - this allows time for payments to process before the 1st of the month. Payments may be made prior to the 25th by cash, check, credit card or through our Pay Pal link located on the home page of our website. If payment has not been received, Tuition will be charged to the credit card on file. This includes any other outstanding balances as well. No exceptions.
If payment is declined and  not received by the 26th of the month a 10% late fee will be applied to the outstanding balance (this includes tuition, costumes, recital fee, competition fees, late fees and any other balance due). At that time balance’s will be due in full before students will be able to participate in class. There is a $30.00 returned check charge for any checks returned by the bank.

LEVEL AND STAFF: For student safety, dancers are only permitted to register and attend classes at the level that DDA staff places them in. No student or parent may promote themselves or their child into a higher level. Staff is subject to change without notice.

RECITAL: The Recital is mandatory for all students enrolled; performance and commitment is an important part of a dancers educational experience.
 
If you would like to volunteer to help during the performance please let us know. We’d love to have you.

COSTUMES :
Recital Costume orders are placed in November. A 50% deposit per class will be due November 15th. Remaining Costume balances are due on or before January 15TH .  If payment is not received prior to due date the credit card on file will be charged. Once your costumes have been ordered there will be no refunds.
Since Competition season begins in January, competition costumes will be ordered in October and will need to be paid in full at that time.

RECITAL FEE: A Recital fee of $80 per family is due April 1st. The recital fee covers 4 tickets per family, however additional tickets may also be purchased. If  the Recital Fee is not paid by April 1st the Fee will be charged to the credit card on file.
Please note : There will be an additional $30 charge if your credit card is declined for Costume and Recital Fees . If payment is not received within 5 days 10% late fees will be applied to your account.

DISCONTINUING STUDENTS: The studio requires 1 MONTH written notice  if your child must withdraw from a class. Until such time the space will be held for the student and charges will be invoiced to the parents. To withdraw from a class, written notice (including a parents signature) is required to be hand delivered to the studio. No emails will be accepted.  You will receive notification once your request has been processed. This will prevent you from being billed, and aids in keeping our records current.


INFORMATION AND HOLIDAYS are posted in the studio and our website. Stay informed by checking the bulletin board. It is the parents responsibility to follow up and stay informed with studio current events. Regular email reminders are sent out through the emails you‘ve provided. Email is our primary source of delivering information so please have a current email on file

DDA PROTOCOL: IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A POSITIVE INSPIRATIONAL ATMOSPHERE FOR OUR STUDENTS, WE ASK THAT THERE BE NO GOSSIP IN THE STUDIO. ALL ADULT CONVERSATIONS SHOULD BE RATED "G". DDA TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS. WHEN YOU ATTEND DDA, WE ASK THAT YOU TRUST IN US. IF YOU HAVE PROGRAM OR PROTOCOL CONCERNS, PLEASE EMAIL OUR STUDIO DIRECTOR.






Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult. Small children should be taken to the bathroom prior to class. In the interest of child's safety , students arriving more than 15 minutes into class will observe only. Our staff does not guarantee the supervision of children picked up late.  If you are running late to pick up your child, please call the studio as soon as possible. This will ease the child's mind, as well as the staff.

Once class has begun the door will be closed to avoid distracting the class. Parents are not permitted to watch class or "sneak a peak" during class time.  It may distract your child or the other children in class. Please keep all waiting room conversations to a minimum, small children should be taken for a ride or walk during class time. Parents are responsible for any damage done to the studio, by their child.

Parents are not permitted to video or photograph their child during class.

Proper respect to studio policies, facilities, staff and fellow students is expected, behavior is as important as your ability to dance.  Students that hit or show aggression toward other students or DDA staff will be immediately removed from the class and enrollment with no refunds.

Class will be dismissed by the teacher. If class begins late, it may be dismissed late. No child will be released from class  on their own accord. If a child needs to be dismissed early, please let the instructor know ahead of time.

PICK UP: Pick up students promptly. Ask your child to wait inside the studio for safety. For security, you must escort your child from the studio to your car. DDA teachers and staff are not responsible for unattended dancers before or after class.

DDA PROTOCAL: At the end of the day, if children are not picked up within 15 minutes of studio closure, we will call all available phone numbers from your registration form. Parents will be charged an additional fee of $15 for every 15 minutes after that. If there is no response the child will be escorted home by police.

MAKE UPS: Make ups for missed classes due to illness may be made up within 2 weeks only. Please arrange make up classes with the Director before arriving for a class.

DANCE ATTIRE is required for all dance classes. This enables the teacher to properly observe the students body movements for correct form and technique. Hair must be pulled off the face and in a bun or ponytail for all classes. Absolutely NO JEWELRY as it is a hazard. Dance shoes should only be worn inside the studio. Street shoes are not permitted on the dance floor at any time. Please see the DDA website or information packet for detailed information. Students must be dressed according to dress code to participate in class. Students not adequately prepared, or late to class due to lack of preparation will observe class only. Students should have their name on all belongings. The staff will assume no responsibility for lost or missing items.

PHOTOS: I understand and acknowledge that, from time to time throughout the school year, my child's picture might be taken while participating in dance classes and/or functions involving DDA. I do hereby authorize Diamond Dance Academy to use these photographs for the purposes of illustration, advertisement and publication in any manner whatsoever.

FOOD POLICY: Due to students allergies and overall studio up keep -  Please clean up any food or drinks you bring into the studio. Please NO NUTS  in the studio at any time.
 
Please keep the studio clean, place all trash in the trash cans. Do not leave food laying around. Drinks must be in containers that can be closed tightly to avoid spilling. Any damages caused by ignorance of this policy are the parents responsibility.

SNOW CANCELLATIONS: DDA follows the Exeter School District cancellations for inclement  weather. If Exeter (SAU 16) is closed so is the Diamond Dance Academy. Snow cancellations will be listed on our Facebook page and on the home page of our website. If there is any doubt please feel free to contact us via email, phone or send a quick text to the studio number 603-244-6302.

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