Policies and Procedures

Table of Content

2018-2018

 

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Website....................................................2

Facebook and Instagram..........................2

Housekeeping...........................................2

Etiquette & Conduct.................................2

Arrival and Attendance............................3 

Illness.......................................................3

Drop off and Pick up................................3 

Class Entering and Exits..........................4 

Visitation..................................................4 

Natural Disaster Days..............................4

Registration, Withdrawals, Class Changes..4

Tuition.....................................................5

After School ............................................5 

Payments, Discounts and Fees.................5 

Private Lessons .......................................6 

Costume Deposits  ..................................6 

Recital Fee  .............................................6 

Recital Tickets.........................................7 

Recital Date, Dress Rehearsal and Policies..7 

Studio Choreography...............................7 

Dress Code...............................................8 

Questions..................................................8  

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Website 

Our website is www.dancestudio88.com.  Look at what all we offer here and stay current with our news updates.  We will update our website on the 1st of every month.  

 

Facebook & Instagram  

Visit our social media pages to see fun pictures, videos of the students and events going on at the studio.  Facebook: www.facebook.com/dancestudio88  Instagram: www.instagram.com/dancestudio88 Snapchat user name studio88dance.

 

Housekeeping  

We strive to keep a clean and tidy dance studio not only to create an enjoyable atmosphere, but also for the safety and comfort for all dancers on our floors.

Students must leave personal items in the dressing room area only. There is ample space for your belongings to be safely stowed.  No bags or coats are allowed on the floor as they may become a tripping hazard to dancers.  Studio 88 does not accept any liability for your personal belongings.

No food, colored drinks, or chewing gum on the dance floor or the carpeted receptionist area.  Smoking and pets are prohibited inside of Studio 88. You may only have bottled water inside the studio.

Studio 88 is not responsible for lost items.  Please check with the receptionist for missing items.   Periodically, all items that have not been retrieved will be discarded or donated.

  

Etiquette & Conduct

Please make sure small children have had a bathroom break before coming to class. This helps eliminate the need for “emergency” bathroom breaks during class.

We care about your child’s safety.  Please do not allow your child to run about on the grass.  Encourage them to walk only on the sidewalks and hold their hands if they are small.  Accidents can happen so quickly.

 

Our babies classroom (ages 18 months to 4 years) has a large window to the right of the front entrance doors. Because it does not take much to distract them, no one will be allowed to sit or stand at the front entrance windows until day light saving time ends in November.  

Before each class our teachers will come out to line up the students on the sidewalk entrance.  At the end of each class our teachers will bring the children out in a line to the sidewalk entrance and hand them off to their parent one by one.

 

Please note that we do have sidewalk seating to accommodate you while waiting for your child’s class to end.  Studio 88 is a child/family-oriented environment so be mindful in your conversation content while waiting or visiting.

 

No cell phones allowed.  Please make sure cell phones are turned to a non-disruptive ringing mode during class and parent observation days.   

We are thrilled to meet the many diverse personalities that join our school and truly believe that every individual’s personality should be allowed to shine.  That said, anyone who is expressing a difficult, overly negative, inappropriate or disruptive attitude will be dismissed from any class at any time at the teacher's sole discretion.  Children are to be well behaved and respectful during class to fellow classmates, Studio 88 staff, and their teacher.

 

Please do not come into class to correct your child.  The instructor will take care of any critiquing and disciplinary problem that might occur.  The instructor will inform the parent at the end of class if there were any problems. 

If you need to speak with your child’s teacher regarding any aspect of their dancing, please e-mail the Studio 88 for an appointment.  Our teachers have very full schedules while they are teaching at the studio, so unexpected conversations can be difficult to accommodate.  We will be happy to give you our undivided attention via phone call or personal meeting at a time that is scheduled specifically for you.   

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Arrival and Attendance 

Class will start promptly at the designated time.  Arriving late to class can be disruptive to other students, distracting to the focus of a learning atmosphere and difficult on the groups’ progression in learning. If you arrive later than 10 minutes past the start time of class, it is up to your teachers’ discretion as to whether or not your child will be allowed to join the class on the floor, or be required to only observe.

Notifying us of missing a class, or if you are running late is an appropriate courtesy.  Please call to 850-926-6088 to let us know your circumstances.  Perfect attendance awards will be given to those students who have no absences for the year.  Also no missed rehearsals are allowed 1 month before a show in order to participate in the upcoming show.  This is to include studio rehearsals and stage dress rehearsals. 

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU CANNOT ADVANCE IN DANCE IF YOU DO NOT SHOW UP FOR YOUR CLASSES. 

  

Illness 

We seek to maintain the same high standards of physical wellbeing and good health that parents desire for their child.  If your child has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or any contagious illness, please keep them at home.  If the student becomes ill during class, we will make the child as comfortable as possible and try to locate one of the parents.  If your child develops a contagious illness a day or so after attending dance class, please notify us by phone.  In case of emergency, it is imperative that parents make sure that the contact information we have on file is up to date and accurate.

 

Drop off and Pick up

We do not have a lobby for waiting, so please do not drop off students before class and pick them up promptly at the end of their class.  Students not picked up on time must wait inside the building with the receptionist for their parents.   If a student is picked up later than 10 minutes after their class time, you will be charged $5.00 for every 5 minutes after their class has ended.  If you arrive late to pick up your child you will be billed.   Please notify us in advance if anyone other than the parent will be picking the student up.  If the studio is not notified in advance the student will not be allowed to leave the studio until we speak with the parent (or guardian).  All students must be picked up by an adult, if you send a child/sibling in to pick up a student, we will send them back to get the adult.  If you are running late to pick up your child, please call us as soon as possible.  This will help us ease your child’s concerns and make arrangements for them to wait for you.   We do not allow students to go outside anywhere without supervision.  Please remember this is for their safety. 

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Class Entering and Exiting

The baby room (Studio 1-C) ages 18 months to 4 years will enter and exit through the front doors.   Studio 1-B students will enter and exit through the front doors.  Studio 1-A (our open class) students will enter and exit through the rear exit door.  Studio 2 (our portable class) students will enter and exit through the front entrance.  We have parking in both the front and back exits along with sidewalk seating for the parents.

 

Visitation

In the best interest of the students, parents and friends are requested not to visit the classes except by invitation of the instructor.  Dance students are not to attend classes other than the day(s) they have class, unless they are approved as a student demonstrator by the Director.  There are scheduled parents’ observation days listed on the school's calendar so that you can occasionally see how well the students are doing. Please remember every time the class is interrupted, it breaks the concentration of the teacher and the dancers.   If due to an emergency you are unable to make it on parents’ observation day, you can email the teacher to schedule a date to observe your child’s class.

 

Natural Disasters Days 

For the safety of our students, when Wakulla County Schools closes for natural disasters, so will Studio 88.

 

Registration, Withdrawals or Class Changes

There is an annual registration fee of $35.00 for all students unless you are on the family plan.  Students must be registered and the registration fee and first month’s tuition must be paid before entering the class. A class with less than five students is subject to cancellation.

If for any reason you decide you would like to withdraw your child from Studio 88, you must provide a written notice in writing to the office before the 1st of the month.  

Should there be any cancellation or changes to your regularly scheduled class time, we will post it on the Studio website www.dancestudio88.com  or by your  e-mail contact information that you have provided.  Additionally, you will be notified the same way of all class changes and cancellations.   You are responsible to take note of your class changes.  So please check our website on the 1st of each month and your e-mail daily.

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Tuition

The Dance Season (August through June) is based on an annual fee broken down into 11 monthly payments. August and June tuition are pro-rated for the 1st and last month of the dance season.  In June your child will have 1 week of scheduled class or classes,  a stage dress rehearsal  and the June Recital.  Tuition rates remain the same during months with holidays as well as those months with 5 classes.  Students receive an average of 4 classes per month, sometimes less, sometimes more, according to the calendar and scheduled events.

Monthly tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month and are considered past due after the 10th.  If you pay your tuition using our Tuition and Pay Authorization you will never have a late fee. There is an additional $15.00 late fee applied on all tuition paid after the 10th. If tuition is not paid by the 15th then your child/children will not be allowed to participate in class until your account is current.  No dancewear, shoes, costumes, jackets, shirts, workshops etc. will be purchased unless tuition is current.  There will be a $30.00 charge for all returned debit or credit card purchases denied.  After 2 returns you will be on a money order only basis.  Tuition is non-refundable and adjustments to accounts are allowed only when a student must discontinue taking lessons due to serious illness certified by a physician.

Parents will be contacted twice on delinquent accounts, if accounts are not brought up to date by the 15th of the month parents will be asked to keep student at home.  We reserve the right to drop from our register any student for any reason including:  excessive lateness or absence, disruptive behavior and non-payment of tuition or other charges.

 

After School 

Studio 88 offers after school classes to children who attend all Wakulla elementary schools.   When public schools have early release, we will be here to receive your child at no extra charge.  If payment is not received by the 15th of the month, your child will not be allowed to participate in the after school.  Please notify the Director, Miss Lauren by email when your child is absent from elementary school.  

 

Payments, Discounts and Fees

We accept all major credit cards, checks and money orders.  No cash payments accepted.  A $30.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks.  Any tuition payment made after the 10th will have a $15.00 late fee applied. Family discounts are given to those who have a family member attending dance classes at the studio.  The term “family member” is defined as a child, or sibling. The second family member will receive a $10.00 discount and each subsequent family member will receive a $5.00 discount.  Classes will not be pro-rated for absences planned or unplanned.

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Private Lessons 

Private lessons are for all Solos, Duets and Trios with Studio 88 teachers and are scheduled by appointment only.  Private lesson payments are to be paid prior to each lesson. If no payment is received, there will be no lesson taught. You will be charged $25.00 for the teacher's travel and time that will be due at your child's next lesson. Notification of cancellation of a lesson must be made to the teacher no later than 2 hours prior to your child's lesson to prevent the teacher from traveling to Studio 88. You will be charged a $25.00 no show fee if the teacher is not notified of your child's cancellation, and this fee is due at your child's next private lesson. Private lessons are non-transferable and are provided only to the intended student. The cost for private lessons are:  1 student $30.00 for ½ hour, 1 to 2 students $30.00 each for an hour and 3 students $20.00 each for an hour.                                         

 

Costume Deposits 

Costume deposits will be invoiced to you via e-mail prior to the due date.  Costume deposits are $45.00 per costume for child sizes and $55.00 per costume for adult sizes.  As to alleviate some of the burden, payments will be made in 3 - 4 monthly payments.  Costume deposit #1 is due October 1st, costume deposit #2 is due November 1stand costume deposit #3 is due December 1st,  (This is advised for those of you who have more than one class).  I will not order your costume or costumes without all deposits paid.  The balance will be calculated based on the number of costumes you will receive and will be invoiced to you via e-mail on January 15th for your last payment.  All recital costumes will be ordered on  December 30th.  If your costume has to be ordered late there will be a $35.00 late charge per costume.  If a costume is ordered LATE in February there is no guarantee that the costume will arrive in time for the recital.  No costumes can be ordered after February 15th.  Cancellations are not allowed after orders are made.  Although allowances are made to all costumes for growing room and it will be the parents’ financial responsibility for any alterations that might be necessary. Costume deposits are in addition to your regular scheduled monthly tuition payments.

  

Recital Fee 

Recital Fee is $75.00 for the 1st child, $15.00 for each additional child.  This fee pays for your recital DVD or Blueray, recital keepsake t-shirt and helps cover the rising costs of school auditorium & dressing room rentals, liability insurance, lighting rentals, back drops, and all other miscellaneous expenses that add up quickly at recital time. 

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Recital Tickets 

1Reserved seating:  $15.00 per seat for children and adults

2) General admissions: $15.00 per seat for children and adults    

All seating will go on sale April 22nd for the June show.   Once again, this helps to pay for all rental fees for the school auditorium, dressing rooms, backdrops, lighting, sound equipment rentals, liability insurance, stage hands and other miscellaneous expenses that add up quickly. 

  

Recital Date, Dress Rehearsal and Policies 

The studio will present our annual production to include all students in June at Chiles High School Auditorium in Tallahassee, Florida.   The schedule for June is one week schedule class or classes, a dress rehearsal and the June Recital.  Prior to the recital, there will be dress rehearsals that require MANDATORY attendance.  The mandatory rehearsals will be the Saturday before Recital at Chiles High School auditorium.  Students will only be excused from these rehearsals for illness or death in the family.  Participation in team sports, vacations and social activities are not considered excusable absences since the dates for these rehearsals are announced at registration and reminders are sent out through April and May.  Students will not be allowed to participate in the recital until all monthly tuition and dancewear bills have been paid in full.   Any unclaimed costumes will be held up until June 10th.   If your costumes are not picked up after being informed by the studio, they will be given away.  We do not have storage room for costumes. 

 

Studio Choreography 

All choreography taught at this studio is the sole property of Studio 88 Dance Productions and is not to be used by any other organizations or taught without written permission from the owner, Miss Lauren Holley.  PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU BRING A VIDEO CAMERA TO THE DRESS REHEARSAL OR THE RECITAL SHOWS WE WILL ASK YOU TO PUT IT UP.  IF YOU DO NOT WE WILL ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE AUDITORIUM.  THIS ALSO APPLIES TO VIDEO TAPING WITH CELL PHONES. 

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Dress Code: 

Students are required to adhere to the following dress code:  Recreational students do not have to purchase their uniforms from the studio, but I do require all shoes to be the same so we will match at Recital time.  Shoes need to be purchased through the studio.  Make sure your child’s initials are written in all of their dance shoes. 

All students must wear their hair in a bun (except Hip Hop and Acro).  Please secure your bangs with hair gel.  Dancers get into bad habits when they are constantly moving their hair out of their face.  Hair is considered part of proper attire; no scrunchies are allowed as they do not hold your hair.

Students will not be allowed to participate in class if they are not in proper attire.  This rule will be strictly enforced. 

Also there will be no visible belly rings, tongue rings, tattoos or other body accessories of the permanent nature worn at any performances or seminars where you represent Studio 88 Dance Productions (this is especially for all older students). 

 

ALL DANCE WEAR (EXCEPT POINTE SHOES) CAN BE PURCHASED AT STUDIO 88.

GIRLS

Two-Tu-Tots, Twinkle Toes, Acro 

· Pink leotard, tan or pink  tights 

· Pink ballet shoes 

· Tan tap shoes 

· Hair in Bun 

 

 Petites, Shining Stars, Tweens, Teens & Seniors 

· Black leotard, tan tights 

· Tan lyrical shoes   

· Tan tap shoes  (high heel tap shoes for Juniors & Tweens) 

· Tan  jazz shoes

 

Ballet & Pointe Classes 

· Black leotard, pink tights 

· Pink ballet shoes 

· Pointe shoes  (to be approved by instructor)

 

BOYS 

· Black pants, Black shirt 

· Black jazz shoes 

· Black tap shoes  

 

Hip Hop 

· Free Style 

· Sneakers

Acro 

· Girls - Black leotard or black fitted pants and shirt 

· Boys - Black pants and shirts                                   

 

Questions 

Class times are very valuable and should not be interrupted.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Director at (850) 926-6088 or email at Studio88@centurylink.net.   Also, the receptionist is always available to answer your questions.  If she is unable to answer your question, she will relay the question to the Director or another teacher and we will contact you within 24 hours by phone or e-mail.  

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