Colby Center for Dance 2008-09 Policies and Procedures (this is a two-sided document) 2008-2009 COLBY CENTER CLASS CALENDAR DANCE SHOES & DANCEWEAR NEEDED FOR CLASS July 28-Aug 1: Young & Recreational Summer Dance Program Ballet slippers, tap shoes, leotards and tights will be sold at the studio August 4-8: Invitational JCD Team Dance Camp beginning at Open House on August 4th. You may also purchase these Tuesday, August 12, 2007: First Day of Regular Classes or any other needed shoes or dancewear at any dance store. Class Observation: Tues September 16 - Sat September 20 Fall Vacation: Closed Mon November 24 - Sat November 29 Intro to Dance 3-5 & 5-6: Any pink ballet shoes, any pink tights and DECEMBER – Holiday Show (TBA) any one piece pink leotard & any tan tap shoes. Winter Vacation: Closed Monday December 22 - Sat January 3 Acro: No shoes. Any one-piece leotard. Stirrup tights or convertible Spring Vacation: Closed Mon Mar 30 - Sat April 4 tights will be used. No footed tights & no students without tights. MAY - Recital Photo Day at Studio (TBA) Ballet: Pink ballet shoes. Any one-piece leotard. Any pink tights. Friday June 12: Recital Dress Rehearsal (at studio) Hip Hop: Jazz pants or shorts & t-shirt. Dance sneakers. Sunday June 14: Annual Recital Shows (at Bahia Shrine Temple) Jazz: Any one-piece leotard & tights. Split-sole tan jazz shoes without WE ARE OPEN FOR CLASS EVERY TUESDAY THROUGH laces – No street clothes. SATURDAY INCLUDING HOLIDAYS DURING THE DANCE YEAR Tap: Any one-piece leotard and tights. Tan buckle tap shoes. No street EXCEPT FOR THE VACATIONS LISTED ABOVE! clothes. Boys: Black shorts, solid color shirt, and black shoes (ballet, tap, or YOUR POSSESSIONS jazz depending on class). – Hip-hop, shorts & t-shirt, dance sneakers. Please bring all personal items (clothes, shoes, schoolwork, etc.) in a Jr. JCD Classes: Same shoes as Intro to Dance. Must have any color bag that closes securely. Loose items are liable to get lost or picked up convertible tights. Any color leotard. No shoes for jazz. – no skirts or by another child accidentally. Please label ALL personal items with street clothes. child’s name in permanent ink to cut down on lost items. If your child misplaces a belonging, please check at desk for Lost & Found. We ST AFTER SEPT. 1 , STUDENTS WITHOUT PROPER CLOTHES discard unlabelled items at the end of each month. We are NOT OR SHOES WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN CLASS. responsible for lost items ... do not bring expensive items to the studio! ABOUT RECITAL, HOLIDAY SHOW and RECITAL COSTUME PAYMENT CLASS OBSERVATION In December, we hold an informal Holiday Show featuring each of our We’re sure you agree that the purpose of dance classes is to teach the classes! The cost for the show will be $15 + tax ($15.98) per dancer, students to dance, NOT to put on a show. Even the quietest observers which is charged with December tuition, which includes a “Show T-shirt” do distract the students and sometimes make them self-conscious and which acts as their costume! You may purchase tickets at the door at a shy about attempting new skills. Moreover, the age, type of nominal fee for as many “fans” as you’d like to bring along! * The show construction, and physical configuration of our leased building make is optional for everyone, but 99% of families participated last year! unobtrusive observation either impossible or prohibitively expensive. Therefore there is no observation in Studios 2 & 3, and only limited All “Young Dancer” (Intro to Dance) and Recreational Classes will observation through the glass doors to Studio 1 where we schedule all perform one routine at our awesome Annual June Recital Shows. Each of our “young dancer” students. WE WILL HAVE AN “OPEN family may choose whether or not to participate. In the past, close to CLASSROOM” CLASS OBSERVATION WEEK FOR ANY 98% have chosen to participate. RECREATIONAL CLASSES WHICH MEET IN STUDIO 2 OR STUDIO TH th 3 IN SEPTEMBER (Tuesday the 16th THROUGH Saturday the 20 ) If you choose to participate in Recital, your Costume fee for each class in which your child (children) are enrolled will be $85 (includes tights) ONLY COLBY CENTER STUDENTS IN CLASSES plus tax and is charged with November tuition. Costume fees are paid Due to safety and insurance requirements, we cannot allow trial to costume manufacturers immediately & therefore must be non- classes or permit students to “bring a friend” to class. In addition, no refundable. one (not even parents, friends, siblings) should ever be inside the classrooms except the teacher and dancers enrolled in the class. In March, each FAMILY will be charged a single Recital Participation Dancers should NOT enter the room before the teacher. These policies Fee of $85 plus tax which will cover a Recital Music CD for home minimize accidents and maximize time and attention for the tuition- practice, a T-Shirt with the names of every Recital dancer, our Recital paying dancers! Program, a Recital DVD of one show mailed to your home, and a special gift & card for your dancer! Extras may be purchased by PLEASE DROP OFF & PICK UP PROMPTLY families with 2 or more dancers. We have a very small lobby so please drop off and pick up your children promptly before and after class. Also, siblings not participating DRESS CODE / STUDIO BEHAVIOR in class must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you are • THE PARKING LOT AND THE OUTSIDE PORCH ARE NOT enrolled in the last class of the day, a late pickup fee of $25 is imposed PLAYGROUNDS. Parents must monitor their children when they are if we have to wait more than 15 minutes with your child before we can outside of the studio including on the porch and parking lot. They close the studio. should only be outside when coming to class or leaving class. • No t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, pants, legwarmers or skirts are COMMUNICATIONS permitted in class because they hide technical flaws in dance that We will be sending out many notices with your children. We have a the teacher cannot correct when hidden. No school or street clothes. 24 hour answering machine at 407 - 599 - 5560, and a web site at • Hair may be worn in a high ponytail for all other class provided it www.colbycenter.com. We use e-mail does not whip the face when turning. (firstname.lastname@example.org) every day except Sundays, • No jewelry may be worn in class except stud earrings. Mondays & school holidays. Our front desk is normally staffed • No gum, food or drinks are permitted in the classroom. during classes. Our mailing address is 540 S. Maitland Ave., • Excessive talking or other misbehavior will result in student being Maitland, FL 32751. asked to observe class instead of participating. • NO PETS IN THE BUILDING – some of our dancers have allergies! COLBY CENTER FOR DANCE 2008-2009 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES: ALL ABOUT THAT AWKWARD SUBJECT OF PAYMENTS The Colby Center has an 11 month dance year with tuition the same each month regardless of the number of classes held in a particular month. Over the full year, each class has 42 sessions including recital dress rehearsal and recital. Most classes are one hour in length each week. Tuition is $49 monthly for the first one- hour class with discounts for students taking multiple hours. Any additional children in the same immediate family receive a 50% discount (for example, the first one-hour class for a second child would be $24.50 per month). The maximum tuition for a single student is $195 and for a single immediate family is $292.50 per month. A detailed Tuition Chart is posted in the lobby. TUITION IS DUE THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH and is non-refundable. After eleven years of experience, we have found that families today are very busy, and often forget tuition payments – and we HATED late fees, although as a small business, they were necessary. For these reasons, we have instituted an “auto-pay” system this year where tuition will be charged to a Visa or MasterCard on file with us on the 1st of each month IF payment is not made by check or separate card (we do not accept cash payments) by the close of business on the 1st – this eliminates late fees, which we know everyone will be happy about! If you prefer to pay by check or by internet banking service, we welcome you to do so, but it must be received by the 1st in order to “zero” your account, and therefore not charge the amount due to your card-on-file…for returning customers, this means that if you choose, the card-on-file is only a “backup payment method” that will be used in case you forget or are absent from class, and eliminates the need for us to have to use late fees – you can pay just the way you are used to in years past (other than cash, which we no longer accept)! ***We charge an additional fee of $25 if your bank does not honor any checks you bring in, and if your card-on-file is declined, payment will be due by the 10th or your dancer will not be permitted to attend classes. After two refused checks, all payments must be made by money order. When you enroll in a class, you are paying us to hold a place in class for your student. There are no refunds or credits for missed classes. If you must miss a class, you may attend another regularly scheduled class at the same level (if one is available) as a make-up. If the Colby Center cancels classes due to bad weather, etc., we will schedule a make-up class. Tuition is not per lesson or per week, and is not pro-rated for partial months if a student misses class. We do, however, pro-rate the first month’s tuition for new students who begin class in the middle of the month based on the number of lessons that particular class has in that particular month. DETAILED PAYMENT SCHEDULE WILL BE FILLED OUT BY A STAFF MEMBER WITH YOU AT THE STUDIO – YOU WILL BE PROVIDED A XEROX COPY SO THAT YOU KNOW WHEN PAYMENTS ARE DUE/WILL BE CHARGED TO YOUR CARD.