**Parents must bring the students into the studio. Teachers will take responsibility for students at the start of their class. Please, for the safety of your children, do not leave them unattended. If someone other than the parent is picking up your child after class, please notify the office personnel. We do not permit the children to exit the studio without a parent/guardian, unless you have notified the office that they are permitted to leave the studio without supervision.

We are a professional dance academy. All rules apply the same as if you were in school. Children must sit quietly while waiting on siblings who are dancing. Running in the studio, tumbling, horse play and noisy behavior is not allowed. We must insist. We have students who work on their homework, parents who are working, as well as voice, piano and dance in session. High noise levels disrupt the classes and the instructor. PLEASE MAINTAIN A LIBRARY ATMOSPHERE.


CODE OF CONDUCT: DANCERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AT CLASS ON TIME AND PREPARED IN PROPER DANCE ATTIRE (SEE CLASS ATTIRE REQUIREMENTS). INSTRUCTORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DISMISS ANY DANCER WHOSE ATTITUDES ARE UNSATISFACTORY. WE PROMOTE ALL DANCERS TO TREAT EACH OTHER WITH RESPECT, SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.



ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLYING!!!

CHILDREN MUST BE POTTY TRAINED. NO EXCEPTIONS!!

CHILDREN MUST BE 3.5 YEARS OF AGE BY SEPTEMBER 1ST.

Registration Fee

Each student is charged an annual non-refundable Registration Fee of $25. The period covered by the fee extends from September through May of said year. The registration fee must be paid at the time of registration.

Late Fee

Payments are due on the 1st of each month. Payments received after the grace period will incur a late fee of $25. The late fee will be added to the account each month that a scheduled payment is received after the due date indicated on the monthly statement. If a late fee is not paid as billed, an additional late fee will be incurred the following month due to the delinquent balance of the prior unpaid fee. Tuition payments that are more than 45 days late may cause suspension or discontinuation of classes or lessons. Accounts must be paid in full by May 1st in order for students to participate in year-end recitals, concerts and performances.

Payment Plan Option
A payment plan is available for class and lesson tuition offered by Rhythm Studio.  The payment plan will divide the total deferred amount into 9 equal monthly installments beginning September 1st and concluding May 1st of said year.

Students on a payment plan receive a monthly statement and are requested to return the payment by the 1st of the month.  Payment may be made by cash, check, money order, debit or credit card. Checks are to be made payable to “Rhythm Studio and Dance Wear”.  A late fee (refer to Late Fee above) will be accessed to each past due payment. Tuition payments that are more than 45 days late will cause suspension or discontinuation of classes or lessons (Refer to Dismissal below).

Accounts must be paid in full by May 1st in order for students to participate in year-end recitals, concerts and performances.

Summer classes and lessons must be paid in full at the time of registration. The payment plan is not available for summer classes and lessons.

Performance Fee:
None.

Tuition
Dance:
30 Minute Class - $333.00 School Year or $37.00 per month
45 Minute Class - $360.00 School Year or $40.00 per month
60 Minute Class - $378.00 School Year or $42.00 per month
75 Minute Class - $450.00 School Year or $50.00 per month

90 Minute Class - $495.00 School Year or $55.00 per month


Unlimited Classes - $1701.00 School Year or $189.00 per month (Per Student – Not per family)
Family Discount - $1899.00 for two or more family members or $211.00 per month for a total of 6 classes

Family Discount - $2205.00 for two or more family members or $245.00 per month for a total of 7 classes

Family Discount - $2502.00 for two or more family members of 278.00 per month for a total of 8 classes

 If at any time during the year you have any questions/concerns about your bill, please contact Diane at the Rhythm Studio office.

Costume Fees
$50.00 per class. You will not be asked to purchase multiple costumes for the same class. Costume fees are due in full by

November 1st of said year.  If we do not receive this costume fee by the due date, a costume will not be ordered for your child. No exceptions.

Attendance/Tardiness/Missed Class Policy
Regular attendance is expected of all students. Good attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class. The instructors cannot jeopardize their responsibilities to the rest of the class for one student. Please make every effort to have your student at every class and on time. Tardy students will be asked to sit out the class.


Sitting Out

If a student is unable to dance, but is feeling well enough to attend class, we expect to participate by observing so that they will retain key elements of the class. Students who feel ill, have a fever, or are exhibiting "contagious" cold symptoms should stay home and rest. Cases of prolonged absence due to illness or injury should be discussed with the teacher.


Students are charged for all classes for which they register, including those missed through student absence. The director will review class cancellations due to excessive inclement weather. If make-up classes are determined to be necessary, students and their families will be notified. Classes missed due to instructor cancellation will be made up unless a substitute was provided or if there are enough unused inclement weather days left to cover the absence. Refunds are not applicable to students who cannot attend scheduled make up classes.

Classes will be finished prior to final performances in May. Students who miss excessive classes or lessons may be removed at any point from performances and recitals at the discretion of the teacher and/or the director.

Withdrawal and Refund Policy
If a student discontinues instruction during the Fall/Spring Session, the student or parent/guardian must notify both the instructor and the Rhythm Studio office at least one week in advance of the withdrawal. (See below for tuition charges)

Refund of tuition will be determined based upon the instructor’s attendance record of the student's participation, money received on the student account, and tuition charges through the week of withdrawal and/or one additional week if advance notice was not given.

Registration Fees are nonrefundable. Costume fees become nonrefundable once the order for the costumes has been placed.

Requests for refunds can be made by phone, in writing or via e-mail to the Rhythm Studio and Dance Wear office. Please allow four to six weeks for the processing of the refund.

Inclement Weather
In the event of inclement weather which results in the closing of Rhythm Studio, you will receive an email notification. The decision to close will be made by 1:00 pm. An e-mail will be sent first. The following will have a posted weather announcement:

www.rhythmstudio.net
Rhythm Studio Facebook
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Dismissal
Rhythm Studio and Dance Wear reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student from classes, lessons, recitals and performances because of frequent absences, disciplinary reasons, delinquent tuition payments and/or parental noncompliance.

Cancellation
Rhythm Studio reserves the right to cancel any class due to insufficient enrollment. In the event a class is canceled, a full refund or credit of all fees and tuition paid will be issued within four to six weeks.

Waiting Rooms
Two waiting rooms have been provided for parents who wish to wait for their student and for students who have multiple classes. The proximity of the waiting rooms to the dance studios and the voice/piano studio requires that the noise level in these areas be kept at a minimum. (QUIET LIKE A LIBRARY).

                                 THE NOISE DISTURBS BOTH THE INSTRUCTOR AND YOUR CHILD

These rooms are also used by parents and students to do homework/work. Please be respectful and maintain a library atmosphere (quiet).

This also applies to siblings who are waiting with the parents. No running and loud play. Bring quiet activities to occupy them. We have provided a TV in the back waiting room with movies that they are welcome to watch while they wait. THESE ROOMS ARE NOT PLAY AREAS.


                                                              NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE CARPETED AREAS!!

Studio Rules
1. Do not touch the glass mirrors, lean up against them, etc. This is for your safety. Mirrors can shatter and fall from applied pressure and may result in personal injury. Students will be asked not to touch.
2. We have purchased some new mirrors that are made with a Mylar type material. Although the new mirrors will not break, the material can be punctured. Students will be asked not to touch.
3. Each student is expected to wear proper attire for the class. See the Dress Code and Attire. THE TEACHER RESERVES THE RIGHT
  TO ASK A STUDENT TO SIT OUT THE CLASS IF THEY ARE NOT PROPERLY ATTIRED, BOTH THE CLOTHING AND THE HAIR.
4. If a student misbehaves in class, continually disrupts the class or is disrespectful to the teacher, staff or other students (bullying), they will be asked to sit the class out and the parent will be notified. If this behavior continues the student will be removed from the program.
5. Please use the restroom prior to the start of class.
6. No food or drinks are to be brought into the studio. This includes flavored water. ONLY WATER BOTTLES ARE PERMITTED. If the student has brought a snack to eat between classes, we ask that they eat in the non-carpeted waiting room.
7. PLEASE. NO STREET SHOES ARE TO BE WORN ON THE DANCE FLOORS. DANCE SHOES SHOULD NOT BE WORN ON THE STREET. (THIS DAMAGES YOUR SHOES AND OUR FLOORS).

8. No gum chewing allowed in any class

Note
Parents and friends are not permitted to stay and watch classes. We have found that doing this minimizes distractions and puts less pressure on the dancers. Don’t worry though! We have insured adequate supervision for every class and parents may wait in the waiting rooms.

Office Hours (SUMMER HOURS ARE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM)

(Limited hours during the summer).
Rhythm Studio is opened for classes on Monday through Thursday, from 4:00 – 8:45 during our fall/spring sessions. However, with few exceptions, our office operates from 4:00 – 8:15 Monday through Thursday, so if you need to see us, this is the best time to do so. Please feel free to use the mail slot in the retail front door for payment if after hours or if we are closed. You are welcome to leave a message on our answering machine should you need to contact us outside of these hours. We will get back to you when we are back in the office. (Note: Summer hours will vary. Check the home page).

Retail Store Hours
Dance Season store hours: open during all class hours. Summer hours will be posted on the website: www.rhythmstudio.net.

Water

We will have bottles of water for sale in the event that the students forget to bring water with them. We will be charging 25¢ for the small bottles and 50¢ for the larger bottles. If you would like us to run a tab for your child, let us know and then we will bill you every 90 days.

We would like to wish everyone all the best in this new year of dance. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach us at 540-722-2999 / 540-533-8310 or e-mail us at info@rhythmstudio.net. Everyone has a better experience when we keep the lines of communication open, so to aid in this matter, we also have a web site and you can find us at www.rhythmstudio.net

 

Rhythm Studio Staff

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