2018 – 2019 Policies

  • Placement: At SDP we use “level” for all dancers 6 & Up to determine class placement. They are as follows: Beginning Level- 1st & 2nd graders with 1-2 prior years of PreDance, or beginning 3rd graders. Level I- 3rd graders with 2+ years previous dance. 4th-6th graders with 0-1 years dance training. Level II- 4th & Up dancers with 2+ years of training not including Preschool or PreDance). Level III- 6th & Up dancers with 4+ years of training (not including Preschool or PreDance). Level IV- Director approval needed for all wishing to enroll in this level. Each guideline should be used for genre dancer is wishing to enroll in. For example a 12 year old who has two years of prior Jazz training would be considered Level II for Jazz but Level I for all other techniques (Ballet, Modern, Tap etc.)
  • Dress Code: SDP requires all students to wear leotards to all technique classes, such as Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz or Conditioning. We do require specific color leotards depending on class level, and require only solid black bottoms (dance shorts, leggings) for tap, modern & jazz. Tights in either Pink or Tan are required for all ballet and pointe classes. Ballet skirts in same color as leotard or in black are also allowed. All students must have their hair up off their neck and face in something other than a ponytail that will be secure for the length of the class. See more on dress code requirements under “policies” tab of our website.
  • Tuition and Fees: Tuition is due on the first of each month. A $10 late fee will be charged to your account for any payments received after the 8th. Students will automatically be dropped from any class once their account is more than 30 days past due. It will be at the discretion of the Director whether or not students will be reinstated in class(es) once account is brought up to date.We require a credit card to be kept on file.  You may choose to have SDP set this card up for automatic draft of tuition and fees.  If you choose this option, tuition will be charged on the 5th of each month; recital fees will be charge on 3/1. If you do not choose automatic draft on your credit card, you are subject to late fees after the 8th.There are no refunds on tuition or any studio fees. There is no discount for months where less than 4 weeks of instruction is given, just as there is no additional charge for months when there are more than 4 weeks of instruction. Tuition is charged monthly but is based on a 36-38 week session. We reserve the right to remove or combine any classes from our schedule that do not maintain 4 or more registered students at anytime.
  • Costume Fees: Fees range from $50-$80 per class. A deposit of $35 per class is due on Sept. 15th. with final payment for each costume due on Nov. 15th.
  • Recital Fee: Recital Fee is $55 and due on March 1st. Recital fee goes to pay for venue rental, lights, props, and student trophy. You will also receive 4 complimentary tickets to the recital once your final tuition payment (along with any remaining balance) is paid.
  • Return Check Fee: Any accounts with returned checks will be charged a $30 inconvenience fee.
  • Withdrawal: We understand that there may be unforeseen circumstances that require a student being withdrawn early from a season. However, we require 30 day written notice of withdrawal so our staff can make adjustments to choreography and (if applicable) wait listed students may be contacted. Your notice must accompany a final payment for the last 30 days of class. If proper notice can not be submitted, a final bill will be issued for an additional month your student will not be participating in and charged to the credit card on file.
  • Communication: SDP requires an active email for communication. You should receive a monthly email with important information and dates (i.e. picture week, dress rehearsal schedule). If you do not, please check with the front desk.Please “LIKE” us on facebook for the latest updates.
  • Attendance/Make Up Class: Attendance is very instrumental in establishing the structure and discipline dance requires. We ask that you give 24 hour notice whenever possible for a student’s absence.This allows the instructor to have ample time to reconfigure the curriculum for class that evening, not only so the other students do not have to suffer, but also so the absent student can jump back into class with little frustration the following week. If a student is absent more than 3 times per session (fall or spring), they may be removed from parts of choreography, a decision that is at the discretion of the instructor and studio director only. Excessive absences may result in removal from recital piece(s) permanently. A student may be given an opportunity to make up classes they have missed if an appropriate and comparable class is available. Arrangements to attend a make-up class must be made with the front desk 2 weeks prior to the class. This will insure the instructor is given a reasonable amount of time to make adjustments to class curriculum and give each student a fulfilling class experience.
  • Late pick-up fee: $1 fine per minute will be charged for any student that is not picked up within 10 minutes of class time dismissal.
  • Calendar and Inclement Weather: Our studio calendar will follow the 2018-2019 Carroll County School system’s closing for Winter Holiday and Spring Break. Please download our closing schedule off of our website or pick up one at the front desk. Reminders of studio closings will be posted on our facebook page. In cases of inclement weather we will follow the Villa Rica (Carroll County) and Douglas County Schools systems advisories and closings. If after school programs are closed, we may choose to close our studio as well. Notice will be posted on our facebook page and on voicemail in such situations. Make-up classes will be scheduled a month out for any classes cancelled and notice will be given to each student.

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