At American Dance Academy, all students receive personal placement into classes based upon age and general level of ability. This is determined by progress in dance technique rather than grade level in school. All class placements are tentative and subject to change during September - our "placement month." This allows instructors adequate time to assess the student's abilities and potential to ensure that each child is enrolled in the class best suited for his/her needs.
Parents may watch classes at the classroom window. Occasionally the instructor may close the blinds at the beginning of class to help dancers focus and concentrate without distraction. At specific times the instructor will have parents come in to provide an audience for the dancers. The dancers are always excited to show their parents their accomplishments. Please note that parents and visitors must obtain permission before entering a class or private lesson.
The Academy, faculty, and staff reserve the right to remove any student from class without recourse for failure to observe the rules of conduct. We expect proper discipline and conduct at all times and will dismiss any student who does not adhere to this policy. The Academy maintains proper safeguards at all times, but makes no representations, either expressed or implied, regarding physical capabilities of any student. The Academy is not responsible for injuries sustained on the premises or while traveling to and from its facilities. It is the parent's responsibility to obtain appropriate accident, health/hospitalization or other insurance for injury.
In the event of inclement weather, the Academy follows the public school closings for the studio area. We will post a message on the website, social media and email parents regarding class cancellations.
The rules of the dance class are designed to promote a better dance experience for everyone. By following and enforcing these rules, we will be able to keep our dance environment and dancers safe. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
The following safety rules have been created to ensure the well being of our students during their dance instruction.
Their dance bag with dance shoes, extra hair ties, tights, etc.
A notebook or folder for those students (especially tap) whom need to write down steps to practice.
DO NOT WEAR OR BRING ANY VALUABLE JEWELRY, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, EXCESS MONEY, ETC., TO DANCE.
AMERICAN DANCE ACADEMY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN MONEY OR PERSONAL ITEMS.
Please label all shoes, bags and dancewear with your student's name. If shoes or other items are left behind, labeling them will help us to identify the proper owner. DO NOT WEAR YOUR DANCE SHOES OUTSIDE. The wet weather will destroy soft leather and dirt will harm the special flooring in the dance rooms. Wear street shoes to and from class and change into your dance shoes when you are in the studio.
Dancewear is designed to allow a student freedom of movement while allowing a teacher to see the lines and musculature of the body. A uniform dress code for all dancers is important to place the emphasis on training and not on fashion.
American Dance Academy requires all dancers follow the Classical dress code of a solid black leotard (without attached bike shorts or skirts) and pink or caramel tights. * Students not properly dressed may not be allowed to take class.
* Cover-ups (dance skirts, sweatshirts, leg warmers, etc.) are not allowed in dance class. *
Student enrollment requires:
Class enrollment is limited and is filled on a first-come basis. Placement in the proper level and class is important for the successful development of any dancer. American Dance Academy staff place each student in a class that will ensure the proper growth and development of the dancer.
All Class Tuition is payable using one of the options listed:
* Late Fees: Late fees of $5.00 per class will be charged to accounts for all tuition unpaid after the 10th of each month. *
American Dance Academy offers discounted package programs for students with multiple classes and siblings.
American Dance Academy offers discounted rates for families with a parent who is serving in active military duty.
American Dance Academy's productions are part of the student's dance education and an extension of the benefits derived from training in the performing arts. Our annual performance is held in June. Stage and dress rehearsals occur during the week of the show. Dates for these events are listed on the Academy calendar.
A costume will be ordered for each student in all classes except those specifically noted as technique only. Students will be measured during class time in November. Costume deposits of $50 per costume are due in November. Costume balances will be due in January or upon confirmation from the manufacturer. There are no refunds or returns on costumes. Additional costs may be necessary to alter costumes.
The Academy arranges for professional photographers to take individual and group photographs. The photos will be taken at the Academy during regularly scheduled class times. The teacher poses the class and individual dancers. Proofs of all group and individual photographs will be available for preview prior to purchase.
A complimentary American Dance Academy Yearbook is provided to each dancer as a special keepsake. The yearbook contains group photographs of each class, as well as photographs from other American Dance Academy events throughout the year. The yearbook is a special keepsake for years to come. Parents may purchase memory ads for their dancers which appear throughout the yearbook.
American Dance Academy's fundraising and flower sales at the annual performance support a scholarship program for deserving dancers. Scholarships are awarded to dance students demonstrating need and/or outstanding achievement. The scholarship committee selects recipients by evaluating the student's dance interests, performance, and dedication to future goals. Thank you to our parents for supporting our scholarship program.