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 the mastery of 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. As the year goes on instructors may have parents come in to provide an audience for our 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 you 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.
This guideline was established for all studios associated with Dance Masters of Michigan.
DO NOT BRING ANY VALUABLE JEWELRY, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, EXCESS MONEY, ETC., TO THE STUDIO. THE STUDIO 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 not only make them look terrible, but will make shoes wear out faster and harm the dance floor. 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. For these reasons, simple styles work best, however, we also understand that each child has a unique personality and this is often displayed through their choice of leotard. We ask you to choose your leotard keeping in mind the ultimate goal of the dance lesson: maximum freedom of movement without distraction. For a well-groomed, classic look, and ease of movement, dancewear and tights are designed to be worn without underwear. If you are not sure a leotard meets the dress code, please ask before wearing so it may be returned or exchanged, if necessary.
* Students not properly dressed may not be allowed to take class. *
* Cover-ups (dance skirts, sweatshirts, leg warmers, etc.) are not allowed to be worn during dance class. *
Student enrollment requires:
Class enrollment is limited and is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. As in any private school, class space is reserved for each student. Placement in the proper level and class is important for the successful development of any dancer. American Dance Academy staff place each and every student in a class that will ensure the proper growth and development of each dancer, without inhibiting the progress of the class. Therefore, classes are not posted on the website allowing us to ensure the class size and level is appropriate. A schedule of classes, days and times is available by contacting the Academy.
All Class fees are paid in advance using one of the options listed:
* Late Fees: Late fees of $5.00 per class will be charged to accounts for tuition that is unpaid after the 10th of each month. *
American Dance Academy offers discounted package programs for students with multiple classes and siblings who also dance at American Dance Academy.
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 technique only. Students will be measured during class time in October. A picture of the costume and description will be shown to the class as soon as it is available. Costume deposits of $50 per costume are due October 15th. Costume balances will be due in January or upon confirmation from the manufacturer. There are no refunds or returns on costumes. Parents are responsible for all additional costs necessary to alter costumes, plus any additional trims, etc., that may be added to the costume.
The Academy arranges for professional photographers to take individual and group photographs. Pictures will be taken at the Academy as close as possible to your regularly scheduled class times. The photographers, along with the instructor, pose the students for individual and class photographs. 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, academic performance, community involvement, and future goals. Please support these fundraising opportunities to help fund our scholarship program.