Studio Information

Class Placement

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.  

Observing Classes

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.  

Student Policy

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.   

Class Cancelations

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.

Class Rules

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.  

  1. No parents are allowed in the classroom.  Even if you feel your  child is anxious and does better with you near, understand that your  presence will distract your child as well as all the other children.  Be  considerate of all the students and be patient.  The instructor is  trained to encourage a shy child until he/she feels comfortable joining  in the class.  It will only take a lesson or two for your child to  discover the joy of dance.  If he/she learns the first day that the  studio is for "dancers only" they will quickly understand customary  dance classroom etiquette.
  2. Siblings should stay in the lobby at all times.  Please keep the  noise to a minimum to avoid disrupting the class.  Please bring  something for them to quietly play with while waiting, if necessary.
  3. The studio should be neat and clean at all times to avoid damage to  the studio floors and furniture as well as student's shoes and personal  belongings.  No food, pop, snacks, gum chewing in the studio.  We would  like to avoid gum or spills on dance shoes, clothes, floors, or cubbies.

Safety Rules

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.  

  1. Students must wear cover-up clothes when entering and leaving American Dance Academy.
  2. Do not allow your children to wait outside unattended for parents to pick-up after classes.
  3. Parents need to inform the office staff if a dancer is to be  picked-up by someone other than the usual arrangement, or if they are  going to be more than 15 minutes late for pick-up.
  4. Students need to call their parents and inform the office prior to  changing their plans, such as leaving with a friend to go home.
  5. Make staff aware of anyone unfamiliar who enters the dance studio.   Students should inform the teacher and office immediately of anything  unusual happening.

Getting Ready to Dance

What to Bring for class

  • A dance bag with dance shoes, extra hair ties, tights, etc.
  • A folder for those students (especially tap) whom need to write down steps to practice.

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. 

All Dance Shoes & Bags

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. 

Dress Code for Dance Class

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. * 


Registration & Tuition

Registration

Student enrollment requires:  

  1. Completion of the Registration Form in full, front and back, signed and dated by a parent or legal guardian.
  2. Completion of the Tuition Policy Form.
  3. Payment of the registration fee.
  4. Payment of the first month dance class tuition.

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. 

Tuition

All Class fees are paid in advance using one of the options listed:  

  • Yearly Payment Option receives at 10% discount if paid by September 15th.
  • Semester Payment Option receives a 5% discount if paid by Sept. 15th and February 10th.
  • Ten Payment Plan: Yearly tuition is  divided into ten equal payments over the school year and is payable by  the 10th of each month. Please note that the tenth tuition payment is  due in full at the time you purchase your tickets in May for the annual  performance.

* 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. 


Performance Info

Annual Performance

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. 

Costumes

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. 

Dance Photographs

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. 

Yearbook

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. 

The American Dance Academy Scholarship Program

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.