Policies
Courses Offered
Ballet • Tap • Jazz • Lyrical • Acrobat • Hip Hop
Ages Preschool through Adult

Registration Fee
Each family will pay one registration fee per year. Registration fees are non-refundable.

Tuition
Tuition is not based on single lessons or by the month, it is a yearly fee covering the dance year, which begins the Monday following Labor Day and ends the day of dance revue. Allowance is made for holidays in the total figure.  Monthly fees will be paid via our Customer Portal which is linked to our website.   On the 10th of each month all payments will automatically be drafted from a bank account or a credit card that is linked to your online account.  If you choose not to draft your account, payments must be paid in cash by the 10th of each month.  Accounts paid after the 10th will incur a $10 service charge. Accounts that are one month past due must be brought up to date before the student is able to return to class. A $25 charge will be assessed for all NSF checks.

We understand that periodically, temporary financial problems may affect timely payments. We encourage you to communicate any such problems as soon as possible in order to make arrangements for an alternate payment schedule.

Classification
All students are grouped according to ability, and changes are made if necessary. Friends, age, and previous dance experience do not influence classification.

Shoes
Students are allowed to wear shoes until outgrown regardless of color or style, however, all students must have required shoes for competition, pictures, and revue.

General Dress
Dancers must dress appropriately for all dance classes. Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, socks, school uniforms and athletic uniforms are not acceptable. If your child is habitually dressed inappropriately for dance class, she/he will not be allowed to dance and you will be phoned to pick up your child. Shorts and pants with the word “dance” are intended to be worn as cover-ups and leisure wear.

Tap/Jazz Class Dress
Dancers must dress appropriately for class.
 Long hair must be secured and pulled away from the face in a ponytail.
 Leotard — any color, any style
 Tights — any color.
 Hot shorts / Biking shorts are the only acceptable shorts.
 Tight jazz pants/leggings may be worn for all classes except ballet.
 Dancers must wear a cover-up (t-shirt, etc.) when entering or leaving the building.

Ballet Class Dress
(Those students attending ballet as a separate class day and time must adhere to the
following dress code.)
 Full leotard. No crop tops or two-piece leotards.
 Ballet pink tights.
 Pink split sole ballet slippers with elastic attached. Black ballet slippers for boys.
 No pants.
 Hair must be pulled back in a bun.

Attendance
Regular attendance is stressed! Any student missing class must call or bring a note to the studio by the following week. At times absences cannot be avoided. However, missing class is unfair to the remainder of the class because progress is slowed down. Anyone with more than five absences will not be allowed to participate in the dance revue. Students who do not know their dances will not be allowed on stage.

Costume Fees
Costumes will be ordered for all students during the Thanksgiving holidays. Accounts must be paid through November in order for costumes to be ordered. Costume fees are non-refundable once the costumes have been ordered.

Revue Fee
Each family participating in the revue will pay one revue fee per year in order to help defray the rental of the Heymann Performing Arts Center, scenery, props, pyrotechnics, etc. Each family paying a revue fee will receive eight tickets per family, one revue program per family, one DVD of the show per family, and one revue t-shirt per child.

Tickets
Dance Graphics will have reserved seating at the Heymann Performing Arts Center for revue. Graduates will have first choice seats. All other families will receive tickets based on seniority and dance class. More information will be distributed in March.

Revue
The revue will be held annually at the Heymann Performing Arts Center.  Revue dates are listed on the Revue tab of the website.

Finale Rehearsal / General Rehearsal
All finale rehearsals and general rehearsal at the Heymann Performing Arts Center are mandatory.

Holidays
Dance Graphics will observe the following holidays. Check Dance Graphics calendar online for closures.
 Thanksgiving
 Christmas & New Year
 Martin Luther King
 Mardi Gras
 Easter

There will be no deduction in tuition for the dates listed above.

We are open for parent-teacher conference, voting, and teacher in-service days.

Emergency Closing
In the event of a hurricane, flood, freezing conditions, etc. Dance Graphics will follow the Lafayette Parish Public School system for closing. If all public schools are closed, we will also close.

Dance Convention
We attend many conventions during the dance year and will offer students the opportunity to attend these conventions with us. This gives dancers the opportunity to take classes with master teachers from all over the United States and compete for dance scholarships.

Dance Graphics Company
Dance Graphics Company attends dance conventions and competitions throughout the year.  Auditions will be held the first weekend of August.  Dancers entering 1st grade can audition to be part of Company.  Information regarding required summer classes and auditions will be distributed at revue time. 

General Information
Students should arrive dressed according to the dress code and with all necessary hair accessories and extra shoes in a small dance bag. Students’ names should be on every item, especially dance shoes, dance bags, and book bags. The staff will assume no responsibility for lost or misplaced items.

Behavior
Proper respect for the director, staff, studio, curriculum, fellow students, and facility is expected of all students, parents, and siblings, on or off-site. When participating in a studio event, performance, out-of town excursion, or when wearing the studio logo, acceptable behavior is as important as dance ability. Misbehavior and disrespect will not be tolerated.

Revised 8/17

Cell Phones
All cell phones must be turned off during class.  If a student's cell phone rings during class or if the student is caught texting during class, the cell phone will be confiscated.  The phone will only be returned to a parent.