Studio Policies

Release from Liability

I hereby agree to assume all risks attendant upon myself and/or my child while participating in any class at A Step Above Dance Studio, LLC. I hereby waive, release, and discharge any and all claims for damages for death, personal injury or property damage which I or my child may have, or which may hereafter accrue to me or my child, as a result of my child’s participation in any class at A Step Above Dance Studio, LLC. I agree to save and hold harmless from liability A Step Above Dance Studio, LLC. and any of their teachers or volunteers by reason of death, injury or damages to persons or property, which my child or I may suffer while participating in class.

 

Video and Photograph release

I understand and agree that A Step Above Dance Studio reserves the right to take and use videos and photos of participants, free of charge, to be used for publicity purposes in A Step Above Dance Studio’s annual dance recital program and/or other media publications.

 

Medical Emergencies

I fully understand that A Step Above Dance Studio’s instructors, agents, and employees are not physicians or medical practitioners of any kind. With the above in mind, I hereby release and grant permission to the A Step Above Dance Studio’s Staff to render temporary first aid to my child in the event of any injury or illness, and if deemed necessary by the A Step Above Dance Studio Staff to call emergency services to seek medical help.


Payment

  1. Tuition: Tuition is due by the 7th of each month. We accept credit card and personal checks for payment. If you decide to pay with a credit card, we can place you on Auto Pay which will charge your card automatically on the 7th of each month. If you're utilizing the online registration, payment will be processed immediately. If you do not wish to be placed on Auto Pay, you must contact the Studio Manager by the 7th of each month. All families with students enrolled in on-going classes MUST have a valid credit card on file with the front desk regardless of their decision to use Auto Pay. Autopay can only be canceled by contacting our front office - Please see "DROPPING A CLASS" below for more info. 
  2. Late Fee: Tuition that is not paid by the 7th of each month, is considered LATE. You may pay for classes early if you know that you will miss the first week of class. If tuition is not paid by the 7th of any given month, a late fee of $10 will be assessed. If tuition is not paid by the 15th of any given month, a late fee of $25 will be assessed and the student will not be allowed to participate in any further classes until tuition and late fees are paid in full. After the 15th, your credit card on file will be charged. Note: you will be notified by email and given 48 hours to submit payment before the credit card is charged. Please note that the first late fee will be assessed during this 48 hours of time given to submit payment.
  3. Refund Policy: There are NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS that will be given for tuition, registration fee, recital tickets, recital costumes, and any tuition related fees.
  4. Registration Fee: Our annual registration fee of $30/family is assessed every March. If this fee is not paid by the tuition due date (March 7th of each year), then your child will be dropped from their class. This is a non-refundable fee. Please note that if your card is on auto-pay with us, this fee will automatically be taken out on the 7th with your child's tuition.
  5. Pro-rating:  We do not prorate classes for existing students. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  6. Returned Checks: Any check that is returned will be subject to $25 fee.
  7. Cancelation of classes: I understand and agree that A Step Above Dance Studio reserves the right to cancel any or all classes. Should a class be cancelled, we will provide an acceptable replacement. 

  

Code of Conduct

Every dancer will need to be respectful of all students and teachers. We will not tolerate any physical or verbal abuse, including “name calling” or “bullying” by any student. If a student disrupts the safety of other students in the class they will be asked to leave without refund. All students must also show respect to the property of others. Any intentional damage to or theft of such property or class equipment will not be tolerated and could result in the student’s dismissal from class without refund. All ASA dance teachers will make sure the classroom is a safe environment by upholding these rules and regulations. If a student does not abide by these rules they may be asked to discontinue dance classes until they can use appropriate behavior. At any time, we reserve the right to refuse service based on the above mentioned.

 

Class Make Up

Your student has the option to make up a scheduled class due to an excused absence.

Excused Absences are:

-Severe injury or death in the family

-Severe personal injury

-Seriously ill requiring a doctor’s visit

-Scheduled school programs or performances required for credit

-Wedding or religious event

-Vacation

They may make up the dance class by taking the same class (same style of dance and age range) at a different time. Please visit or contact the front desk to determine the right class. Refunds will not be issued for missed classes. Class make ups can only be used when the student is enrolled in the class. If your student decides to drop for any reason and returns after any amount of time, your student will no longer be eligible to use their class make up. Class make-ups must be completed within the month of the missed class. NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

*During May and June of each year, there will be no make up classes allowed due to our annual recital preparations.


Communication

Throughout the year, there is a lot of information that is communicated to our families. We utilize many avenues to communicate information.

Email – Please add info@asadancestudio to your email list. We regularly send email and newsletter updates.

Website – Basic studio info, including staff contact info can be found here.

Lobby – We always post urgent and vital information in each one of our lobbies.

Social media – We have a Facebook and Instagram page that we update with events, our Company team performance dates, and recitals.

 

Annual Recital

We have an annual recital which is performed across several shows inside a theater during the month of June. In order for students to participate in the recital, they must be enrolled in classes by January and stay enrolled in class every month up to the recital. In addition: 


  1. Students will only be allowed to miss three class starting January through the recital date.
  2. Costume payment will be due in January. 
  3. Recital Picture week is mandatory for all enrolled students and is scheduled in May. 
  4. Dress Rehearsals are mandatory and are scheduled for the week of the shows. 
  5. When students are assigned via the cast list for our Annual Recital, siblings are not always placed in the same show due to studio size and venue availability. 


Placement in Classes

A Step Above Dance Studio, LLC. and its instructors will place students in classes. We feel it is more important that the children are in the correct level of class, than making sure a student is with their exact age group. We ask for your respect, in regards to our expertise in class placement. We desire to see every student grow and achieve the most within our classes. When a class is too challenging, they may not be able to grasp and learn proper technique. Likewise, when it is too easy, a student may not grow as a dancer.

 

Dropping a class

In order to avoid late fees and charges you must drop classes before the 1st of the month by visiting the front desk. If you do not drop classes before the 1st of the month, you will continue to be charged monthly tuition as you are ultimately paying for a spot in a class of instruction that otherwise could have been filled with another student. 


If you owe any amount after dropping, the card on file will be automatically charged (whether it is on auto-pay or not). If you drop between the first and the sixth of a month (before tuition is due), you will only be charged for the classes that occurred during this time (you will still be charged even if your child did not attend since you are paying for the spot in the class). 


If you drop between the first and the 6th of a month, you acknowledge that your card on file will automatically be charged the balance (the amount of classes that occurred during that time whether it is on auto-pay or not).


Failing to show to a class does not constitute canceling or dropping the class. If you are on Autopay, your card will continue to be on file until you cancel or drop. You must connect with the front office to complete this process. 


Zoom Classes

We ask that if you remain on zoom classes that you treat these classes as though you are in person at the studio. Please arrive on time, in proper dance attire. We ask that families be respectful and not interrupt the class. Make sure your electronic device is plugged into a charger, that your video displays your entire body, and stay muted unless asked to un-mute to allow for all students to hear the teacher without background noise. 


current COVID-19 PREVENTION POLICIES


IF YOUR STUDENT HAS ANY COLD, FLU, OR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS (INCLUDING AND NOT LIMITED TO: cough, fever, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, runny rose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) THEY MUST NOT ATTEND CLASS - HAVE THEM STAY HOME!



PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS 6YRS & YOUNGER
Prior to your student arriving at the studio:
Students are to wear a mask until they have arrived in the classroom
Arrive in slip on street shoes
Bring a bag with dance shoes
Students should already be in dance attire (NO CHANGING AT STUDIO UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Students must bring a water bottle (labeled w/ name)
Bring snacks (if needed during a break)

1.) Students will need to arrive at the studio wearing slip on street shoes for easy removal.
2.) Parents will wait outside lined up with your students. We ask that any parent/guardian waiting with their student.
3.) Once the lobby is clear of students, the teacher will meet their class outside and take each student’s temperature with a touch-less thermometer. If they are without fever and symptom free, the teacher will take the students into the lobby. PARENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE LOBBY. (Please note that due to extra procedures classes may start a little late - We appreciate your patience.)
4.) Students ages 6 should have a mask to enter the studio. Social distancing protocols will be enforced outside and inside the studio (our teachers will be wearing masks at all times).

5.) Once in the lobby students will slip off their shoes and then enter the classroom placing their belongings in the proper place inside the lobby.

6.) Dancers will put on their shoes and then one by one wash their hands returning to their place.

7.) We are asking parents to assist their students when they need to use the restroom. That means the parents of students 4 & younger need to remain outside the lobby during their student's class.

8.) When your student's class is over, they will change their shoes in the lobby and meet you outside the studio.

9.) Classes will end early to allow for the above process to happen.


Final Note:

-Please review these procedures with your student.
-Also, due to these new procedures please arrive on time. If you happen to be late please visit front desk for assistance - do not go straight to your classroom.
-It would be helpful if you students and parents remained in their car until just before their class starts to eliminate large groups near the lobby doors.

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PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS 7 & OLDER:


Prior to your student arriving at the studio:
Students must wear a mask
Arrive in slip on street shoes
Bring a packed dance bag with all dance shoes
Students should already be in dance attire (NO CHANGING AT STUDIO UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
Students must bring a water bottle (labeled with name)
Bring snacks (if needed during a break)

1.)
Before class starts, students will wait outside practicing social distancing with masks on. We are asking that all parents stay with their student until they enter the lobby.
2.) Each teacher will meet their class outside and perform temperature checks with a touch-less thermometer. If they are without fever and symptom free, the teacher will allow the class into the lobby in small groups to get ready for class.
3.) Students in this age range must wear their masks to enter the lobby.
4.) In the lobby, students will take off their street shoes and place their dance bags in a cubby or on a hook.

5.) If your dancer is in hip-hop, they need to pack a pair of tennis shoes with the soles of the shoes pre-wiped down. This pair of tennis shoes is in addition to the "street" shoes they wear to the studio.

6.) Students will wear their mask and only bring water bottles and dance shoes into the classroom.

7.) Students will immediately place their water bottles along the wall and find their assigned X (these have been placed 6 feet apart)

8.) They be instructed to wash their hands one at a time.

9.) Once on their X, students can put on their shoes (teachers will be wearing masks at all times).

10.) Masks will need to remain on during class. 

11.) After class, students will be instructed to exit the lobby and grab their belongings a few at a time.

12.) NO CHANGING IN BATHROOMS BETWEEN CLASSES. Students who take multiple styles on the same day will need to make all changes of clothes doable without a bathroom. We need to keep the bathrooms free to allow for the new required hand washing procedures in between classes.

13.) If a student is attending a ballet class, they should wear their leotard under everything. Students can attend class without tights if overheating is an issue.

14.) Classes will end early to allow for the above process to happen.


Final Note:

-Please review these procedures with your student.
-Also, due to these new procedures please arrive on time. If you happen to be late please visit front desk for assistance - do not go straight to your classroom.
-It would be helpful if you students and parents remained in their car until just before their class starts to eliminate large groups near the lobby doors.