AAD General Information/Policies
Studio Calendar 2022-2023:
August 29 All Classes Begin
September 5 Closed for Labor Day
TBD Picture Week
November 23 – 25 Closed for Thanksgiving Break
Dec 22 – Jan 3 Closed for Christmas Break (classes resume January 4)
Combination Classes – Age 2 through 2nd grade: Any color/style leotard, tights, pink ballet shoes and tan Mary Jane style tap shoes. (2 and 3 year combo classes only require ballet shoes). Hair secured away from face. No loose or dangling jewelry.
Individual Classes for students 3rd Grade and UP:
Ballet: Black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be in a bun. Short, sheer, wrap ballet skirts are permitted. No shorts, T-shirts, loose hair, or dangling earrings/jewelry. Bun kit, including hair ties, bobby pins, barrettes, brush, and hair net is required and must be brought to each class. For recital all students must wear leather ballet shoes (not canvas).
Tap: Leotard, tights, dance shorts or dance pants. 3rd grade and up use black Oxford style tap shoes.
Jazz: Dancewear (leotard or sports bra/tank, jazz shorts, capris, or dance pants). Tan jazz shoes.
Hip Hop: Casual dress that allows free movement. No jeans. Tennis shoes. The teacher will specify a particular shoe that will need to be purchased prior to recital to coordinate with the costume.
Lyrical: Leotard, dance pants or shorts, and footless tights. Bare feet preferred. Foot thongs okay.
Boys’ Attire: Black sweatpants or dance pants, tank, T-shirt, and black dance shoes.
Competition Dancers: Please confirm style and color with teachers before purchasing shoes!!!
Fees & Payment Policy: All tuition and fees will be auto drafted according to the following schedule. If you want to pay by check or cash, please do so in advance either by mail or by coming into the office.
Date of registration– card will be charged for registration fee ($50.00 per student; $35.00 per sibling)*Registration Fee is non-refundable* PLUS the first month’s tuition.
October 17th: Recital costume deposit of $35.00 PER costume PLUS October tuition
November 16th: November tuition
December 16th: December tuition
January 16th: January tuition PLUS the balance of the recital costume fee
February 16th: February tuition
March 16th: March tuition PLUS recital participation fee PLUS $3.00 class photo sitting fee (per costume) Recital fee, date, and venue are TBD.
April 17th: April tuition
May 8th: May tuition
Declined cards or late payments – account holder will be charged a $15.00 late fee (Please notify the office immediately if your card has been changed or compromised)
Dance fees may be paid by cash or check. However, the cash or check payment MUST be received BY the 14th of the month. Otherwise, the fees will automatically go to auto draft – NO exceptions. Everyone MUST keep a card on file.
Returned checks will result in a $20 returned check fee!
Cancellation Policy: In the event that a parent wishes to withdraw a child from his/her dance class, the parent must email our office to notify us. The office must receive notification of your intent to withdraw 30 days before the following month’s auto-draft is scheduled to run. Anyone who withdraws after November 15th will be responsible for payment of the full costume fee. Anyone who withdraws after April 15th will forfeit their recital fee.
Newsletters and Email Communication: All communication from the studio to parents, including monthly newsletters, occurs through email. It is EXTREMELY important that parents read the complete newsletter every month to keep updated on studio happenings, fees due, events, etc. In addition to emailing the newsletter, we also post a copy of the newsletter on the “Announcements” page of our website (www.americanacademyofdance.com) each month. A newsletter is also posted on the bulletin board by the office at the main studio. In addition to the newsletter, other email updates may be sent out periodically. PLEASE MAKE SURE that the office manager has your current email address on file so that you will not miss any important information. Please contact the office if you are not receiving your newsletters or other studio communication. Also, please check our American Academy of Dance Facebook page. Please check your trash folder periodically.
Parent Portal: You will be prompted to create an account in our Parent Portal when registering your child. Please be sure to remember your login information throughout the year. This is very important. Due to the current Covid pandemic, you will need this login information in the case that the studio needs to move to a virtual format. The parent portal also gives you the opportunity to view your account standing at any time.
TEXT MESSAGE COMMUNICATION: We are now able to communicate with you via text messaging! We will mostly use this to communicate important, last-minute information (such as weather-related closings), and we will not overwhelm your phone with texts. The texts will go to the main number listed on your account, so please make sure that that has been updated to a cell phone number! We are excited to have this option!
Weather Related Closings: We DO NOT ALWAYS close the studio when schools are closed due to inclement weather. Please check our website, Facebook page, Instagram page, and/or answering machine for weather related closing information.
Parking: We have limited parking in front of our studio. Please be timely at dropping your child at the front door to facilitate our social distance requirements. Please make sure that you see them enter the building. Please do NOT park in the entrance and exit areas of the parking lot. Fill the empty spaces as they become available. You may park in the Border Sales parking lot starting at 5 PM. Please use all available lot spaces before parking on the street. Please have your child wait in the car until right before their class time.
Waiting/Lobby Area: Parents are allowed to wait in the lobby at a limited capacity at this time. This is in effort to adhere to our current Covid policies and guidelines. Please read our Covid policies on our website under the “Info” tab. *Unattended children are NOT allowed to play outside, or in the parking lot! No one is allowed to climb trees on AAD property.
Satellite Location: Our satellite studio/Dancewear Boutique is located at 13 Industrial Park Dr., Suite 200. The office will notify you prior to the start of classes IF your child’s class is scheduled for the satellite building. The phone # for the Satellite/Dancewear Boutique is 615-447-3932.
Further Questions and Information: All other information about the studio, including pricing, class descriptions, teacher bios, etc. can be found on our website, www.americanacademyofdance.com. If you need further assistance, call the office at 615-822-9620 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as soon as possible.