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Policy Information

 

I NEED A COPY OF THE DRAFT PAYMENT SCHEDULE?

The draft schedule details what is due and when and includes a breakdown of fees. Click HERE for a copy of the draft schedule.

 

do you have a policy manual or GUIDEBOOK?

No. All pertinent policies and procedures are available on this website. Any other important  information will be made available as it becomes available via contact's email address on file, the bulletin boards in the studio, and the studio newsletters.

 

WHAT IF I'M UNSURE IF MY LITTLE DANCER WILL LIKE DANCE CLASS? SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR THE RECITAL AND INCUR COSTUME AND RECITAL FEES?

Every student who registers has the option to choose whether or not to participate in the recital in June. If you are unsure whether or not your little dancer will like classes, choose Not Doing Recital on the registration form and you will not incur costume and recital fee charges. Please note: If you choose to have your little dancer participate in the recital, you will be responsible for all recital and costume related fees. Please refer to the draft schedule for when they are due.

If you are interested in changing your recital participation status, please let the office know.

 

WHAT IF I'M LATE OR WILL BE ABSENT FROM CLASS?

Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. A student who is late to class may be marked absent. If you know in advance that you will be absent for a scheduled class, click on the 'Going to be Absent' link in the 'Contact Us' pull down menu above.

 

DO YOU OFFER MAKEUP CLASSES?

No. However, should you feel that your child needs a little extra attention, our teachers would be happy to speak with you about scheduling a private lesson for a fee.

 

DO YOU OFFER WALK IN RATES?

Yes. We offer walk in rates for $15 per student per class for students 5 years and older during the fall session. Summer Walk In rate is $20 per student per class for students 5 years and older.  Students must sign a release waiver to take class.

 

WHAT IS THE POLICY FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER?

Elite Dance reserves the right to cancel classes if St. Tammany Parish is under a flash flood or tornado watch or warning or other potentially dangerous weather. An email will be sent out to the contact information on file at least 45 minutes before the start of classes. There will be no refunds or makeup classes.

 

I'M INTERESTED IN GRADUATING FROM DANCE. Do you offer a graduation program?

Yes we do! Students must be at least a senior in high school, have 10 years of dance or more, and have assisted classes for 2 years or more prior to graduation. Beginning approximately January of the current dance year, eligible students attend a graduate class with the director, study dance syllabi, choreograph dance routines with specified criteria, and are tested on their knowledge. Graduating students are presented onstage during the recital with flowers. While not required, graduation instills a sense of completion in the dancer. Fees apply. Please see the office for details.

 

HOW DO I WITHDRAW FROM THE SCHOOL?

To withdraw from the school completely, you will need to complete an online Withdrawal form. A parent or guardian's signature must be present on this form to be considered valid. Date of withdrawal will be considered the date the withdrawal form is timestamped via email after submission. Click HERE to fill out the online withdrawal form. To obtain a downloadable or paper withdrawal form, please contact the office.

Please Note: Elite Dance is not responsible for 'word of mouth' or 'verbal' withdrawals.

 

PAST DUE ACCOUNT PROCEDURES

Elite Dance adheres to strict protocol regarding ANY past due accounts. Click HERE for protocol regarding past due accounts.

 

WHAT ARE GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL FROM THE SCHOOL?

Elite Dance creates an exciting, positive and structured environment for students, parents, teachers, and staff! In order to maintain a positive experience for EVERYONE, certain behavior will not be tolerated. Please click HERE for protocol regarding dismissal criteria.

 

ADDITIONAL SCHOOL POLICIES

Click HERE for additional important school & registering policies.

 

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General Questions

 

WHAT FEES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH DANCE CLASS?

Dance has two sessions: Summer Session (July thru August) and Fall Session (September thru June). Fees associated with the Fall Session are a registration fee, a yearly tuition fee broken into monthly payments, a costume fee for each type of dance performed in the year end recital, and a recital fee for the recital in June. There are also optional fees which include: a recital program book, a finale t-shirt for the last number in the show, seat vouchers / advanced sale tickets for seats to the recital, and individual and group recital program book picture fees. Fees associated with the Summer Session for dance class, intensives, or summer camps are a registration fee and summer tuition. All fees are collected via automatic debit or automatic draft, known as 'the draft'.

 

WHAT IS THE DRAFT AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

All dance related fees are collected on the 1st of each month via automatic draft, known as 'the draft.' Once fees have been collected on the 1st of the month, the next month's fees are then placed on your personal account with us, known as your 'customer portal,' so that you may review them for accuracy. The draft takes place on the 1st of every month. If you wish to avoid the draft, you may pay by check or cash at the front office before the 1st of each month. Click HERE for a copy of the draft schedule.

 

WHAT IS THE COSTUME FEE AND WHAT IS IT FOR?

Costumes are for the end of the year performance in June. Costumes are ordered per class for each child participating in the year-end recital. If your little dancer is in a combo class (Ballet / Tap), then she will have two dance numbers with one costume per dance in the recital. The Costume Fee is broken up into 2 monthly payments, known as Costume Deposits, in accordance with the draft schedule. Students are measured in October for their costume(s). The first Costume Deposit is used to place a downpayment on costumes with the costume companies and is non refundable. The second costume deposit is used to pay the balance in November to ensure they will arrive in time for recital book pictures. Costume Deposits are allocated the moment they are drafted and are non refundable. Please note: Be Bop / Hip Hop may require an additional shoe purchase for recital not covered in the costume fee.

 

WHAT IS THE RECITAL?

The Recital, sometimes called the Revue, is a performance on stage at the end of the dance year. The recital is the time when your little dancer gets to show off what they’ve worked on all year. The recital is typically held on the third weekend in June and is preceeded by a rehearsal for the big day. Participation in the recital is optional. Students registering on a non recital basis will be charged according to the draft schedule from the time of registration through May.

 

WHAT IS THE RECITAL FEE AND WHAT DOES THAT COVER?

The Recital fee is used to produce the Dance Recital at the end of the dance year in June. The recital fee is used to pay for the venue, the production company, music, special effects, lighting, the stage, stage curtains, side screen video production work, recital webcast, and participation awards for all dancers participating in the recital.  Due dates for the Recital fee and Recital related optional fees (such as finale tshirts, recital program books and advanced tickets / seat vouchers) are notated on the draft schedule. Recital fees are allocated the moment they are drafted and are non refundable.

 

DO I GET TICKETS TO THE RECITAL?

Yes! For your convenience, the optional advanced tickets / seat vouchers are drafted at the same time as the recital fee. Families with one student participating in the recital will receive 4 total ticket vouchers. Families with two or more students participating in the recital receive 6 total ticket vouchers. The option to purchase more tickets is also available when tickets go on sale. Ticket Seat Vouchers are good for admission to any show. However, once ticket seat vouchers have been redeemed through our automated online system, they are no longer valid. Remember, just like a movie theater ticket, recital seat ticket vouchers are good for admittance to one show of your choice. You may choose to use your tickets together or separate.

 

DO YOU OFFER INDIVIDUAL DANCE PICTURES?

Yes we do! Picture week takes place sometime in late April or very early May, based on the photographer's schedule. We offer an all inclusive Picture Package deal that includes One Individual Picture in the Recital Program Book, Dancer's inclusion in all class photos in the Recital Program Book, the Photographer's Sitting Fee, Photo Editing and Finishing, and a Digital Download Link of your dancer's Individual Pictures emailed directly to you to do with what you choose! The optional Picture Package fee is conveniently drafted on April 1st so that when you come in for dance pictures, the only thing you have to do is enjoy the SMILE you see on your little dancer's face.

 

WHAT IF I'M UNCERTAIN REGARDING CLASSES FOR WHICH I SHOULD REGISTER?

No problem! The easiest (and best) course of action is to register first and foremost by the age of the student regardless of years of dance or upcoming birthdays. During the first month, should we feel the student should be moved to another class we will contact you. However, if you are still uncertain in any way regarding classes, we'd love to assist you! Email or call us. 

 

WHAT IF I'M UNSURE IF MY LITTLE DANCER WILL LIKE DANCE CLASS? SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR THE RECITAL AND INCUR COSTUME AND RECITAL FEES?

Every student who registers has the option to choose whether or not to participate in the recital in June. If you are unsure whether or not your little dancer will like classes, choose Not Doing Recital on the registration form and you will not incur costume and recital fee charges. Please note: If you choose to have your little dancer participate in the recital, you will be responsible for all recital and costume related fees. Please refer to the draft schedule for when they are due.

If you are interested in changing your recital participation status, please let the office know.

 

How does the waitlist work?

During the course of registration, many of our classes become full. For this reason, we provide a waitlist on which you may put your little dancer! In order to place your dancer on a waitlist, you must go through the normal registration process. The only difference is that there is no charge to register as a waitlister. However, if a spot becomes available in the class, as a convenience to you, Elite Dance will notify you via email, put the waitlisted student into the class, and charge the payment form on file. At any time before class enrollment, should you wish to withdraw the student from the waitlist, please contact the offce.

 

WHAT IS THE approximate YEARLY TOTAL FOR ONE STUDENT IN ONE RECITAL CLASS?

The typical financial yearly breakdown for one student in one recital class is shown below. This includes the following:

Early Registration
(May 1st - May 31st)
$35 - Once per session per child

Registration
(June 1st through close of registration )
$50 - Once per session per child

One Student Tuition
$60 MONTHLY - 1st Class Discipline
$50 MONTHLY - Each Additional Class Discipline

Family Tuition (More Than One Student)
$60 MONTHLY - 1st Student, 1st Class Discipline
$50 MONTHLY - 1st Student, Each Additional Class Discipline
$50 MONTHLY - Each Additional Student, Each Class Discipline

Costume Fees
* Students in combo classes perform two dances in recital and therefore need two costumes.

$80 Per Costume Per Dance - All recital classes

Recital Bundle Fees
$200 - 1st Student (total)
$140 - Each Additional Student (total)

Recital Bundle Breakdown, 1st Student:

    Recital Fee           - $110 - 1st Student [Includes: Recital Participation Trophy/Medal]
    Advanced Tickets   - $60    [Optional - Per Family]
    Recital Book         - $15     [Optional - Per Family]
    Finale Tshirt         - $15     [Optional - Per Student]

Recital Bundle Breakdown, Each Additioal Student:

    Recital Fee           - $95 - Add'l Student [Includes: Recital Participation Trophy/Medal]
    Advanced Tickets   - $30   [Optional - Per Additional Student]
    Finale Tshirt          - $15   [Optional - Per Student]

Picture Bundle Fees
$80 - [Optional] Individual Picture (1/4 page), All Class Pictures in Recital Book, Sitting Fee, Photo Editing
$45 - [Optional] Digital Download Link for Individual Picture in Recital Book & Class Pictures
$15 - [Optional] Sitting Fee, Each Additional Individual Costume (included in download link)

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Yearly Total depends upon options chosen

 

 

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Studio Rentals

 

individual studio rental rates

Studio A (2200 sqft)  - $50/HR

Studio B (800 sqft)    - $40/HR

Studio C (600 sqft)    - $40/HR

Studio D (500 sqft)    - $30/HR

All Studios + Lobby    - $150/HR

 

* Price Includes Elite Dance Attendant

** Special rates available for long term rentals

 

iMPORTANT INFORMATION

All studios enjoy central air and heat, stereo systems w/ CD, iPOD connectors, and sprung wood floor.

Credit Card required in order to hold space. (Visa, MC, and AMEX accepted.)

Please be cautious of mirrors.

No refunds, all sales are final.

48 HR cancellation policy

 

 

 

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Baby & Toddler Class FAQ’s

(For 18 months to 5 years old)

 

Are parents going to be allowed in the room, while class is going on?

For the first class, parents will be allowed to walk students into class in order to put both the child's and the parents' fears to rest. After the first class, the assistants and/or the teacher will take your child at the door, and attend to any needs while they are in class, other than bathroom. Please wait until after class to speak with your child or the teacher about concerns you have. Knocking on the windows or "poking your head in" are not permitted, as it completely diverts the attention of every child in the class away from the teacher. You are, however, encouraged to stay and watch class in the viewing area.

 

Do you accept children who are not potty trained?

At Elite we do accept students not yet potty trained, but we will not attend to any bathroom needs. If a students needs to use the bathroom, they will be escorted out of the classroom by one of the assistants and allowed to come back in when they are ready.

 

Are the students allowed to bring items into the classroom?

Only 18month-2 year old classes, 2&3 year old classes and 4&5 year old classes are allowed to bring in their dance bag. If absolutely necessary students may bring in comfort items (i.e. pacifier, blankets, dolls). The necessity will be determined on an individual basis and at the discretion of Ms. Stephanie. Food, drink, candy, or gum is not allowed in the classroom.

 

What happens if a child has to miss a class?

Many things arise during the year. If at all possible please make sure that the students miss class as little as possible. With younger children routine is everything. Since students only come once a week, attendance is vital to developing both a quality relationship and important dance skills. If you know in advance you are going to miss a class, click on the 'Going to be Absent' link in the 'Contact Us' pull down menu above.

 

When will you know about dances and costumes?

Costume measurements for students happen during their Halloween parties. The teacher may show pictures of the costumes and have a song sample sometime before Christmas vacation. The students will complete one dance for ballet and one dance for tap. Each child will be introduced at the beginning of one of their dances. Costume pictures are usually available for viewing sometime between October and December. Please be advised that specific tights and shoes will be required for class pictures and for the recital for each costume and is considered part of the costume.

 

What are the qualifications of assistants?

Depending on the class, assistants will be other teachers at Elite, former teacher graduates from Elite, or current teacher graduate candidates. In cases where graduated or graduate students are not available, faculty will choose other qualified assistants. In order to assist, a student must be approved by the owners and the teacher, and must be at least 10 years old.

 

What happens if my child cries or misbehaves during class?

Every child has a different personality. A teacher or an assistant will attempt to comfort each child personally if a child is upset. It often takes several classes for students to be acclimated to the classroom environment. Because the class is only once a week, it takes children a little longer to feel comfortable than it would in a daycare or preschool environment where they attend class every day. Tailored responses are made to each child according to the child's personality. The child directs the teachers' responses to any behavior (positive or negative) exhibited. Please talk to the teacher about any behavior that your child exhibits during class that is troubling to you.

 

WHAT IF I'M UNSURE IF MY LITTLE DANCER WILL LIKE DANCE CLASS? SHOULD I SIGN UP FOR THE RECITAL AND INCUR COSTUME AND RECITAL FEES?

Every student who registers has the option to choose whether or not to participate in the recital in June. If you are unsure whether or not your little dancer will like classes, choose Not Doing Recital on the registration form and you will not incur costume and recital fee charges. Please note: If you choose to have your little dancer participate in the recital, you will be responsible for all recital and costume related fees. Please refer to the draft schedule for when they are do.

If you are interested in changing your recital participation status, please let the office know.

 

WHAT OTHER INFORMATION SHOULD I KNOW?

Each ballet/tap combo class changes shoes half way through the class. The teachers and assistants will change your child's shoes until they are old enough to do it themselves. Please make sure to label the inside of your child's shoes with their last name or initials at the start of the dance year. Shoes may be switched by accident.

 

WHAT CAN MY DANCER WEAR TO CLASS?

Please click HERE for specified combo class dance wear. We encourage all the frilly fun outfits!