Thomas Performing Arts Center Policies
Tuition is due on the first class of every session from September through May. A late fee of $10.00 is charged on all late tuition payments. Any tuition past due by 15 days will be automatically charged. All tuition must be paid in full before the purchase of pictures or recital tickets.
Costume Deposits are due by December 15th. There is a $25 Per class fee. This will be used towards the purchase of costumes for the spring recital. The remaining balances will be emailed and added to students profiles after the holiday break.
2. FOOD & BEVERAGES:
No food or beverages are allowed in any classrooms. Water in a covered/capped water bottle or thermos is allowed and encouraged. Absolutely no gum is allowed in any classrooms and during class. Please be considerate of snacks that you bring into the studio and discard of any waste.
Restrooms must be used by all students prior to entering the classroom. Classroom breaks are not held, and students may leave the classroom for urgent matters only.
3. CLASS PLACEMENT:
If you are a new member to our studio please consult the studio regarding your student’s class placement before registering your student for classes. We understand that some students have prior dance instruction and we will place your student in the appropriate class to exercise their maximum potential.
4. STREET SHOES:
No street shoes will be allowed beyond the designated area. Sand, salt and dirt becomes embedded into the dance floors and uncomfortable for all students and staff.
Students that withdraw from class must do so by written notice to the studio. Students will be responsible for any unpaid tuition, fees, or costume fees due up to when the written notice is received.
There are no refunds for tuition, shoes, dancewear, tights or costumes. Tuition is not prorated. Unworn Shoes may be exchanged for the proper size or re-sold at the studio. Registration fees are non-refundable.
7. MAKEUP/SNOW DAYS:
All cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on the studio facebook, WCSH 6, and WKTJ. All classes are allowed one snow day. Any additional snow days will incur a make-up class, scheduled for Spring. Students will be advised by the Instructor as to what classes they may attend to make-up any classes lost to snow days.
8. STUDENT OBSERVATIONS:
Parents, Guardians and Friends are allowed to view their student’s classes so long as it does not become a distraction. It will be up to the teacher’s discretion to close the door and ask parents to wait in the waiting room.
9. PERSONAL SAFETY:
The Mt. Blue Shopping Center is a large building with many various businesses. All students junior high age and under should be dropped off and picked up from class inside the studio by an adult. Young students should not be picked up outside, and should be picked up inside the building. We understand that this may be an inconvenience for some, but our priority is safety for all of our students.
Free Parking is available in the spaces directly in front of the studio entrance. Please be mindful of the other businesses and do not park in the Dunkin Donuts parking lot.
11. SOCIAL MEDIA & EMAIL:
Communication is the key! We update our Facebook group and page regularly, as well as email out any notices, newsletters, programming information and updates to all applicable families with an email address on file. If you do not receive email, please make sure to check with the front desk when you drop off and pick up your students, to keep up with What’s New, Notices, and Events. We do not share our families’ information with third parties; all contact information is kept confidential and used for the sole purpose of business communications with us.
12. CLASS PICTURES:
Class Pictures, with each class in their recital costume, will be taken in May. Specific class times will be announced. Each student is required to participate in the Class Picture, however, students are not required to purchase any picture packages. We understand students may also have scheduling conflicts, please let us know if you will not be able to attend Pictures due to a scheduling conflict.
Performing is an integral part of a dance education. Dance education involves technique, choreography, and performing opportunities. ALL September-June Session students are required to perform in the Annual Recital held in June. (Of course exceptions will be made once they are discussed with the teacher) This requires the purchase of a costume, accessories and tights for each class, all ordered by the studio. All students are also required to take part in the Dress Rehearsal for recital and have their picture taken with their class during our Picture Weekend in May. Dates and Times will be announced as soon as they become available.
Attendance in all scheduled classes is mandatory. Please contact the studio if your student is going to miss class.
15. LOW-ENROLLMENT OR FULL CLASSES:
We require a minimum of 5 students to be enrolled in a class to keep it open. If a class experiences low enrollment, it may be combined with another class, scheduled for another day and/or time. Should your class experience low enrollment, you will be notified as soon as possible.
Some class sizes are limited, due to the nature of the class and/or student ages and ability. Registrations are taken on a first come/first served basis, secured by the Registration Fee. Should a class fill to capacity, it will be “closed” and alternate classes will be recommended for the dancer.
New registrations for the September-June Term will not be accepted after Thanksgiving. Alternate workshops and classes will be recommended for all students who register after Thanksgiving.
We at TPAC make every attempt to provide our students with proper training and a safe environment, but realize that accidents do happen. The American Red Cross certifies all of the Instructors at TPAC in First Aid and CPR. Students and their parent/s and/or guardian/s assume the risk involved with any injuries that may occur as a result of taking part in a dance class. Should an injury occur, the Instructor will make every attempt to assist with the injury and the contact listed on their Registration Form as the Emergency Contact Person will be notified. The Emergency Contact Person should advise the Instructor if an ambulance should be called in the event of an extreme injury.
Thomas Performing Arts Center reserves the right to amend, or revise any of these policies at any time. Should you have any questions regarding the aforementioned policies, please do not hesitate to contact us.