2020-2021 Studio Handbook & Policy
Center Stage Dance Academy
Welcome to Center Stage Dance Academy. We pride ourselves on consistently offering a full array of classes in a safe, nurturing environment with age appropriate choreography, music, movement and costuming for all ages and abilities. Whether you want to dance for fun and recreation or are committed to taking your skills and passions to the highest levels possible, Center Stage will help you reach your goals and unlock your highest potential. We are a Y.P.A.D. (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) Certified Studio and a Licensed More Than Just Great Dancing Studio®. All of our educators are committed to the emotional and physical safety of our dancers, are CPR certified and background checked. We strive for accountability and integrity in all aspects of dance education. Thank you for choosing us and we look forward to having you be part of the CSDA family!
“We are in the business of helping to create good people and the fact that they learn how to dance along the way is a bonus” Tiffany Prout-Leitao, Owner/Artistic Director
Center Stage Dance Academy keeps families informed through monthly newsletters, email, Facebook, the studio website and on your parent portal. We suggest that everyone provide us with their email address, “like” the studio Facebook public page and follow us on Instagram to stay informed. We have a private studio families Facebook group where we do live video updates and share important studio information. This handbook has been created to outline our policies and answer many of your questions and acts as a great resource throughout the year. Please feel free to email or call us throughout the year with any questions or concerns.
116 Long Pond Rd, Box 16
Plymouth, MA 02360
116 State Rd, Suite 11
Sagamore Beach, MA 02562
Important: Each student must have undergone a complete medical exam within the last year. Please complete the medical form on our online parent portal. Informing us of any physical, mental or conditional learning that may be present so that instructors may adapt the learning environment to ensure a safer and happier dance experience.
Tuition is due the first week of the month. Tuition is based on 10-month season from September to June and is not affected by how many times the class meets in any one particular calendar month (5-class month is not extra and a 2-class month is not less) Costumes for our annual June recital are included in your tuition with the exception of Hip Hop, Breakin/Poppin, Boy’s Classes, Home School Classes, Dance with Me & Outreach Team. Payments for recital fees & accessories and any clothing needed for Hip Hop, Breakin/Poppin, Boy’s Classes, Home School classes, Dance with Me, Finale shirts, tights, etc. will be due by March 1st. This fee is separate from the tuition.
Tuition is due regardless of attendance and is not affected by absence, holiday, vacation, cancellation or modification.
Tuition, registration, costume, recital fees, accessories & competition fees are non-refundable
A 10% discount will be given for either family, multi class (must be registered for a combo) or prepaid season tuition.
Payments accepted are checks, cash and credit cards through the online parent portal (PayPal)
You can view your balance/payment history and pay online any time in your parent portal.
We do not send out monthly statements (you will only receive a reminder notice on the 14th of the month if your tuition has not been paid)
A $15.00 late fee will be assessed to any tuition payments received after the 15th of the month
All returned checks will be subject to a $30.00 service charge and be repaid by cash or money order only
Any student who withdraws after November 30, 2020 will be responsible for the remainder of costume payments.
Students will be measured for costumes & sizes will be taken for recital accessories the first week in December. Half of the June tuition will be paid with the January tuition. The 2nd half of June will then be paid with the April tuition. May tuition will be normal. No tuition will be paid in June.
No costumes, recital accessories for recital or tickets will be issued until all balances are paid in full.
Students will not be able to participate with tuition in arrears for 2 or more months. Tuition must be current in order for your child to participate in extra activities or performances. If special circumstances arise, please contact the Studio Owner.
Written Notification Withdrawal Clause:
Anyone that signs up for classes is financially responsible for any and all costs associated with the class from the date the contracts are signed until the date of the written notification that a person will no longer be involved in the class. If your child wishes to discontinue class written notification is required to release her/him from the program as you will continue to be charged for any and all costs until written notification is received. Acceptable written notifications are letters signed by a parent /guardian or an email sent from a parent/guardian email account. The letter/email must state the student’s name, class enrolled in, and reason for discontinuing the class.
Class Cancellation/Modification Policy:
All cancellations will be posted on the cancellation page of the studio website, Facebook, Instagram, twitter, and on both studio phones. We will also send message of closings via email. The safety of our students, teachers and parents is of utmost concern. If the weather is bad (snow, ice) we may cancel classes. Generally, we follow school weather closures. Sometimes, however, the weather and roads may clear in time for our afternoon classes. Classes missed because of weather closures may be offered virtually, made up in a similar class according to our make-up policy.
Community Health Restrictions: In the event that large groups cannot assemble, we will modify our class offerings to abide by community health standards and continue offering services to our clients. These modifications may include: closing the lobby (drop off/pick up only), offering live-streamed classes for students to take at home, and other appropriate modifications.
Natural Disaster/Facility Closure: If our facility is unable to hold classes due to a natural disaster or other event requiring closure, we will modify our class offerings to continue offering services to our clients. These modifications may include live-streamed classes for students to take at home and other appropriate modifications.
Any cancelled classes may be made up by attending another class from our regular schedule. We do not schedule additional makeup classes or refund for classes cancelled due to weather, pandemics, natural disasters, or other facility closures. Private lessons (at client’s expense in addition to standard tuition) may also be used for class makeups.
Refunds/Credits on Account
Refunds are only issued when CSDA cancels a class due to low enrollment. Account credit will be issued when the student initiates the change. Credit may be applied to any CSDA tuition or fees due within one year.
Private Lesson Cancellation Policy
All private lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice will receive a full refund or not be charged. No-show lessons or lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full amount. Lessons must be paid for when scheduled.
Student-Teacher Interaction (no contact teaching during COVID crisis 6/15/2020)
Classes at CSDA are designed to challenge students in body awareness,
activity, and artistry. This involves physical contact. Instructors will often
need to make hands-on contact to adjust students’ alignment and to
demonstrate proper motion. If this makes students uncomfortable, please
contact the instructor or studio front desk.
Attendance/Absences & Illness Policy
Dance is a progressive program that builds from week to week. Class warm-ups are crucial for the safety of the students so please make sure dancers are on time for class. Please inform the studio of any absence. We understand that conflicts or illness may cause dancers to miss a class and we have established a make-up policy to address this situation. Any dancer may make up any class in a comparable level or lower on zoom or in person if class size allows. Please inform studio prior to attending makeup class for approval.
Individuals will not be allowed to enter if they have had any of the follow symptoms in the last 24 hours: Starting antibiotics/medications, temperature above 100*, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, gastrointestinal symptoms, abdominal pain, unexplained rash, fatigue, headache, new loss of smell/taste, new muscle aches, any other sign of illness.
Please do not attend classes if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days. Students must be cleared by doctor to resume class.
Please do not attend class if you have had contact with someone with confirmed or presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19 or someone who is ill with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days.
Please do not attend classes for 14 days following a visit to an area where there is “widespread sustained community spread” of COVID-19.
Optional virtual learning is available for any dancer who stays home.
Observation Window (updated 6/15/ 2020)
The observation window is normally open October - May on the first class of every month, when our administrative staff is there. We are currently working on our ability for a virtual way to observe classes due to our mandate of closed waiting rooms.
Waiting Room (due to COVID restrictions, waiting areas are closed)
All students must be dropped off at the front door and picked up at the back door of studio. Parents must be prompt when picking up children. ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE STUDIO OR THE WAITING ROOM. (water bottles are O.K. but must be labeled with student’s name)
Restroom (updated due to COVID restrictions) 6/15/2020
We ask parents to remind children to use the restroom PRIOR to class time. If an emergency visit to the restroom is necessary during class, students need to ask permission before leaving the teaching area. All students who need assistance with the restroom must have a parent/guardian in the parking lot. No instructor or CSDA staff member will assist with bathroom visits. Any parent needing to enter building must have a mask on. All restrooms will be sanitized after every use.
No children will be allowed in parking lot unattended. PLEASE DRIVE SLOW in the parking lots – children are frequently going in and out as well as other business patrons. Please do not leave them unattended before or after class.
If your dancer is injured and unable to participate, they are expected to attend class in studio or on zoom to observe. Dancers learn and retain information by observing classes. Please bring a doctor’s note confirming the injury with dates of non-participation. No tuition will be reimbursed due to an injury but make up classes and opportunities will be offered for time missed.
CSDA Refer A Friend
Refer a friend to CSDA and receive $20.00 off June tuition. One referral credit per student. Friend must stay through May.
As the season progresses additional information or updates will be posted on the studio website recital page and a packet will be distributed via email. We will be hosting a parent recital meeting via zoom the first week in May and the first week in June. This meeting will be recorded and emailed out for those who are not able to attend the live meeting. Costumes & recital accessories will be issued to all in May when the year’s tuition has been paid in full. The recital will take place on June 19, 2021 at The Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College. We do not guarantee siblings will be in the same Show at the Recital. Recital date and location subject to change.
Rescheduling and Substitution
Center Stage Dance Academy reserves the right to provide a substitute teacher if the regular
teacher is ill or otherwise unable to teach. CSDA reserves the right to reschedule or combine classes.
Students must be in proper dancewear & shoes to participate in class, this includes:
- black or pink leotard with tan, black or pink tights.
- dance shorts, pants and tanks in the same color code.
- hair pulled back (ponytail, headbands) No hats
- No jewelry is to be worn (Stud earrings are allowed)
- Nude leotard (body liner will be required for females ages 10+ for Performance)
- Females: Tan jazz shoes, tan tap shoes, pink ballet shoes
- Males: (black sweat pants, black or white tee shirt, black ballet, tap & jazz shoes).
Dance with Me classes - bare feet or sneakers
Monday Sagamore & Thursday Plymouth Ballet Classes proper dancewear & shoes includes:
- black leotard & pink tights, black ballet shorts or skirts
- pink ballet slippers.
- Hair must be in a bun; short hair must be pinned back off face
Modern, Contemporary, Acro and Lyrical – bare feet
Hip Hop & Breakin Students proper dancewear and shoes includes:
- Sneakers & comfortable street clothes that you can dance in.
NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE STUDIO WITH STREET SHOES. Please bring all your dance shoes. Please don’t wear your dance shoes to class this includes sneakers.
Code Of Conduct
To ensure the smooth, safe running of Center Stage Dance Academy and an enjoyable experience by all, below you will find our code of conduct. As always, we are open to feedback, so if any of the requirements outlined below are unclear or concerning, please give us a call to discuss further. Following a formal meeting, we do reserve the right to dismiss or take disciplinary action on any students or parents who breach our studio’s code of conduct.
No classes (including private lessons) or teachers are to be disturbed unless it is an emergency. All parents, siblings & friends must wait in the waiting areas (if permissible) or outside of the studios until classes have been dismissed.
We are unable to take responsibility for our students before or after their scheduled classes and it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure their child is picked up and dropped off on time. In the case of an emergency or unavoidable delay, please contact the studio immediately to inform us of the situation so we can keep your child calm and safe until they can be collected.
Choreography, costuming and studio policies remain the intellectual property of Center Stage Dance Academy and may not be reproduced or sold by any students, parents or staff without permission of the Director.
Please show respect for your teachers and fellow dancers. No talking, touching, hanging on Ballet barres or gum chewing will be allowed in the classroom. Cell phones are not allowed inside the classroom and must be set to silent in the lobby.
Please be a good role model and keep it positive! Negative or inappropriate language and/or behavior will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal of both parent/guardian and/or student from Center Stage Dance Academy
In the rare case of a parent/guardian or student showing disrespect or defamation to any parent/guardian, staff member or student, a meeting will be called immediately and dismissal may be considered at the discretion of the Director. Physical, mental, emotional or cyber bullying by parents/guardians, staff or students will not be tolerated and may result in dismissal from the studio.
Any questions or complaints must go through secretary or director – parents/guardians and students are not permitted to contact Center Stage Dance Academy teachers via phone, in person, email or social networking with studio issues unless it has been broached with the Director first. Personal meetings with the studio Director can happily be arranged via email or phone.
Social Media Policy
Use of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube blogging and other social-media vehicles is commonplace. Please remember that your anonymity on Social Media is never guaranteed and to exercise particular caution when posts, images or videos identify children in your care.
Remain mindful that your behavior on Social Media remains in keeping with CSDA’s code of conduct.
Any comments or posts perceived to be obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, discriminatory or hateful towards CSDA staff, students or families may subject the owner to disciplinary or legal action.
Should you wish to engage on Social Media while identifying as a studio volunteer or employee, you may only do so with integrity, respect, and adhere to privacy and confidentiality policy.
Any content revealing or referring to sensitive studio information is not allowed to be shared online.
While affiliated with our studio, (for example, images of your child in CSDA attire) we will not tolerate any posts that are racially, sexually, physically or religiously offensive.
All matters pertaining directly to the studio - whether it be fees, scheduling, placements or performance opportunities - may not be communicated via Social Media. We have an open-door policy and encourage all communication, complaints and feedback to be communicated via email, phone or in person.
We discourage parents/guardians, students and teachers from becoming ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ on Social Media, unless there is an existing relationship. We consider all studio members to be family and as such feel the obligation to respect and monitor personal boundaries.
You may not post photographs / videos that feature CSDA dancers’ other than your own online without the proven consent of their parent/guardian.
Identifying information of any featured minors - including names, ages or location - must be removed when posting on Social Media.
Please email the teacher or director via the website if you have questions or comments concerning your child’s dance classes. Monthly newsletters will be emailed to you. All newsletters will be posted on the website on the first day of each month. Both studios have a locked deposit slot in the desk for tuition payments, orders, comments & concerns. For the fastest response email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration and participation in classes and events at or produced by Center Stage Dance Academy constitutes acknowledgement and agreement to these policies.
September 8 - Studio Opens for 2020-2021 Season
October 26 - October 31 - Wear Halloween Costume Week
November 24 - November 29 - Fall Break (no classes/office hours)
December 1 - December 7 - Costume/Accessories Measuring Week
Dec. 22 - Jan. 3 - Winter Break (no classes/office hours)
January 1 - January & 1st ½ June Tuition Due
February 8 - February 13 - Wear Red/Pink to Class Week
February 15 - February 21 - Feb. Vacation (no classes/office hours)
March 1 - Recital Accessories Due
April 1 - April & 2nd ½ June Tuition Due
April 19 - April 25 - April Vacation (no classes/office hours)
May 1 - May 7 - Costume Pick Up Week
May 16 - Picture Day
May 29 - Ticket Sales
May 31 - Memorial Day (no classes or office hours)
June 1 - No Tuition Due
Mon. June 7 - Sat. June 12 - Dress Rehearsal
Mon. June 14 - Fri. June 18 - Recital Prep Week (no classes)
Wed. June 16 - Intermediate thru Adult - Tech Rehearsal
Thurs. June 17 - All Other Students - Tech Rehearsal
Sat. June 19 - Recital
(All dates subject to change)
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