2019-2020 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. 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 and “like” the studio Facebook page and follow us on instagram to stay informed. This handbook has been created to 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
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 & Outreach team. Payments for recital fees & accessories and any clothing needed for Hip Hop, Breakin/Poppin, Boy’s Classes, 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 or weather cancellation.
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 $ 25.00 service charge and be repaid by cash or money order only
Any student who withdraws after December 1, 2019 will be responsible for the remainder of costume payments.
Students will be measures 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 May tuition. 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.
Attendance/Absences & Illness Policy
We encourage consistent attendance. 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 at either location. Please inform studio prior to attending makeup class. In general, please follow a 24-hour rule when deciding if your child is well enough to attend class. In other words, please wait 24 hours after the fever breaks, the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea, starting antibiotics/medication, etc. If a child is too sick to attend school, please do not bring him/her to dance class.
Students must be in proper dancewear & shoes to participate in class, this includes:
- leotard and tights.
- dance shorts, pants and tanks.
- hair pulled back (ponytail, headbands) No hats
- No jewelry is to be worn (Stud earrings are allowed)
- Girls: Tan jazz shoes, tan tap shoes, pink ballet shoes
- Boys: (sweat pants, 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.
The observation window will be open October - May on the first class of every month. CLOSED Sept. & June. During observation day, the secretary will be in to take your tuition payments and any orders. Please don’t allow small children to bang or knock on window during class.
Waiting Room & Parking Lots
We would appreciate your cooperation in keeping these areas neat and clean as you would your own home. No small children will be allowed in waiting area or 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. Parents must be prompt when picking up children. ABSOLUTELY NO FOOD OR DRINK IN THE STUDIO OR THE WAITING ROOM, Parents & Observers included. (water bottles are O.K.) we have several dancers and parents with allergies. Please be considerate of others in the waiting room, no throwing objects or toys, no loud games or toys.
We ask parents to remind children to use the restroom PRIOR to class time or during shoe change 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 waiting room during their class. No instructor or CSDA staff member will assist with bathroom visits.
Inclement Weather & Cancellations
All cancellations will be posted on the cancellation page of the studio website, Facebook, 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 made up in a similar class according to our make-up policy. Classes will not be rescheduled and refunds will not be offered due to closures.
If your dancer is injured and unable to participate, they are expected to attend class 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.
As the season progresses additional information or updates will be posted at the Studio and a packet will be given out. It is mandatory for a parent or guardian to be present the 1st week of May & June and Dress Rehearsal week to receive important information. 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 20, 2020 at The Tilden Arts Center, Cape Cod Community College. We do not guarantee siblings will be in the same Show at the Recital.
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 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, 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. Oct. – April monthly notices will be emailed to you. All notices will be posted @ the studios & 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
Thurs. Oct. 31 - Halloween
Tues. Nov. 26 - Sun. Dec. 1- Thanksgiving
Sun. Dec. 22 - Sun. Jan. 5 - Christmas Break
Sun. Feb. 16 - Sun. Feb. 23 - Feb. Vacation
Sun. Apr. 19 - Sun. Apr. 26 - Apr. Vacation
Mon. May 25 - Memorial Day
Important Dates to Remember
Thurs. Oct. 24 - Wed. Oct. 30 - Wear Halloween Costume & Bring a Friend Week
Mon. Dec. 2 - Sat. Dec. 7 - Costume & Recital Accessories Measuring Week
Mon. Feb. 10 - Sat. Feb. 15 - Wear Red to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Week
Sat. Feb. 29 - Fri. Mar. 6 – Bring a Parent Week
Fri. May 1 - Thurs. May 7- Parent Meeting (A parent or guardian must be with student)
Sun. May 17 - Picture Day
Sat. May 30 - Ticket Sales
Mon. June 1 - Sat. June 6 – Parent Meeting (A parent or guardian must be with student)
Mon. June 8 - Sat. June 13 - Dress Rehearsal
Mon. June 15 - Fri. June 19 - Recital Prep Week
Wed. June 17 - Intermediate thru Adult - Tech Rehearsal
Thurs. June 18 - All Other Students - Tech Rehearsal
Sat. June 20 – Recital
(Dates subject to change)
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