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  2016-2017 Tuition Pricing & Policies

 Members/Non-Members 

 Why is there a membership/non-membership option for the year 2016-2017?

Everyone likes to have options, so we are offering two options for students this year.  No matter which option you choose, every student at Define Dance will receive equal attention in the classroom.  We want to give all of our students the best class training experience to enhance the student’s  skills and technique at every stage.  

All-Inclusive Member tuition pricing is for students who register for the 2016-2017 dance year with the commitment to participate in the annual dance recital at the end of the dance year.   The 2016-2017 year begins Aug 1 and ends with the annual recital, tentatively set for June 3, 2017.  

Non-Member tuition pricing  This option is for students who want to take classes, but choose not to participate in the year end recital. We feel students receive the best experience of a performing arts program by enrolling in the full year, and participating in the annual recital, but we understand that not everyone will want to make that decision.

Please Tell Me more about the All-Inclusive Membership Pricing.We are taking the estimated cost of everything needed to bring our students a wonderful dance experience and bundling the cost into a convenient monthly payment package  Every month in the enrolled tuition year will be averaged to the same cost.  This all inclusive packaging allows our dance families to have a more efficient budget friendly dance year.  

What is included in the All-Inclusive Membership Packaging?

           *Registration for 2016-2017 year   *Monthly Tuition with no increase from 2015-2016 year.

           *2 Studio T-Shirts (recital shirt is separate).

           *Recital Costume per every class enrolled, performance tights,garment bag (we will take      

             care of the orders for all costumes)

           *Recital package that includes, tickets for family members living in student’s household,

             Recital t-shirt, commemorative dance medal, online digital access to recital, and

             one recital DVD (extra cost for additional shows).

​*No money already paid and accounted for will be reimbursed if student is unable to fulfill The membership year.

What does the 2016-2017 studio calendar year look like?

         The 2016-2017 year begins the week of August 1 and ends the week of May 22-27.

         Recital 2017 is tentatively set for June 3.  May 29-June 3 is Recital Prep and Recital.  

         Regular scheduled classes will end the week of May 22-27. 

         

         No Classes:          September 5                         Labor Day

                                        November 21-26                   Thanksgiving Holidays

                                        December  19-Jan 2             Christmas Holidays

                                        March 13-18                           Spring Break

ALL-INCLUSIVE Membership Tuition Rates for 2016-2017 Dance Year

                                       

         Class weeks will vary between 3-5 weeks each month.    This has already been taken in

         consideration, and will not affect the monthly tuition rate.  We do not charge less, or more

         Each month. Tuition rates account for the whole dance year, August-May, and have been      

         Equally divided between the months, making it more budget friendly.  

         *Rates are based on 1 enrolled student.  $10 per month, per additional student, will be

         added to the monthly tuition payment. For example- 1 additional enrolled students will

         cost an additional $10 each month.  2 additional students will cost an additional $20 per

         month.

         *The rates listed are based on enrollment beginning week of Aug 1.  In August,

         The membership package will be divided equally for 10 months.  If enrollment begins

         In September,  there will be 9 months to divide the package. If student enrolls in

         October, there will be 8 equal months, etc.  Fewer months to divide the

         membership  package will result In a higher package cost each month, simply

         because there are fewer months to divide up the Membership package.    We reserve the

         right to not share itemized pricing due to the packaging at one special rate.  We will not

         Split apart any of the package cost.

         

          *Class Levels that meet two or three times per week are counted as a class each time

         They meet, but $$ costume adjustments will be made due to costume  requirements.

          Ballet Levels 3-6 meet multiple times per week, but will only require one costume.

         Enrollment in August

         

         30 min class per week……………………………....$95   per month

         One class per week………………………………….$105

         Two………….week…………………………………. $142

         Three……….. week………………………………….$177

         Four………… week………………………………….$212

         Five…………..week………………………………….$247

         Six…………... week………………………………….$282

         Seven……….. week………………………………….$317

         Eight………… week………………………………… $352

         Nine…………. week………………………………….$387

         Ten………….. week………………………………….$422

Dance Recital/Costumes

The recital is a time to showcase the year’s work of our dancers.  

* Costumes- Measurements of student will be taken in class and the studio will place the costume order. Costume fees are already part of the all-inclusive tuition payment.

NON- Membership Tuition Rates (not participating in annual recital)

       Yearly Registration Fee……………………         $40

        30 min class per week………………………………$70 per month

          One class per week………………………………….$80

          Two classes………………………………………….$110

          Three classes………………………………………..$140

          Four…………………………………………………   $170

          Five……………………………………………………$200  

          Six……………………………………………………..$230

Additional Membership/Non-Membership Information

When are payments due?

Payments are due the 25th of the month prior to the tuition month. For example, Aug 25 will be the payment for September tuition.   At the start of the dance year, the first tuition amount is due upon class enrollment.   We accept credit or check payments.  We will no longer accept any cash payments.    The overall best payment method is to have a credit card listed on account to be auto transacted.  Everyone is busy, so other methods of payment tend to arrive late.  A late fee of $25 will be posted to the accounts if tuition is unpaid by the 4th of the month.  

What are your make-up policies?

We understand that a student will miss a class, or two during the year.  We will allow a make-up class if a similar class is available, but it is not guaranteed.  As the year end recital draws nearer, it is harder to provide a make-up class due to performance practice.

Weather:  It is rare for us to cancel classes because of weather, but we have the occasional ice and flooding.  We follow the school closing announcements, but we will also email and post updates on facebook.   If classes are canceled because of weather, we will ask you to make-up in another class, or will provide a make-up day.  Classes will not be given a credit.    

If we cancel classes due to being out of town, or illness, we will provide a make-up alternative, or credit your account.  

What if I need to withdraw from a class?

We would like to discuss the withdrawal situation so that we may offer a different solution.  

A two week written notice must be given before withdrawing.  No money already credited to your account will be refunded.  

Do you offer private lessons?

Each teacher has their own availability and pricing.  The studio fee is $25 for an hour.  Please let us know if you would like to schedule a private with one of the instructors.  

Class Descriptions

Early Dance Division

Twinkle Babies Dance-Class (2.5-3.5 yrs) A thirty minute introductory dance class containing ballet, tap and creative movement. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Engaging music is used to get these little dancers inspired to dance. The use of props such as “dancing bears”, hula hoops and maracas, enables the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun!

 

Twinkle Star Dance (3.5 - 4.5yrs) (4.5- 5yrs) 45 minute class containing ballet, tap and jazz creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers will also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. For example, all dancers will learn what a “plie” is and how to demonstrate one.  

Children & Youth Dance/Teen/Adult

The discipline and vocabulary of traditional ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop is taught to children, teens and adults from beginning levels to intermediate. We strongly urge younger students who have an interest in moving in a pre-professional direction to take multiple ballet classes a week. In addition to ballet classes we also encourage adding acro dance, jazz, contemporary, modern, tap or hip-hop for dancers who desire versatility in movements and style.

Mini Hip Hop(3.5 -5 yrs) Hip Hop is a fun work-out with benefits that include exercise, musicality, and confidence.  

Children/Youth/Adult Division

Combo Classes for 1-2nd Grade

20/20/20 ShowStars Combo  (1-2 grades) -60 minute class that offers 20 min each of Ballet, Tap, & Jazz.  This class continues to expose the student to different dance styles, offering a good technique foundation, while keeping the interest high.  Students will perform in two recital pieces.

Ballet

There are many different training programs that a dancer can follow on the road of ballet. Two of the larger ones are the Cecchetti and Russian Vaganova. Each method is composed of levels for all dancers from the newest beginner to the most seasoned student and they both have their advantages. Define Dance and Arts Studio teachers offer both techniques.

 

 Jr Ballet ShowStars I & 2 (8-10yrs)-The student at this level will continue to develop strength and coordination with more technically demanding work. There is still a heavy focus on posture, alignment and placement of the feet to insure a strong foundation for the upper grades and pointe work.  

Sr Ballet Int 3, Pre-pointe-The student will continue to develop strength and coordination with more technically demanding work. There is still a heavy focus on posture, alignment and placement of the feet to insure a strong foundation for the upper grades and pointe work.

Style, quality and coordination are the elements focused on in this level. The more advanced work directly relates to the development of strong ankles and core balance, which are both critical for pointe work. Requires twice a week minimum.  Counts as two classes.  

 Sr Ballet Levels 4 Int technique and beginning pointe (Teacher recommendation)  All elements of proper barre, center, adagio, and allegro are given in this Intermediate Level class. These  classes will emphasize correct posture and alignment and discipline in the student. 2 classes per week are required.  Requires twice a week minimum.  Counts as 2 classes.  

Sr Ballet Levels 5+  Int Adv/Adv- Teacher Placement.  Students are required to attend 2 classes per week.  Requires three times per week.  Counts as three classes.  

 

Advancement to working on Pointe is awarded on an individual basis. We will allow a student to progress on Pointe, regardless of age, only if they demonstrate certain abilities. This is in the best interest of the student's long term health.  2  ballet classes per week minimum are required.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance borrows from jazz, ballet, funk, social dance styles and many modern dance styles of the 20th century. Contemporary dance encourages natural, spontaneous movement and personal interpretation. It focuses on self-expression, awareness of space and body movement, use of body weight, efficiency of muscle use and safe body alignment. Classes start with a comprehensive warm-up and gradually build up to more elaborate dance routines. ***Requires student to be enrolled in ballet.

Jazz

 Jr Jazz ShowStars (3-5th gr)- Students learn rhythm, syncopation, isolation and improvisation. This class teaches basic jazz vocabulary and technique derived from classical ballet and modern, and encourages individual expression and style.The first half of class consists of exercises which stretch and tone muscles and develop support for proper stress-free alignment of the skeletal structure.  Students gain strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination while dancing to upbeat music.

Teen Jazz- Intro to jazz for ages 11+

Sr. Jazz Int/Adv/Adv 10yrs + Intermediate/Adv  jazz class is geared for dancers with a basic knowledge of jazz technique and terminology. Class will consist of a set warm-up that includes stretching and strengthening the body and basic ballet technique for body placement and alignment. Students will work on movements progressing across the floor, which consist of elements such as leaps, turns, isolations, footwork, and musicality. Teachers will challenge students with increasingly difficult exercises and combinations to build strength and proper technique.***Teacher Placement

Creative Modern

Modern dance grows strong and versatile dancers with techniques that bring you from the floor, to the air, and back again. In addition to fundamental Modern dance skills, dancers will learn creative principles through movement exploration, creation and choreography, as well as basic contemporary partnering concepts like counterbalance and weight-sharing. This investigative and collaborative environment encourages teamwork and develops maturity in young dancers. Requires student to be enrolled in ballet

Musical Showtime Theater (Kindergarten-2nd gr)-The class is structured to give the very young student the experience of being in a theater dance on stage, working together through a class warm-up, theater dance movement, voice, and stage presentation. Children learn the basics of facial expression and body movement as they learn song and dances from musicals.

Theater Production-ages 8+The class is structured to give the student the experience of being in a production on stage, working together through a production warm-up, rehearsal and a final performance. Pieces are chosen from classic musicals, and often incorporate blocking, partnering, scene, song and dance. Requires student to be enrolled in jazz.

 Tap

Tap dance emphasizes the flow of movement by teaching the dancer to find rhythms and beats not only in music but in their own bodies. Students will master fundamental skills at each level.  Tap is a high energy form of movement offering fun and fitness.  

 

Hip-Hop

This class will introduce young students' to the basic vocabulary and style of hip hop movement. Hip Hop is about personal style and expression. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required, but be prepared to sweat!!

NEW CLASS offered:

Acro Dance

Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.

Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength.

Acrobatic Arts starts at the very beginning, Our instructors have gone through the Acrobatic Arts Teacher Training and Certification courses to be trained in proper placement and technique so our students will have the building blocks to progress safely and quickly from one level to the next.  The  course provided extensive, hands-on training in spotting and progression so our teachers are knowledgeable, confident and inspired to teach acro dance.  

**Students must be enrolled in ballet/jazz as AcroDance is founded in ballet and jazz.  Students through the 2nd grade must be enrolled in a combo class.  

2016-2017 Students will be grouped according to age.  Every student enrolled will start at the beginning of the course.

Performing Company classes  and Specialty classes will be placed on the schedule as the need arises.  

        Company members will pay an additional monthly fee for the Company class

        Jr Co members must enroll in  their required Combo class and Acro

        Sr Co members are required to take

                -Ballet    -Jazz    -Contemporary    -Acro

  *Class schedules may be subject to change due to low enrollment or long wait lists, and instructors may be subject to change as well.

Dance Attire

 

Hair must be worn off of face in a ponytail.  No jewelry, bracelets, rings, or watches

Define Dance offers dance attire and dance shoes.  Orders may be placed at various times throughout the dance year.  

Twinkle Star Dance: Any pink, purple, or black  color leotard/skirt.  

                         

Mini Hip Hop: tennis shoes, shirt, sweats

Ballet Attire A solid black or  pink leotard, tights and pink leather or canvas ballet shoes.   Short dance skirts..  Proper fitting pointe shoes for students allowed on pointe.. Hair in bun.

Jazz Attire

Girls:   Leotard shorts or capri leggings,, appropriate jazz shoes.  Boys: solid color t-shirt, jazz pants, or basketball shorts, jazz shoes.  No tee shirts, sweats, or baggy clothing..  

Acro: Boy Cut unitard or black leotard and black dance shorts.  

 Etiquette

All students are  asked to  practice respect.  Students are not to be socializing in a disruptive manner during the class with other students.  Please honor your teacher and fellow students by giving full attention and cooperation

* During class if a student complains of being ill, or sustains an injury and cannot participate, the instructor will send them to the front desk were the parents will be notified if not on the premises.  The student will not be allowed to sit and observe the class if ill.  Parents will be called to pick up the student.   Parents must notify the front desk if a student is injured and can only observe the class.

*The parent, or guardian is expected to respect the activities of other families in the studio, and the classes in session. The waiting area may become crowded during certain days/times. Please do not pull chairs up to the viewing glass window.  This is a safety issue for the one standing on the chair, and it causes a jam in the  passage area.  Any child  not in a classroom  needs to supervised.  Out of courtesy to the other families in the waiting area please refrain from loud scolding and any form of physical punishment in the waiting area. Families have various means of disciplining.  It is best to keep watch of your child(ren), and step outside if necessary.

*Students need to bring their own water to the studio, especially if scheduled for more than one class.   Water  is the only drink allowed in the studio.  Water is sold at the front desk for $1

    CLASSROOM   Procedures

  

*We request that students observe the proper dress attire for the class enrolled.  Students should not enter or leave the dance studio in dance shoes.  Dance shoes are to be worn inside the dance rooms only.

*Students arriving more than 15 minutes late may be denied  admittance  into class. The student will have missed the warm-up, and entering the classroom this late will cause disruption. For your safety, and to receive full benefit from your class, please arrange a make-up class if you expect to be very late

*All students are encouraged not to leave the room once class has begun. Please allow for appropriate restroom use prior to class. Parents with young children should insist their child use the bathroom before class even if the child indicates they do not need to. Very young children will be treated sensitively as the need arises. Preschool children may need a parent’s attention from time to time for various reasons including bathroom or behavior issues. Please do not leave the waiting room when very young children are in class without informing the front desk or having another parent responsible during your absence.  

* Students should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before class start time. Teachers are either conducting class, or making class preparations.   Students are not to enter any classroom that does not have a teacher present.  Empty Classrooms are not to be used as a play area.   Define Dance and Arts Studio is not responsible for providing before and/or after class care for students.  Students are not to be left at the studio for excessive periods before or after class.  Children should be instructed to remain in the studio building if their parent is not