Rhythms Performing Arts
Studio Policies 2019-2020
Tuition Rates per Month
Most studios charge separate registration, production, and costumes fees. This year, we have made it simpler for parents by including all of these into the monthly tuition fees. There will be no additional costs for registering, to perform, or for costumes.
1 weekly class: $74
2 weekly classes: $134
3 weekly classes: $180
4 weekly classes: $218
5 weekly classes: $254
6 weekly classes: $286
7 weekly classes: $302
8 weekly classes: $317
9 weekly classes: $328
10 weekly classes: $342
11 weekly classes: $374
12 weekly classes: $405
Example: A student who is enrolled in Intermediate Hip Hop will attend four classes during a month, and the student’s tuition will be $74 for the entire month ($18.50 per class). A student in Int Hip Hop, Intermediate Ballet and Intermediate Jazz will attend about twelve classes during a month, and the student’s tuition will be $180 for the entire month (about $15 per class).
We offer private lessons for voice, dance, and acting. Please see our studio website for details on Private Lessons.
Family Discount: Families who have more than one student enrolled at Rhythms (including adults) will receive a 10% discount off their total tuition.
Bring-A-Friend Discount: We love when our Rhythms students refer their friends to our studio. If your friend registers for classes, we will show our appreciation with a 50% discount on your next month’s tuition (if you have multiple students in your family, the discount is applied to just one student.) To receive this discount, you must email the studio within a month of the friend registering for classes. This discount is not applied automatically.
Registration fees are included in your monthly tuition. No additional registration fees are due.
Our monthly tuition is based on a pre-payment for classes. It is due on the first of each month. Tuition is the same each month, regardless of holiday closures. There will be 3-5 classes per month depending on the calendar month. When you are registering for classes, please remember that although you are paying by month to make payments more manageable, you are registered for the entire studio year (September to May.) If a student must drop out of a class mid-month, that month’s tuition is non-refundable.
When you enroll you’ll automatically be set up for monthly recurring credit card payments so you don’t need to worry about paying on time or being charged late fees (unless your credit card is declined). We can accept cash or check tuition payments only if you pre-pay for the entire semester (September-January or February-May). To pre-pay the semester by cash or check please email or call the studio. Payments that are not received by the 5th of the month, regardless of when the student has class or when holidays fall, will be charged a $15 late fee. A $20 fee will also be charged for any returned checks. Students whose accounts are not paid by the 5th of the month will not be allowed to participate in classes.
All classes (except some adult classes and technique classes) will teach toward our performances. See calendar above for dates. Students are not required to participate in these performances but must understand that a significant portion of class time will be geared toward preparation for the shows and the tuition cost is the same for students who choose not to perform. Performance fees are included in your monthly tuition. No additional performance fees are due.
Dress Code and Shoes
Students must be dressed appropriately for all classes. We request that all attire be form-fitting to allow instructors to observe proper body alignment and allow the students to have freedom of movement. However, our dress code is flexible to allow students to wear what makes them feel comfortable, confident, and safe.
Hair must be worn away from the face in a ponytail or bun; short hair must be clipped back. Proper attire can be purchased at Marin Dancewear in southern Novato and more information on where it is located can be found on our Students’ Page on our website.
Jazz, Contemporary, Character, Acro, Modern, Tap, and Yoga:
• Leotard, sports bra, or fitted top.
• Jazz pants, leggings, or fitted shorts LEGGINGS ARE PREFERRED (they allow for the most movement and are best for floor work)
• Jazz, Contemporary, Character: tan split sole jazz shoes
• Acro, Modern, Yoga: no shoes or foot thongs
• Tap: Black oxford style tap shoes (not the shiny mary-jane style)
• Leotard (Any Color)
• Pink tights (Tights are required, not suggested!)
• Fitted shorts or ballet skirts are allowed over tights and leotard
• Pink split soled ballet shoes, canvas or leather (ballet shoes are required, not suggested!)
• Hair MUST be pulled back in a bun (Or headband, if students have short hair)
• FOR BOYS: Plain black pants or workout pants, but they should be black, shorts may be worn as long as they are not too baggy, black ballet shoes.
Hip Hop, Broadway, Acting, Musicals:
• Comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement
• Hip Hop: Clean, black and white sneakers that are used exclusively for dance class to protect floors (most students go with a converse style shoe. High or low-tops are fine.)
• Broadway: Tan split sole jazz shoes
• Acting: Clean sneakers to protect our floors
• Musicals: Usually black jazz shoes, but please wait until show begins rehearsal for more info
It is extremely important that students come to class on time and ready to begin class. Students that are late risk injury from missing out on a proper warm up, as well as hold the rest of the class back from learning. Students must respect their instructors and their fellow students by following directions, paying attention, and following class rules.
We would appreciate if parents with questions refrain from asking the instructors as a class is starting or ending. The teacher’s attention during those times is reserved for the students. Please call the studio and leave a message with your questions, and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
We want to make sure Rhythms is a safe place for all of our dancers. There are no dancers allowed in the studios without a teacher or staff member present. After class, dancers are instructed to wait for parents on the balcony or in the specifically marked, “Safe Zones,” right at the bottom of the stairs. Some dancers are here for hours at a time with breaks in between their classes, which they can do homework in the hangout room. They also can walk to the shopping center, but only with their parent’s permission. We are not responsible for them if they walk over there.
Food and Drink
Any food or drinks brought to the studio are only allowed to be kept in the designated cubbies, not in students’ bags. Each night we will clear the cubbies to keep away little critters.
Lost and Found
Lost and found is located in the lobby cabinets, please ask the receptionist where to look. On the last Friday of each month, all lost and found items will be given to Goodwill.
Parking Lot Procedures
Our parking lot is a busy place. At times we have 100 different students coming and going at the same time. Here are a couple of suggestions and requests to keep our parking lot safe:
Your child's safety is our first priority. Thank you for understanding and helping to keep our Rhythms students safe!!
Attendance, Make-Up, and Trial Classes
Regular attendance in class is vital to each student’s progress. If a student is going to be absent, please call the studio in advance to let us know.
Students who miss class are invited to take a make-up class at or below their class level, except during performance months (January & May) when it can be disruptive to the class preparing for the show. Please speak with the instructor to set up make-up classes. If a student misses or is significantly late to more than 4 classes during a semester, the student may not be able to participate in the performance for that class.
Students are welcome to attend a trial class during the first week of the semester or with advance permission from the studio owners.
Please check the recommended experience listed for each class and choose classes that you feel would be right for your child. During the first couple weeks of classes, we will be assessing students’ skill levels and maturity to make sure the classes they are in are just right. If we feel another class would be more appropriate, we will move the student into a class level where they will experience the most progress. We encourage students to discuss their progress with their instructors, especially if they would like to move up in class level. If at the time of registration we do not have a minimum of 5 students enrolled in a class, the class may be cancelled.
In the event that one of our regular instructors is unable to teach, Rhythms Performing Arts reserves the right to provide a qualified substitute to teach the class. In the event that we cannot find a suitable substitute, a make-up class will be scheduled for the whole class (usually on one of our week long breaks). If your child cannot attend the make-up class, they may take another class of their choice. Refunds cannot be offered in these cases but we will try to schedule classes at times that work for the majority of students.
It can be difficult for students to focus when there are extra people in the room. Therefore we discourage observers in the studio. If a parent has a special concern, he or she may speak with the instructor prior to class about observing; however, this request cannot be accommodated on a regular basis.
Parent volunteers are vital to the success of the studio. Each parent of a performer is required to volunteer in some way for each performance. Details will be included in performance contracts. Parents will also be allowed to pay a volunteer opt-out fee if they are unable to volunteer.
Communication and Information
We aim to keep our website up to date with all of the information you need. We have recital info, class descriptions, faculty bios, and lots more! If you have a question, please start by checking out the website to find your answer.
We encourage all of our families to provide their email addresses while registering. We do all of our communication through email to eliminate paper waste and get information to you faster. The Rhythms email address is RhythmsPerformingArts@gmail.com. Please add it to your address book so our emails don’t end up in your spam folder. We also recommend emailing the studio when you have a question outside of business hours. We can usually respond faster that way.
Texting using GroupMe App
This year we have started a group text using the app GroupMe. This is a free app that you can download in the app store and then join our group. This will be a quick way for us to send you reminders about due dates, upcoming events, etc.
Parent Group: https://groupme.com/join_group/51575181/FqEhLZqF
Student Group: https://groupme.com/join_group/51575172/naBlPwBF
Megan’s Office Hours (Our Office Manager):
Monday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Friday: 1:30pm - 6:30pm