STUDIO POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Please review all policies and procedures, then download and complete the Policy and Disclaimer form. You and/or your child will not be allowed to take class until we have this signed form on record.
IMPORTANT: In an effort to be a “green” business and communicate with students and parents as efficiently and accurately as possible, the Baltimore School of Dance uses only e-mail, Facebook and Twitter to send out sudden class cancellation notices, important reminders and updates. It is very simple, safe and free to set up accounts at these media sites and you can have both go to your cell phone.
Please make sure you include an e-mail address that you check daily when you register on the Studio Director and DO NOT set the e-mail preferences to “do not send e-mails to family.” We use this e-mail tool to send account statements, progress reports, payment reminders and other vital information. We respect your privacy and will never sell or give out your e-mail address. We will not send marketing e-mails via the Studio Director either so please make sure you check your junk e-mail file and add our e-mail address to your safe sender list. Please DO NOT mark email from us as SPAM. If you would like to be removed from our email list at any time, just ask.
As of 8-1-2011, EVERYONE will be required to have a valid credit card on file, regardless of how you want to pay your tuition. No exceptions. If we do not receive payment by the 1st of the month, your card will be billed and a late fee applied by the 5th.
August 20 2:00-5:00 OPEN HOUSE Register and be fit for dancewear (to have dancewear in time for class you must order a week prior.)
August 26 CLASSES BEGIN! Registration fee and full year, 1st monthly or 1st quarterly payments due before you attend class
September 5th $10 Late fee assessed
September 3-5 LABOR DAY WEEKEND NO CLASSES
Tuesday September 13th 5:15-6:45 Student Company B Auditions for Ages 7-12
Monday September 19th 6:45 Student Company A Auditions for ages 12-18
Tuesday Septembe 20th 5:15-6:45 Student Company B Auditions for Ages 7-12
October 1 HOLIDAY DIVERSION FEE OF $50 AND CONTRACT DUE
2nd Monthly Payment Due, credit cards charged
October 5th $10 Late fee assessed,
October 7-9 MD STATE DANCE FESTIVAL NO CLASSES
October 10 Columbus Day There ARE classes
November 1 3rd Monthly or 2nd Quarterly tuition payment due, credit cards charged
November 5 $10 Late fee assessed
November 11 Veterans Day There ARE classes
November 22-27 THANKSGIVING BREAK
December 1 4th Monthly tuition payment, $40 spring recital fee, and $30 costume deposit due.
December 5 $10 Late fee assessed
December 9 HOLIDAY DIVERSION Dress Rehearsal (tentative) NO CLASSES
December 10 HOLIDAY DIVERSION Performance (tentative) NO CLASSES
December 12-19 Visitor's Week
December 20-January 14 WINTER BREAK
January 1 5th Monthly, 3rd Quarterly tuition payment due
January 5 $10 Late fee assessed
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day There ARE classes
February 1 6th Monthly tuition payment due
February 5 $10 Late fee assessed
February 20 President’s Day There ARE classes
March 1 7th Monthly or 4th Quarterly tuition payment due, Costume Balance Due
March 5 $10 Late fee assessed
April 1 8th Monthly tuition payment due
April 3-9 NO CLASSES EASTER BREAK
April 5 $10 Late fee assessed
May 1 9th Monthly tuition payment due
May 5 $10 Late fee assessed
May 26-28 NO CLASSES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
June 1 10th (last) Monthly tuition payment due
June 1-7 Visitor's Week
June 5 $10 Late fee assessed
June 8 Tentative Dress Rehearsal 4:00
June 9 Tentative Spring Dance Concert 4:00
June 25 Summer Camps and Classes begin
IN CASE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER
Baltimore city schools closed
All classes will be cancelled.
Baltimore city schools delayed
Normal class schedule.
A non-refundable fee of $30.00 per new student or $15.00 per returning student is required yearly at time of registration plus 1st installment payment to reserve class space. All students must create a Studio Director account and fill out a policy/release form COMPLETELY and mail it with payment (if not paying with a credit card through the Studio Director). All families must have a credit card on file, no exceptions. If you want to pay monthly with a credit card, you must enroll in automatic payments. Tuition will be prorated for late enrollment.
Student must be the required age by Sept. 1.
Multi-class and Sibling discounts will automatically be calculated when you register online.
Fall/Spring Tuition & Fees
Tuition payments are based on the cost for the entire school year, (summer not included) broken down into 10 monthly payments September through June. They are not based on how many classes there are per month so sometimes there will be 1 or 2 classes in a month, sometimes 4 or 5.. Payment installments are due on the 1st of each month, beginning at time of registration. NEW A $10 late fee will be assessed on the 5th of the month.
Any student with an overdue balance of more than 45 days will not be allowed into class until payment in full is received.
The quality of our facility and faculty depends upon a system of mutual respect and cooperation. We understand that anyone may make a late payment from time to time, but please be respectful of our late fee policy and when applicable, graciously include your late fee in your next payment. Thank you.
Returned check fee is $25.00
A $50 performance fee for participation in the 10th Annual Holiday Diversion is due October 1st. This performance is optional and does not require a costume purchase. You must give written notice (performance withdrawal forms available in the lobby) to the director if your child is not participating
A $40 performance fee and a $30 Costume deposit per class is due December 1, unless student is not participating in the year end recital. In this case, you must give written notice (performance withdrawal forms available in the lobby) to the director if your child is not participating in the year end recital. For students taking multiple classes, you have the option of making costume deposits in October and November so that the December costume payment is more manageable. A costume balance payment is due March 1. Average cost of a costume is $60-100 each.
A limited number of work-study scholarships are available. Please speak to the director for more information.
Withdrawals and Refunds
There is a two month minimum on all classes. If you register for a class, you are responsible for a minimum of two monthly payments per class, regardless of how many classes you attend. One month's notice from the first of the month is required to discontinue any class. Withdrawals must be done in person at the school's office (not with the teacher) and will not be accepted over the phone. No withdrawals will be accepted after April 1. To withdraw from a class/classes a parent or adult must: 1) Inform director in person, and 2) Complete and sign a withdrawal form. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS ON TUITION NO EXCEPTIONS, a studio credit (available only to immediate family) will be issued and may be carried for up to 1 year from the date of issue. No refunds for attire or costumes will be given. The Baltimore School of Dance reserves the right to terminate lessons to any student without notice.
Class Attire Guidelines
Students should be prepared for class with appropriate uniform and shoes.. Failure to wear required dancewear could result in student being asked to sit out of class. Repeated failure to wear required dancewear could result in termination of lessons. Hair must be pulled back and secured out of the dancer's face in a ponytail for most classes, a bun for ballet. Warm-ups may only be worn by teacher permission. Students are not allowed to wear jeans or street shoes to any class. No booty shorts, bra tops, or exposed stomachs are allowed. Jewelry must be removed before entering class.
ABC’s of Dance: Girls, pink leotard, pink footed or convertible tights, pink leather Revolution split sole ballet shoes and black tap shoes with buckle (no ties) or velcro. Hair pulled back in a bun. Boys, snug white t-shirt, black ballet and tap shoes, and black boys tights, biker shorts, or jazz pants.
ABC’s of Pre-ballet/tap/jazz: Girls, pastel blue leotard, pink footed or convertible tights, pink leather Revolution split sole ballet shoes and black tap shoes with buckle (no ties) or velcro. Hair pulled back in a bun. Boys, snug white t-shirt, black ballet and tap shoes, and black boys tights, biker shorts, or jazz pants.
Ballet 1 and up: Girls, black leotard, pink footed or convertible tights, pink leather Revolution split sole ballet shoes. Hair pulled back in a bun. Boys, snug white t-shirt, black ballet shoes, and black boys tights, biker shorts, or jazz pants.
Girls, any color leotard, tights or jazz pants, black leather split sole jazz shoes. Hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail. Boys, snug white t-shirt, black leather jazz shoes, and black boys tights, biker shorts, or jazz pants
Girls, any color leotard, convertible or footless tights, biker shorts or jazz pants, bare feet or socks. Hair pulled back in a ponytail or bun. Boys, snug white t-shirt, bare feet or socks, and black boys convertible tights, biker shorts, or jazz pants
T-shirt, sweat pants or athletic shorts, and studio use only (no street shoes) tennis shoes/sneakers (not jazz sneakers).
Girls, any color leotard, tights, sweats or jazz pants, black oxford tap shoes. Hair pulled back in a bun or ponytail. Boys, snug white t-shirt, black oxford tap shoes, and sweats or jazz pants
Class Code of Conduct
Students and parents will dress and conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner while at the Baltimore School of Dance. Politeness and courtesy are essential. Proper respect for the staff and fellow students is expected of all students, parents and siblings. Every student and parent/guardian should behave in a disciplined, responsible manner both on site and at studio functions. The studio reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student or parent/guardian whose attitude, attendance or conduct is found to be unsatisfactory. This includes negative gossiping about the Baltimore School of Dance, our staff, students or parents/siblings of students and will not be tolerated Any student or parent/guardian who disrupts class or approaches a teacher, staff member, another student or parent/guardian with the intent to disrupt, cause dissent or contravene the policies and procedures of the Baltimore School of Dance will be dismissed immediately. Parents wishing to speak to an instructor must first leave a note for the teacher in their mailbox.
Class Advancement & Placement Policy
At the Baltimore School of Dance we take great care in making sure that each student is in a class where he or she will be challenged, but not overwhelmed. Each dance school has their own leveling system. The following descriptions are loose guidelines only to help in placement. Final placement will be determined based on individual experience, talent, and frequency of study. It is normal for a student to spend 2 or more years in each level, depending on above factors. Starting out at a lower level initially is preferable to putting a child in a class that is too advanced as this is how injuries (physical and emotional) tend to occur.
Recreational Study Pre-requisites
ABC’s of Dance Parent/Child: Ages 2-3, depending on child’s level of separation anxiety. Parent participates in class.
ABC’s of Dance: Ages 3-5
ABC’s of Pre-ballet 1: age 5 +1 year experience, or age 6 with no experience Pre-ballet 2: age 6 +1 year experience, or age 7 with no experience.
Ballet 1: age 7 +1 year experience, or age 8-12 with little or no experience.
Ballet 2: age 9 and up +2 years of Ballet 1 or invitation from the director. 1x a week required, 2x’s a week recommended, the first year, 2x’s a week required the second year to advance to next level.
Ballet 3: Age 11 and up + at least 2 years of Ballet 2 and invitation from the director. 3x’s a week required, . Pointe: Minimum age of 10-12, minimum of 2 ballet classes a week, and permission from the director. Students are strongly encouraged to take ballet in addition to other dance styles.
Jazz 1, modern/contemporary 1, musical theatre 1: ages 7 and up, no previous dance experience required. Ballet once a week strongly recommended.
Jazz 2 and up, modern/contemporary 2 and up, musical theatre 2 and up: One year of previous experience and at least one ballet class a week required.
Pre-professional study: Level 2A, entry by audition or invitation only. Minimum age of 9 and minimum 2 ballet + 1 modern, jazz, or musical theatre classes a week. Level 3A, entry by audition or invitation only. Minimum age of 11 and minimum 3 ballet + 2 of the following classes a week - modern, jazz, or musical theatre . Please contact the director for a separate application and discounted tuition rates if interested.
Student Company: By audition only.
Written evaluations will be given to parents at the end of the school year. Evaluations will include recommendations for the next dance year.
Private lessons are available. Please schedule private lessons through the front office and instructor of choice. Rates are $35.00 per half hour and $60.00 per hour. Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance or you will be charged for the lesson.
If a student is 15 minutes late to class they may be asked to sit out of class. Properly warming up the body is necessary to avoid injury. Repeated lateness may result in termination of lessons. If a student misses more than 3 classes without written notice, the school reserves the right to terminate lessons. Absences resulting from illness, injury or vacations will be excused, but must be made up within the current school year. You are allowed 5 make ups per year. You can schedule a make-up online. Please call or e-mail the school if your dancer is going to be absent, and to schedule your make up class. Students missing more than 3 classes after January 31 will forfeit participation in the year-end recital. There are no refunds or credits for missed classes.
General Studio Policies
Care of Students
Baltimore School of Dance is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. Small children should be taken to the bathroom prior to class to help minimize frequent "potty breaks". Please supervise children in the bathroom, dressing room, and lobby. Children are NOT allowed in the dance studio unless supervised by a BSD TEACHER. The studio is a place of learning, not a daycare or play area. Please keep noise to a minimum. Please do not be late picking up your student, particularly after the last class of the evening. Late pick up fees will be charged at $1.00 per minute.
Parents, legal guardians of minor students and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on school property resulting from normal dance activity conducted by the student before, during and after class time.
The Baltimore School of Dance is hereby granted permission to take photographs and video of the students to use in promotional material the school creates. Permission is also granted for Baltimore School of Dance to copyright such photographs in its name.
Student Pick Up/Drop Off
NO PARKING in the auto body parking lot for ANY length of time. YOUR CAR WILL BE TOWED!
Classes are closed to the public. Only students are permitted in the classrooms. Parents may observe on scheduled observation days and via observation windows from the lobby.
The waiting area is for your convenience. Please pick up and clean up after your children and report all spills to the front desk. Siblings are always welcome but must remain quiet and safe at all times. Absolutely no running or yelling in the hallways.
Food & Drink
Food and drinks are to be kept in the lobby area. Water only may be brought into the studio.
Restrooms are not to be used to change for class. Do not throw away dirty diapers in the bathroom, waiting room or studio trash cans. The dressing room is a private area, but please do not lock the door. Screen has been added for modest students. No eating or drinking in the dressing room. No hanging out or doing homework in the dressing room.
A substitute instructor will replace the original instructor in cases of illness or vacation. If a class has to be cancelled, the class will be notified by email of the cancellation and makeup day, if necessary.
We follow Baltimore City Public Schools regarding inclement weather. Tuition is based on the full year, so your class may not need to be made up. We will notify you if a makeup class is necessary.
If you wish to leave a note for the director or instructors, their mailboxes are located at the front desk. They will be happy to assist or address any concerns that you may have. Please do not delay teachers between their classes.
Terms & Conditions
Baltimore School of Dance reserves the right to change days and/or times of classes as needed. In the event that 3 or less students report to class, class may be shortened 10-15 minutes at the discretion of the instructor. If a class has less than 3 students registered, we reserve the right to move them to a similar class or cancel the class.
Baltimore School of Dance strives to offer a place of safety, fun and learning in a minimally restrictive environment. For small children, a gentle redirection will be given. After several redirections, a "timeout" will be given. After two "timeouts" are given, the student will be asked to leave the room and discuss with Parent/Guardian why following directions in class is essential to everyone's safety and enjoyment. For older children, if disciplinary action is required, the following steps will be followed: 1st Incident) The instructor will talk with the student about their behavior. 2nd Incident) The Parent/Guardian of the student will be called and informed of the student's behavior. 3rd Incident) The director of the school will be notified and the student will be suspended from class for one week. 4th Incident) The director will be notified and the student will be expelled from all classes for the remainder of the year.
Depending on the severity of the infraction, Baltimore School of Dance reserves the right to accelerate this process and expel the student without intermediary steps. Should a student be removed from class no credit or refund will be given.