School Policies

POLICIES

The following information is provided to give you a better understanding of our policies and procedures.  Your signature on the enrollment contract indicates your understanding and acceptance of these policies. You can always find a copy of this document on our website at www.aliusdance.com.

DRESS ETIQUETTE FOR DANCE CLASS
This dress code will be strictly enforced.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Ballet and Modern/Contemporary classes:

Student Division class levels have a general age recommendation guideline for new students entry level but are not exclusive to that particular level nor define ability level. These classes/levels ensure the student’s mastery of the fundamental movement methods and prevent injury. For new students, an evaluation class will be given to determine the student’s proper level regardless of the age. Students are promoted according to individual progress in acquiring proper technique and body strength. Also, refer to the Dance Program and Ballet Program table for and assigned uniforms and additional information.

Tutu Division classes (Ages 3-7): Pink leotard with Pink tights and Pink ballet shoes
Student Division Level 2A (Ages 7 & up): Light Blue leotard with Pink tights and Pink ballet shoes
Student Division Level 2B (Ages 9 & up): Navy Blue leotard with Pink tights and Pink ballet shoes
Student Division Level 3 (Ages 8 & up): Violet leotard with Pink tights and Pink ballet shoes
Student Division Level 4 (Ages 11& up): Burgundy leotard with Pink tights and Pink ballet shoes
Student Division Level 5 (Ages 13 & up): Teal leotard with Pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Student Division Level 6/Pre-professional (Ages 13 & up): Eggplant leotard with Pink or black tights and ballet shoes.

Boys of all Levels: White or Black T-shirts with Black tights, and White or Black shoes. Level color shirts are acceptable.
Ballet Variations class requires a short black practice tutu.

At the teacher’s discretion, ballet skirts, shorts, and cover-ups may be allowed.
Black leotards shall be use on non-uniform days.

All Jazz and Tap students may wear black leotard with nude tights and jazz shoes. Black jazz pants or shorts are allowed at the teacher’s discretion.

Boys should wear Black men’s dance pants (short or long) and a solid color T-shirt for most other classes.

Hair – All students must have hair in a bun or French-braid for ballet and modern classes. Hair must be worn in a ponytail for jazz, tap, and musical theater classes.  At no time may the hair be worn down.

Tights are required for sanitary reasons.  Tights must be worn in all Student and Open Division classes. We recommend convertible/footed tights with shoes to prevent hot and itchy feet.  Shoes appropriate to class are required. Jazz students may wear jazz shoes or ballet shoes.  Socks are not considered a shoe; they are slippery and could cause injury.  Socks are only appropriate for EBAS classes and as allowed at the teacher’s discretion.

Please do not wear underwear under the tights in dance class. Ruffles and bulges are distracting to the line of the legs and hips. Tights should be worn at the waistline, not the hips.
No gum chewing in class. It could be dangerous.
Please wear cover-ups to and from the studio.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT
Appropriate and respectful behavior must be exhibited in our school particularly during class and rehearsals. This includes no side conversations and no cell phone usage in the classroom. Instructors reserves the right to dismiss the student from class due to misconduct and dress code violations, including hair neatness and no refund shall be given.

REGISTRATION
There is a $45.00 single student and $75 family registration fee annually.  The registration fee is non-refundable.

TUITION FEE
Tuition will be charged automatically on the 25th day of the month for the following month due from August through June. Eleven equal monthly payments are based on an average of four (4) classes per month during the dance year, including holidays. Some months will be five (5) weeks and some will have three (3) weeks. Rehearsals at the end of the year are also included in this pay schedule.

You are responsible for payment for all classes that you are enrolled in, even if absent, until Alius Dance School receives a written notice of withdrawal two (2) weeks prior to the end of the month. Missed lessons cannot be used in place of payment; no adjustment or credit will be given for missed classes.

PAYMENTS
Tuition is due on the 25th day of the month for the following month. A late fee of $10 will be assessed on the 5th of the month. You will be responsible for providing new credit card information if there are any changes to avoid any late fees. Failure to notify us of a change of card, or expiration date prior to the card being charged will result in a late fee assessed on your account.

Tuition payments are collected through pre-authorized credit card billing or bank debit card. At the time of registration, you will be asked to provide a credit card or debit card number for the account you wish to use. Customer is responsible for providing new credit card information if there are any changes to avoid any late fees.

Customers have the option to pay tuition with a check, cash, cashier’s check, money order, or other debit/credit card before or by the 25th of the prior month if they do not wish to have the provided debit/credit card on file processed. There will be a $25 service charge for any returned checks and you will no longer be able to make payments via check if you have more than one returned check during the year. Important: If you are paying by check, please make a notation on the check indicating payment type (tuition, costume fee, DVD, photos, etc.).

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL
You are responsible for payment for all classes your student(s) is/are enrolled in until we are notified in writing at least two-weeks prior to the end of the month.  Missed lessons cannot be used in place of payment; no adjustment or credit will be given for missed classes. No exceptions.

ACCOUNT CHANGES
Any changes from monthly tuition enrollment either in amount of classes, classes enrolled, or to/from a class card, shall also be made in writing at least 2-weeks prior to the beginning of the month.

ATTENDANCE/MAKE-UP CLASSES
If you are going to be absent, please call the studio and schedule a make-up class.  Classes may be made up within 30 days of the original class missed.  Exceptions will be made for those with long illnesses with a physician’s note. Contact the office with any questions.

 

CLASS OBSERVATION
Parents are not allowed to observed classes inside the classrooms. It is disruptive to the learning environment. Classrooms have viewing windows; the curtains will be opened at the discretion of the teacher for parent observations. The curtains will remain closed after March 15th to preserve the integrity of choreography for the end of year recital. Exceptions to viewing class can be made on occasion for working parents, visiting relatives, etc.

INSURANCE
Alius Dance School and Alius, LLC does not carry medical insurance for its students. It is required that all dance students be covered by their own family medical insurance policy.  If injuries occur, it is understood that the student’s own policy is the only source of reimbursement.  This includes any activity outside of the studio such as parades, competitions, conventions, activities, fundraisers, and/or performances.  Alius Dance School and Alius, LLC is not responsible for any personal injury during any of these events. Please provide your health insurance information at the time of registration.

HOLIDAYS
The school will be closed for regular classes the following days during the school year:  

Labor Day
Thanksgiving Weekend from Wednesday prior thru the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day
2-weeks School Christmas Break (except for scheduled camps)
New Year’s Day
Friday before Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day

Note that we do not observe DCPS (Duval County Public Schools) days off unless it is a Holiday already listed.

Summer schedule varies. Alius Dance School is usually closed 2 weeks after the end-of-year recital and one week before the beginning of the new dance school year.