ALIUS DANCE SCHOOL 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. On this webpage, you find about:
- Code of Conduct
- Common areas usage
- Dress Code & Etiquette for Dance Class
- Class Promotions
- Monthly tuition fee
- Notice of Withdrawal
- Class Cards
- Enrollment changes
- Attendance & make up classes
- Force Majeure Clause
For Covid-19 Policies go here.
The school will be closed for regular classes on the following days during the school year:
Thanksgiving Weekend – Wednesday prior through the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day
2-weeks School Christmas Break – except for scheduled camps and events (TBD)
New Year’s Day
Friday and Saturday before Easter
Note that we do not observe DCPS (Duval County Public Schools) days off unless it is a Holiday already listed.
The summer schedule varies. Alius Dance School is usually closed 1 or 2 weeks after the end-of-year recital and one week before the beginning of the new dance school year.
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 reserve the right to dismiss the student from class due to misconduct and dress code violations, including hair neatness, and no refund shall be given. Read our complete Code of Conduct by clicking here.
COMMON AREAS USAGE
In an effort to ensure the safety and privacy of our students, NO Visitors & NO Parents are ALLOWED to wait in our main lobby or stretching areas. This areas are reserved for our dancers and staff only. Parents are welcome to wait in their car or in our front reception area. We understand that you would like to watch your dancer’s progress, therefore there will be viewing opportunities throughout the dance season which we will announce in advance.
DRESS CODE & ETIQUETTE FOR DANCE CLASS
This dress code will be strictly enforced. Students shall adhere to the dress code at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.
Ballet and 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 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 assigned uniforms and additional information.
Pre-ballet & combo classes: Pink leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Ballet Level 1: Light Blue leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Ballet Level 2: Navy Blue leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Ballet Level 3: Light Lilac leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Ballet Level 4: Burgundy leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Ballet Level 5: Teal leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes
Ballet Level 6: Eggplant leotard with pink tights and pink ballet shoes.
Adults, Pre-professional, Homeschool Ballet: Black leotard with pink or black tights and ballet shoes.
Boys of all Levels: White or Black T-shirts with Black Men’s tights, and Black ballet shoes.
Ballet Variations class requires a short black or white practice tutu.
At the teacher’s discretion, ballet skirts, shorts, and cover-ups may be allowed.
Black leotards shall be used on non-uniform days and open classes.
Jazz and Tap:
All Jazz and Tap students may wear a black leotard with nude tights. Black jazz pants or shorts are allowed at the teacher’s discretion. Girls should wear tan color jazz and tap shoes.
Boys should wear Black men’s dance pants (short or long) and a solid color T-shirt for most other classes. Boys should wear black jazz and tap shoes.
All hip-hop students may wear comfortable athletic clothing appropriate for dance. All dancers shall wear dance sneakers or jazz shoes. NO street shoes are allowed.
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 for all classes. We recommend convertible/footed tights with shoes.
Shoes appropriate to each class are required. 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.
For your safety, please wear cover-ups to and from the studio. No dancer should be going out of the studio in bare tights and leotards.
We are always ensuring that our students are learning and progressing through new skills. When a student has mastered a level’s skills, the dance teacher will evaluate them and inform the parents of their change in level. Your family will receive an email with instructions to move up your dancer.
There is a registration fee collected annually (discounted for families of 2 or more dancers). The registration fee is automatically charged to your account on file each year upon registration or on its annual due date. The registration fee is non-refundable.
Only the parent(s) or legal guardian (s) can enroll a student under 18 years old into any of Alius Dance School programs. We reserve the right to request government issue identification to the adult requesting to enroll a minor.
MONTHLY TUITION FEE
The monthly tuition is a payment plan for our 11-month Dance Season that runs from August to June. Students that enroll after the season has started or late into the season are prorated for the months that they will participate, including scheduled shows and recitals.
Tuition will be charged automatically on the 25th day of the month for the following month and is 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 per our Notice of Withdrawal policy. Missed lessons cannot be used in place of payment; no adjustment or credit will be given for missed classes.
Tuition payments are collected through pre-authorized credit card billing or bank debit card. It is a condition for registration to provide a credit card or debit card number to pay for registration, tuition, recital costumes, and recital fee. The customer is responsible for providing new credit card information if there are any changes to avoid any late fees.
Tuition is due on the 25th day of the month for the following month. A late fee of $10 will be assessed on the 6th 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 before the card is charged will result in a late fee assessed on your account.
Customers have the option to pay tuition with a check, cash, cashier’s check, money order, or another 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 the payment type (tuition, costume fee, recital, merchandise, etc.).
NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL
You are responsible for payment for all classes that you and/or your student(s) is/are enrolled in, even if absent until Alius Dance School receives a 30-day written notice of withdrawal.
If you cancel your enrollment ON or AFTER the billing date for the next month, your cancellation will take effect at the end of the current monthly payment. No credits or refunds will be given for withdrawals after the 25th of the month.
For example, if you want your cancellation to be in on October 25th (so that you are not charged on October 25th), firstname.lastname@example.org must receive your request no later than September 25th. In this example, if email@example.com receives the request on October 1st, you will be charged as per this Notice of Withdrawal Policy on October 25th and the dancer’s last day of class will be November 30th.
Missed lessons cannot be used in place of payment; no adjustment or credit will be given for missed classes. No exceptions.
A class card consists of ten (10) prepaid classes and expires 3 months after the date of purchase. This form of payment is for adult students only and is nonrefundable. Class-card students are bound by the registration fees within our policies. Enrollment/Monthly tuition, Make-up Classes, and Withdrawal Notices do not apply to students with class cards.
Any changes from monthly tuition enrollment either in the number of classes, classes enrolled, or to/from a class card, shall be made in writing by the 15th of the month to take effect on the following month. For Example, if you want the change to start on October 1st, you need to send a request in writing by September 15th to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your dancer are going to be absent, please email the studio to email@example.com to let your instructor(s) know.
Make-up classes for missed classes must be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org. You have 30 days from the missed date to complete a make-up class. It is your responsibility to coordinate the scheduling of make-up classes with our front desk. We do not prorate tuition or issue refunds due to missed classes. There are no refunds for classes missed, including scheduled holidays. Missed lessons cannot be used in place of payment; no adjustment or credit will be given for missed classes.
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.
FORCE MAJEURE CLAUSE
Definition: Force Majeure Event is hereby defined as any act of God, earthquake, hurricane, flood, fire or other casualties, any other natural catastrophes, civil commotion, riot, mob violence, insurrection, malicious mischief, sabotage, rebellion, an act of a public enemy, terrorism, war, invasion, embargo, infectious disease, an act of a Governmental Authority in its sovereign capacity, local, regional or world threats or outbreak of epidemic or pandemic disease(s), or any event similar to the foregoing beyond the reasonable control of the Company, Alius Dance School.
If the Company closes due to a Force Majeure Event or other comparable unforeseeable emergencies for a short period duration of less than 7 days, Make-ups for missed classes and class-card expiration day will be extended for the same amount of days that the Company remained closed.
If the Company closes due to a Force Majeure Event or other comparable unforeseeable emergencies for a long period duration of more than 7 days, classes may transition to virtual classes, and/or the season may be extended. Monthly tuition will continue to be due per this contract through the end of the dance season. The withdrawal policy of the company will apply.
When you purchase or hire a product or service with Alius Dance School, the information we may collect from you includes your name, address, telephone numbers, email addresses, medical information, and credit card or bank details. It may also include details of the products and services we provide to you as well as the status of your enrollment. We only collect information directly from our students or their parents/guardians primarily for the purpose of providing services and products to you and to administering and managing invoicing and debt collection.
We may occasionally use your information to promote and market to you information that we consider may be of interest to you unless you contact us and tell us not to do so.
We will never sell or pass on any of your information to third parties unless required by government authorities or in the event of debt recovery. Any information passed on will be done so with appropriate privacy and confidentiality protection.
Information is stored securely in paper or electronic form and is accessible only by authorized personnel.
If you would like to know what information we hold about you or wish to update the information, or if you wish to be removed from all further direct marketing communications, please contact our office.