Rules and Policies

Acknowledgement of Risk and Waiver of Liability

I understand and agree that in participating in any dance class, workshop, rehearsal or performance, there is a possibility of physical injury or death. I understand and accept that risk. I voluntarily agree, therefore, to assume all risks and responsibility for any such injury or accident, which might occur to me or my child during any of Dance Academy West dance classes, rehearsals, performances, or activities. I also exempt, release, and indemnify Dance Academy West, its owners, agents, volunteers, assistants, employees, guest artists, faculty members, and/or students from any and all liability claims, demands, or causes of action whatsoever from any damage, loss, injury, or death to me, my children, or property which may arise out of or in connection with participation in any classes or activities conducted by Dance Academy West. I further hereby voluntarily agree to waive my rights and that of my heirs and assigns to hold Dance Academy West, its owners, agents, volunteers, assistants, employees, guest artists, faculty members, and/or students liable for such damage, loss, injury, or death. I understand that I should be aware of my physical limitations and agree not to exceed them. If I am signing this waiver for my children, I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian and have the right to waive these rights. I understand that my child may be photographed and/or filmed during class time or any other time he/she is involved in a program, rehearsal or recital offered by Dance Academy West and that Dance Academy West has my permission to use to use his/her name and/or picture for purposes such as advertisement or representation.

Admission, Placement and Advancement 

Choose your child's classes based on his or her age, level, and desired class type.  Class descriptions can be found on our website.  For come classes, levels may be combined. In addition, the experience gained here at DAW may differ from experience gained at other dance studios. After observing your child, we may feel the need to move him or her to a different level in order for them to receive the best dance experience possible. We reserve the right to cancel classes with less than 5 students and change class instructors. In the case of class cancelations, we will do our best to transfer students to a similar class. 

Withdraw Procedures 

If you choose to withdraw your child from class, we require an e-mail 30 days prior to doing so. Once we have received your intent to withdraw via e-mail, we will adjust your account accordingly and confirm your intent to withdraw. If you withdraw after the 4th of the month, your account will be debited for tuition for the month you withdraw. Any fees, including registration fee, performance fee, and / or tuition, paid before you withdraw will not be refunded. If your costume has been paid for, we will attempt to sell it and refund your costume fee, otherwise, it will be available for you to pick up at the studio once the summer dance session begins. 

Fees and Tuition 

Fall / Spring Tuition (August-April)

There is a $30 registration fee ($20 for siblings, $50 family max) for our Fall / Spring season. The registration fee is collected at the time of registration. All tuition payments August - April will be automatically debited between the 5th-10th of each month. If you wish for your tuition not to be auto debited, you should pay your tuition, on-line, between the 1st-4th of each month. If your account shows any balance greater than $0.00, on any given month, this amount will be auto debited between the 5th-10th of the month. If your account shows a balance of $0.00 or a credit (indicated by a "-") your account will not be auto debited. Tuition is based on the amount of hours a dancer takes per week for a 4 week month. If a student takes 1.25 hrs or less, tuition is $16 per hour, per week (with a minimum tuition cost of $60 per month). Once a student reaches 1.5 hrs or more per week, the tuition is $13.50 per hour, per week. Families with two or more siblings dancing will receive a 10% discount off total monthly tuition. Tuition will remain the same, regardless if the month has 3 weeks, 4 weeks, or 5 weeks. Tuition payments will be due for nine full months, August-April. DAW does not follow all Douglas County school closings. Please refer to our studio Important Dates and Calendar for pre-scheduled studio closings. In the case of inclement weather, we will contact customers via e-mail, and leave updates on our studio voicemail, and on our studio Facebook page. 

Summer Tuition

For our summer classes, customers purchase a summer class card and come to the classes they want at their convenience. Class cards are available through your on-line account under On-line Store. Summer class cards will expire on the last day of summer classes for each specific session. Summer class cards cannot be used for summer master classes or any classes during the Spring / Fall season. 

Costume Fees 

Costume fees are $75 per class and will be automatically debited November 5th-10th, along with tuition debit for the month. Any students whose costume fees are $150 or greater, half of the total amount will be auto debited between November 5th-10th, and the remaining half will be auto debited between December 5th-10th. If you wish for your costume fees not to be auto debited, you should pay your costume fees, on-line, before by November 4th.

*Level 1 students taking tap 
in addition to ballet will only be charged $40 for their tap costume. If a student is taking tap, but not taking ballet, the costume will be $75. 

Costumes do not include the price of tights, which will be required for all classes. 

Performance Fee

The performance fee is $100 per student and will be automatically debited between February 5th-10th, along with February's tuition. If you wish for your performance fee not to be auto debited, you should pay your Performance Fee, on-line, by the 4th of February. The Performance Fee includes a copy of the recital music, a special year end gift, rehearsal time, rental of the recital venue, props, set, and other recital related expenses. 

Dress Code

All students must adhere to the studio dress code and must wear a cover-up when entering and exiting the building. Dress code can be found on our website.

Parent Observation and Drop-Off and Pick Up 

Each studio at DAW has observation windows; however, DAW reserves the right to place blinds or shades over the observation windows at any time. Parents should not interrupt class for any reason. If you need to speak with your child during class time, please see someone at the front desk and they will assist you. Students should not be dropped off or picked up any longer than 10 minutes before or after class. Dropping your child off too early or picking him / her up later than the 10 minute allowance will result in additional tuition costs of $1 per minute.

Studio Closings and Make-Up Classes

DAW does not go by all school closings. Please refer to the DAW calendar for a list of pre scheduled studio closings. If the Douglas County schools are closed due to inclement weather, the studio will close as well, and make-up classes will not be scheduled; however, if the studio closes due to inclement weather, students will have the option to schedule make-up classes on an individual basis. If your child misses class due to illness or other reasons such as vacations or school functions, please call the studio to schedule a make-up class. Tuition will not be pro-rated for classes missed due to inclement weather or student absences. Make up classes will not be allowed for pre-planned studio closings such as Halloween, Labor Day, etc. All make-up classes should be scheduled by January 31st.

Student and Parent Conduct

If parents have questions or concerns, you should e-mail the studio and the director or your child's instructor will contact you regarding the issue. Parents should not address instructors between classes or during class time. Parents and students should not discuss studio issues with one another in a negative manner. Gossip, rumors and other negative discussions will not be tolerated.