Rules and Policies

Acknowledgment 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 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 some 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 stating your intent to withdraw. Once we have received your intent to withdraw via e-mail, we will set your student's official withdrawal date to the last day of the following month and adjust your account accordingly. For example, if your intent to withdraw is received on October 10th, your official final day of class will be November 30th. Any tuition fees due before the official withdraw date will be collected as scheduled and will not be refunded. Any previously collected tuition or fees, including the performance fee, will not be refunded. If your costume(s) has been paid for, we will attempt to sell it and refund your costume fee(s), otherwise, your costume(s) will be available for you to pick up at the studio once the summer dance session begins. 

Fall / Spring Tuition (10 monthly payments August through May. May's tuition will be collected at the time of registration.)

Tuition Rates - Tuition is based on the number of hours a dancer takes per week for a 4 week month.
45 minutes - 1.75 hours per week = $16 per hour
2 hours - 3.75 hours per week = $14 per hour
4 or more hours per week = $13.50 per hour

To determine your monthly tuition use this equation: #of hours per week x amount per hour x 4

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 along with May's tuition which is your last month of tuition. All tuition payments August - April will be automatically debited on the 1st of each month. All customers must have a valid credit card on file. If you wish for your tuition not to be auto-debited, you should pay your tuition, on-line, before the 1st of each month. If your account shows any balance greater than $0.00, on any given month, this amount will be auto-debited on the 1st 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. Families with two or more siblings dancing will receive a 10% discount off total monthly tuition. In order to receive the sibling discount, customers must request the initial adjustment to be made either in person, over the phone, or via e-mail.  Tuition will remain the same, regardless of the number of weeks in the month. Tuition payments will be due for 10 months, August-May. Final month's tuition will be collected at the time of registration and is non-refundable. 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. Tuition payments are non-refundable. 

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 online account under Online 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. Class cards are non-refundable, and classes not used by the expiration date will be forfeited. 

Costume Fees 
Costume fees are $75 per class and will be automatically debited November 15th. Any students whose costume fees are $150 or greater, half of the total amount will be auto-debited November 15th, and the remaining half will be auto-debited December 15th. If you wish to pay for your costumes before the due date, please make your payment in the studio so that we can be sure that it is correctly posted to your account. 

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

Performance Fee
The performance fee is $100 per student and will be automatically debited February 15th. If you wish to pay for your Performance Fee before the due date, please make your payment in the studio so that we can be sure that it is correctly posted to your account.  The Performance Fee includes access to the recital music, a special year-end gift, a memory program, 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. The 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. Makeup classes will not be allowed for pre-planned studio closings such as Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, and Spring Break, etc. All make-up classes should be scheduled by January 31st.

Student and Parent Conduct

Questions or concerns should be e-mailed to 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.