Policies

Hip hop ages 8-12This page provides the 2016-2017 policies for Scarborough Dance Center. All parents and dancers should review and understand this information.

Attendance
Regular attendance is important for a dancer’s success. If you are unable to attend a class, please inform the studio. Missed classes are non-refundable. A dancer may attend a class of similar curriculum for a make-up option.

Ballet Class
All students in ballet classes (level 1-6) must have pink tights and a black leotard. Hair must be up in a bun for ballet class. Any exceptions to attire are up to instructor, only for levels 4/5.

Child Supervision
Students are not to enter the dance rooms until class starts. Children and siblings must be supervised by a parent or guardian when not in the dance room. We love your children and want them safe and watched☺ We are not liable for children outside the dance room. Please pick toys up before leaving studio, if you have played with them. The toys will be taken away if the waiting room is left messy all the time. Please throw away all trash in the lobby before you leave. We want people to be respectful of the dance center.

Class Etiquette
No gum chewing is allowed during class. Once a class has started, there are to be no interruptions to the dance room. Parents are not allowed in the dance rooms unless invited by the teacher. Dancers must bring all shoes into the dance room at the start of class. All students should attempt to go the bathroom before class starts.

Class Placement
Please consult with the studio before signing your child up for classes. We want each student to be in a class where they are challenged but not frustrated. We believe dance is a positive experience and should be fun; we never want a student to be overwhelmed or not challenged enough. We want each student to achieve their maximum potential.

Contacting Scarborough Dance Center
Phone: (207) 883-4569
Address: 26 Oak Hill Terrace
Scarborough, ME 04074
Website: www.scarboroughdancecenter.com
E-Mail: melissa@scarboroughdancecenter.com
For billing questions: sdcmelmaddock@gmail.com
Melissa checks emails daily, Monday- Friday and responds daily☺

Costumes
Costumes will be ordered for every class participating in recital. We will measure every student in the fall, to ensure a proper fit. You will receive a costume bill in September. The 1st half is due October 15th and the 2nd half is due November 15th, 2016. If any costume is not paid in full by December 1st, it will not be ordered. Costumes paid after November 15th will accrue a $20 late fee, from each company the costumes are ordered from. If a costume is ordered after January 1st, 2017, we cannot guarantee it will arrive in time for recital. Costumes take several months to come in; hence we order them in December. Costumes are non-refundable. Costumes will include: full costume, tights, headpieces, and accessories. Costumes will be handed out as they arrive and we organize them. SDC does not purchase the shoes. Please see what shoes are needed for each class under “Dance Shoes”.SDC will sell dance shoes this year!

Costumes for Company Members
Competition costume payment is due in full September 15th, 2016. Competition costumes must be ordered early in order to be for Showcase and competitions.

Dancewear
Dancewear is required for all classes except adult classes. Suggested attire includes: leotard, tights, ballet skirt, dance shorts/pants. Absolutely no baggy clothing is acceptable in ballet classes. Non-restrictive and comfortable clothing may be worn for adult classes. Do not wear jeans to any classes. Please mark all dancewear, shoes, and bags with the student’s name to avoid confusion and lost items. Competition members must wear black leotards and black, pink or tan tights. NO BAGGY CLOTHING IS ACCEPTABLE.

Dance Shoes
∅ Ballet (ages 7-9 and under): Pink Leather Ballet Slippers (no satin shoes for recital) (black for boys)
∅ Ballet (level 1-6, ages 9and up): Pink Split Sole Leather Ballet Slippers (black for boys)
∅ Tap (6-8 and under): Black Lace-Up Mary Jane Taps
∅ Tap (Levels 1-5): Black Split-Sole Oxford Tap Shoes
∅ Jazz/Musical theater (ages 6-8 and up): Black Lace-Up Jazz Shoes. Jazz classes ages 5-7 will wear pink leather ballet slippers for jazz.
∅ Hip-Hop: Black Jazz or Hip Hop Sneaker
∅ Modern & Lyrical: Tan foot gore slipper
∅ There should be no pink canvas ballet slippers at recital.

Absolutely no street shoes are allowed in the dance rooms. Please mark all dancewear, shoes, and bags with the student’s name to avoid confusion and lost items.

SDC will sell all dance shoes needed with the exception of pointe shoes. We will also sell leotards, tights, skirts and warmups.

Email
Email is how we distribute all information. Please make sure we have your correct email address. If you change your email address, please let us know. If you are not getting emails, please let us know. We send out monthly newsletters, updates, reminders and all recital info via email.

Enrollment
We require a minimum of 7-8 students in a class to keep it going. Toddle Inn classes must have 7 students registered in class, to hold it. If a class experiences low enrollment it may be combined with another class or cancelled. Class sizes are limited and registrations come on a first come/first serve basis and secured with a registration fee. If a class is filled to the capacity, it will be “closed” and alternate classes will be recommended for the dancers. Non-Competition classes are full at 16 students, unless the teacher allows more. Larger classes will have assistant teachers.

Family Discount
We offer a special family rate which is $8 off total tuition per month for each additional family member who dances at the studio. Example: 1 member is dancing 1 ½ hrs. Per week @ $71 a month. The other member is dancing 2 hrs. Per week @ $81 a month. The total tuition would be $71 + $81 = $152 – $8(family discount) = $144
We have a family plus rate! $325 per month for the entire family for as many classes as you like. This does not include workshops, Zumba, short sessions ( 4-8 )week sessions or privates. Any other discounts do not apply to the Family Plus Rate.

Food & Beverages
Only covered beverages are allowed in the dance rooms, absolutely no food in the dance rooms. If you bring a food or beverage into the building please discard it into the trash before you leave.

Hair
Hair must be pulled back, away from the face in a bun, braid, twist, pony, etc. No loose hair is acceptable.
∅ Newsletters & Bulletin Boards
We believe communication is key. We hand out an introduction packet, monthly newsletters, yearly calendar, recital packets, brochures, and end of the year packets via email. We have a bulletin board in the lobby, and our website has all of the studio information. Please make sure to keep updated with our newsletters, so you may always know what is happening at the studio.

Pointe
Dancers must have a teacher’s permission to go onto pointe. Do not purchase shoes beforehand. In order to take pointe, you must take at least 2 Ballet classes per week.

Private Lessons
Private lessons are booked according to teacher availability and class room availability. Private lessons are only booked thru the desk or Melissa. Private lessons are non- refundable.

Recital & Recital Policies
We put on a very entertaining show in May. All classes will participate in recital unless otherwise notified by instructor. If one chooses to not participate in recital, please notify instructor by mid-October. Recital tickets are non-refundable. During tickets sales, if people are not courteous and respectful, they will not be sold tickets. Videotaping & photography during recital is prohibited and strictly enforced. You may videotape and take pictures during the dress rehearsal. If tuition is not paid in full, you may not participate in recital. Recital information can be found under the Recital link on the website and will be emailed out and posted at the studio.

Our recital this year is Saturday, May 13th @ South Portland High School Auditorium. We have 2 shows 10AM and 1:30PM. They will be 2 hours each. Each show will have a 10 minute intermission.

Dress Rehearsals for Recital
Dancers must wear costumes and have hair and makeup done for dress rehearsals.

Refunds
Missed classes are non-refundable. However, one may make-up a class at a similar level. Costumes are also non-refundable.

Registration Fees
There is only one $15 registration fee per family per year. The registration is due before fall classes begin every year.

Release
Scarborough Dance Center and its employees are not liable for personal injuries, damage to or loss of personal property.

Schedule Notes
There will be no classes November 23 – November 27th (Thanksgiving), December 23-January 2nd(Holiday), February 19-26th (School vacation) and April 16-23rd (School vacation).
The first day of classes is Thurdsay, September 8th, 2016
The last day of classes will be Tuesday, May 9th, 2017.
We are closed on Monday, October 31st (Halloween).
We are closed on Friday, November 11th( Veterans Day).
We will be open Columbus Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
∅ Solos/Duets
Solos/duets are only for company students and invitation only. Students can be highlighted with their different strengths in group routines. Group routines are more appealing and pleasing for the audience.

Storm Cancellations
Please watch news channels 6, 8, and 13. We also post on facebook, email and text those who sign up for text alerts. We have 1 built in snow day per day of the week. All other snow days can be made up with a class of a similar age/level.

Studio Office Hours
Monday-Wednesday: 3:00pm-7:30pm
Friday: 3:00-6:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Please put checks in the tuition box, if there is no one at the desk. Email is the best way to contact Melissa; she will gladly get back to as soon as she can. The studio is closed at the end of the last class of each night. Dancers must be picked up by the end of their class. A $10 fee will be charged to dancers that are picked up more than 10 minutes after the studio is closed. An additional $10 fee will be added for every 10 minutes late thereafter.

If you would like to Contact Melissa directly, please email: Melissa@scarboroughdancecenter.com
For billing questions, please email:sdcmelmaddock@gmail.com

Street Shoes
Absolutely no street shoes are allowed in the dance rooms. Please place shoes on shelves and not on the floor.

Tuition
Tuition is based on a seasonal rate (30 classes), which is broken into 8 equal payments (last payment month will be April), for you convenience and includes vacations and one snow day. Tuition is due the first of every month and must be paid promptly in order for the student to attend classes. There is an option to pay the seasonal rate by September 30th, 2016 and receive 10% discount off tuition and a waived registration fee. The discount does not apply after September 30th. We accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Tuition may also be paid with our Auto Payment system, which automatically deducts tuition from a card on the 1st of every month.Costume payments will automatically be deducted with auto payments. We highly recommend setting up auto pay or paying tuition online. There will be a $25 fee for returned checks and a $5 fee for late tuition payment after 30 days. The $5 late will be issued every month forward until payment is made. The student is liable for tuition until the studio has received written notification that the student has quit class. You are responsible for tuition through the month you quit. If you owe 3 months of tuition, you can no longer attend class until your balance is paid in full. Delinquent accounts will be sent to a collection agency. Dancers may not participate in recital if tuition is not paid in full. Students are not allowed to return to the studio if they have a balance from a previous season.

Withdrawals
The student is liable for tuition until the studio has received written notification that the student has quit class.