2023-2024 SDC Policy Sheet

By registering with SDC, you adhere to our policies.


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 with a similar curriculum for a make-up option.

 Ballet Class

All students in ballet classes (2nd Grade and up) must have pink tights and a black leotard. Hair must be up in a bun, for ballet class.

     Child Supervision

Students are not to enter the dance rooms until class starts. Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for class. Dancers do best in class without the distraction of parents/family/siblings. We love the kids and want them to get a great class. Class doors will close when class starts. Our lobby is not big enough to have all parents/families stay during every class.ALL students in 6th grade and under must be under adult supervision while in the lobby. We are not responsible for any child when they are not in the classroom. All trash should be picked up in the lobby. Chairs should not be moved.

     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 their shoes and water, into the dance room, at the start of class. All students should attempt to go to the bathroom before class starts. Please have younger dancers 6 and under, go the bathroom, before class.

      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. Dancers in 4th grade and up must be placed by SDC and their staff. 

Our dedicated, loving, and professional studio is committed to placing dancers properly. All students are unique and have different strengths, skills, and abilities. No two dancers progress at the same rate.

Each dancer progresses at a different rate, therefore, it is almost impossible, to keep the same group of dancers continually dancing together. Some students might need to move at a slower pace, to help them understand, and master steps. Each student has their own skills to really focus on. Examples: alignment, musicality, strength, flexibility, technique, artistry, attention span, dedication, performance, knowledge of vocabulary, ability to reverse steps right to left, memory, ability to pick up and learn combos and routines. 

If a dancer, dances more often and in more styles, they will improve at a faster rate. If a dancer takes each summer off, it will slow down their rate of progression. 

Our professional, well-trained staff can help place each dancer where they will benefit the most. Our trained eyes often see beyond what the parent/dancer can see. Your dancer’s progression and ability to achieve their best is our top goal.

We will have age-based, not level-based classes, for older dancers, who want to dance for fun, exercise, and socializing. The age-based classes are shorter, require no technical commitment, and are great for recreational dancers. SDC has classes for all dancers!

    Contacting Scarborough Dance Center

Phone:      (207) 883-4569

Address:    26 Oak Hill Terrace

                  Scarborough, ME 04074

Website:     www.scarboroughdancecenter.com

E-Mail:        info@scarboroughdancecenter.com

For billing/shoe questions:  Scarbdanceinfo@gmail.com

Link to register and log into your account:


Melissa checks emails daily, Monday-Friday, and responds daily.


Costumes will be ordered for every class, participating in the recital.  We will measure every student in the fall, to ensure a proper fit. You will receive a costume bill, with your registration confirmation. The 1st half is due November 10, and the 2nd half is due December 10, 2023. If any costume is not paid in full by December 10, it will not be ordered. Costumes paid after December 10 will accrue a $25 late fee. If a costume is ordered after January 1, 2024, we cannot guarantee it will arrive in time for the 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.  Please see what shoes are needed for each class under “Dance Shoes”. SDC does not provide shoes with costumes.

Recital Costume prices –

All recital costumes include tights if needed.

All costumes include a garment bag, hanger, costume, accessories, and costume instructions.

We measure each student and order the costumes.

Costumes are handed out in the spring once they arrive, we organize them and label them.

$80 per costume

Combo costumes:

1 dance- $80, 2 dances, $110 and 3 dances $145

Costume prices are due 11/10 and 12/10, 2023.

Costumes must be paid in full by 12/10, to be ordered.

Shoes must be purchased with SDC.

 Costumes for Performance Team and Company members

Company costume payment is due in full on September 15, 2023. Company costumes must be ordered early, for Showcase and competitions. Please make sure to pay on time. 


Dancewear is required for all classes except adult classes. Suggested attire includes a leotard, tights, ballet skirt, and 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. 

For Acro and Tumbling classes- students should be barefoot with clean feet and wear tight clothing. Leotard and shorts are recommended.

All ballet classes (2nd grade and up) must wear pink tights, black leotards, pink leather ballet shoes, and hair in a bun.

How to do a ballet bun video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3yG7Hcozrf8

    Dance Shoes

ALL dance shoes must be purchased with SDC! We sell Capezio brand, high-quality dance shoes. Our shoes will be at a discounted price. We will fit you for shoes and then order the correct size. Shoes will be in, within 2 weeks. 

To purchase shoes, please email: scarbdanceinfo@gmail.com

∅      Ballet (ages 2-2nd grade): Pink Leather Ballet Slippers (no satin shoes for recital) (black for boys)

∅      Ballet (2nd grade and up): Pink Split Sole Leather Ballet Slippers (black for boys)

      Tap (for combo classes): Black Lace-Up Mary Jane Taps

∅      Tap (2nd grade and up): Black Split-Sole Oxford Tap Shoes- Advanced Tap- white Jsam Tap shoes.- https://www.amazon.com/Bloch-Womens-Jason-Samuels-Smith/dp/B005AALOVO/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=2JRAPQNEKEC6E&keywords=jsam+tap+shoes&qid=1657282046&sprefix=jsam+%2Caps%2C354&sr=8-3

Jazz Int.-Advanced may use pedini or tan character shoe or barefoot-will be decided after costume picks.

∅       Jazz classes- K-1st grade. 1st-3rd grade will wear pink leather ballet slippers

∅        Jazz- (ages 2nd grade- 5th grade): Black Lace-Up Jazz Shoes

∅        Jazz-4th grade and up and Teen Jazz- black Pedini shoe

∅      Hip-Hop: Black Hip-Hop Sneaker. Company Hip Hop dances will have required shoes for performances.

∅      Contemporary & Lyrical: Tan Capezio freeform or barefoot for Advanced classes.

∅       Musical Theater K-3rd grade- Black lace up jazz shoes

∅       Musical Theater 4th Grade and up- Black Pedini shoe

      There should be no pink canvas ballet slippers at the recital.

Advanced Contemporary will be barefoot for performances.

Company members will receive notice in October, of what shoes are needed for competitions. Shoes must match the costumes.

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.


Email is how we distribute all information. Please make sure we have your correct email address. If you change your email address, please update your account. If you are not getting emails, please let us know. We send out monthly newsletters, updates, reminders, and all recital info via email. All-important info can be found in documents, in compu dance. Please refer to it, to look back at important info.

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We require a minimum of 7-8 students in a class to keep it going.  If a class experiences low enrollment, it may be combined with another class or canceled. Class sizes are limited, and registrations come on a first come/first-serve basis and are 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-company 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 $12 off total tuition, per month, for each additional family member, who dances at the studio. We have a family-plus rate! $415 per month for the entire family for as many classes as you like. This does not include workshops, 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 food or beverage into the building, please discard it into the trash before you leave.


Hair must be pulled back, away from the face in a bun, braid, twist, pony, etc. No loose hair is acceptable.

Locker Rentals

You can rent a locker for $65 for the year. Rental is September 1st- August 30th. Lockers are great for storing dance shoes and class attire. This way you never forget things! Dancers must supply their own lock. NO stickers are allowed on lockers. Please email Melissa if you would like to rent a locker, info@scarboroughdancecenter.com

    Newsletters & Bulletin Boards

We believe communication is key. We hand out an introduction packet, monthly newsletters, yearly calendars, recital packets, brochures, and end-of-the-year packets via email. We have a bulletin board and documents, in compudance and our website has some studio information. Please make sure to keep updated with our newsletters/emails, so you may always know what is happening at the studio.

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SDC requires a credit/debit card or ACH information on file.  ACH is preferred. Cards are charged on the date your invoice is due. Tuition is due on the 1st of each month. Costume invoices are due on 1/2 on November 10 and the remaining 1/2 on December 10. You will have the option to pay by cash or check by the 20th of each month, for the next month’s invoices. If the invoice is not paid by the due date on the invoice, your card or ACH on file will be charged. No refunds for missed classes. the late dropping of class, or for any absence. Classes are held based on registrations. You must cancel 2 weeks prior to the class start date to not be liable for payment.


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 and be at the Intermediate Ballet level. Dancers must take pre-pointe/beg.pointe before they are eligible for pointe. 

  Private lessons

Private lessons are booked according to teacher availability, and classroom availability. Private lessons are only booked through Melissa, info@scarboroughdancecenter.com Private lessons are non-refundable. Privates must be paid in full, prior to the lesson. Group classes take precedence in scheduling, privates are booked at the beginning, or end of the day, during the week. 

 Recital, Dress Rehearsal & Recital Policies

We put on a very entertaining show in May. Recital is Saturday, May 18, 2024, at South Portland High School. We have 3 short shows; 10am, 12:30pm, and 3pm. ALL recital information can be found in the recital packet. Our Dress Rehearsal for studio classes is Thursday, May 16, 2024. Toddle Inn Students DO NOT attend the dress rehearsal. You wear your costumes to dress rehearsal. The recital packet has been sent out and will be resent. All classes will participate in recital unless otherwise noted on the schedule as NR (no recital). If one chooses to not participate in the recital, please notify the instructor by mid-October. Recital tickets are non-refundable. Videotaping & photography during the recital is prohibited and strictly enforced. We have a professional videographer. If tuition is not paid in full, you may not participate in the recital. Each recital dancer is required to purchase a $25 digital download. This fee is due on 5/2/2024.

  Rehearsals for Recital

Dancers must wear costumes, for dress rehearsals, and have hair and makeup done, for dress rehearsals.


Missed classes and workshops are non-refundable. Workshops are held, based on registrations.  However, one may make up a class, at a similar level.  Costumes are also non-refundable. We do not pro-rate for missed classes. Refunds will be not given if you cancel a workshop, camp, or class registration, 28 days prior, to the class start date. If we cancel a class or workshop, you will be refunded.

     Registration and Registration Fees

Scarborough Dance Center Registration fee $22 for 1 dancer or $28 for a family. You will pay this fee online to Scarborough Dance Center, as you activate your membership, for the season. The fee increases to $26 per dancer and $32 per family after August 1st. The registration fee is nonrefundable. 

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


Solos/duets are only for company students, who train in the summer, and audition for the additional routines. Solos and duets are a reward, for dedicated students, who dance year-round. Students can be highlighted with their different strengths in group routines. Group routines are more appealing and pleasing to the audience. 

     Storm Cancellations

We will follow the Scarborough School system for cancellations. If company members need an additional rehearsal, an email will be sent to the company by 1 p.m. with times for the evening. We also post on Facebook, and Instagram. email and text those who sign up for text alerts. We have 2 built-in snow days per day of the week. All other snow days can be made up of a class of a similar age/level.

    In Studio Office Hours-beginning 9/11/2023

Monday-3:00-6:00 pm

Tuesday-3:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday -3:00-7:30pm

Melissa responds to emails daily- Monday-Friday! info@scarboroughdancecenter.com

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 you 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 who 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:info@scarboroughdancecenter.com

For billing/shoe questions, please email: Scarbdanceinfo@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 is based on a seasonal rate, which is broken into 9 equal payments (the last payment month will be May), for your convenience and includes vacations. Tuition is due on 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 1, 2023, and receive a 10% discount on tuition. You have to register by 8/27, for us to process your registration and charge your account, for the 10% discount. The discount does not apply after September 1st. We accept cash, checks, Visa, and MasterCard. All registered dancers must have an ACH or credit card, on file.  You will have until the 25th the month prior to pay with cash or check. If we do not receive a cash or check payment by the 25th, your card will automatically be charged for tuition on the 1st of every month. Costume payments will automatically be deducted with auto payments. (You can pay prior to the due date with cash or check) There will be a $25 fee for returned checks and a $15 fee for late tuition payments after 30 days. The $15 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 the 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.


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

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