Bliss Academy of Dance Policies 2018/ 2019
**To avoid confusion, please read through completely**
Thank you for choosing BLISS Academy of Dance to propel your dancing education and experience. We look forward to watching each student exceed and excel artistically while building confidence. In order to have consistency and success in our program our policies/procedures have been carefully created. These policies/procedures are listed below in detail.
It is the responsibility of the parents/students to be aware of all dates and events. Information regarding holiday breaks, fee due dates, costumes, performances, etc. are posted on BLISS website. There will be text messages and emails when needed. Competition teams have Group me’s as well. Notes do not usually go home with students. It is the responsibility of parent/guardian to keep account up to date to ensure proper communication. If you do not wish to receive text messages, please let us know.
Please subscribe to the BLISS BLOG if you would like to receive more than email notifications. You can also check our website calendar anytime.
As a courtesy to the team and instructor, please notify the instructor prior to missing class. Staff information can be found on our website.
BATHROOM & LOCKERS
The lockers and shelves are located by studio 1 & 2. Studio 3 (aerobic) has hooks inside the room. Ages 12+ can also use the lockers downstairs in the dressing room.
If possible, have students use restroom (at Life Centre or at home) BEFORE class. The Life Centre bathroom is located down the stairs and to the right. Please be respectful as this is also used by Life centre gym members. Any inappropriate behavior will be reported.
All students are expected to treat instructors, dancers, and parents with respect. Parents and students need to keep a close communication with the instructors (regarding absences, tardies, etc.) Please relay absences to instructors (not director)
We want each dancer to excel and reach their full potential! Respect and good behavior in the studio is imperative. Disruptive, disrespectful, or listless students will not be tolerated. Parental support of rules and any disciplinary actions is crucial. When necessary parents will be contacted.
DRUGS, ALCOHOL & SOCIAL MEDIA
There will be zero warnings for the use of drugs or alcohol on Bliss property or at Bliss concerts. Those students will immediately be removed from their teams with no refund.
Your students social media accounts are also a reflection on Bliss. Any inappropriate posts, including drug or alcohol use, will be subject to probation (stunted must still attend classes but will be removed form some or all of a routine) or being removed from the studio entirely, as per the directors discretion of the offense.
ALL STUDENTS MUST BE DRESSED PROPERLY IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE…HAIR INCLUDED. STUDENTS THAT ARE NOT DRESSED PROPERLY WILL BE ASKED TO WATCH.
Please adhere to attire guidelines below: *note: no jeans should ever be worn to class*
Students are expected to be on time. If a student is over 15 minutes late the instructor will acknowledge the student with instruction on how to proceed. If warm-up has passed please be aware this could result in injury. PLEASE BE ADVISED should the student participate, BLISS (and all staff members) cannot be held responsible for any injury sustained. (See the hold harmless agreement) The teacher has the right to refuse participation.
ATTENDANCE POLICY & STUDENT WITHDRAWALS
Attendance is crucial in order to progress. Classes missed consistently may result in student forfeiting right to perform. We do not desire to remove anyone from a routine, as it also affects the spacing and set up for the others teammates. Please remember that the classes held 2-3 weeks prior to a concert are especially critical.
Allowed absences before student is removed from all or part of routines:
These absences should be reserved for illness, family trips, funerals, and the instructor should be notified prior to the absence. For competition students, missing for any reason outside of those listed may result in immediate removal from a routine or team.
No refunds on tuition, costumes, or performance fees will be given.
Dance is a full year commitment for competition teams, and a semester commitment for performance teams and training classes (Sept-Dec, Jan-May). WRITTEN NOTIFICATION (email is ok) is required for withdrawal from classes. Verbal withdrawals will not be accepted. Until written notification is received, monthly tuition will continue to be assessed. Please be specific as to which class is being dropped. Additionally, if student drops before the semester is over, the remaining balance due for that semester as well as any costume and/or costume fees may be due in full & no reimbursement will be received if the student withdrawals before the end of the month. We understand there will be some circumstances where a class needs to be dropped mid semester and will work as a case-by-case scenario.
Competition team students are held to a higher standard than other Bliss teams. This will require sacrifice and dedication.
COMPETITION COMMITMENT (COMP TEAM ONLY)
Should a student miss a competition, that student will be spaced out, and will forfeit their original placement. This applies to students with excessive absences as well. Class time should be utilized a to the fullest. Re-working routines is time consuming and unfair to students present.
Other competition requirements include:
In the event of an absence, BLISS Academy of Dance offers the opportunity to make-up class missed. All students are encouraged to make up missed classes, but not required until otherwise specified by the instructor. However, If a competition student has an unexcused absence they will be required to make up and may be spaced out of part of the routine.
There are no refunds on missed classes.
PICK UP POLICY
Please pick up students promptly. Students under the age of 10 must wait inside the building to be picked up. Students 6 and under need to wail by their dance room door to be picked up (parent must enter building) students 7 and up are invited to wait in the seated lobby. Parents are solely responsible for students after the assigned class time. Please be considerate and swiftly pick up your student. Instructors want to ensure your child’s safety, but can’t always stay past class hours; we cannot guarantee teacher supervision. If you are in a bind and need an instructor to stay, please contact the instructor directly and your account will be charged $1 every min they are supervising. If instructor notices your child still waiting and they cannot get a hold of you, account will be charged accordingly.
Please follow the parking lot pick up route signs in parking lot to avoid congestion.
Each year, students are assessed a registration fee with the exception of male students. ($25 one student, $15 additional student, $10 3+ (August 2016-July 2017). Registration fees are used in yearly music mix charges, new equipment, rewards box refills, extra concert charges, etc.
TUITION AND PAYMENT: See financial agreement
Tuition is due by the 5th of each month. NEW THIS YEAR, we are requiring that everyone has a card on file and that the “auto pay” button is turned on; this will avoid the need for late fees. Auto pay will be ran the 7th of each month. You are welcome to pay cash or check before the 10th; otherwise the card on file will be ran. You can log on anytime to view what charges have been paid. If card is declined there is a $20 fee and Bliss reserves the right to withhold entry into class for students whose accounts are not current. This is considered an absence and cannot be made up. Any account 30 days past due will be sent to our collection agency and additional fees will be added. (see financial agreement)
Payments can be made in form of cash, check, (at the Life Center front desk payable to Bliss) or by credit card on our secure website (Blissacademydance.com)
The number of weeks in a month does not affect the monthly tuition. Tuition holds your space in class and is not based on a week to week schedule. Throughout the year extra practices, concert rehearsals will be held along with choreography fees at no additional cost. All of these dues are factored into our monthly tuition pricing. Tuition is not pro-rated when students drop/miss a month.
We still hold class on teacher work days/end of quarter days. BLISS Academy of Dance is closed on the following holidays/school breaks: Labor Day, UEA, Halloween, Thanksgiving Break (Tuesday-Friday), Winter Break (2-3 weeks), Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, Spring Break (Canyons District), and Memorial Day. There is no make-up for these dates.
You may log onto your Bliss account at anytime to view invoices, payments made, make payments, add or remove classes, etc. Accounts must be current with no outstanding balance for tuition, costumes, or other fees to participate in Winter and Spring Bliss showcases. Contact Blissacademyfinance@gmail.com with account questions.
Photos and/or video may be used for promotional or other materials for BLISS Academy of Dance without consent or payment to the dancer or parent.
Each room provides viewing windows. BLISS welcomes parents to observe their students. Parents of 18 months-4 yr olds should be present for classes. All other ages, staying to watch is optional. Please keep the viewing area free of food and trash, keep talking to a minimum as not to disrupt classes or Life Center patrons. Do not allow children to climb on or around ANY equipment.
Please be mindful of walkers/runners before you or your children proceed on the track. Keep benches close to window, children should not play on track at any time.
BLISS Academy of Dance welcomes questions, comments, and concerns regarding your student. We truly value your input and involvement. If there are concerns/comments, feel free to set up an appointment with the instructor outside of class time. Class time is limited and to be as productive as possible, please reach out to instructor at the appropriate time. Instructor information can be found online at Blissacademydance.com.
At BLISS Academy of Dance, we strive to cultivate an enthusiastic and supportive environment. The art of dance lives beyond an eight count. Our goal is to teach life building skills while gaining confidence and personal awareness. BLISS Academy of Dance asks parents and dancers to be trusting and supportive of our teaching staff and artistic decisions. We want the very best for your child. We look forward to working together. “Shake the soul. Wake the dance. Feel the Bliss”.