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Tuition can either be paid monthly with first and last month due at registration or paid annual to receive a 5% discount.

Tuition is due on the first of each month. A $10 late fee will be charged for payments made after the 15th of the month.

Tuition remains the same each month regardless of holidays, extra classes, or classes missed for inclement weather. You are guaranteed a minimum of 34 classes per season (10 months). Tuition is non-refundable. No refunds or deductions in tuition rates will be made for absences regardless of the reason.

For tuition rates, please visit our Tuition page

Withdrawals must be reported to the Artistic Director in writing. Full tuition for the month the student stops attending classes are due. You will be responsible for the tuition until the notice has been submitted - simply stopping attendance will not suffice as notice. A written notice must be given in order for withdrawal to be made.

Please notify us through email or calling if you know your child will be absent due to schedule conflict or sickness or travel. We miss seeing their smiling faces when they aren’t there so please keep us informed whenever possible. Classes may be made up in a class similar to the one missed. Please contact the Artistic Director to arrange for this.

At this time, we do not offer scholarships. We do however offer discounted tuition to families with multiple children. See our Tuition page for details.

Measureable progress is the key to any child’s success and personalized feedback is our goal with evaluations. Each child will be given an evaluation at the end of the school year to help encourage and guide them to their next level.

Parents are not allowed into the studio to watch classes to allow each student the ability to focus on the teacher without distractions. Parents of young students are encouraged to allow the teacher to walk their child into the studio and wait in the lobby until they are done. Open door classes will be held periodically to allow parents to peek in and see their child’s progress. You will be notified at the beginning of a class if that will be happening. Parent Observation Week will be held once each semester as noted on the calendar.

All dancers are required to wear the correct dress code per their level. Female dancers must have leotard, tights and ballet shoes for all ballet classes. Hair must be worn in a ballet bun using hair spray, bobby pins and hairnet. Short hair that is unable to be pulled back into a bun may be secured back with clips so it does not cover the eyes. No jewelry, necklaces, or watches may be worn in class. Male dancers must wear proper dress code when taking classes including ballet shoes. Cover-ups should be worn when arriving or leaving the studio, please do not allow your dancer to walk out in just their leotard and tights.

Please visit our Dress Code page for details about your child’s specific level.

Regular attendance to class is essential to the growth and progress of each dancer. Each dancer’s yearly progress is a direct reflection on the frequency of their class attendance. Please make every effort to attend all classes to ensure success for your dancer. Please be on time for class and take younger dancers to the restroom before entering class. If a dancer arrives to class more than 10 minutes late, they will be asked to observe class and take notes. It is not safe for a dancer to join class after that time as the class as progressed too far and could result in injury to the dancer if they do.

  • Do not enter the ballet room until the teacher instructs you to do so
  • If arriving late, wait for the teacher to acknowledge you before entering
  • No gum or candy allowed in class
  • No hanging on ballet barres
  • Only water bottles allowed in studio, no food
  • No cell phones are allowed in studio with student
  • Do not touch the mirrors
  • Thank your teacher at the end of every class

Your time is valuable to us and we want to respect it. If you have any questions or concerns for your child’s teacher, we want to be able to give you the correct time and attention. We ask that you refrain from trying to catch a teacher between classes to discuss things and instead email us. Simply send a quick email to dgant@refugedance.org with your name, your child’s name, a brief summary of your question/concern, and the best way to contact you. We will be able to schedule the time needed to discuss and find a solution together.

Bullying of any sort will not be tolerated. Each dancer and parent is asked to treat all students, teachers and staff with courtesy and respect at all times. Gossiping is never correct and will not be tolerated either among dancers and parents or teachers and staff. Anyone who engages in these activities will be asked to attend a meeting with the Executive Director and Artistic Director and their parents and may result in being asked to withdrawal from the studio.

We want to hear from you if you have any questions or concerns concerning you or your student. We always have in open door when it comes to communication. We want to help each dancer grow and reach their full potential, and we can’t do this if we are not informed. You may reach out to us either through email or phone at anytime and we will do our best to try to resolve any issues that may arise.

As with all physical activities, so risk of injury exists even when proper instruction and supervision is provided. All risk of participating in any activities at the studio is assumed by the dancer (if dancer is age 18 or older) and/or by the dancer’s parent or legal gaurdian (if dancer is under age 18).

At time of registration, a waiver of liability with be required for each dancer before the dancer can participate in any activities. Below is the text of the waiver for your review:

I hereby release Refuge Dance, LLC (DBA Refuge Dance Academy) and any instructors, choreographers, any other staff, and the owners/management of all rehearsal and performance locations from any liability due to personal injury and/or loss of property which I, or my child, may sustain as a result of participating in any activity with Refuge Dance, LLC.

Please contact our Executive Director at dgant@refugedance.org with any questions or concerns regarding this waiver.