Studio Handbook 2024-2025

Rules & Policies

  • Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the studio directly, via phone (508-865-0083) or studio email (hhdanceacademy@gmail.com). Our website is kept up-to-date and should help you find the answer to most of your questions (hhhdanceacademy.com).
  • Please avoid contacting the faculty and directors directly via their personal cell phones, text messages or Facebook pages. Our teachers will not return communication that does not go through the main office.
  • All studio communication is done via email. To ensure you receive the most up to date information please provide within your Jackrabbit customer portal an updated and accurate email address that you check and read often.
  • Please do not post questions on the schools Facebook page. Instead, please email them directly to hhdanceacademy@gmail.com.
  • H & H Dance Academy reserves the option to use any pictures and or videos of the dancers for advertisement or performance purposes, which includes but not limited to newspaper ads, social media platforms and the website.
  • If a child has any medical or learning conditions that you feel we need to know about, please inform the directors ASAP. If your child is receiving accommodations from an IEP and/or requires a one on one aid please communicate this with us so together we can create a plan to achieve the best learning environment for all.
  • If you post to social media please be courteous of other parents. Not all parents are comfortable with their kids on social media.  If posting videos of class or rehearsals, don’t post any choreography in its entirety and please only post your child.
  • H&H Dance Academy is neither liable nor responsible for any items lost, damaged or stolen, nor any injury that may occur on the premises. It is the students/parents responsibility to inform the teacher and the front desk of any injury or limitations that may prevent a dancer from participation fully in a class. Safety is our top priority always.
  • Dancers should leave all tablets, cell phones and other electronics at home. Cell phones are not allowed in class.
  • No street shoes are allowed on the dance floor.
  • Dress code will be enforced in all classes, including proper shoes and attire.
  • Dancers are not allowed to bring friends to class; this is extremely distracting to the dancers and dynamic of the classroom.
  • HHDA is a smoke free studio.
  • H & H Dance Academy is a peanut and nut free studio.
  • A minimum of 6 dancers are required for a class to run.  If a class needs to be closed or combined, you will receive notice one week prior to the start date.
  • Class schedule, faculty and scheduled performances are subject to change. Notice will be emailed to families when this occurs.
  • Parents must be on time when picking up their child/children.
  • All families must accept and read our polices on the jackrabbit portal.
  • When a student enrolls in our program they are considered to be enrolling for the entirety of our season from September- June.
  • First months tuition and registration fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.
  • All withdrawals from classes must be in writing. If notice is not received by the 1st of the next month, Costume payments and Tuition will not be refunded. Any withdrawals after January 1, 2025 will be assessed a  $35.00 cancellation fee.
  • To ensure progress and compatibility among dancers, students must attend their classes. If a child is excessively absent once choreography has started, they will not be able to participate in the recital. Please understand that in order to instruct proper dance technique, participation is mandatory.
  • Refunds will not be given for any missed classes; however make-up classes are available by appointment only through the month of March. Please email the office to schedule a make-up class.
  • Class placement is determined by the directors based on ability, previous dance experience (if any), age and maturity. The directors reserve the right to transfer students to a different level after an evaluation from the teacher and the directors. The dancers best interest is always in mind.
  • Registration fees are as follows: $35 per dancer, $65.00 family cap.

I hereby release all H & H Dance Academy staff to render first aid to my child (children) in the event of any illness or injury and if deemed necessary by the staff, to have authority, at my expense, in the event I can’t be reached, to seek medical attention, including transportation whether paid or volunteered, to any health care facility or hospital, and if necessary, I authorize medical treatment. I verify that my child (children) has passed a medical physical within the past twelve months and is capable of participating in the activities of all dance classes H & H Dance Academy offers. Please be certain the information provided in your customer portal is current and accurate.

  • All Accounts are required to have a current credit card on file. HHDA accepts Visa, Or MasterCard. Payment is due by the 5th of each month. We do not offer automatic payments and ask customers to login to their portal account and make their monthly payments.  Accounts that are past due on the 5th will be charged a $15.00 late fee and the card on file will then be billed. A tuition payment reminder will be sent out on the first of each month.
  • If you choose to pay with a different form of payment, you must do so before the 5th of the month. If an alternative payment is not received by the 5th, the card on file will be automatically charged. Please keep in mind that if you choose to mail in your payment to leave extra time for the check to be received prior to the 5th.  Please mail payments to PO Box 232, Millbury, MA 01527.
  • All checks that are returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a $25.00 fee.
  • Cards that decline for any reason will be subject to a $20.00 processing fee. Declined payments will receive notification by email in the customer portal. Customers will then have five days to bring their account current, to avoid an additional $15.00 late fee.
  • Accounts that are behind could forfeit their dance lessons until their account is brought up to date.

For class cancellations due to inclement weather please check the Facebook page or the website. All cancellations are posted by 2 o’clock. Morning preschool classes will follow the cancellations of the Millbury School District.

  • Costumes are ordered for the annual dance recital in the beginning of December. Two Costume Installments are due for EVERY COSTUME your dancer will have.
  • The first non refundable $45.00 installment per costume is due with October 2024 monthly tuition.
  • The second non refundable $40.00 installment per costume is due with November 2024 tuition.
  • Adult sized Costumes will be billed an extra $10.00-$15.00 depending on costume companies’ adult pricing once costumes have been ordered.

Costumes will not be ordered if all installments have not been made for each costume.  Each costume fee includes a garment bag, all accessories, and any tights needed for performance. All costumes are non refundable.  Costume payments cannot be made in lieu of tuition payments.

Costumes will be distributed to dancers in late April/early May.  Once the costumes leave the studio, HHDA is no longer responsible for any mishaps that may occur.

Parents can  provide size measurements or the directors will measure your dancer.

The annual recital is not required but strongly encouraged. Please be sure to inform the office is your child is not participating in the recital no later than November 1, 2024. HHDA will put on multiple professional recitals. Each class, besides the invited company dancers, will perform in only one recital with one dress rehearsal commitment.

The annual recital is scheduled on a weekend (Friday-Sunday) in June. Dress rehearsal dates are always the week before the recital date. Dress rehearsal schedule does not coincide with your regular scheduled classes. More information will be available on this in the Spring. Attendance to your classes scheduled dress rehearsal time is mandatory for anyone who participates in the recital.

May and June’s full tuition must be paid in order for your dancer to participate in any recital activities. Recital tickets will be sold with an online ticket company. Tickets will go on sale in May. Customers will have specific time to purchase their maximum tickets (based on enrollment.) After this time period lapses the restrictions will be lifted and if available, tickets will be sold online as a first come first serve basis.

Each dancer will be required to purchase a Media Package, which will include professional photos from each recital and a digital copy of all the recital dances. There will be a discount for siblings. This fee will be collected with April’s Tuition.

Dancers in multiple shows: HHDA tries to accommodate siblings when putting the order of the recitals together; however there is no guarantee that your children will be in the same recital. Dancers who take more than one class such as hip hop, musical theater, acro will most likely be in separate recitals. Tickets for multiple recitals will need to be purchased at the full price.

  • In the event of widespread illness or other disasters in which in-person operations are required to be ceased by local, state, or federal regulations, we will immediately transition all classes to Zoom.
  • Regular tuition and withdrawal policies will remain in place in the event of classes moving to the zoom format.

General Info for the Students and Parents

• Recommended to sanitize hands upon entering the facility.

• Bring a labeled water bottle to each class. HHDA does not have water fountains.

• We encourage using the restroom before coming to class. In addition students should arrive dressed and ready for class.

• Dances will keep their dance bag in a designated space in the classroom. Shoe changes will occur in the classroom.

•  If your child is ill, please keep them home. There is no need to spread germs to other dancers. Make up classes are offered through the month of March.

• Our building was designed to maximize space for our dancers to learn and rehearse, and therefore we have limited space in the waiting room. For this reason we do not reserve space in our waiting rooms for parents. We ask parents to please drop off and pick up their child at the designated exterior door, closest to their child’s classroom.  For safety, each dancer will be escorted to their parent at the conclusion of class and will not be permitted to exit the building without a parent or guardian.  We do make an exception for the parent of Mini Movers, who may wait in the main lobby to assist their child with bathroom breaks.

• Older dancers who have back to back classes will be allowed to wait quietly in a designated spot in-between classes. If needed dancers waiting between classes may bring a nut-free snack to consume. Please encourage your dancer to clean up after themselves during their breaks.

• Wifi is available for parent and student use.  The password can be found on the wall inside the main lobby.

• Parents will be invited to observe their child’s class, via CCTV, during two designated observation weeks each season.

• Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest HHDA news.  We will also send out a monthly newsletter to keep families apprised of all news and opportunities.