Studio Handbook 2020-2021

For All Parents and Students

One of the primary goals of our faculty is to teach life lessons and skills that offer children the best chance for success. Dance education encompasses far more than technique and the steps your children learn. We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment through learning, experiencing the spirit of teamwork, and discovering what they can accomplish through hard work. Our goal is to educate the minds, bodies, and souls of our students, teaching them the skills they needed for a successful life, whether or not they stay involved in dance.

Respect for the teachers is essential. Listen to each correction given, whether it is directed at you or another dancer. A correction is an honor: It shows you how much a teacher cares about your progress as a dancer. Always say thank you when a teacher or choreographer offers you constructive criticism. Nothing can stop those students who apply the corrections in every class and appreciate their teachers knowledge and experience.

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 (www.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 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.

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, Facebook, 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.

  • H & H Dance Academy is a nut free studio.
  • Dancers should leave all tablets, cell phones and other electronics at home. Cell phone are not allowed in class.
  • No street shoes are allowed on the dance floor at any time.
  • Dancers are not allowed to bring friends to class; this is extremely distracting to the dancers and dynamic of the classroom.
  • HHDA has a smoke free, alcohol free policy at all HHDA events, as well as at the studio or on studio grounds.
  • A minimum of 6 dancers are required for a class to run.
  • 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 including all COVID-19 protocols.

When a student enrolls in our program they are considered to be enrolling for the entirety of our season from September- June.

First month’s tuition and registration fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. If sending in a check fees must be received within 12 days of registration or the card on file will be automatically charged.

Registration fees are as follows: $35 per dancer. A family cap of $55 will be offered.

A sibling discount of $5.00 per sibling (under the age of 18) will be taken off of the monthly tuition.

It is up to you to make sure your dancer participates in their class. 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.

All withdrawals from classes must be in writing. If notice is not received by the 1st of the next month, tuition will not be refunded. Any withdrawals after January 1, 2021 will be assessed a $35.00 cancellation fee. Any refund made to a charge card will be subjected to a 10% processing fee.

Class placement is determined by the directors based on ability, previous dance experience (if any), age and maturity. HHDA reserves 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.

Dress code will be enforced in all classes, including proper shoes and attire.Dress code is strictly enforced. Students should arrive for class 5 to 10 minutes before class is to begin in proper dress code. Being on time ensures each dancer will have proper time to warm up in class to prevent injuries. Dancers that are late will need to stretch before they can partake in the class. Please abide by the studio dress code and shoe policies. All hair should be pulled off the face and no jewelry should be worn. Dress Code is available on our website.

Read more for dress code requirements for individual classes.

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 credit card on file. HHDA accepts Visa, Or MasterCard. Every account will be automatically charged on the 5th of every month using the debit or credit card on file. If you choose to pay with a different form being check, cash or another card, you may do so before the 4th of the month. If cash, check or another card payment is not received by the 4th, 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 4th.

All checks that are returned for insufficient funds will be assessed a $25.00 fee.
Payments will be contactless for the foreseeable future at HHDA.

Cards that decline for any reason will be subject to a $10.00 processing fee. Declined payments will receive notification by email in the customer portal. Customers will have five days to bring their account current. Fees that extent more than 5 days past due date will be charged a $15.00 late fee.

Accounts that are behind could forfeit their dance lessons until their account is brought up to date.

2020-2021 Dance Tuition

Monthly tuition fees are calculated  based on the amount of class time  an individual dancer takes per week. Families will have the ability to reach a family cap if the combined dancers hours within the family total exceeds $370.00.

When a student enrolls in our program they are considered to be enrolling for the entirety of our season from September- June.

First month’s tuition and registration fees must be paid  in full at the time of registration. If sending in a check fees must be received within 12 days of registration or the card on file will be automatically charged.

Registration fees are as follows: $35 per dancer with a family cap of $55.
Registration fees will be manually updated to your account after your enroll.
A sibling discount of $5.00 per sibling  will be taken off of the monthly tuition.

2020-2021 Monthly Tuition Fees listed below

30 minutes – $48

45 minutes – $55

1 hour – $65

1 hour 15 minutes – $74

1 hour 30 minutes – $82

1 hour 45 minutes – $94

2 hours – $96

2 hours 15 minutes – $118

2 hours 30 minutes – $125

2 hours 45 minutes – $138

3 hours – $150

3 hours 15 minutes – $170

3 hours 30 minutes – $182

3 hours 45 minutes – $186

4 hours – $210

4 hours 15 minutes – $225

4 hours 30 minutes – $235

4 hours 45 minutes – $245

5 hours – $255

5 hours 15 minutes – $265

5 hours 30 minutes – $275

5 hours 45 minutes – $285

6 + hours – $295

*** Family Cap of $370 dollars

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.

This year you will be required to complete your own child’s measurements at home to ensure a contactless costume measurement. HHDA will supply the requirements, and tools for successful measuring. If a costume needs to be sent back for size exchange a $10.00 restocking fee is assessed from the costume company and will be added to your account.

Costumes are ordered for the annual dance recital in the beginning of December. Two $40.00 Costume Installments are due for EVERY COSTUME your dancer will have.

The first non-refundable $40.00 installment per costume is due on October 1, 2020
The second non-refundable $40.00 installment per costume is due on November 1, 2020.

Costumes will not be ordered, if all installments have not been made for each costume.
Each costume price ($80) includes tights, a clear garment bag, and all accessories. All costumes are non refundable. Costume payments can not 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.

 

 

 

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, 2020. HHDA puts on multiple recitals. Each show is roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes. Each class besides the invited company dancers will perform in only one recital with one dress rehearsal commitment.

The annual recital is scheduled for June 19th and June 20th at Grafton High School. Dress rehearsal dates are June 15th, 16th, and 17th. Attendance to your classes scheduled dress rehearsal time is mandatory for anyone who participates in the recital. Recital tickets will not be sold to a family if all costumes, competition fees and tuition balances and not paid in full. Tickets will go on sale in May. May and June’s full tuition must be paid before purchasing tickets. Tickets will not be reserved or saved for any family. There will be a maximum number of tickets allowed per dancer. A waiting list will be created for families who need more than the maximum number allowed. If there are remaining tickets available we will sell from the wait list.

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 extra classes in addition to their ballet, tap and jazz classes, 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.

Parents, Dancers and all staff members will be required to sign off on a COVID-19 waiver and COVID-19 handbook upon registration.
In the event that we are required to close in-person classes per the state government or CDC guidelines, 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.

In the event that we are unable to have a regular recital, we will host a virtual recital. A professional videographer will be hired to record the dancers (outside) and will put together a professional video to be shown at a socially distance outdoor space, like the drive-in movie theater.

“Like” the H&H Dance Academy page on Facebook to receive updates on school events. Please invite your family and friends to “like” and follow us as well. Find us on Instagram and SnapChat as well!

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.