Policies & Procedures

Updates will be made if necessary for COVID. Face masks are optional.

Registration

An annual non-refundable fee is required at registration. Sibling registration is free. Classes are confirmed with completed registration including payment plan. By registering, I authorize the Studio to electronically debit my bank account or credit card.

Payment of Fees

Tuition is paid by automatic bank account or credit card, Visa or MasterCard. Our preferred method of payment is checking account. Debit cards are not accepted. All withdrawals occur on the 1st of the month.  The annual tuition for dance and music lessons is based on 30 regular classes for the period of September- June.  Monthly fee equals 1/10 of the annual fee and is not based on number of weeks/classes in a month.  All holidays and vacations have been accounted for.  There are no refunds for missed classes or inclement weather closings. The first and last tuition payments must be paid by September 1st, or at the time of registration. October – May monthly tuition payments are due by the first of the month.  Any NSF transactions will incur a $20 NSF fee.

 

Recital

All students are automatically registered for the recital. If a student is not participating in the recital, a Recital Non-Participation form must be filled out by guardian, by October 31st. If a form is not filled out by October 31st, the account on file will be charged for costumes. No student or class is permitted to perform choreography or use costumes in any outside venue before the recital or end of competition season. 

Costumes Fees

Costume fees will be charged to the automatic bank account or credit card (Visa and MasterCard accepted) on file. Competition & Performing Group costume charges occur on September 15th. Recital costume charges occur on November 15th. Costume fees are non-refundable once charged.

 

Withdrawal and Refunds

A one-month notice from the 1st of the month is required to discontinue any class.  Withdrawal must be done with the school office, not the teacher. There are no refunds for withdrawals after March 1st; if a student withdraws after March 1st the account on file will be charged for the balance of the year’s tuition. There are no refunds for missed lessons.

Make-up Lessons

Dance students are permitted four make-up lessons per class, per season. Make-up lessons cannot be transferred from season to season, siblings or other programs. Make-up classes are available through April 15th. Music students are permitted two make-up lessons per season with a 24 hour notice. 

Mandatory Closure

Should classes have to go online due to the guidance from the Governor of the State of NJ, we will follow the same class schedule. Tuition will remain the same.

Private Lessons

Cancellations and rescheduling must be made 48 hours prior to the scheduled lesson. Private lessons may be rescheduled up to two times a year. Rescheduling must be done with the same teacher based on their availability. "No shows" are not eligible for make-ups and there are no credits for missed lessons.

 

Inclement Weather

It is the parent's responsibility to go to our Facebook page or call the studio one hour prior to class time for information on school closings. Make up classes may be taken.

 

Dress Code

Required dancewear and dance shoes must be worn to all classes. Leotard colors: PS/PK pink, K/1 lavender, Grade 2&up black. Shoe colors: pink ballet, tan flat tap shoes, tan jazz shoes, tan lyrical turners. Boys wear all black shoes. Students are not permitted to wear street clothes or street shoes. Any dancewear or shoes that you need are carried in Sharon's Store. Click here to download dance shoe requirements for each class. Face masks are optional. 

 

Parent/Guardian Responsibility

I agree to have my child dressed appropriately for class. I agree to drop off and pick up my child on time. I also agree to regularly check the studio calendar to ensure I am informed on dates and events. I agree to inform the studio of any address, telephone number or account changes.

 

Photo Release

The school is hereby granted permission to take photographs and/or videos of the students to use in brochures, web sites, posters, advertisements and other promotional materials the school creates. Permission is also hereby granted for the school to copyright such photographs in its name.

Class Size

A minimum of six students is required to keep a class open.

 

Waiver

By voluntarily participating in SSD&M in-studio and/or zoom online programming, you acknowledge that all exercises and dance are undertaken at your own risk and unconditionally release the studio from all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.

SSD&M endeavors to provide safe, effective, and high-quality programs but makes no warranty or guarantee that specific services, products, methods, workouts, recommendations, or routines will be safe, effective, or suitable for everyone.

Since dance and fitness classes/programs/events/instruction may involve strenuous physical activity, we recommend having a physician’s approval prior to participating. By electing to take part in our live or virtual programs, you either have obtained such approval or accept the risk inherent in engaging in physical activities. Even if done correctly and with proper attention to safety, fitness activities and the use of training/fitness equipment involves the risk of aggravating known or unknown pre-existing conditions, serious injury, permanent disability, or death. Risks include, but are not limited to broken bones, strained or torn muscles, herniated discs/spinal injuries, heart attacks, heatstroke/exhaustion, and any other soreness or illness. Risks of injury are particularly pronounced in a virtual setting where you are exercising on your own, without real-time supervision from our trained staff and in a location over which we have no control.

 

SSD&M contractors are not physicians, nor do not hold ourselves out to possess professional expertise in medical matters. Any guidelines, programs, or advice provided are not intended to be construed as a treatment for any medical or physiological condition and carry no express or implied warranty of any kind.

For all of these reasons, anyone participating in our programs (virtual or in-person) assumes and accepts all responsibility for their actions and physical conditions. Further, you waive, release, and discharge SSD&M contractors from any and all liability now or in the future. This includes any claims, damages, expenses, demands or causes of action for injuries or death; loss, damage or theft of personal property; or negligence that may be in any way connected to your voluntary participation in SSD&M programs/instruction (whether in-person or virtual), recommendations, equipment or property conditions, no matter where such damages may occur.

I have read and fully understand and agree to the above terms of this Liability Waiver Agreement. I am signing this agreement voluntarily and recognize that my name serves as a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law in the State of New Jersey.