2020-2021 Studio Information & Policies
The policies of The Movement Box Dance Studio were designed to promote an organized, professional studio and to create a positive learning environment for YOUR child. By following these policies you will help create the best dance experience possible. The Instructors at The Movement Box Dance Studio are professionals and take dance very seriously. By following these policies you will help your child to excel at the fine art of dance.
Due to the NYS guidelines we have specific policies in place to help prevent the spread of COVID. All dancers and families MUST adhere to these studio regulations.
- Studio Lobby, restrooms, and common areas are closed to ALL non-dancers. No parents, siblings, or family members will be allowed in the studio space.
- All dancers must wear a mask upon entering and in common areas.
- Studio water fountain is for FILLING water bottles only.
- Back entrance is permanently closed and will only be used as an emergency exit. Everyone must enter or exit through the front of the building.
- Dancers will remain socially distanced while in class using designated tape guidelines on studio floor. Dancers will remain in one room for the entire evening whenever possible.
- Dancers will be expected to hand sanitize immediately upon entrance to the studio, throughout the night, and again as they are leaving the studio.
- Shoes/tights/apparel fittings are by appointment only or can be purchased in our online dance shop!
- Any dancer that attends class while exhibiting any symptoms (coughing, fever, sneezing, etc) will immediately be sent home.
- Payments will be made online through your student portal or by drop box near the front door.
- All teachers will be performing daily health screenings.
- All of our air vents are equipped with MERV-13 hospital grade filters.
- All of our common areas are continually sanitized, and rooms are being disinfected between classes.
If a student is not dressed appropriately they will be asked to sit and watch class. Student’s hair must be tied back and secure for class. No T-shirts, gum, or jewelry! If you have questions about attire, ASK BEFORE YOU PURCHASE!! TMB sells all appropriate dancewear in our studio store at competitive prices!
Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet & Tap, Ballet/Tap/Jazz: Any color leotard and tights (skirt optional but must be attached to leo.) Pink leather ballet shoes are required. Combos will also need black tap shoes.
Hip Hop Bop: Comfortable active wear. Clean (no outside worn) sneakers, jazz shoes, or bare feet.
Ballet & Pointe: Pink tights, black leotards! Black skirt optional, absolutely no other dancewear/t-shirts/tank tops/etc. Note- Ballet is a disciplined and structured form of dance. The appropriate attire will allow the instructor to accurately correct a dancer’s placement. Shoes: Pink professional quality ballet shoes. Hair is to be secured into a ballet bun for all ballet classes.
Tap Classes: Black tap shoes. Any color leotard and tights or jazz pants.
Jazz Classes: Jazz shoes (color to be determined by teacher). Any color leotard and tights. Jazz pants or skirt optional. No baggy clothing/no STREET wear.
Hip Hop Classes: Black dance sneakers or clean nonoutside worn sneakers (THESE ARE FOR CLASS ONLY!). Fitted tops with jazz/yoga pants.
Modern: Bare feet (on a rare occasion we will require socks). Any color leotard. Fitted dance pants.
Boys: Athletic wear, dancewear, and appropriate dance shoes. Dance belts as required.
Adult Classes: Clothes that are comfortable and you can move in!
Tumbling: Tight or Form fitted active wear that will not fly, bunch, or get in the way of spotting/tricks. Bare feet.
All schedules are tentative. We may add/ delete class days/times dependent on enrollment. We make every effort to offer flexible options in our scheduling. Should a class be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment TMB will do our best to place students in appropriate alternate classes. Enrollment in a class is first come, first served with paid tuition/registration fee. A class must have a minimum of 5 students to be offered.
Snow or Bad Weather
Please call the studio after 3:00 p.m. for a recording on whether classes will be held or not. TMB reserves the right to cancel classes at our discretion; we do not always follow the school schedule with regards to closings. We will not put any child in danger due to weather. Any classes that are missed or cancelled can be made-up by attending another class close to the same level. There are no refunds for classes cancelled due to weather. You may also check www.news10now.com/www.9wsyr.com and our Facebook and Instagram page for postings of our closings.
Classes begin Monday September 14th, 2020. The studio will be closed for the following Holidays: Thanksgiving (Nov. 25-28), Holiday Break (Dec. 21-Jan 2), Winter Break (Feb. 15-20), Spring Break (Mar. 29-Apr. 2) and Memorial Day (May 31). We remain open for all other holidays.
Attendance and Tardiness
Classes start at the scheduled time. Promptness is expected. Students coming in late cause too much distraction, delay, and will not be properly warmed-up for class. Good attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class; and the studio cannot jeopardize its responsibilities to the rest of the class for one student. Attendance during the last month before the recital is especially imperative for recital preparation. Please make every effort to attend every class. Missed classes may not be deducted from tuition payments. If for any reason your child cannot attend class, they are encouraged to attend a make-up class within the month.
Dropping off and picking up dancers
Parents are required to drop their child off for dance class due to COVID restrictions. Our staff will meet young dancers at the door approximately 5 mins before class. Please be on time to pick up your child after class. Our lobby is currently closed to all non-dancers.
Privates and semi-privates are a privilege and must be approved by the director. Students interested in private lessons should fill out an interest request form over the summer. Private and Semi-private lessons will be scheduled directly through the instructors. Lessons are available on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule. Instructors MUST receive 24 hour notice for cancellation of a private lesson. If adequate notice is not received, you will be charged for the missed lesson. Private and semi-private lessons are to be paid in advance or at the time of the lesson. NO Exceptions will be made, and we do NOT bill for privates. If a student cannot attend regularly scheduled technique classes on the day of their private lesson than the private lesson is also cancelled.
Communicating with Instructors
We work very hard to keep you informed by posters, email, and by updating our Website. However, it is your responsibility to keep up to date by reading e-mails, checking the information board, and Website. If you have a question about the dance studio please do not ask instructors during or in-between classes. The instructors have a very tight schedule and are not able to meet with parents in-between class because it can use up valuable class time. If you need to talk personally to an instructor please schedule an appointment with the front desk so that the instructors can give you their full attention.
Tentative Recital Dates/Times, 2020
The dates for our annual Performance/Rehearsals are June 10,11 & 12, 2021 at the SRC Arena. The dress rehearsal is mandatory for anyone wanting to perform in the recital. (Dancers who do not attend the dress rehearsal WILL NOT be allowed to perform in the recital.) Recital tickets will be available for purchase one month before the recital.
Recital Costumes COSTUME DEPOSITS ARE DUE by DEC. 1, 2020
Recital costumes will range from $50 to $85 per costume. Combo classes will only need to purchase one costume. Please know we work hard to find good quality costumes at reasonable prices. If a dancer is in more than one class he or she will need to purchase additional costumes. The Recital/Costume deposit is due by early so that costumes can be ordered on time. You may pay extra during tuition payments and it will be put into your costume account. Once costumes are ordered there are no refunds. Any alterations needed are the parent’s responsibility. All tuition accounts must be up to date to order/receive costumes. Costumes ARE NOT ordered until deposits are received.
Recital photographs will be taken in the spring on an assigned picture day. If there is a problem with your picture order please contact the photographer directly, not The Movement Box.
Videotaping during Recital and Dress Rehearsal
Videotaping during our recital or rehearsal is not allowed. The recital will be taped using professional equipment, and DVD copies will be available at reasonable prices. Still pictures are permitted: however, no “flash” pictures are allowed during performances. There is a great deal of editing involved for our DVD’s. Please allow 6 weeks or more for the delivery of the DVDs. If there is a problem with your video order please contact the videographer directly, not The Movement Box.
All competition team, company level, group placements are determined by the studio director and instructors. PLEASE NOTE: Your dancer may stay in the same level for multiple years. We may move students dependent on aptitude, execution, maturity, focus, effort, ability and technical skills. Age is not the sole factor in determining placement in any of our technique classes, company classes, or competition team.
The Movement Box does have a booster club for all families looking to help defer dance costs and contribute to the studio at large. Periodic Fundraising is available to everyone at the studio.
Late fees and Returned Checks
There is a $10 late fee for ALL late tuition payments. This will added to each invoice every month until the account is paid in full. If the total bill is not paid by date set, the dancer will be asked to sit out of class. All fees must be paid in full before the recital or the student will not be able to participate. Invoices are sent electronically via e-mail once a month. If you desire a printed statement of your account, or invoice please let us know. There are no refunds for missed classes or cancelled classes. You are encouraged to attend one of many make-up classes. There is a $25 fee for ALL returned checks.
The registration fee for new students is $20. The registration fee for returning students is $15. Payments are broken up into 8 monthly payments for your convenience. Tuition is due on the 15th of each month. Tuition is non-refundable and is paid to save your child’s place in class. If your child has decided to stop attending class you must provide us with written notification. If we are not contacted, we will continue to bill you for saving your child’s place in class. There are several payment options:
- Cash, Check, Cashier’s Check or Money Order payable to “The Movement Box”
- Online via Credit or Debit card by logging into your account and making a one-time payment.
- Recurring payment via credit or debit card on file.
o To prevent late fees you may elect to use our Recurring Payment system. This system is manually activated once a month. When activated all Recurring Payment accounts will bill the credit/debit card “on file” for the tuition balance due on the account. This system does not automatically bill a set amount, so there is no risk of the system billing you for charges that you did not incur. Again, you are only billed through the Recurring Payment system if your account has a positive balance.
o Please note: Simply entering your credit card information does NOT activate a monthly recurring payment option on your account. The “Enroll in the Recurring Payment Plan” button MUST be selected in order to be activated. Once selected you will receive an email confirmation.
If you do not receive confirmation and believe you selected Recurring Payment plan, feel free to contact The Movement Box for assistance or view/adjust your account online.
There is a 10% discount if you pay the entire year in full by Sept. 14th. There is a 5% discount off of the tuition of each additional student from the same family. (The discount is taken off the lower of the tuition rates). Year in full and sibling discounts cannot be combined. There is a 10% discount off of the tuition for Moms and Dads of enrolled students who register to take our adult dance classes (this does NOT include fitness classes). Current students that provide successful referrals to The Movement Box will receive a $5.00 credit per referral on their account.