Policies


Registration

Students may register through September. Dancers are registered for the entire year and the year will run from September through May. There will be a $25, non-refundable, registration fee. You may register online or print your registration out and mail it to me. You may also register by calling the studio at 208-305-6088. The Parent Portal tutorial will guide you through the registration process and show you the information you will have available to you once you register through the portal.

Parent Portal tutorial


Payment/Tuition

 

Please see the tuition link for specific prices. Monthly tuition is based on the length of time of the class session and on the average of 3.6 classes per month. Tuition is due the 1st week of every month. Payments can be brought to class by the student or parent. There is a locked payment box in the waiting room or you can give it to the receptionist. Please write the dancer’s name on the outside of the envelope before placing it in the box. There will be a $20 service fee on all returned checks.

Tuition for the dance season must be paid in full by May 15th . Any student with an outstanding balance will not be permitted to participate in our Spring recital.

Missed classes will not be refunded.

No student is permitted to skip a month of classes. Your spot in that class is reserved for you upon registration for all months from September to May. Therefore, payment must be made for each month throughout the dance season until we have been notified of discontinuing.

Costume payment is due by December 1st.  Absolutely no refund/credit after payment will be made. 

Students who decide to withdraw from class will not receive a refund for that month or for any costume already ordered.

We do not provide a paper statement each month.  We do provide an emailed statement for each family.  You can keep a credit or debit card on file and we will bill your card for monthly tuition, dance wear, costumes and other dance fees. Credit cards are billed within the first five days of the month.  If you have activated your parent portal (on the registration page), you can view your account, change your card information and make payments. 

 *There will be a $5/month discount on "2nd child" tuition.

*Parents of currently registered students receive a 50% discount off tuition for all adult classes.

Parents of registered dancers can take an unlimited amount of fitness classes for free each month.  Check out the fitness schedule on the schedule page!


Recitals

 

There will be a recital in the spring with other opportunities during the year for dancers to perform. The Civic Theater Parkinson's Fundraiser  and Art Under the Elms are some examples of performance appointees.  A recital fee be charged in April to offset facility charges.


Dress Rehearsal

 

Our commitment is to producing an extraordinary performance and experience for all of the dancers and audience, which is why after all the long hours of work on the part of the students and their class, a dress rehearsal is important to the success of the dancer on stage. The dress rehearsal is required for all dancers participating in the main recital. Rehearsal and recital times are set early for your planning convenience. Please contact Shawna immediately if you have a conflict.


Costumes

 

We try to place our students in wholesome attire-and consider Footnotes to have high standards in choosing costumes.  Shawna and the class instructor will select a costume that is appropriate for the age and song for each dance. Parents will be able to view the costume selections. Please let the instructor know immediately if you do not approve of the costume selection. One costume will be purchased for each dance style.

Your first statement in September will include the costume billing.  This allows you to make monthly payments if necessary to have your costume(s) paid by the deadline.  The deadline for paying for costumes is December 1st. We can not order costumes until everyone in each class has paid for their costumes in full. Delivery of costumes takes several months. As soon as the costumes arrive, the instructor will have the dancers try them on, dance in them and explain any accessories to the parents.

Costumes will be purchased by the dancers, but we will try to keep costs to a minimum. For the younger classes we usually use two-in-one costumes. Costume cost usually range from $50-$80 depending on the class.


Dress Code

Class Specific Dress Code

Please send your child to class in appropriate clothing for dance class, NO JEANS!  Dancers need to be in clothing they can move comfortably in. See the class descriptions for specific dress codes. Dancers will arrive to class dressed appropriately and ready to begin. (There is a large bathroom if a student needs to change before or after class.) The dress code is important because it enables the instructor to evaluate the dancer's technique and also shows that the student is ready and serious about learning dance. There is a complete list of dress code requirements under the classes - dress code tab on the left side. 

Footnotes sells shoes, tights, leotards, and everything else you need for dance classes at a reasonable price.  We also have a stock of used tap, ballet and jazz shoes available for $5 per pair.  We will also trade your old shoes or purchase them for $5 if they are in good condition. You may purchase the appropriate dance wear at the studio, or on your own. Please do not purchase ballet shoes at Walmart. These are not actually ballet shoes but are slippers and do not provide the support needed for dance and are slippery on the bottom, making them unsafe for dancing.


Observation

 

Footnotes has a closed class policy. This gives us your child’s undivided attention during classes. Footnotes Dance Studio provides live feed closed circut television viewing in each studio so parents are always able to view their child. Visiting family members are welcome to view in the waiting room or just ask the instructor and we can arrange in class viewing. We also welcome parents into the studio for practice recording purposes. We are flexible, just check with the instructor and we would be happy to accomodate you.


Attendance


Being on time each week is important to your child. Class is designed to begin with a warm-up, this promotes a strong body and lessens the chance of injury.  Arriving late also distracts the mind from the discipline being learned. If you cannot attend class or know you will be late please call or email the instructor. Please have your child use the bathroom before class. Leaving not only disrupts the class but your child may miss out on valuable warm-ups or combinations. Please discuss this with your child.

 *No refunds or financial adjustments will be made for missed classes.


Picking up your Student

Students will be required to wait inside the building after class, for their safety. Please try to pick up your child no more than 5 minutes after class ends.


Behavior and Etiquette 

 

Students and parents will be respectful of other students, teachers, parents and property. Any student or parent who is repeatedly disrespectful may be asked to leave and the dancer may lose the privilege of dancing at Footnotes Dance & Fitness.

Food and Beverages

Gum, water, food or drinks of any kind are not permitted inside the studio. The finish on the dance floor will be ruined by moisture. Snacks/drinks are allowed in the studio viewing room, but please keep the area clean. If a dancer is hungry they should eat before or after dance class. If it can be avoided please refrain from sending food or drinks with your child to class.


Practice

Students are encouraged to practice outside class. Dance moves, steps and exercises repeated at home will dramatically improve a dancer’s ability. A student who is successful will gain self confidence and enjoy their dancing experience more.


Music

The music selected for classes and recital dances will be age appropriate. Dancers will receive one CD with their recital music. There will be a $1 charge for any additional CDs.