RMSA DANCE Policies

Tuition

Dance tuition is based on a yearly fee which is divide into 9 equal payments. These payments are due the first week of each month from September to April. May tuition is due in September along with September tuition.  The yearly fee is based on class time, rehearsals, and performances.  Each month does not have the same number of classes, rehearsals, or performances.  Late fees may be applied to accounts that are delinquent more than one-month.  Payments can be mailed to RMSA or turned in at the studio but paying online is preferred. 2020-2021 Tuition Breakdown

Studio Policy

RMSA will only assume responsibility for students while they are IN class. Students are welcome to use the RMSA facility before their classes to change, work on homework, ect., but parents are responsible at this time. We ask that you tell your student if they are waiting for a ride that they should not wait outside but remain in the building until the ride arrives. Students are not allowed to bring friends or siblings to the studio unless they are supervised by an adult.

Anytime students/families are at the studio we ask that they please understand and follow these need to know items.

Costume Deposit

A costume deposit of $30.00 per class registered is due the first week of November (due to covid, 2020-2021 costume deposits due in Feb 2021). This deposit is applied to the student’s spring performance costume(s) and the student will keep the costume(s) purchased after the performance.

Please note: Each Academy dance style has different costumes except Jazz/Tap. Jazz/Tap will share the same costume. Preschool & Kindergarten dance only performs a ballet piece and only a ballet costume is ordered.

The remaining costume balance is due in March and you will receive a statement with this amount. Each costume ranges in price from $65.00-$100.00. Please understand that once a costume is ordered, students are required to purchase the costume regardless of circumstances and all costume payments are non-refundable. This includes a student who quits dance class, is taken out of class by the instructor or parent, a student who moves, or a student who is ill. Both tuition and costume balance must be up to date before you will receive the costume(s). New students may be asked to pay for costumes in full before costume orders are placed.

Dress Code

A list of appropriate dance attire for each class is found here. Please read to find out what your child will need for their classes.

**Dance clothes and shoes in all sizes can be purchased at the dance store in the RMSA building. We try to keep our prices competitive with Wal-Mart and appreciate the business.

Calendar/Studio App

All RMSA calendars can be found on our website and studio app. RMSA does not follow the public school schedule exactly. There may be dance when there is a school break or vice versa. All vacations for RMSA are also listed on calendars. We ask that everyone download and use the studio app.  It is the best and easiest way to stay up to date as we can send alerts and push notifications. For more information on our FREE studio app see this page. The app has become vital during busier times with rehearsals and performances. Anyone with an iPhone can download calendars subscribed to through our studio app (for help in how in weblink listed previously).

For those with google accounts; calendars can be added to your google account through our website but clicking the “+” on the bottom of each calendar you want to add.

Google accounts can be added to your phone by adding an account under your smartphone “Settings” > “Passwords & Accounts” (To sync google calendars with your iPhone calendar you may need to add it at https://calendar.google.com/calendar.syncselect)

COVID

Health Guidelines

If your child is sick, exhibiting signs of illness such as but not limited to coughing, sore throat, and/or fever, or have been in contact with someone who has been exposed or has COVID-19, they are not allowed to attend dance classes or rehearsals until symptoms have passed or if exposed to COVID-19 until fourteen days have passed or they have been tested for COVID-19.  All studio classrooms will be equipped with live-streaming capabilities.  If your child cannot attend classes or rehearsals due to these guidelines, they will be expected to join their class(es) through live streaming.  We strongly suggest preparing for on-line classes now by setting-up live streaming capabilities at home.   If your child needs to miss dance class(es) due to Covid related issues, please call/text Jenni 307-250-5739 and she will provide you with links & codes to attend class(es) virtually.  Live streaming can be done with a phone, iPad, computer, or smart TV.

In the event of studio closure/changes in conditions

If the studio must close or conditions must change beyond normal operating procedures, due to various COVID-19 possibilities, classes will continue through live-streaming or posted videos depending on the length of the closure.  Other options will be considered if possible, such as alternating live attendance and streaming, with half the class attending live and half streaming, switching groups every other class.

In any of these cases, regular tuition will be charged.  If a student does not participate, tuition, including last month’s tuition is non-refundable.  A late fee will be charged to anyone with a past due balance on their account if they decide not to participate and do not have their account up to date.  Secondly, Academy Level will be affected.  Dancers who do not complete the program will not move to the next academy level if they choose not to participate in online classes.

Costumes and Performances

If there is an extended closure and we are unable to hold performances, any tickets purchased for these events will be refunded.  IF costumes have been purchased, we will do our best to return and refund costumes.  Although we cannot guarantee a refund, we will do everything we can to make this possible.  In the event we are unable to refund costume purchases, we will do our best to use them in a future performance.

Snow Days

If school is canceled for a snow day, dance classes are not necessarily canceled. Please refer to the app push notifications for information.

Watching Dance Classes

We do not allow parents/family into dance studio rooms to watch weekly dance lessons as students are easily distracted.  Students need time to work without an audience or disruptions, and instructors need the full attention of students during class. We do have observation windows that are usually open for families to watch through. We also have a TV screen in the commons that anyone can watch the classes from. RMSA has a Parent Observation Class in the spring where parents and family members can attend class to see and hear what your child has been learning. During this special class, the class will also practice their Spring dances for you and you can take as many pictures as you wish.

We do ask that parents/guardians stay during class time for younger dancers as switching shoes quickly can be quite a task and teachers cannot help with restroom breaks.

Questions or Problems

Many times problems or concerns arise from lack of communication or a simple misunderstanding. If you have any questions, problems, or concerns at any time feel free to call/text Jenni 307-250-5739 or email Elizabeth elizabeth@rockymountainschoolofthearts.com. Please understand that discussing issues right before, during, or after dance class probably isn’t the best time for Elizabeth as she teaches classes back to back.