Studio Policies

REGISTRATION

  • We accept new student registrations twice a year:

    1. Registration for our regular dance season runs from July through September.

    2. Registration for our summer camps and classes runs from February through June.

  • We will accept new student registrations until December, however registering after October may cause student to not be allowed to perform in our June recital.

  • Registration Fee of $40 is to be paid at the time of registration for the September to June dance season.

  • Registration Fee can be paid by cash or check only.

  • There is a discount of $35 for each additional sibling who registers for the same dance season.

 

TUITION

  • Tuition must be paid on a monthly basis, due the first lesson of each month. The amount paid will vary, according to the number of classes scheduled to be taken per month. For example: One month may have five Monday lessons and only four Tuesday lessons.

  • A computer statement will be provided at the last class of each month advising your monthly tuition payment which will be due the following week.

  • Any tuition payment received after the 15th of the month will incur a late charge of 15%

  • May AND June tuition will be due by May 15th

  • Tuition is non-refundable

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE ABOUT TUITION COSTS, EMAIL US AT GottaDanceNJ@gmail.com OR SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH OUR RECEPTIONIST.

 

 
 

PAYMENTS

  • For tuition payments, we accept cash, check, credit, or debit card.

  • Registration Fee and Costume payments are cash or check only.

  • Checks must be made to "cash"

  • There is a $35 service charge for each overdraft check received. Once a check is returned to our account for insufficient funds, tuition payment by personal check will no longer be accepted.

 

 

TUITION DISCOUNTS

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INQUIRE ABOUT IF YOU QUALIFY FOR ONE OF OUR TUITION DISCOUNTS, EMAIL US AT GottaDanceNJ@gmail.com OR SPEAK DIRECTLY WITH OUR RECEPTIONIST.

 

DISCONTINUING A CLASS

  • Should you decide to discontinue a class, Gotta Dance requires a written notice in order to assure proper credit on our tuition account. Please understand that you will still be responsible for all tuition and fees until your written notice is attached to your child's file. A phone call will not be accepted as a notice to drop or cancel a class.

  • Tuition fees are non-refundable

  • No refunds or adjustments for absences for any reason (illness, vacation, holidays, etc)

 

 

ATTENDANCE

All students are expected to come to class regularly and on time. While the growth of a dancers' skills is a personal achievement, the success of a dance class depends on a team effort from the students, teacher, and parents. Absences can hold back the student as well as the entire class. Regular attendance is expected and excessive absences may result in removal, in part or all, of a recital routine.

  • Students age 10 and older are required to come to class if sick or injured UNLESS they have a fever, are contagious, and/or otherwise instructed by their doctor to stay home. They will be permitted to sit in front of the room and take notes if they can/should not dance. (All Performance Team members, regardless of age must follow this rule for all dance classes)

  • In case of absence or illness, please notify the studio on or before the day and time that the student will not be attending.

  • No refunds or adjustments for absences for any reason (illness, vacation, holidays, etc) - instead, you are welcome to take a make-up class. Speak with our receptionist for your child's make-up schedule.

  • Excessive absenteeism will withdraw a student from recital participation.

 

 

STUDIO DROP OFF / PICK UP POLICY

  • Gotta Dance opens 15 minutes before the first scheduled class of the day and closes 15 minutes after the last scheduled class of the day. Our hours are posted here.

  • Do not drop off your child in front of the studio when our doors are locked - we are not responsible for unattended children.

  • Children must be  picked up within 15 minutes of the classes end time. If an emergency delays pick up, call the studio immediately to inform our receptionist (201) 794-0001.

  • If your child is attending our last class of the day, please be sure to arrive on time for pick-up. Our receptionist needs to lock up promptly at the end of the night.

  • Any child (regardless of age) picked up more than 15 minutes after their class ends will incur a babysitting fee of $5.00 per minute.

  • Parents are responsible for watching their children at all times before and after their class time. `

  • We would prefer that you do not ask your child to wait outside the studio for pick-up (especially after dark) as we can not be responsible for our students once they have left the confines of our building.

 

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER / SCHOOL CLOSINGS

  • When uncertain weather prevails, each student is responsible to check Team App ~ The Gotta Dance Parent Portal (new families must sign up for an account to have access to Team App)

  • We will also post any school closings on our Social Media Pages - Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter (@GottaDanceNJ) and on our website home page.

  • We often wait until 3:00 pm on weekdays and 8 am on Saturdays to make our final decision.

 

 

CLASS VISITATION

  • Parents are not permitted in the dance rooms while class is in session. We have a reception area with closed-circut televisions where you may sit and observe class.

  • Visitors are welcome to wait in our reception area while classes are going on. Young children have a limited attention span and are easily distracted.  Therefore we do not allow visitors to stand in the hallway while class is in session.

  • Once a year in December or May, we hold a "Parent Observation Day" where we invite family members in to the dance room to observe class and take pictures.

 

DRESS CODE

  • For safety reasons, dress code is strictly enforced.

  • Absolutely no hats, jeans, jewelry, or baggy clothes

  • Long hair must be secured away from the face.

  • As of now, we allow smart watches to be worn in class HOWEVER, if the watches start to cause a distraction, we will change that decision.

  • "YOU MUST DRESS LIKE A DANCER TO FEEL LIKE A DANCER!"

FOR OUR SPECIFIC DRESS CODE INFORMATION AND SHOE REQUIREMENTS, CLICK HERE.

 

 
 

CLASS ETIQUETTE

​We take good behavior and sportsmanship VERY seriously.  learning these valuable skills will follow them throughout their lives and we understand that we play a key role in helping to develop that.

  • We expect ALL dancers to be respectful, kind, and supportive of each other. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.

  • Arrive 10 minutes before the start of class to ensure proper class preparation.

  • Proper dance wear and shoes are a must in every class and rehearsal.

  • Finish every class with a thank-you to the teacher.

 

 

RECITAL

The end of the year performance is an established custom. It is an event which students look forward to with great anticipation. Students duplicate the lifestyle of professional dancers and are given the chance to perform some of what they have learned in class on stage in costume, with lights, audience, and applause. 

  • Recital is always in June

  • It is not mandatory for our students to participate in the recital

  • We must be notified by November if you choose not to participate

IF YOU CHOOSE TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR JUNE RECITAL YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO:

  1. Purchase a costume and all needed accessories from the studio. A costume deposit will confirm your recital commitment and will be due the last Saturday of November.

  2. Attend all assigned rehearsals and recital dates. Excessive absenteeism will withdraw a student from recital participation and no refunds will be given for costumes or tuition.

 

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