Studio Policies - Perfect Pointe Dance Studio of Arlington, VA
Arlington, VA • 703.533.8830

 

Studio Policies

REGISTRATION / TUITION

A $35 registration fee for the 1st student, $20 for each additional family member, is due at the time of registration. This fee holds your place in the class and is non-refundable. Upon registration parent/student agrees that photos or video may be taken while participating in performances or classes which may be used for promotional purposes.

Tuition is due at the time of registration, and at the first class of each month for those on the installment plan. Installment payments are determined by dividing the annual tuition into 10 equal payments; therefore, each monthly installment payment is the same regardless of holidays, closings, days missed, etc. A 10% discount is offered for full school year students if tuition is paid in full by the first week of classes. Installment plan students are encouraged to keep a credit/debit card on file to be billed automatically the first week of each month. Students who do not wish to keep a card on file are responsible for making payments on time each month. Late payments are subject to a $5 late fee per week. All returned checks will be subject to a $35 fee. Please make all checks payable to "Perfect Pointe Dance Studio."

Summer camp tuition is non-refundable but is transferable to another open camp or future class with a minimum two week notice.

Withdrawal from a class requires a two week notice and must be given directly to the desk staff, NOT TO THE TEACHER. Refunds for any pre-paid tuition will be issued in the form of a studio account credit for the full amount of any remaining classes after the two week notice period, or in the form of the original payment for the full amount of any remaining classes minus a $25 administrative fee. Withdrawals from the school year session cannot be processed after March 15th. No refunds will be issued after March 15th and installment payments will still be owed through June, regardless of classes attended.

PARENT / GUARDIAN RESPONSIBILITIES

As per Arlington County requirements, all students 10 years old and younger must be escorted to and from the studio by a parent or responsible adult, i.e. they may not be dropped off or picked up in the parking lot.

Students and parents are encouraged to park in the free garage under the Harris Teeter when the parking lot is full. There is a sidewalk behind the building leading from the garage to the back door of the lower level. Perfect Pointe is down the hall to the right from this entrance.

Parents of Pre-school Combo students must either remain on premises during class or ask another adult who is staying to be responsible for taking their child to the restroom when needed. Parents of other classes who do not wish their child to be allowed to go to the restroom unsupervised should follow the same guidelines.

Please note that there are changing rooms provided in the studio. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping the restrooms available for all to use by not using them for changing purposes.

COMMUNICATION POLICY

Important class information and announcements will be posted on our whiteboard and website each week. It is each student or parent's responsibility to check the whiteboard each week to make sure you stay up to date. If you miss a class or for whatever reason do not come with your student to class, it is your responsibility to check the weekly announcements section of our website, or call the studio and ask for the weekly announcement information. You may also subscribe to have the announcements emailed to you each week.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the event of inclement weather, Perfect Pointe class cancellations generally follow Arlington County School District closings. We will also post cancellations on our website and Facebook page for your convenience. If school has been cancelled we may still open for afternoon and evening classes if road conditions improve. When in doubt, always check the website - we try to make closing decisions at least 2 hours prior to any affected classes. You may schedule make-ups for these missed classes - refunds will not be given.

MAKE-UP CLASSES

If you miss a class due to illness or family emergency you may call the studio to set up a time to make-up in another class or review missed material with your instructor. Please notify the studio as soon as possible if you are going to miss a class. This opens up make-up spaces for other students and ensures the availability of a make-up class for you. Please note that attendance is important to the learning process and you are expected to be in your assigned class each week unless an unavoidable problem arises. Excessive absenteeism may result in your inability to participate in upcoming performances and will inhibit your advancement to the next class level.

CLASS PLACEMENT AND ADVANCEMENT

Placement in the appropriate class is important to each student's skill development and personal growth. For students younger than six, placement is based on the student's age as of the first day of class. For students age six and older, skill level and experience are also considered. Premature advancement to the next level can have a profound and negative impact both on a student's self-confidence, and on skill acquisition and development of proper technique. The instructor's placement decisions are final and are always meant to be in the best interest of the student.

POINTE

Pointe can be a beautiful and exciting extension of a student's ballet training. However, going en pointe is a serious commitment and not something to be undertaken lightly. It is Perfect Pointe's policy that no student will be allowed to start pointe work before they are both physically and technically prepared. Readiness will be determined by the instructor and all decisions made by the instructor in this matter are final. General guidelines for pointe readiness are as follows:

  • No student will be allowed to go en pointe until they are at least 11 years old. The average age is 12 - 14.
  • No student will be allowed to go en pointe until they have at least 3 years of prior dance experience.
  • No student will be allowed to go en pointe before they have developed sufficient strength in their feet, legs, and center to maintain proper alignment and balance in flat shoes.
  • All decisions made by the instructor are final and are meant to be in the best interest of the student.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private lessons are available in any dance style subject to teacher and space availability; call the studio to inquire. In order to perform a solo/duet in the recital, the student must be enrolled in a technique class corresponding to the solo/duet style as well as a ballet class. Please see our private lesson flyer for additional information and policies.

RECITAL

Every school year session student is eligible to perform in our annual recital in May. Classes that do not run for the full school year (Creative Movers, Spring and Summer session classes) do not perform in a recital but have a smaller, in-class demonstration instead. The annual recital gives students the opportunity to showcase what they have learned throughout the year and is meant to be a fun and exciting way to cap off the season. Costumes for the recital will be chosen by the teacher and announced to students and parents by the end of November. Costumes range in price from $58-$80 and must be paid for in full when ordering - no later than the first week of December. Costume orders are non-refundable. Students must have a costume in order to perform. Students must attend classes consistently in order to master choreography and proper technique. We reserve the right to pull students from dances or require private lessons if attendance requirements are not met. Each student will receive 2 free tickets to the recital. Additional tickets may be purchased as well.

If you are interested in additional performance opportunities, please inquire about our award-winning competition companies for dedicated dancers in 2nd grade through high school.

DRESS CODE

Class Dress Code

Please Note: Students who are not properly attired may be asked to sit out of class.
No loose jewelry or gum chewing will be permitted in any class.

Creative Movers Adults: Comfortable clothes that you can move in. Bare feet or ballet slippers.

Creative Movers Toddlers: Dance leotard and tights, with or without skirt, pink ballet slippers and hair pulled back recommended for girls. Comfortable clothes that you can move in and black ballet shoes recommended for boys.

Jr. and Sr. Pre-school Combo Girls: Black dance leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, black patent leather tap shoes (please replace ribbons with elastics to facilitate shoe changes or purchase elastic or buckle shoes), black, pink, or purple skirt optional (no tutus please), hair pulled back.

Dance Combo (Age 5 & 6 and Age 6 & 7) Girls: Black dance leotard, pink tights, black ballet slippers, black leather (not patent) Mary Jane or U-shell style tap shoes, black, pink, or purple skirt optional, hair pulled back.

Jr. and Sr. Pre-School Combo, Dance Combo Age 5 & 6 and 6 & 7 Boys: Black sweat pants, stretch pants, or shorts, black, white, or purple t-shirt, black ballet slippers, black leather lace up tap shoes.

Acro/Hip Hop & Tumble Girls: Any color/style leotard with fitted shorts and/or footless tights, bare feet, hair pulled securely back in bun/braid/twist (no loose ponytails). T-shirts, tank tops, jazz pants, loose shorts will NOT be permitted due to safety concerns. Students who are not properly attired WILL be asked to sit out of large portions of class.

Acro/Hip Hop & Tumble Boys: Any color fitted shorts and fitted tank top or t-shirt, bare feet. Loose t-shirts, tank tops, jazz pants, loose shorts will NOT be permitted due to safety concerns. Students who are not properly attired WILL be asked to sit out of large portions of class.

Liturgical: Comfortable clothes that you can move in, any soft black dance shoe or stocking feet.

Ballet Girls Level I-III: Black or purple dance leotard, pink tights, black, pink, or purple ballet skirt or dance shorts optional, hair in a bun or twist (no loose ponytails), pink split-sole ballet shoes.

Girls Jazz, Modern, Dance Combo Age 7+, Musical Theater, Contemporary/Lyrical Level I-III: Black or purple dance leotard, tights (pink, tan, or black), black or purple shorts or leggings optional, hair pulled back, appropriate shoes as listed below.

Boys Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Dance Combo Age 7+, Musical Theater, Contemporary/Lyrical Level I-III: Black tight fitting jazz pants, shorts or tights and dance belt, tight fitting black, purple, or white t-shirt or tank top, appropriate shoes as listed below.

Level IV & V: May wear any colors they wish! ? (pink tights still preferred for ballet)

Hip Hop, Tap: Any color dance leotard or tight fitting t-shirt or tank top, tights and shorts or leggings, hair pulled back, appropriate shoes as listed below.

Adult Classes: Please see style guidelines above, but also feel free to wear leggings or other work-out clothes - whatever you feel comfortable in so long as instructors are able to see alignment. Hair pulled back, appropriate shoes as listed below.

Shoes:

  • Dance Combo 7+ girls: Black leather (not patent) Mary Jane or U-shell style tap shoes and black split sole jazz shoe, no laces
  • Dance Combo 7+ boys: Black leather lace up tap shoes and black split sole jazz shoes
  • Ballet Boys: Black split-sole ballet shoes
  • Tap I/II girls: Black Leather (not patent) Mary Jane or U-shell style tap shoes
  • Tap I/II boys: Black lace up tap shoes
  • Tap III/IV & Adult Tap: Black Tap Oxfords or Jazz Taps
  • All Jazz & Musical Theater classes: black split-sole jazz shoes, no laces
  • Hip Hop/Adult Hip Hop Jazz Funk: Black Hip Hop dance sneakers
  • Modern/Acro/Hip Hop & Tumble: Bare feet
  • Contemporary/Lyrical: Half-sole ("pirouette") lyrical shoes

Note: Students who are not properly attired may be asked to sit out of class. No loose jewelry or gum chewing will be permitted in any class.

Camp Dress Code

Fairytale Princess Ballet /Ice Princess Camps: Required: Comfy stretchy clothes that campers can move in, ballet slippers, any color. *Leotards and tights are recommended.

Music Video Starz Camp: Required: Comfy stretchy clothes that dancers can move in, dance sneakers or street sneakers (clean), any color.

Ultimate Dance Adventure/Dance Around the World/Dance Diva Camps: Required: Comfy stretchy clothes that campers can move in, ballet slippers or other soft sole dance shoe, any color. *Leotards and tights are recommended.

Dance Mania/Broadway Bound/Perfect Pointe Christmas Spectacular/If You Think You Can Dance Camps: Required: Comfy stretchy clothes that campers can move in, jazz shoes, ballet slippers or other soft sole dance shoe, any color, tap shoes any style. *Leotards and tights are recommended.

Ballerina Dreams/Nutcracker Camps: Girls: any color dance leotard and tights, pink ballet slippers, ballet skirt optional, hair neatly pulled back. Boys: Any color jazz pants, athletic shorts or tights and dance belt, tight fitting t-shirt or tank top, black ballet slippers.