School Policies & Tuition Schedule 2019-2020
Registration Fee, Tuition Due Date & Payment Methods
The yearly registration fee for each student is $25, with a family cap of $50, and is due at the time of registration. Registration fees are nonrefundable. For the monthly tuition schedule, please refer to the reverse side. The school year starts Monday, September 9th, 2019 and culminates with year-end recitals June 12th and 13th, 2020. Tuition is based on an annual fee due in 10 equal installments. The monthly payment does not reflect the number of classes per month. The registration fee payment will hold your child’s place in fall classes. Tuition may be paid at the time of registration or deferred to September 1st, 2019. We encourage everyone to register early to allow PMD time to adjust the fall schedule as needed to accommodate all our dance families. Tuition payments are due in advance of or on the first day of each month. If an account is in arrears more than 30 days, your child may not attend classes until the balance is brought current. All accounts must be current for your child to participate in recital, master classes, Nutcracker, or Team PMD. Cash, check, and credit card payments can be made at the PMD Office. All checks should be made payable to PMD with the student’s full name and payment information in the memo section. Check and credit card payments can also be made online through the PMD Family Portal.
Tuition Refund Policy For All Students
No tuition refunds will be offered for missed lessons or classes dropped by a student under any circumstances. Tuition will not be adjusted for students participating in activities that conflict with their regular dance schedule. Monthly tuition must be maintained to hold your place in class unless there is a valid medical reason provided by a student’s doctor.
Discounts apply to family members living in the same household. The family member with the highest number of class hours shall pay per the fee schedule. All additional siblings will receive a 10% discount.
A total costume charge of $65 for Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Tap & Tumble, and Ballet, Tap & Tumble are due by November 1st, 2019. There will be no costume balance due in April for these classes, as this amount will include the costume, socks, accessories & props. A total costume charge of $75 for Kindercombo and Primary Tap/Jazz classes are due by November 1st, 2019. There will be no costume balance due in April for these classes, as this amount will include the costume, tights, accessories & props. Costume deposits of $60 per performance class for all other classes are due by November 1st, 2019. There will be no refunds on costume deposits after December 1st, 2019. Costume balances will be available on the PMD Family Portal in March. All balances are due no later than April 1st, 2020. Costumes will be distributed at the end of May. Costumes will not be distributed to any dancer with an outstanding balance on their account. Parents are responsible for any balances once a costume is ordered. Parents are responsible for all alteration fees.
How Payments Are Applied
All payments received will be applied to the oldest charge due on accounts. For example- If tuition is past due, and a payment is received on time for a costume deposit, that payment will be applied to the outstanding tuition balance. This policy applies to all accounts.
Parents must notify the Office in writing if their child is going to add or drop a class no later than the last week of the month prior to the start of the next month. Parents are responsible for the full monthly tuition if a child drops mid-month. Parents are responsible for the full monthly tuition if a child drops and the parent fails to notify the Office as required.
Please check your email frequently. All important studio information and updates will be sent via email. If your email address changes, please notify the Office.
Paula Meola Dance occasionally takes pictures and videos of students during classes, rehearsals, and performances. These pictures and videos may be used on our websites, social media sites and in publications. We ask parents and students to refrain from taking videos during class time. Videos for recital dance practice purposes will be taken by a PMD Faculty member and posted in the PMD Family Portal.
School Etiquette and Behavior
Any inappropriate behavior or language will not be tolerated at PMD and may result in a student’s suspension or expulsion from PMD. PMD encourages and fosters an atmosphere of respect, kindness, and school spirit. Parents are expected to cooperate with PMD as requested for conferences with the Director and/or Faculty as needed. PMD is a private business and reserves the right to request un-enrollment to students as deemed necessary.
Make-up Classes /Attendance
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly from September through June. Only parents may contact the office regarding absences. If a student misses a class, he/she can take a make-up class at an appropriate level genre between November 1st, 2019 and April 1st, 2020. Please see “PMD Cancellations/Teacher Absences/Snow Days for additional information.
PMD Cancellations/Teacher Absences/Snow Days
Please check the PMD Facebook page or the Office voicemail for information regarding cancelations. Weekday morning classes are automatically canceled if the Wachusett School District cancels school or has a two-hour delay. Between November 1st, 2019 and April 1st, 2020 students may attend extra classes free of charge to compensate for any classes that may be unexpectedly canceled, missed due to illness, or conflicts. PMD will not hold any “makeup classes”. The schedule is as follows: Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet through Primary T/B/J, Acro, Acting and Hip Hop: 3 total extra classes; All Junior, Intermediate, and Advanced levels: 5 total extra classes. Students may take classes in any appropriate level genre. Please contact the office prior to attending extra classes. Unused make-up classes will not be carried over to summer or the following fall schedule.
Ballet is a required class for all dancers except Acro, Acting and Hip Hop only students. Some Intermediate and Advanced Levels may require dancers to enroll in more than one ballet classes per week. Please check the class requirements section on the PMD Family Portal before registering for a class. All classes must meet a minimum enrollment to be held weekly. Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment may be combined or canceled. Pointe work: Dancers will be evaluated on an individual basis and will be required to take a minimum of two ballet classes per week. Pointe classes do not count as a ballet class requirement. Dancers may not register for pointe without also registering for a ballet class if offered. Pointe work is for the serious ballet dancer. All students en pointe are strongly encouraged to attend classes during the summer months to maintain their strength and technique. Dancers enrolled in performance classes but not performing in the June recitals will end classes April 1st, 2020. Dancers must maintain the minimum requirement of ballet classes for their level through June regardless if they are performing or not.
Dancers enrolled in the Creative Movement Level through Jr III Level, Hip Hop I, Hip Hop I/II, and Hip Hop II/III will perform in either the 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. matinee show on Saturday, June 13th. Some classes such as Acro, Hip Hop, and Modern have combined levels in classes. These classes may cause your children to be scheduled in different performances. We try very hard to keep families with multiple children in the same recital performance. However, it is possible that family members will be in different performances. Dancers enrolled in Intermediate I-IV, Advanced I-III, and Intermediate through Advanced Hip Hop will perform in the evening recitals. All dancers performing with classes in the evening recitals on Friday, June 12th, and Saturday, June 13th must be able to commit to attending both performances regardless of outside activities.
PMD has a very simple and clear-cut Dress Code which all students are required to observe. Proper attire, hair, and shoes are necessary not only for each dancer’s safety but to also help dancers be prepared and focused in class.
All dancers must carry, always in their dance bag, any supplies they may need while at the studio (ice packs, Band-Aids, Bobbie pins, hair elastics, hair nets, safety pins, etc.). PMD does not supply these items.