2019/2020 School Year
Compass Dance Academy will open on 

September 3, 2019 and continue until May 15, 2020.

Tuition Payments

  • Monthly tuition is calculated by dividing your total yearly tuition cost for classes to be taken (at least 32 weeks of classes per school year) by 9 months (September through May).  Monthly tuition is not calculated based on the number of classes per month which can vary due to holidays and end-of-the-year recital timing. Note: classes will end with our recital on May 15-17, 2020, but full tuition is still due for the month of May.

  • Monday students take fewer classes over the course of the year because of Monday school holidays, so a lower monthly tuition rate will be calculated to offset this difference in September and January.

  • Adult Classes and Worship Classes have a different monthly rate.
  • Compass does now accept debit/credit cards through our online payment portal.  You can set this up during registration.  Online payments is our preferred method to take fees; however, we do still accept cash or check in the office. Tuition fees are the same regardless of payment method. 

  • We do charge a once per school year (doesn't apply to summer classes) $15 registration fee.  One registration fee per family, not per student.  This fee will be applied after registration.

  • Full regular monthly tuition is due even if you or your child cannot for some reason attend every class.  See information below regarding absences and make-up classes.  Also see information below regarding tuition if missing an entire month or longer. 

 

Studio Etiquette

  • Students must be on time for class. Being on time means the student is in the right studio wearing the appropriate dance clothing (see separate guide for dress code requirements) and ready to dance.

  • Students must respect the teacher and follow the rules set forth by the teacher.

  • No gum, food or drink (except water bottle) is allowed in the studios.

  • Eating is allowed in any snack designated area or board room. We just ask that you clean up after yourself.

  • If a dancer is misbehaving or becoming disruptive, the teacher can require the dancer to sit and watch class or remove the child from the class altogether.

  • For the safety of the dancers, stud earrings are the only jewelry allowed in class.

  • If the studio is cold, warm-up clothing (leg warmers, ballet sweaters, etc.) is allowed until the student's muscles are warmed up.

  • For their safety, dancers are not allowed outside the building in only a leotard and tights. Cover ups must be worn as dancers come and go from dance class.  Do NOT wear dance shoes outside of the building.

  • Parents must stay in the lobby during dance class or in observation areas.

  • No running down the halls, kicking balls inside the facility, riding skateboards, or playing loudly in the hallways.

  • Unsupervised children are not allowed in the front office/teacher’s lounge area.

 

Absences

  • We will help students find a make-up class in the event of an absence.

  • We DO NOT give refunds for missing class. In order to maintain the financial sustainability of our studio, we cannot give refunds to every student that misses a class. Instead we allow students to take an extra class (even if it is a different type of class then what they normally take) as a make-up. Exceptions to this rule for medical reasons require a doctor’s note stating the student is injured or severely ill necessitating missing several classes in a row. In this situation, we will gladly reserve the students spot in class without requiring tuition payment during that time.

  • During the second half of the year (leading up to Praise the King), if a student needs to miss a number of classes in a row, we may need to remove them from their Praise the King recital dance.  This may be necessary based on how much catching up is required by the dancer as the class prepares for their performance.

 

Closings and Inclement Weather

  • Compass Dance Academy follows the Fayette County School System schedule for inclement weather. In most cases if school is closed, we are closed.  We will always communicate, so check email regularly.  There have been a few instances where the weather improved by the afternoon/evening and we could hold class.

  • Known scheduled closings for Compass include:

    • Monday, September 2 (Labor Day)

    • We are OPEN on Oct. 14 and 15 even though Fayette Schools are closed.

    • November 25-29 (Thanksgiving)

    • December 21-Jan5 (Christmas). 

    • Classes will resume for second semester on Monday, Jan. 6.

    • Monday, January 20 (MLK Day)

    • February 17-21 (Winter Break) We will close for the full week even though Fayette Schools open on Thursday and Friday.

    • April 6-10 (Spring Break)

    • Classes end on Friday May 15

Class Withdrawal

  • If you need to withdraw from class for any reason, please see the receptionist at the front desk to obtain proper paper work and make an appointment to speak with our staff.

  • Please speak to us at least 30 days prior to withdrawal. Tuition will be due until the withdrawal is complete.

Student Evaluation

  • Teachers will evaluate students throughout the year to ensure each dancer is properly placed in the dance class that provides the optimal learning environment. Placement of a child in a dance class is at the sole discretion of the dance teacher and studio director.

  • Placement on pointe is also at the sole discretion of the teacher and studio director and is determined by a combination of factors:  students age, number of years training, and strength of the ankles, feet and legs.

 

Drop off, Pick Up and Children Left at the studio

  • Please drop your child off 10-15 minutes before class starts in order to make sure your child is in class on time.

  • Please arrange to have your child picked up when class is over. If you are going to be late for pick up, please call and inform the receptionist.

  • Students under the age of 12 are not allowed to be left at Compass without parent supervision unless they are in an actual dance class.

  • Students are not allowed to wait for pick up outside the building.

Compass Dance Academy (CDA) Communication

  • All Compass Dance Academy updates will be sent via e-mail only (no hard copies).   E-mails are sent frequently with current updates. If you don’t receive an e-mail, let us know so that we can ensure we have your current e-mail address.

  • Compass Dance Academy has an open door policy. We want to hear from you if you have any concerns or questions. We want to help each dancer grow and find their God-given potential, and we can’t do this if we aren’t informed of a child’s particular needs. Please feel free to communicate with the Compass Director at any time. Please be aware that your child’s teacher might need to go directly into teaching another class, so if you specifically need to discuss something with the teacher please speak with the Compass Director to set up an appointment.

Performances

  • Compass Dance Academy will offer parents an opportunity for a class observation before Christmas.

  • Our main worship event is scheduled every May (May 15-17, 2020) and is called Praise the King.

  • Participation in any performance is optional for your dancer. If you choose not to participate, please let your dance teacher know as soon as you can.

  • Costumes will be purchased for Praise the King, and each student is responsible for paying for their costume. Compass is committed to ensuring the costume cost is reasonable and affordable. NO REFUNDS on costume purchases.

 

Liability

  • Compass Dance Academy, Inc. is not liable for any injuries or any unexpected medical condition that might occur during a dance class. Please inform the Compass staff of any condition you or your child has at the time of enrollment. This will help us better serve each student.

These policies are in place to help Compass operate smoothly and employ the principles set forth by the Lord as He guides us in teaching and growing our dancers for His glory.

In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:19