Studio & Covid
Code of Conduct:
At CDS we expect both parents and students to treat our staff, other families, and our facility with the ultimate respect. CDS values teamwork, community, encouragement, and creating a safe place for every child, both physically and emotionally. Gossiping and bullying are strictly forbidden both in class and online.
If this code of conduct is broken, a meeting with both the student and parent will be set up with the director immediately.
Financial Enrollment/Registration Fee:
There is an annual non-refundable registration fee of $40.00 charged per family (This does not apply to summer drop-in classes.) All registration must be done online.
-Tuition is split into 10 monthly installments that are automatically charged to the credit card on file on the 1st business day of each month.
-Enrollment in Autopay is required for all students (summer drop-in classes are an exception).
-Tuition rate is prorated for holidays or no class days. There will be no credits, refunds, or transfers for missed lessons.
-It is expected that tuition will be paid through the end of the session, without exception, regardless of vacation, sick days, or other conflicts.
-Once a student is enrolled in a class it is expected that they will complete the entire School Year Session (Sept-June).
-There is an automatic $20 late fee for all accounts with an outstanding balance 10 days after tuition is posted.
-Students that have accounts with an outstanding balance for more than 30 days cannot attend their class(es) until the outstanding balance has been paid. Once the balance is paid, students may return to class.
All account balances unpaid for a period of 90 days/three months will be sent to collections.
-Dancers should arrive in full dance attire 10 minutes prior to their scheduled class time. Missing “warm-ups” due to tardiness may cause injury and is disruptive to the class.
-Dancers that are 15 minutes late for class, without prior notice, will need to observe class. This is to protect your dancer from potential injury due to a missed warmup.
-Attending class on a regular basis is extremely important for all students and their progress as dancers.
-5 or more absences during rehearsal season for our Spring Recital (January-June) may result in dancers not being able to participate in the show.
The dress code can be found on the Creation Dance Studio website and must be followed. If a dancers does not have the correct shoes or attire they will not be allowed to participate in class for their own safety. Large jewelry, watches, etc. are prohibited.
All dancers must have their hair pulled back, away from the face and off of the neck. Ballet students must have their hair in a bun. A bun, ponytail, or braid is okay for all other classes.
Once a student is enrolled in a class we expect that they will complete the entire session. Written notice of intent to cancel enrollment is required two weeks in advance of intended end date. There is no refund for tuition due, or paid, in the month the class is dropped.
We will continue to hold a place for your child in the class and charge monthly tuition until an email from parent has been received with the specific date dropping listed.
Make up classes MUST be scheduled within one month of the missed class. If you or your children are unable to attend class, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make-up classes should be same type and same level of class that is missed, with the exception of classes that are not offered more than once a week (ex: If a jazz class is missed, student must make up a jazz class). If class is not made-up within one month of their absence, the make-up class opportunity does not extend further unless the missed class falls within the last week of the session and there is no available class to make up in within that last week.
In the instance that a class is cancelled on any specific day for any reason or there is inclement weather that causes the studio to close, CDS will do everything possible to provide an opportunity for a make-up class or a Zoom option for all affected students.
Recital & Costumes:
-Each year Creation Dance Studio has an end of the year recital in June.
-Please note that dancers performing in the recital will be required to buy a costume for each class that ranges between $55-$75/costume.
-Adults or parents of students choosing not to perform in the recital must notify the office by January 1st.
-If a student pays associated costs for the recital including costume, tickets, or photos, or videos, and decides they no longer want to or cannot participate, there will not be any credits or refunds given for these costs.
Placements are based on ability, age, and what is best for each individual student as they grow as dancers. Students may be asked to repeat a level in order to refine their skills and technique before moving up to a higher level. Students may also be asked to move into a higher level if they need an increase in challenge. We appreciate your cooperation, understanding, and trust that our instructors are extremely knowledgable and have your child's best interest in mind when placement decisions are made.
There must be at least 3 dancers signed up for a class in order for it to run during the school year. If a class does not have at least 3 dancers we will either combine two classes together or recommend a different class for your dancer.
NO REFUNDS. Tuition is non-transferable and non-refundable.
Private lessons are to be paid in full at time of the private. If you schedule a private lesson and fail to attend, are late or fail to notify the instructor at least four hours prior to your scheduled time, you will be charged the hourly rate with no exceptions.
If a student adds a class during a session the tuition will be pro-rated for the first month based on the standard hourly rate amount or a drop-in rate for a single class.
If a student must stop dancing for medical reasons, a written note from the parent/legal guardian and medical doctor must be submitted explaining the nature of the medical condition. Credit will be given upon review of CDS.
Cancellation of class:
If Creation Dance Studio cancels a class that has been paid in full, and no other class is substituted, a student account credit for the remainder of the classes that have already been paid for will be added to the student’s account which will have a 3 month expiration date of class cancellation. Credits must be used for tuition first and if no other class is available, options for credit memo use will be discussed with director.
Declined Auto pay Credit Card or ACH:
If your credit card or ACH account is declined, you will be charged a $35 processing fee if not updated by the 5th day of the current month.
Class Transfer Policy:
All transfers of classes must be approved by both the teacher of the class the student is transferring into as well as out of before the transfer is approved. All transfers will take at least 1-week for approval and the student must wait for approval prior to transferring into the new class
Cancelled classes (due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances):
If Creation Dance Studio cancels a class we will do our very best to reschedule, offer a makeup class, or provide an option virtually. Closures due to snow or inclement weather will correspond with the Mercer Island School District schedule, so please check local news sources for school closure information. If possible, virtual options will be available.
SUMMER CAMP CANCELLATION/CREDIT POLICIES:If given 7+ days notice of cancellation: A 100% tuition credit will be added to your account.If given 6-7 days notice of cancellation: A 75% tuition credit will be added to your account.If given 4-5 days notice of cancellation: A 50% tuition credit will be added to your account.If given 0-3 days notice of cancellation: No tuition credit will be given.
(as of March 2022)
Dancers and staff will no longer be required to wear masks at Creation Dance Studio. However, masks are still STRONGLY recommended at this time due to an increase in Covid cases. Our number one priority is to keep your dancers and our staff as safe as possible, so we will continue to follow the lead of the Mercer Island School District and take this transition one day at a time. We are still determining the best way to move forward with opening our sitting area to parents and guardians, and an update about this will be sent out in the coming weeks. In the meantime, it will remain closed for observation of classes.
All dancers will use hand sanitizer upon entering the studio and use our air purifiers and filtration systems at all times.
High touch areas will continue to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
Dancers and staff that have had a known exposure to Covid-19 should take a Covid test and follow current safety protocols for exposure.
Dancers and staff with Covid-like symptoms should stay home until they are able to take a Covid test and confirm that they have tested negative. If a dancer has tested negative and is attending class with obvious cold symptoms, we will ask parents/guardians to provide us with proof of a negative test and to have their dancer(s) wear a mask in their dance class(es) until their symptoms have resolved.
Isolation requirements for students and staff who test positive: People with COVID-19 must isolate for at least five days and should wear a well-fitting mask or receive a negative test if they return between days 6 - 10. People who do not wear a mask or receive a negative test can return after day 10.
Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 that has attended class or been at the studio must notify Creation Dance Studio as soon as possible. Privacy and personal information will be protected as we take next steps.
We will continue to encourage all students to maintain a reasonable amount of social distance when possible.