Make-Ups and Studio Policies

Missed classes/Make-Up Policy: Missed classes should be made up in another, similar class and level during the current semester. Classes not made up will be forfeited.

Tuition: Tuition and fees are payable in advance and must accompany registration. A $25 registration fee will be added per semester. Registration fees will be waived if you register before Monday, August 30 (first semester) and Monday, January 10 (second semester). A $45 recital costume fee per class will be added to the first registration in the fall. If a student decides to drop a class or not be in the recital, a refund will be issued only if the office is notified by December 20.

COVID-19: All classes will be in person for the upcoming year. Due to the state mask mandate, masks are to be worn by all individuals who enter McDonald Dance Studio. Masks are to be worn by everyone in the classroom as well as the common areas of the studio. Hand sanitizer is available outside every studio and is encouraged to be used. The studio is equipped to go on zoom.  If the federal, state or local authorities revert to a more restrictive phase of the Restore Illinois plan and in-person classes are no longer permitted, classes will become 100% online Zoom classes.

Refund Policy: Refunds are given in the event of a medical situation. Refunds will not be available if federal, state or local authorities change restrictions that would prohibit in-person classes. In the event we are required to revert to tighter guidelines, we will continue to provide instruction online.

Medical Refunds: In the case of medical condition which prevents a student from dancing and exists for 30 days or more, a credit will be issued toward the next semester under the following conditions: 1) a letter must be presented from a doctor stating the medical condition and the number of days a dancer is unable to participate in class; 2) a credit, determined by the number of days as indicated by the doctor, will be issued toward tuition for the subsequent semester only and cannot be carried over to subsequent semesters; and 3) dancers, if physically unable to participate in class, must continue to attend and observe their classes so they do not fall behind in the curriculum.

Discount Policy: Every student pays full price for their first, highest-priced class. Discounts begin with the second class. For each student, we offer a 10% discount for each additional class. For families, we offer a family discount of 5% off the total tuition for all dancers, on top of the additional class discount.

Payment Plan: A 3-month payment plan is available with a $25 processing fee per semester. Returned checks are subject to a $ 30.00 fee.

Refunds and Credits: Credits expire one year from date of issue and are non-transferable. Refunds are not made once a session is underway unless the studio must cancel a class. Refunds/credits will be placed on your account and can be used against future payments.

Photographs of Students: From time to time, we may take photographs of students enrolled at the studio. These photographs may be used in our promotional material, social media or website and are for our use only. Please inform the office if you do not want your or your child’s image used.

Lost Items: The studio is not responsible for lost items. Please label all belongings. Do not leave valuable items in the dressing area. Items of value may be brought into the classroom while in class. As a courtesy, a lost and found box can be found in the studio’s dressing area.

Age Guidelines: Age guidelines are provided for entry level classes. If you have any questions about placement, please contact the studio. Children must be 3 years old the beginning of each semester.

Parental Involvement: We encourage parental involvement by sending regular e-newsletters with information about important studio news and events. Please be sure the studio has your current email address on file and read all emails from the studio for important updates. Parents are also invited to observe their dancer at our Parent Observation Week offered each semester. We want parents to observe their child’s progress and to offer encouragement and praise for their accomplishments.

Inclement Weather: The safety of our students, teachers and parents is of utmost concern. If the weather is bad (snow, ice, or dangerously cold), we may cancel classes. Generally, we follow District 25’s weather closures. Sometimes, however, the weather and roads may clear in time for our afternoon classes. Please call the studio or check this Web site for updates. Classes missed because of weather closures may be made up in a similar class according to our make-up policy. Classes will not be rescheduled, and refunds cannot be offered.

Recital Involvement: Most classes will perform in our annual May recital. Six weeks before the performance, teachers start working on the dances in their classrooms. If a student misses more than 3 times during that six-week period they may not perform in the recital. Privacy Policy Click here to see our website privacy policy.