FEES, TUITION, & PAYMENT
There is a yearly registration fee of $35. All students need a completed registration form and signed waiver of liability before beginning class. Registration fees are non-refundable, and a mid-year withdrawal from school will incur a new registration fee upon re-enrollment. Adult students also need to register.
Refunds, Changes, and Withdrawals
Enrollment in a dance class at BDTS should be considered a commitment for the entire (or the remainder of the) academic dance school year. If your family decides to withdraw from a class, the studio manager and/or Director must be notified in writing (email is fine) at least one week prior to the start of the next billing cycle (the 1st of the next month).
Tuition is paid in advance of class participation, and once tuition is paid, it is non-refundable. The only exception is in the case of serious disability or injury; in this case, a refund may be granted pending approval of the executive director and a letter from the student’s physician.
Payment of Tuition and Fees
Tuition is based on a dance school academic year, which consists of 36 weeks divided into 9 monthly payment periods. Some months will have more classes than others, but it will average out over the course of the year. Tuition is based on the number of class hours per week, and the cost per hour is lower as class hours increase. The current tuition schedule is always available on our website. Families with multiple students enrolled will receive a 5% discount off students after the first, which applies to students with the lowest tuition.
All customers are required to keep a credit card on file. Tuition and all other charges are paid by the automatic billing of your credit or bank card that is on securely on file in our management system. Tuition is billed on the 1st of each month. Arrangements can be made for those who need to have the payment day delayed. There is no monthly payment by cash or check.
Late monthly payments (after 10 days) will receive a $10 late charge.
YOU WILL RECEIVE AN E-MAIL DOCUMENT WHICH REQUIRES YOU TO SIGN THAT YOU HAVE READ OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND THAT YOU ARE IN AGREEMENT WITH THEM AND THAT YOU AGREE TO PAY ANY AND ALL TUTION, FEES AND PURCHASES WITH YOUR CREDIT CARD THAT WE HAVE ON FILE FOR YOU IN OUR “DANCESTUDIO-PRO” MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
We encourage students to make up missed classes by attending any other class at the appropriate age and skill level. Your teacher can provide guidance in selecting a good make-up class. NO CREDIT IS OFFERED TOWARD TUITION FOR CLASSES MISSED. Missed classes may not be used in lieu of tuition for the next payment period, and full tuition is owed on each payment regardless of classes missed in a previous month.
For students enrolled in hip-hop, tap, contemporary, and pre-school classes a $25 costume deposit will be charged at the time of enrollment for each class. This deposit is for the costume for the spring recital the weekend after Memorial Day weekend. On February 15th, each student will be charged the remaining balance for any recital costumes.
If your child will not be participating in the Spring Concert, you must inform us in writing by December 1st to receive a refund for the costume deposit. If you withdraw after December 1st but before February 1st, you will not be charged your costume balance. After December 1st, the costume deposit will not be refunded, and after February 15th, costume balances will not be refunded.
For students enrolled in Musical Theatre levels Primary and up and Ballet levels one and up a production fee will be charged in February. This production fee will be applied towards the Musical Theatre show and Story Ballet which covers everything from renting the theater space, backdrops, paying technicians, and props.
Tuition does not include the registration fee, dance wear, shoes, costumes, recital tickets, private lessons, or special events. More details about costume costs are in the "Spring Showcase" section of the handbook.
Private lesson are not required. We encourage all students to take advantage of their class time and learn to work efficiently and intelligently. Although, if a dancer feels like they need some extra help or one on one attention they may take a private lesson with a Barriskill instructor. Private lessons are $65/hour, paid directly to the instructor.