Policies

Policies


REGISTRATION

Register Online

You may also mail or drop off your completed registration form, registration fee, and your first and month’s tuition to:

Stage Door Studios
4001 Cattlemen Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34233

We will send an email confirmation of your enrollment.

TUITION FEES & PAYMENTS
  • Tuition rates are for the full season (September-June, including studio holidays), not by the number of classes in the month. A full season of dance includes a minimum of 34 lessons (we have 37 weeks built into our calendar year to give us flexibility during these historic times). Tuition fees are paid monthly or annually.
  • In the event of government orders, natural disaster, or pandemic our classes may need to be moved to a virtual platform. All tuition and fees will continue to be run during our normal contract unless a 30 day notice is given.
  • After registering (paying for September and your registration fee), monthly tuition (September-June) must be paid by account debit or automatic credit card payment. Tuition will be debited from your account (or charged to your credit card) on the 1st day of each month (September-June). To avoid your card being run, please pay by cash, check or debit card by the 1st of each month.
  • Accounts not paid within terms are subject to an accruing 5% monthly finance charge until paid. Accounts more than 60 days past due may be submitted to collection services.
  • Recital costumes will be paid by automatic bank account debit or automatic credit card payment on November 10th.
DISCOUNTS
  • Siblings receive a 10% discount on the smaller tuition account. No sibling discounts on Performing Groups, Competitive Teams, or Registration Fees.
  • Dancers are encouraged to take advantage of our Multi-Class Discounts for maximum progress & value. Please refer to the Class Schedule page for details.
NSF PAYMENTS

NSF on paper checks, auto-debit, or auto-charge payments will incur a $35 NSF fee which will be paid at the front desk along with the tuition.

WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS

There is a two month minimum for all lessons. One-month notice from the first of the month is required to discontinue any payments.

To withdraw a parent must:

  1. Inform the studio in person.
  2. Complete and sign a withdrawal form or email the Studio. Automatic bank debiting or credit card charges will stop after the one-month notice period.
RESCHEDULING AND SUBSTITUTION

SDS reserves the right to provide a substitute teacher if the regular teacher is ill or is otherwise unable to teach. SDS reserves the right to reschedule or combine classes.

REFUNDS/CREDIT ON ACCOUNT
  • Refunds are only issued when SDS cancels a class due to low enrollment.
  • We are unable to provide refunds or credits for any classes, lessons, workshops, or performances that are cancelled, moved to a virtual platform, or unable to proceed as a result of governmental orders, natural disasters, or pandemic.
  • Account credit will be issued when the student initiates the schedule change. Credit will be applied to any SDS tuition or fees due within one year.
PRIVATE LESSON CANCELLATION POLICY

All private lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice will not be charged. No-show lessons or lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full amount and ticket must be provided to teacher.

LOST AND FOUND AND SECURITY
  • A lost and found basket is located in the dancewear store. Please check the lost and found basket regularly as all lost and found items are donated to Goodwill every two months and during vacation breaks.
  • Security cameras are located in public areas for safety and security.
COMMUNICATIONS
At SDS we go to great lengths to keep you informed and up to date:
  • Email, Facebook and Lobby Communication Center
  • Recital website dedicated to “Everything Recital”
  • Questions- We are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your dancer or our programs. Let us know how we can help in any way!
  • Written Evaluations or Conferences for Our Competitive Levels
ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance is vital to student progress and group choreography.     
 
Please make every effort to attend each class. Students may make up missed classes until April 1. It is important to not miss more than two of the final eight classes before recital.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
In the event of inclement weather, an email will be sent and a Facebook post made by 2:00pm if classes are cancelled (by 8:00am for morning classes). Please note that we do not necessarily follow school closings as many of their closings are due to outdoor after school activities. Any cancelled classes may be made up on your own time from our regular schedule of classes. In the event there is not a make up class available, a replacement class will be scheduled.
RECITAL COSTUME ORDERS/EXCHANGES
  • All classes have a costume unless noted on the schedule.
  • Recital costumes will be paid by automatic bank account debit or automatic credit card payment on November 10th and are non refundable.        Costumes will not be ordered unless payment is received in full.
  • Students are measured for costumes in classes and they will be delivered in Jan.-April. Costumes will be given out to Non Recital Participants after the Recital.
  • Once costumes are ordered they may not be cancelled or returned for a refund.
RECITAL
  • Each June, we end our season with our fully-staged, professional Spring Recital. We encourage, but do not require, participation. In the event we are unable to do a full staged Recital we will adjust as needed.
  • Students are required to wear appropriate dance shoes for the performance and may need to purchase a specific color or brand of tights. In addition, each student in the recital will be required to purchase a recital T-shirt for $16.00. Your account will automatically be billed for the t-shirt on April 1st. 

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation!

Important Dates 2020-2021


  • September 7th NO CLASSES

  • November 23-29th THANKSGIVING BREAK

  • December 20th-January 3rd WINTER BREAK

  • January 18th NO CLASSES

  • February 15th WE ARE OPEN FOR CLASSES

  • March 14-21st SPRING BREAK

  • May 24th NO CLASSES

  • June 17th-19th Recital