Tuition for Full School Year Program classes is due on the first class of every month from September through May, by the 7th of every month. We do not send out statements. A late fee of $20.00 is charged on all late tuition payments. Any tuition past due by 15 days will be automatically charged to the credit card on file for the account. Any balances past due by 45 days will be sent for legal collection. All legal fees associated with this collection, in addition to the outstanding amount, are the responsibility of the account holder.
Tuition for 6 Week Workshops, Summer Classes and Summer Camps is due in full by the first class.
2. FOOD & BEVERAGES
No food or beverages are allowed in any classrooms. Water in a covered/capped water bottle or thermos is allowed and encouraged. Absolutely no gum is allowed in any classrooms and during class. Please be considerate of snacks that you bring into the studio and discard of any waste. We do have a number of students with tree/peanut allergies; please bring food and snack in to DDC that do not contain those items.
Restrooms must be used by all students prior to entering the classroom. Classroom breaks are not held, and students may leave the classroom for urgent matters only.
3. CLASS PLACEMENT
Please consult the studio regarding your student’s class placement before registering your student for classes. We understand that some students have prior dance instruction and we will place your student in the appropriate class to exercise their maximum potential.
4. STREET SHOES
No street shoes will be allowed beyond the designated area. Sand, salt and dirt becomes embedded into the dance floors and uncomfortable for all students and staff.
Students that withdraw from class must do so by written notice to the studio. Students will be responsible for any unpaid tuition, fees, or costume fees due up to when the written notice is received. There is a $25.00 fee assessed for all students who voluntarily withdraw from class after November 15th in the School Year Program.
There are no refunds for tuition, shoes, dancewear, tights or costumes. Tuition is not prorated. Unworn Shoes may be exchanged for the proper size or re-sold at the studio. Registration fees are non-refundable.
7. MAKEUP/SNOW DAYS
All cancellations due to inclement weather will be posted on the studio answering machine (phone: 207-854-2221) WCSH 6, WGME 13, and WMTW 8. All classes are allowed one snow day. Any additional snow days will incur a make-up class, scheduled for Spring. Students will be advised by the Instructor as to what classes they may attend to make-up any classes lost to snow days.
8. STUDENT OBSERVATIONS
School Year Program: Parents, Guardians and Friends are allowed to view their students classes during the first week of classes during the months of November and April. Observation is not allowed at any other time unless approved by the studio. Please, feel free to observe your child’s dance class on the television monitors in the waiting room at any time.
6 Week Workshop Classes & Summer Classes: Family & Friends may observe classes on the last class of the session.
9. PERSONAL SAFETY
The Dana Warp Mill is a large building with many various businesses. All students junior high age and under should be dropped off and picked up from class inside the studio by an adult. All other students should travel to and from the 2nd floor in pairs or small groups. Young students should not be picked up outside, and should be picked up inside the studio. There is an elevator in the building, at the ramp entrance for those who have trouble walking the stairs. We understand that this may be an inconvenience for some, but our priority is safety for all of our students.
Free Parking is available in the spaces directly in front of the mill, and in the parking lot adjacent to the mill on Bridge Street. Overflow parking is available on Bridge Street (up the hill on both sides of the street), on Brown Street, at St. Anthony’s Church on Brown Street, next to Portland Pie Company on Main Street and behind CVS on Main Street.
11. SOCIAL MEDIA & EMAIL
Communication is the key! We update our Facebook group and page regularly, as well as email out any notices, newsletters, programming information and updates to all applicable families with an email address on file. If you do not receive email, please make sure to check with the front desk when you drop off and pick up your students, to keep up with What’s New, Notices, and Events. We do not share our families’ information with third parties; all contact information is kept confidential and used for the sole purpose of business communications with us.
12. CLASS PICTURES
School Year Program: Class Pictures, with each class in their recital costume, will be taken in May. Specific class times will be announced. Each student is required to participate in the Class Picture, however, students are not required to purchase any picture packages. We understand students may also have scheduling conflicts, please let us know if you will not be able to attend Pictures due to a scheduling conflict.
School Year Program: Performing is an integral part of a dance education. Dance education involves technique, choreography, and performing opportunities. ALL September-June Session students are required to perform in the Annual Recital held in June. This requires the purchase of a costume, accessories and tights for each class, all ordered by the studio. Fees and Costs are listed under Tuition & Fees. All students are also required to take part in the Dress Rehearsal for recital and have their picture taken with their class during our Picture Weekend in May. Dates and Times will be announced as soon as they become available.
Workshop Students do not participate in the Recital and Picture Weekend. Workshops will be announced throughout the September-June Session and are generally 6 weeks in length.
Attendance in all scheduled classes is mandatory. Please contact the studio if your student is going to miss class.
15. LOW-ENROLLMENT OR FULL CLASSES:
We require a minimum of number of students to be enrolled in a class to keep it open. If a class experiences low enrollment, it may be combined with another class, scheduled for another day and/or time. Should your class experience low enrollment, you will be notified as soon as possible.
Some class sizes are limited, due to the nature of the class and/or student ages and ability. Registrations are taken on a first come/first served basis, secured by the Registration Fee. Should a class fill to capacity, it will be “closed” and alternate classes will be recommended for the dancer.
New registrations for the September-June Term will not be accepted after Thanksgiving. Alternate workshops and classes will be recommended for all students who register after Thanksgiving.
We at Drouin Dance Center make every attempt to provide our students with proper training and a safe environment, but realize that accidents do happen. The American Red Cross certifies all of the Instructors at Drouin Dance Center in First Aid and CPR. Students and their parent/s and/or guardian/s assume the risk involved with any injuries that may occur as a result of taking part in a dance class. Should an injury occur, the Instructor will make every attempt to assist with the injury and the contact listed on their Registration Form as the Emergency Contact Person will be notified. The Emergency Contact Person should advise the Instructor if an ambulance should be called in the event of an extreme injury.
Please note that we have many students with nut allergies. Please make sure your snacks & meals do not contain nuts. Thank you for understanding.
19. COVID 19
Due to the COVID19 Pandemic, classes may end a few minutes early and begin a few minutes late to allow for screening protocols and disinfecting of all surfaces in between classes.
- Class times may stagger start times to allow for adequate social distancing and safe traffic flow into and out of the building. You will be notified in advanced if this occurs.
- Please review our COVID19 procedures in your 2020-2021 Information Handbook.
- ALL classes will have to option to be taken via Zoom, and remain so, as long as needed.
Drouin Dance Center reserves the right to amend, or revise any of these policies at any time. Should you have any questions regarding the aforementioned policies, please do not hesitate to contact us.