Please note: The following rules and policies will be updated closer to the first day of classes based on government recommended guidelines due to COVID-19. You will be notified of these changes in advance and required to sign off on them.
The Dance Lab’s main season generally runs from September – May (possibly the beginning of June). Our monthly rate is based on getting four classes per month. Some months may have five and others three. Over the course of the 9 months, it equals out that each day will get at least 29 classes. A credit card is required to be on file.
In order for your registration to be considered complete you must pay the registration fee and the first month’s tuition. These amounts are non-refundable.
On the first of each month your credit card will be charged for the following month. For example, November’s tuition will be charged and paid in October. December’s tuition will be charged and paid in November. *This means there will be NO charge for the last month of classes even though classes will be taking place during that month.
Please note, if you register AFTER 10/1/20, you will be charged for BOTH October and November’s tuition.
Classes will NOT be prorated for your absences planned or unplanned.
All tuition and registration payments are NON-Refundable.
If your card on file is declined, an alternate payment must be made within 48 hours. A $15 Late Fee will be charged for any payments not made in full by the 5th of the month. This includes declined charges for cards on file for any reason.
Returned Check Fee
I hereby authorize The Dance Lab, LLC to charge my credit or debit card for all services and products related to my family’s enrollment in classes and activities at The Dance Lab including but not limited to tuition, special events, costumes, recital or year-end show fees, accessories, etc. Fees are subject to change. I understand that my credit or debit card will continue to be charged on the monthly basis unless I notify the studio in writing 30 days before intent to discontinue via email to email@example.com and receive an acknowledged returned response from The Dance Lab staff. I understand that it will not be sufficient notice to merely tell an instructor or other employee of our intent to discontinue.
I have read this entire agreement and understand that I will be held fully responsible for its terms and conditions of service, including a 30-day written notice by email to The Dance Lab of any intent to discontinue. I understand that once the monthly installments for my annual tuition, my Recital fee or my Recital costume fee have occurred there will be no refund given if I decide to discontinue. I agree to notify The Dance Lab immediately of any change in the status of my charge account including but not limited to card expiration, name change, limitation of use, loss or theft of the card, etc.
Each family will have a portal to process payments, register for classes, calendar, costume info, etc. It is your responsibility to keep all info (contact info, payment info, etc) up to date. You can sign up or log in on the homepage of our website. In the portal, when registering, a parent or guardian will need to sign off on all the policies below.
Assumptions of Risk & Waivers of Liability
- I/My child have no health problems that require limited activity or participation in dance and will notify The Dance Lab of any change.
- I understand that I/My Child must be covered under my own medical insurance to take part in any program at The Dance Lab
- I understand that I am responsible for the payment of classes even if absent. No exceptions.
I am aware that individual and group publicity photos and videos are taken from time to time and in consideration for my or my child(ren) ‘s participation I hereby grant my permission for my or my child(ren)’s likeness to be used in The Dance Lab’s publicity or advertising.
Assumption and Release of Liability
I recognize that severe injuries, including permanent paralysis or death can occur in dance or activities involving height or motion. Being fully aware of these dangers, I hereby give consent for my child(ren) to participate in any and all The Dance Lab, LLC programs and activities and I ACCEPT ALL RISKS associated with such participation.
In consideration for my or my child(ren)’s participation I hereby, for myself and my child(ren) and our respective heirs and successors, PROMISE NOT TO SUE and FOREVER RELEASE The Dance Lab, LLC, its respective officers, directors, members, employees, contractors and volunteers from all liability resulting from damages or injuries incurred as a result of participation including those resulting from acts of negligence.
ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY RELATING TO CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19:
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies have put in place recommended social distancing, occupancy restrictions and guidelines for businesses to follow. The Dance Lab has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; The Dance Lab will be implementing all recommendations from New York State officials as per The Dance Lab’s Enhanced Sanitation Practices & Social Distancing Guidelines document available on our website.
The Dance Lab will make every effort to keep our studio sanitized and to prevent symptomatic employees and dancers from entering the building. However, COVID-19 has been proven to be asymptomatic in some persons. Therefore, The Dance Lab cannot guarantee that you or your child(ren) will not become infected with COVID-19 or any other unknown virus. Further, attending The Dance Lab could increase your risk and your child(ren)’s risk of contracting COVID-19.
By signing this agreement, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that my child(ren) and I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by attending The Dance Lab and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. By signing this agreement, I agree that my child and any accompanying persons will not enter The Dance Lab if we exhibit any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19: A temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, other respiratory symptoms, or at least two of the following symptoms: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat or new loss of taste or smell. I also agree that, neither my child(ren) nor any accompanying adult will enter The Dance Lab if we have had known close contact with a person who is lab-confirmed to have COVID-19.
I voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to my child(ren) or myself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I or my child(ren) may experience or incur in connection with my child(ren)’s attendance at The Dance Lab. On my behalf, and on behalf of my children, I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless The Dance Lab, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from the Claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. I understand and agree that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of The Dance Lab, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 or other currently unknown virus infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any The Dance Lab program or class.
In the event of an accident or emergency I hereby authorize myself and/or my child(ren) to be transported to a hospital for medical treatment and I hold The Dance Lab, LLC and its representatives harmless in the execution of such. Additionally, I hereby agree to individually provide for all medical expenses which may be incurred by myself or my child(ren) as a result of any injury sustained while participating at or for The Dance Lab, LLC
A non-refundable registration fee of $25 for the first dancer and $15 each additional family member is due upon registration. In addition, your first tuition installment is due at this time. This is also non-refundable.
For all of our RECITAL DANCE CLASSES (this does NOT apply to our Adult classes, Dance & Play or Creative Movement): If for any reason you need to withdraw from a class, you must provide notice in WRITING to The Dance Lab. There is a 1-month penalty for withdrawing before the completion of the season. You have reserved a spot in class, and we expect you to finish out the season. This policy begins at the time of registration.
In the event of a shelter in place, classes will convert to virtual classes and instruction will continue. There may be an approximate one-week transition period from the date of the shelter in place order until virtual classes begin in order to allow us to implement our action plan. This brief time period, if needed, will be treated as inclement weather days, meaning your child may be allowed a make-up class.
We will be offering a limited number of classes taught both via zoom and in person. These classes will be subject to end or change at our discretion at any time.
Inclement Weather Closings
Notice will be made ONLY ON OUR FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM PAGES so please be sure to follow us! https://www.facebook.com/thedancelabsaratoga/ and https://www.instagram.com/thedancelabsaratoga/
- If after school activities are canceled for the SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, we will also cancel EVENING classes for that day.
- If Saratoga has a Snow Day, MORNING CLASSES ONLY WILL BE CANCELED.
- A snow day for Saratoga does NOT mean we are closed for evening classes. In that case, please check Facebook and Instagram.
Year End Recital
The Dance Lab puts on a fantastic show at the end of the year with all of our noted recital classes. The rehearsal and recital usually occur at the very end of May/beginning of June. This is an exciting and rewarding part of the season that everyone looks forward to and we encourage all of our dancers to participate!
There will be at least TWO recitals (possibly 3). I will do my best to keep students who have multiple dances in one show as well as siblings, but there are NO guarantees.
**If you only have ONE student in ONE class, they will only be in one show.
Our classes require a costume purchase if your child is planning on participating in the recital (N/A for D&P & Creative Movement). Costume costs are generally $65.00 – $80.00 per costume (you will receive the exact amount by January 2021). A $50 costume deposit will be auto-drafted on Monday, December 7, 2020. The remaining balance will be auto-drafted on Friday, January 15, 2021. Both of these payments are NON-REFUNDABLE for any reason.
Any costume alterations needed will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. If your dancer will NOT be participating in the recital, you are required to notify us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 30, 2020. Please do not rely on your dancer to inform us that he/she will not be dancing in the recital.
A $45 per dancer performance fee is due and will be auto-drafted on Monday, March 15, 2021. This fee is non-refundable and will include decreased ticket costs, one pair of tights per fee, a small gift for all of the dancers and a *recital t-shirt*!
Tickets to our recital will need to be purchased. Dancers performing in a specific show do NOT need a ticket to the show they are performing in. More information including how and when the tickets can be purchased will be forthcoming.
Dancers should come to class dressed and ready to DANCE!
Totally Tots/Primary – Leotard & tights (any color). Skirts, legwarmers &/or dance sweaters are also okay. For boys, fitted leggings & t-shirt. Pink Ballet slippers for girls (no laces are preferable). Black ballet shoes for boys. Students will also need black tap shoes.
Creative Movement – Leotard & tights (any color). Skirts, legwarmers &/or dance sweaters are also okay. For boys, fitted leggings & t-shirt. Students will need ballet slippers – any color is fine.
Ballet – Leotard & tights (any color). Skirts, legwarmers &/or dance sweaters are also okay. For boys, fitted leggings & t-shirt. Pink Ballet slippers for girls. Black ballet shoes for boys.
Tap – Leotard & tights/leggings are preferred. Tan colored shoes for Green & Purple Classes. Black shoes for Blue Classes.
Lyrical – Leotard & tights/leggings are preferred. Foot Undeez/Half-sole lyrical shoe.
Jazz/Musical Theater – Leotard & tights/leggings are preferred. Tan slip on jazz shoes/jazz sneakers.
Hip Hop – Leggings/pants that cover the student’s knees. A fitted tank/t-shirt. Nothing too baggy. Sneakers that have NEVER been worn outside, dance sneaker or jazz shoes are the recommended footwear for these classes.
Stocking feet are not recommended as the floors can be very slippery. Hair should be pulled back away from the face.
*Please note: Shoe colors are not mandatory for the beginning of the year but will be needed for the recital.