Studio Handbook / Policies & Procedures
By Enrolling at Oklahoma Dance Academy, you understand and agree to these policies and procedures.
Classes start promptly on time. Dancer should be ready with shoes on prior to entering their studio. No outside shoes on the dance floor. Only students allowed in their studio.
STUDENT PLACEMENT LEVELS
Placement in a class is determined by age, technical ability and ODA’s pre-requisite skills. Students must be of class age by October 1.
Tuition payments are prepaid in monthly installments or by semester.
Tuition is due by the first of every month. If paying by the month, this must be done with our automated withdrawal program. A form must be completed in person or completed online. If an automatic bank draft payment is returned a $20.00 late fee will be incurred. First and last month’s tuition is paid at time of enrollment. The last monthly auto draft will be May 1.
If paying by Semester or the whole dance year up front (this is discounted), you may pay by check (payable to ODA with child’s name in the Memo section), cash or credit card. If mailing, please sent to ODA at 8315 E. 111th Street, Suite B, Bixby, OK 74008.
All tuitions are based on 4 lessons per month. Fifth lessons are considered a bonus and are used to offsest any missed classes due to holidays, snow days, etc. when the studio is closed. Missed lessons due to illness, etc. may be made up at another class time. Missed classes are not refundable. There are no refunds for any reasons.
RETURNED CHECKS OR INSUFFICIENT FUNDS ON CREDIT/DEBIT CARDS
A $20 fee will be charged to your account and must be paid with the new payment and made by the next month’s tuition.
STUDIO AND CLASS CLOSINGS
No tuition deductions or refunds for classes missed due to weather, illness or holidays. ODA follows the Bixby Public Schools Calendar for closings and can be seen at www.bixbyps.org If schools close or let out early due to bad weather we will not have class. Listen to radio station KRMG(740 AM) for announcements of school closings.
Observation Week is the week(s) when family and friends are permitted to observe class inside the studio. We provide this opportunity for parents so they can observe the growth of the dancers, and to experience the class from the “inside”. It is a great time to take photographs and video. Please note that some dancers might become shy when there is an audience in the room. Let them know ahead of the class time that ‘mommies and daddies’ will be watching.
In Studio Holiday Dance Class Performance is the last week of December classes.
Dance Recital is early June. There is a Mandatory Dress Rehearsal the day before the Dance Recital. Dancers are to remain backstage during Dress Rehearsal and Performance.
**A Non-Refundable Performance Fee of $65 due March 1. This Fee covers rental of Performing Arts Center, Technical Staff, Recital Programs, etc. *Recital t-shirts and Trophy.
A Non-Refundable Costume Payment of $75, per class enrolled, is due November 1.
If you are enrolled in 2 classes it will be $75 x 2. Costumes will be ordered in December. We cannot under any circumstances, refund money for costumes once they are ordered.
OKLAHOMA DANCE CO! Competition Teams!
Students need to be enrolled in classes at ODA to be team members.
SOLO PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Performance Solos will be at the discretion of the Instructor based on years of experience and ability.
One month notice from the first of the month is required to discontinue any classes. Otherwise, you will be responsible for the month’s tuition. A Withdrawal Form must be signed in person and submitted to discontinue class and payments. NO withdrawal refunds after February 1.
ANNUAL DUES FOR ALL ENROLLED DANCERS
* Enrollment Fee $35 for 1 / $50 for 2 / 3 or more $75.
* First Month Paid at Time of Enrollment.
* Each Month between 1st -5th days, Tuition Amount drafted.
* November 1- $75 Costume Deposit per Class
Example: 2 Different classes = 2 Costume Payments
* March 1-$65 Spring Performance Fee. $45 for each additional dancer in a family.
By enrolling in Oklahoma Dance Academy, you have agreed that: I am authorized to settle financial obligations on behalf of the Client and authorize Oklahoma Dance Academy to charge the credit card or debit number entered below on or near the first calendar day of each month for the full amount of the invoice for services rendered by Oklahoma Dance Academy to the Client during the month. In the event this authorization conflicts with any payment terms set forth in the applicable agreement between the Client and Oklahoma Dance Academy, this authorization shall prevail.
If a client cancels or changes billing information then new billing information must be brought in studio to update. This is a two draw minimum agreement and after the minimum number of draws are met, agreement may become inactive. To become inactive, cancel, or in the event of a withdrawal from services, a four week notice from the first of the month must be given by filling out, signing, and submitting an authorized withdrawal form to the front desk representative in the studio. Notice date will be determined by the day received in studio. Oklahoma Dance Academy reserves the right to cancel this agreement at any time. In the event we cancel this agreement we agree to provide any already billed for services or provide a prorated refund in the event we cannot provide services. A 20 dollar fee will be charged to your account for any insufficient funds withdrawals or for any reason monthly payment is returned.
Do NOT wear dance shoes from car into the studio. Dirt & gravel will ruin the floor.
Only Dance Shoes allowed in the Dance Room. No outside street shoes.
No gum chewing allowed in ODA
No food or drinks allowed in ODA including dance studios or Lobby. We have students were severe food allergies! Water bottles are encouraged. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Candy given away after class must be eaten outside or in the car. It is not allowed to be eaten in ODA.
No running or yelling at any time.
DO not stand on the furniture. Children will fall and can be hurt badly.
Thank you for your understanding. We want to keep our ODA home looking nice and with your help, it will stay nice and clean for you!
STUDIO DRESS CODE / DANCE UNIFORM
Hair should be up off the shoulders and pulled away from the face for all classes. Hair must be in a bun fashion for all Ballet classes Levels 2-4. Dance skirts are acceptable if treated properly. Short Dance skirts only, no tutus. No jewelry.
Ballet/Tap/Jazz Level 1: AGES 3, 4, 5, & 6: PINK leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes (no ties, only elastic!). Skirt is allowed if it’s not a distraction to the dancer.
Ballet 2: BLACK leotard, pink dance tights, ballet shoes, short dance skirt purchased from dance store optional.
Ballet 3: Pre-Pointe: BLACK leotard, split sole ballet shoes. dance skirt or dance (booty) shorts purchased from dance store optional. Hair must be in bun fashion.
Ballet 4: Pointe: ANY colored leotard, pink dance tights, split sole ballet shoes, pointe shoes fitted by Ballet Director, dance skirt or dance (booty) shorts purchased from dance store optional. Hair must be in bun fashion.
Lyrical: Leotard, tights, booty shorts or tank tops. Pirouette turning shoes.
Jazz: Leotard, tights, booty shorts, tank tops or sports bras. Tan slip on Jazz Boot.
Hip Hop: Comfortable Dance Clothing (no jeans), Black Hip Hop Sneaker that are only worn for dancing, not to be worn outside. Street Shoes are not allowed, the dirt and gravel from outside will ruin the dance floor.
Tap: 1.5 inch heeled black Character Tap Shoes with Tele Tone taps. Capri length pants (dancer must be able to see feet), leotard, tights, booty shorts, or tank tops.
***Please note students may be required to purchase special shoes or tights for performance.
Ballet/Tap/Jazz Level 1: An age specific one-hour class containing ballet, tap and jazz. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Twenty minutes each of ballet, tap, and jazz, give the children a great base and exposure to different types of dance. We have found that this “combination” technique helps to keep the kids excited, interested, and focused for the entire 60 minute class. Dancers will learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles. The use of fun, age appropriate music engages the young dancers’ minds and bodies. Young dancers will learn the basic steps while learning how to follow direction and imitate movement in a positive environment. Fun music is used to get the little ones dancing. The use of props such as hula hoops, scarves, maracas, tambourines enable the young dancers to use their imagination, creativity and, most of all, have fun! Great for fitness, flexibility, strength and for building social skills.
Beginner/Intermediate Ballet 2: A beginning level of true classical ballet. This level is for students between the ages of 6 and 10 that have never taken of have only taken combination classes. The class will cover terminology, dance history, basic floor patterning, body strength building and choreography. Due to the amount of material and the need to develop muscle memory a student may remain 2 to 3 years in this level. This is a once a week class.
Ballet 3 Pre-Pointe: Requires a pre-requisite of 1 year of ballet or an equivalent from another studio. This level is for ages 9 and up that have an understanding of barre and center work. Students need to know all barre exercises, movements and center terminology. Students will be required to know and understand verbal terms. Students will learn multiple rotations, more difficult jumps, and intricate steps. This is a 1 hour class and is taken twice a week.
Ballet 4 Pointe: Requires a pre-requisite of 3 continual years of ballet or an audition. This level is for ages 11 and up. The student needs to know the basics of barre, center, Students at this level will be polishing their technique. This level is designed to build endurance and push the envelope of training. Students at this level need little to no explanation of terms or execution. The dancer will develop more of what they have already achieved. Dancers will continue to grow in Variation/Adage/Allegro. This class is great for dancers wanting to go on to dance at a university or professionally. This is a 2 hour class and is taken twice a week.
Lyrical: The fusion of ballet and jazz technique. Designed to express movement from the inner emotion is a primary in choreographing and interpreting this art form. Lyrical dance interprets music or words, showing the audience the emotion of the particular piece. This style of dance teaches structural technical exercises that condition the body for strength, coordination and flexibility. Student must also be enrolled in a ballet class.
Jazz: Combines many styles and techniques. Rhythm is integral to jazz dance. The first half of class consists of exercises to stretch, tone muscles, and develop support for proper alignment of the body. Using jazz, soul, R&B and pop music, jazz classes are a great work-out and a fun way to learn dance. Jazz dance is a uniquely American art form. A variety of styles will be taught from the classic Jazz styles through the contemporary steps of today.
Tap: The emphasis in tap is on creating rhythms using our feet and body as our instrument. Jazz moves are also incorporated into this style of dancing.
Hip Hop: Students will learn dance forms consisting of – breaking, popping and locking, house, and fusion. This class will break down steps and technique and also emphasize bringing style and personality to the movement. A high energy class that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s best choreographers. ODA is very careful to teach only age appropriate moves.
Acro: A cross between gymnastics and normal dancing. It adds a fun acrobatic element to dance. Some of the dance moves can also be found in ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern dance styles. Students will work on front limbers, back bends/walkovers, front walkovers, chin stands, and much more.
Private lessons: Available through prearrangement with Instructor. Offers the student who needs additional training or special attention to work one-on-one with the instructor. Great for the Competitive Level! Thirty to 90 minutes available. Payment made to studio.
Semi Private Lessons: Specially scheduled class for two or three students who desire additional training or special attention. Good opportunity to work on student choreography for competitions. Thirty to 90 minutes available Payment made to studio.
Student Teachers: Student Teachers positions are open to all students currently enrolled in level 4 classes.
Oklahoma Dance Academy
8315 E. 111th Street
Bixby, Oklahoma 74008
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