Academy of Dance Westlake Village

Mission Statement

Our mission at the Academy of Dance is to provide a creative outlet for those who share a love of dance. As a family-run business, we are committed to upholding the values of honesty and integrity in a supporting environment. We believe that everyone should have the chance to experience all that dance has to offer in an atmosphere free of judgment and negativity.

The purpose of any Academy is to provide students with a higher institution of learning. We at the Academy of Dance are committed to upholding that ideal. We are a society of artists who encourage and nurture diversity in dance. Our faculty members are scholars in their fields dedicated to providing students with the knowledge and passion for dance that will enable them to reach their ultimate potential. The resumes and professional accolades of our faculty are unmatched; and their commitment to teaching students in a comprehensive and positive manner is what makes them truly exceptional. We believe that providing our students with a versatile curriculum will enable them to discover their strengths and promote the full development of each dancer. Dance is not just a physical art; it builds life-long tools including self-expression, discipline, creativity, and above all, confidence.

Dance is for everyone. Whether you would like to pursue a career in the dance industry or simply love dancing along to the beat, we look forward to working with you to help you achieve your personal goals. The Academy of Dance was built upon a 30-year tradition of excellence and we promise to strengthen that foundation with the versatile and cutting-edge choreography that only the best in the industry can offer. We are thrilled to welcome students into the Academy of Dance family!

Studio Policies

Our goal at the Academy of Dance is to provide a nurturing and motivating environment for dancers to develop their craft.  We believe that a positive environment is only capable of producing positive results.  With that said, we at the Academy of Dance, will not tolerate any negative or hurtful words or actions.

All class schedules and teachers are subject to change.  If the assigned teacher is not available, the studio will substitute a qualified teacher.  If a class is cancelled, it is the studio’s responsibility to offer an alternative class for your dancer.

We ask that our parents bring all questions, problems, or comments directly to the front desk so that we may assist you in the best way possible.  Please do not interrupt teachers during class time, before class, or between classes.  We will always have someone working at the front desk during normal business hours to help you with any issues you may have.

There is no gum, food, or drinks other than water allowed in the studios at any time.

If you would like to observe class, we ask that you watch the video monitors located in the lobby so that your dancer(s) may get the most out of her/his class with minimal distractions.

Please make sure to provide the front desk with your email address(es) because we will use this to contact you with important scheduling information, class changes, and billing questions.

Academy of Dance is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Pick up & Drop off

  • When dropping off your child, please make sure that they have safely entered the building before you leave.
  • No dancer is allowed to walk outside, or wait on the front patio without adult supervision.  Please come inside to pick up your dancer.

Tuition

  • Tuition is due on the 1st of the month.  We do not send out statements.  If your payment is received after the 10th of the month, there will be a $20 charge added to your account.  If payment is not received by the 1st of the following month, a 10% interest charge will be added to your account each month until it is paid in full.
  • The Academy of Dance reserves the right to refuse services if outstanding balances have not been reconciled.
  • There are no refunds or credits.  We do not refund tuition for missed classes or for lost equipment such as costumes, company team wear, dancewear, videos, etc..
  • There will be a $25 fee on any returned check.
  • Parents must fill out an Add/Drop form if you would like to change your dancer’s original schedule, as filled out by you at the time of registration.  If not, you will be responsible for the tuition due for the originally registered classes.
  • All class changes must be given to the front desk in writing 14 days prior to the start of the next month.
  • We will pro-rate tuition only when a student adds a class mid-month.
  • Showcase costumes must be paid in full by December 1st, 2012. There will be a $15 fee added to your account if payment is received after this date since the studio may have to pay for express shipping.

Attendance

  • Attendance is vitally important to your dancer’s growth.  The more your dancer attends class, the more she/he will benefit.
  • If your child will be absent from class, please call the front desk prior to class so that we may inform the teacher.
  • Students with three or more consecutive absences may be automatically dropped from the class.
  • If a dancer is frequently absent from class once choreography has begun for our end of year showcase, the teacher or owner may choose to remove her/him from the piece if the teacher feels as though the dancer has missed too much to make up.  The teacher may decide that a private lesson is necessary to help the dancer catch up.  If so, the parent must pay the private lesson rate.
  • Please make sure that your dancer arrives at least 5 minutes before the class is scheduled to begin.  Latecomers can be distracting to the other students and can also injure themselves without a proper warm-up.
  • If a dancer is more than 10 minutes late to class, it is the teacher’s decision whether or not your dancer will be permitted to participate in that day’s class.
  • If a dancer misses a class, it is her/his responsibility to attend a make-up class.  This make-up class must be either at the same level of the missed class or lower.  Make-up classes must be taken within 4 weeks of the absence.

Dress Code

All dancers must wear the appropriate attire and shoes for each class.  No jewelry should be worn in class.  Jewelry is not only a distraction, but also a safety hazard.  Please keep in mind that your appearance in class is important.  Wearing the appropriate attire enforces discipline and allows for the faculty to see the dancers’ bodies and give proper corrections.

Ballet

  • Hair must be pulled back in a secured bun.
  • Dancers must wear a leotard, tights, and pink leather split sole ballet shoes with crisscrossed elastic straps.
  • It is the teacher’s decision whether or not dancers may wear ballet skirts, shorts, or any other type of cover up over top of the leotard and tights.

Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Musical Theater, Leaps & Turns

  • Hair should be pulled back from the face.
  • Dancers should wear form-fitting clothing so that the teachers may see the lines of the body in order to correct technique.
  • Dancers can wear black leather split sole slip on jazz shoes, foot undeez, or go barefoot depending on what the teacher wants.

Tap

  • Hair should be pulled back from the face.
  • Dancers should wear form-fitting clothing that does not restrict movement and black leather tap shoes.  If you would like tap shoe recommendations, please see the front desk.

Hip Hop

  • Dancers should wear loose-fitting clothes that do not restrict movement (no jeans, cargo shorts, khakis, etc).
  • Sneakers can be worn in class but they must be free of mud, stones, or other debris.

Ballet, Jazz, & Tap Combo Classes

  • Hair should be pulled back in a bun.
  • Dancers should wear a pink leotard and pink tights with either black shorts or a solid color ballet skirt.
  • Dancers should have patent leather tap shoes with ribbon laces and pink leather ballet slippers.  Black leather jazz shoes are optional but may be required for the end of year showcase depending on what the teacher decides.

Pointe

  •  Please do not purchase pointe shoes without the approval from the teacher.  Dancers should wear ballet shoes in pointe class until she discusses shoes with the teacher.

Dress Code for Males

  •  For all technique classes, male dancers are expected to wear a dance belt, a form fitting shirt (solid colors, preferably white or black), and loose fitting pants. They should wear black ballet shoes for ballet class, black jazz shoes for jazz/lyrical/musical theater class, and black tap shoes with laces for tap class.

ARE YOU READY TO DANCE?

Registration is now OPEN for our Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 - 2017 dance seasons! Register today to reserve your spot in your favorite class!