Fees Policies & Procedures

1.1    Fees are payable in full within the first week of each term, unless prior payment arrangements have been made. Late fees will incur a $25 penalty. Failure to pay your fees on time may result in the loss of the enrolment position.

1.2    Fees are based on an average 9 week term, with a minimum number of 8 weeks, to take into consideration statutory holidays. There is no extra charge for a 10 week term.

1.3    Fees left unpaid at the end of each term may be put in the hands of a debt collector and you will be liable for any additional costs associated with collection and recovery.

Refund Polices & Procedures

2.1   Refunds are available if a student is leaving the school mid term. However, after week 2 only partial term fees will be refunded on the basis of $25 admin fee being charged, and the classes not attended deducted pro rata. Students who have left the school and wish to return will need to re-enrol, and places in class will be allocated as space allows.

2.2   In some cases of illness or injury one make up class per term can be arranged. All make up classes must be within the same term and only in classes where positions are available, and subject to teacher approval.

2.3   Refunds are not given for students who are absent from class due to illness, injury or personal circumstances unless students are absent for more than 3 consecutive weeks and the office has been informed at the time. Refunds are not given for students who are absent for holidays.

Class Uniform Policy

3.1   All students must be appropriately dressed for class with the correct dance footwear.  No primary or secondary school uniforms are to be worn and no excess jewellery is to be worn in class.

3.2   All students, except adults, must purchase and wear the correct Auckland Academy of Dance regulation uniform for their grade and/or genre within the first term of starting classes.  Hair should be neatly groomed and secured off the dancers face.

3.3   Any student inappropriately dressed or groomed will not be able to participate in class activities due to health and safety regulations.

3.4   All students should bring a water bottle to each class. For health and hygiene reasons the kitchen cannot provide glasses for general use.

Newsletters

4.1   Newsletters are sent out at the beginning of each term. These are available on the Studio notice board and on our website. It is the responsibility of parents and students to read the notice boards regularly and to read newsletters.

Health, Safety, Injury & Medical Conditions Policies & Procedures

5.1   Auckland Academy of Dance is not liable for any personal injury sustained or any loss or damage of personal property whilst on the premises.

5.2   Auckland Academy of Dance will aim to provide a safe learning environment to reduce the risk of injury. It should be recognised by all students, parents/guardians that dance by its very nature carries a risk of injury or accident.

5.3   Auckland Academy of Dance provides qualified and/or experienced dance teachers, who actively promote safe dance practice. This being the case it should be realised that injuries do occur from time to time and students must accept this element of risk.

5.4   It is the student, parent/caregivers responsibility to notify the teacher before the class starts of any prior injury, medical condition or treatment which may prevent a student’s full participation in class.

5.5   A first aid kit is available to any student through their teacher or at reception. AAD does not provide anyone with panadol or the equivalent, or administer any medication without prior written consent from a parent/caregiver.

5.6   If an injury occurs at the school AAD has a register of Notifiable Events so that records can be made of any injuries should ACC or other government agencies require information in the future.

5.7   Auckland Academy of Dance students are under supervision whilst in class time only,  While we endeavour to provide a safe environment, staff cannot be responsible for students outside of their allocated class time.

Class Attendance Policy

6.1   Regular class attendance is vital for students to develop and keep abreast of their syllabus work. Students must be punctual to classes to ensure that they receive a complete warm up.

6.2   It is appreciated if parents/caregivers can advise the office if a student is not able to attend class. Messages can be left on the office answer phone or by texting Nancy on 021 243 4705.

Examinations, Presentations and Tests

7.1   All syllabus for Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz , Hip Hop and Tap are taught with the intention of students working towards sitting an examination during the course of the year. Students will be entered into examinations at the discretion of the teacher in consultation with students and parents/caregivers.

7.2   Examination fees and Exam Rehearsals are in addition to term fees. Exam fees are not refundable except in cases of injury, with a medical certificate and according to the Syllabus body’s own terms and conditions,.

Concert & Costume Policies & Procedures.

8.1   It is not compulsory for a student to be involved in the annual concert performances, however it is encouraged.

8.2   Students participating in the concert are required to attend extra rehearsals, dress rehearsals and all performances.

8.3   Parent and caregivers are permitted backstage and in the changing room area if they are an allocated helper for that performance. Non-helpers are asked to leave due to the theatre fire regulations for maximum numbers that are allowed backstage.  All children are supervised during concert rehearsals and performances.

8.4  Each dancer must have a concert consent form signed by a parent/caregiver in order to participate in the Concert. This is to allow filming of your child. There is a compulsory concert rehearsal fee of $45 (in 2017) that must be paid at the time of consent. Junior concert has a combined consent and costume fee of $90 (in 2017).

8.5   Costs of costumes for concert can be anywhere from $75-$150+ per costume and remain the property of the dancer. From time to time costumes are hired and must be returned to the studio.

8.6   All concerts are professionally filmed and DVDs are available for parents to purchase.

8.7   Concerts take place in a theatre and tickets are available for parents, friends and family to purchase from Reception for the Junior concert. The School Concert in December has tickets available through iTicket six weeks prior to the performances.

8.8   Any student with unpaid term fees at the time of the concert will not be eligible to participate.

Photography & Videoing of Students

9.1   Photograph or videoing of students in class and at concerts is not permitted. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of each individual and to comply with the Privacy Act 1993 regulations.

9.2   Parents/caregivers may film their own child in class during Watching Week which is usually the last week of each month and will be advised.

Choreography

10.1 Choreography for classes, performances and competition remains the artistic and intellectual property of Auckland Academy of Dance and /or the syllabus providers. Choreography must not be copied or used without the prior permission of the Auckland Academy of Dance.

10.2  Students who leave the Academy are not permitted to perform choreography that was developed specifically for them or as part of a team/group by Auckland Academy of Dance teachers without prior permission.

Privacy Act

11.1 The Auckland Academy of Dance enrolment form collects personal information about the student. Under the privacy Act 1993 you are entitled to have access to and request correction of this information at any time.  All personal information is held in the office at Auckland Academy of Dance, Unit L 44A Portage Road, New Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand.

Contact Information

12.1 It is the responsibility of parents to advise AAD promptly of any changes in address, telephone and email addresses.

Teams and Private Lessons

13.1 Students who wish to take part in Teams, and who attend Private Lessons must complete and return the Consent and Terms and Conditions forms at the commencement of training.

Dismissal

14.1 Auckland Academy of Dance maintains the right to dismiss any student who breaches any of the stated terms and conditions, damages property or causes severe disruption in any classes. This decision is made at the discretion of the Studio Director.