We like our school year to run as smoothly as possible. Below are some pointers and answers to commonly asked questions. It is important that you become familiar with these guidelines as we will abide by them. Policy sheets are available at registration and in the office.
DRESS CODE: No one will be allowed in class until proper attire is obtained. Please see dress code sheet (provided at registration or online) for specifics. Dancewear will be available at select registration/open houses. At the LPDC, we believe that wearing studio dress code gives students a sense of belonging to our family as well as creating an identity for our studio in the greater community. Our dress code also: encourages discipline, helps identify non-students in the studio, diminishes economic and social barriers between students and increases a sense of belonging and school pride
REGISTRATION FEE: A $30.00, non-refundable, registration fee for each student is required with the registration form to reserve a space in class. A registration is not considered complete and class space is not guaranteed until the registration fee and first month’s tuition are paid.
PAYMENTS: We take the total yearly tuition, for the approximately 30 weeks of the school year and divide it into nine monthly payments. Monthly tuition remains the same whether it is a long (5 week) or short (3 week) month and regardless of absences. Tuition is payable monthly in advance and will be automatically processed with the credit card on file the first calendar day of each month. There are no tuition refunds for withdrawal from class during any given month. Payments made after the 10th of each month will incur a $15.00 service fee. Any fees 30 days past due will be charged to the credit card on file. Tuition that is two months behind will result in termination of class. A re-registration fee would then apply.
SNOW: Each class is allotted one snow day. If snow days exceed this, a list of make up classes will be posted for you to attend. In the event the studio must close due to inclement weather, we will post information on our webpage at www.lpdc.net, on our Facebook page Lisa Pilato Dance Centerand on our voicemail (978) 459-LPDC. No refunds will be given in the event of inclement weather.
MAKE-UP CLASSES:It is sometimes inevitable that we need to schedule a make-up class due to inclement weather, conventions, or competitions. To make up your missed class due to these circumstances or student illness, you will be given another time to attend a similar class during the week. Make-ups must be made within two weeks of a missed class. Please note that this class may not be exactly the same as the one you normally attend. Please notify the office before coming to a make up class. No refunds or discounts given for missed classes.
RECITAL: Our recital will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2pm (Show A) and 7pm (Show B) and Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 5pm (Show C). Not all students perform in all shows. If you are in multiple classes or have multiple family members enrolled, we cannot guarantee that your dances will be in the same show. Dancers must be able to attend ALL designated rehearsals and performances. More information will be provided later.
RECITAL TICKETS:Tickets go on sale Sunday, April 5, 2020 online at www.21171.recitalticketing.com. No tickets are sold before this time, except to the staff. Tickets are $26.50 advanced purchase. Seating is reserved.
RECITAL DRESS/TECH REHEARSAL: In order to help facilitate orderly dress rehearsals at Tewksbury High School, only one parent per student will be admitted. Rehearsals at Tewksbury High School will be held on: Tuesday, May 12, Wednesday, May 13 and Friday, May 15, 2020. More information to follow.
RECITAL COSTUMES: A non-refundablecostume deposit of $50 per class will be processed with the credit card on file on November 1, 2019, along with your November tuition. Costumes range from $75-$95 each. Costume balances will be processed with the credit card on file on February 1, 2020, along with your February tuition. Once recital costumes have been ordered, you are responsible for full costume payment even if the student withdraws from class prior to the recital. Costume companies are general in size and are not custom fit. You are responsible for minor alterations, i.e. hems, tucks, sewing straps. If you need help, one of our seamstresses may be available to alter the costume for a nominal charge: this is not an expense the LPDC pays. Recital costumes are given to students only after the yearly tuition, costume, and if applicable, competition balances have been paid in full.
RECITAL COSTUME WEEK: Recital costume pick up begins April 6, 2020. Recital costumes cannot be picked up until costume balance, tuition balance (including May) and, if applicable, competition balance are paid in full. Costumes can be picked up at the office anytime during normal studio hours.
SUBSTITUTE FACULTY: From time to time our faculty may be involved in some outside work or at a competition. If this conflicts with their teaching schedule, one of our other faculty members will substitute. Please check our website for a list of substitute faculty.
HOLIDAYS: Holidays do not necessarily follow school schedules. Please refer to the calendar in the brochure or on our website.
RIGHT TO CANCEL: The LPDC reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. In this event, another class will be suggested. If you are unable to continue in the new class and withdraw, any unused tuition will be refunded.