Studio and Classroom Etiquette

  • Please remember that our policy regarding illness and any contagious condition (fever, fever blister/cold sore, stomach bugs, etc.) require that students be symptom free without medication for 24 hours before returning to class.
  • Students should arrive a few minutes before class begins to prepare for class (change shoes, remove warm ups, etc.).
    • Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late may be asked to observe class if the warm up has reached a certain point. The first 15 minutes of class are very important as we spend this time warming up the muscles. Activities performed without properly warming up can result in injuries that could be severe and/or life-long.
    • Students will take notes as a form of participation.
  • Students should wait to enter the studio until their instructor invites them in.
    • If there is not a class in session in either studio room, students should wait in the lobby. No one should be in studio rooms without an instructor’s permission, unless to use the bathrooms.
  • Please arrive in full uniform/class attire each week (posted in lobby as well as We believe proper attire helps each student perform to his or her fullest potential! A uniform dress code also helps create a more cohesive and structured environment. Arriving in proper class attire conveys respect for oneself, instructors, and fellow students. Please click here to view our “Class Attire” page.
  • In order to protect our floor toppers, shoes, gum, food, or drink should remain in the lobby. Water bottles are allowed in studio rooms and should be placed only in the cubbies. Drink breaks will be given occasionally at instructor’s discretion.
    • Students are welcome to eat, do homework, etc. on the “snack table” at the far end of the lobby.
  • Please refrain from running, playing tag, and hiding under tables and desks in the lobby. We have a number of younger siblings who wait in the lobby, and they can very easily be injured as a result of improper behavior.
  • Please do not hang on to the window frames in the lobby and classrooms or pull up a chair to stand on to look through the viewing window. We enjoy the ability for siblings and students to watch and learn from each other, but standing on our folding chairs and hanging from the frame is very dangerous. Please give your kids a boost or ask an instructor if it’s okay for friends and siblings to sit in the studio room instead.
  • We strongly believe qualities such as respect, self-discipline, personal responsibility, and courtesy are all aspects of your student’s fine arts education. These qualities will remain with students for years to come, and become life-long traits that extend to other areas of life from school work and friendships to future work place situations. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in respecting our etiquette expectations.

Class Placement

  • At SESD, we realize that each dancer learns and will grow at his or her own pace. Ages listed below are a general guideline that helps us initially place dancers. When placing students, whether new or returning, we first take the following things into consideration: physical development and strength, emotional maturity, work ethic, comprehension, and ability to correctly demonstrate level-appropriate technique. Age is a secondary consideration. It is not uncommon, in fact it is expected, that students spend 2-4 years in any given level. There are only four levels of each technique (after “Foundations”), making it virtually impossible for a dancer to be promoted each passing year. New students can learn from those who have already completed one or more years of a level, which gives more experienced students a wonderful opportunity to be a positive example and leader in class! Promoting a dancer too quickly could result in physical harm, emotional distress, and persistent injuries.

    We appreciate you trusting us with your child’s dance education and understanding that we have their best interest, and safety, in mind when making decisions considering class promotions.


  • Email [email protected] with any questions. Add us to your contacts so you don’t miss out on monthly newsletters containing important information!
  • Newsletters are emailed around the first of each month, and are posted in our lobby. Brief versions are posted to Facebook and Instagram.
  • Remind 101: Weather cancellations and quick reminders will be sent using Remind 101. You will receive an invitation via email or text message. You must accept the invitation to be added to the class list.

Inclement Weather Policy

  • Please check for Remind 101 messages, our Facebook page, email, or call (336) 509-8154 in the event of inclement weather. We don’t always follow GCS schools.


  • $30.00 Annual Fee is due at fall registration for new students ($45 per family).
  • $25 Returning Student Fee is due at fall registration ($35 per family).


  • Tuition is based on the total number of classes per season then divided equally each month. Tuition remains the same regardless of holidays, studio closure, vacations, illness, etc.
  • All accounts should be paid in full (including any fees) prior to the Showcase and/or karate testing and graduation in order for students to participate in end of year activities.
  • Tuition, Registration, Showcase, and Costume fees are non-refundable.


  • We strongly encourage ACH/auto draft payments, but also accept checks and cash. Please label your payment and place in the tuition box in lobby—*Instructors cannot accept payments.*
    • Click here to fill out the ACH form online!
    • We also need a voided check to verify information–you can send a picture to [email protected], or bring to the studio and place in the tuition box.***Please note: Our corporate name is “Creative N’rgy, INC.” (Creative N’rgy DBA SESD). This is what will show up on your bank statement–NOT Southeast School of Dance.***
    • ACH withdrawals are scheduled for the 5th of each month. If the 5th falls on a Saturday or Sunday, withdrawals will be taken out the following Monday.
  • Payment is due on the 1st of each month and is considered late after the 10th.
    After the 10th, a  $10 late fee should be applied.
  • Non-Payment: $35 fee for returned checks, insufficient funds, etc.
  • Class Make-Up: Please contact your instructor if you miss class due to illness, vacation, etc. Since we cannot pro-rate tuition, we are happy to schedule a make-up class!

Other Fees?

  • We collect Showcase Fees in September, and Costume Fees in October. Please visit our Showcase Policy and Information page for all the details! (Fees apply to Dance and Acro classes).


  • A withdrawal form should be filled out and a $25 withdrawal fee should be paid if you withdraw before the end of the season ($50 fee charged for Karate classes).