Illness Policy, Holiday/Inclement Weather Closings, Attendance & Make Up Classes

Holiday Closings & Inclement Weather

  • If you’re ever in doubt regarding studio open/closings, please check our event calendar ( or our Facebook page prior to arriving to class.
  • Holiday closings are listed online at, posted in every monthly newsletter in the lobby, on the calendar in the lobby during the appropriate month, posted on our Facebook page, and emailed as the holiday approaches.
    • We do not always follow county school system calendars. If a holiday closing is not listed on our website calendar, classes will meet as regularly scheduled.
  • Inclement Weather Policy
    • Inclement weather closings are typically sent via Remind text, and posted to our Facebook page as long as we can access it.
    • We do not always follow GCS school system’s holiday or inclement weather decisions. It’s important to check our Facebook page in the event of inclement weather.
    • The first cancellation is built into annual tuition. The second is replaced with the dress rehearsal. Additional cancellations can be made up by using the videos on our “Virtual Training” tab.
    • If SESD must cancel a class and cannot offer “Virtual Training” as a replacement (either in the form of a Zoom meeting or a video from our website), the first cancellation is built into your total tuition payments, but can be made up individually in another age/level appropriate class if desired. The second cancellation is replaced with the dress rehearsal at the end of the year, prior to the show. A third cancellation will result in a make up class. Please note, if less than half the class plans to attend the make up class, we will not hold an extra class but will offer students another age/level appropriate class to attend, if desired.

Illness Policies

  • Illness Policy:
    • Any contagious condition (fever, fever blister/cold sore, stomach bugs, lice etc.) require that students be symptom free without medication for 24 hours before returning to class.
    • According to our “Missed Class/Make Up Policies,” tuition is not reduced in the event of illness or injury except in special circumstances.
  • Covid Policies:
    • Each student’s temperature is taken before each class
    • Each student should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before each class.
    • Students should not eat in the lobby unless they have multiple classes; and should wash hands before and after eating, and clean up their area after eating.
    • If a student, or anyone in the student’s household, or anyone with whom student has frequent contact is being tested for covid, parent/guardian should contact SESD immediately and student should NOT return to class until a negative test result is confirmed.
      • If a positive test result is received (student or anyone in the student’s household), student may not return to class until their quarantine period is complete (as determined by their physician or healthcare professional).
    • To ensure classrooms are not over capacity, students are not permitted to enter classes in which they are not enrolled unless arranged ahead of time by parent/guardian and studio director. If you must drop off your student early or pick up late, please contact Mrs. Katherine by email (before 3:pm) or by phone or Remind text (if after 3:00pm).
    • When in doubt, please contact SESD and/or stay home. In order to remain open, we have to remain extremely diligent in our efforts to keep each student healthy while in our facility.

Attendance Policies

  • Regular attendance in both Fall and Spring semesters is crucial for dancers to remain in shape/avoid injury and progress at the expected rate. In addition, showcase choreography begins in January in all of our dance and acro classes and regular attendance in the spring session is extremely important for students to learn class choreography.
    • Creative Movement, Foundations, and Level 1 dancers are expected to attend regularly all season to remain eligible to perform in the Showcase, but there is no set number of absences for these levels. Parents will be contacted if attendance becomes a concern for younger students.
      • Occasionally, when younger dancers are absent a couple weeks in a row (or over Christmas break), they become hesitant to return to class at all due to the disruption in their routine. Please reach out and let us know if your dancer is experiencing any hesitation in returning to class; we are here to help!
    • Levels 2-6: Any absences over the amount listed below could affect a dancer’s eligibility to remain in our program and/or perform in the annual Showcase. While it is possible to make up missed classes in another appropriate class, there is no guarantee that missed choreography can be “made up” and attending a lower level for an extended period of time is not permitted. It is imperative that dancers attend class regularly except in the event of illness according to our illness policy, emergency, or graded school event.
      • Dancers in Level 2 and 3 are allowed 6 excused absences August-December, and 6 excused absences January-May, three of which can be after March 1st.
      • Dancers in Levels 4-6 are allowed 10 absences all season, 6 of which can be missed January-May, 3 after March 1st.
      • *Please see new Make-Up Class Policies below*
    • The three weeks prior to the show are absolutely mandatory except in the event of contagious condition (according to our Illness Policy) or graded school event. Dancers who are absent the three weeks prior to the show may be pulled from their class dance if the instructor deems it more beneficial for the class as a whole. Dancers work very hard to retain their choreography, and it puts extra pressure on their classmates when students are routinely absent. We thank you for realizing how important regular attendance is, and assure you that your dancer will be very glad they put in the time and effort when the big day arrives!
    • If dancers “miss” new choreography, it is their responsibility to learn what they’ve missed. We sometimes record new choreography, but dancers should NOT rely on videos–we recommend keeping a “choreography notebook” to write down choreography and meeting with friends before the next class to review what was missed. (Levels 2-6; not applicable to pre-school/kindergarten classes).
    • Picture day, full cast rehearsals, and dress rehearsals are mandatory for all levels/classes.
    • Dancers who are absent from any full cast or dress rehearsal are not permitted to perform in the show. If you experience an emergency the day of a rehearsal, contact Katherine ASAP.
    • Dancers may not leave full cast or dress rehearsals earlier than their designated dismissal time (All levels/classes).
    • Please review all dates and times carefully. Full Cast and Dress Rehearsals are absolutely mandatory.

Make-Up Class Policies

  • Make Up Classes:
    • Tuition is not pro-rated if a student misses class; however, he/she is more than welcome to attend another age/level appropriate class as a make up. Please contact Katherine at [email protected] if you wish to set up a make up class.
      • Due to class sizes, please contact [email protected] to schedule a make-up class.
      • ***NEW*** Make Up Class Option:
        • Under normal circumstances, dancers are required to attend another age/level appropriate class as a make-up; however, this season we are offering a “Virtual” make up option. Dancers may complete a class listed on our “Virtual Training tab,” and parent completes and turns in a “Virtual Make Up Class Form” to Mrs. Katherine. Each full class completed will count as a full make-up class in the same style/technique (one virtual ballet class equals one ballet class make-up).
        • Virtual Class Make Up Form
    • In the event of “Quarantine”…
      • If we must halt in-studio classes (either partially or all classes) for 2 weeks (typical quarantine period), we will transition all affected classes to Zoom and/or provide pre-recorded videos for the affected class(es).
      • If a student misses class due to his/her household is self-quarantining, we will either stream his/her class(es) or provide pre-recorded videos for the two-week quarantine period. These situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
      • In accordance with our “Illness Policy,” tuition will not be reduced for a two-week “quarantine” period. That said, this is a new situation for all of us, and in the event a student must miss class for an extended period of time due to Covid, we will evaluate those events on a case-by-case basis.
    • (Advanced classes) Please keep in mind, once the maximum amount of absences is reached, they must be made up promptly and should not hit the max amount again. For example, if a dancer reaches 11 absences, she must make up at least 1 absences to lower to 10. If a dancer with 11 absences makes up 5 classes (making the total of absences 6) he/she should not reach 10 absences for a second time.
    • Dancers are not permitted to attend a lower level class in place of their regularly scheduled class except for an occasional make-up class.
    • Dancers who accumulate an excessive amount of absences may be released from our program at any time during the season (tuition, costume fees, showcase fees, and any other fees are non-refundable).
    • Full Cast, Production, Team, and other rehearsals are mandatory and cannot be “made up.”

Private Lessons

  • We offer private lessons for technique and choreography (when applicable) in all styles. Private lessons are pending instructor and studio availability. If your dancer desires a private lesson, please email SESD’s director at [email protected] to discuss instructor and studio availability. Instructors cannot set up private lessons with students.
    • Technique Lesson:
      • 30 Minutes: $30
      • 45 Minutes: $40
      • 1 Hour: $50
    • Choreography Private Lesson Rates:
      • Choreography Fee: $75 (Covers music/costume selections and orders, music editing, creating choreography, etc. and first 1-hour rehearsal)
      • 45 Minute Rehearsal: $35 per session
      • 1 Hour Rehearsal: $50 per sessionRates may vary pending instructor’s availability and schedule and the level of difficulty at which a student is working. Private Lesson Rates are as follows:
  • Private lessons should be paid for prior to start time and can be paid by either check (payable to SESD) or Square Invoice.
    • If paying with a check, please be sure to label your payment with “Private lesson -date-” so we can record it correctly.

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