Guidelines

Classes:

Classes begin the first week of September and run through the end of May. Registration is open all year EXCEPT from February 1st until June 1st, due to recital conflicts.   Classes consist of one-hour dance instruction weekly; with both TAP and BALLET classes plus age-appropriate HIP HOP mixed in each week.   We take a summer break, unless otherwise indicated by your preschool.  If a class consists of three or less students, classes will be held for 45 minutes. If a class consists of two or three dancers, classes may be terminated.  You will be notified of any changes prior to doing so. Each class consist of a maximum of ten dancers, less depending on the dance space provided to us.  We strive for quality, not quantity.  Some schools allow for multiple classes to be held.  If your school only allows for one dance class and that class is full, your dancer can be placed on our waiting list.  A lsiting of our full classes are indicated on our class schedule page on this website.  Should your preschool be closed or cancel a dance class for ANY reason – weather, holidays, field trips, etc.- we are not responsible for a make-up class. Should we cancel a class for any reason; a refund will be given if the class can not be rescheduled. Please see  our website, under “Calendar” for our holidays. We do not follow the public school calendar.  We provide sweet treats to dancers who participate in class.  Please let us know if your dancer can NOT have certain sweet treat items.   Your dancer must be three to six years of age to participate in our dance program.  Our classes are not a movement class, but strive to teach basic ballet and tap moves along with the terminology. Your dancer must be three years of age and potty trained to participate in our program.  Remember that our dance instructors are there to instruct your little dancer, please direct any questions to Melissa Baker.

Dance Attire:

Dancers need both tap and ballet shoes.   You can purchase dance items via our website.  We do not require a certain type, brand name, nor color of shoe(s) or dance wear.  Tap shoes come in black patent leather, tan or white and have silver metal taps on the bottom.  Ballet shoes come in ballet pink, black or white with an elastic drawstring which make buying a size bigger better!  Should dance wear not be purchased, your dancer is to wear comfortable gym type clothing on dance day to allow for maximum mobility (no dresses).   **Your dancers name is to be written on each of their items.**  If dance class is in the morning and your dancer does not wear a uniform, please have your dancer dressed for their dance class. To allow more dance time, we do NOT allow tights in dance class – unless your dancer arrives to school in tights (socks can be included to wear with their tap shoes).   A small portion of dance class time is used to dress for class.  By wearing less items on dance day, enables your child to receive more dance time and less changing of the clothes time.  Dance items should be in a separate bag from their school backpack.
For immediate purchase Shoes can be purchased at:  *Academy Sports & Outdoors, Once Upon a Child Consignment, Payless Shoe Store – take advantage of their buy-one-get-one-half-off sale.  They carry both ballet and tap shoes.  We do not care what color your dancer selects.  Boys can wear black tap shoes (replace ribbons with elastic bands) and wear black ballet shoes or socks.We do NOT allow dance tights in our dance classes unless your dancer is already wearing them to school.  This is to assist with the less changing time and more dance time!
Other dance items can be purchased at: Target, Wal-Mart, Once Upon a Child Consignment, Make Believe Costumes & Dancewear, Julian’s Dancewear, Dance ‘N Stuff, Ballet Shop or any other dance wear location near you.
*Make Believe Costumes & Dancewear located at 10950 San Jose Boulevard (880-2288) or at 1855 Parental Home Road (645-6337).  Julian’s Dancewear located at 9825 San Jose Boulevard (880-0111).   

Recital:

Our recital usually takes place the first Saturday of June. Each dance class will prepare for and participate in a FULL-scale recital that will end the dance season.  Your dancers class will participate in either a ballet OR a tap routine, not both.  Each performance is determined upon the previous year and rotates each year.  Participation is optional.  Recital participation is in addition to your regular monthly tuition.  Recital information is emailed in November.  Recital fees/orders are due in December.  There are two option for recital payment; One full payment due December 5th or two equal payments due December 5th and March 5th.  However, you may make payments at any time towards the recital fee due in December.  Costumes are non-refundable after February 1st (Even if your dancer transfers schools/dance classes).  Each class/school has their own recital routine/song/costume. This is an all day event; no other plans should be made on recital day.  We are a Christian company and do not pray during our class time, but will have a prayer prior to beginning our recitals. 

Tuition:

Monthly tuition is due by the 5th of each month and made directly to LDS via our website.  DO NOT SEND DANCE TUITION TO YOUR PRESCHOOL!  Neither your school, nor your dance instructors are allowed to take your tuition payment.  Tuition is based on our dance season, September thru May.  We break tuition into monthly payments for your convenience.  Tuition is not prorated unless your dancer starts classes mid-month.  On-line payments are accepted on our website at www.Littledancingstars.com. Monthly payments sent from your financial institution, should have your dancers full name indicated in the account section in order for proper crediting. If paying by personal check, please indicate your dancers name in the memo portion.  You will get a confirmation email from us upon registering your dancer.   PAYMENT BOOKLETS:   A payment booklet will be mailed to you upon receipt of your registration form.

   LATE FEE: If payment is not received by the 5th of each month, then a late fee of $10.00 will need to be included with your late payment.    Late fees will be requested if not paid during that current month of being late.  

RETURNED ITEMS:   There is a return check charge of $12.00 on all items returned.  If a second check is returned, all future payments must be made in the form of cash, money order or credit card.  

 NON-PAYMENTS:  Should your account become delinquent and you have failed to contact Melissa Baker to make arrangements for payment,     your child is  subject to termination from our program.             

Parent Observation:

We do not send out progress reports for dance class, you may find out information on your dance class via our website under “News”.   We encourage you to visit dance classes at least once a dance season, we do not suggest visit’s the first month of our dance season.  We have found through experience, that when we have a visitor come to watch class the children – sometimes yours and sometimes someone else – do not dance or do not dance to their full potential.  Visitors are asked to watch from outside of the classroom through a window or from another room and that none of our dancers see you until dance class are completed.  Visitors can be disruptive to the dance instruction and we want to retain the attention of our dancers at all times.  Only daycare staff and employees of Little Dancing Stars are permitted to help other children get dressed or use the restroom; our instructors are screened to handle preschool children per the requirements of the Department of Children and Families. 

Transfer/Withdrawal:

When a dancer transfers to another school/dance class – there is no guarantee that a spot will be available for your dancer. We must be contacted if your dancer transfers. Please refer to recital concerning transfers and costume orders. Notification of dancer withdrawal from class must be in writing.  If notification is NOT given by dancer parent/guardian to LDS, then any refund is void.   Your school is not responsible for informing us of the status of your dancer.  You may not “hold” your dancer out of class one month and then include your dancer the next month.  We do not “hold” spots, unless prior approval by LDS.

Special Notes:

We make every attempt to discuss and correct any problem that may arise concerning a dancers behavior during dance classes. However, LITTLE DANCING STARS reserves the right to terminate any dancers enrollment for any reason and at any time. A parent/ guardian may withdraw, with notice, for any reason and at any time. LITTLE DANCING STARS reserves the right to use individual/group photographs of your dancer to include, but not limited to our program promotions, displays and training material. Names will not be indicated.