Children/ Youth Policies

 

Tuition

Tuition is non-refundable.  Tuition credits are not available for missed classes. Youth Tuition commitment is for both Fall and Spring semesters.  The Summer program has a flexible tuition schedule. 

A $30 service charge will be assessed for insufficient funds.

Level Placement, Make-up Classes, Refunds, Withdrawals, and Credit Policy

Level Placement 

Students are required to take pre-requisite ballet classes before advancing in level. If you are unsure about what level to enroll in, please contact MCD for a placement class prior to registering. At the end of the year, the teachers will assess each dancer's progress and will inform parents as to what level to enroll their student in for the following year.  


Make-Up Classes

Make-up classes are available on a limited basis and must be taken within 30 days of the missed class. A maximum of four make-up classes may be scheduled per semester. Make-up classes may be taken at current or lower level classes and must be scheduled in advance. Make-up classes may not be available for some levels due to scheduling conflicts and are not available in classes that are full.


Refunds

If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, your tuition and performance fee will be refunded. This is the only situation in which a refund will be given. There are no refunds or credit for missed classes or performance rehearsals. Irregular drop-ins for youth classes are not allowed, as we are a conservatory and follow a year-round syllabus. 


Withdrawals

If a student misses four or more weeks of classes due to injury or illness, the Director must be notified in writing specifiying the beginning date of the injury or illness. MCD may offer a credit after the delivery of a doctor's note. MCD reserves the right to refuse admittance to classes and to terminate participation based on student and/or parent conduct, as well as account delinquency. 

 

Credit Policy

Credit is for youth classes only and is subject to the Withdrawl policy above. Additionally, a credit is only for the dancer who is withdrawing and is non-transferable. A credit must be used in the succeeding semester following withdrawal otherwise it expires. 


  

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedure/Parking/Parent Agreement

Due to limited parking on site, we are requiring our parents/guardians to use this drop-off/pick-up procedure. To ensure for seemless drop-off, please let your dancer off under the overhang in front of the Quality Cleaners and exit back onto Miller Avenue. For pick-up, please use the same procedure.  We are also requiring parents to park off site on Miller Avenue if there is a need to come into the studio. When your student attends their first class, MCD requires that a parent/guardian execute a Parent Agreement outlining this policy.  Please come in, explore the studio, introduce yourself and sign the Parent Agreement.  Thank you in advance for adhering to MCD's drop-off/pick-up and parking procedures.


Students must be picked up within 10 minutes of the end of their class. If you are unable to pick up your student in a timely fashion, please contact the school at (415)326-5117. Parents will be charged a fee of $15 per half hour for any time the staff must wait with student beyond the allowed pick-up time. 


MCD encourages dancers to walk or bike from Mill Valley Middle School and Tamalpais High School. There are bike racks onsite in the back.  

Dress Code

Students are required to dress according to MCD's dress code. All leotards and skirts must be purchased from MCD. Uniforms are available at the Conservatory. No dangling earrings or other jewelry (ex. bracelets, watches, necklaces ) are permitted; however, stud earrings are acceptable. Girls hair must be neatly in a bun or pulled back with a headband and pinned if it is too short for a bun.                        


Please use links below for tutorials.

 Long Hair Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvZM8EOOpVk&t=14s

Short Hair link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQmGh_RBp0c   

Fun Bun Hairstyles for Teens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LFoy8XVi3k

 We recommend Marin Dancewear for all pointe shoe fittings.

For pointe shoe sewing video instructions see these links- https://youtu.be/YAvjkwTwAZM

https://youtu.be/W-K3eJHuGJ4

Conduct

Students are expected to attend all scheduled classes and rehearsals. Students must arrive 10-15 minutes prior to class, prepared and ready to check in. Classes start promptly and attendance is recorded. Please notify MCD in an event of an absence and to schedule a make-up class. If a student arrives late, they must wait for a break and the teacher to acknowledge them, then curtsy before entering class. When class is over, students must clap, line up and curtsy to the teacher before exiting the class. All students are expected to treat teachers and staff with courtesy and respect using Ms. or Mr. before their first name. We believe in teaching and practicing ballet etiquette, thus preparing students for the greater dance world and beyond with professionalism and self confidence.