PAYMENTS & POLICIES

The following are the current tuition rates for the 2022-23 season.

Payments are September-June, due at the first class of each month, and are broken into 10 equal payments. Time off for studio closings, holidays, etc. is already included in these rates.

MONTHLY TUITION RATES 2022-23

1 Hour Group- $60
1.5 Hour Group- $85
2 Hour Group- $110
2.5 Hour Group- $130
3 Hour Group- $145
3.5 Hour Group- $163
4 Hour Group- $180
4.5 Hour Group- $198
5 Hour Group- $220
5.5 Hour Group- $235
UNLIMITED Program (6 or more hours per week)- $250

Private Lesson (solo)- Ages 12 and under- 1/2 hour lesson per week: $85/month
Duet/Trio- Ages 12 & under- 1/2 hour lesson per week- $55/month

Private Lesson (solo)- Ages 13 & over-
$600 flat rate fee; available to be broken into 3 payments of $200 each
Duet/Trio- Ages 13 & over-
$450 flat rate fee; available to be broken into 3 payments of $150 each
Ages 13 & over solo/duet fee includes all necessary lessons, choreography, rehearsals and use of studio space for independent practicing.

POLICIES: 2021-22
These policies are subject to change at any time.

1. FINANCES:
a. No refunds, transfers or credits at any time for any reason.

b. All tuition payments are due the first week/lesson of each month. Payments not received by the 15th of the month are subject to a $15 late fee. Payments not received by the 1st of the following month are subject to a $25 late fee. Students whose accounts are 20+ days past due on tuition or any other fees may sit out of class until the account is brought up to date. Payment types accepted are: cash, check, money order, credit/debit card.
Tuition is the sole responsibility of the family of the student(s). Any payments must be made monthly if the year is not paid in full.
Payments may be made by credit/debit card, check, or cash.
The Fuse does not currently offer an auto-payment system. Payments must be made monthly if you do not pay the year in full. Your card information is not saved in our system for payments unless you request it to be and ask The Fuse to run your card for any specific payments.

c. Bounced check fee = $25 service charge applied to repayment of bounced check. After one instance of a bounced check, payments will no longer be accepted by personal check- they will be accepted via bank check, money order or cash only.

2. FEES DUE UPON REGISTRATION:
a. Registration Fee = $30 per family. Non-refundable and valid for the entire season.
b. Competition Fee = $30 per competition student. Non-refundable and valid for the entire season.
c. Music Fee = $10 per student. Non-refundable, covers music rights and professional editing of music for choreography, and valid for entire season.

3. TUITION DISCOUNTS:
a. FAMILY DISCOUNT: Students in the same family (siblings) may combine their hours of instruction for maximum savings. The family discount does not include the following: Unlimited Program, Solo, Duet/Trio lessons. This is valid for 2020-21 season.
b. We will no longer be able to offer tuition discounts for paying the year in full. This option no longer exists.

4. PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS IN CLASSES:
Students will be assessed by the directors as well as their instructor. After assessment has taken place, the directors will place students into the correct level that corresponds with their ability at the time of assessment.
WE DO NOT PLACE BY AGE-WE PLACE BY ABILITY, POTENTIAL, AND MATURITY OF EACH STUDENT. Age ranges listed for each level are just a general guide and do not dictate actual placement as much as the aforementioned qualities of each student, especially at competitive levels.

5. ATTENDANCE POLICY/MISSED OR CANCELED LESSONS:
a. Students who miss two or more consecutive weeks of their class(es) are subject to immediate termination, especially when students are a "no call/no show" for the aforementioned period.
*Competitive Students- Please see competition handbook for further details on competitive student attendance policies.*

b. Students and/or parents should provide The Fuse with prompt notice of a pending absence. Emergencies are understandable and notice should be given to The Fuse as soon as the student/parent is soundly able to do so in such a situation. Please call or email the studio to report a dancer's absence ASAP.

b. Students are eligible for attendance awards at the end of season show in June. These awards are based on the number of days each student has scheduled classes per week.

c. DROP OUT DEADLINE-
RECREATIONAL STUDENTS: ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 8, 2022. COMPETITIVE STUDENTS: ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 24, 2022: If a student no longer wishes to continue their dance education with The Fuse, for any reason whatsoever, The Fuse is not responsible for refunding or transferring any monies already paid in advance securing the dancer’s spot in their class. There are NO exceptions. Parent or any other financially responsible adult will be required to pay half of the remaining tuition for the entire season upon leaving The Fuse, and notice must be provided in writing.

d. ALL competitive students are REQUIRED to attend ALL classes for the entire two weeks leading up to any performance event. There are NO exceptions and any student missing class during this time may be denied performance at that venue.

e. Absences or Cancellations: Makeup lessons are not given for any missed lessons that are not canceled by the director or instructor. If the lesson IS canceled by the director or instructor, a makeup lesson will be given prior to June of 2021 as deemed necessary.

f. Weather Related Cancellations: Should The Fuse have to cancel classes due to weather conditions or any other emergency situation, The Fuse will notify affected students in a timely manner. Dancers should not assume the studio is closed based on any other factors and should wait to hear from a staff member of The Fuse. School closings have no effect on the studio being open or closed. We will notify all affected dance families of a studio closure promptly, once the decision has been made.

6. COSTUMING:
a. All costumes are made to order and consist of a deposit for each costume (number of costumes will be determined by each dancer’s schedule). The cost of the deposit is $75 for youth sizes and $100 for adult sizes. The size of your child’s costume is
not determined by their age, rather by where their individual measurements align with the costume companies’ guidelines. These deposits are due on October 29, 2022. Remaining balances will be due in spring of 2023 (exact date TBA). Costume charges cover the following: costume, accessories, embellishments, and alterations. Students/parents are responsible for the purchase of their own shoes, tights, hair and makeup supplies as directed by their instructor.
MANDATORY HAIR AND MAKEUP MEETING IS IN EARLY 2023 FOR ALL CLASSES.

7. COMPETITION TEAMS:
a. Throughout the season there are competitions, shows, and other events for competitive students to work toward and develop a sense of self improvement from. If a student has the privilege of being asked to participate in these activities, they must follow the applicable rules:

-ALL COMPETITORS MUST HAVE TAKEN THE SUMMER COURSE-
b. The director reserves the right to decide which students will be chosen to dance on a competition team. You MUST be invited by the director to become part of any competition team. This applies regardless of past experience whether at The Fuse or any other school. Competition is a privilege, not a right. Any student not following the rules of The Fuse Dance Center may be taken off a competition team at any time.

8. PICTURE DAY:
a. There is one required studio-wide picture day in May or June of 2023 (exact date TBA). Students must be in the proper attire (including costume, hair, makeup, tights, shoes, accessories) for their scheduled block of time for each dance. Jim Pavlik photography will be doing the photoshoot and all orders for photos will be taken on that day by Jim Pavlik Photography. Payment is due at the time of order. A specific schedule will be posted prior to picture day for each class and dance routine.

9. RECITAL:
ALL students of The Fuse Dance Center that take more than ballet classes will participate in the annual recital. This is held in June at The Anderson Center at Binghamton University. Participation in the recital is not optional. It is a culmination of each dancers' hard work throughout the year and a showcase of our dancers.



9. DRESS CODE:
**CONTINUED FOR 2022-2023 DANCE YEAR**
DRESS CODE
All dancers attending The Fuse Dance Center will follow dress code.

ALL non-competitive classes- please follow the BALLET guidelines for all classes.
The only exceptions are if you are in Pearls 2 jazz/tap or Int. 12+ Tap.

BALLET
Female dancers: Black leotard, pink convertible tights, pink canvas or leather ballet shoes, hair in a proper bun (not coming out during class, no messy buns)
Male dancers taking ballet must have tight black shorts above the knee and a black tank top.

JAZZ, LYRICAL, CORE & CONTEMPORARY
are to wear the colors black and/or red only. (preferred color is black.) You are able to wear, tight form-fitting booty shorts, 1/2 tops/sports bras, or leotards only.
No loose clothing (this includes tank tops) at any times. Hair must be up at all times, buns are required. No ponytails, braids, etc. “Messy buns” are also not acceptable as they fall out frequently during class.
***NO T-SHIRTS***

TAP
Shorts, leggings or capri pants are permitted, no loose pants.
Tank tops, half tops, or sports bras are permitted.
Ponytails are permitted in tap class.

HIP HOP
Please ‘dress the part’ including CLEAN sneakers! Baggy clothes ARE permitted in hip hop class, and ponytails are also permitted.

Solos/Duet/Trios: Please follow the same guidelines as style of dance.

**Any student that shows up unprepared for class will not be able to participate in class until they are dressed in the correct attire/have the correct hair done.**


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