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Fortitude Dance Centre is a positive, supportive and disciplined studio with a focus on building strong, well rounded dancers. We believe respect is important on all levels and therefore expect our dancers and their parents to treat all instructors, staff, and fellow classmates with the utmost respect. There is zero tolerance for bullying of any kind, foul language, and rowdy/disruptive behaviour.
Dancers are to follow the classroom rules set out by their instructors. For their safety, they will be asked to refrain from touching the mirrors and other classroom equipment unless otherwise instructed. The use of barres, mats, and props is a privilege. If the dancer is demonstrating distracting or unsafe behaviour (ex. hanging off the barre, swinging props around, etc.) they will be asked to discontinue use for the remainder of the class.
Parents, please do not leave your child(ren), dancers or otherwise, unattended in the lobby. Please be watchful to ensure the safety of your child(ren) and be mindful of the treatment of studio property. We cannot guarantee or provide extended supervision or care beyond the allotted class time. It is important that parents arrive at least 5 minutes prior to the end of the class in order to pick up their child(ren). For their own safety, dancers must wait inside the studio for parents to come in and pick them up.
Parents are not allowed in the classroom while there is a class in session. Viewing opportunities are at the discretion of the instructor.
Fortitude Dance Centre expects dancers to attend class regularly and arrive on time (hair back and dance attire on prior to scheduled class time). Parents are asked to notify the studio if a class will be missed. Classes missed for illness or vacation will not be made up or refunded.
Fortitude Dance Centre reserves the right to close facilities, change instructors, cancel any activity with insufficient enrollment, or combine programs in which attendance falls below the minimum requirement. Payment schedules remain the same regardless of holidays, inclement weather, or other closures.
Classes cancelled due to inclement weather are not subject to a make-up lesson unless otherwise decided upon and communicated to you by the teacher and director. FDC closures will be made known on the studio website, and social media pages by 4:00pm on weeknights and 8:00am on weekends. Students/families will not be called or emailed directly to be notified of such instances.
A void cheque or full payment must be provided within 3 days of registration to secure your child(ren)’s place in the program. Full year upfront payment can be made via cash, debit* (new for 2020/2021), credit card, cheque, or e-transfer.
For the monthly installment plan, the first installment for September will be withdrawn from your account 1 to 14 days after registration. The remaining 8 payments will be debited from your account on the 1st of each month (from October to May). Monthly payments are made via Pre-authorized Debits and a VOID cheque is required. Any payment returned with NSF will be subject to a $45 NSF fee and the balance of the payment will be due in cash or e-transfer before lessons can continue.
Costume deposits will be withdrawn on October 15th (non-refundable).
(Added May 25, 2020)
With the COVID-19 pandemic comes stress and uncertainty. As we look to the future, and begin registration for Season 3, we want to assure you that your tuition payments are safe and refundable (see below for more details).
Monthly Payment Plan
For those who selected a monthly payment plan, your first payment will be refunded via e-transfer if classes do not commence by October 1, 2020 and no subsequent payments will be withdrawn until a clear start date is provided (and you give written consent to continue in the program).
For those who select to pay the full year upfront, you have the option to pay 50% at the time of registration and the remaining balance when classes commence. If class has not started by October 1, 2020, your initial payment will be refunded via e-transfer.
If classes, start after October 1st, 2020 and you wish to continue in the program, payments will be adjusted to reflect the remaining duration of the season. We are aware that there is still not a clear timeline as to when the world will return to "business as usual" but we are hopeful to kick off an incredible season in September!
Registering your child(ren) with Fortitude Dance Centre is a choice. It is also a choice for FDC to accept your child(ren) into our programs. At any time, both the participating family and the studio have the option of terminating enrollment based on negligence or behavior that is contradictory to studio policies.
To withdraw from the program, 30 days written notice is required. Payment is expected to continue within these 30 days but all subsequent transactions will be cancelled. If tuition was paid in full, the sum of the remaining months will be calculated by the director and returned. There are no refunds on costumes deposits after October 15, 2020. Tuition will continue to be processed until a formal withdrawal notice is received.