DanZQuest Policies and Information for 2022-2023
DanZQuest is a 20 year well-established studio in the Wilmington area. The family friendly and energetic classes offered are based on building positive self esteem while teaching good forms of dance. At DanZQuest our goal is to provide a place “Where Dance and Family are ONE”! DanZQuest strives to provide quality dance instruction from nurturing teachers and staff members, team bonding and friendships with teammates and positive environment that everyone can learn in.
THE CLASS CURRICULUM
Featuring a wide variety of recreational and competitive dance training, DanZQuest is centered on building self-esteem through physical activity. Classes are structured around group activity; however it also promotes the development of the students’ individual potential. Students experience dance in a variety of forms. The styles offered include Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Ballet, Modern/Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Pom Dance and Creative Movement. The ages range from two through adult with ability levels from beginner thru advanced. Students will be placed according to ability not age.
SAFETY AND SANITATION REGARDING COVID-19
“COVID-19” spreads from person to person easily, especially indoors or in close contact. DanZQuest will enforce 6 feet distancing. All doors will be opened several times to ensure fresh air and fans will be running in both rooms during class time. Sanitizer will be used entering/exciting the studio for everyone. The DanZQuest staff will sanitize between classes and sanitizer any equipment used during class time. Students must be dressed upon arrival, there will be no changing in the bathroom. Changes may occur according to updates or CDC guidelines. No students are allowed to attend any dance class if they a fever of 100.4, have a stomach ache, cold, sore throat or flu like symptoms. If a student or teacher gets COVID-19, DanZQuest will shut down for 24-48 hours to do proper cleaning and then re-open. The studio owner reserves the right to shut down at any point due to illness or COVID-19. "Live Stream" classes will be offered to students while the studio is closed for illness or COVID-19. If a student test positive for COVID-19, they will be required to not return to the studio for 5 days from the day of testing positive and wear a mask in the studio for an additional 5 days. As of December 27th, 2021, according to the CDC, "people with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting others". No tuition money or recital fees will be refunded or credited if we have to shut down or cancel a performance due to COVID-19. All of the above will be enforced this dance season until further notice. All classes will be "in person" & "Live Streamed". Students can decide what is the best fit class for them.
There will be two showcase at Kenan Auditorium (December & June). The December mid-year showcase is a performance that provides reinforcement of the curriculum taught in the first half of the year. There is $65.00 non-refundable concert fee for this performance at Kenan Auditorium. Selected classes are asked to participate in local performance opportunities through the dance season. These performance opportunities include Azalea Festival, RiverFest and charity performances. Class selections are based on the upcoming event, the amount of choreography known, and the entire class’s ability to participate. The June showcase emphasizes more complicated choreography, costuming and staging. It is a very special event that the students look proudly towards with months of preparation. There is a $76.00 non-refundable concert fee (includes 1 trophy, additional trophies are $11.00 each). Costumes will be specially ordered and shipped from all over the U.S.A. The costume fee for each student will be $80.00 per costume for recreational and $95.00 per costume for competitive classes. Costumes must be paid in one (1) installment (see Payments and Fees). If the payment for the costume is not received in full by the requested date, a $25 late fee will be applied. Late fees are non-refundable. If the costume payment is not received one week after the due date, then the student will be considered a non-participant in the recital and therefore will not be included in the staging or choreography of the show. All costume payments are final and non-refundable regardless of the circumstances. Additional charges may apply if a student is enrolled in more than one “block” of classes, and therefore may require additional costumes, shoes etc.
PAYMENTS AND FEES
1. Registration Fee: There will be a $10 annual registration fee for summer & a $25 annual registration fee for fall per student. Registration fee covers administrative cost, insurance, printing etc. Registration fee is non-refundable.
2. Tuition: Tuition is based on one yearly rate and then offered to you in a monthly payment plan. According to your payment plan, tuition is due on the first of the month and considered late after the 10th. A $25 late fee will be added to all payments that arrive after this date. Late fees are non-refundable. An absence will not be considered an excuse for non-payment and a late fee will be enforced. If tuition goes 30 days past due from the 1st you will NOT be allowed to return to dance until it is made current. Tuition is not pro-rated for holidays or any closing due to weather conditions or mandatory state closing. Each tuition payment is the same price each month regardless of the amount of lessons in a given month. Some months are shorter (3 weeks) or longer (5 weeks), monthly tuition will remain the same. All checks/money order payments are payable to "DanZQuest". Payments need to be made in the “payment box”, given to the secretary at the desk, called in to the studio, mailed to DanZQuest or using the pay on line link on our website ($2.00 processing fee will need to be added in upon check out on line). Please record the student’s name on any form of payment to ensure proper crediting of your account. DanZQuest accepts cash, personal checks, master card & visa. Returned checks will be charged a $25 insufficient funds fee. After two returned checks you must pay in cash or money order for the remainder of the dance season. Discounts are given to students who are enrolled in more than one class excluding company classes. Tuition and all fees must be paid in full to participate in recitals prior to the performance date. Competition fees must be paid on the due date or a $25 late fee will be added to your account. Late fees are non-refundable (see Company Contract).
3.Spring Recital Costume Installment: A payment of $80.00 for recreational and $95.00 for competitive classes is due by October 13, 2022. If the payment is not received by October 13, 2022, there will be a late fee of $25. Late fees are non-refundable. All costume fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. If costumes are not picked up 30 days after arrival or after and email / phone called has been made, costumes will become DanZQuest property. Tights, shoes, special hair pieces and alterations are not included in the fee. Tuition and competition fees must be current before any money will be applied to costume fees.
4. Recital Fee/Performance Fees: DanZQuest will collect a $65.00 fee per family for the December mid-year recital. This fee will be due November 14, 2022. DanZQuest will also collect a $76.00 fee per family (includes one trophy, additional trophies are $11.00 each) for the Spring Recital. Both fees help to pay for the theater rental, lighting technicians, programs, decorations etc. If trophies are not picked up 30 days after recital, they will become the property of DanZQuest. No tickets will be necessary once the recital fee is paid. The spring recital fee is due by May 15, 2023. If the fee is not received by the due date, a $25 late fee will be applied. The student will not be allowed to perform in the recital if fee is not paid. DanZQuest account must be paid in full for any student to participate in the June recital. Recital fees are non-refundable! All accounts MUST be paid to date to participate in the December Christmas show and DanZQuest accounts must be paid in full to participate in the June recital.
Contacting Instructors: If you need to contact Tanya Evers (owner) or any staff member please email me at email@example.com. Class schedules are VERY tight! Our instructors will give your questions and concerns proper attention but this CANNOT be done in between classes or during class time. Please leave a note with the secretary or put a note in the payment box addressed to the instructor. The instructor will call you at their earliest convenience.
Phone calls: You may leave a message for a teacher at the studio.
Disruptive Behavior: Disruptive Behavior will NOT be tolerated! If this occurs repeatedly, the parent will be contacted. If it continues, the student will be dismissed from the class that day.
Opening Class Doors: Please respect our instructors! All classes are closed sessions! Do not open the door during class time. Please wait patiently in the lobby. When classes are over, the instructor will open the door for the next class to enter.
Private lessons: Instructors may indicate that a student needs an individual private lesson. Private lessons fees are set by the teacher and paid directly to the teacher. All solos / duets private lesson fees will be set by the teacher and paid to the teacher.
Attendance will be taken in each class and students with perfect attendance will be recognized at the Spring Recital. All perfect attendance students will receive free registration for the following year and a perfect attendance pin. Company students cannot have more than 6 absences for the season. If they have more than 6 absences they will be pulled from competition piece and will only be allowed to participate in local performers and recital. No tuition or competition money will be refunded by DanZQuest. The DanZQuest staff will continue to reinforce the importance of attendance.
DanZQuest reserves the right to dismiss a student from instruction at any time. Tuition for the month attended during dismissal will not be refunded. Any unused tuition after the dismissal month will be refunded to the parent by the studio. If a student quits on their own then no tuition for the month will be refunded. If the student has paid in full for the year a refund will be given but there will be a $25.00 penalty imposed. Students returning dance will require at 30 day notice to the owner or tuition will still occur for the month.
Newsletters will be sent out by mass email the first week of each month and will be posted on our website @www.danzquest.com. The monthly newsletter will also be posted at the studio. Please read the board each week so you can be up to date on studio events. It is very important that you read the monthly newsletter and the board!
All images of students captured in class, rehearsals, performances and special activities through video, photo and digital camera by any DanZQuest staff member or parent can be used for promotional material, newsletters, website, social media and publication. End of the year dance pictures (individual and group photos) will be taken by a professional photographer. Picture fees will apply and will be paid to the photographer.
HOLIDAYS, CLOSINGS, AND CANCELLATIONS
Our fall dance season will run from September - June & summer dance season will run June - August. DanZQuest typically follows the New Hanover County Schools schedule for spring break, Christmas holiday closings and weather: however, we do not close for teacher workdays. If a class is cancelled by the teacher for unexpected circumstances such as an illness, we will provide a make-up class for the students affected by the cancellation. If classes are canceled for weather conditions, power failure or state mandatory closings, that is no fault of our own, the class will not be made up unless the owner sees fit to do a make up class. Any closings will be announced on the DanZQuest studio answering machine, posted at the studio, on our DanZQuest social media and on our website @www.danzquest.com. Please call 910-397-2822 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the closing date if you have any questions.
CLASS ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Arrival to and departure from DanZQuest should be done in an orderly fashion to ensure the safety of our students and their families. We ask that students are not dropped off more than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled class time and that they are picked up promptly after class is dismissed. Our staff cannot supervise students, siblings or family members that are dropped off early or picked up late. Parents should not interrupt teachers during their class. Please call if a student is going to be late or absent from class. Parents, students are required to wait INSIDE the studio until they are picked up. If a student exits the studio unattended, DanZQuest will not be held liable. Students who drive to and from dance, can leave the studio as they wish. DanZQuest will not he held liable after any student has left the DanZQuest building.
No horseplay: Parents are asked to keep students and waiting siblings from aggressive horse play!
No acrobatic tricks: Students should not be performing any gymnastics TRICKS in the lobby at all!
No pets or animals are allowed in the building! This will eliminate any allergy situations for all.
Snacks/Drinks: DanZQuest has a variety of snacks/drinks and water for sale. ALL snacks/drinks are .75 each and water is .75each. Please pay at the desk.
Label: Please label ALL shoes, dance wear, dance bags, coats etc., with the students first and last name. Many items get left behind at the studio. If an item is left behind and it is properly labeled the studio will attempt to contact the parent and hold the item for pick up.
Lost and Found: The lost and found is located at the entrance to studio 1 door (to the right). Items left at the studio during winter break, spring break and summer break will be donated. Please check the lost and found regularly. DanZQuest is NOT responsible for lost or stolen items.
Selling shoes and clothing / in need of : DanZQuest has a bulletin board located on the right side when entering the studio. Please place a card on board with name and phone number of items you would like to sell or items you are in need of.
THE PROPER PROTOCOL
Students must follow shoe and apparel list in order to attend class!! Please realize that the “warm-ups” performed at the beginning of class are a vital part of injury prevention. Students should make every effort to arrive on time. Late arrivals should be considerate of the class in session and participation in the class will be left to the teacher’s discretion. Every effort is made by our instructors to begin and end classes on time, yet if for any reason the instructor runs over time, the following classes will be extended to compensate. Students need to use the bathroom BEFORE classes begin!All students and parents must exhibit the proper behavior at all times while on the premises of DanZQuest. Parental supervision is required prior to and immediately following each class. We will not tolerate inappropriate language or conversation within the studio.There will be NO chewing gum in the dance room at all. Our more advanced students who take more than one class back to back may bring water into the class.
We Look Forward To Serving You This Dance Season!