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STUDIO POLICIES

REGISTRATION


All new and returning students must register through the MDM Parent Portal. Students will not be allowed to participate in dance classes unless all registration materials have been submitted and full payment has been made. Please note there is a registration fee of $15 per dancer due upon initial enrollment and annually at the start of the fall and summer sessions.




TUITION


Tuition is posted on the 1st of each month. Any tuition not paid in full by the 10th* of the month will incur a $10 late fee. Tuition can be paid with check or cash at the front desk or online through your Parent Portal. Convenience fees apply to all online payments. *During "Open Enrollment" months (January, June & September), tuition will not be posted until the 15th and will be due on the 20th. More information about our tuition policies is here.




SICK POLICY


Students must be 24 hours symptom free prior to attending classes. Please do not send students to class if they have had any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours: discharge from the eyes or nose (regardless of color), fever, chills, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or shortness of breath. If a student arrives at class ill, or complaining of illness, parents will be notified to pick them up immediately. For ongoing Covid-19 policies, click here.




WEATHER CANCELLATION POLICY


Cancellations for weather and other circumstances are rare and done when necessary to ensure the safety of all students. Information will be posted on the MDM Facebook and Instagram pages and notifcation will be sent via email and text by 3 pm.




PARENT/GUARDIAN ETIQUETTE


There are many factors that influence the choices we make at MDM. You can be assured that our students and the integrity of the dance program are always taken into account. Please remember that dance is an art form. Artistic and preferential choices are made freely by our teachers. Under no circumstances will criticism of students, teachers, casting, costumes or choreography be tolerated. If there is a concern, please notify the MDM staff using the preferred communication channel. Inappropriate emails or confrontations will be handled immediately with a warning to the involved parties. Continued interference will result in expulsion of both the student(s) and the parent(s) from the dance studio.




CLASS VIEWING & OBSERVATION


Watching your child dance is a pleasure for parents. MDM staff is aware of this and wishes to accommodate viewing whenever possible. To ensure that our class time is as effective as possible, we utilize studio video cameras to enable parents to view class. Both of our lobbies have TV monitors to view classes and all Tiny Dancer & Mini classes have access to ZOOM links for observation. Once per semester, we invite parents to observe a portion of the class inside the studio classroom. Notification regarding these times can be found in our Calendar of Dates and in our monthly newsletters. For performance Dress Rehearsals, parental viewing will be from the audience section only. When viewing classes, please make sure you leave the space clean and keep other children contained so as not to disturb the rehearsal or class.




SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES


The use of social media is commonplace and can be a positive way to promote MDM and your own dancer. The policies listed below are intended to serve as guidelines regarding how to use social media in a positive and encouraging manner: - Never post anything that could compromise the self esteem of students who attend MDM. - Never post any negative comments about MDM or its instructors, performances, or events. - Never post any negative comments about a fellow student or peer. - If you post videos of class or rehearsal, do not post choreography in its entirety. - When posting images or videos from class, rehearsal, or performances, please tag MDM as follows: #midwestdancemechanix #mdm - Please note that improper use of social media in any capacity may be grounds for dismissal of a parent or student.




DANCER CODE OF CONDUCT & CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE


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