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REGISTRATION INFORMATION

There is a one time, yearly registration fee of $25 for all new dance students at the time of enrollment (one fee per family). This fee is due upon registering at the start of each new season (July 31st).

All To The Pointe families are required to provide a credit card to keep on file as part of our mandatory automatic payment plan. Tuition and any outstanding balance will be withdrawn from your card on file on the last day of each month for the proceeding month. (For example: Tuition for August will be due on July 31st). We accept checks prior to the last day of the month. If we do not receive a payment before tuition is due, your card on file will be charged through our automatic system.

Any declined cards will have a $5.00 administrative fee.

There will be a $5.00 late fee added for each week tuition is late.

There will be a $25 fee charged for any returned checks.

Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

If you join our studio in the middle of the month, we will prorate tuition for that month.

Prorated tuition does not apply to studio breaks, closures, etc. We are open 331 days out of the year. Our tuition is based on an average of 28 open days per month. Based on the calendar as well as holidays, some months we are open more than 28 days. However, for simplicity we bill the same dollar amount per month regardless of the days open that month.

We require 30 day written notice to cancel tuition membership.

Discounts Offered

10% sibling discount off of tuition only.

If you refer a friend and they sign up for a month’s worth of classes, you will receive a 5% discount applied to your tuition for the following month.

Parents of TTP dancers receive a 10% discount off of Pilates rates.

TTP dancers receive a 15% discount off of adult Pilates rates (*Does not include scheduled Dancer Pilates group classes).

Dance Make-Up Policy

We do not refund tuition or make adjustments for any missed classes. Make-up classes are allowed, but have to be used within 30 days from the day of your missed class. All make-up classes must be within the same level and age range. You may take a make-up in the equivalent level as your enrolled class or levels below, however, you may not take a make-up in a higher level as your enrolled class. If you are having trouble finding an acceptable class to attend as your make-up, please feel free to ask a To The Pointe faculty member to assist you. Please notify the front desk when your child is taking a make-up class or if you plan to schedule one.

Class Placement & Levels

Class placement is at the sole discretion of the instructor and/or studio director. We do not allow dancers to try or transfer into a class without permission from a teacher. We have the best intentions for our students in mind, and will always make a placement decision based on what is best for each individual child. Assessments to advance a dancers level will take place during class. This will be held annually at the end and beginning of every season. If your child is eligible for advancement you will receive an email stating the new classes he/she must attend.

All placements are subject to change.

Competition Team Descriptions

Competition Teams offered at To The Pointe:
Jazz
Lyrical
Contemporary
Musical Theatre

Additional Teams offered:
Tap
Hip Hop
Tumbling
Contortion

Our jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre teams have specific requirements and are grouped into different categories.

Closed Technique: Closed class for our pearl and silver competition team members.

High school dance team technique: Class for Advanced High School Students. Must be in 9-12th grade or ages 13-19 to attend.

Categories are listed below:

Senior Team Requirements
Our senior team requirements are geared towards accommodating High School dance team members into our training program. This program is more lenient with the expected requirements. You must be enrolled and attend 1-2 technique classes and 1 ballet class.
Technique classes include: ballet, pointe, any level technique class, stretch, contemporary combo, conditioning and Pilates. You can choose whichever fits your needs. We will be attending 1 convention/competition and 2 competitions. Choreography will be done during choreography week and will meet in 2-4 hour blocks 1-2 times a month to work on the routine. This schedule will be announced at the beginning of the season. We will work around High School dance team schedules.

Teen Silver Requirements  
All Teen Silver members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in all 3 of the technique classes, 3 ballet classes, teen musicality class, and choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 2 small dances. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 1 convention (class only), 1 convention/competition, 3 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.


Teen Grey Requirements
All Teen grey members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in all 3 of the technique classes, 3 ballet classes, teen musicality class and choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 2 small dances. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 1 convention/competition, 4 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.

Teen Pearl Requirements  
All Teen Pearl members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in all 3 of the technique classes, 3 ballet classes, teen musicality class and choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 2-3 small dances. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 2 convention/competitions, 3 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.


Teen Mint Requirements  
All Teen mint members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in all 3 of the technique classes, 3 ballet classes, teen musicality class and Choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 2 small dances. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 1 convention/competitions, 4 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.


Teen Performance Requirements  
All Teen performance members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in all 2 of the technique classes, 2 ballet classes, teen musicality class and Choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 1 small dance. This dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 3 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.

Junior Team Requirements  
All Junior team members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in all 3 of the technique classes, 3 ballet classes, junior musicality class and choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 2-3 small dances. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 1 convention/competitions, 1 convention (class only), 3 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.


Mini Team Requirements  
All mini team members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in all 3 of the technique classes, 2 ballet classes, mini musicality class and choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 2 small dances. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 1 convention/competitions, 4 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.

 

Petite Team Requirements  
All petite team members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in both (2) of the technique classes, 2 ballet classes and choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 1 small dance. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 3 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.

Petite Performance Requirements  
All petite performance team members should understand and agree upon the commitment that is required prior to registration. Our team requirements are different for each team. You must be enrolled in both (2) of the technique classes, 2 ballet classes and choreography class. Each team will have a different emphasis corresponding to what the needs are for the dancers involved. Each member will have 1 small dance. Each dance will be worked on during their choreography week and during their choreography class. We will be attending 3 competitions, and 1 optional competition for solos, duets/trios and specialty groups.

TTP-Teenies Requirements
Our pre team requirements are 1 choreography class, 1 technique class, and 1 ballet class. They will be attending 2 competitions.

We also offer additional teams in other styles of dance such as: Hip Hop Team, Contortion Team, Tumbling Team and Tap Team. These team dances are required to take their level technique class of this style, as well as the choreography class.

Please be conscious of the class requirements, as well as compeition and costume requirements upon agreeing to a part of a team. All competiton/costume expenses are not optional, and are to be paid in full by the given deadlines. Late fees will apply.

To have a solo/duet, specialty dance competed under To The Pointe or recurring private slot by a TTP staffmember, you must participate in one of our team dances.

(if dancer is on valencia high school dance team or saugus high school dance team, we will allow a recurring private slot due to the fact that two of our staff members are coaches. Solo must compete independent if not a TTP team member.)

Specialty Description:
A specialty dance is an extra dance with an extra cost. This dance does not have a class spot and is treated as a private. A TTP staff member may invite you to be part of a specialty number, or you may put a group together and ask a specific TTP staff member to choreograph a competition number. Please note that teachers may have a choreography fee on top of the separate class rate. This is paid directly to the choreographer.  

Attendance Policy
Attending class is vital to the success of your dancer, and something which TTP places high importance on. When attendance is high it can only improve your dancer’s technique. Every choreography class should hold the highest commitment in order to ensure knowledge of the routine and success as a team member. If your dancers attendance is low a TTP faculty member will schedule a meeting to discuss any involved issues and help to find a resolution. You may not miss more than 1 choreography classes in a 60 day period and may not miss more than 3 technique/ballet classes in a 60 day period.
If team dancers miss a required performance or competition (for reasons other than illness, family death, injury with a Doctor’s note) they will be permanently removed from their team dance. It is essential that all dancers are in class and committed to being part of their team.

Ballet Program Requirements
Our ballet program offers respect and discipline for the art of dance. With ballet being the premise of all dance technique, we take this program very seriously and want to see our dancers excel. You must abide by the given ballet dress code or you will be asked to leave the class. If you enter a ballet class late you should stand at the door until you are invited to attend the class. Depending on your level you must attend the required amount of classes for your level. Level I – 1 class a week, Level II/II+ – 2 classes a week, Level III-VI 3 classes.
If you are participating in Nutcracker you must attend at least 2 ballet classes a week.


Private Lesson Requirements
We give the opportunity for any dancer to take private lessons geared towards technique, solo choreography, duet choreography, or small group choreography. In order to reserve private lesson time or compete any private lesson routine, you must be on one of our teams: Comp Team, tap team, tumbling team, or hip hop team. Privates are to be paid at the end of each private session. Majority of the instructors rates range from $30.00- $40.00 a half hour and $70.00- $80.00 a hour. For duet, small groups and trios, privates are $20.00 a half hour per student. Some instructors may have a Choreography fee so please check with your choreographer.
Dancers may only do up to two solos if they are asked by the instructors.
All solos competed under TTP must be choreographed by a TTP staff member.


Production Requirements
If you are currently on our Competiton team and are invited to compete in at least two team dances (lyrical, jazz, contemporary) we highly encourage you to participate in our production number. This routine will be the opening act at our annual showcase and will perform at community shows. Competitions may vary according to the capacity of the stage. We are planning on production competing at Dancemakers, Showstoppers and Kar. Production Tuition is not included in the monthly tuition. There is a separate fee to be paid by the first of the month of $40. Prop fees will not max $50 per student and we will be due by 10/1.

Costumes
Costumes for all recreational classes will be ordered from a catalogue. This fee will vary according to costume selection. All costumes for competitive teams and specialty’s will most likely be custom made. This fee will vary according to costume selection. The range is usually between $110-$180 and will all be ordered and purchased through TTP.
Costumes for solos, duets, and trios will be at your discretion. This season, all solo, duet, and trio costumes must be handled by the dancer/family (TTP will not be handling it). You must contact and pay the costume designer directly. Please keep in mind that rhinestones will be an additional cost if the instructor decides to add them to the costume.
Costume fees for group and speciality competition team dances will be collected between the months of October and November to ensure a timely and organized manner to perform. Costumes must be paid in full in order to be given to the dancer.

Attendance
It is vital that students attend all of their classes. When attendance is high it can only improve your dancer’s technique. Every choreography class should hold the highest commitment in order to ensure knowledge of the routine and success as a team member. If your dancers attendance is low a TTP faculty member will schedule a meeting to discuss any involved issues and help to find a resolution. You may not miss more than 1 choreography classes in a 60 day period and may not miss more than 3 technique/ballet classes in a 60 day period.

Drop/Adding Classes
If you wish to add or drop a class from your schedule, you must complete an add/drop form and turn it into the front desk. We require 30 day notice to drop a class. You will be billed for the class for 30 days after this form is received. There are no refunds. Once you pay for a session, we are holding that place in the class for your child. No refunds will be given for dropping out early. We do not bill by the class, only by the month, so if you attend a class you are committing to pay for the entire month.

Parent Viewing
We offer the opportunity to watch your children through our live feed video footage located in our lobby and back hallway. This is done with the intention of instilling discipline and focus in class, and to eliminate distraction for each dancer.
 
Drop Off and Pick Up
When you drop your child off at our studio please be sure they have safely entered the building before you leave. After a dancers’ scheduled class ends they need to be picked up, or be under adult supervision if under the age of 8. If this does not happen you will be charged $1.00 per minute until the child is under adult supervision or is picked up. We are not a babysitting service. Children CAN NOT wait in the parking lot for their parents, family, or friends. While in the studio, students and siblings must be supervised at all times.

Pilates For Dancers
Pilates for Dancers is a class that uses our state of the art pilates equipment: Reformers, Cadillac, Wunda chair, bosus, therabands, and rotating discs. This class focuses on strengthening and lengthening the body with a focus on core strength and injury prevention. Dancers will recognize particular movements, yet have extra resistance or stretch added to promote proper alignment, balance, control, concentration, coordination, and breath for a harmonious movement. Pilates for dancers class will focus on increasing turnout, flexibility and strength of the foot and ankle, balance, extensions, arabesque, jumps and pelvic alignment. Most importantly the dancer will achieve overall health and knowledge for optimal performance and injury prevention. This Class has limited space due to the amount of equipment we have. If the class is held in the small room the maximum amount of students is 6. In the large room the maximum is 8. Please make sure you sign up ahead of time for class. There is an extra charge of $40 per month, or $10.00 per class. We encourage all dancers to take this class.


Conference Meetings
To The Pointe Dance and Pilates Centre is focused on the importance of communication and growth for each dancer. During these optional annual meetings we will discuss your child’s progress and what we think his/her weaknesses and strengths are. We will give you advice and tips in order to advance your dancer. These meetings are not mandatory just an extra service if you wish to attend. Please avoid interrupting the teachers and choreographers during classes if you need to discuss something with them. If any issue arises throughout the year please schedule an appointment with Cassie and instructor to resolve the matter as soon as possible.

Food and Drink
Please no chewing gum during class. There is also no food or drink allowed in the dance rooms, with water being the only exception. It is the responsibility of all dancers to pick up after themselves and dispose of their food/trash.

Cell Phones
There are no cell phones allowed inside any of the dance rooms unless you are filming. When you are attending class please leave your cell phones along with your personal belongings in a cubby.

Dance Classes Offered
Ballet/Pointe
Tap
Jazz
Hip Hop
Lyrical
Contemporary
Combo Classes
Tumbling
Stretching
Technique
Conditioning
Pilates for Dancers
Mommy and Me
Pilates Private Lessons
Master Classes
Private Dance Lessons
 
Dance Class Descriptions

Ballet
"Ballet" is the fundamental, technical form from which all other dance styles stem. It teaches young dancers important terms and techniques to maintain their proper form.

Pointe
"Pointe" is the most advanced form of Ballet, and can therefore only be taught to and performed by the more advanced dancers. Our Pointe class includes barre work, ankle strengthening, center turn preparations, and across the floor.

Tap
"Tap" is a percussive style of dance that focuses on rhythm that is sounded by the feet. The feet become musical instruments with the sound they create. This class will develop a strong sense of music, timing and discipline.

Hip-Hop
"Hip-Hop" comes from an urban, street type of movement. This includes a variety of styles including popping, locking and breaking, as opposed to the fluidity of ballet movement. It is danced primarily to hip-hop music.


Combo
"Combo Classes" are split into several different studies: Ballet/ Tap, Jazz/Hip Hop, Tap/ Jazz, and Ballet/Jazz. There is also an option for three studies included geared for the younger ages. Tap, Ballet, and Tumbling. Ballet will help develop technique and coordination. Tap enhances their rhythm, timing and musicality. Tumbling will focus on strength and flexibility.


Technique
" Technique classes”: Each class will have a set warm up they work on and perfect. This will help with body placement, strength, flexibility and alignment. This class will also include a ballet and contemporary adage and floor barre. It will then work on these specific styles listed below across the floor and in center:
•"Jazz" combines the basic techniques and encompasses a wide variety of other styles. Jazz includes strengthening warm ups, stretching exercises and dance combinations that derive from basic technique. Students will also be learning jazz and lyrical combos in the center. This is to help with learning how to pick up Choreography and perfecting movement.
•Lyrical" expresses feeling with a focus on body lines, balance, and sustained extensions. It is an emotionally driven dance form.
•"Contemporary" tends to utilize both the strong and controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation characteristic of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well.
Technique classes will also be focusing on Turns across the floor and different types of turns in center and
Extensions which is focusing on all different types of leg extensions such as tilts, ponche, needle pointes.

Closed Technique: Closed class for our pearl and silver competition team members.

High school dance team technique: Class for Advanced High School Students. Must be in 9-12th grade or ages 13-19 to attend.

 

Tumbling
"Tumbling" includes acrobatic movements, where students focus on gymnastic tricks, flexibility and upper-body strength. These skills can transfer easily to any style of dance.

Tricks
"Tricks" includes specialty dance technique tricks including leg hold turns, illusions, scorpions, layouts, and more.

Stretch
"Stretch" is the study of lengthening muscles to enhance your lines while dancing. Using mainly stretches involving your hips, back, hamstrings, and feet this class is perfect to work on your flexibility.

Conditioning
"Conditioning" allows dancers the opportunity to strengthen their bodies in order to compliment their technical and stylistic training elements. We focus on cardiovascular endurance along with abdominal, bicep, triceps, lats, oblique, gluet, hamstring, and calf muscles. The stronger your facility the less likely for injury to happen.

Pilates group equipment Class for Dancers (an additional $40.00 per month or $10.00 per class)
“Pilates for Dancers" is a class that uses our state of the art pilates equipment; Reformers, Cadillac, wunda chair, bosus, therabands, and rotating discs performing exercises intend to strengthen and lengthen the body with a focus on core strength and injury prevention. Dancers will recognize particular movements, yet have extra resistance or stretch added to promote proper alignment, balance, control, concentration, coordination, and breath for a harmonious movement. Pilates for dancers class will focus on increasing turnout, flexibility and strength of the foot and ankle, extensions, arabesque, jumps and pelvic alignment. Most importantly the dancer will achieve overall health and knowledge for optimal performance and injury prevention.

Musicality Class
“Musicality Class” is a comp team class that we require our competition team to participate in. Tap shoes are highly encouraged. This dance class will develop greater musical awareness and comprehension thru a variety of exercises enabling them to recognize musical patterns, feel the rhythm, identify the melody, distinguish polyrhythms, and connect the sounds. This class incorporates the use of instruments, such as drumsticks, djembe and the cajon. Goals focused on in this class will include; knowledge of the basics of music, and applying them to dance, exploring tempos and rhythm patterns, carrying meter and time changes, revisit basic concepts of moving on and within the beat, recognize musical structure of phrases or movements and exploration of dynamics of movement.

Mommy and Me
"Mommy and Me" offers the opportunity for a mother and daughter to create fun memories together. Focusing on hand eye coordination and sing along dances this is a fun and energetic option for your child to engage their interest into dance.

Master Classes
"Master Classes" are targeted to the advance students. They give dancers the opportunity to work with professional and famous choreographers in the dance industry.

Private Dance Lessons
"Private Dance Lessons" are for those who need extra work and want one-on-one attention in their desired area of dance. These lessons can give total concentration to the student in an area of weakness. More advanced dancers can use this time for working on their solos, duets, trios and small groups.

Dance Dress Code
Ballet: Girls
Black Leotard
Capezio light pink convertible tights with seam down the middle.
Hair in a neat bun (please avoid fly-aways)
Capezio canvas split sole ballet shoe
Ballet: Boys
Black shorts
Black tank
Black ballet shoes.
Jazz:
Dance shorts or leggings
Tank tops, sports bras, t-shirts, or anything form fitting
Jazz Shoes  
Hair pulled away from face
Hip Hop:
Loose fitting clothing, sweatpants/shorts and any top
Tennis shoes, high tops, combat boots
Lyrical/Contemporary:
Dance shorts
Tank tops, sports bras, t-shirts or anything form fitting
Jazz shoes or barefoot (depending on teacher preference)
Hair pulled away from face
Tumbling:
Form fitting clothing
Tank tops, sports bras, t-shirts or anything form fitting
Barefoot
Hair pulled away from face
Tap:
Any dance type clothing
Black tap shoes
2 to 5 years olds: black patent tap shoes.
If dress code is violated you will be asked to leave the class without the option of a refund or make-up class.