Class Start Time: Spotlight classes begin on time. Students should arrive 10 minutes early so they can be dressed and ready to participate in all warm-up exercises. Warm up is an important component of class.
Class Limits: Class sizes are limited based on the room size, age and student level to provide optimum learning. If a class is full, we will make every effort to place students into an comparable class at a different time slot if possible. If any class registration is below six students and efforts at alternative placement fails, Spotlight Vermont reserves the right to cancel the class. A refund of all deposits and charges related to the class will be made.
Age Range / Placement: Each class has an age range deemed appropriate for the class as a guideline. If you have questions about a student's placement, please check with the Director. Except for Mommy (Daddy) & Me classes, toddlers must be out of diapers.
Dance Attire: Any style or color dancewear, leotard, tights, etc. can be worn to dance class. Except for Hip-Hop, no street clothes are permitted. Male dancers may wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts or sweatpants. Some teachers may require certain attire, in which case they will inform their dancers.
Shoes: We often have used shoes available for purchase at the open houses and throughout the year. Parents and students resell their shoes at prices well below half of what they would cost new. This is a very popular option especially for students that grow out of their shoes before they can wear them out! If you wish to purchase new... we can suggest several local and online options.
Drop off/Pick Up: Spotlight Vermont is not responsible for students care after class is dismissed. You must be prompt when picking up your children after class.
Unattended Studios: The use of studios when unattended by Spotlight Staff is strictly prohibited. They are not to be used as a play area, waiting room, etc. Anyone found in unattended studios will be asked to leave immediately.
Waiting Rooms Etiquette: Each of our studios has a waiting area with a closed circuit TV which allows you to observe class. While your student is in class, you are not required to stay in the studio should you chose to take that time for errands, etc. Be assured your children will be well cared for.
If you choose to remain please keep the following waiting room guidelines in mind:
Phone calls: If you need to make a quick, urgent call, such as to a baby sitter, consideration for others suggest that you keep your voice low. If the call is work-related and/or will last longer than a minute, however, please take the call outside of the waiting room or save it for later. Anything related to your social life, reality TV, or an upcoming sale - feel free to talk about it -- later.
Food in Waiting Rooms. Our cleaning service schedule does not allow for nightly service so if you do bring food in, please be thoughtful about what you munch on when you're here.
Don't leave young children unattended in the waiting room. Children running uncontrolled in the waiting areas makes our job more difficult and is not allowed. If your children need more activity than our waiting area can accommodate please make alternative plans for their care. Bring books or (silent) games to occupy young children, and remind them to use their "inside" voices. The waiting room is infinitely more boring for your toddler than it is for you. We don't expect them to be silent little soldiers, but please help the experience to be less frustrating for them and everyone else.
Attendance: Students are expected to come to class regularly and on time. Please notify the office in advance when a student must miss a lesson due to illness, vacation or other compelling reason.
Absences: No refunds will be given due to missed classes or classes dropped during current month. In the event of prolonged illness or injury, please contact the office for arrangements.
Make Up Classes: If 2 or more class times are canceled in the same session due to weather or unforeseen circumstances, one "make up" lesson will be scheduled for a future time, usually during weeks the studio is on break.
Monday Holiday: With the exception of Christmas and New Year, we do not observe Monday holidays during the dance year.
Snow Cancellation: In case of inclement weather, cancellation notices will be available on our voice messaging system (802-865-7626) and Facebook page.
Lost & Found: Spotlight Vermont is not responsible for lost or misplaced personal property. A lost and found area is in the front dressing room. Any unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill during the Holiday break and again after the June performances.
Performances: A spring performance is held at the end of the dance session in early June each year for both our Middlebury and S.Burlington studios. Each student participating in the recital receives two tickets at no charge. Additional tickets to performances are available for a fee on a first come, first serve basis. Costumes are required and run approximately $50-$65 each (teen and adult costumes may be slightly higher). A deposit of $30 per costume will be required with your January payment. The balance is due in full with the April payment. There are no refunds for costumes after they are ordered. Flash photography is prohibited at the recital because of the danger to performers. Recitals will be professionally taped and available for purchase. Flash photography and videos may be taken at dress rehearsals as the lighting used at rehearsals mitigates the danger to dancers.
Cancellation Policy: We require parents/guardians communicate intent to discontinue classes 30 days prior to leaving the studio. Written notice can be by mail, email or hand delivered to the studio and should include an effective date for withdrawal.
Termination of Enrollment: In certain circumstances, when it is in the best interest of one or more students, it may be necessary for the Director to terminate a student's enrollment. Every effort will be made to correct a problematic situation before terminating enrollment. Reasons for termination of enrollment include but are not limited to the following:
*Disruptive or dangerous behavior by students or their parents
*Repeated unexcused absences or unfulfilled class / performance commitments
*Abuse of other children, staff or property
*Inability of Spotlight Vermont to meet the child's needs
TUITION IS DUE THE FIFTH OF EACH MONTH (September - May)
A schedule of tuition fees is available by browsing to http://www.http://spotlightvermont.com/whats-it-cost/. You agree to abide by all policies contained within that page. Tuition and fee schedules are subject to change.
Note: All family accounts must be current in order to register for a new session of classes.
Please Note - Statement reminders are only emailed to delinquent accounts (we know you don't need any unnecessary email!)
Payments accepted include cash, check, Visa or MasterCard.
1) Automatic Monthly Payments. Upon request, we will set up your account, to charge your credit/debit card or checking account. Accounts are processed the 5th working day of the month and generates an email receipt.
2) You may pay through your personal customer portal via credit/debit card or e-check.
3) Checks should be mailed to 50 San Remo Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403. You may also leave payment with the receptionist, or deposit it in the lock box at the front desk. Please mail your payments early enough so that they are at the office before the due date on the fifth of each month to avoid any late fees
We require each account to have a primary Billing Contact defined at the time of registration. Our online system will allow you to define who that billing contact is. You agree that, any other payment arrangements made either with or outside of Spotlight notwithstanding, the billing contact is ultimately responsible for any outstanding balance owed Spotlight. If there is an existing Family Court order specifying financial responsibility for classes, Spotlight when presented with a copy, will honor it.
Delinquent Accounts / Fees
We know that life sometimes takes unexpected turns. If circumstances make satisfying your financial obligations to Spotlight difficult PLEASE contact us. We often are able to help by establishing payment plans, investigate temporary scholarship opportunities etc. We would like to work together to help your student continue at Spotlight.
A $15 late fee will be added to all tuition installment payments not paid by the 10th of each month.
Returned checks, result in a $30.00 bank service fee.
Failed e-check or credit card transactions result in a $15 merchant service fee.
Accounts that are 45 days in arrears will result in the student(s) being dropped from class rosters. Class spots may be given to the next child on the waiting list. If your student has been removed from class roster's due to payment arrears please do not bring them to class unless you are prepared to reconcile the account immediately. Reconciled accounts will have an opportunity to re-enroll in classes; however the desire to do so does not guarantee that the same class/schedule will be available. A re-enrollment fee of $20.00 will apply.
Accounts and/or any payment plans must be current NO LATER THAN MAY 15th for students to participate in the end of year Showcase. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Costumes will not be distributed to accounts with an outstanding balance.
Accounts more than 60 days past due will be referred to a collections agency.
By enrolling in our Credit Card or eCheck Auto Pay option, I hereby authorize Spotlight On Dance Inc., dba Spotlight Vermont to charge my credit card or checking account for all services and products related to my family's enrollment in classes and activities at Spotlight Vermont, including but not limited to tuition, memberships, special events, costumes, recital fees, accessories, etc. (Note: Fees are subject to change). If Annual tuition is submitted via monthly installments I understand that my credit or debit card will continue to be charged on the monthly, session or periodic basis unless I notify the front desk by turning in a withdrawal form at the Spotlight Vermont 30 days before intent to discontinue. I understand that it will not be sufficient notice to merely tell an instructor or supervisor of our intent to discontinue. Nor send an e-mail. I have read this entire agreement and understand that I will be held fully responsible for its terms and conditions of service, including a thirty (30) day written notice to Spotlight Vermont of any intent to discontinue (e-mail will not be accepted). I understand that once the monthly installments for my annual tuition have occurred there will be no refund given if I decide to discontinue. I agree to notify Spotlight Vermont immediately of any change in the status of my charge account including but not limited to card expiration, name change, limitation of use, loss or theft or the card, etc. In the event that the amount charged is refused for whatever reason, I accept responsibility for full payment for the amount charged as well as a NSF fee of $15.00.
RELEASE FROM LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS & ASSUMPTION OF RISK By signing this Release, Waiver & Assumption of Risk, (the 'Release') I agree that Spotlight On Dance, Inc. dba Spotlight Vermont shall not be responsible for any injury suffered by the student ('student'). The Release extends to Spotlight On Dance, Inc., and its owners, officers, agents, instructors and employees (all of which are collectively referred to herein as 'school'). The Release extends to every claim, demand or liability of any kind based on any injury or damage described below.
I understand that dance and performing arts activities as conducted and taught at the school have inherent risks of injury. These risks include muscle pain and pulls, broken bones, ankle injuries and other personal injury. I recognize that the student is exposing himself/herself to such risks when undertaking such activities. I understand that these risks cannot be fully eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity. The student and/or I assume and accept all risks of injury or damages resulting from such activities. The student's participation in this activity is purely voluntary, and the student elects to participate, and I join in that election, in spite of the risks.
I also agree that the school, including its owners, officials, agents, instructors and employees, is not responsible for any property loss or damage suffered by the student or any guests or parents of the student that results upon entry into or presence in the school or its surrounding property. I further understand that I have been advised of the need for the student to be covered by adequate insurance to cover any injury or damage that may be suffered while participating, and I have obtained such insurance or have agreed to bear the costs of any such injury or damage myself.
I understand the terms of this Release and have had the opportunity to consider and discuss it with such individuals and advisors as I deem appropriate. By Agreeing to this Release, I confirm that I have read the Release in full, that I understand its terms, and that I agree with those terms. I further confirm that by signing this Release, I acknowledge that if the student is hurt during participation in this activity, I may be found by a court of law to have waived my right and any right of the student to maintain a lawsuit against the school on the basis of any claim which is released hereby. In consideration of the student's being permitted by the school to participate in the activities provided by the school, I further agree to hold harmless and indemnify the school from any and all claims which are brought by or on behalf of any student who is a minor and which are in any way connected with the activities performed at the school by any such minor student.