The school year at ABAA begins in September and ends in May. ABAA classes are structured on a 9-month syllabus, making it extremely important for students (and parents) to commit to enrollment for an entire school year.
Tuition & Fees
Each level and style of dance has a dress code students are expected to follow, specified in the class notes in our online registration system, on our website, and in other literature.
Attendance and Making Up
Please notify the office in advance of any absences or tardiness. Good attendance is critical to consistent progress and advancement. We encourage each student to make up any missed classes. Missed classes may be made up at the same or lower class level.
Classes begin on time. Late admittance to class is at the teacher’s discretion. Tardy students may be asked to observe class. This is to ensure the students' safety as well as to not disrupt the flow of the class.
Classes can be observed from the studio viewing windows at any time. In-studio parent observation is permitted at designated times only. This occurs two specific dates throughout the school year. These dates are posted on our Calendar of Events page and at the studio. Prospective students and special case observation must be approved by the instructor and/or director at least one week prior. The training process is sensitive: outside presence may distract or inhibit the students. Parents/guardians of 3-4 year olds are required to stay quietly in waiting areas.
Please check our website and studio voicemail for winter closings due to severe weather. If the Hopkins School District cancels or dismisses classes early due to weather conditions, dance classes are also cancelled for that day. In all cases, please use your best judgment. Students are encouraged to make up cancelled classes, however, we do have a "built in" weather cancellation day in our school year.
ABAA follows a No-Refund Policy, so please be sure the classes you choose fit your schedule and your child wants to dance. A trial class can be taken to ensure proper placement, however only fully registered (tuition paid) students can be guaranteed a space in class. A full refund will be given if ABAA must cancel a class. In special cases, at the discretion of the Director, refunds will be considered if written notice is submitted to the office one month in advance.
ABAA charges a $20 late fee to all payments received after the 1st of the month. Any returned check will be charged a $35 fee. Failure to make payments on time may prohibit your child from participating in class.
The ABAA office staff is not allowed to give out student or teacher class information, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, or home addresses.
All students are asked to follow the International Standard of Dance Etiquette (PDF) stated in the Student Handbook. Please also remember: chewing gum in class is not allowed, and all food must be eaten in waiting areas only -- no food or drinks in class or dressing room areas.
Notes to Parents
Please help us run as smoothly as possible by picking up children promptly after class and adhering to the rules of the Student Handbook. Please visit our website and studio bulletin board often for the most up-to-date information and events.