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All policies are in place to ensure that all of our students and their families enjoy a high caliber, safe and organized experience while engaged in our programming.


1. Attire

  • We recommend a black or pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes (all classes; not house slippers) and black tap shoes (for programs that include tap; not dress shoes) for girls.

  • Boys should wear black sweatpants and a plain black or white t-shirt with black ballet or jazz shoes (all classes) and black tap shoes (for programs that include tap).

  • Suggested dress codes for all classes are established for the benefit of all students to ensure not only a professional look, but to remove all distraction from the learning environment.

    • Please avoid sending students to class wearing costumes, tutus, fashion accessories, hats, tiaras or jewelry of any kind-- especially rings, necklaces, bracelets and hoop earrings.

  • New Policy as of August 1, 2015: If you elect not to have your child wear the suggested attire, the please send him/her to school on dance days in comfortable, unrestrictive clothing (i.e., leggings or sweatpants and t-shirt). Jeans, dresses and skirts all restrict movement and highly discouraged.

  • Please be sure to purchase the required footwear by the 3rd week of instruction.

  • The Performing Arts Workshop does not sell merchandise but we are happy to place orders with our preferred distributer on our clientele’s behalf as a courtesy.

    • Please see ATTIRE & FOOTWEAR LIST, and submit an ORDER FORM with your payment-in-full at your convenience.

    • Orders cannot be placed until payment is received.

    • Please be aware that Performing Arts Workshop cannot accept credit cards for courtesy merchandise orders.

    • Merchandise will be distributed onsite at each of our schools after we receive the shipment.

  • Should you wish to procure merchandise independently, all suggested dancewear and required footwear can be found at your nearest dance retailer (Capezio, Bloch, Danskin, Sansha, etc.).



2. Ettiquette: We strive to create an atmosphere of respect and camaraderie amongst our faculty, students and their families. The Performing Arts Workshop is not like the studios you might see on reality TV, and we plan to keep it that way. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Mutual consideration and respect between teachers, parents and students is essential. We're all in this together!

  • Looking to other students for inspiration is good. Making negative comparisons, however, only distracts students from achieving their own goals and fosters an unhealthy atmosphere. We want our students to work hard; focus on themselves; and be satisfied with their progress, regardless of what others may achieve. We also want them to work together; support one another; and be happy for each other's success. Rude behavior and critical commentary will not be tolerated. Our rule of thumb: there is never a reason not to be kind.

  • In the unlikely event of an uncomfortable situation or misunderstanding, please communicate all concerns to the Director for speedy and effective resolution. 

  • Parents/Caregivers are asked not to enter classrooms while our classes are in session, as this can be incredibly disruptive. If you need to pull your child out of class early for any reason, please inform the school office and they will take care of it for you. If you need to speak with your child's dance teacher, please make arrangements to do so when class is not in session.

  • Please refrain from inviting friends and family to view classes, as visitors will not be permitted to observe- for any reason- while classes are in session. This for the comfort of all children and fairness to all families.



3. Communication: The key to successful participation in PAW programming is to thoroughly read all paperwork and e-mail updates.  Most often, questions arise that have already been answered in prior written communications. We appreciate every family's diligence in this regard in order to avoid all preventable inconvenience to our clientele and costly mistakes. Additionally, please note:

  • Office hours vary depending on the schedule of classes, however the Director can generally be reached directly Monday through Thursday between 11am and 4pm via phone call or text message to (201) 424-3075 (please allow 1 business day for non-urgent messages to be returned).

  • PAW habitually sends e-mail reminders and distributes accompanying hard-copy hand-outs. Please check your e-mail periodically for program updates. 

  • In the event of an emergency cancellation, you will be notified as soon as possible by phone call or text message, followed-up by an e-mail confirming the rescheduled class or other provisions to make-up missed class time.

  • Follow our Facebook page for updates delivered directly to your news feed:



4. Calendar

  • PAW enrichment programs meet for 32 weeks from September through June.

  • There will be a Sharing Session in December (1 costume) and Year-End Showcase in June (2 costumes).

  • Calendar of Events will outline all planned closures/days off, tuition due dates and other important dates (including tentative dates for sharing session and year-end showcase). This document will be distributed during the first week of classes. Please keep it handy.



5. Tuition and Payment Policies



  • New Policy as of August 1, 2015: Tights for our December and June performances will be included at no extra cost to our families for uniformity and convenience.



  • 5% sibling discount. 

  • 10% year-in-full discount.





  • New Policy as of August 1, 2015: When possible, 30 days written notice is kindly requested for all withdrawals.

  • Refunds on installments are not possible after the first class of each installment period.

  • Refunds for annual tuition paid-in-full are subject to the reversal of any discount applied for pre-payment.


Absences/Class Cancellations

  • Tuition is not prorated for absences whether unplanned or planned.

  • Classes canceled due to instructor illness will be made up by adding time to future classes, or scheduling make-up classes at Director’s discretion.

  • Classes canceled due to school events or school closure due to inclement weather will be made-up at Director’s discretion.

  • Every attempt to will be made to make-up any lost class time as individual school schedules, instructor availability, and availability of the program space permits.


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