Welcome! At Boundless Dance Academy, we know you have several options when choosing to invest in your child’s dance education. We appreciate the opportunity to give your child a quality dance foundation that promotes a respect and understanding for the art of dance. We are dedicated to helping each child develop into the best dancer they can and want to be. From the recreational student to the future professional dancer, we give equal attention to all of our dancers.
We believe that hard work produces achievement. We seek excellence from all of our students appropriate to their age level and interest. None of this can be accomplished without a cooperative and supportive effort from the students, their parents, and our teachers and staff.
Our policies have been developed carefully to alleviate any possible confusion concerning our approach to your child’s dance training at Boundless Dance Academy. These policies are based on over 20 years of dance instruction and past experiences. After you have read through all of our policies, please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions.
The following information is a breakdown of our policies. Please familiarize yourself and your child with this information. These policies will be enforced; therefore, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email through our website or call us at (816) 795-LEAP.
If you need to speak with your child’s instructor regarding any aspect of your child’s dancing, please make an appointment. Our instructors have very full schedules while they are teaching at the studio. Unexpected conversations can be difficult to accommodate. We will be happy to give you our undivided attention via phone call or personal meeting at a time that is scheduled specifically for you.
In case of emergency, it is imperative that parents make sure that the contact information we have on file is up to date and accurate.
If your child has any illness, injury or special needs, it is vital that you notify the teacher so we can monitor a child specifically during class.
Information is regularly posted on our bulletin board in the lobby, sent via email, sent through notes given to your child, on our website, and on our Facebook page. It is your responsibility to stay informed utilizing one or more of these sources of information.
We welcome and respect your comments and suggestions. There is a comment/suggestion box on the wall near the bulletin board in the lobby. Please feel free to use this box. For more serious issues, please make an appointment to speak personally with the Artistic Director or an instructor.
We will be sending home a few notices with your child. Please ask and check dance bags every week to be sure you are fully informed. In the event of notes being lost in the dance bag or misplaced at home, we will have copies available of all handouts in the lobby. All notes will also be posted on our website under the EVENTS section.
Private videotaping of group classes or BDA shows is strictly prohibited. Videotaping of private lessons or in some limited circumstances may be allowed. Approval must be obtained from BDA instructors prior to any videotaping.
Placement and Evaluation
It may be necessary for new students to take the first week of classes in a “trial” level in order for the instructor(s) to assess them for placement.
Our staff is extremely careful and concerned when choosing the correct class level for each student. It is very important to remember that all students are individuals with different talents, skills and ability levels. They will not progress at the same rate. In maintaining a high quality of dance education, it is therefore sometimes impossible to keep the same students together in class year after year. The most important thing is that the student should be comfortable in their learning environment, not inhibited. We are a progressive studio and all of our classes are challenging.
Just because your child’s class name does not change, this does not mean they will not learn anything new. The class names are a way of identifying the classes separately for business and scheduling purposes.
Please do not become a competitive parent and want your child in a certain class because you think it is a more advanced or harder class. Class placement is at the discretion of the instructors and Artistic Director. We cannot stress enough that because every child is unique in their talent, they cannot all show the same progress rate.
Beware of becoming the classic STAGE PARENT who pushes their children beyond their capabilities or interest in dance. Children of these parents typically become frustrated with their dancing and want to quit, never realizing that dance is supposed to be enjoyable.
The instructor’s judgment must be respected first and foremost. It is normal for parents to view their child as the best dancer in the class; but remember, the instructor is looking at your child through trained, expert eyes. If the instructor’s judgment is not respected in all areas of your child’s training, his or her dance education may be compromised.
We encourage all of our students to work hard and become the best dancers they can be, but they must work at a level that is suitable for them. Students are easily discouraged when they are placed in too difficult a class.
Boundless Dance Academy prides itself on having a friendly, family-like atmosphere with trained professional instructors who will help each dancer develop into the best that he or she can and WANTS to be. We want our students to be happy and supportive of each other. It is our intention to teach the students to learn from, be motivated by, and encourage each other.
Advanced students may be asked to help with the lower level classes. Assistants will not be teaching the classes, but will be following the teacher’s instructions, thereby helping with the dance education of the assistants as well as enabling the younger students to receive more attention.
Dancers must adhere to the dress code with appropriate dancewear and secure hair. All dance clothing must be neat. No underwear should show.
Baggy t-shirts are not allowed to be worn in any dance class. Midriffs (two-piece leotards) are not allowed to be worn in any dance class – the studio is co-ed and therefore modesty and discretion are encouraged at all times.
Jewelry should not be worn in any class with the exception of stud earrings.
An instructor must check all new pointe shoes to ensure proper fit before elastics and/or ribbons are sewn.
Street clothes and shoes must be worn over dance clothes when outside the BDA building. Under no circumstance should a student ever wear dance shoes outside.
For current detailed information on class leotard colors and other requirements, please click here.
Please be advised that the study of dance involves physical contact. Instructors will often need to make hands-on contact to adjust students’ alignment and to demonstrate proper motion.
Students should keep the faculty informed of any recent illness, injury, or other condition that may interfere with their classwork.
It is our philosophy that the purpose of dance class is to instruct, not to put on a show. Even the quietest observers distract students and can make them self-conscious or apprehensive.
Parents, friends, and family are invited into the studio to observe classes on designated Watch Weeks. Guests must remember to turn off all cell phones while in the studio. Siblings can attend if they are not a distraction. There will be a schedule posted at the beginning of each year for Watch Weeks.
We strive to keep a clean and tidy dance studio not only to create an enjoyable atmosphere, but also for the safety and comfort of all dancers and their families.
No street shoes are allowed in the studio. The outside dirt can damage the surface of our dance floor and create sticking or slipping hazards to those dancing on the floor. Bring your dance shoes separately to change into when you arrive.
No food, drink, or chewing gum in the studio during class or during breaks – see the above note about sticking and slipping hazards. Students may bring a bottle of water with a lid into class.
Smoking and pets are prohibited on BDA premises as prescribed by local, state and federal laws.
Students are expected to keep the restrooms, break room, waiting areas, and studios neat and clean. Dancers and visitors are expected to pick up after themselves.
Dancers should not use the emergency exit doors unless there is an emergency.
Private lessons with BDA instructors are by appointment only. All private lessons must be paid directly to the instructor (not through the office) at the time the private lesson is given.
1 Student: $25 per half-hour session; $45 per hour session
Semi-private lessons (2 students): $20 per half-hour session (per student); $35 per hour session (per student)
We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Payments are non-refundable and the lesson cannot be rescheduled if less than 24 hours’ notice of cancellation is given. If more than 24 hours’ notice is given, we will do everything possible to reschedule your lesson in a timely manner.
Attitudes that are disrespectful, uncooperative, or aggressively competitive do not have a place at BDA. Any parent or student exhibiting these attitudes will be asked to leave. BDA expects all dancers to conduct themselves in a manner that is respectful to others and to themselves. They will not make comparisons to each other or speak negatively about one another or the instructors.
There will be no rough-housing, loud voices or running in the building.
Parents need to be sure that younger children are supervised at all times in the waiting areas and in the play area. Parents of young students are asked to remain in the building for the duration of the class in case there is a need of some kind.
Students and parents must remember that they represent Boundless Dance Academy even when they are not at the studio. If you are upset or there are dance studio related issues to be resolved, please DO NOT broadcast your opinions and concerns in an unprofessional manner on social media. Please come to us privately so we can resolve issues in a respectful and productive way.
Students should not speak negatively about other students, instructors, or policies at BDA or any other studio via social media. BDA wishes to maintain a reputation of being family-friendly, supportive, and respectful – we are counting on all of our staff, students, and parents to make this possible. There will be consequences for any student or parent found to be violating this policy.
Please make sure cell phones are turned to a non-disruptive ringing mode during class.
There will be no hanging, playing, sitting, or climbing on the ballet barres.
Students are not allowed to sit during class unless their instructor asks them to sit.
During class, students are expected to listen closely when an instructor is correcting another student so that they may also learn from the correction. Students will not talk during class and should raise their hand to be called on.
Excessive talking or other misbehavior will not be tolerated and may result in the student being asked to observe class instead of participating. All students must respect the structure and teaching style of all instructors.
We are fortunate to have a large parking lot in front of our building; however, we must be courteous in our use of this lot. Please park only the spaces directly in front of our studio or use one of the spaces in the middle sections of the parking lot. Do not block customers from parking in front of the nail salon, H&R Bloch (during tax season), etc. We want to remain friends with our building neighbors.
Dancers are expected to wait in the building for their rides. Parents must pick up children promptly after their class ends.
The parking lot and other outside areas are NOT playgrounds. Parents must monitor their children when they are outside of the studio. They should only be outside when coming to class or leaving class.
Students who study dance tend to have excellent grades in school. It is a balancing act and students (particularly advanced dance students) must become very skilled at time management. Students are expected to maintain their grades in their academic work in order to participate in dance classes.
If the Artistic Director is made aware that a student is doing poorly in school, a conference will be set up to discuss the possibility of reducing the student’s dance schedule in order that they might improve their academic grades. In most cases, it is not advisable to completely remove a student from dance, since dance has been found to help students academically. However, adjustments might need to be made to insure students are able to find a balance.
Cubbies are located in the hallway. Students are asked to leave their bags and shoes in these cubbies to reduce clutter in the studios. All clothing and shoes brought to the studio should be marked with the name of the student. Please bring all personal items in a bag that closes securely. Loose items are liable to get lost or picked up accidentally by another child.
Lost and Found items are placed on the bottom shelf of the changing table in the lobby. We discard unlabeled, unclaimed items at the end of EACH MONTH. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost items. PLEASE DO NOT BRING VALUABLE ITEMS TO THE STUDIO.
*Older students who carry a purse are allowed to bring their purse into the studio with them during class.
Office staff is available to assist you during teaching hours. Please check the current class schedule for a listing of current hours.
If local schools are closed due to inclement weather, the studio MAY OR MAY NOT be closed. There are times when the weather does not cause school to be closed, but becomes inclement in the afternoon prior to dance classes. Please check our website or Facebook page – a notification is posted by 3 pm on weekdays and 8 am on Saturdays.
We also recommend that parents sign up for our Remind101 text message program to receive notifications via text. Please stop by the office (or check the bulletin board in the lobby) to learn how to sign up for these messages.
(Please note, we do not close for every holiday, teacher work days, school spring breaks, etc.) BDA observes the following holidays and classes will not be held on:
Recital is held just prior to Thanksgiving.
Additional Information for Parents
Parents should bring children no earlier than 10-15 minutes prior to their class time. Parents of Tiny Tots students are asked to wait in the lobby during their child’s entire class.
Please make sure small children have had a restroom break before class, as this helps eliminate the need for “emergency” restroom breaks during class.
We want to ensure that all children are safe at our studio and when we are busy teaching we cannot babysit your children who are not currently in the studio with us.
If you are running late to pick up your child, please call us as soon as possible. This will help us ease your child’s concerns and we will make arrangements for them to wait for you.
We expect children to be well-behaved and respectful to fellow classmates, BDA staff, and their teacher. Teachers will speak to parents regarding any discipline or behavioral problems that may require a child to be dismissed from class.
Please DO NOT enter the classroom during the course of the class for any reason even if the class is changing shoes or taking a break. Siblings not participating in a dance class must be accompanied by a parent at all times and are not allowed to run or play in any area of the studio. We have a special play area called “The Clubhouse” where younger siblings can play.
If parents or siblings need to use the restroom, we ask that you try to only pass through the studio during the transition period between classes when possible.
Dance Conventions and Field Trips are offered throughout the year and are always optional. Dance conventions are a unique experience for students. They are typically 1-2 day workshops where students from all over the country take classes from some of the industry’s top professional choreographers and dancers.
We believe that dance conventions offer students an opportunity to see other students their age perform at levels thought unattainable. Conventions also expand their world of dance from just the classroom, to learning from actual professionals from Broadway to the movies.
There are additional costs involved if your child participates, so notes are usually sent out approximately 1 month prior to a convention. Students, whose accounts are not current, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE in a dance convention until their account is brought up to date.
Parents are responsible for their own children at a convention. Although the classes last most of the day, there are breaks and lunch hours. BDA Staff will not be responsible for monitoring children; nor will the staff of any convention we attend.
Field trips are posted in advance on our website under Events and on our bulletin board. Some of the field trips are free admission and others have associated ticket fees. Students are asked to sign up if they plan to participate. We can often receive a discount on tickets if we bring several students! We also occasionally need parent volunteers to car pool for these events.
Attendance is imperative for consistent progress. An absent dancer not only hurts the progress of the individual, it also inhibits the progress of the entire class when choreography is being taught.
Notifying us of missing a class, or if you are running late, is an appropriate courtesy. If a student is going to be absent from class due to unforeseen circumstances, please call the studio and leave a message before class time. If students know in advance that they will be absent from class, please let the instructor know before the day of the class. Please call 816-795-LEAP to let us know your circumstances.
If students are too ill to participate in class, they should remain at home and rest. If they are injured, they should come to class and observe. Missed classes can and should be made up within 8 weeks of the missed class.
Students should avoid missing consecutive dance classes. Teachers will not slow the pace of their class to accommodate a student who does not attend class regularly. Students who are over 10 years old are responsible for learning new choreography that was taught during an absence. Private lessons are available at an additional cost – please speak with your child’s instructor to make these arrangements.
Instructors strive to start classes promptly at the designated time. We suggest that you arrive early in order to change into dance shoes and prepare for class. Arriving late to class is disruptive. When a student arrives more than 10 minutes past the start time of class, they have missed important warm-up exercises; therefore, it is up to their instructor as to whether they will be allowed to join the class or be required to observe.
Please note: Attendance is MANDATORY the week of any performance.
Accounting/Payments/Tuition/Drop or Add Classes/Late Fees
Tuition is paid monthly and is non-refundable. Tuition payments remain the same each month regardless of the student’s attendance, studio closures, or holidays. Tuition is not prorated if a student misses their class and it is not based on how many of their classes a student may or may not attend in a given month. If students are absent or if a class falls on a holiday or a break, they are welcome to make up those missed classes. We ask that you give us written notice when adding or dropping a class (using an add/drop form) so that your tuition can be adjusted accordingly, in a timely manner, and your account will be charged accurately the following month. Payments must be kept current in order for students to continue their participation.
Autopay is preferred and encouraged. Autopay is a direct withdrawal from a credit or debit card. Charges are automatically deducted on the 1st of the month. Autopay can be started and stopped at any time. There are no long-term contracts with the studio. Please remember to keep your Autopay account information current. A charge will come back as declined if your account information has changed, if you have a new credit card number, or even a new expiration date. Any declined credit card and/or Autopay transaction results in a $10 fee charged to your account.
If you choose not to pay though Autopay, we do not mail invoices. Tuition is due the same time each month: on the 1st, but not considered late until after the 10th. After the 10th, a $10 late fee is automatically added to your account. Checks returned due to NSF will be charged a $20 fee.
Performance and Costume Fees
Payments for costumes and performance fees are ABSOLUTELY NON-REFUNDABLE, for any reason. Performance fees will be conveniently divided into payments with announced deadlines.
Additional information regarding recital details, associated fees, and costumes will be given out in a separate information packet each year.
We appreciate the opportunity to share our love of dance with your child. We are also looking forward to an exciting year for you and your child. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time throughout the year if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s dance education. There is no doubt that with the cooperation of the staff, students and parents we can continue to achieve excellence in the art of dance.