Enrollment News Letter

2020 - 2021 School Year

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Dance Season at RSDA. We have an exciting dance school year planned. This newsletter is filled with information covering the entire school year. I encourage you to read and then re-read, if you have further questions or concerns, please feel free to call or come in speak to Wyatt, Shelly or any of the office staff at the front desk. We request that you keep all communications for the school year as you receive them from our office in a safe place as you will most likely need to refer back to them from time to time. We welcome your comments and suggestions regarding any of our policies or procedures at any time.  The new dance year is open for enrollment.  You may fill out, mail or drop off your enrollment information as soon as you are able to ensure your dancer’s place in class. You may register during summer class hours at the front desk. We will also be having the annual open house/registration days on Friday, August 9th from 2:00pm until 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, August 10th & 11th from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The open house days are especially helpful for new students but everyone is welcome! Current students will receive an individualized schedule with recommended class options. If you have not received it or have not picked it up as of the first day of the open house, it will be waiting for you at the studio during open house.


                                                                          Studio Enrollment Information and Policies


Attendance: Students are expected to arrive 10 minutes prior to class time in order to properly prepare for class. Please be on time. In the event of an absence from class, if at all possible, please notify the studio in advance. Make-up classes are strongly encouraged and can be taken during any appropriate equivalent level class. No credit on tuition is given for classes missed. Attendance is extremely important to us and to the success of a well trained dancer. Real talk: No matter how talented the student, or how talented the teacher, if the child is not in class consecutively, the outcome will not be the same as the student who is at class every week.


Class Placement and Evaluation:  All students will be placed into levels according to age and ability with emphasis on ability and experience. Class leveling will be determined by the teachers. If and when a student is to be placed in a different level class will also be determined by the teacher. If this is a student’s first year with RSDA, the studio director and staff will help you register for the appropriate level class. Current students, know that at the end of each year and through summer classes, teachers evaluate students to ensure proper placement for the upcoming season.  Teachers discuss the progress of each student to determine their placement for the start of classes in the fall. Evaluation sheets will be handed out in June upon written


  • Class Attire:  A neat, professional presentation will reflect in your dancer’s performance in class and will have a positive effect on her/his self-image.


  • Ballet -  students are required wear a black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes during class, with hair neatly secured in a bun. (which is different than a messy bun).  Tights and ballet shoes are available through the studio, as well as a limited stock of black leotards for you to purchase.  Our recital/company ballet pink tights are a specific color that is not available in stores.  Our ballet shoes match those tights.  If you perfer a canvas shoe, we recommend the Bloch "Synchrony" for fit and color.


  • Pointe -  dress code is the same as for ballet class well-fitted pointe shoes.  Please do not attach ribbons until the teacher has checked for proper fit and structure.


  • Pre-School I – pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes.  If you choose a leotard with a skirt, skirt must be attached to the leotard.  Small children love to remove articles of clothing that is not attached to them.


  • Pre-School II – light blue leotard (preferred so making it easier for us to identify), or light pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes.  These can be purchased at the studio, but can also be purchased at other places that sell dancewear.


  • Acrobatics – A leotard should be worn for spotting purposes and can be worn with spandex dance shorts. If your child prefers the sports top and spandex look, please have them keep a leotard in their bag. Gymnastic/Acro shoes will in most cases be used on stage for shows and/or recital but do not have to be worn for class. If your child has any trouble adjusting to different shoes, then the shoes should be purchased at the beginning of classes and worn in class all year. 


  • Attire for all other classes should follow these guidelines - Fitted leotard, pink or caramel full foot, convertible or Capri tights, spandex dance shorts, Capri length jazz pants, fitted sports top. Clogging & Hip-Hop students should wear the appropriate shoes for their class, dance wear or other comfortable clothing, Hair must be pulled away from face.



Dancewear Available: The studio offers all tights on hand and dance wear on a to-order basis. Samples are located in the lobby of the studio on the north wall near the front disk. We are able to get any style that you are looking for to accommodate your dance wear needs. Recital tights must be our brand, so it makes sense to buy them now to use at least as a back-up for the performance. We order reasonably priced, high-quality leotards, tights, shoes, dance shorts and accessories. Most styles are available for sizing, you’ll just need to ask the front desk for help. The studio also stocks a variety of snacks, water and juice, and soft drinks for students for your convenience. Outside food should not be brought in the studio, this, in the past has caused excessive amounts of unwanted messes. Snack punch cards that the front desk keeps track of for the students are
available to purchase if that is easier for you.

Class Size and Cancellations: The number of students in an individual class depends on the genre taught, and the age ofthe students. Some classes, in addition to the instructor will have demonstrators, assistants, or apprentice aids. All classes are subject to cancellation, rescheduling, merged or split due to demand. All classes must have a minimum of 5, under that amount will be combined with another class of the same genre, level and age range.


Questions:  Questions can be directed to the RSDA office staff. Our front office is located in the lobby as you enter the front door. If no one is immediately available, please leave a detailed message and we will get back to you ASAP. Phone 402-289-5488 or you can visit the website for answers to questions or access to email.


Policies: Students are required to follow the rules of conduct as stated below. Failure to comply with these rules may result in a student’s dismissal from a class or classes. In such case we will notify the parents about the conduct. It is very important that we do not only work to create great well-rounded dancers, but also hard working, considerate, respectful, self-disciplined young adults upon graduation.


Students must arrive on time and be prepared.

  • RSDA is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. Students are not to be left at the studio for excessive time periods before or after class.

  • Please take care of restroom needs prior to class. Leaving in the middle of a class can prove to be a distraction for everyone.

  • There is no gum chewing allowed in class

  • Upon leaving studios, please make sure to remove all items including sweaters, leg warmers, headbands, ponytail elastics, dance shoes, band aid wrappers, water bottles, etc.

  • Showing RESPECT to teachers, staff and fellow students is of utmost importance. Disrespectful or aggressive behavior will NOT be tolerated and may result in dismissal.


Newsletters: RSDA distributes periodic newsletters with updated information and dates. These newsletters typically come out the beginning of each month. The best way to stay informed, is of course to come in the studio with your child and check the bulletin boards and handout trays located in the waiting area.



At time of registration all students will be required to provide their first month tuition payment and annual family registration fee. There are no tuition or costume fee  refunds for missed classes or discontinuance of classes, even if tuition has been paid in full. Make-up classes are strongly encouraged and can be taken during any appropriate level class prior to the end of term.


  • Annual registration fee is $25.00 per family and $5.00 for each additional child in family.


  • Families receive a 10% discount off the cost of instruction for each consecutive class that a student takes, the first class – the longest length class – is full price for each child.


  • 15% discount off the cost of instruction for annual early registration accompanied by annual full payment of tuition … must be postmarked August 7 or before.


  • 10% discount off the cost of instruction for registration accompanied by annual full payment of tuition received on or before August 15.


  • 5% discount off the cost of instruction for tuition paid quarterly (3 month segments), payment must be received on time to receive discount.


  • Costume Fees are included in the cost of monthly tuition. The cost will be divided over the first 9 months of the session. The discounts listed above DO NOT apply to the costume portion of tuition since these are fixed costs.


Tuition payments are due the 1st of each month. Tuition received after the 7th of the month will be assessed a $10 late fee. Upon enrollment you will be emailed a payment due reminder. You may then mail your check or bring it in to the studio. Make-up classes are strongly encouraged and can be taken during any appropriate level class. No credits will be given for classes missed.


In the event a student must withdraw early, you must provide a notice of withdrawal in writing before your account will be closed. RSDA requires 30 days’ written notice of withdrawal from classes.


All checks should be made payable to: RSDA. Credit cards are accepted on premises.


Tuition Rates: As mentioned above, costume fees will be included in tuition payments. To compute the full cost of tuition, calculate the cost of instruction less discounts and then add the total costume fees. Please see below for an example.


Tuition Rates (instruction only)

  • 30 minute class...............$45.00 monthly

  • 45 minute class.............. $50.00 monthly

  • 60 minute class...............$54.00 monthly

  • 75 minute class……......……$58.00 monthly

  • 90 minute class…….....…...$66.00 monthly


  • 10% discount on tuition paid yearly (9 months). To figure, take regular monthly instruction rate, multiply by 9 then subtract 10%. Must be paid on or before August 15th to receive this discount.

  • 5% discount on tuition paid quarterly (3 month segments). To figure quarterly payments, multiply listed monthly instruction rate by 3 then subtract 5%.

  • June tuition will be billed in May, those paying annually will receive a statement for any weeks remaining after the May 31st.


Recital Costume Fees:

  • Level 1: Leaps, Turns & Jumps (These classes do not perform a dance in recital.) … $0.00/month

  • Level 2: Pre School I … $7.00/month

  • Level 3: Acro; Hip Hop … $8.00/month

  • Level 4: Ballet Beginner and Intermediate, Including Company; non-team Clogging; Musical Theatre … $8.00/month

  • Level 5: Ballet Advanced, Including Company … $9.00/month

  • Level 6: Team Clogging; Pointe;… $9.00/month

  • Level 7: Combo; Pre School II…. $10.00/month

  • Level 8: Jazz Intermediate and Advanced; Tap Intermediate and Advanced … $10/month

  • Level 9: Company Acro; Company Jazz; Company Tap; Company Hip Hop;… $12/month


Costume Payments: (Note: Discounts are not applied to costume fees and are non-refundable if the class is dropped or the student does not participate in the annual recital.)

  • Monthly Total … add above rates for all applicable classes.

  • Quarterly …......…… multiply the monthly costume total by 3.

  • Yearly …...........……… multiply the monthly costume total by 9.


Example of How to Calculate Tuition: A family registers Student #1 for 1 hour Acro, 1 hour Team Clogging and 1 hour Musical Theatre. They register Student #2 for 1 hour Ballet 2-3 and 45 minutes Hip Hop. The family chooses to pay quarterly. In this example, the family will pay $751.93 each quarter.


  • Monthly Class Instruction = {$54.00 + $48.60 + $48.60} + {$54.00 + $45.00} = $250.20

  • Quarterly Class Instruction = Monthly Instruction X 3 - Quarterly Discount = $750.60 - $36.12 = $713.07

  • Monthly Costume Fees = {$8 + $9 + $8} + {$8 + $8} = $41.00

  • Quarterly Costume Fees = Monthly Costumes X 3 = $123.00

                                                                                  Total Quarterly Payment =
                                     Class Instruction + Quarterly Costume Fees = $713.07 + $123.00 = $836.07


                                                                                   Class Recommendations

To help you with the registration process, we have highlighted recommended class options for you on the studio schedule of classes. We have given a lot of thought to what classes would be most beneficial for your dancer. We take into consideration the areas that the student shows the most natural abilities, areas that do not come as naturally, and areas that will help them achieve their goals as well-rounded performers.


                                                                                             2020 — 2020 Calendar:

  • Nutcracker Auditions - Friday - Satuday, August 28rd & 29th

  • First Day of Classes - Tuesday, September 8th

  • Thanksgiving Break (no classes)— Thursday - Saturday, November 26th thru 28th

  • Nutcracker Performance dates - Friday - Sunday, December 19th & 20th

  • Christmas Break (no classes) – December 21st – January 3rd, starting back on January 4th.

  • Easter Break (no classes) - Good Friday April 2nd, Saturday April 3rd

  • Memorial Day (no classes)— Monday May 31st

  • Annual Spring Recital Performance — TBA Typically happens the first or second week in June. Students need to be available for all classes with the possibility of extra rehearsals and a photo shoot the two weeks prior to the performance up to recital date in June.


Inclement Weather:  We follow the Elkhorn Public Schools Weather Cancellations. Classes canceled due to weather or emergency can be made up in any appropriate level class. If more than one of the same class has been canceled due to weather and there is no appropriate class to make up in, the class will be rescheduled if possible. Weather cancellations will also be posted on the Facebook & Instagram pages and the website.


Spring Performance: RSDA presents an end of the year recital performance for all students. The performance and rehearsal dates will be given out months in advance, so that everyone can clear their calendar for this exciting event.  Participation in our Spring Performance is contingent upon adequate attendance. If a student is NOT going to participate in a performance, it is required that they inform the RSDA office in writing. There is a family recital performance fee of $65 which covers rehearsal time and production costs that will be billed in March or April. Please note that costumes are ordered many months in advance. As these costumes are made to order, costume fees paid to the studio are NONREFUNDABLE.


Performance Fees and Ticket Information: Specific performance fees and ticket information will be announced at a later date. Performance tickets and costumes will not be distributed until accounts are paid in full.


Performance Etiquette: During performances students are NOT permitted in the audience with their costumes on. If your child returns to the audience after performing, they must wear a cover-up. Parent only of young dancers may collect child from their class chaperone to watch Act 2 during intermission, provided they are done performing. Seats cannot be held for child during act 1, this is in order to show respect and attention to the other performers. Dancers who also perform in Act 2 are required to remain backstage until the conclusion of the show. This is for the safety of the children, as well as teaching them the ins and outs of the entertainment world. Dancers are allowed to watch dress rehearsal with their class chaperone. Further information will be available as we draw closer to the event.


If you have further questions you may direct them to the office staff at the front desk, email; info@rsd.omhcoxmail.com, or call the studio phone where you may leave a message if you get no answer.