About Our Dress Code
Students are required to wear dance attire for all classes. This is important for teaching purposes in order to see body lines and body placement. Hair should be pulled back, completely out of the students face. No street shoes are allowed in the dance studio. Each class has specific requirements. Please click here to read about our dress code and purchase dancewear.
We ask that parents wait until November 2021 to request a make-up class. Once we open make-up classes, please do everything you can to limit absences. We prefer for classes to stay in their specific pods and limit any cross "contamination" in the studio. If absolutely necessary, you can call to schedule a make-up class once they are open.
Note: We only allow 4 make-ups per school year term (season). Make-up classes can only be scheduled in the same age group and general level of your child. Only one make-up is allowed to be scheduled for each class.
Our lobby is currently semi-closed to ensure the safest environment possible for our dancers. However, we know how important it is for you to be involved in your child's dance progress. We ask that no more than 5 adults enter the lobby at a time. If you'd like to come peek in on class through our glass doors or window, please feel free to do so. Please be cognizant of other parents and busier class times and exit the lobby if it fills with dancers.
We appreciate you helping us keep a safe environment for our dancers!
We're working hard to keep your kids healthy. Watch this super entertaining video to learn all the steps we are taking to keep our community safe.
A few steps we're taking:
- Our lobby will be semi-closed until further notice. Parents will wait outside during class. We will make an exception for our youngest dancers 2-4 year olds joining us for the first time!
- When dancers arrive, they will wait for their teacher to call them inside.
- Masks will be worn by all dancers and staff.
- Dancers must be dressed in dance attire when they arrive. Changing and dressing will not be allowed in bathrooms.
- We encourage dancers to use hand sanitizer as they enter the lobby.
- Class sizes are limited to ensure proper distancing inside the studio.
- Our professional cleaning team will follow enhanced cleaning protocols.
This video was created at the height of COVID. We continue to adjust based on the state and county requirements and our dance families' comfort level.
Absolutely! To register for a $19 trial class, simply sign-up here. The process takes two minutes.
Here's what will happen:
We are thrilled you're ready to join us! You have four options to join us. We are here for you when you're ready!
OPTION 1: QUICK REGISTRATION
This is the best option for parents who are ready to register and know which class they would like to register for. Click here to enroll online.
OPTION 2: TRIAL CLASS
Not sure where to start? A trial class is a good option for parents of our youngest dancers who are not quite sure they are ready for dance class yet. Sign-up for a trial class here.
OPTION 3: CONTACT US
Join us in our studio or call us anytime to complete the process over the phone.
Parents are not allowed inside the dance studio. This is important so that our youngest dancers can work towards becoming more independent of mom and dad. It also helps our dancers stay focused on the teacher and learn as much as possible. Studio 2, 3, and 4 have a small viewing window for parents to peek into class without distracting the dancers. Each spring, we open the studio to family. Check out our studio calendar for the next Parent Observation Day.
We know your time is valuable. You do not have to wait in the lobby during the dancer’s class. We have your contact information should we need it. Please make sure to drop-off and pick-up your child on time. If your child is not able to use the bathroom by themselves, you should stay for their class time just in case they need to "go".
We conveniently break tuition payments up into monthly payments. The first month’s payment is due during registration. Our summer classes and camps are paid in full on registration. Click here for more information on our tuition policies and expected fees.
Please visit our online store to learn more about our dress code. However, the short answer is a leotard, dance tights, and the correct dance shoes for the specific style the dancer is enrolled. Click here to read more about our dress code and purchase dancewear.
Missed classes (school year term) can be made up anytime before May 1st in an age-appropriate class – even if it’s a different style than what the dancer is currently enrolled in. All makeup classes must be scheduled through the front office. A maximum of 4 makeup classes are allowed during our school year term. A maximum of 1 makeup class is allowed during our summer term.
Our VIP Performance Package inclusions are covered in depth on our Tuition and Fees page. Most recital costs are included in your monthly tuition. However, costume fees and recital tickets are paid for separately. We make it as easy as possible for you to budget every month!
Yes, we have a yearly $49 registration fee per dancer. However, we have a VIP family week each spring where we waive the yearly registration fee for current families.
Our school year term (mid-August through mid-June) classes are broken into equal monthly payments. Payments are made on the 1st of every month September-May and 50% payments for the first and last month (August and June). Tuition varies depending on the length of your child’s class and how many classes your child is registered for. Generally speaking, a 60-minute class or less is $120 per month. Performance Fees are included in your monthly tuition.
Tuition is prorated automatically based on your registration date. All multi-class and sibling discounts are automatically calculated during the registration process.
Often times, yes, we are open. We do close on Memorial Day weekend, MoCo Spring Break / Easter, Independence Day weekend, Labor Day weekend, Thanksgiving, and winter break which includes Christmas and New Years. For a complete list of holidays and closing, please view our studio calendar.
Our studio usually follows the Montgomery County Public School inclement weather closing policy. We do our best to update parents via e-mail, text and on Facebook if we close for any reason. Most notifications go out around 12-1 pm.
We build in one snow day (or inclement weather) for each class every year.
- Snow Day 1 - Closed (no make-up needed)
- Snow Day 2 - Students are invited to make-up the missed class(es) in another similar age and level
- Snow Day 3 - We will schedule a make-up class day (usually Saturdays or Sundays)
Yes, we like to be as upfront as possible so you can budget accordingly. The fees you should expect for a year of dance are as follows: tuition, costumes, dance-wear, and performance tickets. For a more detailed look at costs to expect, please visit our tuition and fees page.
Yes, we offer both! Each class is discounted per dancer as follows: First class – full price; Second class – 30% off; Third class – 40% off; Fourth class – 50% off; Fifth class – 60% off. Our LIMITLESS Class Pass allows dancers to take unlimited classes for $375 per month. Most dancers reach this amount by their fourth class.
For all registered dancers, we require parents read and understand our policies are procedures.
By registering for a trial, class, or event, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the below.
I/we (the dancer and parent/guardian) realize that participation in dance classes and activities could involve possible injury. By signing below, I/we assume all risks related to the use of any and all spaces used by District Dance Co.
I/we agree to release and hold harmless District Dance Co. including its teachers, dancers, staff members, and facilities from any cause of action, claims, or demands now and in the future. I/we will not hold District Dance Co. liable for any personal injury or any personal property damage, which may occur on the premises before, during or after classes. Furthermore, I/we agree to obey District Dance co.'s Policies and Procedures and take full responsibility for my/our behavior in addition to any damage I/we may cause to the facilities utilized by District Dance Co.
I understand that District Dance Co. is insured. In the event that I/we should observe any unsafe conduct or conditions before, during or after my/our classes, I/we agree to report the unsafe conduct or conditions to the Company Director, Melissa Curling, as soon as possible.
I/we request and authorize that in my absence the student/participant be admitted to any hospital or medical facility for diagnosis and/or treatment. I/we authorize Doctors of Medicine, or other such licensed technicians or nurses, to perform any necessary procedures. I/we authorize District Dance Co., including its teachers and staff members, to act for the student/participant according to their best judgment in providing or arranging emergency care in any emergency circumstance requiring medical attention. I/we understand and agree that the child’s parents or legal guardians shall be responsible for any expenses incurred.
I/we understand that the student may be photographed or videotaped randomly throughout the year. I/we grant District Dance Co. perpetually, exclusively, and for all media the right to use and incorporate photographs or video footage taken as a result of participation in DDC activities. No compensation will be allotted for the use of these photographs or videotapes.
Time Between Classes:
I/we understand that District Dance Co. does not provide care for children outside of the dance room; nor does DDC watch or attend to children before, after, or between class breaks. If children are left unattended or leave the building for any reason, DDC is not liable for anything that occurs outside of the studio. DDC and its staff are not responsible for making sure the child attends their next class after a break in classes.
Authorization for Direct Debit:
I acknowledge that I am responsible for making timely payments of my balances due on my District Dance account. I further acknowledge that if my payment is not received on or before the due date, I authorize District Dance to initiate electronic payments for any balances for on my account. Payments will be processed with the payment information on file. A $15 late fee will be charged and enforced on all accounts past due include accounts that are set up for auto-pay.
Policies and Procedures:
I have read and understand District Dance Co.’s (DDC) Policies and Procedures. I understand that non-compliance with District Dance Co.’s (DDC) Policies and Procedures will result in dismissal of the student with no refund.
NOTICES: Written Correspondence:
All NOTICE(S) must be in writing and mailed to District Dance Co. by registered or certified mail to 4 Kent Gardens Circle, Gaithersburg, MD 20878, or can be brought in person to 4 Kent Gardens Circle, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pay all contractually obligated fees unless and until NOTICE is properly received and processed by DDC. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to confirm that DDC did receive and process any correspondence. If parent/guardian elects to personally deliver either a NOTICE, the NOTICE will be signed by both the consumer and a DDC representative, and two copies of the NOTICE will be kept, one by each party, to verify the NOTICE was properly executed/delivered. Any NOTICE hand-delivered but without dual signatures will be considered invalid and non-executed. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that the NOTICE is properly signed and delivered.
I (the parent/guardian) understand students are enrolled for the full season they are registered for unless I officially withdraw the student by giving 30 days written NOTICE. Withdrawals are not accepted via telephone. Notifying a teacher does not qualify as a withdrawal. Failure to attend class does not signify or imply notification of withdrawal. After written notification of withdrawal is acknowledged by the studio administrators, I (the parent/guardian) am responsible for one month's tuition. I understand DDC does not offer credits or refunds for missed classes. I understand DDC does not accept withdrawals after April 1.
I (the parent/guardian) understand the student‘s failure to continue lessons during the notification or program period does not relieve the obligation to pay the remaining tuition balance in full. The student’s failure to attend scheduled lessons relieves the obligation of the studio to provide lessons after the program end date.
DDC has a strict dress code. Hair should be pulled back, completely out of the students face. No street shoes are allowed in the dance studio. For a complete listing of acceptable dance attire, please refer to our dress code webpage.
In order to ensure full student attention, no parents or guardians are permitted in the dance studios. Each season, we schedule specific weeks where parents are invited to observe class and see the student’s progress. These weeks will be listed on our studio calendar.
A CREDIT CARD OR CHECKING ACCOUNT IS REQUIRED FOR ALL REGISTRATIONS. You can choose how you pay. Credit card payments incur an additional 3% administrative fee. Checking accounts do NOT incur an additional fee. On the 1st of the month, we will automatically charge whichever account you choose as your default payment account. A $15 late fee will be charged and enforced on all accounts past due, including accounts that are automatically charged and fail. Failed checking account payments incur a $45 bounced check fee. Tuition is non-cancelable and non-transferable except as stated herein.
In the event the account remains delinquent or the matter must be filed with the Court, I acknowledge that I will be responsible for all collection costs, attorney's fees, court costs, and pre and post-judgment interest.
Students are expected to be present for every class. Students should be on time and ready to dance at the start of the class. Students who arrive more than 10 minutes late may not be able to participate in their class.
Students with excessive class absences may be pulled from the ballet or recital performance with no refund. This is at the teacher’s and director’s discretion.
There are no refunds for missed classes.
For private lessons, a make-up class can be scheduled if the student’s teacher and company director are given at least two weeks’ notice. The make-up class date will depend on the teacher’s availability and is not guaranteed.
Studio administrators may close the studio on national holidays, for the purpose of special events, and a period not exceeding three (3) weeks per year for necessary maintenance and other purposes without affecting scheduled tuition payments.
Studio administrators may make any modifications to the class schedule as deemed.
The undersigned authorizes the use of a disclosed e-mail address for billing purposes and acknowledges that e-mail text may include financial information pertaining to the membership.
Any modifications to the agreement require 30-days written notice to process; the student’s account must be in good standing and any drafts(s) or payments due during this 30-day period must be processed and collected in order for the agreement to be modified.
All parties involved agree that the laws of the State of Maryland shall govern this contract and also consent to jurisdiction in the State of Maryland.
Any provisions of this agreement that shall be found to be invalid, void, or illegal shall in no way affect, impair, or invalidate any other provision hereof, and such other provisions shall remain in full force and effect.
4 Kent Gardens Circle
Gaithersburg, MD 20878