All parents must agree to our policies in our online portal prior to their child attending dance classes with us.  Please refer to our online portal for the most up-to-date version of our policies (Revised June 16, 2021).

Payment Policies:

ENROLLMENT FOR 2021-2022 SEASON - By enrolling through our Studio Portal online, you are committing to the full dance season which runs from September through June (approximately 37 weeks).  Tuition listed for each class is the monthly installment amount, and does not include HST.   There is a $20.00 + HST Registration Fee billed per family June 1st (or at time of enrollment if registering after that date).  This fee is waived for returning NJADS dancers that register before June 1/21.

EQUAL PAYMENT PLAN:  Tuition is billed in 10 Equal Monthly Installments.  Monthly tuition is due on the 1st of each month (Sept-June) via Mastercard, Visa or post-dated cheque.   If your bill has not been paid by the 5th, there is a $10.00 late fee (Including HST = $11.30) per month.  Late fee notices will be sent via email.   If your account is past due, we reserve the right to not allow students to participate in class.  We do not release costumes, recital tickets or pictures to students with past due accounts.  Cash is not an accepted form of payment for monthly class fees, with the exception when paying the year in full.  If a student receives 3 late payment charges in a dance season, the studio will switch your tuition payments to pre-pay, and you will be required to pay tuition on the 15th of each month for upcoming tuition payments.

ALTERNATE PAYMENT DUE DATE:  You may alternately select to pre-pay your tuition on the 15th of each month.  By selecting payment on the 15th at time of registration, you are authorizing to be billed the month before tuition is due.   If no payment due date is selected, payment will default to the 1st of each month.

DANCE  CAMPS & WORKSHOPS - Enrollment is not guaranteed until payment in full is received, and will be billed to the credit card on file at time of registration.

SUMMER CLASSES: New students must pay their first months' fee at time of enrolment, and additional enrollments are billed on the first of the corresponding month.

RETURNED PAYMENTS: Must be paid within 7 days via cash, certified cheque or money order, plus a $20.00 service charge (Including HST = $22.60).

WAITLIST POLICY: Students desiring placement in a full class can be placed on a waitlist.  To be put on a waitlist please do so through the studio portal. Select the class you wish to enroll for and click the "waitlist" button.  While a credit card is required to be placed on a waitlist, your card will not be charged unless you get into the class.  If a space becomes available the studio will enroll your child in the class and notify you via email.  To be removed from a waitlist email hello@notjustanotherdancestudio.ca.

PRE-PAYING TUITION IN FULL: Parents may pay their full dance season in full if they prefer.  Please note these fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.  If you n decide to terminate enrollment for ANY reason, a credit will be placed on your studio account to be used towards future enrollments.

NJADS Inc. reserves the right to combine or cancel classes, temporarily or permanently, without advance notice, due to an emergency or low enrollment. Teachers are subject to change without notice.

Refund Policy

CANCELLING - We require 5-business days notice to terminate your contract. Students wishing to withdraw from a class must do so in writing via email to amanda@notjustanotherdancestudio.ca, advising the student's name and reason.  Requests to terminate will be processed effective on the date that we receive the request.  A full refund will be issued if a student withdraws before the start of a session subject to a $20.00 Administration Fee (Plus HST).    A student not showing up for classes DOES NOT constitute a withdrawal.  Note: Camp Terminations with less then 1 week's notice are non-refundable.

After classes start, tuition fees are non-refundable once they are deposited each month. Future tuition payments will be cancelled for the 1st of the month. Students terminating within 30 days of starting classes will receive a refund of your Costume Fee (minus the $20.00 administration fee). After 30 days, recital fees are non-refundable, and are forfeited if a student withdraws from class. If notice is given to withdraw from class after April 1st, NJADS Inc. still requires monthly tuition payment until the end of the season in June.

Absence Policy - Students should not attend class if they have a fever, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, infected skin or eyes or suspected communicable disease or lice, or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (cold or flu-like symptoms, such as a cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, or any of the symptoms listed in the screening tool to self-isolate for 14 days). 

Please notify the studio if your child will not be attending class by submitting an absence through the Parent Portal.  Please note - missed classes (i.e. illness, vacation or other) for the dance season, camps or workshops are non-refundable.  If the studio cancels class due to instructor illness (when a replacement cannot be found) classes will be re-scheduled.  If the studio cancels class due to an emergency i.e. inclement weather, power outage etc. classes will not be re-scheduled and are non-refundable.  Students may make up missed classes in an alternate class of the same level by scheduling a make up class in the Parent Portal.

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES:  Students with excessive class absences may be pulled from the recital dance with no refund.  This is at the teacher's discretion. Dancers with excessive absences will receive a warning via email.

Transferring Classes
We will allow students to transfer classes, pending space in the new class requested.  One class transfer will be allowed with no penalty.  After that there is a $10.00 Administrative Fee to transfer classes. Costume fees are transferable to the new class.  Please contact the studio for more information.

Hold Harmless

I realize that any program that involves movement or dance can result in physical injury.  In allowing my child to participate in NJADS INC activities, I hereby assume all the risks associated with the performing arts. I understand the importance of myself and my child following the instructions and rules set by their instructor(s).  As the legal parent or guardian, I hereby release and hold harmless Not Just Another Dance Studio (NJADS Inc.), its owners and instructors from any and all liability, claims, demands and causes of action whatsoever, arising out of or related to any loss, damage, or injury that may be sustained by the participant and/or the undersigned, while in or upon the premises of NJADS Inc.  Permission is hereby granted to the studio and its representatives to transport my child to a local doctor or hospital for medical treatment if necessary in the event that they are not able to reach a parent or guardian.  I hereby declare the participant to be in good physical and mental health.

Photo Release

Occasionally NJADS Inc. will use photographs and/or video of students.  This usage may include (but is not exclusive to) displaying publicly, distributing, or publishing, photographs, and/or video of my child for use in materials that include, but may not be limited to:
 - printed materials (eg - brochures and newsletters)
 - online and offline advertising and promotion
 - videos and digital images such for use on Social Media (including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and our website).

By signing this form, I acknowledge that I am giving unrestricted permission for my child's image to be used in print, video, and digital media. I agree that these images may be used by Not Just Another Dance Studio for a variety of purposes and that these images may be used without further notification without compensation to my child or myself. I do understand that any identifying information including surname will not be used in conjunction with any video or digital images.

If I do not wish for images of my child to be used, I must email hello@notjustanotherdancestudio.ca with the subject Cancel Photo Release in the subject line.  Please advise your child's name in the email.  Students that have not signed the photo release should not participate in the class pictures taken throughout the year (i.e. parent viewing days, Halloween, Crazy Hair Day, Recital etc as photos as these photos WILL be posted).  If you do not wish to have your child's picture posted, please opt out of participating in Recital as pictures from the performance will be used (you may request that we use the pictures with your child blacked out).  All videos from Recital (whether virtual or in person will be posted.

COVID-19 Policy

The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. It is believed that an individual can be in infected with COVID-19 without their knowledge and be asymptomatic. NJADS INC has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, NJADS INC cannot guarantee that I or anyone else will not become infected with COVID-19, including my spouse, guests, unborn child, or relatives. Participation in a NJADS INC program(s), related event, or activity, could increase the risk of contracting COVID-19. By signing this agreement, I ACKOWLEDGE the contagious nature of COVID-19 and VOLUNTARILY ASSUME THE RISK that I may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19 by participating in a NJADS INC program(s), related event, or activity, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death to myself, my spouse, guests, unborn child, or relatives. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at a NJADS INC program(s), related event, or activity may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself or others, including, but not limited to, NJADS INC employees, volunteers, and program participants. I UNDERSTAND AND VOLUNTARILY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL the foregoing risks related to COVID-19 and accept sole responsibility for any injury or illness that may occur. Further, I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE that this release includes any Claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of NJADS INC, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any NJADS INC program(s), related event, or activity.

I understand that I should be aware of my physical limitations and agree not to exceed them and will practice reasonable measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. When attending program(s), related event or activity, I must not have any symptoms of COVID-19 including but not limited to fever, sore throat, coughing, aches, respiratory problems, dry cough, fatigue, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, chest pain, rash on skin, discolouration of fingers or toes, headache.  I must also not have come in contact with someone who has COVID or is in Quarantine for COVID-19.  If I am signing this waiver for my children, I certify that I am the parent or legal guardian and have the right to waive these rights.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, only students enrolled in class will be allowed into the building/lobby during their class time.  Parents may drop off their child and return at the end of class, or wait in their car.  All students must be screened before entering the studio, and must wear a mask when in lobby areas. Once they are in their assigned "box" in the classroom, they may remove their mask, and place all belongings within their assigned area.  The changeroom will remain CLOSED during any government issued State of Emergency.  In instances of Government mandated Quarantine, all classes will be held virtually through Zoom.

Privacy Policy

When you reigister for classes or workshops at Not Just Another Dance Studio (NJADS INC.), the information we may collect from you includes your name, address, telephone numbers, email addresses, medical information and perhaps credit card details.  It may also include details of the products and services we provide to you as well as the status of your enrolment.  We only collect information directly from our students or their parent/guardians primarily for the purpost of providing services and products to you an to administer and manage billing and debt collection.

We man occasionally use your information to promote and market to you information which we conside may be of interest to you, unless you contact us and tell us not to do so.

We will never sell or pass on any of your information to third parties, unless required by government authorities or in the event of debt recovery.  Any information passed on will be done so with appropriate privacy and confidentiality protection.

Information is stored securely in paper or electronic form and is accessible only by authorized personnel.

If you would like to know what information we hold about you, wish to update the information, or if you wish to be removed from all further direct marketing communication, please contact our office at hello@notjustanotherdancestudio.ca.

Safe Space Policy

NJADS is a safe space for everyone!

We are supportive of all dancers that come into our studio, regardless of age, shape, gender, ability or sexual orientation.  We have gender neutral bathrooms, and are open to providing dancers costumes that they are comfortable in regardless of their gender.

Not Just Another Dance Studio is committed to providing a safe space for our dancers and families.  Belonging, diversity and inclusion are at the core of our community and integral to quality dance and education.  as a studio, we aim to provide a second home for students, a safe space where they can explore their artistry and become their best selves without feeling unwelcome, unsafe or uncomfortable due to race, gender identity, cultural background, religion and spirtual beliefs, mental and physical ability or socioeconomic status.

We are committed to the ongoing work this demands.  As such, we are continually open to feedback and criticim and wish to be held accountable in the process.  Please let us know at any time how we can continue to make the space more welcoming and inclusive.

Other NJADS Policies

Food and drinks other than water bottles are not permitted in the dance studios.  Student's are encouraged to bring water to dance class!

Chewing gum while dancing is very dangerous; therefore gum is not allowed in any dance class at NJADS Inc.

Do not bring valuables to the studio. NJADS Inc. is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.  All jackets, boots, and dance bags should be left in the change room.

NJADS Inc. is not responsible for supervising dancers in between classes.  All children in the waiting areas must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Dress Code - What should my child wear to class?

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Students are expected to come to class ready to dance. There is no specific colour or style required for our classes…half the fun for students is deciding what outfit to wear to dance class each week, and suits your child’s style! Any style of dance shoes are permitted. NOTE: Outdoor shoes are NOT permitted in the studio.

  • Dance with Me – Parent or caregiver should wear comfortable clothing that they can move in. The same applies for dancers in this class. i.e. stretchy pants and a t-shirt, bodysuit, tights etc. Dance shoes such as gymnastics slippers, or bare feet are appropriate.
  • Creative Movement for Tots or Pre-Dance - Students should wear comfortable tight fitting clothing that they can move in. i.e. Body suit, tights, dance skirt or stretchy pants and a t-shirt (no jeans). Dance shoes, gymnastics slippers or bare feet are acceptable.
  • Ballet - Any colour/style of bodysuit, ballet tights, ballet shoes (leather or canvas) and hair in a bun or ponytail.
  • Jazz - Any colour/style of dance wear i.e. bodysuit/tights or biketard, jazz shoes (any style i.e. canvas or leather jazz shoe, half soles) and hair in a ponytail.
  • Tap - Any colour/style of dancewear i.e. bodysuit/tights, biketard, tap shoes and hair in a ponytail.
  • Acro - Any colour/style of dancewear i.e. bodysuit or biketard and tights (footless or convertible). Bare feet, no shoes. Please no dance skirts for Acro. Hair tied back i.e. French braid or ponytail.
  • Hip Hop - Clothing that students can move in i.e. dance wear, shorts, t-shirt etc. (no jeans). Clean indoor running shoes. Hair in a ponytail.
  • Contemporary - Any colour/style of dance wear i.e. bodysuit or biketard and tights. Bare feet or half soles. Hair in a ponytail.

What Type of Shoes should my Child Wear to Dance Class?
A cost effective solution for younger children is to get "gymnastics" slippers for dance class. They are more economical then traditional leather slippers, and are also machine washable. Another perk is that they come with the elastics already sewn on! They typically fit the same size as your child's street shoes. If you do not have dance shoes, bare feet are acceptable. Please no street shoes in the dance studio.

Where can I Purchase Dance wear?
NJADS Inc. has dance tights available for purchase at our Reception Desk. We also have basic dance bodysuits for sale, or various dance costumes from time to time. We recommend visiting Starburst Dancewear to purchase dance shoes or outfits. Their friendly and knowledgeable staff can assist you with finding the right outfit for your child! Starburst Dancewear 1175 Wilson Street East, Hamilton (905) 304-0169

Are Ballet Flats the Same as Ballet Slippers?
No, just because a shoe has the name “Ballet” in it, does not mean it is appropriate to wear to dance class. Dance shoes are typically made of leather or canvas. If they are sparkly, or the sole is inflexible, they are probably not appropriate to wear to dance class.
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