Please be punctual for class and enter class ready to dance - meaning hair is secured, shoes are on, coats are removed, etc. Arriving to class late is very disruptive to the rest of the class. Parents should say goodbye outside of the dance studio.
Please arrive having already eaten breakfast, lunch, or dinner (depending on class time). There are limited exceptions to this for our after-school students, dancers who are at the studio for the entire day, etc. Otherwise, no food should be consumed in the waiting area. Absolutely no food is to be taken into the dance studios. Water is the only beverage permitted inside the studio.
No street shoes may be worn inside the studios at any time by children or adults.
Please do your best to keep the studio clean by discarding trash and cleaning up any messes. There are paper towels, cleaner, and wipes available for this purpose. Also be sure to take all of your belongings home with you. Items left at the studio will be placed in the lost and found box which will be periodically donated.
Be respectful to the instructors, other dancers, and their families - including your own family members - at all times.
Please do not send your child into the studio with toys. They can become very distracting and cause hurt feelings when the child must put the toy away for class or the toy is lost or broken.
Our studio is a place for learning. If a sibling is present at the studio while a dancer is taking class, please do not allow the sibling to enter the classroom or make excessive noise as it is very disruptive to the classroom environment. Also please remember that our waiting area is not a playground, our hallways are not a race track, and loud conversations carry into the dance studios.
Behavior and Etiquette
Performing Arts Academy is more than just a dance studio. To many of our students, it is a second home where we have created a family of our own. Please remember that a positive, pleasant attitude is expected at all times. We will always refer to each other in nice and encouraging ways. Social media or any other electronic communication (i.e., texting, phone calls, etc.) will only be used in a kind manner. We will not start nor will we participate in idle gossip.
When attending an event outside of our studio, we expect our students and our dance parents to be professional, courteous, and supportive of other dancers and instructors both inside and outside of our studio. This is something that Performing Arts Academy takes very seriously.
At PAA, we do our best to meet the needs of every family and attempt to do everything in the most organized and effective manner possible. However, we realize that on occasion we may do something that does not work for you or your student. If this occurs, please talk to Ms. Keller directly rather than expressing yourself in other ways (complaining in the waiting room, through social media, etc.).
Anything posted to social media by a parent or child that is derogatory to a student or the studio is grounds for immediate dismissal from the studio.
Attire and Dress Code
NO outside shoes are to be worn on the dance floors by adults or dancers. Please remember that our dancers are on the floor when practicing which would lead to dirty clothing, tights, and dance shoes as well as exposure to germs.
The dancer's name must be written inside their shoes, leotards, and tights as well as on their bag and any other items which they bring. Please also check when leaving the studio that your child has all of his/her dance shoes and no one else's shoes. It is very easy for mix-ups to occur as the children have the same shoes. Thank you!
Baby Dance students may wear clothing that is flexible and comfortable. There is no dress code for this class.
Creative Movement and Preschool students will need a plain black leotard (no skirt), pink tights, and pink ballet shoes.
Beginning Ballet and Tap students will need a plain black leotard (no skirt), pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and tan tap shoes (no ties).
All other students will need a plain black leotard (no skirt), pink tights, pink ballet shoes, tan tap shoes (no ties), and tan jazz shoes. Each child will also need a bag in which to keep shoes.
Hair must be in a neat bun and bangs must be secured out of your dancer's face. If your dancer's hair is too short for a bun, please make sure it is secured out of your child's face.
For Hip Hop, girls need a black leotard, pink tights, and dance pants/dance shorts. Boys may wear an athletic t-shirt and pants or shorts - clothes should be comfortable but not too baggy. Dance sneakers, jazz shoes, or sneakers that are NOT worn outside are allowed. It is strongly recommended that your child wear clothing that covers the knees or bring knee pads to class.
Tuition is based on a ten-month calendar year. It is due on the 15th of each month. If your payment is late or you pay by credit card and your card is declined, there will be a $20 late fee or a fee equal to 10% of the FULL account balance, whichever is greater, assessed to your balance. If you are more than one month behind in tuition, you or your child will not be allowed to participate in class or studio events until your account is brought current. Tuition for the entire year must be paid in full in order for your child to participate in the recital.
Tuition must be paid by automatic debit. There is a $50 return check fee.
Thirty-days' advance notice is required if you or your child intend to stop taking classes. If no notice is given, you will be responsible for tuition payments. If you do not comply with these guidelines, you must pay the tuition for the month of termination as well as each month until written termination is received by Performing Arts Academy of Virginia Beach according to the withdrawal guidelines stated above.
All costume balances will also be paid in full if a deposit is made in October, regardless of withdrawal date. Costume deposits are non-refundable.
Each costume (except hip hop) is $75. Hip hop costumes are $40 each.
Each class requires the following number of costumes:
Creative Movement, Preschool classes, Baby Dance, Boys Hip Hop, and Teen Tap: 1 costume
Beginning Ballet and Tap and Adult Combo: 2 costumes
Beginning Ballet, Tap, and Jazz: 3 costumes
Company members and Teen Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary - 4+ costumes
Costume payments are made as follows:
Payment/Costume 1: $75 will be charged on October 1, 2023, per child (for example, if you have two dancers, your total will be $150)
Payment/Costume 2: $75 will be charged on February 1, 2024, per child
Payment/Costume 3: $75 will be charged on May 1, 2024, per child
****IF YOU DO NOT MAKE PAYMENT ARRANGEMENTS PRIOR TO THE ABOVE DATES, YOU WILL BE CHARGED****
If your child only has one costume, only the costume payment in October will be deducted. If your child only has two costumes, only the costume payments in October and February will be deducted, etc.
Costumes will be handed out immediately preceding recital IF they are paid for in full. Costume money is non-refundable!
Calendar and Events
Performing Arts Academy of Virginia Beach follows the Virginia Beach Public School schedule. If Virginia Beach Public Schools are closed for holidays and/or inclement weather, the studio will also be closed. If Virginia Beach Public Schools release early for bad weather, our evening programs will be canceled. This does not include teacher work days or virtual learning days. You can view the VBCPS schedule here.
If a class is canceled, we will do our best to reschedule the class. However, there is no refund if you cannot make the make-up class.
If your child misses a class, the child may attend another class to make up for the absence. There is no refund or prorating of tuition for missed classes.
You can view the studio calendar by hovering over current students and then click on calendar. All of our events are free for our PAA students unless noted otherwise. There may be a fee for family members, including siblings, which will be communicated with other event information. For Parent's Night Out or Company Lock-Ins, PAA will provide dinner for the children. However, we do ask that you send a snack, plates, napkins, utensils, or drinks to share.
The only event that may not be on the calendar is our end-of-the-year dress rehearsal and recital. The dates for these events will be communicated to parents as soon as they are confirmed.