44150 Airport View Drive
Hollywood, MD 20636
It is my desire to bring the passion that I have for dancing into the hearts of my students. My staff and I feel that dancing should be fun, plus a learning experience. Dancing also helps to build confidence and self-esteem, as well as enhances the development of motor skills. Dancing increases creative thinking, promotes rhythm, and adds sparkle and charm to life! Only through repetition can one fully achieve success, so it is necessary to practice if one is to feel success and achievement!
My hope is that the students enjoy their dance experience and will feel a commitment to their dance team members and to themselves. The Covid-19 has presented many challenges that we have been able to work through, and with safe precautions it is my hope that we can continue to give kids the outlet of dance to keep them physically and emotionally fit.
Our goal for this year, and for the past 35 years, has been to teach technique, choreography, build self esteem, confidence and character, while setting an environment for learning dance steps and skills, in a comfortable, yet firm manner. We want the children to have fun, but part of the fun should be the challenges one is gaining from learning to dance!
Grace Marie Jett Myles
Dance Educators of America
International Tap Association
University of Maryland, Elementary Education and Dance
Recipient of Choreography, Technique, and Entertainment Awards
ITEMS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE STUDIO
$35 Registration Fee per family (for one student, or multiple children in a family)
Tuition is based on a year's tuition rate and is prorated monthly for your convenience so monthly tuition is expected whether a month has three, four or five weeks of instruction. It is expected every month, even if your child is absent; you can drop off in the green outside mailbox or mail the tuition to the above address; but it must be RECEIVED by the 7th of each month to avoid the late fee of $20, with the exception of June - JUNE tuition is due by May 18th (full month expected). MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD'S NAME IS ON THE CHECK and ENVELOPE IF PAYING BY CASH, ESPECIALLY IF YOUR NAME IS DIFFERENT THAN YOUR CHILD'S NAME!
|MONTHLY RATE:||$50 - for the 30 min. TOT class|
|$65 - first 45 minute class|
|$60 - second 45 minute class or second family member|
|$55 - third 45 minute class or third family member|
|$50 - fourth 45 minute class or fourth family member|
|$45 - fifth or more classes|
PAYMENTS: Due by the 7th of each month by 8:00 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS. Payments can be dropped off in the green outside mailbox by the dumpster or the inside tuition box.
CHECKS: Please make payable to Grace Myles OR Gracie's Guys and Gals Dance Studio. PUT CASH IN AN ENVELOPE. Put your child's name in the memo field of the check to ensure proper credit to your account. Receipts for cash will be emailed to the email address provided upon request.
RETURNED CHECK FEE: A $35.00 fee will be assessed on all returned checks. If this happens once, future payments MUST BE MADE IN CASH, or by money order, made payable to Grace Myles for tuition and costumes. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you write a check once you have a returned check it will be returned to you. If you have had more than one returned check in previous years you will be required to make all payments in cash.
CASH: Please place cash in an envelope. On the outside of the envelope please list the following: child's name, total cash and the month tuition is being paid.
LATE FEE: If the payment is received after the 7th at 8:00pm, a $20.00 late fee will be charged, no matter what your monthly tuition. If payment is not received by the 7th at 8pm, an email will then be sent to you to notify you about your late tuition payment plus the late fee owed. This payment would need to be received by the 20th of the month to avoid an additional fee of $10, which will be assessed, and payment will be due by the 30th. If payment is not received by the 30th, then your child cannot participate in dance class until tuition is up to date. If you have an emergency situation, please contact Ms. Gracie.
OUTSTANDING DEBT: It is studio policy that a student cannot participate in the recital if there are ANY outstanding debts owed to the studio and/or show troupe. All outstanding debts MUST be paid no later then May 20th. Payments after May 20th must be made in cash.
WITHDRAWAL: If a student must withdraw, two weeks notice is required in writing to avoid having to pay tuition for the next month. You can email or put a note in the studio mailbox on the office door, or outside in the green mailbox labeled GRACIES, by the dumpster.
Arrive 5 minutes prior to class time and put dance shoes on outside. With COVID-19 we cannot have parents enter the building, they can wait outside, best by picnic tables on side or front of building, kids are distracted when parents sit outside their dance rooms. The kids enter directly into the dance rooms and will be dismissed through the front lobby doors. The lobby is off limits to parents and siblings as we are still observing social distancing to be careful of COVID and the new strands and want to keep the lobby open just for the kids to change rooms and be dismissed. You're welcome to use bathrooms.
|GIRLS||Ballet Class ages 8 and over - hair in bun, black leotard, pink tights
Tap/Jazz/Other subjects (preschool/combo) - Any color leotard or leggins, or dance/jazz pants (at the ankle) and short tee shirt (not baggy). Ideally, pants/shorts over a leotard is preferred. NO "SHORT" shorts are permitted. NO Bra Straps to be shown.
HAIR must be away from face and pulled back in pony tail/French braid/braid/bun. Hair should not be loose; all hair should be pulled back including bangs. Hair clips are NOT acceptable.
|BOYS||Black or grey pants preferred or shorts and black or white plain T-Shirt.|
YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN CLASS IF YOU SHOW UP IN JEANS!
Dance Shoe Information: www.DancersWarehouse.com or Amazon.com
Note: C is for child A is for adult on the shoe styles
Preschool and Combo tap: Caramel N625C
Preschool and Combo ballet: 201C Pink
Combo hip hop: EJ2C (jazz stretch boot) black
Jazz classes EJ2 beige
Tap classes age 8 and up: CG19C or CG09 BLACK
Tap classes for older kids: CG19 or CG09 BLACK
Ballet classes for Ms. Jenn: split sole Juliet 2017 starts at size 4 (various widths) Or
2033 leather cobra starts at size 4 (various widths) pink
Ballet child for ages 8 up style 2033c Leather Cobra Capezio child pink
Hip Hop Shoes for Ms. Lisa's/Ms. Melanie's/Ms. Audrey's classes - wear sneakers until a shoe is picked out
- Any and all damage that occurs to studio property including props by you or your child is your financial responsibility to fix or repair. Gracie's Guys and Gals does not assume any responsibility for any damaged property or injuries.
- Children are NOT to be outside without a chaperone.
- No one is to go on the dock area by the Washington Post.
- Please drive slowly in the parking lot to be careful about little ones.
- No one is allowed to play inside any empty studio rooms.
- Children should not run with dance shoes on in the dance room.
- For the courtesy of others, please control your children in the lobby and outside.
- Children must be supervised on playground equipment at all times by their parent. Children play at their own risk and Gracie or the studio staff or landlord (WDAVIS) is not liable in case of any injuries. Children PLAY AT THEIR OWN RISK.
- Children under the age of 8 need supervision in the bathroom.
- Bathrooms are for emergencies only, and toilets, door knobs, sink, must be wiped down with Lysol using toilet paper and flushed down the toilet. Clean door knob as well. Wash hands thoroughly.
- Please remember to wipe your feet before entering the building so that dirt can be kept to a minimum, especially in the dance rooms.
- No chewing gum, food or sodas are allowed in the dance rooms or lobby areas.
- Water bottles only permitted.
- Make sure your child uses the bathroom prior to class; general policy is that no one is excused for bathroom breaks once class has begun (unless it is an emergency). Please remember only toilet paper and nothing else is to be flushed down the toilet.
- ALL soda cans and food must be eaten outside or in the lounge area and placed into the small outside dumpster.
- CHECK YOUR EMAIL DAILY FOR UPDATES AND READ NEWSLETTERS. It is YOUR responsibility to keep informed; newsletters are posted on the web site throughout the year, usually the first week of the month. If you do not have access to the Internet you can provide stamped self-addressed envelopes and we will mail the newsletters to you.
- Parent observation classes are held periodically throughout the year and are announced in our online newsletter as well as through emails. DUE TO COVID we may not be able to have this right away.
- NO-ONE is to enter classes while in session; this is very disruptive and is distracting to the students, which is not fair to the students. Teachers will lock studio doors if there are continual interruptions. Please do not watch from outside, it's best if you wait outside to wait by picnic tables.
- Recital Costumes must be picked up no later than July 1st of each year. After this date, they will be discarded.
Every 45-minute non-show troupe class will learn a routine for the annual recital, unless it is specifically designated a “technique” class only.
Solo/Duo/Trio routines are restricted mostly to show troupe students as they compete, but others can be considered at the teacher's discretion if there is availability. If interested, inquire with your child's teacher. This is for the dancer who knows his/her class routine first; and is ready for more. We have set prices to learn a solo/duo routine for the recital. Please inquire if interested.
Private Lessons are for tutoring or extra challenges but not necessarily seeking a routine are available and every teacher has their own rate. The general studio rate is $60 an hour, or $30 1/2 hour. Student Assistants can also tutor upon Ms. Grace’s approval for $15 per 30-minute session, or $10 per dancer for semi-private for a 30 minute lesson with 2 or more dancers.
The Studio will ONLY be closed for the following holidays:
|Halloween||October 31 (kids will be too excited to dance w/Trick or Treat|
|Thanksgiving||November 22 - 25|
|Christmas||December 19 - January 1|
|Easter/Spring Break||TBD (newsletter and emails will be sent out)|
|Memorial Day||May 29|
When schools are closed for in-service or other such holidays and on Monday Holidays we are OPEN and have class. The only exception to this is Memorial Day. We are closed on Memorial Day.
If schools are closed due to inclement weather the studio will be closed. When this happens, we try to schedule "make-up" time in the spring. If schools in St. Mary's County start late, we still have classes; if schools are dismissed early due to inclement weather, except for heat, we will NOT have evening classes. If after school activities are cancelled due to inclement weather, we will NOT have evening classes in order to be safe. If in doubt please check the website. If time permits, the room mom will call. We try to stay consistent with this policy even though at times we question why schools close due to weather, we need to have a consistent policy. We will also send out an email from Gracie's Office to verify.
Each year there is a recital at a local high school, held in June (after school is out, USUALLY, the second or third weekend). We usually have 3 shows. If your child only takes one class per week, he/she will just be in one show.
No requests will be accepted for routines to perform on a particular day as it interferes with ticket distribution with too many students on one day. However, if you have a unique situation we try to work with you.
Full tuition is expected in June. Usually May has five weeks, plus a full week, or two weeks in June, depends on when we have the recital, plus a run through at the Fairgrounds, the dress rehearsal (which is held at the school) and the recital all count as classes.
Dress rehearsal attendance is MANDATORY!
June's tuition is due by May 18th, to allow for checks to clear and to finish bookkeeping. You can write One check for May and June if you can pay by the 7th of May.
Family recital fee will be $110 per family This will include four tickets to the recital, and all the digital links to the recital. The recital will hopefully be lived-streamed. The recital fee helps to defray the cost of the rental of the auditorium, the custodial fee, technicians' fees, stage light fee, sound equipment, printing of tickets, plus many other expenses.
Each teacher will select a costume.
Costumes range in price from $65 - $95. Please know that the staff and I try to keep the cost of the costumes as reasonable as possible.
In DECEMBER, each student is measured and sized by the parent, and payment is due. I know that this may be a difficult time of the year, with Christmas, but hopefully, since you know NOW, you can plan.
Payment for costumes must be received no later than DECEMBER 15th. Costume payment is to be kept SEPARATE from tuition payments.
Costumes WILL NOT be ordered if payment is not received. If a costume needs to be ordered late, an additional fee of $35.00 towards shipping will be added to the original price.
It will be the parent's responsibility to determine the size because if the costume arrives and needs to be sent back to the company, there will be an exchange fee of $35.00, which must be paid by the parent before the costume is returned to the company for the exchange. Also, costumes that are sent back may not arrive in time for group pictures. So, if in doubt, it is best to go up a size; costumes can always be taken in, but they cannot be taken out.
If you have an outstanding tuition balance, costumes cannot be purchased until the account is brought up to date.
Once a costume has been ordered it cannot be cancelled and a refund will not be given.
*If you withdraw before costumes have come in, it is your responsibility to pick up your dancer's costume no later than July 1st. After this date, the costume will become property of the studio and will be discarded.
ITEMS THAT CAN BE PURCHASED THROUGH THE STUDIO
|Studio logo T-Shirt||$16.00 all sizes|
|Sweatshirts/Hoodies||$40.00 all sizes|
|Studio Bag||$20.00 with name and logo|
|(we will have sign up sheets in October, and payment is due when you order any items)|
It is expected that the children are well mannered and are cooperative in the classroom. The teachers should not be expected to tolerate misconduct. If, after continual efforts, misbehavior continues or a child that continues to cry does not cease, then the child may need to discontinue taking classes to be fair to everyone.
If Governor Hogan may close small businesses due to a stay at home order due to COVID-19, and we cannot hold classes for a few months, the staff is prepared to continue with classes via ZOOM and classes will be held at the same time, and on the same day as their regularly scheduled class. We hope this doesn't happen. Full month's tuition will be expected.
WAIVER AND STUDIO EXPECTATIONS
By signing the registration form you are signing that you have READ and AGREE with the Covid-19 Waiver Releasing the staff and me from any liability and Studio Expectations that are online at www.GraciesGuysandGalsDanceStudio.com.
Encourage your child to practice! Once your child's routine is established, you may arrange a time with the teacher to videotape the routine, so your child can also practice at home. Dance is like a sport or learning to play an instrument, it takes time to practice to get the challenges of learning accurate!
When communicating it is best to email and not to leave a phone message. At times the voice mail system doesn't work. I'm very good at answering emails, and you will receive a prompt answer within 24 hours if you email. It will take much longer if you leave a voice message. Thank you.
Tappin' soul to sole,