Coastal Dance Academy, Inc.

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion."

                                                     ~Martha Graham

 Frequently Asked Questions...

What other fees am I responsible for other than my monthly tuition?


A $25 non-refundable registration fee per student, signed rules and signed waiver form must accompany your registration form to ensure your spot. Once a student is registered, absolutely no refunds will be given on registration fee- NO EXCEPTIONS.


A costume deposit of $50 for each class will be due the first week of October. The remaining costume balance will be due the first week of November.  


A recital fee of $25 per student will be due with your April or May payment. This fee includes 2 complimentary recital tickets and helps defer the costs of our recitals.


There will be a returned check fee of $25 charged to your account for any returned checks.


There will be a $10 late fee charged to your account if tuition is not paid in full by the 14th of each month.


Is there a family discount available?


Our discount is already added into our tuition for the number of hours per week that are taken. Please see Tuition and Fees.


What are some tips on scheduling for classes?


Ballet is the foundation and basis for all styles of dance.  Ballet teaches proper technique, balance, grace, and poise which enables the skill development for all other styles of dance.  Therefore, all students should enroll in a Ballet/Technique class. Your child's instructor has the final say in what class(es) your child is placed in. We will make sure to place your child in the appropriate class for their age and level of ability. The first month of classes is a good time to decide if your child is where they need to be. We can always move them to a more appropriate level whether they are having trouble in their class or they may need a greater challenge.


What are the dress code requirements for classes?


Leotards, tights and appropriate dance shoes are required for all classes. Leotards and tights can be of any color. Boys can wear a t-shirt and black dance pants. No midriffs, baggy clothing, street clothes, or street shoes are to be worn during class. Specific colors of shoes for specific classes are required. (See Dress Code Requirement Form at Registration) Hair needs to be pulled up and away from face. We enforce our dress code to ensure the safety of our students. Failure to follow this dress code may result in your child being unable to participate in their class.


If my child misses a class, is there any way they can make it up?


Absolutely but it is not required! They can make up a class in a similar level as their own even if it is a different style than the class they missed.


If we are unable to make up missed classes or have to drop out of a class, will the studio issue a refund for the classes we did not attend?


We cannot issue refunds for a class missed which is why we offer the option to make up missed classes. Also keep in mind that some months may have 2 weeks and some months may have 5 weeks but tuition remains the same and is divided into 9 equal payments for September through May. There must be a 30 day written notice before your child quits their dance class.  Even if your child does not show up for classes for a month, you are still responsible for tuition until and up to the 30 day written notice.


What if I am having trouble paying my monthly tuition bill?


No student will be allowed to participate in regular, private, or company classes if their account is more than 30 days past due. A $10 late fee is charged to your account if your tuition is not paid by the 14th of each month.  No student will be allowed to perform in the dance recital or other dance performances unless their entire account is current. Any money received from delinquent accounts, will first be applied to the past due tuition balances. If you are having a hard time with paying your account, please talk to Mrs. Sara before allowing  your account to get too large and have the stress of trying to pay it. We would rather work with you to get it paid off then have your child not be able to participate in our program.  Payment plans may be set up for certain circumstances only.


In case of inclement weather or Holidays what is your policy?


The studio will be closed during the following breaks:


Labor Day: Monday September 2nd, 2019

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday November 20th, 2019 - Sunday November 24th, 2019

Christmas Break: December 21stnd, 2019 - January 5th 2020

Spring Break:April 10th-April 19th 2020

We will have classes on Teacher Workdays.


In case of inclement weather we will follow the same schedule as Public Schools. If this occurs, please check your emails or our Facebook page to find out if classes have been cancelled. If classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, they will be able to be made up.


Is my daughter ready for Pointe shoes?


Starting pointe work is not solely based on age and desire, but on individual’s strength, technique and commitment. There is a serious risk of serious injury for dancers who go on pointe too early.  The bones of the feet are not fully developed, strengthened, and hardened until somewhere in the early teen years.  Therefore, it is important to make sure that your child’s growth plate and foot are developing properly before placing them on Pointe.  Your child’s Ballet instructor will let you know when they feel your child is ready when it comes to their technique, strength and commitment, and then we require that you have your child’s feet examined by your family doctor to make sure their growth plate and foot are developing properly for pointe work. However, if they really want to reach that goal quicker, just let us know and we will be happy to show them some extra exercises to help them reach their goal.  Please encourage your child that there is absolutely no rush and they have plenty of time to perform on their pointe shoes during their time at CDA.  Safety always comes first and we want this to be a fun and exciting time for them, not stressful and nerve-racking.



What is the Performing Dance Company?


The Performing Dance Company was created in 2007 by its director, Sara Misiti Clemmons to provide an opportunity for young dancers ages 8 and up to perform and choreograph in a non-competitive environment. Each of its members has the opportunity to choreograph their own routine, create their own costumes and name for their routine and perform it for our local community.  Enrollment in a Ballet/Technique class is mandatory. The company's season is from September-May. Invitation/audition Only.