431 W. Main, Brighton, MI  48116     (810) 229-7690

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Registration Fee: $25 for new students, $15 for returning students, (maximum fee of $45 per family). Registration is accepted through the mail or in person at Open House. Returning students have first placement in a class, but must indicate their intention to return to the school by the date indicated in their registration information. After that date, new students will be taken in the order in which the completed form and tuition are received. Classes will be closed after the limit of students is reached. Transfer students will be placed in existing classes during the year as space allows. The year is divided into two semesters: Sept-Jan and Jan-May. There is also a summer session.

Placement for new students is determined upon registration; however students are further evaluated in class for the first few weeks to ensure proper placement.*  In order to dance well, the necessary development of strong, proper technique, is a slow, methodical process which involves physical and mental discipline.  This cannot be hurried. We understand that children develop at different rates; therefore advancement to the next level is not automatic.  Age, body type, and the ability to concentrate and apply correction well are some of the factors taken into consideration.  Each student is carefully placed in the level needed to train the body effectively and safely.  Fountain Dance Ministry reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not respect its policies and/or is disruptive in the classroom.

*Teachers must be made aware of special needs upon registration. Children with special needs are welcome as long as the learning environment is not compromised.

Tuition is to be paid in advance of each semester either in full or in two equal payments. The balance is due before mid-semester in order to finish out the semester.  Family discounts are given for those with more than one child taking classes within the same level structure.  Other methods of payment may be by special arrangement only.  Delinquent payments will be subject to late fees.

Tuition is non-refundable.  Only in cases of prolonged illness is a credit or refund granted at the discretion of the directors.  Requests of this nature must be submitted in writing.  $15 penalty + bank charges for returned checks.

Dress Code: Refer to individual class description for requirements regarding hair, uniform leotard, tights, and ballet slippers.  All ballet shoes should fit snugly and be purchased from a dancewear store. Only the uniform leotard for the level is allowed.  All uniform leotards, as well as other supplies, are in stock at Dancer's Boutique in Ann Arbor.  No jewelry, body piercing (except ear lobe), leg warmers, or baggy clothes are allowed in class.  See "Dates to Remember" for special attire weeks.

Attendance: Students are expected to attend classes regularly and to be on time.  Repeated absences and/or tardiness disrupt the class and hinder progress.  A student may be asked to sit out and observe if she/he is too late.  The school must be notified if a student will be absent from class, and prior permission must be granted to leave class early.  There is no reduction or refund for lessons missed.  Make-up classes are allowed and must be made up in the same semester in a class of same or lower level.  In case of injury or non-contagious illness, the student is encouraged to observe class and take notes, and will be counted as present.  In case of severe weather, call the studio after 3:00pm for cancellation message.  We are not automatically cancelled if the public schools are closed.

Class Conduct: Students are expected to be attentive, courteous, and kind.  There is no talking between students during class.  All students are expected to use the bathroom before class.  Parent/Teacher conferences may be scheduled as necessary to discuss progress and/or concerns.  The teacher reserves the right to dismiss any student without refund who continually disrupts the learning process in the classroom.

Performing Opportunities: FDM annually performs the Nutcracker as well as a year-end school Presentation Night for all students in May.  FDM's Repertory Company dances at Presentation Night and in the community as opportunities arise.

Terminology Tests are given to all ballet students Beginner I through Advanced.

Progress Reports are given at the end of the school year.

Everyone is responsible for the information on this website, on the brochure, in our newsletters, and on the bulletin board in the main lobby.

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