School Policy

General Information

  • Annual registration fee per dancer: $20
  • We accept children ages 4 (as of the start of the school year) through 17
  • Symmetry Class: $40/month per dancer
  • Stage Class: $20/month per dancer (Core Class required)
  • The annual spring recital and parades (weather permitting) are the only guaranteed performance for all dancers, including dancers enrolled in Performance class.
  • There is a discount for families registering more than one student in regular class.
  • Monthly tuition for all classes is due by the first class of the month.
  • There is a $10 late fee for tuition paid after the first class of the month.
  • By the second class of the month your dancer may be refused admittance until tuition balance (including late fees) is paid.
  • Payments may be made by cash, or check payable to PIDA.
  • All payments are final and all classes are non-refundable.
  • Tuition is calculated on a per year basis and split into monthly payments - Families are obligated to pay full monthly tuition regardless of how many classes are missed/will be missed by their dancer that month.
  • If you decide to discontinue classes, there is no dropped class fee.
  • Tuition balance must be up to date if the dancer discontinues classes.
  • Classes are sorted by age, competition level (if applicable), ability, and experience.
  • Dancers are placed according to teachers’ discretion.
  • We reserve the right to assess and place dancers on an individual basis.
  • Current Phoenix Irish Dance Academy students are not permitted to attend the classes, camps, clinics, or workshops of any other Irish dance school.
  • Current Irish dancers registered with another CLRG certified Irish dance school must complete an official transfer in order to enroll with Phoenix Irish Dance Academy.

Scholarship Information

  • We have a limited scholarship program for families who are unable to afford classes for their dancer(s).
  • Scholarships are handled on an individual basis and may be subject to annual reevaluation.
  • We reserve the right to deny scholarship admittance.

Operating Dates and Class Closures

  • We will have classes on federal and bank holidays unless mentioned otherwise.
  • We follow Prince William County School closures for inclement weather. PWC School closures and afternoon activity cancellations due to inclement weather will result in the cancellation of dance classes. Class closures will be announced through our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Classes cancelled by a teacher for emergency or personal reasons will be made up. Make-ups will be scheduled according to teacher/studio availability.
  • Phoenix Irish Dance Academy will be closed for the following holidays/events:
    1. Easter (two weeks)
    2. Thanksgiving (one week)
    3. Christmas/New Years (two weeks)

Housekeeping:

  • We must keep a clean and tidy dance area out of respect for our landlord and for the safety of the dancers.
  • No food or chewing gum is permitted during class as it presents an allergy/choking hazard.
  • Due the risk of dehydration, dancers must bring their own personal water bottles to use during water breaks, or you may purchase a water bottle for $1.
  • We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Dress Code / Attire:

  • Comfortable clothing that allows for movement is acceptable.
  • Jeans are not allowed.
  • For serious dancers, fitted athletic clothing is recommended for the most accurate assessment and critiques.
  • Pants that allow for flexibility and movement are allowed.
  • Skirts that fall below the knee are not permitted. This is for the safety of the dancer, as many Irish dance movements are hazardous in most bottoms other than designated athletic/dance skirts, or shorts.
  • If worn, skirts must fall above the knee for the safety of the dancer, and also to allow the teacher to properly critique technique.
  • Shorts may be worn, however, spandex/fitted bike shorts/leggings must be worn underneath to provide appropriate coverage for high kicks and stretches.
  • A tank top/tee shirt must be worn under all crop tops, spaghetti straps, or shirts with wide arm holes/low sides in order to appropriately cover the midriff area, cleavage, and undergarments.
  • Dancers must wear shoes at all times.
  • Dancers are not permitted to participate in class in socks or with bare feet.
  • Beginners may wear black ballet slippers (girls), or black jazz shoes (boys).
  • Advanced dancers must wear the appropriate Irish dance shoes for their class i.e. hardshoes and/or Irish soft shoes.
  • Flip flops, sandals, flats, dress shoes, and shoes with heels are not appropriate for classes.
  • Hair should be secured out of the face. Non-sports headbands are not recommended as they fall out easily and are often distracting to the dancer or hazardous when they fall on the floor.

Arrival and Attendance:

  • Classes will start and end at the allotted times.
  • Dancers should wait to enter the classroom until the previous class is dismissed, or until called in by a teacher.
  • As a courtesy, please let us know prior to the start of class if your dancer will be late, absent, or must leave class early.
  • Dancers should use the bathroom prior to the start of class to minimize interruptions once class has started.
  • Parents must come into the building to pick up their dancer(s) after class.
  • Dancers should be free from illness or fever (>100°) to participate in class.
  • If your child has been sick with a contagious illness (e.g. pink-eye), please notify the teachers
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for making arrangements to have their child picked up within fifteen minutes after their last class has ended.

Etiquette and Conduct:

  • All classes follow a closed-door policy unless otherwise specified. Parents/guardians must wait outside the classroom during their dancer's class.
  • Sharing videos of the teachers, steps, or class material to YouTube and other social media sites without the teacher's consent is prohibited.
  • Dancers should silence cell phones and leave them in their bags during class.
  • We reserve the right to dismiss a dancer from class or require them to temporarily sit and observe, for disrespectful or unruly behavior.
  • Dancers repeatedly guilty of disrespectful or unruly behavior may be asked to leave the school.
  • Physical contact between students and teachers may be required in order to demonstrate, correct, and assist in learning and performing various dance movements and routines.

Injury/First Aid

  • Where injury occurs, the student will receive first aid from a qualified individual, and physical contact may be required.
  • In the event of injury or sickness, parents/guardians will be contacted via the information provided on the liability and release waiver.
  • Parents/guardians are responsible for alerting the teachers of previous or current injuries/medical conditions or concerns.
  • A doctors note may be required for certain instances regarding injuries and class participation/absence.

Photo/Video Release

Phoenix Irish Dance Academy (PIDA) reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by PIDA, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. PIDA may use the photograph/video in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by PIDA including but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, social media, etc.

To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written permission from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian.

A person attending a PIDA event who does not wish to have their dancer photographed/recorded at that event must make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or teachers, and/or PIDA staff by mailing PIDA at 2308 Emerald Heights Court, Reston, VA in writing of his/her intentions and include a photograph. PIDA will use the photo for identification purposes and will hold it in confidence.

By participating in a PIDA event or by failing to notify PIDA, in writing, your desire to not have your dancer’s photograph/video used by PIDA, you are agreeing to release, defend, hold harmless and indemnify PIDA from any and all claims involving the use of your dancer’s picture or likeness.

Any person or organization not affiliated with PIDA may not use, copy, alter or modify PIDA photographs, graphics, videography or other, similar reproductions or recordings without the advance written permission of an authorized designee from PIDA.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!