PCPA Policies & Rules

Tuition & Fees

TUITION – REGULAR CLASSES
1 class = $74/mo.
2 classes = $134/mo.
3 classes = $179/mo.
4 classes = $219/mo.
5 classes = $254/mo.
Unlimited = $300/mo. 

PERFORMANCE TEAMS

Performance teams have a separate tuition structure and have additional competition, gear, and convention fees not listed here.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Private classes may be used to build solos for competitions (team members only), recitals, or just for additional one-on-one technique work. 30 min weekly classes are $120/mo.

FREE TRIAL CLASS

All new students are allowed ONE free trial class. If you want to try more than one class you are allowed to pay for single classes provided there is a spot in the class. Trial classes can only occur once a spot is available in any particular class. The trial is built into your registration. You will have three days to decline the spot after your trial before we begin billing. If you miss the deadline to decline you will be required to submit a 30-day notice and pay for one month of classes. All details will be emailed to you before the trial class. We will send a follow up email after the trial with your official start date unless you decline the spot.

REGISTRATION FEE

There is a $25 yearly registration fee per family. This fee will be assessed on your anniversary month each year you are enrolled. If you drop and return after your anniversary date it will be charged again. 

TUITION PAYMENTS

PCPA accepts Visa, MasterCard, Checks, or Cash

Tuition is due the 1st of each month. Credits cards can be setup on our auto pay system. Should the 1st of the month land on a weekend  or holiday, we will process the charge on the previous business day. 

LATE FEES

Tuition is considered late on the 6th of each month. If tuition is late, a $10 fee will be added to your account.

Returned check fee is $10. If a returned check results in a late payment both the late fee and returned check fee will apply.

If your tuition falls 2 months behind or more you will not be allowed to participate until the balance is up to date or you have setup a plan with our office. 

 

PRORATING TUITION

We do not prorate tuition for isolated absences or vacations. Tuition is based on an average of 4 classes per month for the year. Holidays are built into the tuition schedule.

If a particular month only has 3 classes we will not charge you less.  If a particular month has 5 classes we will  not charge you more. 

We do prorate your first and last month if starting or ending our program mid-month. We will also credit accounts should we have to cancel a class due to teacher absence

EXTENDED ABSENCES

To hold your spot during a break or vacation you must continue paying monthly tuition. We do allow make up classes upon your return. We cannot hold your spot while you are gone without payment.

If you are intending to drop class because of an extended absence, and there is a waiting list for that class, you will be expected to wait for the next available position upon your return.

NEW OR LOW ENROLLMENT CLASSES

When we launch a new class there may be a period when enrollment is low. 

If a group class starts with one dancer, or should only one dancer ever arrive for class, we will convert that day to a 30-min private lesson.

In some cases, if enrollment is low for an extended period of time we may consider dropping the class entirely. We would give you as much notice as possible.

MISSED CLASSES/MAKE UPS/SCHEDULE CHANGES

We do not prorate for absences of any length. You are paying for the spot in class, regardless of your attendance. If your dancer misses a class, we allow make up classes. Make up classes do not expire if you are enrolled in the program.

If withdrawing from the program, we ask that you use make up classes within 2 weeks of your final dance visit. Any remaining make ups are forfeited.

If the teacher is absent we will credit your account unless you prefer to schedule a makeup on another day. If we need to change, cancel or move your child’s class permanently we will do our best to give you 30 days’ notice.

OUTSTANDING BALANCES

If your account falls 2 months behind we will contact you to make sure you are aware of the situation and create a payment plan.

If the payment deadlines are not met within 30 days of initial contact, we will send the tuition bill to a third-party debt collector.

If you ignore the final tuition payment or 30-day notice (withdrawal period), we will also send the owed balance to a third-party debt collector as you are required to agree to this withdrawal policy before participating in our program.

CANCELLATION POLICY

We require 30 days’ notice when stopping enrollment and billing.

We will start your notice from the time our office has been contacted by the parent or guardian. Telling your weekly teacher before/after/during a class does not count. You must contact our office.

Final month’s tuition will be prorated if applicable.

To implement a withdrawal notice you must complete the cancellation form. 

Our school is a YEAR-ROUND program. Do not assume you will be dropped after a recital.

Out of fairness to all our participants this notice will not be waived for any reason.

Class and Studio Rules

CLASS RULES

  • Arrive on time. Dancers that miss the warm up in class may be asked to sit and watch for remainder of class. This is for their safety and to avoid injuries.
  • Attendance. Regular attendance is key for all participants and is  required in order to participate in shows and competitions. This is a team activity. Your class and instructor are counting on everyone to be in class and on the same page each week. Excessive absences may result in being removed from shows or competition.
  • Dress code. Be sure to read our dress code page. Dancers not in dress code will be given a warning. If dress code becomes a recurring issue we may ask your child to sit until their attire meets the dress code. Shoes, dancewear, footwear, and hair should all be correct.
  • Water. Please remember to bring your water bottles to class. Teacher will let dancers know when it’s time for a water break. We have a fountain on the first floor if you wish to refill water bottles before or after class.
  • Restroom Breaks. Ideally, they should not be needed. Please have your dancer go to the restroom prior to class. Class is only 60 min long, if they have gone before class they should be able to wait to go again until after class is over.

 

INJURIES  

  • If a child has an injury in class we will comfort the child, provide ice, and/ or basic first aid needs.
  • If a child hits their head in any way shape or form an accident report will be filled out and parents contacted.
  • Accident reports will depend on the severity of the injury but some defining factors will be:; inability to return to class (same day), excessive bleeding or pain, an injury that requires a doctor’s visit, child’s demeanor/mood/response.

 

INCIDENT RECORDS

  • There are 3 steps for incident records.  They will be implemented in the following steps/order:
    • First incident happening will result in a verbal warning. Warning will be documented and must be acknowledged by parents and directors.
    • Second incident happening will result in a written incident report and a meeting with the family.
    • Third incident will result in removal from the program.  

LOBBY RULES

  • Noise/Distractions.  Please be mindful of classes. Keep noise levels and distractions to a minimum for our dancers.
  • Two Way Glass. Our lobby windows are two-way mirrors. We dim the light slightly in the lobby so that dancers cannot see out, but you can see in. It’s a happy medium that still allows you to watch without distracting the students. In the future we may add curtains as well.
  • Siblings. Younger siblings must be supervised always when waiting in lobby space. Be mindful of others in the lobby as well as our neighbors when walking down the halls. Noise must be kept to a minimum. There should not be any unsupervised children in the hallways or lobby areas.
  • Running. Absolutely no running in halls, bathrooms, lobby space, and common area.
  • Windows and Doors. No banging on windows or doors at any time.
  • Food and Drink. You are welcome to eat and drink in the lobby. Please clean up after yourself.  We do not allow food or drink in the studios.  Water only in the studios.
  • Furniture. No moving furniture. No climbing furniture.
  • No Blocking Walkways. There are natural walkways created by the placement of our chairs. The fire department asked that we keep the areas in front of the doors and window clear for fire safety. DO NOT PULL YOUR CHAIR UP TO THE WINDOWS.
  • Be Respectful of Building. We are one of many tenants/businesses in the building. This includes both a State Senator, and State Assembly person, as well as our landlord. Please be respectful of the building/parking rules. When walking down hallways please keep noise to a minimum. We want to keep a good working relationship with our neighbors and landlord.

CHANGING ROOM RULES (STUDIO D LOBBY)

  • Dancers should take turns changing in this space. Use the curtain to designate the space is occupied. No more than 3 same sex / same age students should change in this space at any one time.
  • No sitting on top of cubbies.
  • No eating in the changing room.
  • No doing homework in the changing room.

HALLWAYS AND COMMON AREAS   

  • No playing in the halls.
  • No running in the halls.
  • No screaming in the hallways.
  • No soccer in the hallways.
  • No dancing in the hallways.
  • Please use the halls to walk from one studio to the next if need be.
  • Dancers, students, siblings need to be at least 7 years old to move through the space unsupervised.
  • Any child 6 and under should be accompanied and supervised when moving through the building. This includes hallways, common space, bathrooms, main lobby, studio d lobby, changing room, parking lots, the parking garage, the elevators, and the stairwells.    

STUDIOS NOT IN USE  

  • Studios that are not in use are closed.
  • No free play in studios during pre/ post class time or wait time.
  • Children and students should not enter closed studios at any time for any reason.

SUPERVISION

  • Children 6 and under should be supervised always when in lobby and or common space.
  • Children 7 and older can move through the space independently (for example drop off for classes or multiple classes in a row) but office and teacher should be notified ahead of time.  Child should also be aware of policies and be able to follow the studio/building rules independently.
  • If a parent, nanny, family member, or friend is going to be unexpectedly late for pick up our staff should be notified as soon as possible.  If this happens excessively, incident records will be initiated.  Steps included are outlined in the incident record section of the policies found below.
  • Any adult bringing your child to and from class is also responsible for these policies.
  • Should one of our teachers or staff members witness a child under the age of 6 unsupervised the child will be returned to the main lobby and parents contacted if not found in the process. This incident will be documented, recorded, and become the start of incident records for the family/child.  

 

RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE

We always have the right to refuse service should you or any member of your family not follow these studio policies.  Our policies are in place for the safety of all participants in our programs, their families, and individuals and businesses with whom we share the building and must be agreed to and followed at all times.

Parking and Building Rules

PARKING RULES

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm you may use El Camino, Jasmine Street, Barneson Ave, Borel Ave., and the rear parking lot accessible through south driveway on El Camino.
  • After 5pm and on Weekends you may use all the above, plus access to the underground lot. You will receive the code upon registration. Please note any cars without a parking permit in the underground lot during regular business hours are subject to being towed.
  • You may not park overnight in the parking lot.
  • Please be courteous and keep an eye on your kids when you are walking through parking areas. 

BUILDING RULES

  1. No running in building
    2. No loitering in 1st floor lobby space
    3. All minors need to be supervised when not in class
    4. Please be mindful or our neighbors, do not disturb
    5. Please be quiet when walking through hallways.

NOTE: After 5pm and on weekends the entrances, and garage gate may close and lock. You will need a code to access them. You will receive this code upon registration, please be sure to read it, and save it somewhere you can easily access it.

Recitals

RECITAL RULES

  • PCPA Recitals take place in June.
  • Depending on your classes you may be in more than one show some recital time.
  • Recital are optional, but we encourage everyone to participate.
  • Dancers must be signed up prior to deadline (Typically January)
  •  Consistent attendance in classes is required. Excessive absences may result in being dropped from recital without a refund.
  • Dress rehearsal is MANDATORY. If you miss dress rehearsal you will not be allowed to dance in the recital(s)
  • There is a base recital fee. If dancers wish to perform with multiple classes in which they are enrolled  additional costume fees apply. You do not need to pay the full recital fee for each class.
  • Families receive two tickets included in the base recital fee ( your dancer does not need a ticket).
  • Extra tickets go on sale in the weeks leading to the recital.
  • All recital details including dates, times, costume information, fees, etc. will be emailed to all families in the Fall. Be sure to read the emails. Information will also be posted on the performance page of the PCPA website.

Class Descriptions & Dress Codes

The first two dress code violations will result in warnings. After that, dancers will not be permitted to participate in the class for as long as they are out of dress code. If families experience difficulty meeting dress code requirements, we are happy to work with you to find a solution. Be sure you are wearing the correct footwear as well: Ballet Slippers, Jazz Slipper, Tap Shoes, Bare Feet, or Street Shoes depending on the style.

The only time you may be out of dress code is if you are here for your free trial class. We do not expect you purchase any gear if you have not committed to the class; please use what you have at home and match the dress codes as close as possible for your trial class.

SOLOS/PRIVATE LESSONS

If your dancers is taking a private lesson each week please use the dress code details/requirements that match the style they are working on or using for choreography focus. For example, if they are building a jazz solo please use jazz dress code details for the private class.  If your dancer is working on ballet technique for the class use the ballet dress code.

BALLET

  • Ballet is the basis for most dance technique with its classical codified techniques and terminology. Classes include barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor combinations. These classes are for dancers who like precision, physical challenges, and desire to improve their dance technique across the board. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, articulation of feet and legs, and smooth expression in the upper body. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
  • Female Dress Code: Black leotard, pink tights, and pink leather ballet slippers. Hair in a bun (if cut short, pulled away from the face). No jewelry. Ballet slippers should be worn to all classes. Please double knot and cut bow strings to avoid distraction. NO TUTUS. Sheer skirt is fine. Teacher must be able to see alignment of hips and dancer’s lines.
  • Male Dress Code: Black leggings or form fitting pants, short sleeve solid t-shirt, and black leather ballet slippers. Ballet slippers should be worn to all classes. Please double knot and cut bow strings to avoid distraction.

JAZZ

  • Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with current forms of popular dance. Classes include warm up, isolations, stretches, across the floor progressions, and choreography combinations. These classes are for dancers who like precision and rhythm, physical challenges, and personal style and expression. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, rhythms and isolation of body parts, and expressing personal style. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
  • Female Dress Code: Black leggings or black bike shorts, and tank top or leotard. Tan slip on jazz shoes. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. No mid-drift tops. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.
  • Male Dress Code: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Black jazz shoes and hair pulled away from the face.

CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL

  • Lyrical blends creative dance and artistry with athletic technique found in Jazz or Ballet. Contemporary classes integrate various traditional disciplines of modern dance foundations with current contemporary styles and fusion forms. These classes are for dancers who like creative challenges, connecting dance to other mediums, and physical challenges that require persistence and practice. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, total body connectivity, and creative problem solving. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. 
  • Female Dress Code: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank top or leotard, barefoot and hair pulled back. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and dance paws optional. No mid-drift tops. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.
  • Male Dress Code: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Barefoot and hair pulled away from the face. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and dance paws optional.

HIP HOP

  • Hip Hop is the pinnacle of self-expression. Classes include warm up, moving across the floor, style explorations (popping, locking, waving, gliding, etc.), and freestyle circles. These classes are for dancers who like self-expression, physical challenges, and healthy competition. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, precision and creativity, and finding your own style. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
  • Male & Female Dress Code: Athletic, moveable clothing. We recommend wearing pants and bringing knee pads to class each week. As for hip hop footwear we recommend tennis shoes, vans, pumas, converse, or street shoes. Please keep a pair of shoes just for dance class that aren’t worn outside. Appropriate items that are popular now include hoodies, harem pants, leggings, sweats, capris, t-shirts, and tank tops. No skirts, dresses, or jeans. No flip flops, bare feet, open toes, sandals, or crocs. No mid-drift tops. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.  Hair pulled back into a ponytail. No jewelry. 

ACRO

  • Acrobatics is the fusion of Gymnastics and Dance. Classes include exposure to different styles of dance (jazz, contemporary, and ballet) and an emphasis in floor gymnastic and tumbling skills. These classes are for dancers who like pushing their physical limits to achieve challenges and skills, coordination, and flexibility. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility and strength, overall body control, confidence in execution, and motor coordination. As students progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
  • Female Dress Code: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank or leotard, barefoot and hair in a ponytail. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and dance paws optional.
  • Male Dress Code: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Barefoot and hair pulled back if long. No jewelry. We recommend having layers to avoid floor-burn on knees/shoulders. Knee pads and dance paws optional.

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Musical Theatre combines singing, dancing, and acting with performance on stage. Classes include breathing and singing technique practice, acting and improvisation activities, as well as dance technique and performance. These classes are for dancers who like the spotlight, drama, singing, and telling a story through dance. Exercises focus on increasing flexibility, strength, confidence, and performance. As students’ progress through each level, curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
  • Female Dress Code: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank top or leotard. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. No jeans. Barefoot. A shoe may be required for show/performance costume after December.
  • Male Dress Code: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Hair, if long, pulled away from the face. No jewelry. No jeans. Barefoot. A shoe may be required for show/performance costume after December.

 

TAP

  • Tap focuses on rhythms and patterns in footwork through proper technique, as well as personal style and producing clear sounds. Classes include a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. These classes are for dancers who like rhythm, precision footwork, and creative styling. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. As students progress through each level curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate.
  • Female Dress Code: Black leggings or black bike shorts, tank top or leotard. Hair pulled back. No jewelry. Tap shoes.
  • Male Dress Code: Black basketball shorts and t-shirt. Hair, if long, pulled away from the face. Tap shoes.

 PERFORMANCE TEAM

  • Jr. Team is for dancers 5-7 years of age that wish to both compete in the Spring as well as perform in our recitals. A two class per week commitment is necessary, as well as a recommendation from a staff member. There are limited spaces available.
  • Female Dress Code: Girls Basic Racerback Tank Top (Radiant Coral Pink) and black leggings or bike shorts. (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TOP)
    Tan slip on jazz shoes – Dancers will need a tan slip on jazz shoe for class and competition/performances. The brand is Bloch neo flex. Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo has this shoe. It’s the only tan slip on shoe they sell. Nice for no confusion.
  • Male Dress Code: Black basketball shorts and solid white short sleeve t-shirt. Black slip on jazz shoes and hair (if long) pulled away from the face.

PERFORMANCE TEAM

  • Performance Team is for dancers ages 7-11 years of age. This group will be pushed more than any other dancers in the studio in terms of progress, technique, and performance skills. This group competes twice in the Spring, attends a dance convention, and performs in both recitals in June. Team members must be enrolled in a minimum of three classes per week (1 ballet class mandatory) and be recommended by a staff member. 
  • Female Jazz Dress Code: Girls Basic Racerback Tank Top (Turquoise) and black leggings or bike shorts. (CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TOP)
    Tan slip on jazz shoes – Dancers will need a tan slip on jazz shoe for class and competition/performances. The brand is Bloch neo flex. Dance Theatre shop in downtown San Mateo has this shoe. It’s the only tan slip on shoe they sell. Nice for no confusion.
  • Male Jazz Dress Code: Black basketball shorts and solid white short sleeve t-shirt. Black slip on jazz shoes and hair (if long) pulled away from the face.
  • Male & Female Hip Hop Dress Code: Black harem pants (www.discountdance.com has great online options), tank top or t-shirt. Black high-top chucks. Hair pulled back, no jewelry, no mid-drift tops. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.

ADULT CLASSES

  • Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical Dress Code: movable dance clothes to see alignment and maximize range of motion
  • Hip Hop Dress Code: Athletic, move-able clothing. We recommend wearing pants and bringing knee pads to class each week. As for hip hop footwear we recommend tennis shoes, vans, pumas, converse, or street shoes. Please keep a pair of shoes just for dance class that aren’t worn outside. No skirts, dresses, or jeans. No flip flops, bare feet, open toes, sandals, or crocs. No mid-drift tops. No dancing in bra tops or sports bras.  Dancers with long hair, pull it back into a ponytail.