Studio Policies

ATTENDANCE: Regular attendance is important and is taken at each class. Please arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled class time. The “Student of the Year” Award is given to the student who demonstrates all-around excellence, including regular, prompt attendance. Missed classes may be made up within 30 days of the absence by attending another similar-level class.

DRESS CODE: Black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes for ballet. Tap shoes for tap. Black tights are ok for Jazz and Tap. No bare midriffs or plastic pants. No excess jewelry. This dress code does not apply to fitness or adult tap classes. Hair pulled back, off the neck. No black-soled or street shoes are allowed on the dance floors. Men wear black and white.  Intermediate and advanced level ballet students wear waist bands and hair secured in buns with hair nets for ballet. Black unitards are recommended for partnering. 

REGISTRATION/TUITION: An annual registration fee of $25 applies to all students. Tuition is due the first class of each month, or at the beginning of the quarter. Statements/invoices will only be sent to past due account holders and will document late fees.

INSURANCE: Dance Theatre Northwest does not carry medical insurance for its students. Students are required to have their own insurance. If injury occurs, it is understood that the students insurance is the only source of coverage.

HOLIDAYS: Holiday vacations generally follow school schedules. Holiday dates and other closings will be posted. In the event of snow or ice you can check our calendar page at our website or our Facebook page by 2:00 p.m. We also normally close Memorial Day, July 4th, and October 31st.

PRIVATE LESSONS: Private lessons are available to regularly enrolled students. The cost is $35 for 1/2 hour, $60 for 1 hour.

CLASS OBSERVATIONS: Parents of all students are asked to please refrain from visiting actual classes without prior permission however some viewing is often available for youth classes on the lobby TV monitor.

RECITAL: Prior to COVID-19 we produced Nutcracker in December each year, and a School Recital in June, along with year round Arts Are Education and Art Inspires Art Performances. Many performing opportunities will be available in this upcoming season. Auditions are ongoing. Participants must be training and in class on a regular basis. Student level performers not enrolled full-time or who are chronically absent will not be eligible.

COSTUME FEES: These fees will be due on invoicing. Costume rentals usually run from $5075 per costume.  Costs vary and many costumes will be rentals. We do our best to offer quality and to keep costume costs reasonable. Costume fees are non-refundable.

VIDEO TAPING/PHOTOGRAPHY: Video taping or photographing at any performance is not allowed. A professional will record the performances and DVD copies will be made available at a reasonable cost.


  • Students must follow dress code. Student must bring class card into class for each class attended.
  • Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be able to participate in that class but will observe class. Ten minutes early is ideal.
  • Bring your own water bottle. No food or drinks except water allowed except in designated snack area.
  • Do not leave dance bags or personal items in the dressing or eating areas. Take them into studios and store.
  • Questions and Suggestions regarding our Dance Program are welcome, but please do not interrupt a class.
  • If you have any questions you can contact the school manager, Teresa Neumann