When you sign up, you pay a registration fee of $35 that is payable once a year to cover administrative costs…this is a per family fee.
We run the studio in 4-week sessions (except when we have a 6-week session due to Christmas Break.) There are 10 sessions during the school year, and 2 during the Summer. Tuition is always due the week before the session begins. These dates are available in our brochure and on our website. Reminders are given by hanging bright neon signs up in the studio and on the door. We do not send notes home. If tuition is late, you will be charged a late fee per class. Please do not ask the owner, instructors or any of the desk staff to waive your late fee(s). As a convenience to our customers, you may set your account up for auto pay with a credit or debit card of your choice and we also offer online tuition payments. And as always, you may mail in your payments, send them with your student or make them over the phone.
Once you sign up for classes during the school year or summer, you're enrolled in that class for all remaining sessions. If you need to make any changes, such as take a break, add a class, or switch to another class, you must fill out an add/drop/change form available at the front desk. We will be happy to assist you with this. Please be advised, you will continue to be billed your tuition for any class that we do not have the correct documentation for. PLEASE NOTE: SIMPLY DROPPING THE CLASS THROUGH YOUR ONLINE CUSTOMER PORTAL OR INFORMING YOUR INSTRUCTOR THAT YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ATTENDING CLASS IS NOT ENOUGH, YOU MUST FILL OUT AN ADD/DROP/CHANGE FORM.
Class Cancellation Policy
We do not refund tuition for any reason. If a class is missed, you may come to another class in the same age/level or lower to make up the missed class. YOU MAY NOT SAVE UP ALL YOUR MISSED CLASSES AND MAKE THEM UP INSTEAD OF PAYING FOR THE NEXT SESSION. Please do not ask to do so. This is a strict policy, as we have the same overhead costs each month, we cannot oblige this request. You have up to 1 year to make up missed classes. Also, please contact the front desk or visit your online customer portal to schedule a make-up class. There is a chance that certain classes may be filled to capacity or canceled.
Weather related closings
Please check your email and/or our Facebook page for weather -related closings. A good rule of thumb…if Valparaiso Community Schools are closed all day, we are closed all day, as well. If Valparaiso Community Schools are on a 2-hr delay, we will have no morning dance or preschool classes. Any missed classes may be made up in another class. No credit or refunds are given for weather-related closings or holidays.
While we send most notes home via email, invoices and receipts are posted on the bulletin board across from the water fountain. Please check to see if you have anything that needs your attention. Information about our recitals is posted on the "Recital Info" bulletin board and surrounding areas. We make every attempt to inform“newbies” about all of the ins and outs of the studio and our shows, but please be sure to check your email and the bulletin board regularly.
All students need to wear tights and a leotard-with or without a ballet skirt. Jazz pants are allowed in tap, hip-hop and jazz only. Students must also wear appropriate dance shoes for class. Hair must be worn up. No street clothes or school clothes are allowed. No gum, pacifiers, jewelry, or toys are allowed in the classroom due to safety concerns. For ballet ages 9+, a secure bun must be worn in class. Ballet ages 9+ must wear a black leotard and pink tights. Black booty shorts may also be worn. All other 9+ classes must have a leotard and tights, or jazz pants and appropriate footwear. Hair must be secured to head, no gum or jewelry allowed. Please see each individual age group's webpage for a more complete dress code explanation or view complete dress code guide here.
Mirror Image Dance Academy believes in dance as a performing art. This is why we offer 2 performing opportunities to our entire studio each year. We have an annual Christmas Show and a Spring Recital each June. Each show is produced and directed in such a way as to showcase each class’s achievements and attributes. All students who sign up in the allotted time frame will be allowed to participate in these shows. The shows usually take place at a local high school auditorium with 2 shows in the same day. Younger dancers are only in one show unless they are in Performing Company.