Class Policies

CLASS POLICIES

(Please read the policies that apply to your class):

Applause Dance Company: 

-There are no make-up classes for our weekend program. We encourage your child to attend the majority of classes and we offer private lessons for an additional charge if they require extra help.

-CANCELLATION POLICY: There will be no refunds or credits given for our weekend program. 

-RETURNED CHECKS: A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned from the bank for any reason.

-Applause reserves the right to dismiss a student, without refund, whose conduct or influence, in the opinion of the Program Director, is not in the best interests of the class.

-Students must wear appropriate attire for class: all dancers should have athletic sneakers or jazz sneakers preferably in black. White, silver or gray accents are acceptable.

-Intermediate and Advanced dancers should bring soft jazz shoes (preferably black) to class.

Students must wear all black to each class. Black yoga pants, black leggings, black tank tops, black t-shirts and/or black leotards are acceptable.

-Parents must fill out a conflict sheet with your child’s scheduled conflicts and return it to Applause by the second week of class.

-If a student would like to switch sections between semesters, all changes MUST be approved by the Director of Dance. Some changes may require an additional audition.

-Students MUST attend production dates to be eligible for the program. Students may not miss more than 2 pre-planned classes, except in the case of illness or exposure to COVID-19, or their role may be compromised.

-Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all students eligible to receive the vaccination (currently 12 years and up). We will require proof in the form of the vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass before entering the building the first week of class.

-Applause may make changes of any nature at any time and from time to time to its classes, calendar, schedule, standards, policies, requirements, rules, and procedures whenever Applause deems it necessary or desirable in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, changes in modes or methods of delivery of classes, modifying or rescheduling classes, and requiring compliance with new, additional, or modified standards, policies, procedures, or rules intended for the protection of the health and safety of our community. If guidelines for room capacities change, cancellations will be made to the last students registered.

 

Junior, Intermediate, & Advanced Musical Theater Performance Classes: 

-There are no make-up classes for our weekend program. We encourage your child to attend the majority of classes and we offer private lessons for an additional charge if they require extra help.

-CANCELLATION POLICY: There will be no refunds or credits given for our weekend program. 

-RETURNED CHECKS: A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned from the bank for any reason.

-Applause reserves the right to dismiss a student, without refund, whose conduct or influence, in the opinion of the Program Director, is not in the best interests of the class.

-Students must wear appropriate attire for class.

-Parents must fill out a conflict sheet with your child’s scheduled conflicts and return it to Applause by the date given by the stage manager.

-Students MUST attend production dates to be eligible for the program. Students may not miss more than 2 pre-planned classes, except in the case of illness or exposure to COVID-19, or their role may be compromised.

-Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all students eligible to receive the vaccination (currently 12 years and up). We will require proof in the form of the vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass before entering the building the first week of class.

-Applause may make changes of any nature at any time and from time to time to its classes, calendar, schedule, standards, policies, requirements, rules, and procedures whenever Applause deems it necessary or desirable in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, changes in modes or methods of delivery of classes, modifying or rescheduling classes, and requiring compliance with new, additional, or modified standards, policies, procedures, or rules intended for the protection of the health and safety of our community. If guidelines for room capacities change, cancellations will be made to the last students registered.

 

Film (Little Movie Stars, YouTube Movie Stars, Advanced Movie Stars, On-Camera Acting):

-There are no make-up classes for our film program. We encourage your child to attend the majority of classes and we offer private lessons for an additional charge if they require extra help.

-CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund less a $75 cancellation fee will be given if Applause is notified 24 hours after the first class of the semester. After this point in time, we are unable to offer any kind of refund. 

-RETURNED CHECKS: A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned from the bank for any reason.

-Applause reserves the right to dismiss a student, without refund, whose conduct or influence, in the opinion of the Program Director, is not in the best interests of the class.

-Students must wear appropriate attire for class.

-All parents/students will be required to hand in a conflict sheet noting any scheduled absences throughout the semester.

-All parents/students will be required to fill out a minor talent release before the first day of class.

-Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all students eligible to receive the vaccination (currently 12 years and up). We will require proof in the form of the vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass before entering the building the first week of class.

-Applause may make changes of any nature at any time and from time to time to its classes, calendar, schedule, standards, policies, requirements, rules, and procedures whenever Applause deems it necessary or desirable in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, changes in modes or methods of delivery of classes, modifying or rescheduling classes, and requiring compliance with new, additional, or modified standards, policies, procedures, or rules intended for the protection of the health and safety of our community. If guidelines for room capacities change, cancellations will be made to the last students registered.

 

Film (Make Your Own TV Series, Filmmaker Exp., Podcaster Exp.):

-There are no make-up classes for our film program. We encourage your child to attend the majority of classes and we offer private lessons for an additional charge if they require extra help.

-CANCELLATION POLICY: There are no refunds for the Make Your Own TV Series, Filmmaker Experience, or Podcaster Experience classes.

-RETURNED CHECKS: A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned from the bank for any reason.

-Applause reserves the right to dismiss a student, without refund, whose conduct or influence, in the opinion of the Program Director, is not in the best interests of the class.

-Students must wear appropriate attire for class.

-All parents/students will be required to hand in a conflict sheet noting any scheduled absences throughout the semester.

-All parents/students will be required to fill out a minor talent release before the first day of class.

-Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all students eligible to receive the vaccination (currently 12 years and up). We will require proof in the form of the vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass before entering the building the first week of class.

-Applause may make changes of any nature at any time and from time to time to its classes, calendar, schedule, standards, policies, requirements, rules, and procedures whenever Applause deems it necessary or desirable in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, changes in modes or methods of delivery of classes, modifying or rescheduling classes, and requiring compliance with new, additional, or modified standards, policies, procedures, or rules intended for the protection of the health and safety of our community. If guidelines for room capacities change, cancellations will be made to the last students registered.

 

After-School Theater & Dance:

-There are no make-up classes for our after-school program. We encourage your child to attend the majority of classes and we offer private lessons for an additional charge if they require extra help.

-Pre-School Classes will be allowed 2 scheduled make-up classes throughout the semester, pending availability.

-In the event of inclement weather, make-up classes may be held virtually.

-CANCELLATION POLICY: A full refund less a $75 cancellation fee will be given if Applause is notified 24 hours prior to the second class of the semester. If we are notified of the cancellation later, we are unable to give any kind of refund. Please note that this does not include Private Groups.

• There are no refunds for Private Groups.

-RETURNED CHECKS: A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned from the bank for any reason.

-Applause reserves the right to dismiss a student, without refund, whose conduct or influence, in the opinion of the Program Director, is not in the best interests of the class.

-Students must wear appropriate attire for class.

-Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all students eligible to receive the vaccination (currently 12 years and up). We will require proof in the form of the vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass before entering the building the first week of class.

-Applause may make changes of any nature at any time and from time to time to its classes, calendar, schedule, standards, policies, requirements, rules, and procedures whenever Applause deems it necessary or desirable in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, changes in modes or methods of delivery of classes, modifying or rescheduling classes, and requiring compliance with new, additional, or modified standards, policies, procedures, or rules intended for the protection of the health and safety of our community. If guidelines for room capacities change, cancellations will be made to the last students registered.

 

ADC Elite Competition Team:

-There are no make-up classes for the ADC Elite Competition Program. We encourage your child to attend all classes.  We offer private lessons for an additional charge if they require extra help.

-More than one unexcused absence will result in removal from the ADC Elite Competition Team.  

-If absences begin to affect a dancer’s performance, an alternate will be considered as a replacement. 

-Applause reserves the right to dismiss a student, without refund, whose conduct or influence, in the opinion of the Program Director, is not in the best interests of the class.

-Students must wear all black to each class. Black yoga pants, black leggings, black tank tops, black t-shirts and/or black leotards are acceptable.  All dancers should have athletic sneakers or jazz sneakers preferable in black.  White, silver, or gray accents are acceptable.  

-Uniform ADC teamwear will be required for all competition weekends.  Teamwear options will be available for purchase via links provided by the ADC Elite Competition Team Coordinator. 

-Parents will be responsible for all competition fees, including, but not limited to, costume fees, entry fees, media packet, etc. Parents will also be responsible for travel, meals/snacks during competitions, and helping your child at the competition (chaperoning, hair, makeup, etc.). 

-Parents must fill out a conflict sheet with your child’s scheduled conflicts and return it to Applause prior to the first day of class.

-All solo and/or duet requests must be submitted by the third week of class for review by the Director of Dance.  

-Students MUST be available for the ENTIRE competition weekend to be eligible for the program. Students may not miss more than 1 pre-planned class, except in the case of illness, family emergency, or exposure to COVID-19.

-Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all students eligible to receive the vaccination (currently 12 years and up). We will require proof in the form of the vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass before entering the building the first week of class.

-Students may be required to produce a negative Covid test prior to competition weekend depending on the rules set forth by the competition committee.  

-CANCELLATION POLICY: There will be no refunds or credits given for our weekend program. 

-RETURNED CHECKS: A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned from the bank for any reason.

-Applause may make changes of any nature at any time and from time to time to its classes, calendar, schedule, standards, policies, requirements, rules, and procedures whenever Applause deems it necessary or desirable in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, changes in modes or methods of delivery of classes, modifying or rescheduling classes, and requiring compliance with new, additional, or modified standards, policies, procedures, or rules intended for the protection of the health and safety of our community. If guidelines for room capacities change, the location of  rehearsals may be subject to change.

 



GENERAL POLICIES:

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY:

Applause is committed to meeting all approved safety criteria to minimize the risk of exposure to Covid-19 virus for our students and staff while on the premises. 

-Proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination is required for all students eligible to receive the vaccination (currently 12 years and up). We will require proof in the form of the vaccination card or the Excelsior Pass before entering the building the first week of class.

-Any student, staff member, parent, or other person MUST stay home if they are feeling ill, have any symptoms of COVID-19, have a temperature, or may have been exposed to COVID-19 within the past 14 days (unless vaccinated).

-Students may not participate in the program if they have traveled to a restricted state in the last 14 days, or if they have had contact with a person known to have COVID-19 (unless they are vaccinated). 

-Students may not participate in the program if their school has required students to quarantine (unless they are vaccinated). 

-Mask wearing and social distancing will follow NYS recommended guidelines. If a student does not follow these guidelines, they will be removed from the class without refund.

-There will be no lost and found. Any items left behind will be immediately thrown away.

-Indoor waiting areas may have limited capacity, so please plan accordingly.

-Any class that requires a snack break will have snack time outside (weather permitting). Students will be required to sanitize their hands before and after eating.

-Students will be dismissed outside of the building at the end time of their class. Parents and caregivers must arrive for dismissal on time.

-Applause may make changes of any nature at any time and from time to time to its classes, calendar, schedule, standards, policies, requirements, rules, and procedures whenever Applause deems it necessary or desirable in connection with the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. This may include, but is not limited to, changes in modes or methods of delivery of classes, modifying or rescheduling classes, and requiring compliance with new, additional, or modified standards, policies, procedures, or rules intended for the protection of the health and safety of our community. If guidelines for room capacities change, cancellations will be made to the last students registered.

 

ANTI-RACISM POLICY:

-Applause is committed to being a safe and welcoming space regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic status. No discriminating acts or remarks will be tolerated by students or parents at Applause.

 

VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY:

-Filming of any kind is not permitted. Applause reserves the right to film, photograph classes and share footage, movies and photographs on appropriate viewing platforms and for teaching purposes and publicity. Viewing platforms may include, but are not limited to, Applause Theatrical Workshops Inc. social media outlets and YouTube channel.



 

VIRTUAL POLICIES:

You will receive a Zoom link to the class the day before your class begins.

  • There are no refunds for our online programs.
  • RETURNED CHECKS: A $30.00 fee will be charged for each check returned from the bank for any reason.
  • VIDEO & PHOTOGRAPHY: Filming of any kind is not permitted. Applause reserves the right to film, photograph classes and share footage, movies and photographs on appropriate viewing platforms and for teaching purposes and publicity. Viewing platforms may include, but are not limited to, Applause Theatrical Workshops Inc. social media outlets and YouTube channel.
  • MAKE UP CLASSES: There are no make-up classes for our online programs.
  • ANTI-RACISM POLICY: Applause is committed to being a safe and welcoming space regardless of race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or socio-economic status. No discriminating acts or remarks will be tolerated by students or parents at Applause.
  • Applause reserves the right to dismiss a student, without refund, whose conduct or influence, on the opinion of the Program Director, is not in the best interests of the class.