Studio Policies

Tuition & Fees

There is a yearly registration fee of $40.00 per family. Registration fees are not refundable. Your registration fee holds your place in the class, covers insurance per student for the season, data input and maintenance. Please see your registration packet for tuition fees.

This season tuition is based on a 34-week session, including 1.5 additional weeks for inclement weather for a total of 35.5 weeks. There are 10 payments, September thru June, now referred to as payments 1-10. Tuition is due on the FIRST of each month with a grace period extending through the TENTH day of each month September thru June. A $10.00 late fee will be added to your montly tuition if paid after the tenth day of the month. This includes if the studio is closed for any reason (i.e. regular hours, holidays, weekends, etc). Tuition is to be paid in cash or debit/CC (auto-withdrawal only). Cash payments are to be in a envelope labeled with your childs’ name and total and placed in the tuition box beside the front door. Please use exact change only as the studio does not keep cash on site. Receipts for cash payments will be available 1 week after payment is submitted in the basket in the office. Southside Ballet no longer accepts checks for tuition payments. A $10.00 LATE FEE IS MANDATORY FOR ALL LATE PAYMENTS. IF ABSENT, PLEASE MAIL YOUR PAYMENT AS A MONEY ORDER OR CERTIFIED CHECK (1408 South Church Street, Smithfield VA 23430.) In addition, if tuition and late fees are not paid by the twentieth of the month the student will not be permitted to return to class or perform in the June Recital until ALL outstanding balances have been paid, DEADLINE June 1, 2018. Automatic payments will be transferred on the first of each month.

There are no refunds or carryover of tuition into the following month. Dancers may not “skip” or “take off” a month. Payment is due whether absent or present in class. Make up lessons may be arranged if a suitable class is available.

“I understand that I must give 30 days written notice, via the withdrawal form available at the studio, to the director, Meredith S. Parks if I decide to no longer attend classes. I agree to pay all fees and tuition due within 30 days of my notice. I understand that NO REFUNDS for tuition, costume fees, recital fees, and any other fees will be given. I agree to pay all costs and a reasonable sum on account of attorney’s fees in connection with any action necessary to collect any amounts past due.”

Dress Code

We are currently working on establishing a Southside Ballet Studio Dance Wear store! We hope to carry all supplies in our online store at a discounted rate. Please visit your parent portal for easy shopping or stop in at the studio for a quick purchase!

We also recommend the following local and online stores:
Dance Outfitters – 1036 Volvo Pkwy #1, Chesapeake VA, 23320, carries all of our supplies! Please take your supply list with you and tell them that you are from Southside Ballet Studio in order to receive a discount. You can also order online at

  • Dancers are required to have the appropriate attire by the second week of class.
  • Underwear is not to be worn under ballet attire or with any leotard.
  • All shoes must be checked by the instructor prior to wearing or sewing elastic.
  • Ballet (all levels): Secured in a neat bun with no hanging hair or fly aways. Bobby pins, hair spray/gel, and a hair net will help to keep hair from falling during class or performance.
  • All Other Techniques: Secured in a neat bun or pony tail with no hanging hair or fly aways.
  • Please see the Dress Code page.
  • We've made supply shopping easier than ever this year! Supplies can be purchased at the studio or in our online store via your parent portal!

Attendance & Promptness

Punctuality is stressed. The lesson should be learned in its entirety. Dance is ensemble based work. Each member of the ensemble is an essential element and must be prepared. Prompt regular attendance is very important to performance. Attendance is kept and the instructor reserves the right to require private lessons at the regular hourly rate OR remove a student from any performances for excessive absences, no refunds will be given.

Inclement Weather

Generally, when ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY SCHOOLS are closed or released early due to bad weather, the studio will also be closed. I will post to our Facebook Page and send a mass email with cancellation information if internet is available. I will also send out a message using our “Remind” app that can be downloaded onto your cell phone. Additional forms of communication may be added throughout the season. Makeup lessons will be scheduled as needed. We have 1.5 weeks built into the schedule for inclement weather days.

Community Service Preformances

Southside Ballet Studio participates in many community service performances throughout the year and we are excited to include you! These are not mandatory but highly encouraged as we believe that giving back to our community through sharing our gift of dance is our responsibility. Two performances that most dancers will participate in include our Nursing Home Weeks: December 11 – 15 & May 14 – 18. Dancers will perform on the night of their regular classes.


  • Dress Rehearsal Performance #1 Wednesday May 30, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Dress Rehearsal Performance #2 Thursday May 31, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Recital Performance #1 Saturday June 2, 2018, 1:00 p.m. (Your performance time will be released February 1, 2018)
  • Recital Performance #2 Saturday June 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m. (Your performance time will be released February 1, 2018)
  • An early rehearsal on Saturday or an extra rehearsal during the week may be added based on student need.

  • A non-refundable recital fee of $115.00 is due February 1, 2018. This includes unlimited seating for your friends and family at both performances and a complimentary dvd of 1 performance with a free 5X7 action photo of your dancer. This fee helps to cover the facility rental fee, staff salary, lighting and sound technicians, janitorial staff, insurance for facility rental, backdrop, supplies, props, etc.
  • Action Photographs will be taken during dress rehearsal and professional video will be taken during the performance. Photography and videography by audience members Is strictly prohibited. This protects our dancers’ privacy and the work of our teachers.
  • Please plan to be available for all rehearsals and avoid schedule conflicts. This is a very busy time of year (ball games, graduations, birthday parties, etc). All students are required to be present and participate in dress rehearsal in order to perform in the recital, no exceptions.
  • Costume Fees (per costume) are due November 1, 2017
  • Costumes will not be ordered if fees have not been paid in full.
  • Costume prices will not increase but may decrease based on costume selection for each class.
  • Any costumes not picked up by the purchaser 30 days after the Spring Recital will become property of Southside Ballet Studio, LLC.
  • The correct tights for each costume will be included with your costume fee this year!
  • $65.00 Pre-ballet – Level II (including – Beginner & Intermediate Lyrical, Beginner/Intermediate Hip Hop, Beginner/Intermediate Acrobatic Arts).
  • $75.00 Level III and Up (includes Beginner Teen Ballet/Lyrical/Jazz, Level III, IV, Advanced Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Advanced Acrobatic Arts.)
  • $100.00 Level III and Up Ballet and Pointe.


Classes are in Session September 11, 2017 – June 8, 2018
The studio will be closed on the following dates: Following IOWC School Holiday Schedule (the studio is not closed for early dismissals or teacher workdays, etc.) Monday students may make up 2 classes as desired without prior scheduling in order to complete their total 34 weeks. Unfortunately, New Year’s Day falls on a Monday this year.

HalloweenOctober 31, 2017
Thanksgiving BreakNovember 22 – 26, 2017
Winter Break December 15 – January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr DayJanuary 15, 2018
President’s DayFebruary 19, 2018
Spring Break March 31 – April 8, 2018
Memorial Day May 28, 2018

General Information

  • Pre Ballet/Tap and Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1 students must use the restroom before class time.
  • Ballet class must be taken in order for the dancer to take lyrical.
  • Any dancer taking pointe class must have a recommendation from their teacher and be enrolled in 2 ballet classes a week.
  • Please read the monthly Studio Newsletter for updates. The letter will be emailed, posted to facebook, and displayed on the bulletin board in the lobby.
  • Information concerning class changes and other related information will always be emailed or posted at the studio.
  • Parents and friends are asked to only observe class during scheduled Observation Weeks – the first week of each month October – March only. Please note that parents are asked to “observe.” Please do not give students directions or corrections during class time.
  • The dressing room is available to students for quiet conversation between classes. All street apparel should be left in the dressing room.
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the dressing room.
  • No street shoes on the dance floor.
  • Please wear a cover up to the studio and when leaving the studio. Dancers do not wear their uniforms (leotards and tights) in public.
  • Please mark your child’s name on all clothing and shoes. The studio cannot be responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  • The studio is not responsible for students who leave the building between or after classes.
  • Students must schedule a private lesson with a Southside Ballet Studio instructor in order to perform any choreography created by a Southside Ballet Studio instructor.
  • Students must schedule a private lesson with a Southside Ballet Studio instructor in order to list Southside Ballet Studio as their dance studio before any competition, pageant, or showcase that includes dance.