Payment Schedule & Registration Information
Students are registered for the duration of the school year, starting in September. The student’s parent or guardian is responsible for tuition and fees through the end of the year. The studio must receive a letter of withdrawal 30 days prior to a student leaving the program, or switching programs, in order to void this contract. Payments continue to be due until withdrawal is complete; no partial payments accepted.
Payments are made by credit card or bank draft, through our online studio software (Jackrabbit). Payments for weekly classes are due by the first of the month; your account will be billed on the 1st (or the closest following business day if the 1st is a weekend day or a holiday) if you have not already made the payment.
The first payment of the year (Sept - June) must include the registration fee and first month's tuition.
Tuition remains the same if there are 3, 4, or 5 classes in a month.
There is a $2 fee for each declined credit card payment and a $15 late fee for all payments received after the seventh (7th) of the month.
Payments for private lessons, workshops and master classes are due at the time of enrollment. Payments for mini-sessions and private classes are due 1 week prior to the start of the session, unless otherwise stated.
To cancel the studio contract (i.e. cease responsibility for paying tuition for the remainder of the year in the event a student wishes to drop out of class/program): a 30-day advance written notice (letter or email)--no texts--must be provided. Students are welcome to complete their class schedule during their 30-day withdrawal notice period. At the end of 30 days, the student will no longer be enrolled and will not incur additional fees. It is the parent/guardian's responsibility to follow up if they do not receive a response to their letter of withdrawal.
Student accounts must be current to participate in classes, shows and events.
Tuition assistance may be available for dedicated students who meet certain requirements. Contact the studio if you need tuition assistance at any time throughout the year..
2020-2021 Tuition Rates
Registration fee: $25/student; maximum $55/family
45 minute class $55/month; $50/month if same students is taking more than 1 weekly class
1 hour class $65/month
90 minute class $95/month
45 minute private $50/private
60 min semi-private $35/per person
*must take a minimum of 2 privates a month if not taking group classes
Ceili Club $10/class (no registration fee)
Studio 2 Usage $10/hour during regular studio hours
Air Yoga see Air Yoga page for pricing
Trial classes are $15 each; amount will be applied to class tuition only if the student enrolls in class the same day as the trial.
Summer: During the summer the class schedule changes & tuition fees are adjusted accordingly. Summer registration fee is included in class tuition.
All classes must have a minimum of three students. Classes may be combined as needed.
Flying Irish Dance Troupe (FIDT)
For our most dedicated dancers, those who take all the classes they can and love to participate in all our events, we offer the FIDT discount pricing. With a flat monthly fee, a dancer can take all regularly scheduled weekly classes that apply to them, participate in Ceili Club classes for free and get 5% off of all private lessons.
First family member pays full single tuition rate. (The first family member is the student with the highest weekly class rate.) All additional students will have 5% deducted from their weekly class tuition rate. Discounts do not apply for private lessons/classes, workshops, master classes, ceili club, punch cards, or mini-sessions. Family discounts cannot be combined with other discounts (the highest discount rate will be applied).
Gift Certificates are available to purchase for monthly tuition and private lessons for currently enrolled students. Private lessons/classes must be scheduled within 1 month of purchase and taken by the end of regularly scheduled classes in June (i.e. prior to the summer session). Fill out our Contact form telling us the student's name and what you're interested in purchasing and we will be in touch.
Please respect the privacy of the residence attached to the Flying Irish Studio by only coming to the property when the studio is open for business.
PANDEMIC POLICIES--subject to change as new information becomes available
The Flying Irish Studio will maintain small class sizes until the threat of COVID-19 is contained. Staff will disinfect common areas each day classes are held. Hand sanitizer has always been provided in the studio, and is located in the lobby as well. Staff, students, and families members may opt to wear face masks, face shields and/or gloves while at the studio, and may be required to do so. Masks must be fitted to the face (i.e. no material hanging loose). When required, masks must be in place on the face before entering the building. Students who do not have masks will either be sent home or given a Flying Irish face mask (your Jackrabbit account will be charged that night for the mask). The studio uses a medical-quality HEPA air filtration system in addition to the filters in the heating/AC system.
**Face masks will be required in class during times of enhanced physical distancing and for dancers who live with, or come into regular close contact with, someone who may be ill. Virtual classes or class recordings may be available as make ups for dancers who have to stay home due to illness or a risk of infection (see our absentee policy). Students who cannot wear masks for medical reasons must have completely filled out their medical forms, indicating the need for an accommodation.
If enhanced physical/social distancing is required to hold classes, it is possible that the waiting room may be closed or there may be a limit to the number of people in the waiting room. Please have dancers use the bathroom prior to arriving at the Studio. During times of social distancing, the bathroom will be disinfected regularly. This may limit the number of people who can use the bathroom, both during class and in-between classes due to cleaning time needed.
Classes have been spaced to allow for individual drop off & pick up at the Studio. Please be prepared for this situation. Notify your dancer's instructor if you need to drop your child off at the entrance to the building and want someone to take your child into the building/studio. Staff will assist younger dancers with their shoes, when needed. Areas will be marked six feet apart outside the studio with suggested traffic flow so proper distance can be maintained. Inside of class, students will stand six feet apart and will be required to wear face masks in class. If recommended by scientists/government, students may also need to wear gloves if participating in team dances. Seating in the lobby has been marked for seating 3 or 6 feet apart.
If it is deemed necessary, staff members may take students' temperatures before they enter the studio. Anyone with a temperature over 100F will not be allowed to enter class. Students' temperatures will not be kept on file.
Whenever necessary for the health and safety of our families, the Flying Irish Studio will offer virtual classes. Tuition, and the class withdrawal policy, remains the same for virtual classes as for in-person classes. There are no make-ups when we run exclusively virtual classes. If the studio is running exclusively virtual classes, dancers may email the studio 1 video per week, of one dance (maximum 2 steps or 1 step & RF of a set). Instructors will respond via email with comments. The Flying Irish Studio's small class sizes ensure that our dancers continue to have a high quality experience when transitioning to virtual classes.
For more details, go to the Absences & Make Ups page.
If there is any food on premises the parent/adult should first check with other guests to make sure no one suffers from allergies. Any parent of a student with allergies must assume the responsibility of staying with their child.
ONLY WATER is allowed in the studio.
Health & Medications:
All students must have insurance. Students must notify the studio if they are not up-to-date with standard vaccinations (ex. MMR), if they have compromised immune systems and/or severe contact allergies. The studio will endeavor to protect the health of all its clients to the best of its ability.
Students cannot attend classes if they have missed school or work that day. Students must be fever free for 24 hours to attend classes. Students with sick/infectious family members must wear masks to class.
Hand sanitizer is provided in the studio for whenever students will be holding hands/touching each other.
Parents are solely responsible for their child's medication. Parents must agree to stay with their child and make advance arrangements to chaperone events if a medical issue exists.
Flying Irish, LLC, has a zero tolerance policy for bullying. Every student has a right to a safe and productive learning environment. The Flying Irish reserves the right to dismiss, without recourse, any student or family who does not adhere to our policies by disrupting the learning environment. Refunds will not be given.
Pictures and/or videos may be taken and published by Flying Irish, LLC, throughout the year for use to celebrate and promote student accomplishments and the Flying Irish programs.
Parents may video free public events for private viewing; private events or events with an admission fee may not be filmed. Parents need to continually monitor their child's and their own social media pages to ensure the privacy of other people is being respected. If a fellow student or minors are in the picture, and/or if a private photo is tagged, it must be done with the permission of the fellow student or minor's parent and all content must be appropriate for families. Families must observe Rince Tua Nua's Child Safety policies at all events.
Videotaping is strictly forbidden at competitions, with the exception of sanctioned representatives of the host organization or during awards.
Material may be videotaped during private lessons for at-home tutoring (no sharing).
PICK UP & DROP OFF
To minimize disruptions when dropping off students, please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before scheduled class time, and make sure to pick up students within 5 minutes after class has ended. Parents must come inside the building to pick up young children; please notify the instructor or send in a note if someone other than the parent will be driving students home. Students who are allowed to arrive and leave buildings independently, without a parent’s supervision, are their parents’ responsibility.
Students must be ready to participate as soon as their class begins, and are allowed to leave class only in an emergency. Students who arrive after the class warm-ups are completed will need to do their own warm-ups or may only be allowed to observe class.
During times of enhanced social distancing, parents will need to pick up their children 1 at a time during pick up & drop off, waiting 6 feet apart outside of the studio. Instructors will walk younger children to the door, and help them with their shoes if necessary. Students will only be allowed to bring their dance shoes, a water bottle and any necessary outerwear into the building; all bags & other items must be left at home or in their car.
Please respect the privacy of the residence attached to the Flying Irish Studio by only coming to the property when the studio is open for business.
Please note: if the Studio needs to run socially distanced classes, the waiting room may not be open to non-students.
Parents should not speak to their child while class is in session. Guests are not allowed inside the dance studio.
Non-dancers must wait in the lobby, which is separate from the studio. A parent observation week will be held during the fall and on the last class prior to the summer session, in June.
When possible, refrain from eating and drinking in the lobby. Ashby does not have trash pickup services (all trash must be hauled to the town dump every other week). If you do consume food or beverages, please bring all food-related trash home with you.
Smoking is not permitted inside the building, or on Studio property.
For safety and to keep our facility enjoyable for all, we ask that children in the lobby are monitored closely and not be allowed to climb on seats and furniture or hang on/block the windows and doors.
The Flying Irish is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged articles. Please only bring class supplies to class.
Parents must bring dirty diapers home with them. Used diapers cannot be accommodated in the trash receptacles (Ashby does not have trash pick up services). Please take care of all private needs of young children in the bathroom.
The waiting area will be wiped down each day the Studio is open for classes. If scientists/government advise wearing face masks in public, they will be required for people in the waiting room.
To help staff maintain a clean environment, if you/your child touches any of the decorations or items for sale, etc., in the waiting area, notify staff so they can be disinfected.
Family members/guests who are sick are not allowed inside the Flying Irish Studio for any reason; please wait in your car. Anyone entering the studio must be symptom- and fever-free for 24 hours, or, in the case of COVID-19, fever-free for 3 days and symptom-free for 10 days. A fever is 100.0 F and higher, or feeling feverish. Wear a mask if someone you live with, or come into regular close contact with, is sick. Masks must be fitted to the face.
All students are individuals with different abilities and will not all progress at the same rate. Students may spend a number of years in a level before moving up. The instructor will have final judgment concerning class placement.
Level Advancement: Dancers learn new material when they advance to another level in competition; private lessons are encouraged to supplement group classes. Dancers are not allowed to compete in a dance unless they have learned the steps for that level. Sometimes material must be retained for special events, such as championships or performances, beyond when a dancer has placed out of that dance/level.
Grade Exams: Irish Dance is a cultural heritage, an art form and a competitive sport. Specific dances are taught at each grade (level) so that dancers progress in the standard manner. Grade exams were created in Ireland to ensure that students properly learn the dances, technique, music, history and culture of Irish Dance. When a dancer has finished learning the material at a specific grade, they will take the grade exam for that level. Grade exams may be used for level advancement when a student does not participate in competition.
Irish Dance is highly cumulative. Regular practice is necessary to remember and master the material taught in class and for advancement. The fast movements and high leaps of Irish Dance require dancers to be physically fit with strong muscles and good stamina to minimize the risk of injury. Practice sessions should include conditioning and drills, adjusted to a dancer’s age and ability level.
Parents can help their students’ progress by creating a space to practice, having the correct music on hand and reviewing practice logs (download from "Classes" page). You do not have to practice with your child.
Irish Dances are named for the type of tune that they are danced to. The speed for the dance is often put in parenthesis next to the tune’s name: ex. Reels (113). The speeds we use can be found on the studio’s “Feis” page. The Beat app has all of a dancer’s music organized by level with new tunes being added regularly. New music can re-invigorate a dancer who has fallen off their practicing.