School Policies

Dance Class Etiquette

For your child to have the best possible experience in his or her dance class, please review the following guidelines. We expect children and teenagers to follow these guidelines in every class!

I am ready for class if…

  • I am on time!
  • I am wearing the proper dance clothes and shoes.
  • I am wearing my hair pulled back from my face.
  • I do not have gum or candy in my mouth.
  • I am not wearing jewelry or a watch.
  • I have visited the restroom.
  • I have already spoken with my friends in the lobby or dressing room. (No talking during class!)
  • I am ready to listen, learn and have fun!

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Cover-Up Attire

Please encourage your child (especially teenage children) to wear cover-up clothing over leotards and tights when outside of the dance studio. We strive to teach our children proper etiquette and manners, and proper etiquette in traveling to and from the dance studio should include cover-up clothing. Also, please DO NOT WEAR DANCE SHOES OUTSIDE! Street shoes are for the street, dance shoes are for the dance studio. Children should arrive and depart in street shoes and change into dance shoes once inside. Wearing dance shoes outdoors ruins the shoes and dance floor.

Please see our Class Attire page for information on required apparel for dance classes. We recommend purchasing your dance attire from the following local dance supply stores:

Les Gals Activewear
2337 Distribution Circle
Silver Spring MD 20910

Footlights Dance and Theatre Boutique
938 Wayne Ave
Silver Spring MD 20910

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Late Pick-Up Policy

We expect all children to be picked up promptly from their dance classes. Parents will be assessed a $10 late charge if a child is picked up more than 10 minutes after class ends. An additional $1 per minute charge will accrue for any time thereafter.

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Class Observation

To ensure the best (and least distracting) learning environment for your child, classes are closed to parents and guardians. We do offer two Visitors’ Weeks, one each in fall and spring, when families are invited to observe class.

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Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the status of all classes will be sent via email, recorded on the voice mail at 301-200-8585, and posted on our home page.

For classes at Maplewood-Alta Vista Park, decisions on possible class cancellations will be based on the weather forecast and road/parking lot conditions. Announcements will be made no later than one hour prior to the first class of the day.

For classes at Walter Johnson High School, we must follow Montgomery County cancellations for Community Activities in schools. You can check the status of Community Activities here. Generally, when schools are closed, Community Activities are also canceled. Occasionally, Community Activities may be open even if school/county-sponsored events canceled. In this case, RCDA classes will likely be held as scheduled. We will send an email to confirm.

Please check our School Calendar for scheduled holidays.

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Make-up Class Policy

You can make up any missed lessons (due to inclement weather, illness, travel, etc.) in another class of a similar level on a different day at any time. There is no expiration date for making up missed classes within a given session (i.e. School Year 2016-2017).

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates for 2016-2017
Tuition payments are divided into trimesters, with three payments over the school year: upon registration, by the first week of December, and by the first week of March. An annual non-refundable registration fee of $30.00 per family will be collected at the time of registration.
A late fee of $15 will be applied to any accounts 30 days overdue. Additional late fees may apply for any accounts more than 45 days overdue.

Classes not meeting minimum enrollment may be combined or canceled.

The December tuition payment will also include recital costume fees as appropriate:

  • Regular Costume Fee: $60
  • 2-in-1 Costume Fee: $85
  • Rental Costume Fee: $25

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Class Withdrawals and Refunds

Child and Teen classes are taught on a school year basis, with curriculum progressing appropriately from September through June, concluding with a recital performance in June. Tuition is divided into three trimesters over the school year. Should a student have to discontinue any or all classes, the parent or guardian must notify Rock Creek Dance Academy in writing before the start of the second trimester. RCDA will not issue refunds for any missed classes nor early withdrawal. Dancers are encouraged to complete makeup classes in the event of an absence. There is no expiration date for makeup classes (see Make-up Class Policy above). Classes not meeting minimum enrollment may be combined or canceled. Refunds will only be provided if a class is canceled by RCDA.

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Referral Incentive Program

During the school year, any current RCDA customers who refer a new student to RCDA will receive a $20 credit to their third trimester tuition. Both the referring and referred families must be enrolled through the third trimester. There is no limit to the amount of referral credits a family can earn! Families referring three or more students will also receive a special gift at the year-end recital.

Save 10% on your summer tuition when you refer a new customer to a Summer Program at RCDA. Both the referring and referred families must be enrolled in any Summer Program (Classes, Camps, or Intensives). We appreciate the referrals!

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Annual Dance Recital

At the end of each school year, RCDA produces an elaborate recital production in which all students are invited to perform. Students are taught age-appropriate choreography that enables them to take the stage with confidence and enthusiasm. Stunning (yet modest!) costumes are custom-ordered for each dancer and enhance the recital experience, allowing each student to shine brightly. A fresh recital theme is presented each year, and includes a ballet suite that involves dancers of all ages.

Performances are held in the state-of-the-art Cultural Arts Center Theatre at Montgomery College Takoma Park/Silver Spring, with lighting designed by the very talented technical staff at the college. For details about this year’s recital, please visit our Recital page.

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Adult Classes

Adult classes offered on a class card basis. Class cards expire in June 2017.
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