CORE Academy Payments, Policies and Dress Code

Youth Dance Classes, ages 3-18


Code of Conduct

Students learn better in a secure, orderly and non-disruptive environment.  The goal of CORE’s Student’s Code of Conduct is to help students and teachers create an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.  At CORE, clear and reasonable rules are fairly and consistently implemented.  A safe and positive learning environment for students and adults is essential to our success and we appreciate your commitment to these principles.  We trust each faculty member and rely upon their eyes and ears as authority in the classroom.  We will enforce appropriately with the behavior that is presented to us in class or rehearsal time.  Each teacher reserves the right to create specific classroom rules which can and will be enforced by the administrators.


Dancers are expected to attend classes regularly. If you need to miss a class please communicate this with your instructor and try to meet up with a fellow classmate, when appropriate, to go through any missed material.
Dancers are expected to arrive to class on time. Warm-up is done at the start of every class and it is imperative that all dancers participate in warm-up to ensure that their body is ready for physical activity and movement.
Dancers should make every effort to come in Dress Code to each and every class in order to positively influence the body’s rhythm and movement in class without restrictions.

Dancers are encouraged to establish new friendships with others in their class. Teamwork is very important and dancers are expected to treat each other with kindness and respect in and out of the studio.

Dancers are expected to focus and pay attention to direction from instructors and keep talking to a minimum. If a dancer is observing a class, they are expected to be quiet and not disrupt the class in session.

Dancers understand that there is a zero tolerance behavior policy at CORE. Dancers behaving inappropriately will be removed from the class and parents will be involved.

Dancers must be considerate of and treat the studio and its premises, as well as the possessions of other dancers and teachers, with respect and due care. Dancers are expected to clean up any messes and pick up items left behind while at the studio.

Dancers should review material and practice at home on a regular basis between classes and during breaks.

Dancers and families are expected to be up to date and informed on studio happenings or performances. Paper notices will be handed out and will always be available online at the website, social media sites and in our lobbies.

CORE advises against students leaving the studio without adult supervision after classes. Students are asked to use the waiting room if they are waiting between classes or for their ride home.


All youth registrations occur in person, by online system or phone thru the CORE Academy office.

Payments are collected one of two ways; IN FULL or broken up EQUALLY into TEN parts.  For your ease, we collect payments Sept-June.  Regardless of those months where 5 lessons occur, where holiday breaks occur, etc

There are TEN EQUAL payments.

Tuition is based on a 10 month payment schedule for the school year. If you pay monthly, you are choosing to separate your payment EQUALLY regardless of the quantity per month. If you choose to pay up front, we calculate from start date through June.

How does CORE compare in cost
CORE’s lessons follow an organized syllabus in each discipline. We’ve broken the payment methods down to better suit your budgeting needs and we still pride ourselves on our professionally experienced, college/university graduate staff; your kids will never be taught by a non-professional.

Payment of Tuition
For your convenience, please choose from our tWO methods for payment

Tuition may be paid by automatic debit card/credit card, or  a series of postdated checks.  No month to month payments.  No exceptions to the payment policy.  A credit card must be kept on file for late fees.

*Payment by Automatic Debit Card or Automatic Credit Card Charge:
Tuition will be debited or charged to your credit card on the 1st of each month for 10 months; September through and including June. The month of September is nonrefundable. ALL CREDIT CARD TRANSACTIONS WILL INCUR A STANDARD 3% SERVICE FEE PER TRANSACTION.  Upon registration in summer, your first payment will be deducted to secure your spot in the class- this counts as your FIRST payment/September installment payment.  Subsequent payments then resume on Oct. 1.  You must sign a debit credit card charge authorization form or provide electronic authorization. Credit card or bank debit payments are not accepted for in-person payment. Payment must be made by pre-authorized automatic monthly payment. Only regular monthly tuition may be paid by auto-debit or credit card.  *The month of September is nonrefundable regardless of your drop date.  May and June payments are not refundable if a drop occurs in the month of April.
Please note: Declined cards and cancelled cards incur a $20 late fee per month.

*Payment by Postdated Checks:
Tuition can be paid by a series of ten postdated checks, dated for the first of each month; September through and including June.  Your first check must be dated for the date of registration and is non refundable. Checks should be payable to CORE Academy of Movement. All checks must be received upon registration to confirm enrollment in lesson day and time. No lessons will be confirmed without receipt of all postdated checks. Failure to provide postdated checks will result in an extra fee of $10 per month. All NSF checks will be charged a $20 NSF fee.  A debit or credit card must also be kept on file- in the case your check bounces, we will apply a $20NSF, a $20 late fee and charge the account on file to collect your balance.
*The month of September is nonrefundable regardless of the reason for withdrawal.

Price by length of class with TEN PAYMENT FINANCING:
Our updated pricing structure applies to 2020-21  Dance Season beginning with September’s session.  Remember, at CORE, every teacher is a working professional artist.  We are confident you will see a difference in the caliber of teaching your students receive and how our business is run.  We’re happy to discuss rates and discounts with you so that you can best determine your schedule and payment preferences.

>3-4 yr olds Intro to Ballet, 4-5 yr olds and 5-6 yr olds TAP/BALLET combo classes (one class per week)…$70 equal monthly installments

>7-8 yr olds offerings; Ballet, Jazz/Tap, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop… $70 per discipline, equal monthly installments

> 9-11 yr old offerings; Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Musical Theater, Modern & Hip Hop… $70 per discipline, equal monthly installments

For Dancers 11-older class offerings, our class length and multi-class discount varies.  Please call the office for a calculation of rates, (856) 778-5955

Costumes:  Costumes/tights for the Spring Dance Recital will be charged to your automatic debit card or credit card on  December 10 with your recital participation and consent/permission form.  * Our costumes typically cost between $70-125 and include all items head-to-toe upon pick up.  Final costume balance is charged with December payment to ensure delivery in spring.  If you are paying by postdated check, a check for the costume/tight fee, dated December 10 must be provided at time of registration. No costume/tight fees will be refunded after January 1 even if a student withdraws from the school.

The final balance for financed costumes is due Jan 10 and includes all items head-to-toe (tights, costume, accessories, props, extras, steamed, costume checklist) upon pick up.

Withdrawal and Refunds

We request adequate notification for withdrawal from lessons, 4+ weeks.  No withdrawals accepted after tuition is processed on April 1- May and June will be charged as scheduled.  All unprocessed checks, dated after the one month notice period, will be returned. All automatic debiting or credit card charges will stop after withdrawal notice.  We do not issue refunds for credit cards once process is complete.

Attendance and Tardiness

The school reserves the right to have students who come more than 10 minutes late to class, sit out. A minimum attendance level of 80% is required. Illness and family emergency will be taken into account. Students who miss excessive classes in April and May may be removed from the Spring Dance Concert at the Director’s discretion.

*Parent’s Responsibility to be Aware of Dates and Events

It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all school activities, such as observation days, recitals, extra classes, and dates the school is open or closed. The school will post all such notices on the lobby bulletin board as well as send notices home with the students and post such information on the web site. It is the parent’s responsibility to regularly check these sources to insure they are informed. Please inform the office of any changes in address, account, or phone number.


Parents, legal guardians of minor students and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on school property resulting from normal dance activity or any other activity conducted by the students before, during, or after class time.
Policies and Safety Disclaimer: By registering your student with CORE Academy of Movement, LLC, all Parents, Guardians and Students understand and expressly assume all risks involved in connection with dance instruction, rehearsal, and training at CORE Academy of Movement, LLC. (“CORE”), including but not limited to risk of bodily injury occurring as a result of contact with other students, instructors, walls, equipment, floors, and other objects located in or near dance studios, or the Student’s physical condition or physical limitations, and the student warrants that they are physically fit and able to participate in all activities involved in dance instruction, rehearsal, and performance and assume the risk of such.
By registering your student with CORE, all Parents, Guardians and Students understand the school policies and regulations regarding tuition payments, scheduling, performance guidelines and day to day management.  Failure to abide by these policies which are in place to protect the safety of your student, allows us to remove your student from said activities.

Weather or emergency cancellation

The studio will record a voice mail announcement concerning closings for inclement weather by 2pm. Please call the main office 856-778-5955

If we are forced to close due to unforeseen circumstances (including but not limited to weather cancellations, hurricanes, epidemics, states of emergency, etc.), we will make every effort to make-up classes. Please understand that we cannot be responsible for acts of Mother Nature or other unforeseen circumstances. Class cancellations do not affect your monthly tuition.
If the State of NJ issues an emergency closure, we will immediately transition to Zoom and continue until we can safely reopen.  



Why a dress code? 

A dress code ensures that a teacher will be able to see a dancer’s alignment and positioning. The teacher needs to be able to see a dancer’s successes as well as mistakes in the classroom. Baggy clothing can mask bad habits, making corrections impossible.  A dress code will also teach students discipline, helping with overall focus and energy. By “dressing the part,” dancers feel like dancers. Dress codes can also create unity among the dancers instead of causing a few dancers to stand out, (much like a school uniform policy).Required dance wear and dance shoes must be worn to all classes.Be careful not to wear dance shoes OUTDOORS- always change into your dance shoes!  The soft materials and metal taps can be ruined and harmful to our flooring

Intro to Ballet; ages 3-4 – any color footed tights, solid color leotard, leather ballet slippers with elastic – pink for girls and black for boys. Hair must be pulled back off the face. No jewelry or gum. NO SKIRTS, PLEASE!

Tap and Ballet Combo classes; ages 4,5 and 6 –
Hair must be worn securely off the face. No jewelry or gum.  Any color footed tights, solid color leotard, leather pink ballet slippers with elastic, black tap shoes . NO SKIRTS, PLEASE!

Tap and Jazz – leotard of any color, tights, tight fitting capri or ankle length pants and black oxford tap and pull on jazz shoes.  NO SHORTS.  NO MIDRIFFS.
Hair must be pulled back off the face. No jewelry or gum.

Boys – short sleeved white T shirt with ankle length black pants or knee length shorts with black socks.  Black tap oxfords or black pull on Jazz shoes

Hip Hop – Jazz dress code and t-shirts or tanks are permitted.  NO JEANS.  We encourage dancers to wear street sneakers/gym sneakers as they are more supportive than dance sneakers.

Modern – jazz dress code applies.  All dancers will be barefoot with pants that cover to the knee or below.  No bare legs for floor-work. Ballet ages 9 and older

Ballet Girls: black leotard, pink footed or convertible tights.  Properly fitting, pink leather ballet shoes for dancers age 9-11 and pink leather or canvas ballet shoes for dancers 12 and older.  Dancers may wear solid color, mid-thigh length skirts.  NO COVER-UPS, no tank tops, no baggy clothing permitted in ballet class.  Tight fitting ballet sweaters and wraps permitted for barre work. Hair will be worn in bun at the crown of the head, bangs pinned back securely.  No gum or jewelry.
NO UNDERWEAR- tights only

Boys: – short sleeved white T shirt with ankle length black pants or knee length shorts with black socks.  Black leather or black canvas ballet with elastic

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