Fees & Policies

Please note: Fees and Policies posted below are specific to this COVID-19 period. 

Class fees

Class time per Week Winter/Spring Full Semester Fees
Feb 1 - Jun 13
45 minute class $880 In-Studio / $655 VirtualDDF
60 minute class $900 In-Studio / $675 VirtualDDF

Class length is dependent on the class type. Click here to see all class types and associated class length per week.

To register, please click here.

Fees

Semester Deposit & Balance: When you register, you will be charged a $100 deposit per class, $50 of which is NON-REFUNDABLE. This guarantees your spot. The balance of your fees will be charged the first week of the new semester. Fees will be pro-rated if the semester has already begun. No fees are charged if registering for the wait list. There will be a $5 fee for declined cards. 

New Semester Re-enrollment: ALL DANCERS ENROLLED IN FALL 2020 CLASSES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY RE-ENROLLED IN THE SAME CLASSES FOR THE WINTER/SPRING SEMESTER ON JANUARY 4TH. You must opt out via email between JANUARY 4th and JANUARY 11th if you choose NOT to continue dancing into the next semester. Deposits for the next semester’s classes will be charged on January12th. The balance of your tuition will be charged in the first week of the new semester. The Recital Costume and Media fees, normally charged along with Winter/Spring tuition, will be delayed until the plan for Recitals 2021 is determined. Should recitals go ahead, there will be an additional recital costume fee per class and media fee per family charged during the semester, unless you specify by the deadline provided in our communications that your child will not participate. I UNDERSTAND THAT IF I DO NOT OPT OUT, MY FULL SEMESTER DANCER WILL BE ENROLLED IN THE SAME CLASSES FOR THE WINTER/SPRING SEMESTER AND THAT THE DEPOSIT(S) WILL BE CHARGED TO THE CARD ON FILE ON JANUARY 12TH.

Summer Fees (non-Virtual): A non-refundable $100 deposit per week will be charged at the time of registration; the balance will be charged on June 1st. If registering after June 1st, you will be charged in full.  Summer program fees are non-refundable.  Please visit our summer program page for more fees and information for our non-Virtual program.

Summer Fees (Virtual): Full payment is due at time of enrollment. All VirtualDDF summer payments are non-refundable. If Downtown Dance Factory is able to move any part of VirtualDDF to an in-studio Summer Program, payments are transferable. Please visit our VirtualDDF Summer page for more fees and information on our VirtualDDF program. 

Pod Fees:  Payment for Pods is made upfront (pro-rated if the semester has begun), and charged the first day of the semester (or the first day of your first class, if you enroll after the semester start date). A $100 deposit per dancer is charged upon Pod formation. 

Multiple Class Discount: There is a 20% discount for the 2nd and 3rd weekly class, a 25% discount for the 4th weekly class, and a 50% discount for the 5th + weekly class taken by a single student in the same semester (not applicable in the Summer Program). 

Sibling Discount: During the semesters, a sibling discount of 5% is offered for the second child and subsequent children from the same family. During the Summer Program, a 5% sibling discount is offered for the 2nd child and subsequent children from the same family registering for the same week.

Registration Fee: There is a one-time non-refundable $25 registration fee per student, applicable only in the first semester at Downtown Dance Factory.

Payment Methods: Fees can be paid by credit card (Amex, Visa or Mastercard) when registering online or by check made out to “Downtown Dance Factory, LLC”.  In the case of payment by check, please fill out the online form, leave payment information blank and indicate in the comments field that you will pay by check. Checks should be delivered to Downtown Dance Factory 291 Broadway, 5th Floor, NY, NY 10007.

Policies

Covid-19 Related Policies: While regulations dictate, masks must be worn by all teachers, staff and students and anyone entering DDF. Temperatures will be checked and hands sanitized upon arrival. Waiting areas on both floors will be closed to families and caregivers (exceptions for preschool-aged classes). Dressing rooms will be closed and water-fountains turned off. Dancers will exit using the alternate staircase to promote unidirectional pedestrian traffic. All students/families/staff who have any form of illness must dance from home, and will be expected to adhere to the latest government regulations regarding quarantine after travel or exposure.

Uniform Policy: Uniform requirements, as set out on our uniform page, must be followed for all classes, whether In-Studio or on Zoom. During COVID-19 restrictions, dancers with two consecutive classes (whether In-Studio or VirtualDDF) will not be expected to change their uniform. Uniforms are available for purchase at our Studio 4 Store (online store coming soon). Hair should be pulled neatly off the face for class at all times. There is no uniform for the summer program. 

Recital Policy: If you are registering for the Winter/Spring semester, your child will perform in Downtown Dance Factory's end of year dance recital (Tiny/TutuTots dancers' participation is optional). Recitals take place at Tribeca Performing Arts Center and are a ticketed event.  Please visit our recital page for more information. (NOTE: Subject to change in DDF's discretion without notice due to COVID-19)

Trial Class Policy: Children can do a trial class before registering, however a spot cannot be reserved in any class based on a trial request alone. If the class becomes fully registered by the time the trial is scheduled to take place, your child will need to try/enroll in a different time/class. During COVID-19 capacity restrictions, all trials will take place over Zoom.

Refunds: If you withdraw from a class before the first class takes place, you will be responsible for $50 of your deposit (per class). Once the semester starts, if you must withdraw from the class, you can do so PRIOR to the 3rd scheduled class. You will receive a prorated refund, less a $25 cancellation fee per class. Withdrawals must be made with at least 24 hours notice prior to your class start time to avoid being charged for the class. There are no refunds or credits for classes dropped or missed for any reason once the third class takes place. We do not provide refunds for uniforms once they have been worn. You understand and agree that DDF cannot and shall not be held accountable for extreme weather or other unforeseen events beyond DDF's control, including but not limited to natural disasters, pandemics, wars, acts of terrorism, or other force majeure events that, by their nature could not have been foreseen by DDF or, if possible to have been foreseen, are unavoidable, and DDF shall not provide a refund or credit for classes canceled in the case of such events. Should regulations dictate that In-Studio classes transition to VirtualDDF classes or a hybrid model at any point, or should you decide to transition from In-Studio to VirtualDDF, there will be no tuition adjustments, discounts, credits or refunds for any registrants beyond the timing stated in this paragraph above. DDF will follow the guidance of the NYC public schools, New York City, State and local governments, the Federal government, and/or the safety advisories from New York City (as applicable) in making class cancelation decisions. Summer Program fees are non-refundable. No classes are transferable among or between dancers. There is no cancellation/refunds for Pods. However, Pod participants are entitled to 2 make-up classes in age appropriate virtual Downtown Dance Factory classes. 

Co-Parenting Payment Policy: DDF is happy to have two or more email addresses on file for contact purposes, and to send information when there is a co-parenting arrangement in place. However, we do not manage co-payments. The parent enrolling the dancer is responsible for payments, regardless of co-parenting agreements. Please ensure all fees are paid when due. DDF is unable to engage in discussion or written correspondence on behalf of either co-parent to a third party.

Class Cancellations: Downtown Dance Factory reserves the right to cancel a class as a result of insufficient registration in its sole discretion. In such instance(s), a full refund will be provided to the class participants.

Make-up Classes: While COVID-19 is still impacting our studio capacity, whether your dancer is enrolled in in-studio classes or in VirtualDDF classes, all make-up classes will be taken virtually via Zoom. Dancers are entitled to two (2) make-up classes per semester. Please let us know once your child has missed class - call or email us to schedule a make-up in an appropriate class, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please note, make-ups CANNOT be scheduled in a full class and make-ups MUST be taken in the same semester as the missed classes. If you must cancel your scheduled make up, please do so 24 hours prior to it taking place in order for it not to count as one of your 4 allotted make-up classes. In the Winter/Spring semester, MAKE-UPS MAY ONLY TAKE PLACE UNTIL APRIL 1ST, in order to avoid disrupting recital preparation. There are no make-up classes for the Summer Program, for scheduled closures, or for classes canceled due to unforeseen events as contemplated in the “Refund Policy” section above.

Waiting List: If you have signed up for a class' waiting list, we will contact you if a spot becomes available. You will not be charged until we've checked with you to ensure you are still interested in the spot.  In the meantime, feel free to register for a different class; we will happily transfer you to the class for which you're waitlisted if a spot does become available.

Arrival for Class: We would appreciate your respecting your teacher and your fellow students by arriving punctually for class each week. In line with our COVID-19 safety protocols, students should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the scheduled time for their class so that temperatures can be checked and they can be ushered upstairs. Please do not arrive earlier than that - we cannot accommodate extra dancers in the studios so dancers arriving early will need to wait outside.

Dismissal: During COVID-19 restrictions, students will be released after class to waiting parents/caregivers in the lobby of 291 Broadway. It is imperative that you arrive back at 291 Broadway in time for the end of your child's class.

Class Viewing: Please note that apart from the TutuTots classes (in which parents/caregivers are participants), we regret that Downtown Dance Factory is not set up for class viewing. 

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