Information and Policies
The Fall-Spring tuition is based on about 30 weeks excluding holidays and vacation weeks and is due based on the payment option you choose online or on your registration form (please see the payment schedules on the tuition page). A $50.00 minimum is required the first week of the first semester if the total cost of tuition is not known. Sisu Academy accepts payment for classes in cash, by check, or credit card. Tuition not received as scheduled will result in a weekly late charge of $10 per student. Returned checks will result in a $30 charge followed by payment in cash or by credit card. Outstanding tuition may result in the temporary suspension of your child until the account is current. Students with outstanding balances will not be allowed to compete or perform in our spring recital. We do not want to deny any student the opportunity to dance so if needed, please call the studio to arrange an alternative payment plan. Pro-rated refunds will only be given if the student withdraws before the fourth week of class. There are no tuition refunds for missed classes, withdrawing during the session, or class cancellations due to weather or other circumstances outside of our control. There are no refunds or adjustments for costumes. There are no price adjustments for late class registration.
Attendance and Student Conduct
Attendance is very important for the success of the student and of the class. Classes start at a scheduled time and promptness is expected. Students coming in late cause too much distraction, delay, and will not be properly warmed-up for class. Good attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back an entire class. The studio cannot jeopardize its responsibilities to the rest of the class for one student so please make every effort to attend every class. Please contact the studio as soon as possible if a student must miss a class due to illness or family obligation. Any missed classes cannot be made up. Excessive absences may result in the student not being part of our spring recital. No food, gum, or drink is allowed in the studios. A lounge area is provided for food and drink outside of class time. Please show respect for your instructors, fellow dancers, and all Sisu Academy equipment by cleaning up after yourself when using the studio, lounge, bathrooms, and changing areas. Please make sure you arrive on time for your class, are in proper attire, and are ready to learn with a positive attitude. If a student acts in a manner that creates an unsafe learning environment, that student will be dismissed immediately. No refund will be given if a student is asked to leave class or the studio due to misconduct. Absolutely no cell phones allowed in the studios at any time.
2 - 3 Movement - comfortable, non-baggy clothing (shorts, dance pants, leotard, or fitted top). Hair must be pulled up entirely, away from the face.
3 - 5 Tap and Ballet - any color leotard, skirt, tights and black tap and black ballet shoes. Hair must be pulled up entirely, away from the face.
6+ Tap and Jazz - comfortable, non-baggy clothing (shorts, dance pants, leotard, or fitted top) and black tap and black jazz shoes. Hair must be pulled up entirely, away from the face.
6+ Hip Hop - comfortable, non-baggy clothing (shorts, dance pants, leotard, or fitted top) and clean tennis shoes or jazz shoes until exact shoes are ordered during costume week. Hair must be pulled up entirely, away from the face.
6+ Pom - comfortable, non-baggy clothing (shorts, dance pants, leotard, or fitted top) and black jazz shoes. Hair must be pulled up entirely, away from the face.
6+ Lyrical - comfortable, non-baggy clothing (shorts, dance pants, leotard, or fitted top) and canvas lyrical shoes. Hair must be pulled up entirely, away from the face.
Ballet 1, 2, and 3 - black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Hair must be in a tight bun.
Technique - comfortable, non-baggy clothing (shorts, dance pants, leotard, or fitted top) and jazz or lyrical shoes. Hair must be pulled up entirely, away from the face.
Absolutely no street shoes are allowed in the studios. Proper foot attire is required for all classes. Please change out of dance shoes before going outside. Baggy tops, jeans, and pants that drag on the ground are not allowed. Dangling jewelry should be removed. All dance shoes and tights may be purchased through the studio, please contact the studio for further information.
Classes may be cancelled or combined if less than five students are registered for a particular class. In the case of teacher illness, a suitable substitute will be sought out; however, classes may be cancelled if one is not available. Generally, classes will be cancelled if Shawano schools are closed or dismissed early due to weather conditions, but exceptions may be made based road conditions at class times. This policy does not include a school’s pre-scheduled time off. Cancellations will be announced by email, Facebook, and message on studio phone.
Class Registration and Placement
Most classes run for 30 weeks beginning September 14, 2020 and ending the week of May 9, 2021. To register for classes, please register online through our website: . If you prefer, a registration form may be completed and mailed, emailed, or dropped off to Sisu Academy. Your place in class will not be reserved without a completed online registration or current registration form. Confirmation of your registration will be sent via email. Registration for fall is due by September 14, 2020. Late registrations will not be given a tuition discount for classes missed. Prorated refunds will only be given if the student withdraws from class before the fourth week of class. To select the right class for you, please consider the student’s age, dance ability, experience, and maturity. Once the season has started, changes between levels may be made based on teacher recommendation.
Costumes will be ordered the first two weeks of November during class times. Each student must have one parent present to order costumes. A measuring guide will be given to each student in advance; it is the parents’ responsibility to measure students before they come. Costumes average cost is $60-$80 per costume and payment is due at time of ordering; no costume will be ordered unless payment is received in full. Costumes cannot be returned. Exchanges may be made for size only. Parents are responsible for any alterations that need to be done to costumes as Sisu Academy is not responsible for costumes that do not fit properly.
Dad’s Dance is a choreographed dance featuring Sisu dance students and their dads. It is performed at the Spring Recital with practices starting in February 2020. Exact dates and times will be given later in the year.
We will again be participating in the Shawano Homecoming Parade in September and the Shawano Holiday Stroll and Santa Parade in December. The dance routine will be learned in class and more information will be given closer to the dates.
Parents may observe dance classes during the week of January 11 - 16, 2021. Beyond that week, parent observation is not allowed both in dance and gymnastics classes.
The main entrance to the studio is behind the building. For safety reasons there is no parking in front of the glass door in the back of the studio. Parking is available in the front of the studio but the front door is not to be used as an exit or entrance. Parking is also available in the Community Center parking lot or the public parking lot across Division Street.
Professional pictures will be taken by a professional photographer during the second semester. You will receive information about exact dates and times at a later time. The tentatively scheduled for April, 2021.
Any student has the option of registering for a private lesson. This is on a first come, first serve basis as slots are limited. Please make your day and time requests to Sarah Blashe and we will try to accommodate them. Once confirmed, it is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor of an absence in advance. There are no make-ups for missed lessons. However, if the student will be absent, they can switch the lesson time with another student with instructor approval. Another dance class must be taken in addition to any solo, duet/trio, or small group.
All classes except Dance Technique will be featured in our Spring Recital in May. Gymnasts participating in Session 6 will be invited to perform in a Gymnastics Exhibition at the Spring Recital, but participation is not required. The rehearsal will be May 14, 2021 and the recital will be May 15, 2021 at the Shawano High School auditorium. Exact times for the dress rehearsal and performance will be announced as soon as they are available. The recital will be taped by a videographer; order forms will be handed out starting two weeks before the recital.
Used Shoe Sale
Please bring your gently used dance shoes to the studio the first week of class and drop them off at our reception desk. Each pair of shoes should be in a clear bag and labeled with your name, size, and price. New dance shoes may be ordered anytime through the studio; please contact the studio for more information.