the fine print

Policies and FAQ


Our goal is to teach your child the art of dance and to have fun learning. In order to maintain a structured studio, the following studio rules apply to everyone.

  • No street shoes are allowed on the studio floors.
  • All dancers must be in their black dress code.
  • All dancers must have their hair back in the style appropriate for their class.
  • Please label dance shoes.
  • No gum is ever allowed in the building.
  • Food/drinks must be comsumed at the tables.
  • Guests should pick up after themselves.
  • Only water is permitted in the studios.
  • AFDS is a peanut and nut-free facility.
  • No foul language, yelling or disruptive behavior.
  • All staff and instructors should be addressed as “Miss” or “Mister” and their first name.
  • Staff members must be present for anyone to enter a dance studio room.



    Dress Code

    Students are required to be in proper attire when attending all classes. By being dressed appropriately, dancers are showing respect or their instructor, their fellow dancers and the program as a whole.

    HAIR:  Every student must have their hair pulled away from their face, ballet students in a tightly securely bun.

    SHOES & ATTIRE can be found on the dress code page of this website. 

    Dress Code

    Drop-off and Pickup

    Please do not drop your dancers at the studio more than 15 minutes before class and please return promptly for pick up at the conclusion of classes. Students waiting for a ride are instructed to remain in the building until their ride arrives.

    If you need to drop your dancer earlier or pick up later please contact Robin at the studio 781.449.4800 to make sure someone knows. 

    Recital Costumes (Commitment and Refunds)

    Each dancer based on class, age, level and type of dance will be required to purchase one or more recital costumes for the end of the year performance. This information will be made clear from the time you register. Costumes will only be distributed to those accounts that are paid in full by May 1st.

    Costume/Recital Fees include:

    • show quality costumes
    • a set of new performance tights (if applicable)
    • a professional recital video
    • a recital t-shirt

    * The only additional expenditure you will incur will be tickets to the recital.

    For the 9 or 10 Installment Plan: these fees are broken into three (3) payments which are added to the first three tuition payments. That is why your first 3 payments are higher than the remaining.

    For the Half & Half Payment Schedule: the Costume/Recital fees will be charged half in the first installment and half in the second.

    If your child is not performing in the year-end recital you MUST notify Robin or Abigail by email before 11/1 for your fees to be eligible for refund.

    COSTUME FEES (include video, accessories, recital tshirt & costume)

    $110: 1 hour classes (1 costume)
    $165: 1.5 & 2 hour classes (2 costumes)

    *The competition programs have their own fees that are distrubuted when a dancer is invited. 

    Multiple Family Recital Policy

    While a large effort is made to minimize the number of shows a single family performs in, it is not always possible to put all family members in one show. Therefore, please expect that if you have multiple children at AFDS or even 1 child taking multiple classes, that your dances will be in different shows.

    We do guarantee that each class will have all their dances in the same show. For example if your child is in 2 or 3 dances for their combo class they will do all their dances in the same show. 

    Waiting Area and Dressing Rooms

    The waiting area is a “quiet area” at all time as some of our dancers are trying to do their homework between classes. Please show your respect to our dancers, the instructors and other families by keeping noise levels to a respectful level at all times. We realize it cannot be silent since classes are going on. Dressing rooms and cubby space is for the use of our dancers only. Please no playing or eating in the dressing rooms. Please do not bring valuables to dance. AFDS is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

    Inclement Weather

    AFDS does NOT follow the Needham Public School inclement weather policy as the majority of our classes fall outside the normal public school hours. If the studio is closing, it will be posted on the home page of this website and will be posted on the AFDS Facebook Page and Instagram page. We do our best not to cancel classes, but if the weather is alarming, please look to our website and facebook for closing information. As always use caution and stay safe. 

    Teacher Conferences

    Instructors teach back to back classes and do not have time between classes for conversations regarding your student. If you would like to speak with an instructor please phone the studio at 781.449.4800 and set up an appointment that is convenient for all.

    If you’d like to schdule a meeting with Abigail please use this link to sign up for a 15 minute time slot. 


    Students are promoted to higher classes at the teacher’s discretion. It is not automatic that your child will be promoted because their friends or peers are. Teachers will not hesitate to move a student up or down if their ability and performance in class suggests the need. It is our desire to have each student placed in the best possible class for his/her individual learning needs. Any student who wishes to take additional classes or private lessons to help them advanced to higher levels, should speak to Miss Abigail for scheduling and further information. Please feel free to request a meeting for information on how to get your child to the next level.

    Attendance & Make-Up Policy

    Regular attendance is strongly encouraged as each week builds upon the previous week. Therefore, if your dancer is absent, please feel free to contact Robin to schedule a make up class within a week if possible. Robin will figure out your best option based on the time of year.

    Trial Classes

    Come Check Out Our Classes for 1 Week – Just $20.

    • due at time of registration for the trial class(es)
    • valid for 7 days from the start of your first trial class
    • valid only in classes with space still available
    • if a class fills with dancers who are fully registered and commited for the year before your trial, unfortuantely you will have to reschedule to another class that has space available. Robin can explain this further.

    Why $20? Because we reserve your spots in advance and that means other poeple can’t trial at the same time in that class. We find this is the best way to avoid over crowding.

    Registration Fee

    New this year. Each family will be charged an annual $50 registration fee. This fee is non-refundable and allows each family only access to their account.

    Summer Registration fee is $10 per dancer. This fee is non-refundable and holds a dancers spot in our program.

    Withdrawal Policy

    For the development of the dancers, we strongly encourage each dancer to complete a full year program and not quit for any reason. Tuition is based on a full academic year (September-June). If a student registers for a class, they reserve the spot preventing someone else from registering. Withdrawals partway through the year do not allow others to sign up for the class.

    If you opt for the Pay-In-Full option before the start of the year, and have taken advantage of the Pay-in-Full discount, there are absolutely NO refunds. You may switch classes and you may add classes, but no refunds for Pay-In-Full classes will be made. 

    Withdrawal Policy

    If you would like to withdraw from the program you must give a 30 day written notice (email is acceptable).  If your account has a negative balance your refund will be sent in the form of a check and take up to 14 days to process.

    Costume fees are non-refundable after costumes are ordered on December 1st. When your costume comes in we will notify you they are ready for pick up.


    At the beginning of the year (September) we will EMAIL home a newsletter with important dates and info.  Then we will send a Winter newsletter as well as a few more in the spring as we approach recital season. Please make sure that you read each newsletter as it contains information about your dancers upcoming events. It is each family’s responsibility to ensure email information is accurate and up to date.