F.A.Q.

Have a question? Read through our F.A.Q. by clicking on the different program categories below. Additionally, many questions can be answered by reading our Rates & Policies page or our Parent Handbook.

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us.

general

What is your weather cancellation policy?
We will evaluate on a case-by-case basis and post any cancellations on our Facebook and our homepage. Of course, if at any point you feel uncertain about making the trip to class, please use your best judgment. Your safety is top priority.

Where are you located and where can I park?
Our dance studios are located at 721 Broad Street in Durham, NC on the second floor. There is ample free parking in the lot attached to our building.

How do I register for a class/workshop/camp?
You can register for all programs in any of the following ways:

Is your space wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is. Our building features the following accommodations:

  • Handicapped parking spaces
  • Elevator
  • Wheelchair-accessible bathroom stalls, as well as single-occupancy bathrooms on the first floor

The front door to the building, however, does not open automatically. If you have any trouble accessing our space, please call us at 919-797-2871 or 919-684-6402 and a staff member will gladly help you.

Youth Classes

We also recommend that you read our Parent Handbook before registering your child for youth classes.

How do I register my child for classes?
You can register for all programs in any of the following ways:

Are there prerequisites for youth classes?
There are no prerequisites for any of our youth classes unless otherwise specified in the class description. Sometimes we assign “levels” to a class (e.g., Hip Hop I, Hip Hop II) to make it easier to differentiate the classes in our registration system.

My child has special needs/requires specific accommodations. Are there classes that they can take?
We would be more than happy to figure out what is best for your child. Usually it is most helpful for the Studio Manager, instructor, and parent/family to discuss your child’s unique situation and how we can ensure a fun and educational experience for all. Please contact us if your child requires specific accommodations so that we can begin that conversation.

Can my child register for a specific class if they have already taken it in the past?
Yes, provided that they are the correct age for the class. Our classes focus on developmentally-appropriate dance education and children can benefit from taking a class for more than one term. For example, if your 4-year-old took Discovering Dance (ages 4–5) in the fall, they would be encouraged to take it (or another class for their age group) until they have aged out of the class. Of course, every child is different, so feel free to talk to a staff member and/or your child’s teacher if you’re not sure what is best for your child.

My child’s current class doesn’t seem like the right fit. Can we switch classes or receive a refund? 
Our recommendation would be to try another class to see if it better suits your child. Please contact us at studios@americandancefestival.org, and we will be happy to help facilitate the switch. If you choose to withdraw your child instead, you may receive a tuition refund if it is within the first two weeks of the term.

My child needs to miss a class/has missed a class. Can they make up in another class? Do we need to schedule it?
Your child may make up in another class, provided there is room in the class and your child is the correct age for the class. Feel free to ask reception staff if space allows for a make up. You do not need to schedule make up classes in advance, you may simply show up when your schedule permits.

Is there a performance or a recital at the end of the term?
We do not have any formal performances for our youth classes, however, instructors typically choose to do an informal showing for family and friends during the last class session. Your child’s instructor will let you know of their specific plans toward the end of the term.

Can I leave the building while my child is in class?
Young children may initially have trouble adjusting to a new class or experience separation anxiety. For this reason, we recommend parents of young children remain in the building during their child’s class. You are welcome to observe class from the viewing hallway or relax in the lobby. When in doubt, it is best to discuss with your child and your child’s instructor if they are comfortable with you leaving the building. If you cannot stay during your child’s class, please make sure the desk staff has an accurate phone number in case of emergency.

Are there any scholarships or financial aid options for youth classes?
ADF does offer tuition scholarships to dedicated students who demonstrate financial need. More information on scholarships can be found here. We also offer payment plans if you are able to pay the full tuition amount, but not all at once.

What is your weather cancellation policy?
We will evaluate on a case-by-case basis and contact parents via email. Of course, if at any point you feel uncertain about making the trip to class, please use your best judgment! Your safety is top priority. Make up classes will be available, so do not feel pressured to come to class if we are open but weather conditions near you are questionable.

My child is having some separation anxiety. Is it okay for me to come into the studio during class until they are ready to be on their own?
Typically this is more than fine and the instructor is able to help your child eventually feel more comfortable taking class by themselves. However, we ask that you (and any family members that must accompany you) follow the same etiquette that is expected of your child:

  • Refrain from repeatedly entering/exiting the studio
  • Conduct yourself politely and quietly
  • Respect the instructor and other students by refraining from side conversations

drop-in classes

Do class cards expire?
No, class cards never expire. Once you purchase them, they are yours for life!

Do class cards work for any drop-in class?
Yes! You can use your class card for as many different drop-in classes as you like. Whether you find one favorite, or several, class cards are intended to be flexible.

Can I transfer some of my purchased classes to another student?
Sorry, but we can’t transfer classes from one student to another. 

Do you offer any discounts?
You can find all of our rates and discounts listed on our Rates & Policies page. Even if you don’t qualify for a special discount, anyone can save by purchasing class cards. Class cards never expire, so they can be a worthwhile investment!

workshops

How much do workshops cost?
Each workshop is priced differently, so please check the workshop description for pricing details.

Can I use my class card to pay for a workshop?
No, class cards can only be used to pay for drop-in classes. You will need to purchase a workshop separately (unless it is a free workshop).