Below, please, find our policies:
Tuition may be divided into 9 installments due Sept-May or 10 installments due Aug-May. Families paying in full on or before August 1st will receive a 3% tuition reduction if paying by cash/check. Students may not begin classes until they are registered, and tuition is paid. All fees are non-refundable.
TRIAL CLASSES for new students $20.00/1 hour class, $25.00/1.5-2 hr class.
Fees Invoiced Separately
Extended Ballet Tuition Mandadory for students in Level 3 and up $150 due on November 15th. The Ballet Year runs two weeks longer than other FineLine classes.
Nutcracker - Primary C $100, Level 1 and up $150 due on October 15th
Spring DanceFest - fee is determinded by number of pieces due on January 15th
Acting/Musical Theatre Winter and Spring Performances - $100 due October 15th
Legit Play - $195 due September 1st
Vocal Accompanist Fee - will be evenly distributed among the students.
There is a $55 registration fee for the first child and $15 for each additional sibling. After September 1st, the Registration Fee will be $75 and $35. A student is not registered in a class until payment is received. A spot in a class is not guaranteed until payment is received.
We extend a three week grace period in which a parent may withdraw their child from a class and receive a tuition refund (less the reg. fee). Written notification of intent to withdraw is required. After the three week grace period, written notification of withdrawal is required and payment is required through the month in which written notification of withdrawal was received. We will not refund tuition already paid. If a student returns to the class later in the year, the tuition rate for that class will be the drop-in class rate or $20/hour whichever is higher. All other class tuition will remain at the discounted yearly rate.
Refunds are not given for absences. Tuition and all fees are not refundable. Refunds are not given for student absences or snow days. Tuition will be pro-rated if a student will be out for more than two weeks due to injury or illness, with a doctor's note. Otherwise, we encourage students to make up any classes they may miss in a comparable class.
If a class is cancelled due to teacher illness, we will offer a make up class at some point during the school year.
LATE PAYMENT POLICY & FEES
If payment is beyond 30 days in arrears, the student WILL NOT be allowed in class until payment is received.
Any past due invoices will be charged a late fee of $20 for each month past due or 18% annual compounded interest, whichever is greater. We do not want to charge late fees, nor do we want to keep students from attending classes, so please get your payments in by the due date or enroll in our automatic debit plan. It is our policy to apply payments to the oldest outstanding invoice.
There is a $20 returned check or declined transaction fee. Families are responsible to update us if a card is expired or changed for security purposes. If we are not informed prior to the payment processed, a $20 declined transaction fee will be assessed. We reserve the right to process a declined transaction plus the transaction fee without advance notification.
• Unless indicated, enrollment is for the academic year.
• Ballet level 3 and up have an extended year.
• Scheduled classes are subject to change based on enrollment.
• Injury report forms must be filled out for all injuries reported during class.
WAYS TO PAY
1. Pay in full by August 1st and receive a 3% tuition reduction for cash or check payments.
2. Enroll in our automatic debit plan, and we’ll do the rest. Just fill out an authorization form (can be printed from our website) and mail or drop off at the studio on or before your first class. Please note that you must fill out this form every school year, and we are not permitted to run your card every month unless you have filled out this form.
3. Installment payment by cash or check. You can arrange for monthly auto pay directly from your checking account (if you’re not sure how, ask your bank), or drop off cash or check payments to arrive by the 1st of each month to:
FineLine Theatre Arts
77 Railroad Street
New Milford, CT 06776
Tuition cost per student can be found on our registration form. Tuition discount increases with number of hours of classes. Students taking only one class must pay half of the year's tuition on September 1st and half on January 1st.
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Tights must be worn over the full foot for all levels. Convertible tights may not be rolled up off the foot.
Primary Levels A/B/C - Pink skirted leotard (not a pink leotard with a skirt pulled on), pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband.
Level 1 - Light blue leotard, pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband.
Level 2 -Royal blue leotard, pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband.
Level 3 - Burgandy leotard, pink tights, full-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband. A burgandy skirt may be worn for pointe only. No other colored skirt is permitted.
Level 4 - Hunter Green leotard, pink tights, full-soled or split-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband. A hunter green skirt may be worn for pointe. No other colored skirt is permitted.
Level 5 - Purple leotard, pink tights, full-soled or split-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband. A purple or black skirt may be worn for pointe only.
Level 6 - White or black leotard, pink tights, full-soled or split-soled pink leather ballet slippers and hair arranged neatly in a bun, unless it is too short and is held back with a hairband. A white or black skirt may be worn for pointe only, if the dancer would like.
* Please note, leg warmers, solid knit black, burgandy or neutral colored warmer pants and sweaters may be worn for barre only. Detached skirts may only be worn by students during pointe class and must be of the same color as their leotard or black for Levels 5 and 6. No shorts are permitted for girls at any level.
Ballet - Boys
Black socks, black full-soled leather ballet slippers, black dance shorts or full length tights, form-fitting white t-shirt, and dance belt.
Jazz: Students may wear leotards, close-fitting shirts, jazz pants, tank tops, dance shorts or leggings. Girls and boys are required to have black slip on or tie jazz shoes.
Modern: Students may wear leotards, close-fitting shirts, jazz pants, tank tops, leggings, and will be bare-foot. No shorts.
Tap: Students may wear a black leotard or their ballet level colored leotard, black close-fitting shirts, black jazz pants, black tank tops, black leggings, and black oxford-style tap shoes that lace. No shorts. No street clothes.
Acro: Girls must wear a black leotard or their ballet level colored leotard and black capris or leggings. No shorts. Boys must wear black sweat pants and a black tight-fitting shirt. All are bare-foot. No street clothes.
Theatre Dance: Students may wear leotards, close-fitting shirts, jazz pants, tank tops, leggings and jazz shoes. No shorts.
Please bring students 10 and under no sooner than 10 minutes prior to class. Please pick them up no later than 10 minutes after class. Students 10 and under must have parental supervision when not in the studio. Please make every effort to pick up your child within ten minutes after class. This is most important at the end of the day.
Towards the end of the day, if you pick up after the ten minute time frame please look for your child in the upstairs office or in one of the studios where the last class of the day is in session. Students will not be left in the lobby unattended. For their safety students being held in the office/studio will not be allowed to leave by themselves. You must pick them up in person.
If students 11 year of age and older have a break longer than one hour and a half between classes they need to be picked up from the studio. If students are waiting at the studio between classes or before classes they need to be engaged in tasks such as homework, reading, or stretching/conditioning.
Please bring students 10 and under no sooner than 10 minutes prior to rehearsal. Please pick them up no later than 10 minutes after rehearsal. Students 10 and under must have parental supervision when not in the studio. Students 11 and up should be dropped off 10 minutes prior to rehearsal and should be picked up/leave the studio 10 minutes after their last rehearsal is finished. If they have a break longer than one hour and a half between two separate rehearsals they need to be picked up from the studio.
If students are waiting at the studio between classes or before classes, they need to be engaged in tasks such as homework, reading, or stretching/conditioning.
Very Important Policy: Students are not allowed in a studio unless there is a faculty member present. This is for their safety.
Some studios and schools charge a fee to parents that are late picking up their child at the end of the evening. We never want to impose that kind of an incentive. We know that everyone is making their best efforts, and we are aware that sometimes circumstances are out of an individual’s control.
Ultimately, we love the warm and welcoming atmosphere of our school, but we also need to take care of each individual while they are under our roof. These policies are coming from a place of love and care for your children. If you ever have any questions about drop off and/or pickup in a specific situation, please do not hesitate to call! Schedules can get quite complicated as we all know :)
FineLine is enriched by the diversity of its members. FineLine recognizes and respects individual differences in culture, race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. To provide an environment of respect and sensitivity, it is important that all students recognize that behavior, whether verbal, written or physical, which disregards or demeans the self-esteem of others, is unacceptable. Such behaviors are unacceptable regardless of how they are communicated. Any individuals engaging in such behaviors will be subject to disciplinary action.
Going forward, any complaints about the behavior of a student will be investigated in the following manner: A meeting with Kerry, Elizabeth, or Scott, will be called with all parents and students involved. The student, and or parent, must be able to voice their complaint in front of the person they are having issues with. Both sides will be given the opportunity to express their feelings and point of view.
This policy is for the fair treatment of every student. We will not take action on hearsay, gossip,or a complaint that is only being voiced to us without the other party present to defend themselves
We generally follow the closing schedule of the New Milford School system for weather closings.
If New Milford Schools have a delayed opening, our morning classes (before noon) are cancelled.
If there is an early dismissal, our afternoon and evening classes are cancelled.
When New Milford schools are closed due to weather, we generally are, as well. On a rare occasion, we may opt to hold classes if the weather has cleared significantly and the roads are safe to travel on.
If the studio is closed, we will send out an email to registered families and post the closing on the Fineline Facebook page and Twitter Account.
We have found that without cell phone use, students interact socially through conversation and face to face interaction. They are also able to achieve a greater sense of focus with the distraction of the cell phone removed. A cell phone free environment creates an emotional safe zone where they are free to be more adventurous and less fearful of the ramifications of technology. These components are so important for students' development as actors, artists, and citizens.
Scott and Elizabeth have created a cell phone zone in the front part of the lobby that can be used when necessary for quick communications. The studio phone is also always available for old-fashioned landline communication. Otherwise, cell phones must remain in bags at all times. Students may use cell phones to video choreography or record music if given permission by their voice/dance teacher or choreographer. This is a great tool for studying our work! Students may still use laptops and tablets for homework but not social media or social online chatting. If a student has an emergency and needs to use the phone they can simply ask permission to go to the cell phone zone. If a parent needs to contact their child during class time at the studio they may call the studio phone at 860.210.1444. For parents with young children waiting for siblings in the lobby a child can use a phone for gaming under the supervision of the parent.
Scott and Elizabeth do not want to create a harsh policy but rather one that allows for some flexibility. They feel they have achieved that and are excited for this change especially for their own child. This policy is based on an honor code. Students will be given three warnings if caught using their phones. After that they will be asked to either leave their phones at home or in a safe box at the front desk.
Scott and Elizabeth sincerely hope that parents are as enthusiastic about this as they are. Please feel free to email them with any and all questions firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in learning more about cyber safety and the social repercussions of cell phone use and chat groups please visitikeepsafe.org, netsmartz.org, and cyber-safety.com, to name a few.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
FineLine Theatre Arts wants to share the joy of the performing arts with students from our entire region. Scholarship applications are due in the spring for the following academic year. Applications (see below) received after the deadline will be considered last or not at all as funding may have already been allocated for the year. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Awards are only applicable to the school year for which they are intended (September – May) and any required service hours and program ad sales must be completed by the end of each academic year.
The Arlene Papish Begelman Merit Scholarship Award
This award is available to level 4 and higher students who demonstrate exceptional deportment, focus and aptitude in classes. A limited number of these partial scholarship awards are available to those who meet specific qualifications.
To qualify, the student must have been enrolled for the entire previous year or attended a summer dance intensive program. The student must be enrolled in a minimum of three ballet classes per week. The student is expected to participate in various School activities, functions and performances throughout the year. Merit award students are considered the outstanding representatives and ambassadors of the FineLine Theatre Arts School.
Please fill out form below if you will be auditioning. The scholarship application at the bottom of the page must also be filled out.
The Scott Wise Dramatic Arts Merit Scholarship
A limited number of these partial merit scholarships are available. To qualify, the student must have been enrolled for the previous academic year. Recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled in a minimum of two drama classes and at least one movement class per week. The student is expected to participate in various school activities, functions and performances throughout the year. Merit award students are considered the outstanding representatives and ambassadors of FineLine Theatre Arts.
Please note, that all scholarship and financial aid students are required to sell ads for our show programs and participate in work study. The balance of any ads not sold are the responsibility of the scholarship student's family.
MVP SOS is a New Milford organization that is dedicated to helping those that do not have the wherewithal to participate in after-school activities, sports or classes. Their mission is to provide funding to New Milford children who have financial need.
We require that any student seeking a scholarship at FineLine who is a New Milford resident first apply for a scholarship through MVP SOS.
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