Frequently Asked Questions

Are tax receipts issued for dance?
  • As of January 1, 2017, the federal government eliminated the child fitness tax credit. As such, tax receipts are no longer issued for our dance programming. We are aware dance families may qualify for alternate tax credits. We encourage all dance families to save the payment receipts they receive for their own personal tax records. 


Are the additional fees I have to pay?
  • We charge a $25 registration fee per dancer and a $65 costume fee per class (for recital costumes).  These fees are required at the time of registration.  Registration will not be processed until these fees are paid.

Do I have to pay the entire year's tuition upfront?
  • No, we have three payment options:

  • Option 1 – Annual payment:  Pay the entire year’s tuition and costume fees at the time of registration. If paying the entire year up front, we waive the $25 registration fee.

  • Option 2 – Two Term Payments: We take the annual fee and divide it into two instalments.  The first payment, due at registration will account for 50% Tuition fees, plus all costume fees and registration fees.  The second payment, due on January 2, will account for the remaining 50% of tuition fees.

  • Option 3 – Monthly Payments: We take the annual tuition fee and divide it into 10 monthly payments.  The first payment will also include the cost of costume and registration fees. Payments are due the first of each month.  The first payment is due at the time of registration.  Late payments will be charged a $5 late fee. NSF cheques are charged a $25 NSF fee.  

Do you offer any discounts?
  • Yes.  We offer both multi-class and family discounts.
  • Students registered in 2 or more classes qualify for a multi-class discount
  • Families with 2 or more children (siblings) registered to dance also qualify for a family discount
  • Junior level dancers registered in more that 3 classes, and Intermediate and Senior level dancers registered in more than 5 classes, are considered full time students and qualify for additional discounts.  Contact the office for details if your dancer falls into this category.

Do you offer multiple sessions during the year?
  • No.  Our studio runs a 10 month program from September to June.

Does my child need to be tested for class placement?
  • Future  Stars 1-3 and all level 1-4 classes do not require testing. These are all-level, recreational dance classes based on age. 
  • If your dancer is looking for a more elite level of training, with aspirations of being selected for the Performance Team, testing is required for admission into the Pre-Junior, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior level classes as well as pointe and acro classes.  Age breakdown for those classes are as follows: Pre Junior age 5-7; Junior Age 7-11; Intermediate age 11-15; Senior age 15+.  To schedule a testing session, please contact the studio.
  • All Dancers wanting to take pointe must pass testing for Senior ballet
  • All dancers wanting to take acro must be a Junior, Intermediate, or Senior level dancer and pass the testing for the acro class.  Dancers in acro must register for another technical style of dance, preferably ballet.

How do I register for dance classes?
  • You can register online or in the studio.  If you’re submitting your registration form online, we require payment within 10 days of your submission to keep your spot.  If payment has not been received within 10 days, your spot will not be held for you and may be bumped if registration fills us.  To pay, and confirm registration, please visit Maples Academy of Dance during office hours.  This also allows staff to ensure your dancer is registered in the appropriate level class.
  • If you’re registering in the studio, come by the office.  We have forms and staff waiting to help you.  Want to get ahead of the game? Print off and fill in your registration ahead of time to save you time when you’re at the studio for registration.

How long are classes?
  • All of our classes are all 1-hour long unless otherwise specified on the schedule.

What is the dress code for classes at Maples Academy of Dance?

  • Our dress code is designed to ensure dancers can participate comfortably in class, and to allow teachers to better observe their dancers, ensuring they provide the proper corrections and tips to further develop each dancer’s skill level and to reduce risk of injury from performing incorrect technique.  Our dress code is as follows:

Future Stars
Girls: Bodysuit and ballet tights, Ballet skirt or dance shorts optional, pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes
Boys: Dance pants or shorts and t-shirt, black ballet shoes, black tap shoes

Ballet
Girls: Bodysuit and ballet tights, Ballet skirt or dance shorts optional, pink ballet shoes
Boys: Dance pants or shorts and t-shirt, black ballet shoes

Tap
Girls: Bodysuit or fitted dance top, dance pants, tights or shorts, black tap shoes
Boys: Dance pants or shorts and t-shirt, black tap shoes

Jazz
Girls: Bodysuit or fitted dance top, dance pants, tights or shorts, black jazz shoes
Boys: Shorts or dance pants and t-shirt, black jazz shoes

Hip Hop
Indoor runners, dance pants, shorts or sweats, t-shirt or tank top
*No bare feet*

Lyrical
Girls: Bodysuit or fitted dance top, dance pants, tights or shorts, bare feet or foot-thongs
Boys:Dance pants or shorts and t-shirt, bare feet

Musical Theatre
Girls: Bodysuit or fitted dance top, dance pants, tights or shorts, black jazz shoes
Boys: Shorts or dance pants and t-shirt, black jazz shoes

Acro
Body suit or fitted tank top, shorts or leggings, bare feet
*No Baggy clothing, footed tights, or socks*

General
Hair must be pulled back in a pony tail or bun for all classes
No jewellery to be worn in class
No jeans


What is your payment policy and withdraw policy?

Payment Policy

  • We accept payments by Cash, Cheque, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
  • All credit cards are processed by Square POS.
  • If paying fees on the Annual Payment Plan, the year’s dance class fees and costume fee(s) are due at the time of registration and the registration fee will be waived.
  • If paying fees on the Term Payment Plan, the costume fee(s), registration fee, and 50% of the year’s dance class fees are due at the time of registration.  The remaining 50% of dance class fees are due by January 13th of each dance year. 
  • If paying on the Monthly Payment Plan, the costume fee(s), registration fee, and 10% of the year’s dance class fees are due at the time of registration. 10% of the remaining dance class fees are due the first week of the month, for each month from October through to June. 
  • A $5.00 late fee will apply to late monthly and term payments.
  • A $25.00 NSF fee will be applied to any cheques being returned NSF to Maples Academy of Dance.
  • Receipts will be issued for all payments via email or text from Square POS, with an official annual receipt printed from Maples Academy of Dance and included in each dancer’s year end package, upon completion of the program each June

Refund Policy

  • The $25 registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Costume fees are non-refundable after December 1st.  Term fees, and annual fees are non-refundable after January 1st as per the withdraw waiver signed at the time of registration.
  • Refunds for payments made on Credit Card will be refunded back onto the card used in the original transaction, within 60 days of the initial transaction.  If 60 days have passed and a refund can still be applied in accordance with our policies, a refund will be issued by cheque.
  • All refunds will be issued in accordance with the policies and waivers agreed upon on the registration form.
  • All competition fees for dancers on the Performance Team are non-refundable.

Program Withdraw Policy

  • Withdraw from the program must be submitted in writing (letter or email).
  • If refunds are applicable, the refund process will begin once the withdraw letter is received.
  • All refunds for withdrawn participation will be issued in accordance with the policies and waivers agreed upon on the registration form. 

When can I register for the next dance season?
  • Registration opens each year in June.  We are open throughout the summer for registration and will accept registration up until the end of September, providing there is space left in the class you are registering for.