KSID POLICIES

REGISTRATION
All dancers must register online to secure their place at KSID. Tuition, annual registration fee,, and completed registration form are due at the time of registration.


TUITION

The 2018–2019 dance season includes 40 weeks of class time, September through June. Tuition is divided into four 10-week sessions. Tuition is non-refundable and is due on the first day of each new session.

TUITION DUE DATES
Note: Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable unless written medical authorization is provided. Dancers on a medical leave are not allowed to sit in on classes due to liability concerns.

  • September 3, 2018

  • November 19, 2018

  • February 11, 2019

  • April 22, 2019

HOW TO PAY
Payment can be made online, via your dancer's CLASS page or our Quick Pay page, via our PayPal page, or via cash or checks made payable to The Kelly School of Irish Dance. 

LATE PAYMENTS
To ensure tuition payments are made in a timely manner, any payment outstanding two weeks from the due date will be charged to the credit card on file provided at time of registration. A 5% processing fee  and a $20 late fee will be added to the payment. Families must keep a valid credit card on file at all times.

  • Late payments processed by KSID are subject to a $20 late fee

  • Late payment process by KSID are subject to a 5% processing fee

  • Returned checks are subject to a $40 return item fee

If there is a family emergency or extenuating circumstances, please reach out to us to discuss potential payment plans. 

DISCOUNTS
Discounts are only available to accounts paid on time.
Families, please contact KSID for online discount codes before submitting payment. 

  • Sibling Discount: 10% discount available for the lesser tuition amount(s) (siblings only)

  • Parent Discount: 25% discount available for KSID parents taking our Adult class

  • Multi-Class Discounts: Discounted pricing is available to individual dancers taking multiple weekly classes and is automatically embedded into each class page. No codes needed!

SPLIT PAYMENTS
Families that wish to split a 10-week payment into two 5-week payments use promo code 5WK at checkout. 5 week payments paid late are subject to our late payment processing and late fees.

REFUNDS
Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable unless written medical authorization is provided. Dancers on a medical leave are not allowed to sit in on classes due to liability concerns. 

KSID reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet our registration minimums and instead provide registered dancers with an alternate class or refund if no class time is available. 

JOINING US MID-SEASON
New dancers are invited to try out a class with us before deciding to take weekly classes! All dancers are required to submit a registration form with medical release prior to attending a trial class. Tuition will be pro-rated to match the remaining session weeks. 


SCHEDULING

KSID class groupings are designed with your dancer in mind for their best learning and dancing experience. 

TROUPE VS COMPANY GROUPINGS
Dancers begin their dance experience at KSID in one of our troupe classes. Each troupe class has a different average age and ability makeup. Dancers may be in the same troupe for several years as the troupes are designed to grow with the dancers. Green and Silver Troupe dancers may be eligible to join a Company tract class. Company classes vary from troupe classes simply in their minimum weekly class hour commitment and costume requirements. The make up and abilities of our troupe and company classes vary each year, and dancers often move between classes throughout the year as seen fit at the recommendation of KSID. All troupe and company classes are taught to bring out the best in our Kelly Irish Dancers!

DANCER ABSENCE & MAKE-UPS
Missed classes will not be refunded. Missed classes can not be carried over to or applied as credit towards future dance sessions. An excessive number of missed classes may prevent your dancer from participating in certain performances. Classes can be made up during the school year in which the class is missed. 

CANCELLATIONS
If a class is canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen reasons, an email will be sent to all registered dancers at the email addresses provided at the time of registration. Cancellation notices may also be posted to our FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM page, RI Broadcasters Association page, and on our KSID website. There are no refunds due to inclement weather. Dancers are welcome to attend a make-up class as per our DANCER ABSENCE AND MAKE-UPS policy. 

KSID EVENTS SCHEDULED DURING CLASS TIME
If a performance, rehearsal, feis, or other KSID-sponsored or endorsed event is scheduled during class time, there will be no tuition refunds, adjustments, or scheduled replacement classes. Dancers who do not participate in the event scheduled during class time are invited to attend a make-up class as per our DANCER ABSENCE AND MAKE-UPS policy.


DANCER EXPECTATIONS

Dancers are expected to arrive to class on time, and please not toooo early! Dancers must be ready to dance, learn, and have fun! Dancers must be respectful of one another and act in manner befitting of our team. Dancers will not show any disrespect to instructors, class helpers, or fellow dancers. Any dancer causing a disruption will be asked to sit down or leave for the duration of the class. Parents will be notified of any excessive behavioral issues. 

Dancers are encouraged to practice! Practicing is the only way to remember your steps, improve your dance skills! NEW for 2018 practice logs, pick yours up at the studio today!

REQUIRED CLASS ATTIRE

  • KSID Tank, Solid Colored Tank, or Leotard

  • Supportive Sports Bra

  • Spandex Shorts, Skorts, or Leggings

  • Tutus and dance skirts are OK for Lil Beginners

  • KSID Team Jacket or Hoodie for Warm-Ups

  • Clean Poodle Socks

  • Appropriate Dance Shoes

  • Hair Tied Up and Neat

  • Good Hygiene

  • Costumes are NOT allowed to be worn in class

DANCE SHOES

  • Lil beginners may wear black leather ballet slippers (jazz shoes for boys) to begin classes

  • Beginners, Troupe, & Company dancers must wear traditional soft shoes

  • Traditional hard shoes are required for hard shoe instruction

  • Black leather tap shoes, white straps, or buckles are NOT allowed

  • Company dancers must wear champion style, black laced, soft shoes and black-soled hard shoes

There are many Irish dance brands to choose from when fitting your dancer to appropriate shoes. Fays, Rutherford, Hullachan, Celtic Choice, and Antonio Pacelli are the only brands we allow. 

POODLE SOCKS
Poodle socks are required for wear in your Irish dance shoes and are available for purchase at the studio. Wear them while fitting new shoes and during practice to ensure proper fit. For dancers who choose to compete or perform with KSID, brand new poodle socks should be worn each time to ensure perfect presentation! 

DANCER DROP-OFF/PICK-UP
Dancers are to remain in the waiting room until the previous class has left the studio and their instructor has come to welcome them in. Leave your street shoes on the waiting room shelves and take this time to put on your soft shoes so no class time is wasted! Sneakers are no longer allowed for warm ups.

We ask that parents please do not enter the dance studio rooms. The dirt and salt from street shoes does a number on our sprung marley floor and often the extra traffic causes a distraction, especially with our littler dancers! 

At the end of class, dancers will collect their belongings and expect prompt pick up. KSID can only be responsible for your dancer during class time. For dancers in the last classes of the day, please take extra consideration for our instructor’s time. 


COSTUMING

All costume requirements are included individually on your dancer's CLASS page.

GENERAL COSTUME RULE
Dancers who do not have all pieces of their costume will not be allowed to perform, without exception. 

USED COSTUMES
KSID team skirts and dresses may be reused or resold for several dance seasons if kept in good condition. In the interest of proper hygiene, we do not facilitate the resale of leotards or poodle socks. 

KSID TEAM DRESS
Dancers that would like to purchase KSID’s school dress should notify KSID. A $300 non-refundable deposit will be due in order to send the measurements to the seamstress. 

NOTE: The dressmaking process can take up to 12 weeks and requires KSID to submit a minimum order of 5 dresses to be completed at one time. Dancers considering dresses, please plan to buy during KSID dress buying periods.

SOLO DRESSES
Solo dresses are required for Avoca Company dancers and are optional for all dancers competing at prizewinner, preliminary or champion levels of solo competitions.

NOTE: All solo dresses must be approved by KSID before purchase. All dancers commissioning a new solo dress must consult with KSID before hiring a dressmaker. KSID reserves the right to not approve a design or used solo dress purchase, and the right to not allow a dancer to wear a dress purchased without approval at KSID-sponsored events. Need an alteration on your new or used solo or team dress, KSID recommends Sueno.

SOFT SHOES
Lil beginners may wear black leather ballet slippers (jazz shoes for boys). Beginners and Troupe dancers must wear traditional soft shoes. Company dancers must wear split sole champion soft shoes. For safety and presentation purposes, soft shoes should not be purchased with "room to grow" as the leather will stretch to fit the foot. 

HARD SHOES
Traditional hard shoes are required for hard shoe performances. Company dancers must wear black-soled hard shoes. Black leather tap shoes, and white strapped hard shoes are NOT allowed. For safety and presentation purposes, soft shoes should not be purchased with "room to grow" as the leather will stretch to fit the foot. 

BLACK DANCE TIGHTS & WHITE POODLE SOCKS
All dance tights must be Capezio brand and footed. It is strongly recommended that dancers keep an extra unopened pair on hand for performances as tights with visible rips, runs, or holes are not allowed on stage. 

Poodle socks must be clean and bright white with no diamantes. Stained, dingy, or dirty socks are not allowed on stage. All dancers are required to have a new pair of socks prior to Merry & Bright, the KSID Spring Recital, and all major competitions. All dancers must also have sock glue on hand to ensure socks do not slip on stage. 

HAIR, MAKE UP, & TAN
Kelly Irish Dancers are always expected to look neat and professional. Details on how your dancer's hair and make up is to be worn for performance will be provided in class and via email before each show. 

Makeup is only allowed for dancers 11+ and must be tasteful, age appropriate, and KSID-approved.
Use of fake tan is strongly discouraged for Champion level competitive dancers and never required for performance. 

Wigs, even bun or pony tail wigs, are not allowed in any performance. Full wigs are only allowed for prizewinner - champion-level dancers at major competitions and are always optional, never required. Consult KSID before buying a wig as there are only a few styles allowed by KSID. There is a sample hair ring at the studio to determine hair color match. 


PERFORMANCE

GENERAL COSTUME RULE
Dancers who do not have all pieces of their costume will not be allowed to perform, without exception. 

MARCH SHOWS
All troupe and company dancers are invited to perform in select performances during our March / St. Patrick's Day dance season. Participation in shows is contingent on your dancer being able to make all rehearsals and meet expectations set in class prior to show time. Performance invitations and details will be sent to dancers in February.

MERRY & BRIGHT
Merry & Bright is our annual holiday spectacular that takes the stage each December. All dancers are invited to perform.  

KSID’S SPRING RECITAL
Our 2019 Spring Recital will be held on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI. Our Spring recital showcases all Kelly Irish Dancers. 

PHOTO & VIDEO
Flash photography or filming of any kind are never allowed at the KSID Spring Recital or Merry & Bright. Professionally filmed DVDs/Bluerays will be available for order after each performance. 


COMPETITION

A dance competition, feis, (pronounced fesh) can provide an excellent way for dancers to gauge their improvement in Irish dance, boost their confidence, meet dancers from fellow schools, and TRAVEL! Participation in competitions, feisanna is NEVER required of your dancer. Every dancer is welcome to participate as part of Team KSID! LEARN MORE KSID FEIS FAQ

FEIS / COMPETITION PARTICIPATION FEE
Dancers interested in participating in a feis contact KSID to join our team! Competitors must first register to as a competitive dancer with KSID before participating in a feis. KSID’s annual feis participation fee is $25.

DANCER COMPETITION CONDUCT
We expect dancers to do their best and be proud for participating regardless of results. Excellent sportsmanship is essential.  We want Kelly Irish Dancers,Team Pink & Green, to be known for their outstanding sportsmanship and smiles. 

RESUTLS
We do not contest adjudicators’ results.
Judges should never be approached. Parents are not allowed to discuss dancer results with judges or other dance schools. Competition results simply reflect how a judge perceives your dancer in one moment in time and does not affect dancer placement within KSID. 

FEIS LOG
Dancers are required to log their results in our KSID feis log following each competition attended.

LEARN MORE CLRG
An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha
The Irish Dancing Commission


ADDITIONAL BITS & BOBS

KSID TEACHER PRIVACY
Please respect our teachers’ privacy.

Teacher's personal numbers, if known, must be kept private and used only in absolute emergencies. Messages received via personal Facebook and Instagram accounts RE: KSID will not be responded to. Please direct all KSID-related matters to our email.

KSID SOCIAL MEDIA
KSID is on FACEBOOK & INSTAGRAM.
Like us, share us, or perhaps leave a rave review.

KSID MEDIA RELEASE
Photographs and video recordings of your dancer may be taken throughout the year during our classes and at KSID events. Your dancer may appear on our website, KSID social media, or in other promotional materials. The art of Irish dance is constantly evolving and capturing these moments and your dancers’ smiling faces is our way to share our sparkle & shine with the world and watch KSID grow. We respect your choice to opt out of KSID media. Kindly let us know at the time of registration if you do NOT want your child to appear in any KSID material. Doing so may limit dancer participation in recorded KSID events.

KSID STUDIO PHONE 
KSID can be reached at (401) 595-7866. Messages are not checked daily, so please allow 72 hours for a return call. 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
KSID is dedicated to developing a true team, and a dance family that we are all proud to be a part of. We love offering performances and events to our dancers, and they are truly made possible and successful thanks to our awesome volunteers. Please, whenever you see an opportunity to help out, consider volunteering your time. Thank you!

PSST, we especially love dance families helping to keep our waiting room neat!

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? 
Just ask! We welcome any and all questions and can’t wait to be a part of your dancer’s journey.