Welcome to NIKA International DanceSport Academy (program of The Ballroom, LLC), one of the longest running and the most successful youth Ballroom dance programs in the Pacific NW! We are thrilled to have you as a member of our elite studio.
Whether your goal for enrolling at our Academy is to get out and stay active while learning something new or you dream of something bigger such as participating on a competition team or pursuing a dance education or professional career in dance, we look forward to helping you reach for the stars! This letter is intended to help you navigate the studio with information, policies and procedures as you start your exciting journey!
NIKA International DanceSport Academy™ accepts children age 3+, teenagers, young adults, adults and seniors. The majority of our programs (except for adult and senior social classes) are competitive. Although we all enjoy the artistic part of dance, Ballroom dance/DanceSport is considered an athletic activity.
Our classes are based on the age of participating dancers and their dance skills. We offer:
To register for classes, please fill out our registration form, indicating first and last name of a dancer, their age and contact information, as well as emergency contacts and some health-related or other information you might find useful. For competitors and pre-competitors age 3+ we require an agreement signed by the dancer and/or their parent or legal guardian, as well as a one-time non-refundable studio registration fee ($25).
Group Class Commitment
DanceSport/Competitive Ballroom dance season covers all 12 months of the year: September 1 through August 31. Our studio operates without summer or winter breaks. We are observing Labour Day (first Monday in September), Thanksgiving (last Thursday and Friday in November), Christmas (December 24-25) and New Years (December 31-January 1), Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Independence Day (July 4th).
The nature of DanceSport is primarily a couple or a solo competition, so we can accept students at any time of the year without any impact on the other team members.
Dancers (and their parents, if under 21) are expected to give a 100% dance commitment once they are allowed to compete.
Every class’s program is based on consistency, meaning that the students learn new material every time they meet. If your class meets twice a week or more and you are unable to commit coming to all of those classes on a regular basis, you should consider either taking an easier path until your schedule allows you to not skip classes or to add private lessons or consultations to keep up with the class’s program.
We also know that sometimes weather conditions or other circumstances out of our control may not allow for our programs to run as scheduled. In these cases we are always giving our best effort to move classes online via ZOOM platform as quickly as possible.
Taking into consideration any possible emergency situations that may result in a class cancellation or non-emergency events as illness, school events, competition travel time or family vacations we have based our yearly group class tuition on 46 weeks of classes, allowing additional 6 weeks for class cancelations. In case of no emergency cancelation those 6 weeks become the FREE bonus.
If you are planning to miss more than 6 weeks in total in a year with no availability to take classes online, please discuss with us payment options and plans.
Tuition and fee general information
Tuition is paid MONTHLY in twelve equal installments, whether it is a long (5-week) or short (3-week) month
A one-time registration fee of $25 is due at the time of registration & is non refundable
Tuition must be received by the 10th of each month to avoid a $25.00 late fee
Non sufficient checks and returned transactions are subjected to $40.00 fine
We accept PayPal, Venmo and credit and debit card payments with transaction fee included into your payment. Cash, check and Zelle paying customers should add no fees.
There are no refunds for missed classes, but if you withdraw before the first class, you will receive a full refund of tuition
In rare cases (such as pandemic or any other emergencies of similar scale) number and length of lessons as well as payment amount might change. In those unlikely cases we will notify all our students and their families as quickly as it might be possible.
Please make your checks payable to The Ballroom, LLC when you take lessons and classes with Elena, Ekaterina. Zelle, PayPal and Venmo account email@example.com.
For lessons and classes with other coaches please pay directly to them.