Welcome to Mary Lourdes Academy of Dance
2020-2021 Dance Year

We are located at One Genesee Street, New Hartford NY . Telephone number is (315)797-0609.
Email is MLADance5678@gmail.com

The faculty and staff of Mary Lourdes Academy of Dance are committed to providing exposure to various branches of the arts and promoting personal satisfaction with one’s performance. It is our philosophy that the Art Experience should be a happy one. Each student should vigorously strive to reach his or her ultimate summit of progress, expression and expertise. We sincerely hope that your child will learn not only to dance, but also to love to dance.

Faculty: Principle Instructors; Mary Lourdes Kalil, Sheri Molanare, Amanda Thorngren, Samantha Ramos, Rhianna Arcuri, Kacie Crouse, Jenae Campbell, Sarah Yacco , Leyla Hojnacki and Savanna Rocci.

Mary Lourdes Kalil: Owner and Artistic Director. Mary Lourdes has operated the Academy for the past 37 years. She has a B.S. in Fine Arts/Elementary Education from Nazareth College in Rochester NY. She has studied dance locally since the age of six. Advanced study was done in New York City, Rochester, and Buffalo. Mary Lourdes has choreographed for national television, national dance championships, and The Miss America Pageant. She is a member of A.S.C.A.P., B.M.I. (professional music societies), and the National Federation of Independent Business.

All classes begin the week of September 21, 2020

COVID-19 information- (subject to change as we receive new guidelines)
            -the lobby/waiting room will be closed. Parents must remain in your car. We will come out to let the next class in.
            -any student 5 years of age or under will be allowed one adult to enter when we come out to the parking lot to assist your student in. Adult MUST be wearing a mask at all times.
            -social distancing is a MUST. With the little ones we have hula hoops for them to stand in. With the older girls we have spaced out 6 X 6 squares for them.
            - at this time we will end classes 5-10 minutes early in order to prepare for the next class.
            -no partnering, no touching, no barre work only center work, no tumbling at this time.
            -please mark all water bottles.
            -hand sanitizing when entering (we will supply)
            -if you or your child is not feeling well please stay home.
We will keep you informed if and when guidelines change. Please follow us on our social media pages.
Revue and Rehearsal- we will be scheduling these ASAP. The Revue is held annually in May.

Studio Policy: Tuition is calculated on a yearly basis and is broken down into 9 monthly payments for your convenience. The first and last months payments are due by your first class in September. This is studio policy as well as standard practice for most businesses. We only accept cash and checks for payments; we are trying to keep costs down. Envelopes will be handed out the last week in September for your return with October payment. It is your responsibility to pay your tuition the first week of every month, even if you were absent the week the envelopes were passed out. The envelope system is used as a reminder that tuition is due.  A late fee of $10.00 is added to all accounts past the first week of the month. In order to avoid a late fee you are encouraged to mail or drop off your payment.

Mary Lourdes Academy of Dance
One Genesee Street
New Hartford NY 13413
            Return check fee remains $35.00 per check. This amount will change if bank charges increase.
            **Discounts: non-competition students will receive $3.00 off per month on their 3rd class.  3rd child in one family receives ½ off tuition of one class per month.
**Competition students- Confirmation reflects your discounts; these will be reviewed at the parent meeting.

Costume Money: Costume money is due by 6:00 PM on Monday December 7, 2020.

Weather Cancellation: Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up to date information. We also will post cancellations on the  TV station WKTV. We will not be having make up classes this year due to weather cancellations.

Class placement: It is the responsibility of the teacher to place each student in the classes most suitable for him or her. With careful thought and evaluation each student is placed in the class where they will progress and learn the most.

Attendance: Please be prompt for class and pick up your child immediately after class. Arrive no more then five minutes before class and come in dance attire. In order to take full advantage of instruction offered, regular attendance is necessary. There are no make-up classes for your absences.

Dance Attire:
All classes (except competition) Leotards and tights in the color of your choice will be acceptable. No sweatshirts or loose fitting t-shirts are to be worn over leotards.
Pink ballet shoes, black tap shoes, dance paws or dance undies for Jazz.
All students must have hair pulled back away from their face.
Leyla’s Ballet classes-  Ballet uniforms are available at the Dance Store color is dependent on the level enrolled in. 
*Competition students- dance uniforms available at the Dance Store. Color dependent on level enrolled. Shorts and pants needed.

Reception Area: Will not be available until restrictions are lifted.

Viewing: until restrictions are lifted we will be unable to allow parents in for class Viewing.

            Thank you for choosing Mary Lourdes Academy of Dance to study the Art of Dance. I shall do my best to make this a truly great learning experience for you through dance education. You may be assured that although you may not be in the studio every week watching, your child is being instructed in a manner keenly associated with progress and efficient dance training.
I look forward to a year of HAPPY DANCING!                                  9/1/2020