Policies & Dress Code


  1. Students should arrive 5 minutes prior to their scheduled class time.
  2. Please call the studio if the student will be absent or significantly late to class. The student may make up a missed class in another class/level. Please talk to the Director or the Program Manager before scheduling a make-up class to ensure that the level is appropriate.

Class Cancellations

  1. If Philadelphia public schools are closed due to inclement weather, The Philadelphia Dance Academy will also be closed. There will also be a message on the voicemail and the website when classes are cancelled.
  2. If an instructor is unable to teach a class, a qualified substitute will take her/his place. If under some extreme circumstance, a substitute cannot be found, class will be cancelled and a make-up class will be scheduled.
  3. Private lessons must be cancelled at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled start time, otherwise full payment will be due.
  4. If a holiday or snow day should fall on your scheduled day, you may make up the class with the same or similar level on a different day. Tuition will not be prorated or refunded.

Payment/Refund Policy

  1. Payment is due the week before each semester begins.
  2. There is a late payment fee of $15.
  3. The $25 annual registration fee is non-refundable.
  4. The returned-check fee is $20.
  5. Sale of all leotards, costumes, and dancewear is final.
  6. Tuition after the first class is 75% refundable, after the second class 50% refundable, and is non-refundable after the third class.

This policy applies to all classes including Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet, regardless of changes in nap times, moving, time conflict, etc. We will try to accommodate schedule changes if there is space available in another class.



  1. talk quietly in the reception area and hallways so as not to disturb students taking class.
  2. keep doors to studios closed.
  3. keep all strollers, scooters, and belongings away from the elevator and bathroom doors.
  4. refrain from running in the studios or hallways.
  5. do not place coffee or other drinks on the carpet.
  6. use the observation windows wisely so that students do not get distracted.

Dress Code

  1. Hair Neatly Secured: Hair should be secured away from the face in a ballet bun or similar style for all students in Pre-Ballet and Ballet. If hair is too short for a bun, please wear a headband to secure hair away from face. Make-a-Bun kits are for sale at the front desk for $3. Each kit contains 2 hair ties, 15 hair pins, and 1 hair net. We unfortunately cannot lend hair supplies.
  2. No Accessories: No jewelry, watches, skirts, tutus, legwarmers, or warm-ups. Skirts are permitted for Pointe class only.
  3. Attire: Students must follow the appropriate dress code for each level:
Level Dress Code
Creative Movement white leotard, white socks, pink ballet slippers (optional)
Pre-Ballet I/II white leotard, white socks, pink ballet slippers
Ballet I powder blue leotard, footed pink tights, pink ballet slippers
Ballet II royal blue leotard, footed pink tights, pink ballet slippers
Ballet IIIA lavender or lilac leotard, footed pink tights, pink ballet slippers
Ballet IIIB purple leotard, white socks or footed pink tights,
pink split-sole ballet slippers
Ballet IVA turquoise leotard, footed or convertible pink tights w/seams,
pink split-sole ballet slippers
Ballet IVB/V black leotard, footed or convertible pink tights w/seams,
pink split-sole ballet slippers
Pointe current level attire plus pointe shoes (solid color sheer skirt optional)
Theater Dance black leotard or tank or Philadelphia Dance Academy tank/tee,
black or tan tights or jazz pants, TAN jazz shoes
Boys white tee shirt, black tights/pants, black or white ballet slippers