Policies & Guidelines

All studio information is posted in the lobby, emailed home, and also on our website. It is your responsibility to stay updated with deadlines and all other information.

Class Placement

All students are placed into a class level based on age and ability. Previous dance experience does not determine level placement. If the instructor and director feel that a student is incorrectly placed, he or she will be notified and moved to the correct level.


Please call or email the studio if your child is going to be absent. Strong attendance is a very big part of teamwork. We encourage the student to sit and watch class if an illness is non-contagious. Refunds are not available for missed classes. If a class is cancelled more than twice due to a snow day, we will schedule a make-up class.

Classroom Behavior

Proper classroom etiquette is expected during all dance classes. Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to your scheduled time so as not to disrupt the class, and to take full advantage of warming up.

  • No cell phones allowed in dance rooms.
  • No food or drink allowed in dance rooms, water only. No gum chewing allowed.
  • No loose jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, rings, and dangling earrings. Studs are okay.
  • Socializing is to take place in the waiting area, so please respect your teacher and fellow dancers during class time.
  • Always thank your teacher at the end of class!

Dress Code

Proper dress code is required for the instructor to see and correct proper body alignment and to prevent injury.

  • No street shoes allowed.
  • No jeans or hats allowed.
  • No baggy clothes are allowed such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, etc, with the exception of Hip Hop classes.
  • Correct dance attire for females includes leotard, tights, ballet skirts, fitted shorts or capris, and proper shoes at all times.
  • Hair must be pulled back off of face. A bun is required for all ballet classes. Sports bras are required for all teens. Please see dress code for all males.

Parent Observation

Classes can be viewed each week through our observation window or closed circuit TVs in the lobby! Watch week will happen twice a year, when the parents can come into the dance room for the last 10-15 minutes of class and see what their children have been working so hard towards! Watch weeks will happen in November and May.

Class Cancellations

When North Reading public schools are closed due to bad weather, East Coast Dance Center will also be closed. However, there are exceptions to this rule, such as roads being cleared by class time. Cancellations will be announced through email, social media, and the studio voicemail. If a class is cancelled more than twice due to a snow day, a make-up class will be scheduled.

Right to Cancel and Withdrawals

East Coast Dance Center reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. In this event, another class will be suggested. If you are unable to continue in the new class and withdraw, any unused tuition will be refunded. Any late registrations/start dates will not be pro-rated. Withdrawal from any class at East Coast Dance Center must be in writing and given to director, and there will be no refunds for remaining weeks.


Costumes are priced at $75 per student/per class. $80 for XL-Adult sizes. Boys costumes: $65 all sizes. Full costume payments are due November 10th. Alterations are the responsibility of the parent, should something need to be adjusted. *Size exchanges are subject to an additional $15 shipping/handling fee if the costume does not fit. Failure to pay costume fees will result in delayed ordering of your child's costume and $25 shipping and handling late fee will be charged to your account. If your account balance is not paid up to date with tuition or any other associated dance fees, your child will not be allowed to take home costumes. Costume Fees are non-refundable.


The Recital is our annual performance held in May of each spring, typically the second or third weekend. This is truly a joyful experience for all dancers to showcase their work and dedication throughout the year. All classes age 2.5 and up will perform. Dress Rehearsal is mandatory for all dancers participating in show. There will be at least two shows, and all Kindermoves classes and higher are expected to perform in both. Tickets go on sale in April. We have a lottery style for purchasing tickets, and each family will be randomly assigned a time slot to purchase and reserve seats.


By registering and enrolling online, I fully understand that East Coast Dance Center and its staff cannot and will not be held responsible for any injuries that may occur while attending or participating in any studio activities including classes, rehearsals, recitals, & birthday parties. East Coast Dance Center and its staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items including personal belongings, dance shoes, costumes, accessories, etc. I give ECDC permission to use dance photos or videos of my child for internet & social media publicity or advertising purposes. I also understand that I am responsible for tuition payments and account balances. I have read the above policy statements and waiver of liability and hereby agree to comply with them.