Frequently Asked Questions

What are my tuition payment options?

LDTA offers the following payment options to meet the needs of our patrons:

  • Pre-Payment – Patrons may pay tuition in full when registering and enrolling in a class. Credit cards and e-checks are accepted.
  • Installment Plan – You may select the monthly payment plan at checkout when registering and enrolling in classes. There is a 5% AutoPay Fee and a valid Credit Card or Checking Account must be provided. The $25 registration fee is paid upon registration/enrollment with monthly payments beginning on September 1st and ending on May 1st. Classes in the Children’s Division are not eligible for a payment plan as they are purchased quarterly.
  • Drop-In Tuition – This option is offered to our students in the Adult/Teen division. Payment must be made prior to each class taken. Online registration forms must be completed and you can pay for the individual class online prior to arrival or when you arrive at the studio.
  • Punch Card – A punch card can be purchased to receive a discount on drop-in tuition. Punch Cards are available in 5 or 10 class options and will expire at the end of the season in which they were purchased.
  • Monthly Class Card – This option is for students in our Adult/Teen division who would like to participate in more than three classes. Purchase this card to attend your choice of up to four ballet classes, two modern classes, one ballet in the air class, and yoga. Monthly cards expire 30 days from purchase.  

Tuition Information

  • A non-refundable registration fee of $25 per family is due on or before the first week of classes for the school calendar year August through July of the following year.
  • Tuition at LDTA may be paid by credit card or electronic check All payments must be made online – the LDTA office will not accept tuition payments in the office.
  • For patrons paying with an AutoPay plan, the credit card will be automatically charged on each installment due date.

What are the tuition rates?

View the current tuition rates online through our Webstore.

When is my tuition due?

If you are paying in full for the prepay discount, tuition is due upon enrollment in the class.

If you are paying by LDTA’s AutoPay plan, the registration fee is due upon enrollment in the class. Monthly tuition is due beginning on the first day of each month. There are 9 total installments in the full school year of tuition (Fall-Winter/Spring); students registering after September 1 will have a fixed plan to mirror the appropriately remaining installments within the year.

What if I need to make a change to my AutoPay plan?

You can change the payment method or credit card on file through your family portal online. Special requests to change dates, amounts, etc… will be accommodated in most cases. Please contact the LDTA office for assistance with these changes.

What if I need to withdraw from classes at LDTA?

  • Enrollment in a class at LDTA is for a full academic season. All withdrawals must be submitted to LDTA in writing. Withdrawal penalties are determined by the date on which written request is given. A withdrawal is not complete until written request is received. Students may be liable for the full year’s tuition if LDTA is not notified of a withdrawal.
  • Withdrawals within the first four weeks of enrollment will incur a $50 penalty in addition to the amount of tuition due for the number of weeks enrolled.
  • Withdrawals after the first four weeks of enrollment will incur a penalty fee equal to 50% of the total tuition due for the remainder of the academic season. Patrons are responsible for paying the total cost of the classes enrolled in through the date of the written withdrawal notice.

What are the additional opportunities (and their cost) for my student while enrolled at LDTA?

  • Auditioned Performances: LDTA’s Ballet Division students are invited to audition for several performances in a season through Centennial State Ballet.
    • Auditions are typically held on the first or second weekend after classes begin for each semester. Fall semester for Fall Showcase and The Nutcracker and Winter/Spring semester for the spring Gala Performance.
    • Showcase performances require a performance fee of $35 per performer/$60 per family.
    • The Nutcracker and spring Gala Performances each require a performance fee of $250 per performer ($200 with CSB Guild Membership).
    • What do your fees cover? Centennial State Ballet is proud to offer live musical accompaniment, professional guest artists, full set design, and stage lighting. Your performance fees directly support CSB’s professional performance atmosphere.
  • LDTA’s Children’s Division Holiday Recital is an annual performance that occurs before the Holiday Break. This show includes all registered students of the Children’s Division (ages 3–5 years old) who are interested in performing. LDTA holds the Holiday Recital at Niwot High School Auditorium prior to Saturday’s performances of The Nutcracker. With over 700 seats available, parents may invite as many friends as they like to this wonderful recital to experience the accomplishments of their dancers. All are welcome to video and take non-flash photos during the performance. Choosing to have the Holiday Recital on the same day as The Nutcracker will command a huge commitment from LDTA’s instructors; however, it is a cost-saving measure for our students and their parents, as the rental of the auditorium will be shared with The Nutcracker production.
    • Cost: $35 Recital Fee per student (non-refundable) – includes (5) general admission tickets to the performance.
    • Costume fee range is $15-$75
  • LDTA’s Annual Recital: The Children’s, Ballet, Open Division, and Ballet Divisions are invited to participate in the year-end recital every May. This performance showcases what students have learned in their classes during the year.
    • Recital fees (non-refundable): $35 per student/$65 maximum  per family. Fee includes (5) tickets per performance fee paid. Recital fees can be reduced to $25 per student/$50 per family when a parent volunteers to help during the show either backstage or front of house.
    • Tickets: $5 General Admission
    • Costumes: Often range from $0 – $55 per costume. LDTA School Director and instructors choose recital costumes that are age appropriate, dance appropriate, and reasonably priced. If there are modesty concerns, please discuss these with the LDTA administration.
  • Registration Fee: A non-refundable registration fee of $25 per family is due upon enrollment in classes for the school calendar year August through July of the following year.
  • LDTA Apparel: LDTA offers unique T-shirts, jackets, sweats, and more for our students as an optional purchase. When new items are available, ordering information will be sent out via email to registered families. Items may be purchased online to be picked up in the studio.

What is a Shoe Exchange?

LDTA has a shoe exchange program where families can trade lightly used shoes for a different size at no cost. If you don’t have shoes to trade, you can purchase a lightly used pair for just $10. Shoes are available to exchange year-round; however, LDTA hosts a shoe exchange/bake sale during CSB audition events. Used leotards and other dance items may also be available.

Are there still classes at LDTA when there is a school closure?

  • LDTA is closed for Labor Day; Thanksgiving Week; Winter Break; and Spring Break. No classes are held for any division during these days.
  • Ballet Division classes are canceled during the production weeks leading up to The Nutcracker and Spring Gala Performance. Students may make up classes missed for performance week closures at any point in the year.
  • LDTA evening classes will always be held in the event of an SVVSD school closure. When SVVSD closes for non-student contact days, bank holidays, etc. LDTA will remain open for evening classes. In the event of inclement weather or emergency, contact LDTA to find out if classes are canceled.
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What if my student misses class? How do I make up classes?

Makeup Policy

  • Poor attendance affects learning and progress and can have a detrimental effect upon the entire class.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to make up missed classes as progress and future class placement can be greatly affected by even one absence.
  • Students may make up missed classes in their class level or below. Please contact the school office to schedule any makeup classes.
  • Makeup classes cannot be carried over into another academic season.

How do I know if LDTA is closed for a snow day or other inclement weather closure?

Snow Cancellation Policy

  • In the event of inclement weather, which may cause class cancellations, LDTA will place an outgoing message to that effect on the LDTA voicemail system. LDTA also utilizes Facebook and email communication to provide closure information to our patrons.
  • LDTA uses the St. Vrain Valley School District as a guideline for weather cancellations. LDTA recommends checking the LDTA voicemail system to confirm whether or not classes will be held, as circumstances may change during the day to allow us to have regularly scheduled classes.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to find out if classes will be in session due to the weather.

What is the dress code?

Longmont Dance Theatre Academy is proud to work with our local dance supply store, Boulder Body Wear. LDTA Students receive a 15% discount on items at Boulder Body wear! Located at 2850 Arapahoe Rd Suite 104 Lafayette, Co 80026 PH: 303-447-9100

Children’s Division (Combo 3/4/5) Attire

Girls: Black leotard, no unattached skirts; pink full-footed tights; pink leather ballet slippers; black tap shoes; hair in secure bun/pulled away from the neck and face

Boys: White fitted t-shirt or white tucked in t-shirt; black cotton pants/shorts; white socks; black leather ballet slippers; black tap shoes

Ballet Division Attire (Level A and B)

Girls:

  • Any style solid black leotard (no designs or sequins) or Ballet Recital blue/purple Leotard with attached skirt; no unattached skirts. No shirts of any kind may be worn over leotard during class. No shorts, capris, pants, or legwarmers allowed in Ballet Division classes and rehearsals.
  • Pink canvas or leather ballet slippers with drawstring bows tucked in.
  • Hair must be in a secure bun or pulled away from the neck and face; no swinging ponytails. Female students with short hair must use a headband and also secure the hair in the back.
  • Full-footed tights: Ballet Pink, Bloch Endura Adaptatoe convertible tights with seams.

Boys:

  • White fitted t-shirt or LDTA tank; dark colored (black preferred) jazz/yoga pants, shorts, or tights; white socks; black leather or canvas ballet slippers
  • Male students with long hair must arrange hair off of the face and secure in a ponytail.

Additional Ballet Division Dress Code Requirements for classes, auditions, and rehearsals:

  • No dangly earrings longer than 1 inch. No necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, or watches allowed. Stud earrings are acceptable.
  • Elastics and ribbons on ballet slippers and pointe shoes must be properly sewn.
  • All students should carry a dance notebook with them at all times so that they may be prepared to take notes regarding classes and rehearsals.

Ballet Division Attire (Levels C-E)

Girls:

  • Any style leotard or Ballet Recital blue/purple Leotard with attached skirt; unattached skirts may be worn during pre-pointe/pointe class only. No shirts, shorts, capris, pants, or legwarmers allowed in Ballet Division classes and rehearsals.
  • Pink canvas or leather ballet slippers with drawstring bows tucked in; only pointe students may wear split sole ballet slippers; where applicable pointe and pre-pointe shoes must be properly fitted by Boulder Body Wear. Elastics and ribbons on ballet slippers and pointe shoes must be properly sewn.
  • Hair must be in a secure bun or pulled away from the neck and face; no swinging ponytails. Students with short hair must use a headband and also secure the hair in the back.
  • Full-footed tights: Ballet Pink, Bloch Endura Adaptatoe convertible tights with seams.

Boys:

  • White t-shirt tucked in; dark colored (black preferred) jazz/yoga pants, shorts, or tights; white socks; black leather or canvas ballet slippers.
  • Long hair must be arranged off of the face.

Additional Ballet Division Dress Code Requirements for classes, auditions, and rehearsals:

  • No dangly earrings longer than 1 inch. No necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, or watches allowed. Stud earrings are acceptable. 
  • All students should carry a dance notebook with them at all times so that they may be prepared to take notes regarding classes and rehearsals.

Open Division Attire

Hip Hop:

Girls and Boys: Leotard of any color or shirt with no words; loose fitting pants: jazz, yoga, workout, or sweatpants (no jeans); flat bottom tennis shoes (shoes must not be worn outside – this prevents damage to our studio flooring from bacteria, glass, rocks, or pebbles); hair must be pulled back from face and neck; no skirts, no shorts, and no half shirts will be tolerated.

Tap/Jazz:

Girls: Leotard of any style and color; tan, non-shiny tights; Lycra jazz pants or lycra bike shorts, black tap shoes or black jazz shoes (class appropriate). No baggy clothes; no sneakers; no jeans; hair must be pulled back from face and neck.

Boys: T-shirt of any color; Lycra jazz pants or lycra bike shorts; black tap shoes or black jazz shoes (class appropriate); no baggy clothes; no sneakers; no jeans.

Modern and Ballet in the Air:

Girls: Leotard of any style and color; any color footless tights; no shoes or sock; hair pulled back from face and neck.

Boys: T-shirt of any color; loose fitting pants (no jeans); no shoes/socks.

Additional Dress Code considerations:

  • For security reasons, street clothing and street shoes are required when entering and exiting the building. Dance shoes are prohibited from being worn outside the studio.
  • For hygienic reasons, shoes must be worn at all times inside the building except during modern, conditioning, and ballet in the air classes.
  • Gently used dance clothing and shoes will be available during the Shoe Exchange.

What is LDTA’s Summer Intensive Program?

LDTA offers a 6-week or 8-week summer intensive program for its Ballet Division students. Attending summer programs at LDTA is highly encouraged, as students can make tremendous progress during the summer months without the added pressure of academic studies. These programs offer students intensive training in ballet technique, exposure to various dance disciplines, and the exciting experience of working with various guest teachers. Additional studies can include (but are not limited to) jazz, modern, variations, dance history, anatomy, injury prevention, partnering, swing dancing, stage combat, hula, Chinese dance, pilates, and yoga.

The Children’s Division has limited class offerings during the summer, so early enrollment is highly recommended. Classes in ballet, hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, and ballet in the air are available for our Open Division students. Summer is a great time for teens and adults to train in a new dance discipline or try dance for the first time.

What is the CSB Guild?

Centennial State Ballet is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing live ballet performances for the community. We provide a high caliber performance opportunity for our dancers with costumes, lighting, sets and live musical accompaniment. Production costs for each performance are high and many ballet companies choose to reduce their costs by cutting back on many of these areas. To this end, it is important that all parents of CSB performers assist with productions tasks by volunteering as a CSB guild member to help us keep performance fees low.

Volunteer opportunities for the CSB Guild can be found on the CSB website and they will also be provided at the parent meeting. For most performers we need volunteers for the following roles:

Front of House:

Ticket sales

Ushering

Boutique liaison & Boutique sales

Flower liaison & Flower sales

Concessions liaison & Concession sales

Backstage:

Volunteers assigned to a specific group of performers

Volunteers not assigned to a specific group of performers

Runners

Sign-In/Out Table & Transport Assistant

Upper door monitor

Seamstress and Sewing Room Assistance

Props/sets