Frequently Asked Questions

Tuition

LDTA offers monthly or quarterly payments for tuition using either a credit card or electronic check. Adults (age 18+)  may register for individual courses and also have the following options:

Punch Cards – Single class, five-class, and ten-class cards are available. All punch cards expire three months after purchase.

Membership – Adults may purchase an unlimited membership (nine-month commitment with monthly payments) which allows attendance in any class.

The $25 family registration fee helps cover administrative costs associated with registration. This fee is charged once per calendar year per head of household account.

2019-2020 Tuition Rates

Youth Classes

7-week sessions

$ 119
Quarterly

16-week classes

$ 68
Monthly

32-week classes

$ 62 25
Monthly

Adult Classes

7-week sessions

$ 105
Quarterly

32-week Yoga

$ 40
Monthly

32-week Ballet

$ 50
Monthly

32-week Modern

$ 62 25
Monthly

Single Class Card

$ 18
Punch Card (expires in 90 days)

Five Class Card

$ 85
Punch Card (expires in 90 days)

Ten Class Card

$ 160
Punch Card (expires in 90 days)

Membership

$ 150
Monthly

Tuition for 7-week sessions is due prior to the first day of class. Tutition is automatically pro-rated for students starting after the first day. Quarterly classes must be paid in full prior to attending the first class.

Tuition for 16-week courses is due in four payments each semester. The first payment is due upon registration with remaining payments due on 09/15, 10/15, and 11/15 for the Fall Semester. The first payment for the Spring Semester is upon registration with remaining payments on 02/15, 03/15, and 04/15.

Tuition for 32-week courses is due in nine payments for the year. The first payment is due upon registration with remaining payments due the 15th of each month (September through April).

You can make changes to your credit card or e-check information online through your family account in Classbug.

Stop by the office during office hours or contact us by email registration@ldtacademy.com or phone 303.317.2707 to change your payment date.

Yes! After you register and make the first monthly payment, you can make a balance payment online or stop by the office to make your payment.

Yes. We have limited funding available for scholarships each year. We offer both a merit-based and a need-based scholarship by application only. The application period for the following school year is open from April to June each year. Applicants are notified by email by July 15.

Absences, Closures, and Withdrawals

LDTA is closed for Labor Day, Thanksgiving Week, Winter Break and Spring Break. No classes are held for any division during these breaks. We are also closed for evening classes on Halloween – but classes during the morning/afternoon are still held.

Other breaks vary by division.

When the SVVSD school district closes due to weather, LDTA classes are not held. Announcements about this will be available on the website, LDTA phone message, and in email alerts to the Head of Household accounts for registered students scheduled to attend class that day.

Enrollment in a class at LDTA is for a full series of 7-week, 16-week, or 32-week sessions. Withdrawal from a class may be available in certain circumstances:

Children’s Division Withdrawal

The Children’s Division 7-week sessions are designed to be short tastes of classes. If after the first two weeks (but before attending the third week) you realize your child is not yet ready for class, we will credit your account with any remaining classes toward registration in a future session. There are no refunds under any circumstances for these classes.

Elementary Division Withdrawal

The Elementary Division 16-week sessions are available for children ages 5 to 9 attending Kindergarten through Third Grade.

For withdrawals within the first four weeks of enrollment, you will be charged the amount of tuition due for the number of weeks enrolled. After the first four weeks, withdrawal requests must be submitted using the Leave of Absence Request form. You will be charged 100% of tuition up to the date of withdrawal and 50% of tuition due for the remaining classes in the session.

Academy Division Withdrawal

There are no refunds for quarterly classes or punch cards.

Withdrawal and leave of absence requests must be submitted using the Leave of Absence Request form. You are responsible for 100% of tuition up to the date we receive this Leave of Absence Request.

During an approved leave of absence, payment plans will be paused. Once a student is able to return to LDTA, the amount due will be recalculated and the payment plan will be resumed. Leaves of absence are approved for medical reasons in both the ballet program and the choreograph your own program. Academic leaves of absence are approved in the ballet program only.

To completely withdraw from LDTA’s Academy Division (not intending to return), 100% of tuition is due through the date the Request Form is received. If this withdrawal is within the first four weeks of a new registration, no additional payments will be due. For returning students or withdrawal after the first four weeks of a new registration, a $50 withdrawal fee will be due.

 

Missed Classes

Poor attendance affects learning and progress in dance classes 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.

Make-Up Classes

Students may make up missed classes in their class level or one class level below. When students miss a class, a make-up class card will be added to the account and the head of household will receive an email.

Makeup classes must be taken within four weeks of the absence and cannot be carried over into another academic season. Due to recital preparation, make-up classes will not be available for absences after April 15th. Students participating in recital are encouraged to attend all classes – especially recital classes.

 

LDTA makes every attempt to hold classes as scheduled. Sometimes class cancellations are unavoidable.

Classes cancelled due to weather or instructor illness: Students will receive a make-up class card that can be used in any class at the same level or one level lower to the student’s placement. If necessary and if studio space is available, a make-up class may be scheduled for a different day or time or during a break.

Classes cancelled due to poor enrollment: Students will only be charged for the number of classes held. Any pre-paid funds will be refunded or given as store credit once a class has been officially removed from the schedule.

Snow/Weather 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.

Recitals and Performance Opportunities

The Children’s Division Holiday Recital is held at the end of second quarter during the Winter Break. Students registered in The Children’s Division in Combination Ballet/Tap (Combo) classes and/or Boys Dance class may participate in this recital.

Participation is optional. Additional participation fees and costume costs apply when participating in the recital.

The Annual Recital is actually three recitals held on the same day!

The Children’s Division Annual Recital is for students registered in fourth quarter of a Children’s Division Combo or Boys Dance class.

The Elementary Division Annual Recital is for students registered in Ballet K, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, Ballet 3, Elementary Boys Dance, and/or Elementary Jazz during the Spring semester. Students registered in the fourth quarter of Homeschool Ballet I and Ballet 6-8 are also invited to participate.

The Academy Division Annual Recital is for students age 9+ registered for a recital class. (Adult classes do not typically have a recital, however adults registered for Advanced Modern I or Advanced Modern II are welcome to participate).

Participation is optional and additional fees and costume costs apply.

Participation Fees – Holiday Recital

First student fee = $35 (includes four general admission tickets to the recital)

Second student fee = $30

Third student + fees = $0

Participation Fees – Annual Recital

First student fee = $50 (includes four general admission tickets to the recital of your choice)

Second student fee = $30

Third student + fees = $0

Costume Costs

Costume prices range from $25 – $75 per costume. LDTA 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.

Photography Costs

Recital portraits are taken prior to each recital. Portrait packages may be ordered directly from Lifetouch either before or after Picture Day. Even if you do not plan to order pictures, please plan to attend Picture Day so that your child will be in the group photo. Pictures are then picked up from the LDTA office.

Videography Costs

Videos of the Holiday Recital are not available. Families may videotape their children during this recital.

Videos are available for the Annual Recital – all three recitals are available in one 2-disc DVD or Blu-Ray set. DVD’s cost $30 and Blu-Rays cost $35.

Recital Flowers

Performers love to receive flowers at the recital! Families may pre-order flowers to pick up at the recital or purchase single roses the day of the recital.

Recital Package

An all-in-one recital package will also be available which includes your participation fee, tickets, recital costume, video package, portrait package and recital flowers.

Centennial State Ballet is the non-profit youth performance company founded by school owner, Kristin Kingsley. Kristin serves as the Executive Artistic Director of this company. CSB auditions and rehearsals are held at LDTA studios and there are several performance opportunities throughout the year. Visit centennialstateballet.org for more information about these performance opportunities.

LDTA Dress Code

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.

LDTA has a shoe & clothing exchange program where families can trade lightly used shoes and leotards for a different size at no cost. If you don’t have items to trade, you can purchase a gently used pair of shoes for just $10 or a gently used leotard for $5. 

The LDTA Exchange is run by NHSDA. Shoes, leotards, and other dance items may be exchanged at any time – special drives may be held throughout the year. When you donate shoes or dancewear to the exchange, you will receive a coupon that can be used toward the purchase of other gently used items.

 

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!

Boulder Body Wear is 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

Elementary Division Attire

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.

All students:

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 must be properly sewn.

Academy Division Attire 

Girls:

Any style/color leotard; unattached skirts may be worn during pre-pointe/pointe class only. Shirts, shorts, capris, pants, and/or legwarmers are allowed in Academy Division Adult Classes only.

Pink canvas or leather ballet slippers with drawstring bows tucked in; only pointe students may wear split sole ballet slippers; 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:

Solid color, fitted t-shirt; any color ballet tights; white socks; black leather or canvas ballet slippers.

Long hair must be arranged off of the face.

All students:

No dangly earrings longer than 1 inch. No necklaces, bracelets, anklets, rings, or watches allowed. Stud earrings are acceptable. 

A dance notebook should be carried at all times so that they may be prepared to take notes regarding classes and rehearsals.

Non-Ballet Classes

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.

 

Centennial State Ballet is the non-profit youth performance company founded by school owner, Kristin Kingsley. Kristin serves as the Executive Artistic Director of this company. CSB auditions and rehearsals are held at LDTA studios and there are several performance opportunities throughout the year. Visit centennialstateballet.org for more information about these performance opportunities.

LDTA Additional Programs

LDTA offers a 6-week summer program.

Summer Camps

Students entering Kindergarten through Third Grade may register for our themed summer camps. Themes vary summer to summer, but typically include a ballet class, a non-ballet dance class, and a craft/activity time. Students participate in short performances for their parents and LDTA summer intensive students at the end of each week.

Summer Intensives

Attending a summer intensive 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.

Summer Classes

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 Elementary and Academy Division students. Summer is a great time for both youth and adults to train in a new dance discipline or try dance for the first time.

Most evening summer classes are offered at the beginning level.

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is for Academy Division students in grades six through twelve.

The Junior Chapter is for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. Students may apply to join at the end of fifth grade.  Members of the NHSDA Junior Chapter have bi-monthly meetings, participate in a service project, and have planned activities throughout the year.

The Secondary Chapter is for students in ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade. Students may apply to join at the end eighth grade. Members of the NHSDA Secondary Chapter have bi-monthly meetings and planned activities. They also plan and participate in the LDTA Exchange and hold a fundraiser each year. Junior and Senior members may also apply for a scholarship each year with the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

The short answer is that the Pre-Collegiate Ballet Intensive Program is an intense training program in ballet for high school students who leave their school day early to train daily.  PBIP is an audition only program at LDTA. Auditions are held each December for the following school year.

The longer answer is in the PBIP Approach:

Intensive ballet training is more than technique. Our students are encouraged to be creative problem solvers, self-directed learners, community advocates, focused workers, and brilliant young artists. Every student has talents and challenges and it is within this particular alchemy that an individual artist can discover his or her voice as a dancer. It is the role of the instructor to provide feedback and guidance; it is the role of the student to make the changes. 

We, at LDTA, believe training in ballet is not about becoming a star, it is about embracing the rigorous daily work that is its own reward. Success is not about perfection; success is about standing back up when you fall down. Achievement is not about being cast in a big role; achievement is in performing any role, no matter how small, with commitment and discipline. 

We believe that, at its best, pre-professional ballet training teaches creativity, empathy, lateral thinking, teamwork, determination, self-respect, and grit. In classwork, our students learn to set goals, to overcome challenges, to accept criticism, and to evaluate their progress. In rehearsals, our students learn teamwork, individual responsibility, and perseverance. Onstage, our students are graceful, poised, flexible young people who can respond to adversity on the fly. We are proud of our students when they go on to do whatever they aspire to do in life, whether that is to dance or not, because we believe our students can do anything they set their minds to, and we can give them some tools to help them out along the way.