ART from the HEART
Performing Arts Center
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & POLICIES

2018-19 AFTH CALENDAR 

2018
August 20th: - Classes begin

September 3rd: - Studio & office closed for Labor Day

September: - Recital Costume Deposits Due
  ($40 per student / per class)
NOTE: They will be run with Auto-Pay

October: - Begin working on Christmas Dances!

November 1st: - Christmas Performance Calendar 
  posted 

November 22nd-25th: - Studio /Office closed (Thanksgiving)

December T.B.A: - Community Christmas 
  Performances

December 14th: - Last day of STUDIO classes prior  
  to Christmas Break ( see Christmas 
  Performance Calendar ) 

Dec. 17th - Jan. 2nd: - CHRISTMAS BREAK
  Studio / Offices closed ( PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK CHRISTMAS PERFORMANCE CALENDAR)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
2019
January 2nd: - Classes resume at AFTH

January : - Recital Costume Balance(s) Due
NOTE: They will be run with Auto-Pay

Week of January 15th - Student Evaluation Week

Week of January 22nd - Start RECITAL dances / pieces

March 1st: - $20 Recital Fee Due( per student)
NOTE: They will be run with Auto-Pay

DATE T.B.A  - PICTURE WEEK -It is Required that all students attend for class photos & individual photos will be taken upon request. Photos will be taken during regularly scheduled class times

April 1st: - April & May Tuition Due
  (to close out account and participate in Recital)

April TBA - AUDITIONS-Dance Company for Performance Groups

April 19th- 22nd Closed for Good Friday / Easter 

The following dates are subject to change

May 17th - Last day of Studio Classes

May T.B.A- Dress Rehearsal at CALVARY Winter Park

May T.B.A- 2019 RECITAL / 4pm call time 5PM SHOW 

SUMMER SESSIONS

June 10th - 28th , 2019
July 8th - August 2nd , 2019
Disney Magic Music Days Performance-T.B.A
Disney Magic Music Days Broadway Workshop-T.B.A



How long have you been in Business?

We are beginning our 29th year of  business. AFTH still has the original owners and has continued with its vision from day one!

How long have you been at your current location?
This is our 2nd season in our current location.


How many students are in each class?
It depends on the type of class, however, the general rule of thumb for most dance classes is a maximun ratio of 10-12 students per teacher however in the smaller studios the class size is limited to 8-10 students.

What type of experience does your staff have?
All of our teaching staff has been selected for not only their years of experience and education, but also for their unique ability to motivate students to another level, balanced with  a great amount of nurturing and encouragement. The majority of our staff has been raised up from within the studio to achieve the unique vision and teaching method we utilize.

Can I watch my child?
AFTH has viewing windows / doors into most of its studio rooms.  There will be times, however, when we do shut the viewing windows to work on performance numbers and to help focus concentration.Also, we like to have “Watch Week” at the end of end month so the parents can see their childs progress and students can practice performing for an Audience.


Do I have to pay for my yearly tuition in full?

AUTO-PAY for Tuition is required for all accounts.
  Your monthly payment is not based on the actual number of classes in a given month, 
rather it is based on your total tuition cost divided into equal monthly payments.
If you choose to Pay for the year in full you would get a 10% discount.However there are no refunds should your student withdraw early.


What forms of payment do you accept?

ACH payments or credit cards payments are excepted for AUTO -PAY (AX is not excepted)

What about missed classes?
Missed classes must be made up within 2 weeks of missing in an equal level class or 1 level up. If class is not made-up within 2 weeks, it is forfeited. Make-up classes are not available beginning in November and again in February due to Christmas/Recital rehearsals. 
No tuition adjustments for missed classes.

What about Refunds?
There are no refunds for missed classes, registration fees, recital tickets, recital fee's and some retail.

Do you have an office on site?
Our main office is not located in the studio . We prefer all correspondence via mail goes to our main office at 5200 Fieldview Court - Orlando, FL. 32819
PH: 407-612-6565
Please direct all questions and inquiries to our main office, as our teachers are on a tight back to back schedule.

How would you describe your Studio?
We are not sure how other people would define us, so we can only go by what our heart is. We have created a place where the Fine Arts can be taught in an atmosphere that is safe, nurturing and encouraging. In addition, we closely monitor the style and type of music we utilize for classes and performances. We also pay close attention to our choreography so as not to promote an inappropriate style of dance.  We also seek to motivate students to a higher level in their gifting but are always mindful to encourage and nuruture each individual student.  All of this gives the student a sense of security and a sense of purpose and worth!

Do you break for Holidays?
Yes, we have pre-determined Holiday breaks. Check our Calendar link for specific dates.

Do you perform at Christmas?
Yes, each of our classes will attend 1-2 performances in the Orlando area at a variety of children and nursing homes. We consider this a time of outreach. Each class will prepare a number to perform, and will also bring homemade cards and gifts to hand out to residents. These performances combined with 2 regular classes in December will make for a very full Holiday month. 

Do you do a Recital?
Yes we do, however we hesitate to use the word Recital. AFTH has quickly become known for its end of the year production. This past season saw almost people attend our May production. This past season we presented our "end of year production" at the COAN Theatre at the HolyLand Expereince, with professional staging and lighting.

What costs can I anticipate?
The following are the "heads up" costs. This does not mean that these will not change or that some costs will be deleted or added.
General rule of thumb costs:

  • Monthly Tuition (see our tuitions page)
  • Registration Fee ($25 )
  • Costume Deposit ($40) per student -per class due in September
  • Costume Balance ($20- up) per student - per class due in January
  • Recital Fee ($20 per student (due in March)
  • Class Pictures - usually in late March
  • Recital Tickets ($15 estimated) per person per show



What are policies and procedures should I want to withdraw from a class?

In the event you wish to withdraw from a class, you must provide (in writing) a 30 day intent to withdraw notice.  You are responsible for all tuitions due until that 30 day notice has been fulfilled, even if you are no longer taking class.

Also, keep in mind, that retail orders, recital costumes, recital tickets and other misc items are not refundable. If a Recital Costume has been ordered for you, you are responsible to pay the deposit on that costume. If you would like the costume, you are responsible for the balance due OR you may forfeit the costume and not pay the balance due.

CLASS UNIFORMS

AFTH has a color coded class uniform system. This system allows us to look dynamic when we perform, and it creates a consistent look in each class!  We are confident we have provided a quality product at a less expensive price, and a convenience for you by supplying these uniforms for purchase directly from AFTH.


LATE FEE

A $20 late fee is incurred if monthly tuition is not received because of credit card declines. Any unpaid late fee(s) will be added to final Recital Costume Balance and must be paid in order to receive Recital Costume and participate in Recital.


A non-refundable registration fee is required with your registration at AFTH.
$25 for 1st child / $20 for 2nd child / $15 for 3rd child

RECITAL COSTUME PAYMENTS

All of our classes participate in the AFTH Recital. Therefore a $40 Recital Costume Deposit is due on October 1st (per student / per class) Recital costume balance statements will be mailed in December and are not due until January.