Our Commitment To You

At Top Billing Entertainment Performance Academy, we are committed to providing programs and services reinforcing the principle “every performer gets top billing.”  As the area’s leading non-profit performing arts education organization, we believe each TBEPA student has the right to:

  • Expect high quality performance education experiences.

  • A welcoming atmosphere at all TBEPA studio locations and performances.

  • Clean and safe spaces.

  • Assistance from all TBEPA Studio staff and work-study with any questions or concerns about classes or purchases.

  • Access to all TBEPA rules and regulations.

  • To be heard fairly and receive quick and reasonable responses regarding questions and concerns.

Before registering for a class, please review our Studio Policies, Makeup Policies, Tuition and Payment Policies, Weekend Class Guidelines, and Weekday Class Guidelines.

 

Group Class Tuition Fees

Starting June 1, 2019

Group Class Tuition Rates
One Time Registration Fee $15
Drop In One Class $13
45 Min per Week for 4 Weeks $43
One Hour per Week for 4 Weeks $50
One and Half Hours per Week for 4 Weeks $90
Two Hours per Week for 4 Weeks $95
Three Hours per Week for 4 Weeks $140
Four Hours per Week for 4 Weeks $170
Five Hours per Week for 4 Weeks $195
Six Hours per Week for 4 Weeks $220
Seven Hours per Week for 4 Weeks $229
Unlimited 4 Weeks $243
Add an Additional Family Member to Unlimited 4 Week Rate $60

Charter School Classes $55 per hour for 4 Weeks

  • We are closed the following holidays:
    • Labor Day

    • Halloween

    • Thanksgiving Weekend (Thursday - Sunday)

    • Christmas Holiday Break (Third week of December through second week of January)

    • President's Day

    • Easter

    • Memorial Day

    • Annual Dance Concert

    • 4th of July

 

Studio Policies

  • All students must sign in before entering class.

  • Students arriving more than 10 minutes after class has started will not be allowed to participate in the class, exceptions made only at instructor's discretion.

  • All shoe soles must be clean before entering class.

  • TBEPA is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

  • TBEPA and its instructors are not liable for injuries sustained on the premises.

  • TBEPA classes are subject to cancellation or change of time, location, teacher or substitution based on management discretion.

  • No animals are permitted on the premises except identified service animals.

  • Food and/or gum are not permitted in the studios. Bottled water is acceptable.

  • Children in waiting areas must be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian.

 

Makeup Policies

When we can, TBEPA offers a makeup option for adult and youth enrollment classes. Students have the opportunity to make up a missed class if multiple classes are offered at our studio locations. However, a class may only be made up within the same session (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) in which the student is enrolled and within four weeks of the missed class or class fee is forfeit. Makeup classes cannot be rolled over into any future sessions. Some enrollment classes such as Summer Musical performance classes do not have a makeup option. Adult drop-in classes do not have a makeup option.

  • All make up classes must be in the same category, age group, and experience level or below. We strongly encourage students to make up missed classes in a class of the same or similar style.

 

Tuition and Payment Policies

  • Payment for classes must be made prior to entering the studio.

  • Class purchases are valid through the end of that semester.

  • There is a $35.00 fee for returned checks.

  • Enrollment classes missed must be made up within the same session as purchased.

  • Tuition is determined by the number of class hours taken each week per student. Family members living in the same household are considered a single student and qualify for the discounted rates.

  • TBEPA tuition is payable in advance and due on the 1st of each month and is considered late if received after the 5th of the month. In order for your child to remain active in class, your tuition must be current for that month.

  • A $5 per week late fee will be charged after the 5th of the month and applied to your next month’s tuition, regardless of whether or not the studio is closed on the 5th of the month. When the studio is closed during a holiday, you may slide your payment under our front door as we pick up mail daily when closed.

  • TBEPA offers several ways for our students to pay tuition. You have the option to pay by cash, check or credit card in person at the front desk by phone, or online via PayPal to kkivy@topbillingent.org or Venmo to topbillingent

  • You can also mail your payment (must be postmarked no later than the 5th) to 165 N. Glendora Ave. Glendora, CA 91741, or slip it under our front door.

  • All fees and tuition are considered non-refundable. NO REFUNDS, CREDITS, OR TRANSFERS will be made for missed lessons, make-up classes are by teacher's discretion.

  • Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Please fill out the form on the left and bring it to the studio.

  • Tuition is paid in monthly installments based on the number of classes taken weekly for the academic year.

    • The year runs from August through mid-June.

    • A discount is available if tuition is paid in full for an entire semester.

    • A discount is available if tuition is paid in full for an entire academic year.

 

Dress Code

For dance classes please wear black, tan, or pink dance attire and proper dance shoes. Hair must be up and off the face. For Ballet classes, hair must be worn in a bun. For other classes please wear "school attire" with no offensive wording or images. Top Billing staff reserves the right to refuse service for any reason.

 

Class Guidelines

  • Classes are available by enrollment and are geared toward competitions and performances. Drop ins are available at the instructors discretion. Please contact the front desk before dropping in to try a class.

  • Participation in any Youth Musical Production or the Youth Dance Ensemble is by audition only.

  • For early childhood dance (25 months old through kindergarten) placement is determined by age as of the first day of each semester.

  • Registration in Level 2 classes or higher may require teacher approval. If students are not performing at the level of the class, they may be moved to the appropriate level.

  • For the safety of your child, please pick up your dancer inside the building after class. Please be on time to pick up your child.

  • Adults and siblings must remain in the waiting area during class. For the safety of students and instructors group classes are closed rehearsals only. Parents are welcome to sit it on the first class only if need be. 

  • Youth Performances: all students are required to attend every class, be prompt and participate on a regular basis in order to perform.

  • Classes run 50-55 minutes to allow for passing time between class groups.

 

Rules

  • Students are expected to be ready for their lessons and classes. This means a student is expected to arrive, and warm up and stretch at least 10 to 15 minutes before a lesson or rehearsal begins. This transition period assists in one's focus and physical well-being.

 

  • Proper dance attire including form fitting clothes and proper dance shoes are expected to be worn at every dance class. Dancers are to be ready for class at the starting time with hair done and shoes on when they walk into their classroom.

 

  • Students arriving late are not permitted to just walk into class. Late students should ask the teacher for permission to join a class that has already started by waiting just inside of the classroom door.

 

  • A student who comes late to class, based on the instructor's discretion, may not be permitted to take class yet will be expected to observe. This is to reduce any possible injury. Students arriving 5 minutes late for an hour class or 10 minutes late for a class more than an hour in length can expect to be told to sit and watch for that day. They may make-up the class on another day.

 

  • Teachers should be addressed with respect. Ms. Jamie, Mr. Timothy, unless otherwise instructed by the individual teacher. This is to help the students maintain a more professional demeanor.

 

  • No gum, food or drinks are permitted in the rehearsal studios or dressing rooms. Water is permitted.

 

  • Students may not sit down unless instructed to do so by their teacher.

 

  • No excessive conversations should take place during class. This can be disruptive to fellow classmates during class. We all can learn by observing others.

 

  • Please be respectful of yourself and others. Kindness goes far. No foul language will be tolerated.

 

  • Students under 12 years old may not leave the classroom without the teacher's permission. This is for their safety.

 

  • Students need to call the studio at (626) 963-1300 to let their teacher know if they are going to miss class. You are expected to make up any missed classes within the semester. You may take a make-up class at your level or lower. Any other options must be discussed with the instructor. This is to keep your training moving forward. Students enrolled in our Summer Musical Program are expected to participate in the complete dance program.

 

  • Observation is permitted from a waiting room where available or in the studio at the instructors discretion. Please refrain from peeking through the door. This is a distraction to the teachers and students. The doors should not be blocked, as someone may trip over another child or object when leaving class.

 

  • Parents are not allowed to run into on-going classes. If you have a concern please ask the front desk to pass a note onto the teacher and they will meet with you while on break, or after class.

 

  • Parents, if you need to remove your child early from class, please inform the teacher prior to class. If an emergency arises, please inform the front desk, and they will quietly bring your child to you. This will reduce distraction and anxiety.

 

  • Parents please be prompt to pick your children up at the end of class. Teachers tend to have classes back to back, and we cannot baby-sit students. If they must wait, have them prepared ahead of time with some work to keep them occupied. The studio will not stay open more than 10 minutes after the last class of the evening.

 

Class Placement & Class Observation

It should be understood that students often remain in a class level for more than one year. Our main interest is to offer our students proper training for each stage of development. Some students are mentally more mature than their body is capable of physically implementing, while some students bodies are physically strong yet mentally not prepared for the increased structure of the next level up. If a change to another level is appropriate, you and the student shall be notified. Promotions are made at the discretion of the instructors along with the director. Parents are welcome to request a conference concerning the student's progress.

 

Although we do our best to keep students within a certain age range (for example, 6-8, 8-11), our priority regarding class placement is whether the child is physically or mentally ready for the next level. We have seen 13-year-old dancers who were not as strong as 9-year-olds. Other important considerations are attention span, which includes stamina for a longer class time, the ability to take correction, understanding of the technical aspects of the movement, strength, the possibility of injury, and confidence. Another key factor in the decision would be that students who advance before they are ready might become discouraged and thus no longer enjoy their performing arts experience. For young children taking a 45-minute class is a big difference compared to a one-hour class.

 

Especially in the case of younger students, parents are asked to refrain from "peeking in" as some students are shy or are easily distracted by an "audience". There is a side room near the bathrooms where parents can watch and wait. We ask that you come at the beginning of class and plan to stay for the duration to reduce student distractions and anxiety. A private conference with the teacher and director may be arranged if a parent is concerned about their child's progress.

 

Student Evaluations

Written evaluations are given to students in beginning level classes and up to assist students in comprehending their individual class goals. We offer these to parents and students during the last weeks of each quarter. The June progress report will inform a student of a promotion to the next level for the next semester.

 

Conferences & Concerns

Conferences can be scheduled by appointment only with both the teachers and the Director. Please call TBEPA at (626) 963-1300 for a private appointment. Teachers are not available after your child's class, since they often have another class to teach afterwards. If you notice a change in your child's reaction to class, please advise the staff so they can address your important concern.

 

Performances

We have two recitals per year in December and June. Details about costumes and costs will be distributed in class.  During the year, many of our students have opportunities to participate in activities such as master classes, community performances and other Top Billing showcases and main stage musical performances. We encourage all students to take advantage of these opportunities. Information including costs and entry fees etc. will be provided in advance of each event. Students will also be given opportunities to attend dance competitions as well.

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