Policies & Tuition

Online class policies & Requirements

  • A liability waiver must be completed digitally within Mindbody when signing up for a class. A parent/legal guardian must click to agree to the waiver if the participant is under 18.
  • Platform & Technology requirements: 
    • Internet access
    • Smart phone, tablet/ipad, laptop/computer – any digital device with access to working camera and audio
    • Zoom (no cost to access)
  • Policies for being a participant in an online class:
    • Class requirements/needs and recommendations are listed below if required or provided via email. Please fully familiarize yourself with these requirements for the best possible experience!
    • Students should have their own zoom account and understand how it works prior to starting the class. Please follow the zoom link, or meeting ID plus password, to arrive at each class that was provided via email.  
    • Arrive no later than 5 minutes prior to class start time. Students will be held in a waiting room in the zoom classroom. Everyone will be admitted to class 5 to 1 minutes prior to class start time – this ensures we can start class on time and together as a community!
    • No one will be guaranteed admittance into class if they arrive later than 5 minutes after the class start time.  
  • Refund Policy: Once enrolled in a class, tuition fees are nonrefundable. 

in-person tuition rates & Discounts

Drop-in Classes

Anyone can save on Drop-In Classes with a class card! Single drop-in class is $15. 

  • Regular 5 class pass – *expires in 6 months* – $65 – ($13 per class)
  • Regular 10 class passes – *expires in 6 months* – $120 – ($12 per class)
  • *NEW* Student 5 class pass – *expires 1 year from first use* – $110 – ($11 per class)
  • *NEW* Student 10 class pass – *expires 1 year from first use* – $60 – ($12 per class)

Semester Enrollment classes

Tuition rates vary based on class and term length. Rates will be posted and updated each term!

Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes

American Dance Festival is proud to offer Parkinson’s Movement Initiative classes in partnership with NC Dance for Parkinson’s and Poe Wellness Solutions and supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation. Through this support, all classes offered through the Parkinson’s Movement Initiative are free for people living with PD and their caregivers.

Additional support is provided by RTI International, the Lyna J. Rogers Fund of Triangle Community Foundation in memory of Betty Y. Powell, and individual donors.


El Festival de Baile Americano se siente orgulloso de ofrecer clases de la iniciativa del movimiento Parkinsons es asociación con NC Baile por Parkinsons y Soluciones de Bienestar Poe. Las clases estan soporatadas por una subvención de la Fundación de Parkinson’s. Tras los fondos, todas las clases ofrecida por la iniciative del movimiento Parkinson’s son gratis por los individuales viviendo con PD y los cuidadores. 

In-person class DISCOUNTS

Student/Teacher Discount: Drop-In Classes are only $11 with our special Student/Teacher class passes (details above) for university students/faculty as well as students/teachers in Durham County. ID required to receive discount. Not available online; in-person purchase only. Does not apply to camps, special workshops, or youth classes.

Introductory Offers for New Students: Save 15% on your 10-Class Card or Youth Tuition. Available online and in-person. Cannot combine with other discounts or offers. Does not apply to special workshops or camps.

Sibling/Multi-class Discount: Save 10% when you register for more than one class in the same household for youth enrollment classes! Must call or redeem in person.

in-person class policies


Tuition Policies, Payments, and Refunds

Pre-registration is required for Youth Classes, and students cannot attend on a drop-in basis. 

Classes purchased in bulk (5 Classes or 10 Classes) are non-refundable and non-transferable. They also cannot be used for Workshops or Youth Classes.

Drop-In Classes are non-refundable. If you make a reservation online and anticipate an absence, please call or email us and we will credit the class toward a future reservation.

Youth Trial Classes are available if there is still space in a class by the first day of the term. Students are allowed to attend one class as a trial for free. If the student registers for the class, the full tuition is due. Parents should contact the Studio Manager to check trial class availability.

Late Youth Registration Youth Tuition for late registrations will not be prorated within the first four weeks of the term. Pro-rated tuition is available after the first four weeks of the term. Make-up classes may be available as an alternate option. Parents should contact the Studio Manager with all late registration inquiries.

Youth Tuition is only refundable within the first 2 weeks of the term for which the child is registered. The tuition refund is prorated, based on classes taken. If a student must withdraw from a class, written notification is required and must be sent to the Studio Manager.

For all Workshops, tuition is non-refundable once the workshop has commenced and may not be credited toward any future classes. Tuition for a workshop is only refunded if a written notice is provided 24 hours prior to the start of the workshop.

There is a 10% discount available for households registering for two or more youth classes a term (discount not available online – please call or email – must register by term start). 

Payment plans are available. To be enrolled in a payment plan, parents must contact the Studio Manager, to set up an automatic monthly draft of their credit card. The first payment will be due on the first day of a household’s registration. The remaining payments will occur on a monthly basis from the initial set-up date. The total tuition cost of the household must be paid in full by the end of the current term.

Checks should be made payable to “American Dance Festival” or “ADF.” A $25 fee will be due for all checks returned for any reason. The fee must be paid in cash within one week from the time the owner of the account is notified. Student will not be able to take classes or register for any further classes until the entire outstanding balance is paid.

Gift Certificates are available for purchase. Gift Certificates expire one year from date of purchase and are non-refundable. Purchase online or in-person at the Studios.

In-person Class Etiquette & Dress Code: Youth Classes

In order to maintain a safe, enjoyable, and educational environment, all students and their families should observe the following etiquette guidelines:

We recommend arriving 10 minutes early so that students are dressed and ready to dance when class begins, especially since important warm-up exercises take place at the start of class. Students, especially our youngest ones, should use the bathroom before class begins and are expected to remain in the studio throughout the class period. If a student needs to use the bathroom, they should ask the teacher for permission and return promptly. Late arrivals and repeatedly entering and exiting the studio can be distracting and disruptive to other students and the instructor.

Students (and any siblings) must conduct themselves politely and quietly while in class and while waiting for class in the lobbies and bathrooms. Should a student become repeatedly disruptive, the Studio Manager and the student’s instructor will assess what actions are necessary to restore a safe and educational classroom environment. Bullying or abusive behavior will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from class. 

We understand that young children may initially have trouble adjusting to these expectations or experience separation anxiety. Although we encourage students to be in the studio on their own, no one will force your child into class. The instructor can help facilitate this transition, and, most importantly, will maintain an open channel of communication as we assess the needs of your child.

We do not have a strict dress code, however, we ask that students follow these guidelines:

  • Comfortable clothing that allows a full range of motion – no dresses 
  • Bare feet* (no socks or footed tights)
  • Hair pulled back away from the face
  • No jewelry or costumes

* Canvas or leather ballet shoes are suggested for ballet classes. Sneakers or jazz shoes are permitted in Hip Hop, provided they are clean and have white or tan soles. No black-soled shoes or shoes that have been worn outside, please, as they leave marks on our studio floors.


All students (or their parent/guardian) are required to sign a liability, film, and photography waiver (provided in-person or when you register online).

 Space in class is determined on a first-come-first-served basis.

 Students should arrive on time for class properly dressed and ready to dance. A student arriving more than 15 minutes late may be asked to observe class; important warm-up exercises take place in the beginning of class and a student who is not properly warmed risks being injured. Class rates are subject to change. Classes may be cancelled due to inclement weather or emergencies (we will give as much notice as possible). Classes that don’t meet the minimum number of students are subject to cancellation; refunds will be given for classes not taken.

 ADF is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

It is the policy of the American Dance Festival to ensure that all individuals are treated equally and that no person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, political affiliation, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, or ability, be excluded from safely participating in our programs. Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities. If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility at ADF, please contact Julia Pleasants at studios@americandancefestival.org or 919-797-2871.


options for class registration

If it is your first time attending class at the Studios, we recommend showing up at least 15 minutes early. Youth classes, camps, and some workshops require advance registration, so we suggest registering online or contacting us to reserve your spot.