CLASS POLICIES

General Class Policies

These policies apply to all classes offered by First Act Theatre Arts. If you have questions, please reach out to Education Director, Michelle Evans at michelle@firstactkc.org or call the office at 913-681-3318.

Discount Information

Our Early Bird Discount will run for one month after registration is published. Registrations during this period will receive $10 off per class.

Discounts for Dance Studio are as follows: 2 dance classes – $40 off total; 3 dance classes – $90 off total; 4 dance classes – $150 off total. The multiple class dance discount is per person; it cannot be used as a sibling discount. You will need to call the First Act office (913-681-3318) for your discount voucher if taking more than one dance class. Note: Because we are offering a larger tiered discount for dance, this discount may not be used alongside the Early Bird Discount. The Early Bird Discount will still apply for those taking single dance classes.

While we think our tuition is a great value, we understand that it can be a daunting amount, especially for families that have multiple children in the program. We do not want to prohibit anyone from being part of a First Act. If you would like to discuss special arrangements/payment plan options, please contact the First Act office at (913) 681-3318.

Scholarship Information

The Kevin Milbourn Scholarship Fund is dedicated to helping students fulfill their dreams of participating in First Act Theatre Arts classes and productions through financial assistance. Kevin met his beloved wife Gina, Former Artistic Director of First Act Theatre Arts, while performing in Pippin, where he played Lewis and she was the choreographer. Kevin’s biggest role in life, however, came as a supporter of Gina and his children through their many theatrical pursuits. This legacy of love and support lives on through the assistance offered by the Kevin Milbourn Scholarship Fund.

Attendance Policy

If your student will miss class, email michelle@firstactkc.org or call the office at 913-681-3318. If your student will miss a dance class email liz@firstactkc.org. If your child is ill, keep them home. There are no refunds for missed classes.

Every student will complete a class conflict form before the first class indicating their excused absences. However, should a child’s attendance in classes become an issue, students may be removed from end-of-the-session class performances or in extreme cases removed from the class entirely. Special consideration may be granted regarding absences due to illness, family emergency, and/or unforeseen school functions. After two unexcused absences, the family will be notified by the Education Director, Studio Director, or Class Coordinator.
 
Students enrolled in a leveled class may have to repeat that level or may have the opportunity to receive private instruction from a First Act KC instructor (at the cost of the family) to catch up before the next session of classes.

Refund Policy

You may drop a class through the first week of the class session and receive a refund minus a $25 processing fee. After the conclusion of the first class week, no refunds will be given.

Auditioning for a Musical Production/Play

If you are enrolled in First Act Theatre Arts classes (and are age 8-18), you are automatically eligible to audition for that session’s productions. Students enrolled in either a Fall or Spring Studio Class are eligible to use that registration to cover Winter production registration requirements. If you are enrolled in a trimester class that class registration only makes you eligible to audition for that session’s productions. If you are not enrolled in classes, you will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of $255 to be eligible to audition.

Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather and/or poor road conditions, classes/rehearsals may be canceled for the safety of our students. Many times the weather may be dangerous in the mornings, but by class/rehearsal time, road conditions are fine. A decision will be made at least 2 hours before the start of the event regarding any cancellation of activities. If class/rehearsal is canceled for any reason, an email will be sent to all participants. For after-school timed events, updates can also be found on First Act KC’s Facebook and Instagram pages. We always encourage checking our website for the most up-to-date cancellation information.

PLEASE NOTE: First Act Theatre Arts does not make up classes nor do we credit, refund, or pro-rate tuition for classes canceled due to inclement weather.

Dance Studio Attire Policies

First Act Dance Studio strives to create a safe and professional environment for dancers to work and learn.

In order to do this, the following guidelines have been established:  

  • Students should wear dance clothes during class and a leotard if applicable (see specific classes below). It is difficult for instructors to see lines in baggy street clothes.
  • Hair should be pulled back away from face and secured.
  • Girls should put hair in a bun for all ballet classes.
  • Various shoes are required for proper instruction in classes.
  • All dance shoes, bags, and property of the dancer should be labeled with the dancer’s name.
  • No jewelry should be worn during class.
  • No gum, food or drinks are allowed during class time. Water bottles are an exception.

No Crop Tops or Short Spandex Dance Shorts – please remember our modesty policy. Students should always wear a cover up when entering and leaving the dance studio (pants over tights / shirts or jackets over leotards).

Ballet Classes:

  • Ballet I, II, III & IV – black leotard, pink tights, hair in a bun, pink ballet slippers (optional – black ballet skirt-no dance shorts)
  • Pre-Pointe / Pointe – black leotard, pink tights, hair in a bun, pink ballet slippers and/or pointe shoes (optional – black ballet skirt or dance pants)
    • pointe placement required-do not buy pointe shoes until placed
  • Male Ballet  – white t-shirt, black pants, black ballet shoes, dance belt (for males 13 and older)

Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, & Contemporary Classes:

  • Jazz – solid color leotard, black or tan tights, black jazz pant may be worn, black jazz shoes — no jazz sneakers or tight dance shorts
  • Male Jazz – solid color t-shirt, dance pants/shorts, black jazz shoes
  • Contemporary – solid color leotard, black or tan tights, black dance pant or short may be worn, barefoot or jazz shoe
  • Male Contemporary – solid color t-shirt, dance pants / shorts, barefoot or jazz shoe, dance belt (for males 13 and older)
  • Lyrical – Leotard, tights, and shorts. Ballet shoe or turner/spins
  • Modern – Leotard, Tichts, and shorts. Ballet shoes or turner/spins

Tap Classes:

  • All levels: Attire is solid colored leotard and dance capris or jazz pants. No baggy pants, jeans, or shorts please. Dancers should wear black leather, full-sole Jazz Tap Oxfords. Males wear same. (Tap 1 or Tap 2 may wear mary janes)
  • Male dancers may wear shorts

Young Movers:

  • Combo Classes (ages 3-4 & 5-6) – leotard, solid color tights or leggings, ballet and/or jazz shoes and tap shoes
  • Mommy and Me – clothes that are comfortable to move in, can wear leotard/dance attire if desired. Kids and adults can wear ballet/jazz shoes, socks, or bare feet