FAQ

Please view our PAAM School Handbook for information regarding class descriptions, dress codes and more!

Do you offer trial classes?

Yes!  Students are welcome to drop-in on a PAAM School, Ballet Conservatory or Spring Workshop class during the first  two weeks of the session.  A drop-in fee and completed online profile (including agreement to policies) through our database is required before your trial class begins.  The drop-in fee is $25 for 45 min or less classes and $30 for 60 min or more classes. The drop-in fee is applied to your tuition total should you choose to sign up for the class.  Drop-ins are subject to class availability and must be age and level appropriate.  If you are interested in an advanced level class please contact katlin@paamarts.com to schedule an evaluation.  Drop-ins are not offered for Youth Musical and Summer Programs.

My child has previous training and experience. What level class should we register for?

If your child has previous dance and/or musical theater training we recommend bringing them in for an evaluation so that we can place them in an appropriate class.  Evaluations must be arranged in advance.  Please email katlin@paamarts.com to schedule an evaluation and include the name and age of your child, as well as the class(es) you are interested in.

Will there be a performance and costumes?

PAAM School & Ballet Conservatory: All students enrolled in the Spring session (with the exception of non-performing classes indicated on class list) perform in our Annual Showcase presented at the Marin Center Showcase Theatre, complete with professional lighting and sound.  This is a ticketed event and all attendees must purchase admission.  Costumes for this performance are paid for by the parent and are yours to keep.  We do our best to make affordable selections when choosing costumes.
Spring Workshops: For some classes (mainly theater) there will be an informal demonstration held during the last class meeting.  There are no costumes; students may wear dress-code appropriate class attire or theater arts students may create a costume from their home wardrobe.
Summer Programs: Each week-long program culminates in a performance, excluding the Dance Intensives and some dance workshops.  Admission is free for family and friends to attend.  Costumes are mainly created from your child’s home wardrobe, with accents from our costume stock when available.
Youth Musicals: Each production culminates in a performance or multiple performances, complete with professional lighting and sound.  These are ticketed events and all attendees must purchase admission.  Costumes are provided by PAAM from our costume stock, with exception of footwear and any items contributed from your already existing wardrobe (if applicable).

Are parents allowed to observe class?

Observers are not allowed inside the studio unless arranged and scheduled in advance through PAAM.  Many of our studios offer viewing windows and it is at the discretion of the instructor to leave curtains open or closed.  If you would like to arrange a time to observe your child’s class, please contact the front desk at least 24 hours prior to the next class meeting.

What is your refund policy?

PAAM School, Ballet Conservatory and Spring Workshops: All costume deposits and professional video access fees are non-refundable regardless of participation. 25% of tuition (per class/program, per student required at registration) is non-refundable and non-transferrable. A tuition refund will be issued (less the 25% per student per class) ONLY for classes dropped at least 24 hours prior to the first class meeting. After the first class meeting, no refunds or credits are given for any reason. No refunds or credits, in partial or in full, are given for late sign ups, early departures, or time off due to outside activities, illness or injury.  If you elect an installment plan, you are responsible for completing the tuition payment in full by the end of the session.  Should you choose to drop class(es) at any point during the session, installments will continue to be charged until your tuition is paid in full.  Classes may be added at any point prior to the close of registration.  Changes to your class schedule after enrollment and before registration closes may be made; however, must be completed by PAAM administrative staff at a flat rate of $5 per change request.  One change request may contain several classes but must be addressed all within the same request.

 

Youth Musicals and Summer Programs: The $25 registration fee is non-refundable.  There are no refunds or credits given for any reason within 30 days of the first rehearsal, regardless if we can fill your child’s spot.  Additionally, you may not independently find someone to take your child’s spot and have them pay you privately for your child’s place.  Please make certain you are able to commit before you register.  A non-refundable $25 administrative fee will be applied for any changes made after your registration has been processed.