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The following are our 2019-20 regular class tuition rates:
2 classes ….$99 monthly
3 classes ….$140 monthly
4 classes….$180 monthly
6 classes…. $245 monthly
7 + (unlimited)…$260 monthly
Preschool & Kindergarten/1st grade combo classes: $58 monthly
■ Save 5% when you pay the full year’s tuition by August 30th.
■ AIM offers a 10% discount to 3 or more family members.
■ Discounts cannot be combined.
■ AIM/Instructors are not responsible for personal injuries or loss of property.
■ Students should inform AIM of any personal limitations which may prevent full participation in class.
All tuition is due the first day of each month. All tuition will be charged via automatic withdrawal to your payment method on file in our online studio management program. Please fill out an Automatic Withdrawal Form and return to the office. We do not send out bills; we will only send home a reminder of outstanding balances. Any account unpaid after the 10th of the month will incur late charges of 25% of the outstanding balance. Lessons will be suspended for accounts 60 days past due. All returned checks are subject to a $20 fee. Tuition payments will be made in 9 installments (September 1st – May 1st) regardless of number of weeks in the month. Tuition is nonrefundable. The studio will determine any refunds if necessary. As the number of hours per week increases, the hourly rate decreases.
As a reminder, if the office is unstaffed and you need to make a payment, please drop payment in our secured mailbox located outside the office door. Please make sure payments are labeled with day/time of class along with dancer’s name. Please do not hand any form of payment to your instructor.
You are responsible for all aspects of class participation unless a class withdrawal form is received and entered in the computer. These are available at the front desk. You are responsible for all fees incurred up to that point. If you withdraw on the 3rd of the month, you are responsible for that month’s tuition. Tuition is posted on the 1st, and cannot be changed after that date. Final date to withdraw and receive your full costume deposit is December 1st. After this date, you are responsible for all fees, even if not in attendance. All year in full discounts will be forfeited for withdrawals.
Keeping you informed
It is difficult for us to contact every parent as to what’s going on in our studio. Pertinent information will always be announced in every class. We encourage you to read our newsletters and check our bulletins. All the latest news will come via email and be posted on our website and Facebook page. You can always sign up to be part of AIM’S Email Distribution. You will automatically be sent AIM News and updates via email!
AIM offers a wide variety of dance classes and levels. Our faculty meets regularly to discuss our students’ progress and placement. It is our policy to offer appropriate opportunities to every child. Placement decisions are derived from many years of teaching experience.
Please trust our experience in this area.
It is essential that the proper dance clothes and shoes be worn at all times. It is your benefit as a dancer to dress properly. At the time of registration we will inform you as to the type of shoe required for each class. All dance shoes and merchandise can be purchased or ordered in the studios dance boutique. All students must have their hair pulled back and secured away from their face and neck. Absolutely no baggy t-shirts, sweatpants or pajama bottoms are to be worn in class. No jewelry or chewing gum. Street shoes are NOT allowed on the dance floors.
Students must come to class on time & prepared. Regular attendance is imperative to the dancers’ progress. Dance class is a group effort and therefore absence affects everyone. Make up classes are offered. There are no deductions on monthly tuition for missed classes.
Classes begin in September with the annual recital held in May/June at Oliver Ames High School Theatre. All students have the opportunity to participate in the recital. Students will also have the opportunity to dance at community events, nursing homes, as well as parades throughout the season. Please note that Oliver Ames Theater has limited weekends available for Dance Recitals and we are assigned a date by OA each year after submitting our preferences.
Let AIM help you celebrate your child’s next birthday! Our parties are customized to your child’s interest. Pick a theme and we can help you celebrate it!
■ Saturdays After 1:00 p.m.
■ Sundays anytime
■ Anytime during school vacations and summer break.
We are proud to announce our BRAND NEW 6,000 square foot state of the art facility. Our three dance rooms are all equipped with floating dance surfaces with StageStep Timestep marley dance floors as well as a floating maple hardwood floor. All of our dance rooms are fully climate controlled with cutting edge sound systems, LED lighting, full mirrored walls and barres. Parents can view all class activities from our comfortable waiting room on our flat screen HDTV’s with the most modern HDTV camera system. We also have full retail store where you can purchase dance accessories and browse our line of AIM Dancewear! Come visit us at 377 Old Colony Road (route 123) in Norton.
WHAT ARE YOU DANCING ON???
All of our floors at AIM are custom floating dance surfaces. This type of flooring system allows for the instructor and students to perform and practice safely. Each time a dancer jumps, around 3 times their body weight is returned. Over time, this can cause fatigue and severe injury. A floating floor allows the wood and foam to flex and absorb the dancers energy, giving them a safe return as they land jumps and high energy movements. A sprung flooring system provides lateral foot support and a springy energy absorbent surface. It also reduces vibration on the knee joints and back after impact.
Always be sure to ask if your studio has floating dance floors!
Art in Motion Dance Store™ is located adjacent to our waiting area. We carry a full line of dancewear and shoes from Capezio, Frontline, Motionwear and many other brand names. You can find everything your dancer needs from leotards, shoes, tights & accessories.
We also carry a full line of the most trendy and comfortable Art in Motion™ Gear.
Regular Store/Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 4:00-8:00 pm
Friday 4:00-6:30 pm
Saturday 8:30-11:30 am
Summer Hours: By Appointment
Melissa McCarthy-Cottreau, Director/Instructor/Choreographer
Melissa is a graduate from Bridgewater State College where she received a BA in Communications/Dance. While at BSC, Melissa was a member and Vice President of the Dance Company. For several years she served on the Junior Miss Committee as well as a member of a Professional Dance Team. Some of Melissa’s fondest memories include having the pleasure to meet and dance with Ben Vereen, Bob Rizzo and Frank Hachett. Melissa has studied all styles of dance, but finds her passion to be Tap. Her choreography has been honored with many overall high score awards, Judges Awards and cash scholarships. As the director of AIM™, Melissa’s goal is share her love of dance and educate children with the art. She hopes that each dancer walks away from their experience at AIM™ with great confidence, self esteem, memories and most importantly friendship… ‘that is the beauty of dance!’ Melissa is also certified through NYC’s “Teach Healthy, Dance Smart” and certified through DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA in teaching Tap & Jazz. Melissa hopes to keep the dance program at AIM always progressive, innovative and enriching for all of her students.
Meghan Flaherty, Competition Director/Instructor/Choreographer
Meghan is a graduate of Dean College, with her A.A. in Dance with High Honors. While at Dean, Meghan was the Captain of the College Dance Team. Meghan has been dancing for over 20 years and teaching and choreographing for over 13 years. She has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Hip Hop and Modern dance. She competed in many regional and national competitions and has had the opportunity to perform at Mohegan Sun, Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. She has also participated in the Boston Conservatory Intensive. Meghan continues to take conventions, master classes and summer intensives to further her knowledge and style. She has a strong passion for dancing as well as teaching students of all ages and abilities. Meghan has been an instructor at AIM since 2007.
Kathryn Rocha, Instructor/Choreographer
Kathy is a graduate from American International College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy with a concentration in Health/Science & Kinesiology/Human Development. Her love of dance began as a child which later developed her love for teaching. Kathy’s favorite accomplishment was organizing a nonprofit Ballet Company where students performed throughout local communities. Kathy has studied all styles of dance, but finds her passion to be Ballet & Lyrical. She has been an instructor at AIM since 2001. Kathy is also certified through DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA in teaching Ballet & Jazz.
Kaitlyn Schleicher, Assistant Director/Instructor/Choreographer
Kaitlyn Myers graduated Cum Laude from Bridgewater State College with a Bachelor of Arts in English & minors in Secondary Education & Dance. Kaitlyn’s love of dance began as a child where she studied Ballet, Tap and Jazz. Kaitlyn has participated in the “SMARTS Summer Institute” where she studied vocal, drama, musical theatre and dance. Kaitlyn’s most memorable experience was dancing at “KIDS JAM” with Sam Wright, held at Great Woods. Kaitlyn has studied over seven years in Irish Step where she has competed in solo and team events at Regional and National levels. She has been an instructor at AIM since 2001. Kaitlyn is also certified through NYC’s “Teach Healthy, Dance Smart” and certified through DANCE MASTERS OF AMERICA in teaching Tap & Jazz.
Kayla Scott, Instructor/Choreographer
Kayla Scott is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a minor in Secondary Education. She has also attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was a member of the Dynamic Motion Dance Team. Kayla began dancing at Art in Motion™ at a young age and has taken classes across all genres. She was a member of the Art in Motion Competition Dance Team™ for several years, which allowed her to take master classes with dance professionals and attend both regional and national competitions. Kayla continues to further her education by taking dance classes & seminars. Kayla has been an instructor at AIM since 2013.
Kyle Weaver, Instructor/Choreographer
Kyle is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a degree in Music. He has been teaching hip hop professionally throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island since 2004. Kyle has coached many groups and hundreds of students that have gone to regional and national competitions. He and his routines have won many top awards, including the Young Choreography award in 2005 at ADA, as well as very numerous 1st and 2nd place highest overall score awards throughout the years, regionally and nationally. Kyle had also lead groups that were specially selected to participate in the Dance-Off/Entertainment challenges at IDC regional competition in 2010, again in 2013 at EDC Nationals, and a third time in 2016 at EDC Nationals. Both times at EDC his groups placed 3rd out of 10 in those challenges. Kyle currently teaches hip hop at several studios and shares his passion, unique perspective, and intricate style with many aspiring dancers, teachers, and choreographers.
Heather Slaney, Instructor/Choreographer
Heather Slaney is a graduate from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a minor in dance. She has been teaching in the area for over 18 years. She also studied with the Rhode Island Ballet for 4 years and has attended numerous masters classes and conventions. She continues to take ballet classes and tap classes to further her knowledge. She is a member of the Greater Brockton Dance Teachers Association.
Jess Lee, Instructor/Choreographer – Musical Theater
Jess Lee has an extensive dance and musical theatre background and has been performing since she was 4 years old. Jess began her dance career at Pinewood School of Dance and American Stardom in the Hudson Valley, New York, receiving extensive training in jazz, ballet, tap, modern, and hip hop. With a focus on modern dance, Jess has had the opportunity to perform throughout New York City, taking professional classes at Alvin Ailey, Dance New Amsterdam, and Broadway Dance Center while performing with Floorwork Dance Company and Staten Island Modern. As a graduate of Wagner College’s Musical Theatre Performance program with a concentration in Dance, Jess has extensive training in choreography, partnering and musical theatre styles, including those of Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Susan Stroman, and Jerry Mitchell. Jess has used her musical theatre dance skills regionally at Wagner College and TriArts Sharon Playhouse, with performances in Footloose, Aida, Annie Get Your Gun, Fiddler on the Roof, Threepenny Opera, Grease, Hairpsray, West Side Story, Chicago, and various dance projects. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, Jess lived in New York City and taught Musical Theatre Jazz and Tap at Dutchess County Performing Arts Center for 5 years.
Jess Teague, Instructor/Choreographer
Jessica Teague is a graduate of Bridgewater State University with a degree in Psychology, with a minor in Dance and Criminal Justice. Jess started dancing at the age of 3 and has experience teaching Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Tumbling. Her favorite musical artist is Ed Sheeran. In her spare time she loves photography, animals and traveling! Jess is a welcomed addition to the AIM Family!
Our office staff is available during the week and on Saturday mornings during the dance year.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact them!
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