TADA! Classes & Camps FAQs/Policies
Q: Are there any days where class is not held due to a holiday or school break?
A: We do not hold any programming on Memorial Day, Independence Day, or Labor Day. However we do have week-long camps and 1-day camps during many school breaks and throughout the summer. Please click here for additional information about these programs.
Q: What is the best way to contact the Education Department at TADA!?
A: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-252-1619, x4 during our regular business hours (M-F, 10am - 6pm).
Q: What do children need to bring with them for class or camp?
A: Children should wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes for movement. For week-long camps, students should bring a non-refrigerated, nut-free, bagged lunch and a full bottle of water each day.
Q: Can my child try-out the program before registering in full?
A: New students are invited to join us for a FREE sample class at our Education Open House before the start of the semester. The next Education Open House is scheduled for January 11th, 2012. Click here to RSVP for this event. For Semester-long classes, drop-ins are allowed for the first 1-2 classes at a daily rate of $25/ class. Registration will remain open until the 3rd week of classes, as long as there are spaces available in the class.
There are no drop-ins and/or observations permitted for Summer Camps, however, please feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com to arrange for a brief visit to see the space and get more information in person!
Additionally, if you want a glimpse into what's involved in TADA! classes/camps, you can:
CLICK HERE for a photo slideshow
CLICK HERE for a video clip of a warm-up exercise
CLICK HERE for a video clip of a sharing
Q: What's a "Sharing?"
A: A sharing is the final product of all your kids' fun and learning! Each TADA! class and camp culminates in a short performance on the last day of class/camp where the kids share what have learned and created throughout their time with us with their famlies and friends. With emphasis placed on our process rather than "product", our final Sharings are designed to be short in length, low-pressure, upbeat, and most of all, Fun! Each student may invite a maximum 2-3 friends and/or family members (Note: Space can be limited depending on the size of the class).
Q: Do children have to participate in the final Sharing if they don't want to or are not available to?
A: No! While we encourage all of our students to participate in the final Sharing, we also believe that there is a lot of value to be had in participating in our programs without the goal of the final performance. Students who do not wish to perform can be given other important backstage roles so that they will still have the opportunity to fully participate in the program. We ask that you let us know in advance if a child will be unable to take part in the final sharing, so that the Teaching Artists may plan accordingly.
Q: Do you have classes for infants and toddlers?
A: While we don't offer classes for infants, TADA! offers a special "caregiver and me" class for 2 and 3 year olds called Theater On Their Scale (T.O.T.S.). You and your little one can groove together in class that encourages language and coordination through musical movement, cooperative play, and creative exploration!
Q: Do you offer a full-day camp option? What is included in it?
A: Yes! For campers age 6-14, we offer an optional extended day program, Afternoon Adventures, which runs through 5:30 PM - perfect for working parents or kids who just want to get more out of their TADA! experience! Afternoon Adventures runs Monday-Thursday at our main location and includes time for snacks and activities ranging from arts & crafts, to prop design, to theater games. Children may enroll in the full Afternoon Adventure program or on a day by day basis. Click here for more information.
Q: Do you offer summer programming for younger children?
A: Yes! During the summer TADA! offers 2-week, half-day Mini-Camps for students ages 4 & 5*. Each session runs for 2-weeks and parents may choose either a morning session (9-11:30 AM) or an afternoon session (12-2:30 PM). Please note: no full day options are available for this age group. Students must be 4 years old by 6/1/2014.
Q: Do you offer sibling discounts?
A: Yes, we offer a $15 discount to each sibling who registers for a TADA! class or camp. This discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offers, cannot be applied retroactively, and is subject to availability. Please contact the TADA! Education office for additional details.
Q: Who teaches the classes and camps?
A: Each of our programs is team-taught by two highly-trained, skilled, professional Teaching Artists who will provide a structured and supportive environment to encourage kids' interests, cooperation, creativity, and talents.
Q: My child has food allergies or needs medication during the day. How do you handle medical concerns?
A: We ask that each family who registers a child for a TADA! class complete a Health and Emergency Contact Form, which includes medical information (such as food allergies/medication needs) and emergency contact information. While we are not a nut-free facility, TADA! promotes a no nut policy asking families to leave nuts and nut-products at home. Additionally, if a child has a food allergy or medical condition that requires special attention and medication, caregivers are asked to bring a zip lock bag with the childs name printed clearly on it with needed medication (e.g., Epi-Pen, Benedryl, inhaler) inside; clear instructions for administration of medicine; and a note detailing the type of allergy, severity of allergy, parent contact information, and Doctor contact information.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: All cancellation requests must be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Semester-Long Classes: Students withdrawing from a semester-long class must cancel at least 72 hours before the start of the first class to receive a full refund (minus a $50 processing fee). No refunds will be given after the start of the first class, regardless of attendance.
- 1-Day Camps: Students withdrawing from a 1-Day camp must cancel at least 72 hours before the start of the first class to receive a full refund (minus a $25 processing fee).
- Week-long Camps: Students withdrawing from week-long camps must cancel no later than one week prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus a $75 processing fee). No refunds will be given after the start of the first day of camp, regardless of attendance.
- Afternoon Adventures: Students withdrawing from the Afternoon Adventures Extended day program must cancel no later than one week prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus a $25 processing fee). No refunds will be given after the start of the first day of camp.
Q: What should I do if my child cannot attend a class?
A: Please let the education department know ahead of time so we can prepare for absences by calling 212-252-1619 x4 or emailing us at email@example.com. Due to the structure of our programming, we are unable to offer make-up classes or credit for any missed sessions. Please note: Regular attendance and participation is vital to accomplishing the goals of our collaborative, ensemble based-programs. Students who miss 3 or more classes per semester-long class, or more than 1 day of a week-long camp, may not be able to fully participate in the final sharing at the end of the program.
Q: What happens if there is inclement weather? How do I find out if classes are cancelled or when the make-up date is?
A: If there is inclement weather TADA! will follow the Department of Education's Chancellor regarding the cancellation of after-schools. If we need to cancel a weekend class you will find an outgoing message at 212-252-1619 x4. In addition you will receive an email at the address you provided during registration. TADA! will attempt to reschedule missed classes, however, in the face of inclement weather and carefully scheduled semesters, we may not always be able to offer a make-up date.
Q: Can I sit in the class and watch?
A: For all programs other than our T.O.T.S. "caregiver & me" class, TADA! maintains a closed class policy. TADA! believes that our closed class format best supports your child's development of self-expression, creativity, self-confidence and independence.Closed class time allows participants to focus without interruption making the class environment conducive to an educational, and cooperative experience. During class time, caregivers are welcome to wait quietly in our lobby, or if preferred may drop-off students and return promptly at the designated dismissal time.
Q: What should I do if I am unable to come to pick-up my child at the designated dismissal time?
A: Out of respect to TADA!'s teachers and staff, we ask that arrangements be made to have students picked up promptly at the designated dissmissal time. Parents may indicate any additional individuals who are approved to pick-up their child on that student's health and emergency contact form. Parents may also sign-off on the health and emergency contact form if they wish to give students in grades 4 or higher permission to leave TADA! on their own. Students in grades 3 and under must be checked-out from the lobby by a parent, guardian or other designated caregiver. If an emergency has kept you from picking-up your child at the designated dismissal time, please let TADA! know by calling 212-252-1619 x4. TADA! reserves the late to charge late fees, please contact the TADA! Education Department for further information regarding our Late Fee policy.
Q: I would like to report a TADA! camp as childcare on my taxes. What is your TAX-ID number?
TADA! Registration Policies:
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis for all programs. Full payment is required upon registration in order to reserve a space in the program. Payments made using a Credit Card will incur a $5 processing fee. All cancellation requests must be sent in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students withdrawing from a semester-long class must cancel at least 72 hours prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus a $50 processing fee). Students withdrawing from a semester-long class less than 72 hours prior to the start date will receive a 50% refund. Students withdrawing from a week-long camp must cancel at least one week prior to the start date to receive a full refund (minus a $75 processing fee). Students withdrawing from a week-long camp less than one week prior to the start date will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be granted after the start of the program, regardless of attendance. TADA! reserves the right to cancel any program that does not meet enrollment requirements.
TADA! Youth Theater has a zero tolerance policy for any child or parent behavior that threatens the welfare of the children involved in our organization. While TADA! staff will try to work with any family to determine a fair resolution, we reserve the right to take disciplinary actions, which could include expulsion from TADA! programs without warning or refund, against any adult or children who repeatedly disregards TADA!'s stated policies or otherwise engages in actions deemed inappropriate by TADA! staff.