Why do we have to pay for costumes so early? And, are the fees refundable?

Costume orders are placed while the dancers are out for holiday break in December. It can take up to 12 weeks to receive the costumes once they are ordered. We want to try and allow plenty of time for costumes to come in before class pictures in April/May. (We also order a “late” batch of costumes in early February for those who paid late or enrolled late but these costumes are not guaranteed to be here in time for picture day.)

Costume fees are not refundable, as costume companies do not refund fees to us once the order is placed. We will not place a dancer’s costume order if their costume is not paid in full, and their tuition account is not current.