Policies, Pricing, & Procedures


STAGES Performing Arts Academy

Policies, Pricing, and Procedures


Registration Fee:
Families pay a non-refundable annual $25 registration fee at the time of enrollment.

Payment Plans:
Families must put a credit card on file in their account at the time of registration. Families may elect to make a payment via cash, check, or an alternate credit card prior to the automatic payment schedule.

Pay a deposit of half the cost of the course, plus the $25 annual registration fee (if applicable). The second half of the course will be charged automatically either on the first day of class or at the start of semester.

Pay a deposit of 1/3 the cost of the class, plus the $25 annual registration fee (if applicable) at the time of registration. The second third is automatically charged on the first day of class. The last payment will be charged the fourth week of class.

Sibling Discount: 20%
Chesterfield Resident: 10%

Withdraw / Refund:
Tuition fees will be fully refunded (less the annual $25 registration fee) only if the student withdraws before the first day of class for that session.

If you must withdraw after the deadline, no refund will be given.

Medical reasons, documented on doctor’s letterhead, will receive a refund (less the annual $25 registration fee). Any scheduled payments are dismissed as a courtesy.

Withdrawals must be submitted in writing by emailing the Director of Education and Outreach at dwindsor@StagesStLouis.org

STAGES Performing Arts Academy cannot provide refunds or credits for classes missed by students due to illness, personal schedule conflicts or for other reasons.

There are no exceptions to this policy.

If a class is full, you can choose to add your name to the waitlist. Please click “Wait List” on the online registration page, next to the course of choice and fill out your registration form to reserve your spot. You will be contacted if a space in the program opens.

Cancellation Policy:
If a course does not reach the required minimum enrollment (typically 3 students) or there are circumstances beyond our control, STAGES reserves the right to cancel. You will be notified, and we will work with you to find a suitable exchange. If no replacement course can be settled upon, STAGES will refund your money in full, less your non-refundable annual registration fee.

Inclement Weather:
Closings due to inclement weather will be broadcast on local television station KSDK, on our website, and on the STAGES Performing Arts Academy Facebook and Instagram pages. Please always call the Academy on days in question for up-to-date information on weather-related closings and delays.

Parent Observations and Showcases:
Parent Observation Week is a casual open house in which parents are welcome to come and observe students in class, and connect with the teaching artists. Parent Observation Week is an event for Full Year and Semester Sessions only.

Full Year and Semester classes culminate in a showcase on the last day of the course. Quarter showcases will be intimate performances held in the classroom for the parents.

Attendance Policy:
Student attendance is mandatory to ensure the working theatre ensemble environment of the classroom is maintained. Teachers give out roles and solos to students, and absent students inhibit the rehearsal process.

Students enrolled in quarter classes are not allowed more than 2 absences.

Students in semester classes are not allowed more than 4 absences.

Please call the Academy Office to report an absence. Refunds and / or make-ups are not available for missed classes. If a student exceeds the absentee limit, without contacting the Academy Office to make arrangements, the student will not be allowed to perform in the end of session showcase.

Students and parents are not allowed in any of the classrooms without a teacher present.

Dress Code:
Students are to wear comfortable clothes for acting, musical theatre and voice classes. Closed toed shoes are recommended for all classes. No flip-flops, slip-on shoes, or heels are allowed. Students must be dressed in dance clothes for all dance classes (i.e. leotard, sports bra, tank top, shorts, leggings, dance pants, etc.) Appropriate dance shoes must be worn for ballet, jazz and tap.