Studio Policies, Agreements & Dress Code

TUITION, REGISTRATION AND TERMINATION: Tuition is due on the 1st of each month from September through May. If a student wishes to withdraw from the studio, the owners must be notified, and an additional one-month tuition plus any outstanding balances will be due upon withdrawal. If Izizwe Dance Studio is not notified of a student's withdrawal, you will be responsible for the remainder of the year and will continue to be billed monthly. Some students may be asked to keep a card on file with us due to consistent late or missed payments.



DRESS CODE: Proper dance attire must be worn at all times. Students' hair must be neat and in place, pulled back off their face and neck. No jewelry (except for small earrings) is to be worn to class or rehearsals. The appropriate dance shoes must be worn in class. Ballet and Jazz cannot be executed properly in bare feet or tights. Warm-ups may be worn during barre/warm-up at the teacher's discretion. In order to make accurate technical corrections, the teacher must be able to view the student clearly without the obstruction of extra garments. Izizwe Dance Studio receives donations of all dance attire yearly. Enrolled students are welcome to take available dance attire free of charge.

*Please note that students may choose which dress code to follow based on their gender identity. Students may select either dress code based on their personal comfort level.


  • Pink and/or skin tone Tights; footed are recommended
  • Leotard (any style and any color) 
  • Pink or skin tone colored ballet slippers 
  • Ballet skirts and dance shorts are accepted.  
  • Hair completely slicked back and off the face. Bun preferred


  • Solid color T-shirt (no lettering), well-fitted
  •  Black Dance Pants – any style
  •  Black or skin tone colored  jazz or ballet slippers


  •  Leotard or Dance Camisole – any style or color
  •  Jazz Pants, Capri pants, tights or leggings (tight fitted)
  •  Tan or black Jazz shoes for Jazz
  •  Bare feet for Modern 
  •  Hair pulled back off of face and neck – neat and secure


  • Solid color T-shirt (no lettering), well-fitted
  •  Black Dance Pants – any style
  •  Black or skin tone colored  jazz or ballet slippers

HIP HOP- All students 

  • Comfortable clothing or dance wear and Dance Sneakers or athletic shoes.

Creative Movement/preschool classes 

  • Tights or Bare Legs
  • Leotard – any style or color
  • Ballet/dance dresses and skirts are accepted
  • Ballet Slippers
  • Hair pulled back off of face and neck – neat and secure


  • Solid color T-shirt (no lettering), well-fitted
  •  Black Dance Pants – any style
  •  Black or skin tone colored  jazz or ballet slippers

COSTUME: A one-time costume fee of $50 per class will be applied to your tuition fee for the month of March. This will cover the costume for the end-of-year showcase.


SCHEDULE CHANGE: Classes could be canceled or the day/time changed if they do not meet the minimum requirement of 3 participants. If a class is canceled or the day/time changed, alternative opportunities will be provided in an effort to accommodate. 


INTRODUCTORY MONTH: Following the introductory month (September), class enrollment requires a 9-month commitment. September serves as an introductory month with no commitment required until 10/1.


WITHDRAWAL: Any withdrawal from the program must be submitted in writing, and the account must be settled within 14 days.


ATTENDANCE: Refunds are not given for missed classes, and tuition applies regardless of absence. Attendance is important for the student and their classmates to optimize their learning. Dress rehearsal and attendance during the week leading up to the showcase are mandatory, so please ensure students are present.


DROP-OFF & PICK-UP: Parents of students aged 13 years and younger must sign their children in and out. The Island St. parking lot is highly active, and it is the parent/guardian's responsibility to ensure timely drop-off and pick-up of their child.


HOLIDAY/CLOSURES/CANCELLATION: Izizwe Dance Studio follows the Lawrence Public School schedule and remains closed for public holidays, winter, February, and April vacation. If Izizwe cancels due to teacher absence and/or a snow day, a makeup class will be offered to students.


BILLING: Payment is due at the beginning of every month. Payments can be made through CashApp or Venmo and our website.

  • CashAPP $amyxotyeni
  • Venmo @Amy-Xotyeni
  • *While it is not preferred, checks and cash are accepted for an additional monthly $5 processing fee. 



  • There is absolutely NO FOOD permitted in the studio
  • Water is the only permitted beverage allowed in the studio
  • No gum chewing in class
  • Do not enter the studio without teacher permission; this includes adults
  • Proper dance attire is strictly required, including all necessary shoes
  • Long hair must always be pulled back in a ponytail, bun, or braid(s)
  • Dancers may use the bathroom before or after class
  • No dancer is permitted to leave in the middle of class unless it is an emergency
  • Students should not touch the mirrors
  • Students should not touch the barres, props, or acro equipment unless specifically instructed to do so 


PROPERTY: Students and their guests agree to respect and care for the Izizwe Dance Studio property and equipment. This includes utilizing property/equipment appropriately, keeping personal belongings tidy, and cleaning up after oneself.


VISITOR AGREEMENT: We appreciate those not enrolled in classes (parents, family members, and friends) waiting in the lobby when classes are in session. Guests can watch the student’s dance class from the main entrance doors. During the last class of the month, guests can observe the last 15 minutes of a class in the class’s studio or via Zoom. Parents/Guardians will receive advance notice when classes are open for viewing.


PHOTO/VIDEO CONSENT: Izizwe Dance Studio films and takes photos for promotional purposes throughout the year. By signing your child up for classes, you grant Izizwe Dance Studio and its representatives and employees the right to film and take photographs of you, your child, and/or your property in connection with these efforts. You authorize Izizwe Dance Studio, its assignees, and transferees to copyright, use, and publish the same in print and/or electronically. You also agree that Izizwe Dance Studio may use such video footage and photographs of you and/or your child with or without your name and for any lawful purpose, including, for example, publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content. Contact studio director Amy at if you do not consent to photos and videos.