PAA Tuition & Policies

Performing Arts Academy Tuition

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PAA Instructors

Jodi Riley (Artistic Director)
Lydia Carpenter
Rebeca DasNeves
Ana Amaya
Rachael Rapp
Jillian Riley
Elissa Roose
Raegan Tiggelaar
Vicky Vosburgh
Jaedyn Slutz
Melissa Lerohl
Sofia DasNeves
Shauna Havener

Tuition is based on 35 weeks of classes from August 28, 2023 -June 6, 2024 and may be broken into 10 monthly installment payments or 2 Semester payments. Tuition is due on the 15th of each month August 15, 2023 – May 15, 2024. The first payment is due at the time of registration. Semester I begins Monday, August 28, 2023 and ends Saturday, January 27 and Semester II begins Monday, January 29, 2024 and ends Thursday, June 6 2024. A full season calendar will be posted on the Band app and each student will receive a paper copy at the beginning of the season. There is a $30 registration fee for a single student and a $50 family registration fee each year. Students are registered for the whole school year once they are enrolled. Withdrawals are not accepted once a semester has started. You are responsible for the semester tuition. We require monthly auto payment or semester payment only! There will be no exceptions. There are no refunds!

*Tuition pricing is based on location and availability.

Performing Arts Academy Policies


A non-refundable fee of $30.00 for the first student, and $20 per family member is required yearly at the time of registration.


Tuition is based on 35 weeks of classes and divided into 10 equal payment installments due on the 15th of each month through our auto payment system or by semester from August-May. The first payment is due at the time of registration. Auto withdraw will start in September. Semester I begins August 28, 2023 and ends January 27, 2024, Semester II begins January 29, 2024 and ends June 6, 2024. Students are considered registered for the entire dance season. Withdrawal from class before a semester ends in not accepted. There are no refunds.

Dress Code/Representation 

Students are required to wear proper dress code for each class. Hair must be pulled back off the face and neck.

A ballet bun is required for all ballet students!Required dance attire can be ordered through using our code TP53909. All ballet students are required to wear full footed pink tights and pink ballet shoes.

      • Intro to Storybook: Comfortable clothing
      • Storybook Ballet: Pink cap sleeve leotard by Mirella M515C,
      • Kinder Storybook: Lilac cap sleeve leotard by Mirella M515C
      • Level I: Light blue cap sleeve leotard by Mirella M515C
      • Level II: Burgundy cap sleeve leotard by Mirella M515C
      • Level III & IV: Black cap sleeve leotard by Mirella M515C for Child and M515L for Adult
      • Level V: Black leotard any style, may wear any color on Saturday mornings
      • Contemporary/Lyrical/Aerial: Any style/color leotard, black booty shorts or leggings and bare feet.
      • Jazz/Tap: Same color and style leotard as the ballet levels with black tap shoes or tan jazz shoes and black jazz/yoga pants.

Attendance and Tardiness 

Students are expected to attend all classes. Tardiness may result in the student sitting out of class as warming up is an essential part of class to prevent injury and prepare the dancer for more difficult exercises. Consistently attending class is crucial to the progression of the student. If a student has to miss class the class can be made up in a similar class at the same or lower level, but must be done within the same month. I agree to keep my child home due to illness and only bring them after a 24hr fever free period without medications.

Parental and Student Behavior 

Parents and students are expected to be respectful towards all staff members, instructors, dance students, other parents and property while attending any classes and/or events.


Performances are held in the Winter and Spring. Costumes will only be provided for the Winter performance with a small rental fee of $35 per costume due October 1. Costumes for the Spring performance will be purchased by the students. The estimated cost for each costume will be between $97 and $150. If your child is in multiple classes you will need to purchase multiple costumes. A deposit of $50 per costume is due January 15, 2024. Tickets are to be purchased through the Egyptian Theatre and cost $23 for age 13+ and $17 age 4-12. Prices are subject to change.

Care of Students 

The school is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. Students are not to be left at the school for excessive time periods before or after their class. The studio opens at 4:20pm Monday – Thursday and 9:50am Saturday.

Weather/Emergency Cancellations 

Inclement weather or emergency cancellations may occur on occasion. If Sycamore school district cancels school due to weather/emergency the dance school will follow. A class email and a Facebook post will be sent out. Classes can be made up per our attendance policy. An announcement of Facebook, Instagram and Email will be made for weather closures.

Photo/Video Consent & Release

The Performing Arts Academy may photograph/video during class and performances on occasion. The academy uses these photos/videos for advertising and display purposes. I give my permission to the Performing Arts Academy use of photos/video of myself/my child.


Dancers sometimes eat at the studio. Occasionally there may be peanuts or other nut based products or other food allergy concerns present in the studio. The Performing Arts Academy is not liable for allergic reactions. Parents should inform the staff and provide proper medication for their child.

Release of Liability 

I wish to enroll my child in the Performing Arts Academy. I acknowledge that dance and aerial classes have inherent risks, however minimal, and by the enrollment of myself/my child, I understand, acknowledge and except those risks and agree to release and hold harmless the Performing Arts Academy for any physical injury or illness claim or cause of action incurred as a result of instruction or performance under the direction of the Performing Arts Academy, it’s agents, it’s employees, or assigns. I further agree to indemnify and hold harmless any suit, claim or cause of action which might accrue to any child or minor of which I am legal guardian, for any personal injury or loss incurred as a result of any instruction or performance under the direction or supervision of the Performing Arts Academy.

Withdrawals and Refund

Withdrawal must be done in person and will not be accepted over the phone or via email. Withdrawal must be done directly with the school directors Miss Jodi or Miss Christa. I understand that I am responsible for tuition payments for each full semester my child is enrolled in. There are NO refunds given towards any prepaid tuition, competition fees, costume fees or rehearsal fees if I choose to withdraw before the end of the semester. To withdraw from classes a parent or adult student must:

    1. Inform the school in person.
    2. Complete and sign a withdrawal form provided by the school.
    3. Pay balance due for remainder of semester.

Performing Arts Academy Schdeules

The Performing Arts Academy of Sycamore

Performing Arts Academy - Sycamore

212 West State Street, Sycamore, IL 60178

Located in downtown Sycamore next to PJ's Courthouse.