MISSION | Cultivating confident individuals through technique-based training in acting, singing & dancing.
OBJECTIVE | Rena & Renee believe in the importance of arts education. Both are accomplished artists who value their education and experiences.
Along with technical skills, a major component of their programing is to teach students about the history of their craft and expose them to the local arts community.
All staff are finger printed and submit to background checks. They have been notified and educated about mandatory reporting laws and responsibilities, are offered CPR and first aid training and certification, and attend annual retreats where they are trained to uphold specific standards.
Staff are trained to uphold the following standards in every class and program:
Safety & Security Discipline
Encouragement Organization & Preparation
Individual Attention Technique, respect, and history of the craft
HISTORY | Best friends Renee DeWeese & Rena Wilson joined forces in 2011 to create Lamorinda Theatre Academy, renamed Performing Academy in 2018. Renee & Rena have been working with children and building arts programs throughout the Bay Area for over a decade. They created a professional; technique based performing arts Academy serving the Lamorinda, Diablo & Castro Valley communities.
STUDIO CLASS TUITION POLICY | Studio classes are offered in three sessions: FALL (Aug.- Dec.), WINTER/SPRING (Jan.-June) and SUMMER (June – Aug.). Each session tuition must be paid in full upon registration. Holidays are listed below. Missed classes will not be refunded for any reason. Tuition will be prorated if joining a class after the first week and during open enrollment period. A processing fee of 30% of the total tuition is non-refundable. We reserve the right to cancel any class that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Winter/Spring sessions include a non-refundable recital fee. Tuition includes an additional fee for CA paid sick leave act enacted July 2015.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM & SUMMER CAMP TUITION POLICY | Tuition must be paid in full upon registration. Students who have not paid in full by the first day of class may forfeit their participation in the program. A processing fee of 30% of the total tuition is non-refundable. We reserve the right to cancel any program or camp that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. Tuition includes an additional fee for CA paid sick leave act enacted July 2015.
PAYMENT POLICY | Tuition payments can be made by cash, check or credit card (VISA, Master Card or Discover, we do not accept AMEX). Checks can be made out to Performing Academy. We also accept charter school vouchers. Account statements will not be sent out unless your account is overdue. There is a $25.00 processing fee for all past due accounts and a $30.00 charge on all returned checks. Declined or expired credit cards are subject to an additional $25 fee. Tuition is due in full upon registration. Students who have not paid in full by the first day of class may forfeit their participation in the program. A processing fee of 30% of the total tuition is non-refundable.
REGISTRATION | A registration fee of $15.00 per new student ($25 per new family) is required to register for a class or program (This fee is non-transferable and non-refundable). Class and program availability is on a first come basis. Registration is not complete until the registration fee is paid. If there is a break in enrollment, you may be subject to a $10 ($20/family) re-registration fee.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM & SUMMER CAMP DETAILS | Details for each specific program/camp are communicated through a Class Materials Page & electronic Parent Packet emailed to parents one week prior to program/camp start date. Confirm we have the correct email address on file and check spam folders if you are not receiving weekly email during programs/camps.
CUSTOMER PORTAL | All clients have an online customer portal to store enrollment history, student information, billing, and emergency contact information. Medical and Emergency information can be added under the STUDENT tab on your portal. Please make sure all information is up to date.
To log onto your customer portal follow these simple steps:
Click the LOGIN in the upper right corner of the homepage www.performingacademy.com. Your username is the email address we have on file. If it is your first time using the portal click I don’t have or don’t know my password and one will be emailed to you.
STUDIO CLASS PERFORMANCES | In December we offer a Parent Observation Week for parent’s to observe the final class of the semester. Students will demonstrate skills they have learned and present an informal performance of their work. In the spring we hold a studio recital for all classes to perform in a theatre.
PARENT OBSERVATION | We encourage parents to be involved in student’s training. Parents are welcome to watch at the window as long as it is not distracting to the teacher, student, or other students in the classroom.
PRIVATE LESSONS | Private instructors are in charge of their own scheduling, cancellation, and payment policies. All payments for private lessons must be made directly to the private instructor.
PHOTO & VIDEO RECORDING | Images and videos of the participant(s) in-person and virtually via zoom may be used by Performing Academy in ads, promotional/rehearsal videos, website material, social media or various other marketing. These images will be used for Performing Academy purposes only, and will not be given or sold to outside companies or individuals.
ATTENDANCE | Attendance is taken at the beginning of each class. It is important that your child attends class every week. Attendance is imperative, as absences and tardiness can hold back and disrupt an entire class.
LOBBY RULES | Students must wait inside the building to be picked up.
No student is permitted to leave the building without an adult.
All students must use the restroom before they begin class.
Please try to keep the lobby as quiet and clean as possible.
Students must use the cubbies and lockers for their belongings.
Please do not interrupt the teacher while class is in session. If you need to speak to the teacher, please do so before or after the class. If necessary, you may make an appointment.
CLASSROOM RULES | No food or drinks of any kind are permitted in the studio. Students are not permitted to chew gum.
Dance shoes should not to be worn outside for any reason.
All students must be in proper dress code while attending class.
Please make sure you arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to class.
Children should not touch the mirrors or the viewing windows.
Absolutely no running in the studio.
Students must respect their teachers and fellow students at all times.
DRESS CODE POLICY | Hair must be secured back off the face. Proper shoes & attire must be worn to all classes. CLICK HERE
BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS | When you register online you agree to our Behavior Policy. If a student violates the behavior policy they will be removed from the class without a refund. If your child has any special needs or learning challenges, please communicate with us. We want every student to thrive and feel safe in our programs & classes.