Studio Policies

Dance requires structure. And our studio has some solid guidelines in place. Please familiarize yourself with our policies below.
Mission Statement

Our Mission is to provide professional dance instruction and instill an appreciation for the art of dance in a safe, high quality studio environment. We will encourage students of all ages and skill levels to excel to their fullest potential while having fun. Techniques In Motion Dance Studio is a school that is dedicated to promoting a positive environment for physical fitness and an appreciation of the art of dance to its participants at all levels and skills. The professional quality dance arts curriculum is designed to develop skills, enhance the grace and talent of each student and encourage them to be the very best they can be. Techniques In Motion is a family type atmosphere home to supportive parents & talented students and where all students are created & treated equally, gain confidence, poise & lasting friendships by studying with nurturing teachers. The experienced staff holds a superior commitment to the students, their families and our professional business philosophies. We are customer-friendly, honest, provide personal attention & good communication, organized, full of passion for dance, aware of the influence we have on every child, and truly care about what we do for each and every student in nurturing them for much more than dancing. We are dedicated to helping students succeed physically, mentally and socially as well as in their dance skills. T.I.M. dance educators know that success doesn’t come from awards or accolades or the size of the school’s enrollment. It comes from the knowledge that we have made a difference in the lives of the students we teach. We are thrilled to be a part of the village that raises confident young students with great attitudes. Seeing successful people with exceptional confidence in everyday life is a reward. Giving the gift of dance classes is an investment into your child’s self confidence.

Anybody who wants to dance is welcome. We have a number of programs to suit different needs. We are a caring, supportive and inspiring institution with high standards and high expectations. We take tremendous pride in the commitment and accomplishments of our students. Our faculty demonstrates innovation, loyalty, sustainability, care, dedication, team work & leadership by example.

The Curriculum

The dance season runs from August through May. Age appropriate Dance Programs of Study: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Acrobatics, Lyrical, Technique, Discovery Motion, Hippity Hop, Hip-Hop, Boys Only Hip-Hop/Break, Theatre Dance/Improv, KidZone, Pre-Professional Ballet, Pointe, Technique & MORE for all ages and skill levels Preschool thru Adult, are offered through a diverse curriculum directed by Terrie Batson and artistic director Jennifer Spivey-Grooms. For more information on our T.I.M. Dance Educator Staff, check out bios here.

Dance Requirements

All dancers enrolled in all levels of Pointe are required to also be enrolled in an additional weekly Ballet class suitable for their age and level of experience.

Improv Jazz/ Contemporary Int/Adv: All dancers enrolled in this class are required to also be enrolled in an additional Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary or Ballet class suitable for their age and  level of experience.

Summer Dance Class

Our summer classes run from June through July during the afternoon & evening.

Why Dance

Dance develops the individual physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Dance students join an artistic family where they develop enduring friendships and nurture a passion for the arts. While having fun, dance students gain many benefits. At every level of the program The Artistic Dance Curriculum is designed to build kids from the inside out by enhancing and developing poise, inspiring creativity, self expression & rising a basic understanding of musicality, molding personalities, discipline of mind & body, pride, confidence, commitment, determination, self respect, accomplishment, self-confidence, life lessons, graciousness (such as being patient and waiting one’s turn), understanding authority in a classroom situation and imagination.

Extended education in Math (counting, rhythm, time and the joy of moving through space), Intellectual Skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, time management, concentration & focus, and self-discipline, Science & Health (body placement, balance, coordination, structured physical activity, correct postural awareness, strength & flexibility) and Social Skills (camaraderie, responsibility, respect for others, teamwork, tolerance, communication, friendships & partnering) is also enhanced. Dance education inspires good work habits and healthy lifestyle choices. Studies show that a structured dance program enhances academic achievement for school age students & stress relief for adults. At every age & ability dancing is exciting & joyful. Dance Studios provide a safe wholesome environment where children can enjoy their spare time. Some of the biggest rewards of dance are: Fitness, Self Esteem, Friendship, Fun, Knowledge, Wisdom, Accomplishment, Growth & Learning Not to Quit.

Attentive assistant teachers are available to insure each child receives the proper amount of individual attention required.

Class Size

If a class number drops below 3 students the class may be combined with another class or cancelled. If a class size becomes too large then class may be split in order to provide the best possible quality instruction for each student enrolled.

Performance & Competition companies are open to seriously interested students who meet the criteria of adequate proficiency and maturity to withstand the demands of arduous rehearsals and extra classes. Auditions are held in the summer for the Junior & Elite Companies. Directors & instructors reserve the right to hold private auditions. The Mini & Petite Company is by invitation only. Company classes are closed to non-company members. Company Dancers & their families sponsor many fundraisers throughout the dance season.

Dance Education

Dance has been called a sport but more importantly it is AN ART! Dance lessons develop strength, endurance, flexibility and artistry based upon participation with others in a GROUP setting. Students are taught the value of movement with others to develop individual expertise. With adequate interest, students will not only learn an art form, but will develop an increased amount of self and peer respect, physical agility and fitness, social skills and an appreciation for music and art. Dance is something students can and should, enjoy for a lifetime even if they choose not to earn a living as a dancer. As a parent, the financial support of your student is important, but of equal, perhaps even greater, value is your emotional support. Encourage your child to be the best that he or she can be without regard to what others achieve.

Dance is an individual art form; each child needs to achieve at a pace that’s comfortable for him or her. No two students will progress at the same rate, even if they experience the exact same training. It’s important to encourage the children to focus on themselves, give their all, and be satisfied with their own accomplishments. Dance education encompasses far more than technique or the steps your children will learn. We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment by offering them the chance to learn, experience teamwork, and understand what hard work can accomplish.

Our goal is to educate the minds, bodies and souls of each student and to teach them the skills needed for a successful life, whether or not they stay involved in dance.

Monthly Newsletter

Monthly news is available to all students enrolled at T.I.M. School of Dance on studio website. Monthly news is also distributed via the Email addresses provided on registration forms at the time of registration to all studio families at the beginning on each month and paper copies available in studio observation areas.

Please take the time to read all information provided and take note of the announcements that are periodically posted throughout the studio regarding due dates, fundraisers, special workshops, studio closings, etc. This will help to eliminate confusion or missed due dates at a later point.

Studio events are posted in newsletters, on front door and throughout studio, website and answering machine.

Monthly Tuition Payments & Fees

All checks or Money orders must be made payable to “Techniques In Motion School of Dance”. A stamp is provided at front desk for your convenience. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards. There is a $20.00 fee for returned checks and/or if check is dishonored or returned for any reason.

Registration fee is non-refundable. No exceptions. Registration Fee $25 per student, $12.50 after Jan. 1st.  Registration fee includes administrative cost, insurance, monthly newsletter printing, etc. June-July Registration fee: $15 per student

Tuition rates

  • 30 minute classes: $42.00 per month per element
  • 45 minute classes: $47.00 per month per element
  • 1 hour classes: $52.00 per month per element.
  • “Carte Blanche” TUITION RATE UNLIMITED CLASSES EACH WEEK: For $185.00 per month enroll in any and all recreational dance classes offered.

Monthly Studio Tuition is due the first lesson of each month and is not prorated for missed lessons or for holiday closing or class attendance. Each tuition payment is the same regardless of the amount of lessons in a given month. Whether we have a short month (3 weeks) or a long month (5 weeks), tuition remains the same. There are no adjustments, deductions for vacations or short months or missed lessons.  Monthly tuition reminders will be sent to all studio families via email. Statements will also be sent via email or regular mail to those past due accounts. If tuition is two months past due the student will not be allowed to participate in class until account is paid in full. Payments may be mailed, deposited in the payment box located in the lobby or paid to receptionist. Please indicate student’s name on the payment especially if dancer’s last name is not the same as the parents. Please attempt to bring exact cash payments otherwise we will credit the dancer’s accounts for the following month.

Account in Good-Standing


TIM will issue a $25 late fee and the CC on file will be processed for balance owed.


If you already have a CC on file, thank you! If not or if the CC needs to be updated please log onto your TIM Dance account  or contact TIM to add or update CC information.

Online Payments

Each dance family is now be able to log into a customer portal to view and pay on dance account. Check spam folders if you do not receive email confirmation with password. Emails would be coming from Jackrabbit.

If you forget your account access, simply, go here and click on “Pay Online”, click “don’t know password”, enter your email address and a password will be sent to your email address on file from Please note this may take 5-10 minutes.

If you are ready to pay online, simply access your account here, click on “Pay Online”, enter your email address & password and
click “Sign on”, click on “My Account”, check Credit Card and enter info Click “SAVE”, Click on “Fees & Payments”. It will tell you how much you owe and etc. Click on “Make Payment”, Enter Payment Amount and hit Submit. An email confirmation will be sent to Ms. Terrie. Please note a $2.00 Processing fee will apply.

If you are having problems paying online simply call us: 910-799-3223.

We are also offering the option of reoccurring automatic payments If interested. Please contact Ms. Terrie with the following information:

  • Credit Card info: Visa, Master Card, Acct number
  • Exp date
  • Name as it appears on card.
  • Billed on the 1st or 10th of each month

Other acceptable forms of payment: Cash, Check, Money Order. May also continue to mail payments, pay receptionist or drop in payment box in studio lobby.

Class Cards and Discounts

Class Cards

  • TIM Class card $60 for College students ONLY with a Valid College ID 10 classes, 11th class FREE plus registration fee. Class card valid for any Teen/ Adult class.
  • TIM Class card for Adult Classes ONLY. $120.00 plus registration fee for 10 classes/11th class is FREE.
  • Class cards NEVER EXPIRE!

Discounts and Private Lessons

Tuition Discount options: *Pay August-May TUITION IN FULL by Labor Day and receive 10 % discount off total.  *Pay 6 months TUITION IN FULL and receive 5% discount off total. If entire dance season has been paid in full and student withdraws from classes at any point thru the season the discount will not be refunded.

Private lessons: Each instructor sets their own prices hourly.

Late Fees

An absence is not an excuse for late payment. A $25 late fee will be applied to any tuition amount not paid in full by the 10th of each month. Late notices will be sent via email. If your account is more than 60 days past due, your child will be ineligible to participate in dance classes or any other studio activities until your account is in good standing. All tuition payments are considered late if not paid by the 10th of each month.

Registration forms for the 2017-2018 dance season can be filled out online or in person at the studio.

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