Frequently Asked Questions

What to Wear?

Get ready to dance with our on-site dance boutique, Susu's Tutus. We have everything your dancer needs for class at ABJ from leotards and tights, to shoes and bags, your shining star will be ready for the spotlight. We even had fun gifts and accessories sure to make your dancer smile.

Preschool Level:

  • Leotard
  • Skirt (optional)
  • Pink Tights
  • Pink Ballet Shoes
  • Black Patent Tap Shoes
  • Dance Bag

Hip Hop:

  • Sneakers
  • Top & Dance Bottoms (your choice)


  • Pink Ballet Shoes
  • Pink Tights
  • Leotard
  • Ballet Skirt (optional)

Jazz, Tap, and/or Contemporary:

  • Fitted Top and Bottoms
  • Jazz - Tan Jazz Shoes
  • Tap - Tan Tap Shoes
  • Contemporary - Bare Feet or Lyrical Shoes

*Boys can wear any form-fitting athletic wear that is easy to move in. They can wear tennis shoes for hip hop and black ballet shoes for our preschool level and ballet classes.

What is your severe weather policy?

During times of severe weather, such as but not limited to, snow, tornadoes, and thunderstorms, the Academy of Ballet & Jazz strongly emphasizes that safety is our top priority. When/if either Tuscaloosa City or County Schools close due to inclement weather, the Academy of Ballet & Jazz will follow suit. We realize that many ABJ students travel many miles from the surrounding areas; therefore, if weather in Tuscaloosa permits class to be held, ABJ will have regularly scheduled class. However, we always encourage everyone to stay weather aware and use their best judgement  when deciding to travel to the studio during severe weather.

What yearly fees can I expect at ABJ?

Each year dancers enrolled at ABJ have a few yearly costs. All students pay a registration fee, monthly tuition, recital costume fees and a recital fee. These fees are charged at separate times throughout the year. You can find those dates in our yearly calendar. 

How do I stay updated on what's happening at ABJ?

We pride ourselves on being extremely organized and prepared at our ABJ office. We send all major communications through email so please be sure you have a current email address on file. We also use social media to announce important information and upcoming events. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay 'in the know' at ABJ. You can also share photos and videos with us by using #abjallday for a chance to be featured on ABJ's social media pages. 

What is a recital fee?

Each spring ABJ produces a professional showcase of our dancer's talents and hard work. Recital fees assist in the tremendous financial undertaking. ABJ assumes when producing recital productions of this magnitude. Production costs include: theatre rental, technical crew, backdrop rentals, props, additional staff, programs, etc. The recital fee is $65 per dancer and also includes your child's recital t-shirt.

How much are recital costumes?

Costumes for our recital cost between $75-$105 per costume depending on the level of your child's class. A $50 costume deposit per costume is due by October 15th with the remaining balance due by November 15th. We order our costumes during Thanksgiving Break to allow time for the production and delivery of the costumes for our picture days in March. Costumes will not be ordered without full payment. Late order costumes are subject to a $20 fee per costume.

What are Bama Week Rehearsals?

We are so fortunate to be able to hold rehearsals for each class at the Bama Theatre the week prior to our Spring Performances. Specific schedules will be released in April.

What is a Spotlight Yearbook?

ABJ produces a beautiful keepsake yearbook each year called the Spotlight. It includes individual class photos and candids from the year, as well as business and individual ads. Ad sales start in February and our class pictures are taken in March.

My child cannot attend class this week. Can we do a makeup class?

We encourage our students to attend class regularly to make sure they get the most out of our progressive program. However, sometimes students must miss class. Although we cannot refund accounts for these absences, we will be happy to schedule a makeup class for your student. To schedule a makeup class, please call the ABJ office to find out when make-up times are available. 

We are no longer able to attend class at ABJ. How do we proceed?

If a student does not wish to continue, a 'drop card' must be filled out before the last scheduled class of the month for the account to deactivate. We are unable to refund any fees paid prior to withdrawal. If costumes have been ordered and paid for you will be able to pick up your costume when they arrive. Monthly charges will continue to accrue regardless of the number of absences. If your student does not attend class consecutively for a full month, and we cannot get ahold of the parent/guardian, your child may forfeit their spot in the class. 

I have a few more questions, how do I contact someone at ABJ?

We are always more than happy to assist you. You can check our website at anytime, You can also call the ABJ office 205-752-5124 or send us an email at Please note that our regular business hours are Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm and Friday 10am-5pm. If you contact us after these times, we will respond to your inquiry the following business day. We ask that you do not contact teachers personally after hours, the ABJ office will be happy to relay messages to teachers during business hours.