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FAQ's

Listed below are the most commonly asked questions/answers about our studios policies for 2016/17 Year.

Note: A minimum number of 6 students per class is required. Your deposit will be refunded if we cannot accommodate you or you will be offered the opportunity to pay for a semi-private class. 

If you require further assistance, please contact:

Owner/Artistic Director Angela Tucker (905) 726-1241   angela@yorkdance.com
General Manager/All Locations Lisa Ogston (905) 836-4939   lisa@yorkdance,com
Office Manager Cathy Herrington (905) 726-1241   cathy@yorkdance.com
Aurora Studio   (905) 726-1241 info@yorkdance,com
Newmarket Studio   (905) 836-4939   info@yorkdance,com
Stouffville Studio    (905) 640-6082   info@yorkdance.com

1. HOW DO WE FIND THE RIGHT CLASS FOR OUR CHILD?

If your child has indicated they are interested in learning how to dance, our staff will help you find the most suitable program. For a full description of each discipline and how the styles vary, please refer to our website at www.yorkdance.com . In order to place your child in the correct level, our staff will ask the following questions:

1. Does your child have any experience or are they new to dance?

2. Has your child participated in other activities which might help them with co-ordination?

3. Is your child looking for a more active or passive dance class?  For example, Jazz is more of a cardio workout whereas ballet focuses more on grace & flexibility.

Generally students are placed according to their age and level of ability. For example, a 7 year old with no ballet experience would be better in a class of 6 and 7 year olds rather than a class of 7 to 9 year olds. We may suggest a private lesson for students who are older and at a beginner level.  This class will provide them with one-on-one technical instruction before fitting them into an existing group of dancers. Private lessons are booked through the office from $80.00 plus tax per hour. 

2. WHAT ARE YOUR CLASS SIZES?

Typically we try to keep the class size ranging from 12 to15 students. In some cases the class may have more students; however, these classes will have an assistant assigned to help. The minimum number of participants needed to run a class is 6. If we do not receive enough interest to offer the class you have registered for we will contact you with other options. If a suitable substitute class cannot be found you will receive a full refund. 

3. ARE YOUR TEACHERS QUALIFIED?

All of our teachers are highly qualified professional adult instructors. Many are still performing professionally, have performed in the past or have completed post-secondary programs.  A short bio and photo can be found for each of our instructors on our Faculty page.

4. DO I HAVE TO ATTEND ALL YEAR OR CAN I JUST ATTEND FOR ONE TERM?

We hope that your child will continue dancing all year as it is an excellent form of exercise that develops grace, balance, strength, co-ordination and posture. We also hope to provide your child with an enjoyable experience while teaching respect, discipline, confidence and teamwork.  Our year-end recital provides students with a goal to work towards and is an opportunity for him/her to develop confidence, stage presence, and ultimately to share with his/her families and friends what they have learned all year. However, if your child is absolutely not enjoying his/her dance experience, he/she may withdraw at the end of term one. Notice of withdrawal from term two must be directed, in writing, to the General Manager or Studio Manager and must be received prior to December 1st, 2016 to avoid an administrative fee of $60.00.

5. WHAT IF I DROP OUT BEFORE THE END OF THE TERM?

Once a student has been registered for the year, there is no credit for missed classes. Students who withdraw before the end of the term will be charged a $60.00 administrative fee per course and will be refunded for the balance of the classes they will not be attending.

6. WHAT IF WE MISS CLASSES?

If a student misses a class due to illness it can be made up by attending another class in the same or a different discipline that he/she is registered in. Please note that January 31st is the last date to do a make-up class as each class will be working on different choreography.  There may be a mini session class that we can accommodate a make up class in, please check with the office staff for  class availability.

7. CANCELLED CLASSES

In the event of a severe winter storm, the studio reserves the right to cancel classes for the safety of our students and instructors. Should we choose to cancel classes; a message will be left on the studio’s answering machine and on our website after 2 PM on weekdays and 8 AM on weekends. No refund will be given due to winter storm cancellations; however, if we have to cancel a class for any other reason there will be a make-up date scheduled. This class will be re-scheduled prior to the year-end recital and may be on a day other than your regular class day/time. We will try our best to accommodate all students; however, we will not be able to schedule more than 1 make-up lesson per cancelled class. 

8. ATTENDANCE

Dance is exercise that involves choreography. Your commitment has been made to participate in a class on a regular basis. If you are absent for several classes, not only will your technique fall behind, but you will also miss learning the skills and choreography.  If you miss more than 3 classes in a row, we may request that you book a private lesson with your teacher to learn the choreography you have missed. Punctuality is also important, as late arrivals are very disruptive for the instructor and students.

9. SUPERVISION

The instructor is responsible for your child for the duration of the class. Once the class is finished we cannot supervise or provide extended care for students. It is important that parents arrive at least 5 minutes before the end of the class to pick up their child. If you cannot, we respectfully request that you appoint another parent to watch your child until you can pick them up. For their own safety students are encouraged to wait inside the studio for parents to pick them up.

10. CLASSROOM USE

Students are not to enter the classroom unless they have been invited in by the instructor. Dancers are to wait quietly in the proper area until they are called. Parents should not enter the studio unless they have been invited in by the teacher. Absolutely no outdoor footwear is allowed in the dance studio. Water is allowed in the studios; however, food, other drinks and gum are not permitted. YDA is a peanut/nut free studio so we especially ask that you leave any products that contain or may contain peanuts/nuts at home. We appreciate your consideration in this matter as we have many students with severe food allergies. Dancers are to eat in the designated area at each location.

11. RESPECT YOUR PEERS & TEACHERS

Dance is a discipline and there are certain behaviours that are unacceptable. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a proper and respectful manner while in the studio. Disruptive behaviour may result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from the program. Proper dancer manners are posted around the studios. Please make yourself aware of these.

12. WAIVER/RELEASE

Our faculty and staff are trained professionals and we make every effort to create a safe and positive environment. We reserve the right to use any photos taken during any of our events for promotional purposes. No names will be used at any time. If you do not want us to use a photo of your child, please notify us in writing and we will respect your privacy. 

13. HOW DO I HEAR ABOUT THINGS GOING ON AROUND THE STUDIO?

We make every effort to ensure that dancers and their families are aware of all the activities and events planned around the studio Important dates and class cancellations due to holidays are posted at www.yorkdance.com. Newsletters are handed out and/or emailed periodically throughout the year. The newsletters can also be found on the bulletin boards at the studios. Please Like Us on Facebook to stay up-to-date. Should your contact information change, we ask that you notify us immediately so we can make the necessary changes.  If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you may also contact us at info@yorkdance.com

14. WHAT IS YOUR DANCEWEAR REQUIREMENT?

All students are to attend every class in proper dance attire. The following dancewear is recommended for our recreational classes. Competitive dancers please refer to your competitive team handbook.

For the safety of all dancers, please ensure that hair is tied back for all disciplines in either a ponytail or a bun. No gum, jewellery or cell phones are allowed in the studios.

ECD:     
(3-5 years)

Light pink tank or short sleeve bodysuit with ballerina pink full footed tights
Light pink full sole leather ballet shoes
Light pink chiffon dance skirt is optional but highly recommended
(Tutu’s or sparkly dance attire are not permitted)

Ballet/Jazz: 
(5-7 years)

Light pink or navy blue bodysuit and ballerina pink full footed tights
Light pink full sole leather ballet shoes required
Light pink or navy blue chiffon dance skirt or bike shorts
(Tutu’s or sparkly dance attire is not permitted)

Tap/Jazz:
(5-7 years)

Black or navy bodysuit or tank top
Black jazz pants or bike shorts
Capezio 3800 Mary Jane Caramel tap shoes are required and are used for recital.
Light pink full leather ballet shoes or black jazz shoes are required for class.

Jr. Ballet Program
(7-10 years)

Navy blue tank or short sleeve bodysuit and ballerina pink full footed tights
Light pink full sole leather ballet shoes
Navy blue chiffon dance skirt is optional but highly recommended        

Sr. Ballet Program
(10 years & up)

Black bodysuit (tank or similar)
Ballerina pink convertible or full footed tights
Light pink full sole leather or canvas split sole ballet shoes

Jazz (Jazz/Hip Hop)&
Musical Theatre:
(6 years and up)

Black or navy bodysuit or tank top
Black jazz pants or bike shorts
Black jazz shoes  

Hip Hop:
(6 years and up)

Hip Hop pants or track pants
Tank-top or t-shirt
Black High Top CONVERSE or comparable style running shoes dedicated for dance ONLY!  
No outdoor footwear is permitted in the studio classrooms.

Acro Dance:
(5 years and up)

Unitard/bodysuit and bike/crop dance shorts, navy, black colours preferred
Capri or footless tan tights are mandatory for all Acro classes
Navy or black bike shorts
Foot Undies/Bear paws can be worn, we recommend bare feet for children 7 & under

Tap:
(6 years and up)

Black or navy bodysuit, tank top or t-shirt
Black or navy jazz capris, bike shorts or non baggy pant
6-10 years - Capezio 3800 Mary Jane Black tap shoes
10 + years - Capezio 422 or CG19 or Black oxford full sole lace up style
(Black patent tap shoes are not permitted)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15. WHERE CAN I PURCHASE DANCEWEAR? 

Dancewear is available at all YDA locations. Once classes have started, dancewear will be sold during office hours only. Hours are posted at each location and on our website. There are also many retail dance stores throughout York Region and we would be happy to recommend one for you. 

16. FEES

The dance year runs from September to the recital in June. Fees include lessons, the dress rehearsal date and performance supervision as well as the costume for the year-end recital. We offer a discount for any additional family member or additional classes taken by the same student. *NEW* - YDA Flexible Financing from 9.9%. Check our website for more details or speak to Cathy in reception. 

In full for the year by cash, cheque, credit card or debit (debit not available in Stouffville)

If you choose this option you will receive a $15.00 dance dollar voucher (1 per student) to be used in our dance boutique.
(This applies to the full dance season only.  Not applicable to mini sessions or January start.) 

 
By credit card or cheque in 3 monthly installments*

Option A) Three post dated cheques dated for September 15th, December 15th and February 15th
*Note: Auto installments can be taken off a credit card provided upon registration. There is a $10.00 administrative fee for credit card auto payment service.  NSF or returned cheques will be charged a $30.00 fee to cover bank charges. 

 
By credit card or cheque in more than 3 monthly installments*

Six cheque or credit card installments taken out from September 15th 2016 to February 15th 2017
*Note: Auto installments can be taken off a credit card provided upon registration. There is a $10.00 administrative fee for credit card auto payment service.  NSF or returned cheques will be charged a $30.00 fee to cover bank charges. 

 

NSF or returned cheques will be charged a $30.00 fee to cover bank charges.

Adult classes & Mini sessions are billed for the course length which will depend on the discipline. Please refer to the program outlines for further details on these courses which can be found on our programs page.

17. HOW LONG IS THE DANCE SEASON & WHEN DOES IT START?

Our school is a FULL YEAR dance school running from September until the recitals in June.

 

First Term runs from
Sept. to Dec.

In studio class dates:

 

Second Term runs from Jan. to the recitals in June

In studio class dates:

Recreational Recital & Dress Rehearsal dates are between Wed. June 7th to Thur. June 15th 2017

Saturday

Sept.10th - Dec. 17th

(No Class Oct. 8th)

Saturday

Jan. 7th  - June 3rd

(No Classes Mar. 11th
& May 20th)

Sunday

Sept. 11th - Dec. 18th

(No Class Oct. 9th)

Sunday

Jan. 8th  - June 4th  

(No Classes Mar. 12th,
Apr. 16th & May. 21st)

Monday

Sept. 12th - Dec. 19th

(No Class Oct. 10th)

Monday

Jan. 9th - June 5th   

(No Classes Feb. 20th,
Mar. 13th & May 22nd)

Tuesday

Sept. 13th  - Dec. 13th

 

Tuesday

Jan. 10th - May 30th  

(No Class Mar. 14th)

Wednesday

Sept. 14th - Dec. 14th

 

Wednesday

Jan. 11th - May 31st  

(No Class Mar. 15th)

Thursday

Sept. 15th - Dec. 15th

 

Thursday

Jan. 12th - June 1st 

(No Class Mar. 16th)

Friday

Sept. 16th - Dec. 16th

 

Friday

Jan. 6th  - June 2nd  

(No Classes Mar. 17th
& Apr. 14th)

Winter Break

No Classes from
Dec. 20th - Jan. 5th  

Classes Resume
Jan. 6th  

Spring Break

No Classes from
Mar. 11th - Mar. 17th

Classes Resume
Mar. 18th

*The dress rehearsal will act as the last class for students*

18. WHAT HOLIDAYS DOES THE STUDIO CLOSE FOR?

Our students count on being able to attend their dance classes weekly as they value the importance of maintaining their technical and physical level. We therefore close the studio only on certain statutory holidays based on the YRDSB calendar dates. Dates of closures are listed below.

The studio is closed for the following holidays throughout the dance season:

Thanksgiving Weekend                                      

Sat. Oct. 8th - Mon. Oct. 10th, 2016                       

Inclusive

Winter Break

Tues. Dec. 20th – Thurs. Jan 5th , 2017

Inclusive (Classes resume Fri. Jan. 6rd , 2017)

Family Day

Mon. Feb. 20th, 2017

 

Spring break

Sat. Mar. 11th - Fri. Mar. 17th, 2017

Inclusive (Classes resume Sat. Mar. 18th , 2017)

Good Friday                    

Fri. Apr. 14th , 2017

 

Easter Sunday

Sun. Apr 16th , 2017

 

Victoria Day Weekend

Sat. May 20th  - Mon. May 22nd , 2017

Inclusive (Classes resume Tues. May 23th, 2017)

                                                                                                        

 20. DATES OF INTEREST          

“Bring a friend to Dance!”
Hospital for Sick Kids Fundraiser

Sat. Sept. 24th  - Fri. Sept. 30th , 2016

Inclusive at the studio your child attends

Newmarket Santa Claus Parade  Sat. Nov. 19th, 2016  Sign up at the studio to participate 

Holiday Open House

Sat. Dec 3rd  -  Sun Dec. 16th , 2016

Inclusive at the studio your child attends

Teddy Bear Workout Week
Heart & Stroke Fundraiser
(ECD classes only)

Sat. Feb. 4th  - Fri. Feb. 10th, 2017

 

Inclusive at the studio your child attends

Competitive Gala
(Competitive Student’s Recital)

Thur. Mar. 2nd  -  Sat. Mar. 4th , 2017

At the Newmarket Theatre

Autism Awareness Day 

Sun. April 2nd, 2017

All studios – Dancers wear blue to class

Picture Day (Stouffville all classes)

Sun. May 7th, 2017

At the Stouffville Studio

Picture Day (Aurora all classes)

Sun. May 28th, 2017

At the Newmarket Studio

Picture Day (Newmarket all classes)

Sun. June 4th, 2017

At the Newmarket Studio

Recreational Recital & Dress Rehearsal Dates

Wed. June 7th  - Thur. June 15th, 2017

Inclusive *Please note that all classes will participate in 1 dress rehearsal & 2 shows within this time frame. Further details will be provided in the spring.

We look forward to another great year!