Studio Policies: Wellington (Thorndon, City & Seatoun)

Registration

Students must be registered (with registration fee and tuition payment details organised) before they may participate in class.  Registration includes a studio bag, and Time For Dancing DVD if enrolling in Time For Dancing.

Tuition

Weekly class for a minimum 8-week term.  If term is longer than 8 weeks extra classes or extra exam or performance practices may be offered at the studio’s discretion, this will be advised.  Exam practices, exam fees, costume fees and performance tickets are charged separately.  See tuition fees schedule for amounts and dates.  Tuition fees are payable by autopay (credit card or direct debit by term or month), or in full for the year with a 5% discount.  Alternative payment methods must be pre-arranged with the studio office.  Costumes will be charged in Term 3, and notice must be given at the start of Term 3 if no costume is required because of non-participation in the end of year show.

Satisfaction Guarantee

We do not offer drop-in trial classes, as they are disruptive to the teacher and enrolled students and because we feel a single class is unlikely to show whether the class is a good fit for your child.  Instead, if after the first few classes you feel it is not working out just let us know.  We will refund any tuition charged, and you can always come back to try again later without paying another registration fee.  After this time, our normal policy applies which is that students may stop classes during the term, but parents must give two weeks advance notice in writing or via email to enable us to offer the space to another student and adjust accounts.  Tuition must be paid during the two week notice period.

Withdrawals & Refunds

Two weeks’ notice is required to stop classes.  To withdraw from classes a parent must give two weeks advance notice in writing or via email to enable us to offer the space to another student and adjust accounts.  Tuition must be paid during the two week notice period..  All tuition charges will stop after the two-week notice period.  We reserve the right to cancel classes without notice.  In such a case a refund for unused classes will be given.

School Calendar

The dance classes follow a four term year based on a minimum 8-week term.  Term lengths are not always even.  However; tuition is charged equally for each term and evens out over the school year.  Classes are not usually held on Easter or public holidays (in some cases a replacement class option may be offered).   If term is longer than 8 weeks extra classes or extra exam or performance practices may be offered at the studio’s discretion, this will be advised.

Observing Classes

Parent of Time For Dancing students are invited to watch classes.  We ask that younger siblings are kept from joining the class for safety reasons.  For all other classes, we ask that parents only watch classes during viewing weeks, to allow children to concentrate on the teacher.  Parents are welcome to discuss their progress with the dance teachers by appointment.

Substitutions & Cancellations

We reserve the right to cancel classes or provide a substitute teacher.  Cancelled classes will be either be added on to the end of the term or year or refunded, at the school’s discretion.  No refunds for classes made up will be given. 

Dance Uniform

Dance shoes and dancewear must be worn to all classes.  For safety reasons dancers are not permitted to wear jewellery and must wear their hair tied back.  Street shoes and clothes are not allowed.

Attendance

Please inform the school office of absences.  No classes will be made up or refunded for illness or non-attendance, aside from in exceptional circumstances as agreed with the office.

Parent’s Responsibility To Be Aware Of Dates And Events

It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all school activities, such as viewing days, replacement classes, and dates the school is open or closed, posted on the school website as well as via email and paper notices.  Please ensure that you provide your most convenient email address.  Our system notifies us of bounce-backs and successfully sent emails.

Care of Students

The school is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students.  Parents with students under the age of 8 are to remain at the class location.  All students are to be escorted to the studio and not left for long times before or after class.  Please do not allow your children to play in the dance shop or in the elevators. 

Photo Release

Registration grants use photographs and video of students for promotional materials the school creates. 

Behaviour

Students must not run in the studio spaces or touch any stereo or class equipment without teachers’ permission.