WELCOME TO DIGBY DANCE STUDIO!
Classes begin in mid-September and run to the first of June. Classes are progressive and good attendance is important. The end of the year is celebrated with an annual Recital, usually the first weekend in June, in which all classes are showcased. There is a two week break over Christmas, and a one week March Break. No classes are held on Holidays, but classes ARE held on school in-service days. Digby Dance Studio observes the following Holidays and Breaks (no classes are held on these days): Thanksgiving, Halloween, Remembrance Day, 2 week Christmas Break, 1 week March Break, Easter weekend (Fri-Mon) and Victoria Day. At the moment, for 2015, the new holiday – Viola Desmond Day on February 16th - will NOT be observed, and there will still be class on this day. This may possibly change in 2016, depending on students’ attendance in class, and the number of other businesses that close on that day.
*Tuition is for the entire year - terms of payment includes HST, and accounts for all breaks and holidays and one cancellation per month.*
Class Cancellation Policy
If school is cancelled in the Tri-County area due to current or impending weather, dance classes are automatically cancelled as well. This includes early dismissal due to weather. This is for weather-related cancellations only. There are STILL classes on school in-service days.
All classes are allowed 1 cancellation per month before a make up class is held. Due to the extremely low attendance rate of make-up classes held on Saturdays; make up classes will be combined with other classes during the week.
There are an average of 3 classes per month.
First month’s payment (to be included with registration form) reserves the students’ spot in the class(es) for the whole year and is non-refundable. If a student withdraws from class any other advance payments or post-dated cheques will be refunded. Refunds cannot be given for any payments on Costumes or Competition/Exam fees once they have been sent, as these companies have an absolute no refund policy. If a student is absent from class for a prolonged period of time (4 classes in a row or more) due to illness or injury a refund or payment cancellation on lessons can be obtained by calling the Director.
Digby Dance Studio reserves the right to dismiss any student without refund for reasons including but not limited to: consistent late or non-payment, consistent tardiness or absenteeism, non-participation, inappropriate behaviour or language in class. A late fee of $5 is charged if payment is not received by the end of the month. If payment is not received 2 months in a row without contacting the Director, the student(s) will be automatically terminated from the program for the remainder of the year, or if a student is absent for 6 classes in a row they will also be automatically terminated from the program for the remainder of the year.
Notice to quit the program must be submitted to the Director in writing.
It is assumed that all dancers will participate in the spring recital. Please let me know if you are not. Students will be required to purchase costumes for the recital. In order to help alleviate the cost of these costumes, we have an annual Dance Marathon fundraiser. Each participant in this fundraiser will benefit by having the amount raised deducted from their costume fee. Costumes average around $68 - $78 each in price and are ordered in November.
*Costume companies have a no-refund policy. If your child has to withdraw from class after submitting their costume fee it will not be possible to have it refunded.
Ticket purchase will be required for parents/family/friends to watch the recital. Tickets are only $8 each. Performers are not required to purchase a ticket.
Helpers,Assistant Teachers, and Student Teachers
Some classes may have help from a Class Helper, Assistant Teacher, or Student Teacher. A brief description of each would be; Helper – helps with supervision and demonstration of the exercises. Assistant Teacher – helps with supervision and demonstrating; leads warm ups or stretching; and choreographs the class dance for recital, Student Teacher – teaches the entire class under supervision from the Director. These dancers attend a summer group training seminar on working with children and classroom management (HOW to teach), as well as individual one on one training sessions (for Student Teachers) to learn the syllabus (WHAT to teach). All Helpers, Assistant Teachers, and Student Teachers are trained by the Director, who holds a SOCAN license, as well as CDTA, AIDT, and Acrobatique teaching certifications.
Many notices will be sent home by email throughout the year to keep students and parents informed of what’s happening at the studio. Hard copies may also be handed out in class. A valid email address is required for registration. Please make sure to add firstname.lastname@example.org to your contact list so you don’t miss out on important notices! Extra notices are also available on the table in the lobby and posted on the bulletin board. Please check the board often to make sure you are up to date on all notices.
New and returning students are asked to please fill out the registration form IN FULL each year, and indicate any changes in address, phone number, or email. It is important to have contact information up to date in case of emergency. Please make a note if any student has allergies or conditions ( i.e. asthma) and if any medications are taken.
*All public events and/or performances may be photographed/videotaped by the studio. Digby Dance Studio reserves the right to use such pictures or videos for promotional purposes. Names are never used or given out in order to protect dancers’ privacy.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Sabrinia Patterson, Director
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