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We don't have a uniform policy at Dance Northside. Students can wear whatever they like provided they can move freely (eg leggings or track pants and a singlet or t-shirt).
REQUIRED FOOTWEAR IS AS FOLLOWS:
- BALLET: Ballet slippers*
- JAZZ: Black jazz shoes
- FUNK/HIP HOP: Trainers
- CONTEMPORARY: Bare feet
- KID'S CREATIVE MOVEMENT: Bare feet
*We have a stash of pre-loved ballet and jazz shoes at the studio. Students are welcome to borrow these at no cost.
YOU DON'T HAVE A UNIFORM, BUT CAN I BUY A DANCE NORTHSIDE TOP?
You can! Hoodies, singlets and t-shirts are available at the studio.
HOW DO I ENROL?
All our enrolments are online via this website. Simply click one of the many green ‘get started’ buttons. You will then be prompted to create an account, enter your/your child’s details, and based on those details (DOB etc) the appropriate classes will come up for you to make your selection from. If you need any help with enrolling, please email email@example.com
DO I NEED TO ENROL PER TERM?
No. Dance Northside has rolling enrolments for the year. Please notify us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org of any students not wishing to continue dance for the duration of the term by the end of week 2 of the relevant term. If your child isn't returning to Dance Northside the next term, you will need to notify us in writing prior to the term commencing. Priority enrolments (current DNS students) open week 8 of the proceeding term, with general enrolments (new students) opening week 10 of the proceeding term.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
Just a bottle of water. Or purchase one from us!
IS FREE PARKING AVAILABLE?
Yes! We have free parking available at the studio. If the car park is full – additional free parking is available at the shops across the road. Please be mindful in the car park as we have lots of little people about.
CAN MY CHILD COME OUT TO MEET ME IN THE CAR PARK?
For students' safety, those aged 12 and under must wait inside the hall for their parents or carers to come in and collect them.
CAN PARENTS STAY AND WATCH CLASSES?
Parents are welcome to accompany their child during their first lesson. After that, parents are welcome to observe the class if they would like to, please be mindful of the following guidelines:
- Parents with children dancing in the smaller studio (located near the building's entrance) can observe the lesson from the foyer or kitchen.
- Parents with children dancing in the larger main studio can observe the lesson from either end of the studio.
- Please turn your mobile phone to silent.
- Do not answer calls during the lesson.
- If you have another child with you, please keep them quiet and occupied.
- If your child comes over to you during the lesson, please encourage them to return their focus to their lesson.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN WHEN YOU SAY YOUR DANCE STUDIO IS 'AGE-APPROPRIATE'?
Put very simply; we won't encourage or teach your child to look, dress or dance like an adult.
We extend this approach to our performance season – makeup is minimal if used at all, costumes meet an appropriate level of dress for children, and our choreography and dance steps are created to match the age of the students performing them.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY NON-COMPETITIVE?
Many dance schools compete in Eisteddfods. Eisteddfods are dance competitions where judges grade dancers based on their performances, costume, hair, makeup etc.
Dance Northside recognises that competition has value in particular contexts – we just don't believe it has a place in the arts. The Dance Northside Performance Group was created to provide a range of performance opportunities for our advanced dancers seeking to develop their performance skills and experience.
WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY POLICY?
Included in the Dance Northside terms and conditions is a photographic consent section. There is absolutely no obligation to grant Dance Northside permission to use photographs of your child for promotional purposes (eg on the Dance Northside website, Instagram and Facebook page).
You are welcome to take a photo of your child in their dancing outfit before or after class, but sadly, you can't take photos of your child during class.
DOES DANCE NORTHSIDE RUN CLASSES ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS?
We do not run classes on public holidays. However, make-up lessons are available throughout the term. Your child is welcome to attend any class or dance style – just be sure that the class matches their age.
WHAT IF MY CHILD MISSES A LESSON?
Make-up lessons are available within the same term of the missed lesson. Within that term, your child is welcome to attend any class or dance style – just be sure that the class matches their age.
DO YOU HAVE A LOST PROPERTY BOX?
Yes, we have a lost property box at the studio, however, at the end of each term items that have not been claimed are donated to charity.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR CLASSES?
We are a 'cashless' studio. Our methods of payment are online via the website, or EFTPOS at the studio ($2 surcharge) Fees are due in full my week 2 of the term enrolled in, a late feel of $20 will be added to all accounts remaining unpaid by week 5. If you are facing Genuine Financial Hardship, please get in contact to arrange a payment plan.
WHAT IS LITTLE WIGGLERS?
Little Wigglers is a creative movement dance program for children aged 18 months to 4 years of age, with their parent or carer. The program aims to enhance gross motor development, promote creativity, enhance musical expression, introduce and develop school readiness skills such as turn-taking, sharing, following instructions, forming a line, etc. Of course, it is lots of FUN! The class is taught in a safe, respectful manner and participants of all genders, race and varying dance experiences are included and provided for. The atmosphere is relaxed to allow children to express themselves completely.
WHAT IS FAMILY DANCE PROJECT?
Families come together once a week, for a Term at Dance Northside to choreograph a dance together with an in-house performance at the studio in week 10. A lovely way to spend valuable time in a creative, fun and inclusive space with your sibling/ child/parents/cousin/partner etc. Only one family member needs to be enrolled at Dance Northside, and there is no age limit.
You collaborate with your family members to make the piece, it is your family’s creation, but Holly will give feedback and help when required. Only $18 per family a week. Family Dance Project is generally run in Term 2.
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CONCERT?
- You won't be required to sew costumes.
- You won't be required to pay for expensive costumes.
- Your child will require some basic garments (e.g. black leggings and a white singlet).
- Dance Northside will source, organise and create necessary costumes.
- All aspects of our performances are age-appropriate.
- Makeup is optional, and hairstyles are simple.
- You won't be required to sit through an epic four-hour show.
- Performers will be required to attend a dress rehearsal and the full performance season.
- The performance season is held at the end of term 4.
- You will be asked to pay a small performance fee.
- You will be required to purchase tickets to attend the concert (ticket sales contribute to theatre hire etc).
- The concert is designed to be a stress-free, fun, positive experience for performers and parents.
CAN I ATTEND DANCE NORTHSIDE BUT NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE CONCERT?
Yes. Students not wanting to participate in the concert are welcome to attend regular classes during terms one, two and three & attend Little Wigglers or Term 4 Taster Class in Term 4.
Our students find the concert an enjoyable and confidence-building experience. We encourage all students to participate.