Please read the following information. If you enrol a pupil in a class at The Squire Dance Studios, you are expected to know and accept these conditions.
You must accept full responsibility for your child outside the lesson time. Make sure that your child knows to wait in the dance studio with the teacher if you are delayed for any reason. If you leave children or valuables in the waiting areas, you do so at your own risk.
Payment of fees is due in the first week of term. Payment may be made in two instalments, the second being due during the first week after half-term. Late payment of fees without prior arrangement will be subject to a surcharge.
If, for any reason, you wish to withdraw your child from a class, you are required to give a minimum of half a term’s notice, or pay half a term’s fees for that class in lieu. Please note that this also applies to pupils who do more than one dance class a week; if planning to drop one class, the appropriate notice must be given.
I work within the Code of Professional Conduct set by the Council for Dance Education and Training. You may ask to see this code at any time. The code states that a teacher must not knowingly accept a pupil where there is a conflict of interest between one teacher and another. Please ensure you give appropriate notice if moving from/to another dance school. Pupils wanting to take any additional dance class elsewhere must also inform the Squire Dance Studios of their intentions.
Parents are invited to watch open classes twice a year to follow their child’s progress, with the exception of the nursery class, where open classes are not held because of the potentially disruptive affect on the young children involved. Parents of nursery pupils are invited to make individual appointments to see a normal class in progress during term-time. Any parents new to the school are welcome to make an appointment to visit a class before their child commences.
Parents will be contacted when their child has reached the stage where an exam or presentation class is being considered. Examination entries are always a joint decision between the teacher, pupils and parent, as exams are not compulsory in the school. While every effort is made to keep the social side of attending a dance class in mind, children will only progress to the next stage when they are ready to cope physically and/or mentally. The syllabus work is carefully structured to ensure a safe training for young, growing physiques and is related to development rather than age; therefore, progression is not automatically connected to academic school year groups.
Dance classes occasionally involve careful physical contact as a form of guidance, particularly if a pupil is having a problem performing a movement safely, when working in patterns/partners, or when studying stretching and strengthening exercises. Please make it known if this is not an acceptable means of training for your child (examples of the kind of physical contact used will be demonstrated on request).
Pupils are expected to respect the other members of their class for the individual qualities they bring to the group. Dance involves physical skills, emotional and artistic qualities, and mental challenges. It is only possible to make these challenges fun and rewarding if pupils feel supported by those around them. Any pupil, who regularly disrupts a class and spoils the enjoyment for others, will be cautioned and, ultimately, asked to leave.
Hair should be neatly groomed for class, long hair should be tied back and shorter side pieces or long fringes kept in place with appropriate clips or grips. For safety reasons, watches and jewellery must be removed for classes. Please refer to the current uniform list for the requirements for your child’s class.