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General Information

1st month trial period.
The London Dance Centre welcomes all new students to the studio to try the first four lessons in September as a trial period, without paying a tuition or purchasing regulation dancewear.

One lesson is not enough, after one month you know whether or not your child will be interested in attending for the balance of the year and as a parent, it gives you a chance to assess the quality at the school.

After the first four lessons, students are expected to complete the dance year, as their place cannot be given to another student.

No new students without dance experience are taken after the first month.

Tuition for the full term is expected after the first month for new students who participate in our trial period policy.

1. Official holidays are not charged. The season is extended for classes cancelled by the school and additional Monday and Friday holidays.
 
2.Parents are invited to observe classes throughout the season to prearranged dates set by the school.
 
3.Students must wear regulation dancewear to all classes. Beginners are requested to obtain school dancewear after the first month.
 
4. The school does not accept students who study dance at other facility (other than academic schools) if we offer the subject at the same age and dance level. Technical requirements vary with different studios. It is counter productive for students to study more than one method of training.
 
5. New students to the school are given the first month to see if they wish to remain. All students are expected to complete the full year after the first month. No tuition refunds are given unless leaving the city, health issues or family trauma.
 
6. We regret a student may not commence the next term until the previous term is paid in full or their installments are up to date. NSF cheques, there is a $25.00 processing fee.
 
7. Parents who need financial consideration should speak with Victoria Carter, to see if assistance is available. All accounts and their status are strictly kept confidential.
8. We will be pleased to answer any questions you might have regarding your child.

PROMOTION POLICY

The student has been placed in a class to meet her dance requirements and to ensure satisfactory progress, throughout the season, if the student works to her ability. A student placement must be evaluated each year. Depending on age and physical dexterity, the rate of progress varies according to the demands of various stages of dance training.
Parents and students should also be aware that additional lessons in the same or other dance subjects may result in faster progress than for a student who takes fewer classes per week. The school's intensive summer program may also influence a student's placement in September.  A student must respond to a reasonable level of their ability to continue at the London Dance Centre.

SEVERE WEATHER CANCELLATION

We call a student's home once to cancel classes due to bad weather, if we receive no answer we cannot make additional calls. If a weather advisory has been announced and you have not been home part of the day - please contact the school to see if classes are being held. If no one is home during the day your business number can be left at the desk.
Students who make their own way from school at 4:30 p.m. should inform us of their academic school to avoid traveling to class, only to find classes are not being held. Please notify us of any change of address or telephone number during the season. Please check the website for current cancellations!

STUDENT SAFETY

We hope parents will support our staff's efforts to have the children wait inside the building to be picked up after class. The children can see your car pull up from the waiting room windows. We realize it is more convenient for the children to wait outside to be picked up, but if you are inadvertently delayed your child may end up being the only child outside on the curb, in the dark.
If you wish your child to wait outside (older students) please encourage them to wait on the well lighted verandah area with quick access to the doorbell, so a staff member can be promptly alerted.
The staff will encourage the children to wait inside or on the verandah; but we do not wish to discuss with the children the reasons for this policy. We strongly feel the parents know best how to discuss this topic with their own child, without causing undo anxiety for their child. The very young children will remain with our receptionist until you arrive.
We have never had any unfortunate occurrences; but in this day and age we feel our policy should be discussed between you and your child.

PARKING

Free parking is ample surrounding the building, however, there is no parking the few feet in front of the studio entrance. If you sit parked in this area more than a minute, you may be ticketed by the traffic commissioner.

STUDENT INFORMATION

We ask that you follow the following guidelines, for the purpose of self discipline- an important requirement for a good learning experience and for the benefit of all students' progress.

1. All students are expected to wear regulation dancewear at all classes. Beginners are advised to obtain the uniform after the first month trail period.

2. We must insist on "correct" uniform in all classes. A lack of the school's "dress code" results in the teacher's inability to see physical problems, which need correction, and reflects an undisciplined approach to work habits, which shows in the student's progress.

3. Hairstyles that are very acceptable generally, are not practical in class, because of the importance of showing correct head and shoulder lines, and are a big problem when trying to perform any type of quick turning step.

4. We reserve the right to refuse a student active participation in class if not correctly attired, and without a reasonable excuse. The school cannot provide equipment on loan to students who forget dancewear.

5. Please label clearly all shoes, dancewear, and winter boots. We are not responsible for lost articles or clothing.

6. White socks may be worn in place of tights during May and June.

7. No jewellery except small earrings for pierced ears.

8. Gum chewing is not permitted in class.

9. Please be prompt; latecomers restrict the class's progress.

10. All money and valuables (watches, etc..) should be brought into the studio. Do not leave them in the dressing room.

11. Parents are asked not to leave students and other children unsupervised in the building more than 15 mins. before or after class. Sisters who wait for a sister still in class must be supervised by a parent and not allowed to wander throughout the school. We cannot have the responsibility of these students and children beyond the expected time of supervision.

12. Senior students should not arrive more than 20 mins. prior to class and leave directly after, except wherein there is a suitable reason.

13. Students who are reprimanded for "excessive" noise or disturbance while waiting, will be warned once, their parents notified the 2nd time, and asked to discontinue class the 3rd time.

14. Barring sudden illness or injury, students must present a note from a parent to be excused from participation in class. Students attending to observe class when unable to participate is very helpful to their continued progress. Parents will be notified if a student does not participate or is unable to complete a class, for whatever reason.

BEHAVIOR POLICY

Dance training is a discipline. Progress only flourishes in a disciplined but joyful atmosphere. Students who require too much of the teacher's attention due to unsatisfactory behavior, creates a negative atmosphere for the other students. Constant reprimands to one or two students not only affects everyone's physical progress, but spoils class enjoyment for all.
Students who do not comply with the studio's behavior policy will be removed from the classes (with fees refunded), at anytime throughout the dance season.
 

Regulation DANCEWEAR - GIRLS/WOMEN

BALLET (GIRLS JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)
Black tank top, camisole or long sleeve scoopneck leotard only. No short sleeve please.
Pale pink tights.
Pink pleated leather shoes with elastic attached as required by the school.
Grooming - Hair must be pinned back securely in a bun or snood, available at the school or most dollar store.

BALLET (GIRLS SENIOR / ADVANCED LEVEL)
Black leotard, not coloured or turtleneck or high fashion designer-style leotards.
Pale pink tights.
Pink pleated leather shoes as required by the school with elastic attached or "soft" pointe shoes.
Grooming - Hair must be pinned back securely in a bun.

POINTE SHOES
Pointe shoes must not be purchased by students taking pointe for the first time, until after the first class of the season, when they will be given all the information necessary for selecting pointe shoes.

JAZZ AND TAP
(GIRLS JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)
Black tank top or long sleeve scoopneck leotard only. No short sleeve please.
Black cotton/lycra legging (no stirrups) or bike shorts. No flare pants please.
White ankle socks.
Jazz shoes - white leather jazz oxford with laces.
Tap shoes - black patent low heel tap shoes substitute black elastic for ribbon ties. Toe and heel taps attached (no lip or "jingle" taps).
Grooming - Hair must be pinned back securely in a bun, snood or ponytail.

JAZZ AND TAP
(GIRLS SENIOR / ADVANCED LEVEL)
Dancewear as Girls Senior / Advanced Level.
Black tank top or long sleeve scoopneck leotard only. No short sleeve please.
Black cotton/lycra legging (no stirrups) or bike shorts. No flare pants please.
White ankle socks.
Jazz shoes - white leather jazz oxford with laces.
Tap shoes - black leather buckle strap character shoes required with taps (no lip or "jingle" taps).
ADVANCED ONLY - Split-Sole tap oxford (will be modified).
Grooming - Hair must be pinned back securely in a bun, snood or ponytail.

DANCE GYMNASTICS
(ALL LEVELS) MALE & FEMALE STUDENTS
Since most gym classes coincide with the ballet program, ballet or jazz dancewear may be worn.
Shoes - white leather jazz oxford with laces to be worn.
Grooming - Hair must be pinned back securely in ponytail.

ALL CLASSES (MALE & FEMALE STUDENTS)
Warm up wear (such as leg warmers) is not permitted in any classes.
Warm up cross over cardigans will be provided by the school to the 4:30 classes, during cold weather if necessary. Please do not delay classes commencing by wearing T-shirts etc. into the classroom.

SPECIAL NOTICE:
All new shoes should be brought to the school and checked before they are worn or elastic sewn on (Soiled shoes cannot be returned). We cannot accept the responsibility of children in class with poor fitting shoes. Damage & restricted progress can occur to the feet, especially if the shoes are too large.

Regulation DANCEWEAR - BOYS/MEN BALLET
(JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)
Black short sleeve leotard.
Black cotton/lycra legging (no stirrups).
Men's dance support belt.
White ankle socks.
Black pleated leather shoes with elastic attached as required by the school.
Grooming - Hair well combed.

JAZZ AND TAP (JUNIOR / INTERMEDIATE LEVEL)
Dancewear as for ballet.
Tap shoes - black patent low heel oxford, toe and heel taps attached (no lip or "jingle" taps).
Jazz shoes - white leather jazz oxford with laces.
Grooming - Hair well combed.

BALLET (SENIOR / ADVANCED LEVEL)
Black or white short sleeve leotard.
Black men's weight tights.
Men's dance support belt.
White ankle socks.
Black pleated leather shoes with elastic attached as required by the school.
Grooming - Hair well combed.

JAZZ AND TAP (SENIOR / ADVANCED LEVEL)
Black or white short sleeve leotard.
Black cotton/lycra legging (no stirrups) or bike shorts.
Men's dance support belt.
Tap shoes - black leather low heel oxford, toe and heel taps attached (no lip or "jingle" taps).
Jazz shoes - black leather jazz oxford with laces. Grooming - Hair well combed.


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