Is there a uniform policy?
Yes, students are required to wear dance uniform (please refer to the uniform documentation located on the 'uniform' website page). However, there is a 6 week trial period in place where students need only wear clothing which allows for freedom of movement e.g. leggings/t-shirt, a trainer type shoe for Tap, pumps/bare feet for Ballet /Modern/Jazz
Should I book a class place for my child?
A non-compulsory class booking system is in place - booking your child onto class ensures their class place
Class Booking System Explained:
The first class of each month parents/guardians document on the booking form which class(es) their child(ren) intend to attend each week in any given month. For example, your child might wish to attend ballet and tap each week during the month of August and so these classes should be entered in the August section of the booking form. Anyone wishing to book classes for longer than the required one month period can do so by completing the associated section on the booking form. Your child’s dance class place is secure once DIA receive the completed booking documentation and associated fee. Fees of booked classes should be paid on or before the first week of class each month please. When paying by cheque, DIA asks that cheques be made payable to Ashleigh Baecker. NB It is acceptable for dance students, who have not pre-booked a dance class place to 'turn up' on the day for class. However, in such a circumstance DIA can not guarantee a dance class place
Can I stay with my child during class?
Dance In Action (DIA) is aware that parents/guardians of new dance students may prefer to stay with their child for an initial settling in period. Therefore, parents/guardians are welcome to stay during dance class for a one or two week period. Following this period, parents/guardians are asked to allow their child to attend dance class unaccompanied to help maintain dance student focus. However, any parent/guardian who feels their child requires a more extensive settling in period can discuss this with the DIA principlal.
NB DIA is aware that dance students might prefer to wait at the dance class venue until such time as their dance class starts. However, no person(s) connected with DIA accept responsibility for the safety of dance students waiting at class venues outwith class times
Can my child wear something over their leotard?
Starlite students wishing to wear something over their leotard at the beginning of class (for warm-up purposes) can wear the regulation cross over pale blue long sleeved cardigan. Students of Pre-primary grade and above can wear either a regulation navy or pink long sleeved cardigan/ballet wrap or the DIA hooded top/ t-shirt (see uniform documentation available via the website uniform page). Dance students who do not have regulation warm-up garments can wear a pale blue long sleeved cardigan (Starlite), navy or pink long sleeved cardigan/ballet wrap (pre-primary and above) very similar in style/colour to the uniform garments until such time as regulation warm-up garments have been acquired.
Has DIA general grooming preferences?
Given it is necessary to see the back of the neck, particularly during ballet class, DIA asks that students wear their hair, where applicable, in a bun or pony tail during class. There is a ‘how to’ video on the Dance In Action website (at the bottom of the uniform section) for anyone interested in learning how to create a bun.
In terms of jewellery, for health and safety reasons DIA asks that students refrain from wearing loose/dangly earrings (stud like type earrings are fine), necklaces and bracelets during dance class.
NB There is a ‘how to’ video on ballet shoe elastic application and ballet shoe lace advice - DIA strongly recommends parents/guardians access this video support
Can my child bring a snack to class?
There is a 5 minute period between classes built into the timetable to allow students to change shoes/garments, have a comfort break (toilet) and have a drink water/non-fizzy juice. DIA understands that, like school, students participating in continuous activity for periods of more than 1hr may require and/or like a snack and therefore are happy for light snacks to be eaten during this interval period. However, snacks should be kept to a minimum to maximise dance class time. NB please inform DIA if your child has a condition e.g. diabetes which may require snacks to be taken out with this time frame
Has Dance In Action a child protection policy?
Yes, and it is evaluated
Is the founder of DIA disclosure checked?
Yes - enhanced
Is the founder of Dance In Action insured?
Does the founder of Dance In Action hold a Public Performance & PRS Licence?
Has the founder of Dance In Action obtained a Emergency First Aid at Work certificate?