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WELCOME TO THE YORK DANCE ACADEMY
Thank you for registering for Term One of the upcoming 2020/2021 dance season!
Note: A minimum number of six students per class is required. Your deposit will be refunded if we cannot accommodate your child(ren) or you will be offered the opportunity to pay for a semi-private class.
A $50.00 non-refundable deposit per class must be paid at time of registration to secure a spot. Term One fees must be paid by the first day of class. Payment can be made via Visa or MasterCard over the phone or e-transfer to email@example.com. Should you need to visit the studio at any time, please do so by appointment only.
Please read the below list of commonly asked questions and answers as well as other helpful and important information:
ARE YOUR TEACHERS QUALIFIED?
Yes, our teachers are all qualified dance instructors with many years of experience and training. Some are still performing professionals or have had some experience competing and/or performing professionally. Our faculty bios can be viewed on our website at www.yorkdance.com.
WHAT ARE YOUR CLASS SIZES?
Class sizes will be based on COVID-19 health and safety protocols. The number of students allowed in each studio room is based on the size of the room to allow for proper physical distancing. The minimum number of participants needed to run a group class is six. If we do not receive enough interest to offer the class you have registered for, you will have the option to move to a different available class time or upgrade to a semi-private or private class for an additional fee. If a suitable substitute class cannot be found, you will receive a full refund.
HOW LONG IS THE DANCE SEASON AND WHEN DOES IT START?
Our program will be broken into three terms. See dates below:
Term One: September-December
In Studio Class Dates:
Saturdays - Sep 12-Dec 19
Sundays - Sep 13-Dec 20
Mondays - Sep 14-Dec 21
Tuesdays - Sep 15-Dec 15
Wednesdays - Sep 16-Dec 16
Thursdays - Sep 17-Dec 17
Fridays - Sep 18-Dec 18
Term Two: January-March
In Studio Class Dates:
Saturdays - Jan 9-Mar 6
Sundays - Jan 10-Mar 7
Mondays - Jan 4-Mar 8
Tuesdays - Jan 12-Mar 9
Wednesdays - Jan 13-Mar 10
Thursdays - Jan 14-Mar 11
Fridays - Jan 15-Mar 12
Term Three: April-June
In Studio Class Dates:
Saturdays - Mar 20-May 29
Sundays - Mar 21-May 30
Mondays - Mar 22-May 31
Tuesdays - Mar 23-May 25
Wednesdays - Mar 24-May 26
Thursdays - Mar 25-May 27
Fridays - Mar 26-May 28
Recreational dress rehearsal and recital dates are scheduled for the first week of June and are pending based on COVID-19 restrictions. Note: The dress rehearsal will act as the last class for students.
Students will participate in one dress rehearsal and are given the opportunity to perform twice in our professional shows at year-end with fabulous costumes, lights, music and make-up. The performances are held at the Newmarket Theatre and are the highlight of our recreational dancers’ program. We expect all students to attend both shows so the integrity of the performances is not compromised. If your child will not be able to attend, please notify us in term two so that we can make the necessary arrangements in the choreography to ensure all dancers have a positive experience. In the event that we are unable to present a year-end performance due to further closures enforced by government restrictions alternate performance opportunities will be considered.
WHAT IF THE STUDIO IS REQUIRED TO CLOSE DUE TO GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS?
In the event that we are required to close and cannot run in-studio classes, we will continue with the same schedule and proceed with online classes through Zoom. Dancers who wish to continue with Zoom classes will receive a 20% discount off of the regular priced in-studio classes. Any credit remaining will be kept on account and can be used for future classes. Dancers who do not wish to continue with Zoom classes and would like to wait for in-studio classes to resume can freeze their account and use any credit balance for future classes. Dancers who wish to withdraw and not continue with either Zoom or in-studio classes will be charged a $60.00 administrative fee (includes non-refundable deposit and processing).
WHAT IF MY CHILD DROPS OUT BEFORE THE END OF THE TERM?
Once a student has been registered for a term, there is no credit for missed classes. Students who withdraw mid-term will be charged a $60.00 administrative fee (includes non-refundable deposit and processing) per course and will be refunded for the balance of the classes they will not be attending.
WHAT IF MY CHILD MISSES A CLASS?
Due to limited class sizes, we will be offering make-up classes based on availability for missed classes due to illness. Please note: January 31, 2021 is the last date to do a make-up class as each class will be working on different choreography for the year-end recital at this time. Should your child miss a class after this time, he/she could attend a Stretch and Strengthen class. Please speak with our administrative staff for further information.
WHAT IS YOUR ATTENDANCE POLICY?
Dance is exercise that involves choreography and requires the students’ commitment to participate in a class on a regular basis. If a student is absent for several classes, not only will their technique fall behind, but he/she will also miss learning the skills and choreography. If your child misses more than three classes in a row, we may request that you book a private lesson with their teacher to learn the choreography he/she has missed. Punctuality is also important as late arrivals are very disruptive for the instructor and students. If your family plans to be away for an extended period due to vacation or other circumstances, please let the office know as soon as possible.
WHAT IF A CLASS IS CANCELLED?
In the event of a severe winter storm, the studio reserves the right to cancel classes for the safety of our students and instructors. Should we choose to cancel classes; a notice will be posted on your Dance Studio Pro Parent Portal, our website and social media sites after 2:00 pm on weekdays and 8:00 am on weekends. If in doubt, please call the office, check your Parent Portal, our website and/or social media sites for confirmation. Refunds will not be given due to winter storm cancellations; however, if we must cancel a class for any other reason, there will be a make-up date scheduled. This class will be re-scheduled prior to the year-end recital and may be on a day other than your child’s regular class day/time. We will try our best to accommodate all students; however, we will not be able to schedule more than one make-up lesson per cancelled class.
WHAT HOLIDAYS DOES THE STUDIO CLOSE FOR?
Our students count on being able to attend their dance classes weekly as they value the importance of maintaining their technical and physical level. We therefore, close the studio only on certain statutory holidays based on the YRDSB calendar dates. See below chart for details:
2020/2021 Studio Closure Dates:
Thanksgiving - Saturday, October 10 – Monday, October 12, inclusive – classes resume Tuesday, October 13
Winter Break - Tuesday, December 22 – Sunday, January 3, inclusive – Monday classes resume January 4, remaining classes resume Saturday, January 9
Family Day - Monday, February 15
Spring Break - Saturday, March 13 – Friday, March 19, inclusive – classes resume Saturday, March 20
Good Friday - Friday, April 2
Easter Sunday - Sunday, April 4
Victoria Day - Saturday, May 22 – Monday, May 24, inclusive – classes resume Tuesday, May 25
DO YOU PROVIDE SUPERVISION OR EXTENDED CARE?
The instructor is responsible for your child for the duration of the class. Once the class is finished, we cannot supervise or provide extended care for students. It is important that you arrive at least five minutes before the end of the class to pick up your child. If this is not possible, we respectfully request that you appoint another parent to pick up your child. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, dancers will need to be picked up immediately after their class.
HOW DO I HEAR ABOUT THINGS GOING ON AROUND THE STUDIO?
We make every effort to ensure that students and their families are aware of all the activities and events planned around the studio. Important dates and class cancellations due to holidays are posted on our website and social media sites. Newsletters are emailed periodically throughout the year. This information can also be found on the bulletin boards at our studios. You can stay up to date by following us on Facebook and Instagram. Should your contact information change, we ask that you update it through your Dance Studio Pro Parent Portal. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020/2021 DATES OF INTEREST:
Girls & Twirls Breast Cancer Fundraiser - Virtual Zoom Class - Sunday, October 18th
Move for Movember Men’s Health Fundraiser - Virtual Zoom Class - Sunday, November 15th
Teddy Bear Workout – ECD Classes Only - Heart and Stroke Fundraiser - Saturday, February 6 – Friday, February 12, inclusive
Competitive Gala – Competitive Student’s Recital - Location: Newmarket Theatre - Thursday, March 4 – Saturday, March 6, inclusive, Date pending based on COVID-19 restrictions
Autism Awareness Day - All Students Wear Blue to Class - Thursday, April 1st
Picture Day – Aurora Classes - Location: Newmarket Studio, Date TBA – pending based on COVID-19 restrictions
Picture Day – Stouffville Classes - Location: Stouffville Studio, Date TBA – pending based on COVID-19 restrictions
Picture Day – Newmarket Classes - Location: Newmarket Studio, Date TBA – pending based on COVID-19 restrictions
Recreational Dress Rehearsal and Recital - Location: Newmarket Theatre - First week of June, Dates TBA – pending based on COVID-19 restrictions
CLASSROOM AND STUDIO ETIQUETTE
Students are to wait quietly in the proper area until they are called into the studio by the instructor. For safety reasons, students should not be in the studio without an instructor present. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, the studio lobby and viewing areas will be closed until further notice. Dancers will need to be picked up at the designated studio entrance immediately after class. Absolutely no outdoor footwear is allowed in the dance studio. Water is allowed in the studios; however, food, other drinks and gum are not permitted. YDA is a peanut/nut free studio so we especially ask that you leave any products that contain or may contain peanuts/nuts at home. We appreciate your consideration in this matter as we have many students with severe food allergies. Students are to eat in the designated area at each location.
RESPECT YOUR PEERS AND TEACHERS
Dance is a discipline and there are certain behaviours that are unacceptable. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a proper and respectful manner while in the studio. Disruptive behaviour may result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from the program. Proper dancer manners are posted around the studios. Please make yourself aware of these.
COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
Dancers are asked to arrive at the studio wearing their face mask and keep it on throughout the common areas.
As we are in a fluid situation with the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, this document may change as required and is based on the advice of York Region and the provincial government. Further information regarding Terms Two and Three will be sent out once Term One commences. To view YDA’s COVID-19 safety plan, please visit our website at https://yorkdance.com/covid-19-safety-plan/.
We are looking forward to another great year of dance!
Angela Tucker – Owner/Artistic Director
Lisa Ogston – General Manager
Prior to beginning the daily suggested workout routines or any exercise of your own make sure to consider your safety. If there is any medical reason or otherwise that prevents you from doing any of these activities, either modify or complete a different physical activity if possible.
As with all exercise programs, when using our YDA exercise videos or attending live Zoom classes, you need to use common sense to reduce and avoid injury. By performing any fitness exercises, you are performing them at your own risk. The York Dance Academy will not be responsible or liable for any injury or harm you sustain as a result of our online fitness classes, videos, or information shared on our website. This includes emails, videos and text. Thanks for your understanding.
If you need some suggestions for modifications, please contact us via email. If you begin workout but feel you are unable to complete it, stop and either continue after a short rest or discontinue completely. The main idea of these activities is to keep YDA dancers exercising in strange and restrictive circumstances. Remember to follow the visuals that are provided and correct technique for exercises and do not complete exercises if you are unsure of the correct technique. Discontinue activities if you feel pain shortness of breath or anything irregular and let an adult know immediately.
Prior to your work out please consider the following safety conditions:
Appropriate YDA dress code should be followed. If you are doing an online Zoom Ballet class, wear your ballet clothing and have your hair in a bun. For all other disciplines, wear appropriate clothing and footwear must be worn. Have a pair of running shoes and Tap shoes available for Tap class.
• Remove exposed jewellery with the expectation of soft flexible bands.
• Tie back long hair or have hair in bun (ballet).
• Ensure your workout space is free from all obstacles and that there is safe footing and traction.
• Always include proper warm-up and cool-down.
• If exercising outdoors, please consider protecting yourself from the sun by applying sunscreen.
• Do not exercise outdoors in risky weather conditions high wind or lightning.
Enjoy this time with your family and try to get everyone involved in exercising with you. If there are any questions or concerns email us email@example.com.
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