Please read all Terms and Conditions carefully. By enrolling at Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre (“Ecole”), it is assumed that you have read, understood and agreed to the following terms and conditions.
2019 Policies and Guidelines
Classes at Ecole fill up quickly, so it is imperative that you fill in an online enrolment form to secure your child’s place in the class. Class sizes are kept small enough to afford individual attention and one or even two assistant teachers (in the younger classes) often augment classes.
Students new to Ecole will be offered a trial class to ensure that they are enrolled in the appropriate level. If your child decides they do not wish to continue, we do not bill you for that class. However, if they do decide to continue, you will be billed for the trial lesson and normal term fees will apply.
2. Examinations/Assessments – Classical Ballet
Ecole follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Classical Ballet syllabus and Senior Level 6 students study the Preparatory Level (equivalent to RAD Intermediate Foundation) of the Classical Dance Australia (CDA) syllabus founded by Mr John Byrne. RAD Exams are not compulsory but are recommended. Examinations/Assessments are held at Ecole Ballet Studios (and/or at RAD Headquarters for Vocational Exams) and entry for examinations is at the discretion of the Principal. The Autumn and Spring Holiday Exam Schools each held over one week, are compulsory for any student taking part in an examination, assessment or award.
a) Pre-Primary and Primary
To be eligible for the Pre-Primary Class Award, students must attend one classical ballet class per week, as well as the compulsory Spring School holiday classes at the end of Term 3.
To be eligible for the Primary Exam, students must attend two classical ballet classes per week, as well as the compulsory Spring School holiday classes at the end of Term 3.
b) Grades 1-5
To be eligible for Grades 1-5 Exams/Assessments, students must attend two classical ballet classes per week, as well as the compulsory Spring School holiday classes at the end of Term 3.
c) Senior Level 6
Students must attend two classical ballet classes per week and an in-house assessment (optional) will be held late in Term 3.
d) Senior Levels 7, 8, & 9
Students must attend three classical ballet classes per week, as well as the compulsory Autumn or Spring School holiday classes at the end of Term 1 or 3 depending on whether a student is entered in the May/June or October exam session.
3. Private Lessons
Please enquire for more detail. Please note, 24hrs notice must be given if your child is unable to attend their private lesson, otherwise the full fee will be charged.
4. Punctuality and Absences
Please be punctual as late arrivals can be disruptive. If you know in advance that your child will be absent from class for any reason, please let us know by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text: 0433 8ECOLE or 0433 832 653.
5. Uniform and Grooming
Students are to wear the Ecole uniform for every class. The Uniform List 2019 can be found on the Ecole website. Please label all of your child’s clothing with her/his name.
We ask that you ensure that your child is neatly groomed, with hair worn in a bun for ballet students or secured away from the face for all other styles. Jewellery must be kept to a minimum and not left on the premises. Ecole does not take responsibility for any valuables brought or left on the premises.
6. Lost Property
Please label all uniform items, shoes and possessions brought to Ecole. The Lost Property Box can be found in the Dressing Room behind the Main Studio. Any unclaimed items by the end of each term will be placed in the Pre-Loved Clothing Box or donated to charity.
7. Safety and Security
Parents/guardians are expected to physically collect their children from the foyer area. Parents who wait in their cars for their children to come to them are inviting the possibility of an accident. Please note therefore, that we expect children to wait INSIDE the foyer. Should parents be late, the children will be told to come back into the studio. The back lane to Studio 2 is out of bounds to Junior Children.
8. Health of a Student
We accept students on the assumption that they are in good health and fitness and may participate in dance activities at the studio. Tuition in dance entails strenuous physical exertion and that whilst all Ecole staff take every precaution, the risk of injury cannot be eliminated. It is your responsibility to notify staff of any injury, medical condition or allergy suffered by the student that may prevent him/her from engaging in certain physical exercises or routines. Students are permitted to bring water into the studios. In case of an emergency requiring urgent medical attention, the undersigned herby authorises the staff of Ecole to seek medical attention. In such an event, Ecole will make every effort to contact the Parents/Guardians before any action is taken, unless life threatening.
9. Physical Contact in the Performing Arts
Some physical contact may be necessary by a member of the faculty to demonstrate technique or exercise – or if First Aid is to be administered.
10. Personal Contact Details
Please keep us up to date with your correct email address and telephone numbers. There is a posting box outside the office door for messages. If the Office is unattended, phone messages (0433 8ECOLE or 0433 832 653) will be dealt with as soon as possible. Please do not expect teachers to answer your queries between classes.
E-mails to email@example.com will receive prompt attention.
11. Ecole Website and Notices
12. Media Release
When you enrol students through the online enrolment form there is a MEDIA RELEASE acceptance option at the end of the form. If you check this box then you grant to Ecole, the right to take photographs/videos of your child whilst participating in dance classes/activities run by Ecole Ballet and Dance Theatre. You acknowledge that Ecole will use such images/videos for promotional purposes across various media including Ecole’s website, Ecole’s Facebook, Ecole’s Instagram, newsletters, print collateral, etc. You hereby permit Ecole to use images/videos in a lawful manner for the purposes described above. You understand that your consent can be withdrawn at anytime upon written notice and that students’ names/private information will not be disclosed. You can leave this box ‘unchecked’, or email Ecole, if you do not wish your child to be featured on Ecole’s social media sites.
13. Photography and Video
Parents may photograph or video their child during Parents’ Week on the condition that all photos and videos are for private use only. No photographs or videos are to be uploaded on to the Internet. Please ensure you request permission from the parent/guardian of any child whose image you would like to video or photograph. Please note that during the end of year performances there is strictly no photography or video recording permitted.
14. Parents’ Week
At the end of Term 1 we have Parents’ Week, where we encourage parents, relatives, and friends to watch classes to see the students’ progress. ‘Parent watching’ is a very special time for all our students. The children love the attention of a quiet and appreciative audience – no talking please and switch off mobile phones. Open Day replaces Parent Watching in Term 2, and in Term 3 and 4 there will be no watching classes, due to ballet exams and end of year performance rehearsals.
15. Open Day
Open Day is a day allowing parents, relatives and friends the opportunity to enjoy the students' progress in a series of in-house demonstrations in Ecole’s Main Studio. It is a fun-filled action packed day full of Classical Ballet, Demi-Character, Lyrical/Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acro and spectacular solo performances. All Ecole students (from 3 years through to Seniors) are involved in this exciting day.
16. End of Year Performances
All students have the opportunity to perform in Ecole’s Annual End of Year Performances.
The Junior Performance involves students from Tiny Ballet to Grade 1 Ballet; Year 2 at school and below, levels involved to be confirmed.
The Senior Performance involves students from Grade 2 Ballet and above; Year 3 at school and above, levels involved to be confirmed.