Do new students need to be assessed prior to enrolling?
For all techniques except ballet, we do not require assessment. You may enroll your child in the class that best suits their age. If your child’s level doesn’t align with the class during the first few weeks, the instructor will recommend moving to the appropriate level. Ages for each class are a guideline, but we place students into each class based on their skills, not their age. A child’s recommended level may change if the instructor feels they would be better suited to a different level. At the end of Term 1, students may be moved at the instructor’s discretion if another level seems more appropriate for Term 2.
For ballet classes at Bodytree, we require assessments. Before the first week of a term, we offer free assessment sessions for this purpose. If you miss the assessment sessions, please contact our Dance Coordinator to register your child in a single group class where the instructor can properly assess them before enrolling for the term.
Can we drop-in to try a class before enrolling for the term?
All of our kids dance classes are paid by the full term only and no drop-ins are permitted. This allows enrolled students to progress optimally without having to go back to basics in each class, and helps the group of dancers really get to know one another and dance together.
Can we make-up missed classes once we’ve paid?
Once the term payment has been collected, there is no refund for classes missed. Missed classes may be made-up by attending another class of the same level at either the Bodytree or Saadiyat Beach Club locations if there is space available. If there is not another class of the same level, missed classes may not be made up.
Occasionally teachers may be ill or have an emergency requiring us to find a substitute for the class. We will do our best to find a suitable substitute, but there may be occasions when we’ll have to offer a make-up class at an alternate time instead of offering a sub for a particular class.
We require a minimum of 5-6 students in each class in order to run the class for the term. If less than that number are enrolled after the first few weeks of class, the class may be canceled, and you will be offered a refund.
Is there a required dress code?
Yes, all students must adhere to the dress code. We sell limited amounts of leotards, tights, and ballet shoes, and any additional items must be purchased elsewhere. One good option for reasonably priced mail-order dancewear and shoes is www.discountdance.com.
Irish dance students may purchase their required uniform directly from the teacher on their first day of class.
Does Emirates School of Dance do a yearly recital?
We do a yearly spring recital each year. The tuition does not include fees for the recital. In late fall/winter we will contact every family via email to give them details of the recital and collect fees.
We also occasionally have opportunities for some students students to perform in additional dance recitals at NYU Abu Dhabi in the winter and spring.