The 2017/18 dance season begins September 11th, 2017. The last scheduled instructional day is June 7th, 2018. Please refer to our season calendar for a detailed list of studio events and holiday closures.
Clothing is an important part of dance class. The correct clothing prevents injury, allows the instructor to see when the student is performing movements correctly, allows for free movement, and fosters a team atmosphere. A list of class dress requirements will be posted shortly on the programs page. Students who do not come to class in the proper clothing may be asked to sit and observe the class for their own safety. Students should cover up their dance attire with appropriate clothing when entering and exiting the studio from outside.
Water bottles are permitted in the studios with teacher permission, however no other food or beverages will be allowed.
We ask that outdoor shoes be removed at the front door before entering the studio.
All students, parents, instructors and support staff are expected to demonstrate respect for all students, families and staff of Flexpointe Studios Inc at all times. Flexpointe Studios Inc reserves the right to dismiss anyone thought to be disrespectful or not following studio policies.
Instructor & Staff Responsibilities
Students are enrolled based on age as of September 1st. During the month of September class placements will be evaluated by Flexpointe Studios Inc staff based on ability and attitude. It is our goal that students be given the opportunity to meet their full potential; therefore students are often placed according to their ability rather than being placed by age alone. Because of this, class placements may be changed in the month of September. The decisions made by Flexpointe instructors and by the director, are based on what will provide the student with the best possible dance experience.
Parent are invited to watch the last 10 minutes of the first class of every month. There are also 2 scheduled viewing weeks during the year when parents will be invited into the classroom to observe the entire class. The last class before Winter break, parents will be invited into the classroom during the last 15minutes of class to observe a special winter dance. Parents are otherwise not permitted into the classroom to watch unless invited by the instructor. The reason we do not allow parents to watch on a regular basis is because children often find it difficult to concentrate on their learning with parents/friends present. By keeping the viewing of classes to the scheduled weeks, you will also be able to see the progression that your child is making throughout the year.
The Competitive Program is designed for students 6 years and older, wishing to make a bigger commitment to the study of dance. These students are members of a dedicated team of dancers that are given extra performance opportunities through participation in dance festivals and competitions in and around the Edmonton area. In May 2018 (with the exception of our Pre-Junior Team) we will also be attending a dance event in Lake Louise. Our Competitive program was developed in order to give students additional opportunities to share their art and love for dance with others through participation in dance festivals and competitions. These extra performance opportunities give students the chance to develop confidence and self expression. Because competitive classes move at a quicker pace than recreational classes, it is important that students attend classes regularly. Students who miss too many classes may be asked not to perform with the group; this is at the discretion of the instructor and school director.
Our Team Vision:
The focus of the Flexpointe Competitive program is dancing to ones’ personal best. Students are grouped according to age and ability, which allows them to build strong bonds. Our school values are the heartbeat of our program. We pride ourselves on our dance family environment which encourages teachers, parents and dancers to work together. We believe that together we can achieve great things.
Apart from competitive hip hop; students must be enrolled in a minimum of one ballet class per week and may also enrol in jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, modern/contemporary, musical theater, acro and/or hip hop. Competitive program students are also given the opportunity to participate in solo, duet, and small group work. Competitive classes will also participate in our annual recital in June. Dance examinations in ballet, jazz and tap are strongly encouraged to ensure a strong technical foundation.
Admittance onto the Competition Team does not automatically mean the student will be invited to perform in dance festivals or competitions. Participation in additional performance opportunities is at the discretion of the instructor and school director, and depends upon the student’s level of commitment (attendance and behavior) as well as level of technical ability.
*Placement in this program is subject to approval by the studio Director.
A fee cap is the maximum dollar amount that any individual or family will pay per month (GST not included). Solo/duo/Trio fees are not included in the fee cap. Please be aware that the fee caps only include instructional fees for regular scheduled classes and do not include costume, performance or examination fees.
Step 1: The registration fee along with 10% of the annual tuition must be paid before the first class and are non-refundable (with the exception of 12 week session fees which must be paid in full).
Step 2: For 10 month program classes select one of the following options for the remainder of the tuition balance:
Cash and debit payments will only be accepted if the full annual tuition is paid up front.
For classes starting in January all post dated payments must be submitted by the first class. Payments should be dated as follows:
For 12 week session classes tuition must be paid in full upon registration.
NSF cheques will result in an additional $20.00 charge.
Outstanding accounts a $20 late fee will be applied to accounts with outstanding balances by the 5th of the month. Accounts with outstanding balances by the 15th of the month will also be subject to an additional late fee equal to 5% of the balance owing.
Account statements: Please note that you will not be sent a monthly statement. Statements are provided upon request and are only sent out to remind you of late fees, costume fees, festival fees, and examination fees. Statements are emailed unless you have made a written request to the office to receive them by mail.
Private and semi private lessons are available for students requiring additional assistance or requesting private instruction. Lesson times are scheduled according to teacher and studio availability. The rate for a 1 hour private lesson is $60.00+gst and the rate for a 30 minute private lesson is $35.00+gst.
Students on the competition team are given the opportunity to sign up for extra dance routines. These include solo, duet and trio choreography. A request may be made to the office in the month of September. It is then up to the discretion of the Director if the student is ready for this opportunity or not. Some of the areas taken into consideration include the student’s level of commitment to their regular classes (attendance and behavior), work ethic, and improvement in technical ability.
Fees for extra choreography are as follows:
Included in the extra choreography fees are 4 hours of instructional time at the studio, as well as instructor time at festivals/competitions.
Note that costume and festival fees also apply and are not included in the above listed fees. Often dancers may use costumes from the last dance season or store bought items to keep the price of costuming down. Festival entry fees range from $35 – $65 per student per festival/competition entered. Students participating in extra choreography opportunities are expected to practice at home.
Tax receipts are available in January upon request. Please seehttp://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness/ for more detail.
(Fees not included in fee cap or tuition fees)
A professional photographer is hired each year to take group and individual photos of all dancers in their recital costumes. Photography times are also scheduled for solo, duet or trio groups. There is no sitting fee and no obligation to purchase photos. After photos are taken the proofs are available for you to view and select which photos you would like to purchase. No professional photographs are taken for any of the 12 week session classes.
There are no refunds for missed classes. Students who are sick are encouraged to come and watch the class if they are able to do so. If another class is available during the week at the same level, the student may attend to make up the missed class. Please check out our season calendar to see a list of holidays and studio closures. In the event a teacher is ill, a substitute teacher may be scheduled to teach the class. If a suitable substitute teacher is not available then the class will be rescheduled.
A monthly newsletter will be emailed out and posted at the studio as well as on our website to help keep parents and students up to date on studio news. There is also a Studio News webpage that is accessible through the main page of our website. Please refrain from discussing issues with your child’s teacher between classes so that the teacher may start classes on time. If you have a concern feel free to email or call the studio in order to set up a meeting with the teacher to discuss any concerns you may have.
Office hours can fluctuate throughout the season due to staff availability. You can call the studio or check out the posted hours on our website for up to date office hours.
Except for our 12 week session classes, all classes will participate in our annual recital held in June. Recreational students may opt-out of performing in recital; however this must be communicated to the studio in writing before October 1st . After October 1st the student will be responsible for the total costume fee. Tickets will be sold for parents, family and friends to attend the show and usually range from $15 – $22 per ticket.