T&c’s and FAQ’s

“the art and science of asking questions, is the source of all knowledge.”

-Thomas Berger-


why choose dance force united?

we fully understand that the journey of dance is a personal one, and that each dancer may have their own feelings toward the steps they wish to pursue within this crazy wonderful world that is Dance. in saying that, there is simply no one-thing that we may say that will convince you towards undertaking your dance journey with us. However, we can speak only of the love and passion that continues to inspire and drive each and every one of our Dance Force United teachers. all of Our teachers are industry professionals, whom not only work and perform but continue to train and upskill themselves within their art form. filled with fire, determination, tenacity and love- all of our teachers are 100% dedicated in passing on their knowledge, sound expertise and their all consuming love of their craft.

Does dance force united offer free trials?

at dance Force United we afford all students and friends the opportunity to trial any new dance styles and disciplines that they may not be au fait with, we therefore offer FREE TRIAL classes to all of those who wish to broaden their dance vocabulary or any new such dancers that may have interest in starting their dance career with dance force united. please note FREE TRIALS are not available for classes previously trialled or previously registered for.

bring a friend week

bring a friend week is held on the first Saturday of every term, where all dance Force United students are welcome to bring a friend or two along that may have interest in the dance world. classes held on this day are FREE to all friends of Dance Force United students. please note it is a requirement to notify us of any Dance Force United friend joining classes on this day.

how does registration/enrolment work?

Dance Force United dance Terms run in accordance to the scholastic year. however, registration with dance force united is based on a calendar year, therefore enrolment of the dance year requires registration in the November of the previous year. eg; register November 2019, for the 2020 dance year. there are no further registrations required throughout the year. of course registration is kept open throughout the year for any new comers! Please note; registration is required of any previous student that wishes to continue their dance training with dance force united.

personal safety Information

should any personal information stated in the registration form change throughout the course of the year, we kindly ask to please inform us immediately in an effort to ensure all information regarding your child/children’s safety and safe keeping is kept on an up-to-date basis.

declination of Enrolment

please note, we at Dance force united reserve the right to decline any enrolment based on the premise in which we at Dance Force United feel you as the dancer and/or your family/guardian/guardians have failed with the up-keeping of Dance Force United ethos, rules and/or T&C’s. or alternatively whereby the assessment of the information provided in the registration form, you as the dancer may pose as “high-risk” due to injuries previously or currently stated.

is there a Registration fee?

dance force united does not charge an administration fee, there is simply no fee payable in becoming part of our family.

Dance Term Fees and payments

Fees at Dance Force United are paid termly in advance. an automated invoice is sent a month prior to the start of each new term, in which you have the months grace to settle the invoice. failure to do so will incur a 5% administration fee . should you and your family have financial difficulties, please speak to us and we will be happy to provide a payment plan for the term. please note missed classes are strictly non-refundable.

Notice Period

We understand everyone may need some time off… Should your family wish to take a break from dance force united, we ask as a courtesy for a 30-day notice period - should your family fall short of the allocated notice period, your family will be considered liable for the upcoming invoiced Dance term.

How many dance terms are there in a year?

there are three dance terms within the dance year. Spring Term - January-April, Summer Term - April-July, Autumn Term - September-December. Terms are roughly between 12-14 Weeks each, including one week of half-term.

what are the main focus points of each Term?

does dance force united offer examinations?

The answer is yes! Dance Force United offers examination work. Examinations are held once a year - preferably in the spring term, based on availability.

what syllabi does dance force united follow?

Dance force united follows the imperial society of teachers of dancing (ISTD) syllabus.

does dance force united offer competition work?

Yes! Dance Force United offers the opportunity to those wishing to pursue a more serious avenue within the dance industry. the competition and performance team class is specifically catered to cover all choreographic work required for competition seasons held throughout the dance year. please note dFU C&P Team classes are an invite class only, invites are based on an audition process.

how often are auditions for the Competition & Performance Team?

Auditions are held on the first Saturday of each autumn term.

Times:

DFU C&P Team - Intermediate 8-11 years 13:30-14:30.

DFU C&P Team - Senior 12-15 Years 15:30-16:30.

photography and videography

dance force united reserve the right and are permitted to use any photography or videography of Dance force united students taken during dance classes/events/competitions/charities etc. for the purpose of social media, advertising and/or promotional material. Should you wish your child not to be photographed or videoed, please let us know.


 

what is involved in parent watching week and who may come along to view parent watching week?

parent watching week is an open-day held on the last Saturday of each term, where Dance Force United invites all parents, guardians and extended family and friends to come, watch and witness what we get up to in each term of dance. parent watching week is also a lovely way for all to come together and share our hard work with our loved one’s. this day is also a useful tool to ensure your child/children are on the correct path toward their dance goals and aspirations. classes held on this day are open to all - so feel free to stay-and-watch any classes that may be of intrigue to you and your child/children.


absenteeism

we kindly ask that absenteeism is kept to a minimum, of course holidays get booked and a balanced lifestyle is most important. however, our term dates are set far in advance, please do your best to keep to them in an effort to cause minimum disruption to you and your fellow class mates. please note, if you are absent it is your duty to catch up on any work missed. our classes are set in advance and we will not have the time to retrace and reteach once the work has been covered. please take the required responsibility for your dance training. missed classes are strictly non-refundable.


Dancers Duty of care and Safety within dance

we at dance force united ensure to practice effective, efficient and safe dance instruction. However, it is of the utmost importance and duty that dancer’s learn to adopt a diligent and safe duty of care and practise within their dancing, in an effort to avoid any injuries and potentially harmful behaviour to one’s self and/or fellow class mates.


warm-up and cool- down

Dancer’s must be punctual! arriving with adequate warm-up time. Although we aim to warm-up in class, it is still a dancer’s duty to ensure they are 100% warm prior to undertaking any class (most specifically when one has had a break or a member of the C&P Team class), the same goes for the cooling down period.


learn to analyse proper instruction/ spatial awareness

observe all instruction, especially when related to any such movement that has not been previously given or practised. learn to practise spatial awareness and be conscientious of those around you. please respect the rights of others to be taught and to learn, and do your best to support each other during challenging dance activities.


self-awareness

it is important to learn awareness of self and body - it is imperative to notify your dance instructor whether you have an injury or whether you have been advised by a qualified medical practitioner to implement modifications. learn to apply and adapt these to your own dance practise or in the case where you may not be sure, ask for help in modifications for exercises that you may find overly difficult. each day comes with different challenges and it is important to listen to our bodies. Please note - any modifications applied will not qualify as an excuse for poor body conditioning and/or exempt you from a lazy or undesirable attitude toward your dance training. Regardless, A concerted effort will still be required of you or alternatively you may be asked to take the suitable time required for injury purposes, until such time in which you are able to return and practice conscientious dance training.


void of accidents

Prior to your dance training please ensure the floor is clear of any obstacles - dance bags, shoes, coats, water bottles etc..


Dancer’s Risk

as previously mentioned dance force united do our best to maintain and practise industry level dance instruction and practises whilst continually working toward a happy and safe physical and psychological dance environment. however, due to the nature of dance and the expectancies of dancers within this art form, each step onto the dance floor is considered to be at your own risk. therefore considered most important that we learn to train in a safe, efficient, healthy and happy manner for that of yourself and your fellows.


body conditioning

always do you best to maintain healthy body conditioning - the athleticism and atypical range of movement required of dancer’s in today’s industry provide reasonable challenges and continual risks within the art form. Dance force united offers a free technique and conditioning class to all dance Force United students. make the most of this class given and ensure to practise the exercises as part of a regime in order to best create habit.


nutrition, water and lunch breaks

maintenance of the dancer’s body, mind and spirit is essential. this includes proper and correct nutrition including hydration - elements all aiding the longevity of a dancer’s career. please ensure to have sufficient food and water in accordance to your dance schedule, 500ml of water for a day of dance is simply inadequate. in the event in which you have not had sufficient water or lunch breaks - please put your hand up and ask for one! we simply cannot keep tabs on everyone’s thirst or hunger level, however this does not prompt for a tea party during dance class and we ask that you use common sense as to when will be most suitable to have your breaks in accordance to your dance schedule, the same goes for toilet breaks - please just ask!


correct dance attire/hair

Please ensure to wear the correct dance attire and footwear (when required). dance force united has a compulsory dance uniform - please be sure to wear your uniform with pride. Hair is to be in a high pony tail, one or two plaits/braids, bun etc.. ALL hair must be clipped and pinned off of face, no wisp’s, preferably no loose fringe (hair clips, pins, hairspray, hair tie’s, gel, hairbrush) learn to love these items.

Communication

It is at all times that we wish for the clearest forms of communications and up-to-date information regarding your child’s dance instruction. We endeavour to respond to all E-mails within a 48hr period - should we fall short of the following we sincerely apologise and ask that you please resend the e-mail within a 72hr period. We ask kindly that all queries, notice of absentee’s and all matters concerning DFU, please be e-mailed within reasonable and sufficient time. We thank-you for understanding. Should you wish to contact us please CLICK HERE

mailing list

dance Force United uses a mailing list in which personal information is collected in order for us best to keep you in-the-know as to the day to day events of the studio. We respect your privacy. Please ensure our e-mail address is in your contacts to avoid our e-mails ending up in your spam file. Should you wish not to be on our mailing list, please let us know. However please note this will mean that you will receive no other notifications or communications on the happenings of dance force united.