What do I wear for my first class?

All of the class uniforms and correct footwear can be found on our ‘What to Wear’ page and should be worn within 1 month of enrolment. However, for the first couple of weeks, it is fine to wear something you are comfortable in and suitable for exercise (for example leggings and a t-shirt or a tracksuit). You can wear, bare feet for ballet or modern initially and some hard soled shoes for tap.

Do parents stay and watch classes?

No, for all lessons parents leave their children and are then invited to come and watch their child’s class at the end of each term in our ‘Parent Watching Weeks’. We find that children generally work better without parents in class as they occasionally get distracted or can become shyer. The exception to this is private festival lessons and occasionally lessons leading up to exams where we encourage parents to watch so they can help with practicing at home.

Are all our teachers qualified and CRB checked?

All teachers have full CRB checks, insured and have qualified with professional dance/Music teaching societies. The process of becoming a qualified dance teacher requires teachers to study ‘health & safety’ and ‘child development’ and to undertake vigorous training and exams to ensure they are knowledgeable and fully capable of safe and high quality teaching. We continue to update our knowledge and training to ensure we offer the latest in dance teaching methods.

How does payment work?

Payments are made on a weekly, termly or monthly basis whichever is more suitable for you however all outstanding payments must be made by the end of term. Trial Classes are free. Notice of leaving a class must be made at least one term in advance in writing.

How do the exams work?

Exams are taken in accordance with the ISTD and each pupil will undertake extra coaching lessons in preparation. Exams are not compulsory, but are strongly recommended as the process is invaluable in building confidence and ability. Students should expect to take an exam between every 12 years depending on practice and attendance. When the student takes an exam, the results can take up to 6 weeks to arrive, and then all candidates are given a certificate and report form. Please feel free to ask for any more detail on our examining bored which is seen to be the best around the world or visit their website: http://www.istd.org

Do the students take part in shows?

We will put on a Show every other year where all pupils are invited to take part. Each class will have a dance within the show and they are normally great fun for everyone involved. We use the alternate year to allow us to focus on syllabus and exam work fully.

Do students take part in dance festivals?

Festivals offer a friendly competitive environment, where children are able to compete in all forms of dancing, and gain valuable performance experience and confidence in front of an audience. The main local festivals include Chichester, Isle of Wight, Gosport and Southampton. Taking part in festivals is considered an extra activity as dances are choreographed on a private tuition basis to meet the student’s individual requirements.

What do I do if I have a problem or need to speak to someone?

We always have time to deal with any problems or issues and would welcome your thoughts on any matters. If the teachers are busy during a class, please feel free to call us on 07835 754416. We very much value all of our pupils, and encourage you to speak to us if you have any worries or concerns. All issues will be dealt with in complete confidence.

What else is on offer for pupils of R&D School Of Dance?

We aim to regularly offer extra activities in addition to normal classes. For example, we will endeavour to run workshops in different styles of dance and performing arts with various professionals in the field. We also hope to offer theatre trips, summer schools and to keep pupils updated with any auditions or dance news that we hear of. Please check the Facebook page or notice boards to keep up to date with all the latest information.

How do I choose the correct class for my child?

When you enrol, you will be asked to list the classes you are interested in, plus any previous training. The teachers will then advise you as to which class is most appropriate based on age and ability.