ADE reserves the right to refuse business to anyone. ADE also reserves the right to cancel the enrolment of any student for the following reasons:
Non-Payment or excessive late payment of fees.
Not observing the rules and/or policies of the studio.
Student has special needs that we cannot adequately meet with our current program.
Physical and/or verbal and/or social media abuse of ADE teachers, secretaries, staff or students, bu parent, guardian, student or child.
We are hopeful that students will be present every week.
If a student must miss a class due to illness, or misadventure, or family commitments, we ask them to inform their teacher, the support staff of the studio, or Colette. This information can be provided in person, by phone or by email prior to class.
The start of a class will not be delayed waiting for students who are late. If a student is late, they need to be responsible for ensuring they are sufficiently warmed up to join the class. The reasoning behind this is that if a student is not warmed up sufficiently before joining the class it may lead to injury.
It is important that dance clothing reveal the body line and allow the dancer freedom of movement.
The Australian Dance Enterprises prospectus contains information about the correct uniform for the various dance styles and the wearing of this uniform is strongly encouraged.
It is strongly recommended that all parents/guardians and students real all handouts, newsletters and notices.
Any changes to personal details of a student should be immediately forwarded to the school, so records can be kept up to date.
Culture of our dance school
Dancers are encouraged to improve their own performance and self evaluate themselves as opposed to comparing themselves to others.
Each dancer's individuality and self expression is to be promoted and fostered through dance and in dance class.
Dancers should work as a team and respect other students in their class, in the dance school and in other dance schools.
Dancers should be considerate of other dancers by avoiding talking unnecessarily.
Dancers should present themselves and the dance school as a respectful supportive and friendly studio.
Dancers should come to the less prepared to concentrate fully on the lesson.
A student involved in a performance may be required to purchase costumes and/or hire costumes.
There will be a Recital costume fee. The amount of the costume fee will be advised in Term 3. This fee is non-refundable.
If a student fails to pay the required costume fee, unfortunately that student will not be issued with a costume.
If any part of a costume is damaged or lost the student or parent/guardian of that student is responsible for the replacement of the missing pieces and payment to have damages repaired.
It is not compulsory for a student to be involved in any performance; however, performance is encouraged and has proven to be a source of great fun, enjoyment and encouragement to our dancers.
There are several opportunities for the dancer to perform throughout the year. These include: public performances at local venues to promote the dance school, Eisteddfod/s in Armidale and in the New England Area and the end of year Recital.
Please notify the support staff if a student will not be participating in a performance.
Each student involved in any performance is required to attend all practices, all dress rehearsals and all performances.
For safety reasons, parents/guardians are to sign students in and out of the end of year recital, this can be a lengthy process, so please expect some delays.
Tickets will be available for purchase on designated Ticket Sale Days. Dates and prices for tickets will be given closer to the recital date.
Entry to class
Only students and teachers are permitted in the dance studio space (except as provided below).
Parents/Guardians dropping off and collecting children should wait in or near the waiting room/foyer.
Parents and friends are welcome to watch the final class of each term. Siblings are also welcome, but must remain seated and are not to join in with the class for safety reasons.
Fees and Payments
Term fees are due and payable by the fifth week of each term; any payments made later will be at the full session rate and could incur a late fee.
Sessional Payments are accepted.
Families with two or more students at the school may receive a discount off term fees. Please see the support staff to enquire about this discount.
If you have any difficulties meeting the fee criteria, please do not hesitate to contact the support staff or Colette so an alternative payment method can be arranged.
Payments can be made by cash, cheque or direct deposit. Cheques shuold be made payable to Australian Dance Enterprises.
Payments can be made in class time, by placing correct money into a sealed envelope with the student's full name and date of class, class attended and the amount contained in the envelope.
Trial lesson: At the start of a new term we offer one free trial lesson to new families starting with ADE. This trial lesson is offered once and allows the child to trial one class only.
No liability will be taken for loss or damage of property whilst at Australian Dance Enterprises Studio.
Photography & Filming
Photography or filming is prohibited at the Recital where predominantly group dances are presented due to regulations and for the student's privacy and protection.
Professional photographs of the end of year Recital will be available to purchase at a price to be advised.
DVD's of the recital will be available for purchase at a price to be advised closer to the Recital.
All photos and videos taken by ADE are used for promotional use and parents/guardians are required to indicate on their enrolment form if you do not want your child/children photographed or filmed.
Dance classes will not be held on public holidays.
Safety and injury
It is the students and parents responsibility to notify the class teacher in the event of an injury incurred prior to, during or after a class.
It is the student's responsibility to ensure they follow safe dance practice instruction as provided by their dance teacher at all times to avoid injury.
Students must wear appropriate dance attire to avoid injury and follow safe dance practice (please refer to the prospectus and the section above on 'clothing' for more information about clothing).
Students are encouraged to bring their own drink of water in a bottle for each class.
A first Aid Kit is available provided that the parent/guardian has provided consent.
Panadol or any other form of medication can NOT be given to any student at any time.
Foods containing nut products are NOT permitted. If packing food for the children we ask parents/guardians to strictly adhere to this policy.
Students waiting to be collected must wait inside the rooms of the studio.
To download the Eisteddfod policy please follow the link provided below.
Occupational Health and Safety in the provision of dance teaching services focuses on providing a safe dance environment, providing effective and safe lesson planning and teaching methods, and ensuring all services are provided safely, with the main concern being the safety of the stakeholders of the studio.
The Occupational Health and Safety of Officers of Australian Dance Enterprises are the following persons: - Colette Brazier - Principle Australian Dance Enterprises - Jenny McFadyen - Secretary Australian Dance Enterprises
Governing Bodies and Aid Guides for OH&S
Australian Dance Enterprises ensures regular self-evaluations of safety in the studio and safety in the provision of our services. To self evaluate Australian Dance Enterprises refers to and completes selected safety checklist/s applicable to small business published by Workcover. Refer to Workcover Publication – “Small Business Safety Checklist – Checking Out Your Workplace”.
Safety in the dance environment
Australian Dance Enterprise venues are hired halls in Armidale and Guyra run by Church organisations. Australian Dance Enterprises operates within and refers to the OH&S policy framework as may be prescribed by each of the Church organisations and relies upon those Church organisations to ensure that the venue they provide is OH&S complaint. In the event of an OH&S issue arising which is related to the venue itself Australian Dance Enterprises notifies the relevant Church organisation and requests rectification. Australian Dance Enterprises ensures that the halls hired are safe dance venues and include:
Appropriate size rooms relative to the class size;
Unobstructed space in dance studios;
Appropriate ventilation heating and cooling/lighting in venue;
Appropriate music/sound system;
Appropriate floor surface;
Suitable areas for waiting rooms/reception.
Australian Dance Enterprise asks that students waiting to be collected must wait inside the rooms of the Studio to maximise their safety through supervision.
Effective and safe teaching
Australian Dance Enterprises ensures the provision of effective and safe teaching methods by implementing learning programs that are specifically designed relative to the type of dance style, student age, student skill level and individual student needs. Some of the methods embraced by Australian Dance Enterprises to ensure effective and safe teaching methods are:
Considering safe dance issues.
Encouraging students to wear appropriate dance attire in order to assist them to avoid injury.
Delivering content to the students to explain what to do and what not to do and to demonstrate correct technique.
Advising students of precautions that should be taken during movement and/or safety measures that can be taken to avoid injury.
Australian Dance Enterprises asks students to ensure they follow safe dance practice instruction by their dance teacher at all times to avoid injury.
Analysing student’s movements to rectify and rework improper alignment or incorrect execution of movement.
Providing students with options to maximise their safety including offering movement at varying levels of intensity and advancement.
Ensure that the number of students per class is appropriate relative to the teaching and support staff.
Providing structured lessons that are consistent and clear to follow.
Movement is balanced and performed equally on both sides for added safety.
Obtaining and encouraging students or parents/guardians to speak to their teacher about any concerns of the dancer.
Teachers should actively encourage students or parents/guardians to notify the class teacher in the event of an injury incurred prior to, during or after class.
Emphasis that students take responsibility for their own participation and students are warned about pushing themselves and their bodies beyond safe limits.
Australian Dance Enterprises addresses injuring prevention strategies in dance by:
Providing a period of warm-up and cool down within each lesson
clearly informing students of common injuries
incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises in lessons
preparing students adequately for dance movements
advising students on movements/ practices which are potentially dangerous
ensuring that teaching/rehearsal is structured to avoid excessive repetition and over-use of specific parts of the body
ensure that students are appropriately dressed for dance class
Current injury recovery and rehabilitation procedures must be implemented when necessary. The teacher must;
advise injured students to seek appropriate expert assistance
advise against potentially harmful movement
utilise safe stretching methods of stretching
encourage students to share with the teacher results of any professional diagnosis
where applicable, coordinate movements/exercises with specialist advice
A First Aid Kit is available to any student (with consent from their Parent/Guardian).
Panadol or any other form or medication can NOT be given to any student at any time.
NO foods containing nut products are permitted. If packing food for the children Australian Dance Enterprisers asks parents to strictly adhere to this policy.
Safety in the dancer's daily life
Australian Dance Enterprises encourages all of its students to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and physical and emotional health for dance students through advice or reference to experts. These experts might include;
medical practitioners (see annexure A for medical practitioners etc. local to the Armidale area)
counsellors (see Annexure B for counsellors etc. local to the Armidale area)