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 half-term 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 track-suit). 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'.

Are teachers qualified and CRB checked?

All teachers have full CRB checks, undertake first aid training, are insured and have qualified with professional dance 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 termly basis (if you wish to pay in smaller instalments, please feel free to discuss this with us). A one-off £5 trial fee can be paid for students wishing to try out a new class. Notice of leaving a class must be made at least half a term in advance in writing. We follow the three school terms for payment, please view our Term Dates page for further details. View our School Fees.

How do the exams work?

Exams are taken in accordance with the ISTD & RAD, 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 1-2 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 in class.

Do the students take part in shows?

We will put on an Academy 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. Dates will be given for the show for you to keep in your diary, and then nearer the time you will receive a 'show pack' which will include all of the information you require. We use the alternate year to focus fully on syllabus work and exam preparation.

Do students take part in dance festivals?

Local dance 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 Exeter, (The Barnfield Theatre - February Half Term), Paignton (The Palace Theatre - Easter Holidays), Plymouth (Summer) and North Devon (Bideford - October Half Term)

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. Festival choreography is subject to teacher availability and priority will be given to those enrolled on the Student Intensive Programme. 

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 07920180707. We very much value all of our pupils, and encourage you to speak to us if you have any worries or concerns. 

What else is on offer for pupils of Charles Academy 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 website news page, or our studio notice-boards to keep up to date with all the latest information.
View Important Diary Dates and Upcoming Projects.

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.