Frequently Asked Questions
Take a look below at some of the most common questions we receive.
What do I wear for my first class?
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. All of the class uniforms and correct footwear can be found in our ‘Uniform Brochure’ and should be worn within half a term of enrollment.
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’ or our school showcase.
Are teachers qualified and DBS checked?
All teachers have full CRB checks, undertake first aid and safeguarding 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 very latest in dance teaching methods. All of our policies can be found in the CAD policy handbook, which will be emailed to all students upon registration at the school.
How does payment work?
Please refer to our Fees page for further details
How will I hear from the school?
All communication, including newsletters, invoices, class information etc will be sent via email.
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 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 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 allow us to focus on syllabus and exam work fully.
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, (Corn Exchange- February Half Term), Paignton (The Palace Theatre – Easter Holidays), Plymouth (Summer Holidays) 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. However, when there is further availability, slots may be made available to others on a ‘first come, first serve basis’.
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 or drop us an email. 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 Charles Academy of Dance?
We aim to regularly offer extra activities in addition to normal classes. For example, we often 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 and Facebook notice-boards to keep up to date with all the latest information.
How do I choose the correct class for my child?
When you enroll, 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. We welcome all ages, abilities and backgrounds and look forward to meeting you and introducing you to the joy of dance!