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Gems Dance Academy (GDA)
1. How/when are class fees paid?
Your child's first class/day with GDA is free so that your child can try whichever classes they wish. You, and your child, can then make an informed decision as to which classes they wish to enrol on.
For the remainder of your child's first term at GDA the class fees are paid on a per class basis. Once your child has attended class(es) for a minimum of 4 weeks all class fees are paid termly at the start of the term (a term is the equivalent of 2 to 4 weeks unless otherwise stated).
Once you are paying for your child's classes termly all classes including those missed must also be paid for in full and no fees will be refunded; this keeps the cost of classes to a minimum thus benefiting everyone in the school. It also retains your child’s place in the class as all our classes have limited places.
2. How many students are in each class?
The dance style and the age of the students in a class determines how many places are available. Please inquire directly with GDA regarding class place availability. Once all the places in a class are filled GDA operates a waiting list policy. GDA feels that having a maximum class size ensures quality of teaching and is therefore more beneficial to the students.
GDA also offers private lessons in singing and dance. Private lessons are 30 / 45 / 60 minutes in duration. Private lessons are open to any student who wishes to have them and can be shared by a maximum of 3 students per half hour. Private lessons can be used for a variety of purposes and reasons, including, but not limited to; assisting with their general class content, for audition preparation or to choreograph and rehearse routines for competitions.
3. What is the annual Gems Dance Academy calendar?
Our school year starts in September and we are open for 40 weeks in each academic year (39 weeks of classes and 1 week for our annual show). GDA operates alternative/optional classes during the main summer holidays. As GDA is based in Bradford, we base our holiday closures on the Bradford Council School calendar.
4. Is there a class/school uniform?
Yes. After attending classes for a month GDA approved dance-wear must be worn to every lesson accompanied by the relevant footwear. We will advise you what is required for your child depending on the lesson(s) they enrol in. You are welcome to purchase your child's uniform from any retailer however we do ask that it be identical to the uniform we stipulate.
Though the uniform is essential and students must have it as these items are also used for the shows and exams etc. that GDA organises and offers students are also welcome to wear alternative dance-wear for their classes as well. We are happy to advise on this if and when necessary.
In the interest of safety no jewellery (except simple stud earrings) should be worn and all hair must be tied back.
5. What shows do Gems Dance Academy students participate in?
GDA organises three open to the public performances each year; a theatre based show; a 'Fun Day' gala/fete usually shortly before the Summer break; and an informal Recital bheld at our studios.
We also encourage students to participate in extra-curricular performances & events and attend auditions wherever possible.
6. How do Gems Dance Academy fund its performances?
Parents/guardians pay a one off show participation fee for their child to participate in the GDA Shows. The participation fee contributes to covering costumes costs as well as the rental of the show venue, professional photographer/video-grapher and any other costs incurred to stage the show. GDA also holds various fundraising events throughout the year to assist with covering show costs.
7. Does Gems Dance Academy offer the opportunity to take exams?
Yes. GDA offers the opportunity for students to participate in IDTA examinations. We believe it is beneficial for students to experience dance examinations however, it is not compulsory.