Payment Day @ Skeena Middle School
- Saturday September 8th 11:00 am–4:00 pm
- Monday September 10th 3:45 pm–9:00 pm
Our preferred method is Electric Money Transfer EMT (send to firstname.lastname@example.org with the password: dance.
Other payment methods:
- Credit Card (If paying by credit family and full season discount is only 5%. And costume deposits will NOT be taken on credit card)
- Cheques* (We accept post dated and can make a payment plan that works for you!).
- Money orders
*We will only accept Cash on Sept. 8 and Sept. 10th. Teachers will not accept any cash after the 15th, nor will they accept cash payments handed to them at My Fitness. We cannot track cash, and we do not want to risk any loss or theft of payments while renting multiple facilities with high traffic.
If paying in cash it must be in an envelope marked with the amount, the dancers name and class, and must cover all months Sept-Dec. We will not accept any cash money that is not labeled and in an envelope.
*Please make cheques payable to Free Elements Dance Studio for all payments unless otherwise notified. Please make sure the memo section of your cheque includes where this money is to be allocated (tuition, choreography, privates, costume deposit etc.).
Additional Fees: Costume Deposits
- $30 All Junior Ballet levels
- $30 All Junior Jazz levels
- $30 All Intermediate Ballet levels
- $100 All Intermediate Jazz levels
- $50 Hip Hop
- $100 Seniors
- $500 Senior and Junior Company ($250 August 13, $250 Oct. 1)
- $250 Youth Company
This separate costume deposit is due at the same time as your tuition. This is payable to Free Elements Dance. Without payment a costume will not be ordered for your dancer.
Please make sure the memo section of your cheque includes your child’s name and what class they are in, please also mark “costumes”. We will not take credit card payments for costume deposits.
If a costume is not ordered for your dancer (i.e. If you do not continue in January and provided notification prior to November 1) a refund will be provided. If we have not been notified by that date there will be no costume refund.
If your deposit amount is more than the costume cost, you will be refunded the difference. If your costume cost is more than your deposit, money will be owed and the costume will not be released until paid in full.
Students with outside choreography must connect with the costume coordinators if they need a costume ordered.
Accounts in Arrears
Costumes will not be ordered for dancers if their account is in arrears, nor will they be released in the Spring until fees are up to date. Thank you.
Tuition is due at the top of each session. If late fees accrue, interest will apply as follows:
2% interest added to existing fees for each month tuition is overdue. This is on top of all unpaid fees including previous interest added. So please pay your fees on time. We can make individual payment plans that work for you so that you don’t get behind
General Program Additional Fees
PNMF requires a $9.00 fee per dancer in groups. If your dance is in festival this fee will be added onto your costume invoice based on the number of groups your dancer(s) participates.
If your child is selected to perform in an additional piece of choreography whether solo duo, trio or small group, additional fees apply.
In-House Choreography fees are payable to Free Elements Dance and are due on the first session of choreography.
Refunds and Withdrawing From Classes
You have a two-week window from your first lesson to decide if you wish to withdraw from dance. We are happy to issue refunds at this time, with the exception of registration fees.
Withdraws after week two: 80% refund
Withdraws after the first month of classes: 50% refund
Otherwise there’s a four-month commitment (as stated on the studio registration form), with no refunds. If your dancer does not wish to continue in January you must inform the studio by no later than November 1st 2018. If you do not inform us that your child will not continue in January you will automatically be enrolled in the next session. We will require full payment for the second session at the beginning of January.
*exceptions are toddler creative dance classes and adult sessions.
To ensure your dancer is in the correct class for the season, please be advised these first two weeks may involve a shuffle.
Dancers are expected to attend every class, with the exception of illness and family obligations, notice must be given one week in advance. If a dancer is sick or unable to attend class, parents must inform the teacher privately via email: email@example.com.
**We will not accept Facebook posts, FB messenger, or texts as a notification of a dancers absence**
Please arrive on time (which means 5-10 minutes early) for class. Tardy dancers are asked to wait outside the dance room, as to not disrupt the class. The teacher will greet them at the door as soon as possible. If absences or tardiness are frequent, parents will be notified.
Dancers who are showing a high volume of unexplained absences, go on vacations mid-season, or are sick for extended period of time, may not be in the sections of choreography they missed. Attendance is very important when a dance is being created. More importantly poor attendance will affect the dancers technique and progression throughout our dance year.
If your child is ill but not contagious, we expect them to come and observe class. We are still able to learn by observing and taking notes.
Both studio spaces are rented from second parties by Free Elements and we must treat them with utmost respect.
Dancers are asked to stay in the common area / cafeteria while waiting for classes. Dancers should not roam or run through the halls and cafeteria, or go upstairs.
If parents rely on the school bus to drop students off for dance, we expect young dancers to follow these rules, as the instructor often arrives after the buses.
My Fitness Centre
To access the studio space, we must walk through the gym. We ask each student walks quietly through the gym to the back. Teachers will meet students at the desk and guide them to the studio.
Students are not permitted on their phones during class nor during breaks in class lessons. If a student has an urgent need to connect with parents, they must ask the teacher to take out their phone. If phones become an issue in any class, phones will be collected by the teacher at start of class then redistributed at the end.
Since we do not have lockers, we ask that all dancers place their bags along the bench by the windows in the Skeena Dance Room. This will reduce clutter along the wall and dance floor. At My Fitness Centre, please leave your outdoor shoes in the entrance mudroom, and bring your bags and belongings with you into the studio.
Classes are not held on public holidays unless otherwise notified. Classes are not held during Winter Break or Spring Break. Please check your email, the website/Facebook page for other cancellations.
- Male Ballet: White or black ballet shoes. Comfortable clothes you can move freely in.
- Female Ballet: Hair in a bun, tights, body suite, ballet slippers, and a skirt may be worn if you wish. Dancers should have tights pulled up to their belly button or smallest part of their waist. No underwear underneath ballet outfit as tights act as underwear. Make sure tights cover the feet.
- Junior Ballet: Pink bodysuit, tights, full sole ballet slippers in leather. Pink ballet skirts (above the knee) can also be worn.
- Intermediate Ballet 1-2: Navy blue bodysuit, pink full or split sole slippers preferably leather.
- Pre-Int/Intermediate 3/Senior Ballet: Black bodysuit, pink full or split sole slippers.
- Pointe: Hair in a bun, pink tights, any color body suit, pointe shoes, a skirt may be worn.
- Tap: Tap shoes, wear comfortable clothing you can move in preferably shorts. Hair tied up and out of face.
- Jazz: Bare feet, lyrical shoes or preferably jazz shoes. Wear comfortable black form fitting clothing you can move in. Hair tied up and out of face.
- Hip Hop: Bare feet, or preferably indoor running shoes or sneakers. Wear comfortable clothes you can move in, preferably baggy. Dancers can reflect their own person style but must not be distracted by their outfit. Hair tied up and out of face.
- Acro: Bare feet, wear comfortable clothing you can move in preferably shorts. Hair tied up and out of face.
- Modern: Bare feet, wear comfortable clothing you can move in, preferably long sleeves and pants for floor work. Hair tied up and out of face.
- Creative Dance: Bare feet, or socks with grip/stickies. Comfortable clothes you can move in. Hair out of face.
All dancers should have a designated “Dance Bag” to store shoes, attire etc. to ensure all dance needs are present for class. Dance bag should include:
- Clean dance attire
- Class appropriate dance shoes
- Water bottle
- Hair ties
- Snack (for dancers who start right after school)
The T-Shirt Crack Down! We no longer want to see the baggy t-shirts that slowly filter in throughout the year. If you aren’t prepared for class with the correct attire you may be asked to sit and observe class for that day.
Form fitting dance attire has its purpose; we need to see you move, we need to see posture and positioning.
Dancers are allowed to wear something bright and fun on the last jazz or modern class of every month. Casual Friday does not apply to Ballet classes.
Where to Purchase
All dance attire can ordered from All Seasons in Terrace, Spectrum City Dance in Prince Rupert, ordered online at www.dancewearsolutions.com or picked up at our annual dance swap in the fall (keep an eye on our news and events tab for more info)!
Company Team Guidelines
These rates do not include choreography fees. You will see a change in rates. I have included the rate per class, to better show the breakdown. Included in your rates are Sunday rehearsal hours throughout the year.
Breakdown of coverage:
- Studio Space Rental
- Instructional fees
- Rental of the REM Lee
- Liability Insurance
- Sunday Groups and Open Solo rehearsals for the entire season (includes instructor and space rentals fees)
Base rate $195 per month
7 classes a week $220 per month
Capped rate $240 per month
**2nd Dancer gets 15% off classes
**pay for full year and receive 10% off total
**all rates include GST
Accounts in Arrears
Families whose accounts are in arrears will not be able to attend choreography until they have provided payment. Please contact Terri or myself to settle accounts.
• A full year commitment to classes, rehearsals, and competitions (Prince George, Terrace, Prince Rupert).
• Dancers will partake in as many dance opportunities as possible. They will attend ADAPT workshops in Prince Rupert (November), and all workshops held at the studio and in town.
Our goal is to bring more performance opportunities in the community for our young dancers. This looks like:
- Winter Show and Fundraiser for Company Dancers.
- Performing at an elementary school assembly. Our goal is 2 times per season.
- Solo Gala in February (date TBA).
- Attending Community event as entertainment.
- Performing at Terraceview Lodge.
- Nutrition (we will be hosting at least two short workshops with a Nutritionist for company dancers 12 and older).
- Guest assessments by a Physiotherapist to assess and assist dancers with best placement, and muscle activation. Get stronger, using the right muscles!
- Connect dancers with summer workshops that will help tailor a dancer towards their graduation dance aspirations.
What to Expect
Not only do dancers gain self-confidence by dancing in front of a large audience; it instills a sense of discipline and motivation that will carry throughout the rest of their life.
Dancers will always be respectful of all other dancers on their team and in the studio, and other dance studios. Remember, you are representing the entire team when away at competitions.
Dancers will train hard and laugh hard! We want you to enjoy dancing, and at the same time to work hard within your group. You get back what you put in, and your biggest competition will always be with yourself. Treat every single class as an opportunity to grow and improve.
Dancers will represent their team and community with the utmost professionalism at all times.
To become a member, a dancer must possess a positive attitude, great dedication, organization and an exceptional understanding of dance technique. This is measured by a dancer’s performance throughout the previous dance season and the audition. Being invited to join the team is an outstanding privilege, as not every dancer at the studio will have this same opportunity. Dancers chosen must remain humble.
If you do not make the team this year, make it an opportunity to learn and grow. This will provide great feedback that you can bring forth into your dance year. It will help you grow and potentially succeed in your next audition.
Attendance is a very important aspect of being a member of Company. When a dancer is absent, they are missing important lessons and they are holding up the choreography/cleaning progress. This is a team that will only be successful if everyone acts and thinks like a team. Most importantly, continuously being absent will not further a dancer’s technique. We need and expect 100% dedication. A dancer on the competition team should only be away from class if they are severely ill. Dancers that are “under the weather” should be viewing class.
Because attendance is so critical to the success of the team, our members are allowed four absences throughout the entire dance season unless a doctor’s note is provided. Parents must notify the teacher in advancer if their child will be absent from any classes.
Dancers are NOT permitted to miss any classes the week prior to a competition. Should a dancer continuously miss classes, they will be excused from the team.Absent notices must be emailed to instructor. We will not accept any notices on the Facebook page.
Groups are recommendations, and optional. If we have placed your dancer in too many for your family at this time, please advise BEFORE choreography commences and we will be happy to adjust to make it work for you. Once you are in a piece you are committed, choreography and costume fees will be due, all rehearsals must be attended.
Group and solo/duo choreography will take place July 31-Aug4th with Rebekah Asselstine, During Summer Intensive with Jessica Ames, Kara Nolte, and Erin Lequereux Aug 14-19, and Sept.1-3 with Portia.
Solos/Duets/Trio/Small Special Group
Dancers may be selected to perform in an additional solo/duet/trio/special group. This is given at the discretion of the studio. These dances are a privilege that must be respected as the highest honour. Dancers must maintain a positive attitude at all times to continue their special dance. If parents feel their child is in too many groups, please speak to the studio prior to any choreography commencing.
These special dances are a separate flat rate, payable upon commencement of choreography classes. Payable to Free Elements Dance.
Dancers are required to use their own time to rehearse their special dances as studio and staff time is limited.
Additional In-House Choreography Fees
- Solos: $200
- Duos: $100 per dancer
- Trios: $83 per dancer
- Groups: $60-$65 per dancer (outside of classroom time)
- Cleaning: $30-$50 per hour
*all rates include GST
* In-house includes, Molly Boyetchko, Paige Bowles, Tatiana Block, Emily Barron, Haley Boutilier, Kara Ternes.
Jessica Ames Choreography Fees
- Solos: Reduced to $250
- Duos: Reduced to $350
- Trios: Reduced to $450
*all rates include GST
Special Guest Group Choreography
- $100 per dance
- $150 per dancer (Carley-small group fees)
- $215 per dancer (Portia-small group fees)
*all rates include GST
Choreography fees will cap at 7 dances ($700 max including GST). Any additional group fees will not be charged after that point. Invoices will be sent out once choreography commences.
Carley Cofield Choreography
- Solos: $400
- Duos/Trios: $500
Rebekah Asselstine Choreography
- Solos: $375
- Duos: $450
- Trios: $500
Portia Favro Choreography
- Solos: $325
- Duos: $500
- Trios: $650
Kathryn McVittie Choreography
- Solos: $300
- Duos: $375
- Trios: $75/hr (5 Hour Minimum)
Julianne Chapple Choreography
- Solos: $300
- Duos: $450
- Trios: $600
Parents are required to make a costume deposit of $150 per dancer at the start of the dance season. Please make out to Free Elements Dance Studio. Please provide an outline in the memo where you are allocating these fees.
Company Necessities List
- Black Jazz Shoes
- Tan Jazz Shoes
- Turner Lyricals ( 2 Pairs – Practice & Competition)
- Pink Ballet Shoes
- Pointe Shoes*
- Hip Hop Shoes (Supportive)*
- Tap Shoes*
*only required if in this specific genre.
- Black – Convertible
- Nude – Convertible
- Pink – Convertible
*These should be in new condition with no holes, runs, or stains.
- Black Sports Bra (plain straps)
- Nude Bra (moveable straps)
- Nude Shorts
- Nude Thong (or a low cut brief may work)
- Nude Bodysuit
- Sticky Boobs (provide coverage only not support)
Please note: It is very important to have a variety of pieces as all costumes are not the same and you will need to mix and match. Thongs are required because not all costumes will work with the shorts or panty lines. Think of it in the same lines as makeup, not something you allow your child to wear every day, but it is a must for competition time.
Competition & Class Wear
- Black Bodysuit
- Black Booty Shorts (these are used often under costumes)
- Ballet Bodysuit (in the correct colour needed)
- Socks for Modern
- Tights (pink for ballet, black for jazz)
Hair & Make up Kit
- Bobby pins (match hair color)
- Hair nets (match hair color)
- Bunhead pins (match hair color)*
- Hair gel
- Little elastics
- Ponytail holders (match hair color)
- Rat tail comb
- Bun maker (match hair color)
- Hair straightener
- Curling iron
- Static spray
- Lint roller
- Make-up wipes or remover
- Cotton swabs
- Fake eye lashes
- Eye lash glue
- Body tape (or glue)
- Black & White thread & needle
- Assortment of make up brushes
- Safety pins
- Assortment of Eye Shadow
- Red Revival Lipstick
- Pink in the afternoon lipstick
- Nail polish remover
- Tensor bandages/braces
- Ice packs