Terms and Conditions

Enrolment

Prospective new students must register online prior to attending a dance class (or be registered by their parent/guardian). They will then be contacted by Danz Royal to discuss the application, class availability and entry grade level. Please note that completion of an online registration form does not automatically enrol or guarantee a student a place in any class.

After registration, prospective new students are invited to attend one free trial lesson to assess the suitability of the class for the student’s needs. Please note that attendance of more than one class will be taken as registration for that class for a period of one semester.

Pointe Class

The minimum age for enrolment in a Pointe class is around age 12 (which is generally when the growth of the foot is about complete) and with the approval of the dance teacher.

Students are required to take at least one other ballet class per week in addition to their Pointe class, in order to maintain proper technique and flexibility.

Minimum Age

The minimum age requirement to begin with our RAD Pre-Primary classes is 4 years of age; however we have noted that those children who are in the senior Kindergarten (also known as Reception) academic year (4 going on 5) tend to be better suited.

Students who become 6 years old by the end of the calendar year can start at the RAD Primary level.

Students who become 7 years old by the end of the calendar year can start at the RAD Grade 1 level.

For our Tiny Tots Ballet classes the age range is around 3 to 4 years.

Communication

All communication between Danz Royal and families will be in writing.

Language

The sole language of teaching in all Danz Royal classes is English. English is also the language used for all communication between Danz Royal and families. However Danz Royal recognises the wide-ranging international base of its families, many of whom are non-native English speakers, and strives to create a positive atmosphere for all.

Minimum Class Size

Danz Royal requires a minimum of 8 to 10 students per class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if this minimum enrolment is not met. If in the unfortunate event that we have to cancel a class due to lack of students, we will suggest alternative classes whenever possible, otherwise a refund will be provided of the portion of the class paid, but not yet taken.

Care of Students

Danz Royal is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. Students are not to be left for excessive time periods before or after their classes. Valuables should not be brought to class, as we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Dress Code

We have a set uniform, which we require all students to wear. In very cold weather, younger dancers may wear a cross-over cardigan.

For reasons of safety, all jewellery (except small stud earrings) and watches must be removed before class.

Hair must be worn up in a bun.

Failure to wear the required uniform to class can result in students being asked to sit out the class. Repeated failure to wear the required uniform can result in termination of lessons, without any refund.

Attendance

Parents are kindly asked to notify Danz Royal when their child will be absent from class.

A register for each class is maintained by the teacher and records participants’ attendance for the purposes of health, safety and security.

The school reserves the right to have students who come late to class, sit out the class; as proper warm up is essential to prevent injury and late arrival is considered a disruption to the teacher and other students.

If a student misses more than three consecutive weeks of classes without prior notice, we will assume that the student has left the school and their place will become available to another.

The dance school year consists of around 32 weeks of classes, depending on the type of class(es) being taken. Classical Ballet is a performing art and certain levels of technique and fitness must be achieved. If a student is absent, he or she will miss vital teaching and training and this may result in them not being ready or able to take an RAD examination or be part of a performance.

Code of Conduct

Students are expected to be polite and behave in an appropriate and respectful manner to all around them.

Parents/guardians/students are expected to respect and trust the professional advice/assessment/opinion of the Danz Royal teachers.

Danz Royal reserves the right to dismiss anyone at anytime due to misconduct. Any rude or aggressive behaviour from students or parents will not be tolerated. Any use of offensive language or harassment of Danz Royal personnel will result in dismissal without refund.

Should any issue arise that is a cause for concern, please contact us and we will deal with the situation appropriately.

All RAD Registered Teachers are bound as a condition of their registration to adhere to the RAD's Code of Conduct and Code of Professional Practice. We therefore expect a similar level of professionalism and respect to be demonstrated by teachers and staff at the academic schools with whom we have established a partnership.

Observing Class

Parents, friends, visitors, etc. are not allowed inside the dance studio during class. Visitors can be a significant distraction to the students as well as an unsettling influence for some of the less confident dancers who may not be ready yet for an audience.

We organise at least one week of “Open Classes” each school year that allow parents and other family members to come inside and observe their child's class.

Missed Classes

We are unable to offer a refund or discount from our standard fees for any classes missed, as we cannot defray costs by offering the missed class to another customer while still having the same overheads to pay, e.g studio rental, teacher fees, etc. However, we will try to offer an appropriate replacement class (up to a maximum of two per semester) where space allows, but we cannot guarantee this will always be possible. Families will need to be flexible if offered catch-up lessons as they will not necessarily be at the same time, on the same day or in the same location as their usual lesson.

Cancelled Classes

If a class is unavoidably cancelled due to teacher illness, a health epidemic, inclement weather or any other seen or unforeseen event, Danz Royal will endeavour to reschedule the class. This may be at a different time, on a different day or at another location from when the class was originally scheduled, and might involve an extension to the term time dates. No refunds will be given in this event.

Changes to Classes

We reserve the right to appoint a new teacher at anytime and will notify you accordingly. We may, at times (without notification) need to provide an alternative teacher for a class or classes due to illness or for any other unforeseen circumstances.

We endeavour to provide a consistent schedule and location for each class throughout the academic school year. However in exceptional cases we may need to alter an aspect of a class (or classes), such as the schedule or studio location.

RAD Examinations

Students are eligible to take an RAD exam at the discretion of Danz Royal.

It is neither compulsory for a Grade or Vocational level student to take an RAD exam each year (though our students find it a positive and rewarding experience), nor is it an automatic right that a student will participate in an exam. The final decision on eligibility for exam entry remains with Danz Royal and the dance teacher.

It is however compulsory for students taking examinations or preparing for a show to attend all regular classes and any necessary extra classes.

The examiner and pianist are the only people who are allowed to see the exam. Teachers may only enter the exam room to bring refreshments or urgent messages.

Certificates and Medals

Once received from London, RAD certificates & medals for successful candidates are generally handed out to students at the beginning of the next academic year.

For those students no longer with Danz Royal, certificates will be mailed out to a forwarding address after the busy September & October period has completed.

Payment of Fees

Fees are based on a ten month year from September to June, matching as closely as possible the academic school year, and are split over two semesters; September to January and February to June. Please be aware that as the majority of our students attend ‘international’ schools then we endeavour to follow these term times when planning holiday periods, which may be different from standard Belgian school terms.

Fees are payable in advance either per semester or per academic year within 30 days from the date of the first class taken by a student. Payment can be made either by bank transfer or by cash. When paying per semester then the fees for the second semester are due before the end of January.

Refunds will not be given for non-attendance under any circumstances.

Late Payment

The payer will receive notice if payment has not been received in accordance with these terms and conditions.

A late fee of €40 will be added to any unpaid fees in line with Directive 2011/7/EU of the European Parliament, more commonly known as the “EU Late Payments Directive”.

If the class fees have still not been paid within 30 days from the date of the first class taken by a student then that student will not be admitted to any further classes until the fees have been paid in full.

Fees

Fees are €9.00, €10.50 or €12.00 per class according to the type of class being taken.

Discounts

Discounts of between 5% and 20% of the total fees are available to those students and families taking more than one class per week.

When paying for the full academic year (September 2017 to June 2018) in advance, an additional discount of 10% can be applied as long as payment is received by the end of June 2017; otherwise the discount is 5%.

All discounts will be reversed if payment is not received in accordance to the 30 day rule.

RAD Examination Fees

A separate payment is required for all students entered for an RAD Examination. This additional amount covers the actual examination fee, which is paid directly to the RAD Benelux & France regional office in Luxembourg, as well as all other expenses associated with the examination, such as studio hire, pianist fees and pre-exam practice sessions.

Please note that no student will be entered for an RAD Examination if there remain one or more outstanding payments, such as examination fees, class fees or uniform costs, which have still not been paid.

Late pick-up

Please also note that the late collection of a student will incur an additional charge of €10 per hour.

Refunds

In the exceptional case that a refund needs to be made of part or all of any fees that have already been paid, then this will be performed towards the end of the academic school year.

Liability / Disclaimer

Dancing is a strenuous activity from which injuries could arise.

By registering and enrolling in a dance class, the parent/guardian/student waives any and all claims against Danz Royal and/or its teachers for any liability including but not limited to personal/bodily injury, student property loss or damage occurring during class, rehearsal, performance, or activity sponsored by Danz Royal. Student participation is voluntary and the parent/guardian/student acknowledges the risks of potential injury associated with the physical demands of dance training (particularly with Pointe work).

Please inform us of any physical limitations the student may have. If you are in doubt as to the physical abilities of the student, please consult a physician before participating.

Photography

Permission is granted for Danz Royal to photograph and video students for promotional and eductional purposes (however these will never be knowingly sold or given to any third party).

Parents are entitled to take photos and videos of their children during open classes and performances.

Partners

Danz Royal will strive to provide a quality dance educational programme at the academic schools with whom we have established a partnership, in accordance with the RAD's Code of Conduct and Code of Professional Practice with which we must adhere. For us to maintain this quality our partner schools must inform us of any dance-related changes or additions to their curriculum, regardless of whether they are provided as part of the school curriculum or as an extra-curricular activity and regardless of whether they are provided directly by the school or via an external third-party individual or organisation. A minimum of six months notice is required of any such alteration to maintain the partnership.

Changes to these Terms and Conditions

Danz Royal has the discretion to update these Terms and Conditions at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page. You acknowledge and agree that it is your responsibility to review these Terms and Conditions periodically and become aware of any modifications.

Your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

By registering with Danz Royal and enrolling in a dance class, you signify your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Your continued attendance of dance classes following the posting of changes to these Terms and Conditions will be deemed your acceptance of those changes.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions, please contact us.

This document was last updated on 13 August 2017.