Frequently Asked Questions
2016-2017 Dance season.
1) What is the minimum age to begin taking classes?
We begin ballet and tap classes for those children who have reached the age of 3 by December 31st of the dance year. As children grow older, they will have the opportunity to begin other disciplines of dance including Tap, Acro, Hip Hop, Jazz, Stage, Contemporary and Lyrical.
2) How do I know what level of class to take?
Our class placements take into account both age and ability. The teachers at Port Moody School of Dance will ensure your child is placed in the appropriate level to be both challenged and successful. If registering for a competitive or exam program, you may be asked to attend a dance assessment (this is not an audition, it is a way to ensure each dancer is placed in the best class for his/her age and ability and will therefore feel comfortable).
3) How do I register?
Registration will begin in June and carry on throughout the summer. You may register in person at the studio. A registration fee secures your spot in the class. A limited number of students may be able to register during the months of September to December if space permits. However, classes do fill-up quickly and we suggest you register early to avoid disappointment. Please check the website, call the studio at 604-936-0966 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date registration dates/times.
4) When do classes start?
Our classes run from September to June. A 10-month commitment is essential for progression.
5) Where do I buy dance attire and proper shoes?
Port Moody School of Dance has a collection of used dance shoes available for sale at the studio. Dance shoes and attire can also be purchased at:
The Dance Box
Cariboo Shopping Centre
435 D North Road
V3K 3V9 – (604) 936-7615
The Dance Shop
1089 W Broadway
V6H 1E5 – (604) 733-6116
Satin Slipper Dancewear
22365 Lougheed Hwy
V2X 2T3 – (604) 476-7652
22374 Dewdney Trunk Rd
V2X 3J2 – (604) 466-0861
6) What should I wear to dance class?
Wearing the appropriate attire to dance class will allow the teachers to see all of your movements and give you proper corrections to help develop your technique. Students who do not wear the appropriate attire to class will be asked to sit and observe the lesson or see the front desk to borrow dance attire. Please visit our Dress Code page to view the appropriate attire for each dance style. Please label ALL your children’s shoes and clothing, and remember no jewelry or gum in class.
7) How do I pay my tuition?
We offer a convenient pre-authorized payment option for funds to be withdrawn from your account on the 1st of the month. A void cheque or pre authorized form from the bank is required for monthly pre-authorized debits at the time of registration.
8) Is a refund issued if a student misses or withdraws from a class?
Port Moody School of Dance does not issue refunds for missed classes. Students withdrawing from a class must inform the office 7 days prior to the 1st of the month or the full months fees will be charged. Money will only be refunded if a student withdraws from class prior to May 1st. June fees are non-refundable after Dec 1st.
Please keep in mind that dance classes are a 10-month commitment. The recital is designed to be a focal point at the end of the year, and your teachers’ choreography is based on each student remaining in the class. Any last minute withdraws affect the entire class. If a student will be absent from a class we ask you please email us at email@example.com to let us know!
9) Will I have to purchase a costume?
Yes. A $35.00 (recital classes) and $50.00 (competition classes) costume deposit is required for each class your child is registered in. This deposit is used to purchase fabric for the costumes used in the year-end recital. If your child withdraws from lessons prior to these materials being purchased, or November 1st (whichever comes first) the deposit may be returned to you. However, if your child withdraws from class after the costume has been started, you will be responsible for the full cost of the completed costume. Please note that the costume deposit is only a deposit, the average cost per recreational costume is approx. $60.00 to $100.00 and $80.00 to $125.00 for competition and exam classes. If the costume cost is less than the costume deposit, the difference will be refunded.
10) Do you have parking?
Port Moody School of Dance has parking right outside the studio. Additional parking is also available across St.John’s street on Grant Street; there is a pedestrian light for safe crossing. There is a map posted on the front door of the studio which outlines the areas parking is allowed.
11) Can I book a private lesson?
Our teachers are available for private lessons and solo/duo/trio choreography. Please contact the studio office for rates.
12) Will I have a good instructor?
The staff at Port Moody School of Dance have been hand-picked for their excellent teaching abilities and skill in helping children reach their full potential as dancers. Our exam teachers have been trained and are qualified by the Canadian Dance Teachers Association,Association International Dance Teachers and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School.