2020 REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. YOU CAN CHECK BACK HERE MID - DECEMBER FOR OUR 2021 PROSPECTUS AND LINK TO REGISTER!
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE PROSPECTUS BEFORE YOU REGISTER VIA THE LINK BELOW, AS YOU WILL BE ASKED TO AGREE TO IT'S CONTENT AND TERMS UPON REGISTRATION.
Dance Chora has been established in Randwick since 2005 and continues to build a tradition of providing fun lessons, whilst producing students of excellence. Many students may not choose dance as a career, however, it is important that correct training be given to our dancers so that the doors of opportunity are wide open to them. It is equally important that a love of dance is nurtured and encouraged in all students so that, whether professionally or for leisure, dance remains a life long source of inspiration and joy.
Training is provided at a high standard and the students at DC are encouraged to achieve their maximum potential. Developing individual goals is high on the list of priorities, as is the development of good relationships between teachers, staff, fellow students and parents.
Dance Chora is a fun place to be. It buzzes with activity each afternoon and all day Saturday. It is a safe and friendly place, where each child and student is treated with respect and where lasting friendships blossom. Finally, it is where the love of dance is taught through inspiration and care.
Kicks, Leaps and Turns *NEW IN 2020
Adults *NEW IN 2020
Our levels are based on a student’s year at school. Teachers can also move students up or down a level at their discretion so that the student’s needs are being catered to. If a child has been held back from starting school, they cannot dance up a level, they must dance with their year group cohort; there are no exceptions, so please do not make this request.
TINY TOTS………….2.5 YRS TO 5YRS (PRESCHOOL)
JUNIOR…………….……….………. ..YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2
INTERMEDIATE 1…..……..…......YEAR 3 AND YEAR 4
INTERMEDIATE 2….…...............YEAR 5 AND YEAR 6
INTER 2 & TEEN 1 TAP….Year 5, Year 6 and Year 7
TEEN ………………………….….…………YEAR 7 & YEAR 8
SENIOR…………………………...……..YEAR 9 to YEAR 12
GRADE 1 BALLET .....................YEAR 1 AND YEAR 2
GRADE 2 BALLET……..….…... ……....…………….YEAR 3
GRADE 3 BALLET………….……….………………....YEAR 4
GRADE 4 BALLET………………….………..…….…...YEAR 5
GRADE 5 BALLET……………………………..…….....YEAR 6
Must have completed Grade 5 Ballet exam to participate.
TEEN OPEN IF BALLET……….…………………….….Year 7
INTERMEDIATE BALLET……………………………….Year 8
Must have completed Inter Foundation Ballet exam to participate.
SENIOR OPEN AF BALLET.……………Year 9 to Year 12
LEVEL 1 TAP…………………….Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5
LEVEL 2 TAP……………..….……………..Year 6 and Year 7
LEVEL 3 TAP………………………….……..Year 8 to Year 12
Exams, Showgroup and Eisteddfods
Exams are offered in Ballet through the Royal Academy of Dance. Although exams are not compulsory for students who attend Ballet lessons, should students wish to partake in examinations, two RAD Ballet classes per week must be undertaken. There are extra costs involved in undertaking examinations. An ‘Expressions of Interest’ email will be sent in Term 1 regarding examinations.
Dance Chora’s Showgroup is an extension program for a selective group of dancers who display technique and skill above their age average. To accept a Showgroup invitation, a contract must be signed by a parent or guardian agreeing to the terms and a one-off annual payment must be made to cover the cost of eisteddfod/competition entries and costumes. Occasionally, different footwear is also required to be purchased. Ballet and Jazz are a Showgroup prerequisite as they improve posture, coordination, strength and technique, all of the base foundations needed to create a strong dancer. Students must also possess skills in a wide range of dance genres.
Eisteddfods and other public appearances are all part of Showgroup commitments. Showgroup class fees apply per term as per the 2020 fee schedule. Please do not make requests for Showgroup selection as it is by invitation only.
All members of staff are committed to continuing the traditions of inspiration, excellence and joy. They are professionally qualified, gifted teachers and are WWC checked.
Student teachers, who are in the process of training to be dance teachers at Dance Chora, are also carefully mentored.
Terms and Fee Payment
There are four terms in the year. Terms are usually 9 -10 weeks long, with the exception of terms with public holidays. The RLI is used as a polling place for local, state and federal elections. In the event of an election interrupting Saturday classes, refunds are not given, however, catch-up lessons are offered.
Term 1: Friday 31st January to Thursday 9th April
Term 2: Monday 27th April to Monday 29th June
Public Holiday Monday 8th June
Term 3: Monday 20th July to Saturday 26th September
Term 4: Monday 12th October to Saturday 12th December
Term fee invoices are sent via email before the commencement of each term, with the exception of Term 1, when invoices are sent at the end of the first week back. Term fees are payable by the due date stated on the invoice.
DANCE CHORA PREFERS BANK TRANSFER but also accepts cheques and cash. If you are paying by cash or cheque, please place fees in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and amount enclosed.
‘Fee schedule’ for 2020:
1 lesson per week = $145 per term
2 lessons per week = $255 per term
3 lessons per week = $360 per term
4 lessons per week = $465 per term
5 lessons per week = $570 per term
6 lessons per week = $675 per term
7 lessons per week = $780 per term
8 lessons per week = $885 per term
9 lessons per week = $990 per term
10 lessons per week and over = $1095 per term capped
*Siblings are totalled together.
Active Kids Vouchers
Dance Chora is an Active Kids Provider. Please send through your voucher details: Name, Number and DOB, we will process your voucher and re-issue your invoice. Active Kids Vouchers will not be accepted after the due date on an invoice.
Private lessons are organised by our teachers to fulfil the requirements for exam criteria or to develop a student’s technique. Private lessons are a privilege and are not offered to students with poor attendance. Please call Trudi to discuss lesson options. A private lesson is not a guarantee for an eisteddfod entry or concert routine.
Absence, Late Fees and Penalties
Refunds are not given unless absence is longer than 4 weeks due to ill health or injury stated on a doctor’s certificate. If a student is absent without DC’s knowledge for 3 or more consecutive lessons, their registration will be forfeited and their position will go to someone on the waiting list. Dance Chora does not offer catch up lessons for missed lessons under any circumstances.
If your child is going to be absent from dancing, please send a short message via SMS to 0409902836. If you are going to be late for pick up, please call us to let us know ASAP.
If an invoiced amount is not received by us within 7 days of the due date, a late fee of $30 will be charged. Unfortunately, a student’s registration will be cancelled if term fees are outstanding after the fourth week of term.
Trialling a class or holding a place
DC offers trial classes to all registered students giving them the opportunity to try different dance styles. We cannot offer trials if you are not registered. By completing a registration form, you will secure a space, then if you try the class and decide to discontinue, your place can go to someone else on the waiting list. Trials cannot be offered if a class is full. If you register for a class and are a no-show, your place in the class is forfeited. Trials are charged at a pro-rata rate.
Our ‘Showcase’ Concert is held in Term 4. Children and parents get a taste of real theatre, complete with full-scale rehearsals, costumes, makeup, lights, music and a live audience. This experience of performing is vital to the development of the young dancer, as well as being thrilling, exciting and fun.
There is a strong focus on concert routines during Term 3 and Term 4 classes. New registrations are not accepted in term 4.
Costume charges are also due in Term 3 (see below). It is imperative that students, who are enrolled for Term 3 commit to their classes for the remainder of the year. If a student wishes to discontinue a class, please call Trudi before the commencement of Term 3 so that routines can be choreographed with ease and to avoid a costume charge.
A one-off rehearsal fee is charged for all showcase rehearsals and is added to the Costume Hire invoice.
Our concert is held at NIDA Parade Theatre in Kensington.
This year Showcase will be held on Monday 23rd November and Tuesday 24th November
We hold two evening shows and our students dance at both, with the exception of Tiny Tots, who only dance in one show.
Students will be required to attend a Tech rehearsal during school hours on either Monday 23rd November or Tuesday 24th November. We ask parents to agree to these terms when registering at DC.
DC costume hire invoices will be emailed to families early in Term 3. Costume fees are payable by the due date listed on the invoice. Costume fees are NON-REFUNDABLE. Occasionally, certain footwear is required for our concert and is to be purchased separately.
-Grade 1 Ballet
1 lesson per week = $45
2 lessons per week = $90
3 lessons per week = $135
4 lessons per week = $180
5 lessons per week = $225
6 lessons per week = $270
7 lessons per week = $315
8 lessons per week = $360
9 lessons per week = $405
10 lessons per week= $450
All other students:
1 lesson per week = $55
2 lessons per week = $110
3 lessons per week = $165
4 lessons per week = $220
5 lessons per week = $275
6 lessons per week = $330
7 lessons per week = $385
8 lessons per week = $440
9 lessons per week = $495
10 lessons per week= $550
Costumes are not distributed until costume fees are finalised.
Our Dance Chora uniform is compulsory for all students. T-shirts, tanks and/or Hoodies must be worn to and from dancing. Underneath, a DC leotard or Teen/Senior singlet is compulsory dancewear (with the exception of Hip Hop students) so that the teacher can see the students correct body alignment. Hair should be tied up securely in a bun. Please read below to check the requirements for each class.
Tiny Tots: Dance Chora Tutu and pink leather Ballet shoes.
Kinderdance: Dance Chora Tutu or DC leotard and DC Shorts, Black Jazz shoes.
Ballet: DC leotard, Theatrical pink performance tights or ballet socks. Pink leather Ballet shoes, hair secured in a bun.
Acro & Contemporary: DC leotard, DC crop or Teen/Senior Singlet, DC shorts. No footwear required. Footless skin tone performance tights optional. Hair secured in a bun.
Tap, Jazz Funk, Conditioning, Kicks, Leaps, Turns and Musical Theatre: DC leotard, DC crop or Teen/Senior Singlet, DC shorts. Black Jazz shoes full or split sole. Black tap shoes. Skin Tone performance tights optional, hair secured in a bun.
Hip Hop: DC Tank, DC shorts, Sneakers/Runners of your choice. Black and White high top converse are required for Showcase.
To complete an online order from the uniform shop visit the website:
Orders take 5-10 business days to process depending on our suppliers. Visit our website to view our uniform and prices: www.dancechora.com.au/uniform
Every student should have a safe and enjoyable experience at Dance Chora. Students should listen to and follow the teacher’s instructions.
They should show respect to their teachers and fellow students. Intimidation, bullying, harassment, verbal abuse or any other acts of unacceptable behaviour will result in suspension from classes or expulsion from Dance Chora. This expectation extends to the parents and guardians of our students. No refunds will be given under these circumstances.
Due to the Randwick Literary Institute being a public building, we recommend the following guidelines for the safeguarding of our students:
-Students should not arrive more than 15 minutes before their first lesson.
-Children are not allowed to move around the building unsupervised.
-Parents must wait outside the dance rooms to give every student the greatest opportunity to focus during lessons.
-Students are under the supervision and care of the staff at Dance Chora during class times, however, this duty of care does not extend beyond class times or outside the building.
Please contact us if you will be late for pick up BEFORE your child's class ends.
Parents/guardians must read and submit a registration form at the beginning of each new year. Parents are still responsible to notify Dance Chora in writing of any Medical condition, complaint or history suffered by the student, which prevents the student from engaging in passive or physical activity.
By submitting the registration form, the signatory agrees that all activity at Dance Chora is undertaken at the student’s own risk. Dance Chora accepts no responsibility or liability for personal injury or property damage arising from any activity undertaken at or on behalf of the school.
If you do not wish for your child’s photos to be used publicly or for promotional purposes please specify this in writing to Dance Chora.
Full uniform is expected in every class as per uniform requirements.
Use of mobile phones during class time is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
Whilst we offer many opportunities for you to see your child 'in action', Dance Chora classes are student only classes to ensure that:
- All students in the class can concentrate and focus on their teacher's instructions and directions
- There is one clear teaching figure in the room
- Classes remain calm and under control at all times
- Your child effectively learns to take direction from someone other than his or her parents
- There is minimal disruption to class proceedings
- Children gain confidence and independence
We will respond to your texts, calls and emails within our business hours. If you wish to contact our staff, please let us know and we will put them in touch with you.
How to Register
OUR 2020 REGISTRATIONS WILL RE-OPEN HERE AGAIN SOON!
All returning students must complete a 2020 registration form online.
NEW REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED IN TERM 4, 2020.
Dance Chora will attempt to accommodate all students, but cannot guarantee placement into the desired classes.
Trudi Jelfs: 0409902836