Frequently asked questions

What types of dance do you teach?
Ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary.
Where do you teach?
The classes are held at Soham, Great Shelford and Stapleford. Different styles and ages are catered for at each location, please click here for more information.
When does term start/finish?
Please see the term dates page. Each term, a newsletter is sent to parents/guardians with details of term dates.
What should I wear for my first lesson?
Comfortable clothes that you can move in. Leggings, t-shirt and bare feet are suitable for most classes.
What should my child/I wear?
We pride ourselves on being flexible with regards to uniform, but we do have some guidelines.

For ballet, regulation leotard and skirt, ballet tights for grade 1 and up, ballet socks for Primary, ballet shoes grade 1 and up (pink satin with ribbons for exams and shows), ballet shoes for Primary (pink satin with elastic for exams and shows). For jazz and contemporary, a more informal approach is taken and any dancewear is permitted within reason. For tap and modern, leotard and tights or leotard and jazz pants (shoe must be visible) or a catsuit, tap shoes (with teletone taps for grade 4 and up)

What age is suitable for each class?
Please see the timetable for more information.
Who are you qualified with?
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD).
What syllabus do you follow?
We follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus with exams being available at the London headquarters.
How is ISTD different to others?
The ISTD differs from other syllabi by incorporating unset work in its exams, this prepares students for any auditions they may encounter. For those who pass exams with exceptional results, there is the opportunity to take part in national competitions resulting in bursaries and recognition.
When do I pay?
You are expected to pay for each half term in advance. An invoice is sent out at the second lesson of each half-term.
Can I stay and watch my child?
During your child's first lesson in the Nursery class parents/guardians should feel free to watch, after this we do not allow parents/guardians to watch as this tends to distract their child. Your child will be safe under the care of a teacher who has an enhanced CRB check as well as over 10 years experience of teaching.
What happens if I'm late collecting my child?
Please try not to be as this can cause serious logistical problems for the teacher who will often have further lessons to teach (not necessarily at the same location). If you are going to be late, please call +44 (0)7796 503 729 to let us know. The teacher will keep any uncollected children in the hall with them, teaching whilst keeping your child safe.
What happens if the teacher is ill?
Every effort will be made to find a suitable alternative teacher. However, due to the high standards of teaching, this will not always be possible. In this case, you will receive a phone call to let you know that the class is cancelled. For that reason, we do ask parents and older students for their contact details.