Maple Academy of Performing Arts

Maple Academy of Performing Arts


Frequently asked questions

You’re bound to have questions and you’ll find many of the most frequently asked ones here.
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If you need further information not covered here, please get in touch via our Contact page.

What happens if the teacher is ill?2022-02-03T16:04:23+00:00

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.

What happens if I’m late collecting my child?2022-02-03T15:57:29+00:00

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.

Can I stay and watch my child?2022-02-03T15:57:39+00:00

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.

When do I pay?2022-02-03T15:57:43+00:00

You are expected to pay for each half term in advance. An invoice is sent out at the second lesson of each half-term.

How is ISTD different to others?2022-02-03T15:57:49+00:00

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.

What syllabus do you follow?2022-02-03T15:57:53+00:00

We follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus with exams being available at the London headquarters.

Who are you qualified with?2022-02-03T15:57:58+00:00
What age is suitable for each class?2022-02-03T15:58:02+00:00

Please see the timetable for more information.

What should my child/I wear?2022-02-03T15:58:06+00:00

We pride ourselves on being very flexible with regards to uniform, but we do have some guidelines.

For ballet, a leotard and skirt, ballet tights or ballet socks, and ballet shoes (girls – pink satin for exams and shows. Boys – black leather for exams and shows). For contemporary, tap and modern a more informal approach is taken and any dancewear is permitted within reason.

What should I wear for my first lesson?2022-02-03T15:58:10+00:00

Comfortable clothes that you can move in. Leggings, t-shirt and bare feet are suitable for most classes.

When does term start/finish?2022-02-23T22:52:27+00:00

Please see the term dates page. Each term, a letter is sent to parents/guardians with details of term dates.

Where do you teach?2022-02-23T22:53:06+00:00

The classes are held at Great Shelford and Stapleford. Different styles and ages are catered for at each location, please click here for more information.

What types of dance do you teach?2022-02-03T15:58:26+00:00

Ballet, tap, modern, and contemporary.

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