Lyric Dance Studio get asked all kinds of questions on a regular basis, so here are some of the most popular questions with an answer from us 🙂
Tell me about your dance school ?
Lyric Dance and Drama School is private limited company. In other words we are a private dance school.
We specialise in providing Ballet, Modern & Performing Arts classes for children from 2 to 12 years old, using the structured IDTA (International Dance Teaching Association) system of Education. This means we also give our students regular opportunity to take an assessment and examination in Ballet under the internationally recognised procedures.
Where are the classes held ?
Lyric Dance & Performing Arts School has a several branches across London. We are located in Kingston upon Thames, New Malden, Stratford, Wood Green & Edmonton Green. To see school you are interested in on a Google map please visit our page “LOCATION & TIME” from the top menu.
All our branches have excellent facilities. Kingston upon Thames, Stratford and Wood Green studios are located at secondary schools, therefore are sometimes are subject to the schools rules and may occasionally reschedule classes to avoid clashing with schools events.
Are the dance and drama teachers qualified ?
All our dance and drama teachers have bachelor’s degrees, as well as qualified under the International Dance Teachers Association or other similar dance and drama boards. All our staff hold current DBS certificates to work with children.
How many students does each class consists ?
We are keen to keep size of our classes small. The number of kids in each class is limited to allow for greater personal attention and quality of teaching.
Classes will typically have 10 – 13 pupils
Do you offer a trial lesson ?
Yes we do ! To book your trial class at discounted £5.00 rate please click here , or look under the “BOOKING” section in the top menu bar.
How can I reserve a place for my child ?
The place will be secured automatically , once you set up online your monthly subscription.
What is a subscription?
Your booking is not limited to one term, subscriptions run throughout the year with payments on the 1st of each month, until we receive 1 full month’s notice to leave. A cover charge might be added to your first monthly payment for any classes taken before the 1st of the month.
When does the subscription run from and to?
The subscription will run from September 1st to August 31st every year. The monthly fee is based on the total number of weeks taught throughout the whole year. A one-off cover charge will be added to the start of any subscription started after September 1st to ensure all classes are paid for. You will only ever pay for the number of classes attended, including the 4 week cancellation period, should you wish to cancel. A refund will be processed if you have overpaid.
How do I pay for the dance classes?
The best way to pay is online through our shop by clicking here or select “BOOKING” and then selecting location of the classes from the main menu.
You will also receive the receipt of you booking confirmation immediately by email. Our Website has been designed to be mobile friendly, so payments can also be taken via your mobile phone at www.lyricdance.com.
Can I pay on the day ?
To ensure you place is reserved and to minimise disruption to classes we operate an online payment policy. It is important you organise your payment before the term starts or after your trial class.
Can my child still join the classes if a term has already started ?
Yes of course, we welcome new joiners at any point during the term. Those who register part way through a term, will only pay for the remaining lessons in that term. Please note: we can only accept your child half way through the term if we have available places. Alternatively we can sign you to the ‘Waiting list’ and notify later if any places will be available.
What age can my child start Dance and Drama Classes ?
Most children are ready to start “Tippie Toes” ballet class at 2 years of age. Introduction to performing arts classes are from 3 years old.
Can Boys come to Dance or Drama classes ?
Absolutely !! Boys are always welcome to join, and we have several in our classes. The adventures that we go on are suitable for both boys and girls.
What should kids wear to the trial Lesson ?
They can wear anything that they can move freely in (for example shorts, t-shirt, leggings and skirt) and soft shoes or bare feet for ballet, and hard soled shoes for tap classes. Some of the little ballerinas might be upset when they arrive and are not in ‘pink’ like the rest of the class, so if they have a princess dress or something similar they can wear that for trial class.
Do students have to wear a set dance uniform ?
Yes, All pupils are expected to wear the correct clothing for ballet classes. Please note: we only accept our school uniform! Both shoes & uniform are available from the school website. Individual items may also be purchased if required. Please visit our page to find out how to order uniform for your child by clicking here or select “BOOKING” and then selecting “BUY DANCE UNIFORMS” from the main menu.
Later in the Year if your child decides to do their exams, they will also need to purchase some specific items. The girls require special socks, ballet shoes and hairband, while the boys require a white top and socks. These will also be available form our uniform supplier.
Dancers must appear in class with long hair in a bun and short hair secured off the face.
Can we stay and watch the lesson ?
In our experience, children relax, pay attention, and enjoy the lessons far more without a parent or carer watching as it tends be very distracting to the class. Therefore parents are only allowed to settle a child in for their first class in rare circumstances when the child is feeling quite uncomfortable, or when we commence a totally new class as a group introduction. Our classrooms have glass viewing windows in them, which permit you to observe your children without disturbing the class should you wish.
For the ‘Tippie Toes’ (2-3 years old) class parents / carers are encouraged to participate in this class and dance together with their children, stimulating them to participate in full, and follow the teacher.
During the year all students are given regular opportunities to show their dancing to family and friends. The school typically holds parent “watch days” once or twice each year.
We also have kids “Showtime” each year, which is the great opportunity for kids to perform an on stage performance for a routine learned through the year. These on stage performances are enormously beneficial for children as it helps to eliminate shyness and build their self-confidence, as well as being very enjoyable experience for kids and children alike.
Do the children have to do exams ?
The exams are entirely optional, and there is no requirement to do them unless your child wants to. The exams are designed to provide the children with both a goal and a subsequent sense of achievement, and we find that they show great excitement when receiving their certificates afterwards.
If your child want to do the exams…
We pride ourselves in preparing our students well, and as a result we consistently have a very high pass rate for the exams. It is key that students are well prepared for these exams. It is important that sufficient time is allowed for students to develop the necessary technical skills and artistic qualities required at any given level. Each child who is keen to be entered for exams MUST attend additional classes for at least 10 weeks prior to the day of their exam (ie. an additional 10 classes) . This will enable them to feel confident about their work and therefore be seen at their best.
Parents will be given approximately 2 months notice of upcoming exam dates, and will then be asked if they want their children to participate. There will be an additional charge for doing the exam, to cover the cost of the IDTA examiner and compulsory formal exam ballet shoes.
The Lyric Dance and Performing Arts School is proud to offer all our students an opportunity to participate in a stage performance. We usually hold the performance once a year at the end of an academic year. Taking part in the performance helps to build kids confidence and improve their self-esteem along with overcome shyness. It also gives them an exciting and unforgettable experience, and of course helps them to understand the purpose of working hard for the whole year.
Unlike most of other dance schools in UK we don’t ask our students to buy stage costumes (which are generally £40-£50 each) to participate in a show. We offer our children free use of costumes on the day of the performance .
However, apart from costumes expenses, there are also several other costs required to put on the event, such as hiring the premises with an appropriate stage, inviting additional school staff and teachers to look after kids during the show and the rehearsal time, etc. Therefore to be able to organise these wonderful events we have to ask parents to support the school and kids by buying tickets for the show. We always work hard to keep the ticket costs as low as possible, and welcome you to invite other guests and family, with additional tickets attracting a discount. We look forward to celebrating this wonderful fun event together!
Will my child participate in a performance?
We usually welcome all our students to participate in an annual performance, however if your child has recently joined our school in the last term before the performance, or her/his dance skills is not secure yet, the teacher will confirm with you if we still can offer you participation in that show.
The performance is usually combine two parts:
- Ballet Demonstration – with participation of all our students, to show their learning achievements. Kids who were prepared for ballet exam will demonstrate the exercises from the exams, so you will have the opportunity to see their skills.Please note: apart from the usual ballet outfit, students will also be required to wear smart satin ballet shoes, ballet socks and pink hairnet (The same one they use for their ballet exam)
- Show time – is the actual show, where kids will be dressed up in costumes and dance on stage. The costumes will be handed out to children on the dress rehearsal and should be returned to the school staff straight after the performance. The failure to return the outfits will lead to a replacement cost of £45.00 per costume.
Please try to attend dance lessons regularly, so your child will know the programme for the show better.
Do we have to pay for missed classes?
We understand that sometimes you have special circumstances and cannot bring child to one of the dance or performing arts classes. We can invite you to attend an alternative online class for the one you have missed.
Do you run classes in the school holidays ?
No we do not, the dance & drama school closes during the schools holidays and half terms. Please click “Location & Time” main menu to see all term dates.
Is there somewhere I can wait while my child in a class ?
Yes, all our venues have waiting areas. If your child is very small and requires supervision for the toilet during the lesson please wait near the studio, so the teacher can call you if required. *Please Note: Due to the current situation with Covid 19 most of the premises are not allow parents to wait inside.
Is there parking available ?
- Stratford (currently only for drop off and pick up) & Newham – Parking is available
- Kingston: Nuffield Health Gym – Parking available (pay & display), Tiffin Boys School Parking available
- Wood Green: Parking is available on schools premises.
- Edmonton Green: Fee paying NCP Car Park nearby
Cancellation – how much notice do I need to give to cancel my subscription?
Please note that we require a minimum of 1 months notice from the 1st of every month. For example, if you give notice on the 19th October, your payment on the 1st of November will still come out and you will be entitled to stay in class until the end of November.
Paying upfront is a big commitment what happens if my child is not sure yet about the dance classes?
We do understand that not everyone might like dance as much as we do. So if after 2 sessions your child changes his/her mind you will receive a full refund for the remaining weeks of the term minus a £15 administration fee. Please note, sometimes little kids need 3–4 weeks to settle into class and feel comfortable in their new environment and routine.
Please note that there are NO refunds for remaining dance lessons within a current term after 14 days from term commencement.
Do you charge an administration fee for classes ?
No, we do not charge administration fees for booking classes online, or to join our dance school. However if you decided to discontinue classes after two weeks from your payment for a term, we will ask you to pay a small fee of £15.00 to cover our administrators time to update our systems and organise refunds.
If I have two kids is it any privilege in payment ?
Yes, we offer 20% discount for your second child classes. Also we do understand that it is difficult sometimes to allocate full amount in one go when you have more than one child, so we offer you possibility of payment in two installments : 50% of the cost for classes will need to be paid before the term starts, and the other 50% one month later. To arrange this special condition of payment please send as email to info@Lyricdance.com
If my child would like to attend two dance classes per week is it any privilege in payment?
Yes, we offer 20% discount for any additional classes. Also we do understand that it is difficult sometimes to allocate full amount in one go, so we offer you possibility of payment in two installments: 50% of the cost for classes will need to be paid before the term starts, and the other 50% one month later. To arrange this special condition of payment please send as email to info@Lyricdance.com