2021/22 Registration Dance Package
I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy. Like you, we’re excited to get back to routine and very eager to dance again. You are all greatly missed; what’s normally a hustling and bustling studio with so much life has never felt so lonely. Any other year, we would be full swing into registration and gearing up for our much-anticipated annual recital. However, 2021 has thrown us some curve balls! On the bright side, it’s comforting to know that this can’t last forever and once we’re back, every day dancing will be a gift!
With that said, we’ve been thinking about our 2021/22 season and considering how social distancing measures can be applied in our environment. As a result, we have been proactive and made some changes that are likely to be enforced by Public Health.
1) To stagger foot-traffic and allow for cleaning, we have added 10 minutes between all back-to-back lessons. (Each class will be 5 minutes shorter with 5 minutes added in between.)
2) Until we get the green light to enroll more students, all classes will initially be capped at 8 dancers. Should the ministry allow increased volume, we will absolutely expand our numbers and additional students will be registered. Running at 50% capacity means that classes are sure to fill up quickly. To be fair, we will take note of when registrations come in and work on a first come, first serve basis for waiting lists.
3) We will be quick to adapt and implement all rules put in place for a safe opening. Some MAY include limiting family members in the studio, utilizing studio fire escape doors leading to open air (instead of the main entrance), coming dressed in dance clothes / avoiding changeroom and suggesting PPE for teachers and students.
When browsing through the registration info, please be aware that our planning is based solely on speculation. The true makeup of our year will depend on guidelines put in place by public health. Changes are inevitable as we learn more about Covid 19 regulations for public places. Should our opening be delayed, rest assured that you will only be charged for the classes we are able to run. Alternatively, if things go well, we will accept more registrations and increase class sizes as permitted.
Again, thank you for your patience and I hope that all of you are keeping active during this down-time. Remember, if you’re looking for some inspiration at home, Allegro is still offering weekly virtually classes to keep you connected while the studio is closed. Please email us if you have any questions pertaining to next year or would like to enroll for online learning.
STYLES OF DANCE OFFERED AT ALLEGRO
Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with acrobatics. Unlike conventional gymnastics, no apparatus is used. The tricks performed in this class are typically taught on mats and eventually move to the floor. Students in this class will focus on improving their strength and flexibility so that they are able to safely execute the moves that are demonstrated in an Acro routine. This fun and dynamic class is a favourite of kids that like to be on the move and is offered in several levels to accommodate the various degrees of expertise and strength. Acro is well demonstrated in professional dance performances such as Cirque du Soleil.
Classical Ballet is the most elegant yet technical of all dance forms and also the foundation for all dance. Students in ballet class will work on their posture, grace, balance and muscle control through a series of traditional exercises performed at the barre and in the center. Ballet is a fun and expressive dance class that inspires an appreciation for movement and classical music. Most major cities worldwide are represented by a classical ballet company including Toronto’s National Ballet of Canada and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company in Manitoba.
Conditioning is a class that focuses on strength and flexibility through a series of exercises performed primarily on a mat. It is different from a regular exercise class because it concentrates on elongating, stretching and fine-tuning the muscles and body parts that are used specifically for dance.
Creative Movement is a fast paced and interactive class that introduces pre-schoolers to the fundamentals of dance. This class allows beginners to express themselves through instinctual movement and musical interpretation. Basic ballet steps and exercises for strength and flexibility are combined with imaginative games to keep young dancers inspired and stimulated while having fun. A variety of age-appropriate music is played in this class ranging from classical symphony and piano tunes to Disney themes and Children’s traditional sing-along songs.
Hip Hop is an eclectic street style of dance that is performed in running shoes to current upbeat tempos. The dynamic moves taught in Hip Hop class are fast, stylish, funky and similar to those seen in music videos. This class is appropriate for high energy dancers that are driven by a beat. Similar to a Jazz class, Hip Hop is broken down into 3 parts – warm up, corner work/technique and choreography. Students in a Hip Hop class will work on their strength, co-ordination and musicality through intricate fun and free choreography. The routines in a Hip Hop class also provide a great cardio workout while exercising the mind and memory.
Jazz is a lively and expressive dance form that combines contemporary moves with ballet technique. This is a high energy, fun class that encourages rhythm, coordination, strength and flexibility. A jazz class is typically divided into 3 parts – warm up, corner work and choreography. The pace of a jazz class is much quicker than a classical ballet class and is conducive to high energy dancers that like to jump and move. The music played in this class ranges from top 40 current tunes that you might hear on the radio to classic rock, pop and jazz songs, usually with an upbeat tempo. Many of the entertaining moves taught in Jazz class are commonly seen in Broadway shows and musicals as well as music videos.
Lyrical / Contemporary dance combines elements from ballet, modern and jazz techniques. Lyrical is often set to pop music with vocals and the choreography tells a story to imitate the lyrics of the music where Contemporary may be performed to classical songs without words. Lyrical & Contemporary dance combine gestures, facial expressions, emotions and drama with technique that is less conventional than ballet. Since this class focuses primarily on choreography, it is recommended for more experienced dancers who have trained in traditional ballet and jazz first. Lyrical at Allegro is offered to dancers ages 8+ that are also enrolled in ballet or jazz.
Pointe is a form of ballet presented on the tips of the toes, made possible by specialized pointe shoes. Ballet en pointe focuses on grace, strength and technique. Dancers must have good ballet training and present sufficient body awareness and control in their core, legs, ankles and feet before beginning pointe work. Usually students will be at least 10-12 years of age before going en pointe. This is because bones and growth plates in the feet are often not yet fully developed prior to this age and can be injured by pointe work, despite the strength and skill that the student may have. Pointe at Allegro must also be coupled with a technical ballet class in soft shoes.
Tap dancing is a very musical form of dance that concentrates on precise footwork and rhythm. In this fun & lively class, dancers will learn to incorporate syncopated beats with the melody of the music. In a tap class, the emphasis is primarily on footwork and most of the choreography happens from the waist down. This class is extremely effective in fusing musicality with co-ordination and focuses on many of the same elements that would be introduced in a music class. Tap is a dance form that is constantly evolving, however many of the traditional steps taught in this class are similar to those performed in musical as well as classical tappers such as Fred Astaire or Gregory Hines.
IMPORTANT DATES 2021-22
Jun 25 1st Instalment due & processed – Pre-Registration
Aug 27 1st Instalment due & processed – Regular Tuition
Sept 13 First day of classes!!!
Oct 11 Studio closed for Thanksgiving
Nov 15 Comp Dancers – 2nd Installment due & processed
Dec 19-Jan 2 Studio closed for the Holidays
Jan 3 Rec. Dancers – 2nd Instalment due & processed
Feb 14 Comp Dancers – 3rd Instalment
Feb 15 Studio closed for Family Day
Mar 14-20 Studio closed for March Break
Apr 15 Studio closed for Good Friday
May 23 Studio closed for Victoria Day
Jun 7 Recreational Dress Rehearsal
Jun 11 Last day of classes
Jun 18 RECITAL!!!!
*** Please note that all regular classes will run on ***
long-weekend Saturdays, as well as on Easter Monday.
ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF DANCE UNIFORM 2021-22
- Long hair must always be pulled back into a pony tail or bun (for ballet).
- Please – no decorative hair clips or hair bands and limit jewelry to small earrings and rings.
- Please write your name in all dancewear and shoes.
- Please note that uniforms will be enforced. If a student is not dressed in dancewear they will receive one warning. After that, they may have to sit out. Unless you are a Hip Hop dancer, please do not come to class in street wear or baggy clothes.
….BALLET – RECREATIONAL*.
CREATIVE MOVEMENT & PRE BALLET
- black or pink bodysuit (any style)
- ballet soft pink tights (convertible or footed) or bare legs with white ankle socks
- small (attached or separate) skirts optional – NO TUTUS
- pink ballet slippers (leather or canvas / full-sole or split-sole)
BALLET 1 & UP
- black bodysuit (any style)
- ballet soft pink tights or bare legs with white ankle socks
- pink ballet slippers (leather or canvas / full-sole or split-sole)
For your first pair, we recommend pointe shoes be fitted at The Shoe Room, Toronto. For Rec Dancers,
pointe shoes will not be required for the first 3 classes while working on Pre-Pointe strengthening exercises.
….JAZZ / TAP / ACRO / LYRICAL….
- black bodysuit or black form fitting half top (with dance shorts)
- beige tights (convertible or footed) or bare legs with beige socks
- black dance shorts are optional over tights – NO BAGGY SHORTS OR TRACK PANTS
***JAZZ*** – beige jazz shoes with small heel (leather or canvas)
***TAP*** – black tap shoes – any style (Please purchase from a dancewear store. Shoes from Walmart, etc. cut the floor when screws come loose from taps.)
***ACRO** – Bare feet
***LYRICAL*** – Body Wrappers” beige pleated half-soles or beige jazz shoes (leather or canvas)
….HIP HOP – RECREATIONAL….
- Comfortable clothing (t-shirts, track pants / shorts) – NO JEANS OR SKIRTS. Please avoid labels and graphics.
- Clean soled running shoes or jazz sneakers – black low-cut Converse type shoes to be purchased for recital.
- Please do not wear your sneakers into the studio from outside; change into them once in the school.
- BALLET – white t-shirt & black shorts or black tights & black ballet slippers
- JAZZ / TAP / ACRO / LYRICAL – white t-shirt & black shorts & required shoes (as noted above)
- Jazz – Beige slip-on So Danca leather jazz shoes / Mondor “Caramel” convertible tights.
- Ballet – Pink So Danca canvas split sole ballet slippers / Mondor “Ballet Pink” footed tights.
- Lyrical – Body Wrappers Beige leather pleated half-soles / Mondor “Caramel” convertible tights or bare legs.
Hair in a bun for ALL classes
TUITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS 2021-22
FOR RECREATIONAL DANCERS, THERE WILL BE 36 WEEKS OF INSTRUCTION THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, DIVIDED INTO TWO EQUAL PAYMENTS. THE FIRST PAYMENT WILL COVER CLASSES BEGINNING ON MON. SEPT 13, 2021 AND THE SECOND WILL COVER CLASSES BEGINNING ON MON. JAN 31, 2022. DUE TO STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, MONDAY DANCERS WILL ONLY RECEIVE 33 WEEKS OF INSTRUCTION PER YEAR AND HAVE AN ADJUSTED PRICE TO REFLECT THE MISSED CLASSES. TO SECURE A PLACE IN A RECREATIONAL DANCE CLASS, 2 POST-DATED CHEQUES OR CREDIT CARD NUMBER MUST BE INCLUDED ON OR WITH THE REGISTRATION FORM.
COMPETITIVE DANCERS WILL HAVE THEIR FEES DIVIDED INTO 3 EQUAL INSTALLMENTS. THE FIRST WILL BE DUE ON JUNE 25, 2021 (for pre-reg prices) OR AUG. 27, 2021 (for regular prices) AND NOV. 15, 2021 AND FEB. 14, 2022. DUE TO STATUTORY HOLIDAYS, COMP DANCE CLASSES SCHEDULED ON MONDAYS WILL ONLY RECEIVE 33 WEEKS OF INSTRUCTION PER YEAR AND HAVE AN ADJUSTED TERM PRICE TO REFLECT THE MISSED CLASSES. TO SECURE A PLACE IN THE COMPETITIVE DANCE PROGRAM, 3 POST DATED CHEQUES OR A CREDIT CARD NUMBER MUST BE INCLUDED ON OR WITH THE REGISTRATION FORM.
IF YOUR CHILD WISHES TO WITHDRAW FROM A RECREATIONAL DANCE CLASS, ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF DANCE MUST RECEIVE WRITTEN NOTICE BEFORE AUG 27, 2021 FOR TERM 1 or BEFORE JAN 3, 2022 FOR TERM 2. IF WRITTEN NOTICE IS RECEIVED, THEN YOUR CHEQUES WILL NOT BE DEPOSITED OR YOUR CARD WILL NOT BE BILLED. EXCEPTIONS WILL NOT BE MADE TO ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF DANCE’S REFUND POLICY UNLESS A DOCTOR’S NOTE HAS BEEN RECEIVED, IN WHICH CASE A STUDIO CREDIT MAY BE ISSUED.
IF YOUR CHILD WISHES TO WITHDRAW FROM THE COMPETITIVE PROGRAM, ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF DANCE MUST RECEIVE WRITTEN NOTICE BEFORE AUG. 27, 2021 FOR TERM 1 or BEFORE NOV. 15, 2021 FOR TERM 2 or BEFORE FEB. 14, 2022 FOR TERM 3. IF WRITTEN NOTICE IS RECEIVED, THEN YOUR CHEQUES WILL NOT BE DEPOSITED OR YOUR CARD WILL NOT BE CHARGED. EXCEPTIONS WILL NOT BE MADE TO ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF DANCE’S REFUND POLICY UNLESS A DOCTOR’S NOTE HAS BEEN RECEIVED IN WHICH CASE A CREDIT MAY BE ISSUED. PLEASE NOTE, REGARDLESS OF THE REASON, FOR COMPETITIVE DANCERS, THERE WILL BE A $250 WITHDRAW FEE DEDUCTED FROM THE REFUNDED AMOUNT OF FEES RETURNED TO YOU.
IF YOU HAVE PRE-REGISTERED BUT CHOOSE TO WITHDRAW FROM CLASSES AFTER JUNE 25, 2021 AND BEFORE AUGUST 27, 2021 YOUR FULL TUITION AND COSTUME DEPOSIT FOR TERM 1 WILL BE REFUNDED MINUS A $30 PROCESSING FEE, FOR EACH REGISTERED CLASS. A COSTUME FEE FOR THE YEAR-END RECITAL HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE TERM PRICE FOR ALL RECREATIONAL & COMPETITIVE GROUP CLASSES. IF YOUR CHILD WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING IN THE RECITAL, PLEASE INFORM ALLEGRO SCHOOL OF DANCE BEFORE JAN. 3, 2022 AND YOUR TERM 2 CHEQUE WILL BE ADJUSTED FOR THE TOTAL COST OF THE COSTUME. IF YOUR CHILD CHOOSES NOT TO CONTINUE FOR TERM 2, YOUR COSTUME DEPOSIT FROM TERM 1 WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. ALL COMPETITIVE SOLO, DUET, SMALL GROUP AND OPTIONAL CLASS COSTUMES ARE IN ADDITION TO THE COMPETITIVE PRICE LIST AND WILL BE INVOICED INDIVIDUALLY DEPENDING ON THE COSTUME
FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES, IT IS MANDATORY FOR PARENTS TO SIGN AND AGREE TO THE “RELEASE OF LIABILITY” FORM BELOW. DANCERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN ANY CLASS UNLESS THIS FORM HAS BEEN SIGNED AND RETURNED.
**AFTER AUGUST 27, 2021 THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR RECREATIONAL TERM 1 PAYMENTS**
**AFTER JANUARY 3, 2022 THERE WILL BE NO REFUNDS FOR RECREATIONAL TERM 2 PAYMENTS**
**A $35 SERVICE CHARGE WILL BE APPLIED TO ALL RETURNED AND NSF CHEQUES**
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 2021-22
- Make-Up Classes – Students are allowed two make-up classes per term. Please notify the studio before attending a make-up class. Classes that fall on statutory holidays are not made up because term fees have been adjusted for Monday classes.
- Extreme Weather or Unexpected Interruption of Classes – If the studio must cancel classes due to extreme weather or events beyond our control such as power outages, etc, the missed lessons will be not be made-up, however dancers are invited to join another similar class on the schedule to make-up the missed one. No refunds will be given due to the circumstances listed above. Please check the website after 12 noon (on weekdays) or after 8am (on Saturdays) for cancellations or call the studio and check our voice mail.
- Substitute Teachers – The studio reserves the right to provide a substitute teacher if the regularly scheduled teacher is ill or otherwise unable to teach classes. If the teacher is ill and the studio cannot arrange a substitute, any missed classes will be made-up.
- Care of Students – The studio is not responsible for providing before or after class care for students. Parents with students under the age of 5 should stay at the studio during classes. Students are not to be left at the studio for excessive time before or after class.
- Dance Dress Code – Required dancewear and dance shoes must be worn to all classes. Failure to wear required dancewear to class could result in students being asked to sit out. Long hair must also be tied back neatly in a ponytail or bun for all dancers.
CLASSES BEGIN ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021