FAQ

Frequestly Asked Questions

Our #1 Question: Do I have to make costumes?!

It’s O.K. if you don’t sew, as we hire out costumes. Phew! But if you love to help, we would love to have you! You certainly don’t have to do costumes, but if you like sewing, let us know!! Parents may get involved by painting scenery or constructing or finding items for performances, co-ordinating classes or printing up programs, manning the BBQ or even selling raffle tickets – it’s easy to get involved.

Are there any other costs on top of the term fees?

There is a levy for our production & costume hire & it’s broken up into three payments throughout the year on term 2, 3 & 4 invoices. The costume hire is usually between $25 & $60 per costume, on a sliding scale down, depending on how many items you do.

Is there a concert?

Yes, our annual performance is held in late November or very early December. We also have a mid year cabaret performance which is not usually for pre-school students and is not costumed, and an optional in-house Showcase Day (in our uniform) for our students to showcase their latest class skills, songs & routines.

The term has already started, is it too late to start?

Students can actually begin anytime in the term, if there are spaces in an appropriate class for their age & level and the fees are worked out on a pro-rata system for the remaining weeks.

My child is not yet at school, so which classes can I enrol in?

Take a look at our Juniors Jump on Board page, as your child will be eligible for those classes listed there, in your child’s age range only.

Can my child / I trial a class?

Yes. You can come along & do 1 class, without committing to any further classes just to get a feel for the class & the teacher.

How do I book a Trial Class?

You need to contact us either with an online enrolment enquiry via this website, or call us on 9391 1736 or 0425 731 569 to book in your trial class, and the day & time of the appropriate class will be confirmed with you then.

Do I pay for a trial class?

Adult Students: You will pay for a trial class up front before the class. It is $20.00 per trial class, the same as an Adult’s Drop-In class. So when you decide after class to purchase a Term (10 lessons or the remainder) in that particular class, this trial class fee is then deducted from your 10 Class Pass.

Child Students: Children trialling a class will do the class first, then only if they enrol in that class do you pay for it! So you have nothing to loose by trying a class.

Who took our photos?

How nice of you to ask, thank-you, we like our photos too! Many of our photographs seen here are taken by Lawrence P Winder, a professional dance photographer, and wewould like to thank him very much for the use of his photographs throughout the website. You can contact him at http://www.sitedfigures.com.au/html/ballet.html

How do I know if the Artz Elite Training Program is right for me?

If you are interested in this very specialised program, send us a quick enquiry email with your experience & what you would like to achieve, or just call us & let us know. We will know more about if the program is right for you, by what you tell us. We will then book in an interview with you & your parents if you are under 18yrs old. From your interview we will tailor your Elite Training Program specially for you. Then you come & train in the appropriate classes, and we will see if anything needs adjusting. How do you start? Email or call, it’s that simple.

What is the uniform & how do I buy it?

Our Artz T-shirts & our Artz Collective Dancewear can be bought from us, as can all types of dance shoes, as well as Stagezone in Werribee, or enegetiks in Essendon, but you need to check that you have the correct shoes for your style of class, please before you purchase anything!

Do you have second hand uniforms?

We have a second hand cupboard in reception where uniforms and shoes can be donated, so ask at reception. Second hand items handed to be given to us in a zip lock plastic bag with their owners name & how much they want for the item due to their uncanny ability to multiply and for single shoes to get lost!

Do you do exams?

If you would like to, we do put students forward for exams. We find it helps them develop to aim for a specific goal, and to understand better & expand their knowledge through learning a specific curriculum, or syllabus. British Ballet Organisation syllabus for classical ballet, the Artz Collective Popular Signing Syllabus, the Artz Collective Jazz Dance syllabus and the World Irish Dance Association for Irish dance, but we don’t do exams for the other styles of dance.

Can I do private lessons?

Yes, absolutely! We find students do private lessons for a number or reasons. It can be to build confidence or to polish or develop their skills, for audition preparation, or perhaps to get on top of competition rehearsal and they really are super for exam preparation.

Do you do competitions?

Yes, on a small & optional scale. Mainly solos, duos and trios in all kinds of performing arts, dance & singing for students who elect to learn special competition routines. And if your class is doing very well, you may be asked as a class to perform a routine or song at a competition also. Irish dance students may do a team or Ceili item at their competitions also. Any student who is wishing do do competition pieces may contact the school to arrange lessons for competition preparation.

My child has never danced / done drama / had singing lessons before, does that matter?

Definitely not, everyone has to start somewhere!

How do I know if the Artz Elite Training Program is right for me?

If you are interested in this very specialised program, send us a quick enquiry email with your experience & what you would like to achieve, or just call us & let us know. We will know more about if the program is right for you, by what you tell us. We will then book in an interview with you & your parents if you are under 18yrs old. From your interview we will tailor your Elite Training Program specially for you. Then you come & train in the appropriate classes, and we will see if anything needs adjusting. How do you start? Email or call, it’s that simple.

How can I tell if the Artz Clasical Ballet Development Program is right for my child?

If you are interested and your child has experience of at least 2 years of ballet, then please give us a call to book in an interview time with us. We will know which level of training to proceed with, once we see your child dance in a class with us. Firstly, however, you need to send us a quick enquiry email with your child’s experience & what they would like to achieve at present, or just call if you prefer. Please dont’ be put off by body shape or size, or any previous information or reports on your child, please let us decide, we know our stuff and are always looking to create strong, vibrant & healthy dancers.

Once we have your enquiry, we will then book in an interview with you & your child if they are under 18yrs of age. From your interview we will tailor your Artz Classical Ballet Development Program specially for your child’s strengths & anything that needs attention. Once you commence the appropriate classes,  we will see if anything needs adjusting. How do you start? Email or call, truly, it’s that simple. And don’t wait for another year!  The earlier you come to us, the better we can serve you in developing your dance, and helping you develop.

My child / I don’t have 2 years of ballet training, what classes should I enrol in to get ready for the Artz Classical Ballet Development Program?

Enrol in our ballet classes for your age group & our Extension ballet classes in preparation. Give us a quick email or call & we’ll talk you through it.