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Welcome to Piqué Dance Studio! In an attempt to make registration as simple as possible, we have put together this letter outlining our programs. We hope that it will answer many of your questions. If you have further questions please send an email to piquedance@gmail.com or call us at the studio (613) 692-0520.

Classes start Monday, September 12, 2022.

We are a B.A.T.D. and A.D.A.P.T. school.  This means that we teach classes according to the British Association of Teacher of Dancing and the Associated Dance Arts for Professional Teachers Syllabi.  Our students progress year by year through grade and/or medal levels and attain certificates and medals after having successfully taken an examination held each Fall and Spring.  An examiner comes to our studio, either from another part of Canada or from Britain, and spends the week assessing the student’s work.  Each child is assessed individually, and has the potential to follow through to professional levels.  The examinations are standardized and therefore if your family moved to another area, your child could fit into another B.A.T.D. or A.D.A.P.T. school with ease.

Examinations are optional and students may take examination classes without taking the exam. We feel, however, that examinations give the students a personal sense of accomplishment and a goal to aim for. To date we have achieved 100% pass rate. We encourage students to start exams at the Pre-primary level as it increases their confidence in exams as they get older.

Please note that:

  • Jazz exams are taken in late November/ early December, using the ADAPT Syllabi. You must take the ADAPT jazz class in order to participate in this exam.
  • Our Teen Recreation program is set up to allow teens, who have not danced at progressive levels, to take classes in a fun relaxed atmosphere with students their own age.
  • Our Hip Hop classes are recreational.
  • Our modern classes follow Horton and Graham technique and do not take an exam.

Holidays & Important Dates

Photo DayTBD
Rehearsal DatesTBD at Algonquin College
RecitalSaturday May 27th 2023 (and then Sat May 25th 2024)

The studio will be closed during the following times:

ThanksgivingMonday October 10, 2022 (closed)
HalloweenMonday October 31, 2021 (closed)
Christmas BreakClosed Tuesday December 20, 2022 – Sunday, January 8, 2023
Family DaySaturday February 18 and Monday, February 20, 2023 (closed)
March BreakSaturday, March 11, 2023 – Friday, March 24, 2023 (closed for 2 weeks)
Easter HolidayClosed Good Friday April 7, 2023 and Saturday April 8, 2023.
Open Easter Monday April 10, 2023
Victoria DayMonday May 22, 2023 (closed)

Policies and Procedures

Fees and Discounts

Our year is divided into two terms of 17 weeks each.

Term I: September 12, 2022 – January 28, 2023

Term II: January 30, 2023 – June 9, 2023

Our class fees are charged per term for starlite, tiny and mini level classes. Classes junior level and above are charged per year with payment made in two instalments, plus HST.

If registering for more than 1 class within a family, a discount is applicable.

Exam fees are separate and paid to us and then directly to the examiner to cover costs, as well as for medals and certificates. They start around $40.00 per exam. They are due one month before exams.

Refund Policy

A refund will be given if your child decides not to stay with us (this doesn’t happen very often); however, after 4 weeks no refunds will be given. An administration fee of $25.00 +hst will be charged for refunds given for children that have tried classes but are not happy. There is no fee to switch into a different class.

Second term payment is refundable if your child does not return to the studio for the second term. Please notify the office in writing by email by January 1st if your child is not returning. A $25.00 +hst administration fee is charged if you do not notify the office by January 15th.

We charge a $25 membership fee +hst, per family, on the first registration of the school year.

Policy for Closing During Bad Weather

In cases of nasty winter weather it is sometimes required that for the safety of dancers and staff the studio be closed. If we are closing we will post an announcement on our website, Instagram and Facebook fan page. We try to make decisions regarding closing by 3:00 pm so that no one is driving. We have closed our corporate zoom accounts so if we need to close the studio it will be an “old fashioned” snow day.

Recital- End of Year Showcase

At the end of the Winter/Spring term we hold our annual recital showcase performance. A costume deposit and recital commitment will be requested in November for dancers in Primary+ classes and in February for Preschool, Starlite, Tiny & Mini. Every class with the exception of Ballet Technique, Acro for Competitive Dancers and Stretch and Strength will perform in one routine. We try very hard to keep the cost to you for costumes and tickets as low as possible. We generally provide the costumes for the younger students on a rental basis as well as the older students whenever possible. We have a fabulous studio wardrobe which grows by the year. The cost for older students can be as much as $70.00 per costume, however, we try to incorporate rental costumes for our Junior, Intermediate and Senior dancers as much as possible. The tickets for the show are intended to cover the cost of the theatre rental, lighting and sound system. There will be a deposit requested and confirmation of participation in recital in the new year. Please note that costume deposits are non-refundable.

The studio produces two different recitals based on age/ level. Preschool, Starlite, Tiny & Mini dancers are in the first show and Junior and above classes are in the second show. We are currently assessing which show the “Primary” level dancers will take part in.

We hope that this has been useful. Please email us at: piquedance@gmail.com if you have any questions.