Strictly School Dancing Ltd
How do I join?
Parents or guardians who are interested in their children joining the SSD program at their school can register their child directly through the site or telephone us. Simply fill out the details below and an application form will be provided. Alternatively, you can download the application form from the Downloads section of this website. Please note that some lessons may have a waiting list to join.
What should my child wear?
Your child should wear appropriate clothing when attending our lessons as this will enhance their overall learning experience as well as to ensure that parents are not faced with potential damage to school uniforms, through floor exercise etc.
Clothing for school lessons can include but is not limited to the following:
Children who are already involved in any other form of dance are welcome to wear any existing clothing they have. This may include: Ballet shoes, Dance shoes (preferably without high heels unless the dancers are sufficiently experienced to use them) leotards, dresses, Lycra trousers and tops etc.
Tap dancing shoes are not appropriate as is restrictive clothing i.e. jeans etc.
For any specific advice please contact us directly through the contact section of this web-site or by telephone, dance clothing can be expensive and sometimes parents are lead to believe that they need to spend a lot of money when they should not or when sensible alternatives are available!|
If you are interested in acquiring clothing for your child or children then you will find some useful sites in the links section of our website.
All non school lessons require the appropriate dance footwear to be worn; this is a requirement of the studios where we run the lessons but is also sensible to aid the child’s development. As a child develops we can recommend more advanced and competition clothing and also have many second hand garments usually for sale at excellent prices via our club the SSDAC.
What about refreshments & welfare?
Children are welcome to bring bottled water to the lessons if they wish and we do recommend this. If a child requires a light snack this can also be consumed before the lesson begins. If a child is Diabetic please advise us accordingly as we are fully trained with regards to Diabetes and we will monitor the child throughout the lesson. Please also advise us if a child has Asthma in which case they must have access to their inhaler or any other known medical condition.
If young females are wearing skirts or dresses, please try to ensure that they are also wearing leg-ins, shorts or suitable under garments, as the children are required to carry out stretching routines and must be comfortable and able to do all exercise required as part of their learning.
When does the lesson start?
Parents are responsible for making sure that their children arrive on time for each lesson, this usually means a few minutes in advance of the lesson start time if changing is required. If the lesson starts immediately after school has finished the school will ensure that the children are available for the start of the lesson.
When should I collect my child?
Parents are responsible for the collection of their children at the end of each lesson and should arrive approximately 5 minutes before the lesson has finished. SSD will often need to depart after each lesson has finished within 15 minutes so as to ensure our prompt arrival for our next lessons which are at other locations. We have limited time available between our lessons and our schedule is fixed so late collection inevitably causes lots of potential issues.
If for any reason a parent or guardian is late when collecting their child, the child will be supervised by a member of the Strictly School Dancing team or the school if possible until collection has taken place. In the event that a child is collected late from a lesson beyond 15 minutes, a fee of £6.00 will apply and become payable upon collection.
Am I allowed to watch?
Generally it is advisable not to stay for lessons. Children learn more effectively without their parents in attendance and most parents do not wishes others to watch their children unless of course it is a planned performance. We operate a strict ‘no parent’ policy in all of our lessons. If you wish to attend a lesson you can contact us to ask permission. If a child wishes to have a friend present, this can also be arranged but again by requesting permission in advance as we are responsible for that child also for the duration of the lesson.
What if my child is absent?
If a child is likely to be absent from our lesson(s) please advise us where possible as we like to keep our team informed regarding such situations. SSD pair dancers at a very early stage in their learning cycle and absence can lead to an element of disruption. Unfortunately other than through long term illness or injury charges still apply for lessons not attended.
What happens during school holidays, bank holidays and inset days?
SSD provide lessons for school children during their school term times and continue with lessons outside of school term times in hired facilities for more advanced students. When a bank holiday occurs or an inset day is planned, unless specifically agreed with the school, parents should assume that the lesson for that day will not take place. It is our aim, for the purpose of continuity of learning, to attempt to continue with lessons wherever possible. However, it remains the schools decision as to whether or not lessons can take place on these days. Lessons continue up to and including the last week of a school term and resume immediately the first week the children arrive back to school.