Participation

FAQs

Adult Dance Classes FAQs & Terms and Conditions

•    How do I book a class and how much does it cost?
•    What levels do you offer?
•    What should I wear to class and where can I get changed?
•    Where do I sign in for my class?
•    What is the studio etiquette?
•    How accessible are the classes?​
•    I have been coming to the same class for years with the same teacher and now the teacher has changed, why is that?
•    Will classes always have a musician playing and who will it be?
•    Who is eligible for concession rates?
•    Classes and Courses Terms & Conditions (Latecomers, Refunds & Carnet cards)


How do I book a class and how much do they cost?

  • Classes can be booked online, over the phone and in person.
  • Booking opens at 12 noon on the day of the class, 9am on Saturdays.
  • All classes are on a first come first serve basis.

Booking Options

Enrolment

  • This booking guarantees you a space on the class across the whole term
  • This is a one off payment
  • Please note all “Introduction” and “Improvers” classes are enrolment only

Drop-in

  • All of our classes are available for drop in except for the “Introduction” and “Improvers” classes
  • Spaces are dependent on availability and it is a first come first serve basis
  • You can book for these classes from 12 noon on the day of the class- 9am for Saturday classes.
  • You can book either online, over the phone or in person

Carnet Cards

  • A carnet card is a prepaid card which must be used within the academic year it was purchased in (Sep – Jul)
  • We do not offer any carry over all spaces must be used by the last class in July.
  • Carnet cards can be purchased either in person or over the phone via the box office 020 7121 1100
  • They come in either 6 or 12 classes and can be used for any of our drop in classes
  • A carnet card allows you to have priority booking from 12 noon the day before the class
  • Please read how to use the carnet card system here.
  • Please read how to use the carnet card system here

What levels do you offer?

We offer a range of levels to suit all starting from introduction classes up to our higher level classes.

Ballet Introduction

  • Aimed at complete beginners
  • Will guide you through the key principles of ballet
  • Sessions will focus on posture and correct placement of the body
  • Developing your coordination and spatial awareness

Ballet Improvers

  • For participants who have attended at least 6 months of Ballet Introduction or are looking to return to Ballet after a break
  • Aims to increase your understanding by expanding the key ballet principles that you already have.
  • The class will introduce new movement vocabulary and longer phrases
  • You will work with new and more challenging tempos and rhythms

Ballet Level 1

  • Recommended for students who have about a year’s experience in ballet
  • Class will comprise of a variety of exercises at the barre, warming up your muscles and focusing your mind.
  • The class will continue into the centre looking at longer sequences such as allegro and travelling phrases.
  • Classes will increase your muscular strength and balance, whilst also building stamina.

Ballet Level 2

  • Recommended for participants who have had over 3 years ballet experience
  • Will expand your technical knowledge and performance skills
  • Develop you knowledge of the technique whilst also looking at the construction of movement.
  • Class will include barre work and centre work, which will include port de bras, pirouettes and jumps.
  • These classes will increase your musicality and core strength

Contemporary Ballet Introduction

  • Aimed at complete beginners
  • Combination of both ballet and contemporary techniques
  • Will be give you diversity in your ability to go to on to either ballet or contemporary classes
  • Classes will work towards mobilising the whole body
  • Aiming to build coordination and musicality

Contemporary Ballet Level 1

  • Recommended for students who have about a year’s experience in ballet or contemporary
  • Class will take traditional structures of ballet whilst taking movement vocabulary from contemporary dance
  • Will include barre work and centre work
  • Will increase core strength and physicality

Contact Improvisation Introduction

  • Dancers must have at least one year of dance experience and feel confident in bearing other dancers’ weight.
  • An introduction to the principles of Contact Improvisation.
  • Session will develop your ability to work with others in a communal space
  • Will increase awareness and receptiveness across the body.

Contemporary Introduction

  • Aimed at complete beginners
  • Will cover all the basics of contemporary dance
  • Classes will encourage creativity and physicality
  • Attention will be paid to alignment and core strength

Contemporary Improvers

  • For participants who have attended at least 6 months of Contemporary Introduction or are looking to return to Contemporary dance after a break.
  • Looking more in depth to contemporary principles such as floorwork and travelling.
  • Encourages coordination and working at a faster pace.

Contemporary Level 1

  • Recommended for students who have about a year’s experience in contemporary
  • Will look at a more developed dance vocabulary
  • Class will work with longer phrases as the class increases it activity throughout the sessions
  • Aims to increase physicality, performativity and musicality 

Contemporary Level 2

  • Recommended for participants who have had over 3 years contemporary experience
  • Will develop technical knowledge and increase performativity
  • Increase physicality including core strength and balance allowing for greater movement efficiency.
  • Focusing on musicality and working with different tempos and counts.

Contemporary Level 3

  • Recommended for anyone with over 5 years dance experience
  • Dynamic class focusing on higher level technical abilities
  • Complex movement combinations and an increase in demand on physical fitness
  • Will cover advanced principles of agility, the use of weight and focus.
  • Aims to create more versatile dancers whilst adapting your own personal flare

Open Level

  • Recommended for anyone who has over a year’s experience in dance.
  • Championing personal development
  • Focus of class less on technique and more on the individual’s style of movement.

What should I wear to class and where can I get changed?

  • Something you feel comfortable in
  • Cannot restrict your movement
  • You may dance barefoot, in socks or in soft ballet shoes
  • No jewellery or watches

    Where do I get changed?

  • We have single sex changing rooms in the building
  • All changing rooms are accessed by a code that is available at reception
  • You should take all of your belongings into the studios with you.
  • The Place is not responsible for anything left in the changing rooms.

Where do I sign in for my class?

  • All drop in participants must sign in at reception before their class
  • Enrolment participants are only required to sign in on the first week.

What is the studio etiquette?

  • You are allowed to be up to 15 minutes late before you will not be allowed into the class, due to health and safety regulations.
  • No shoes in the studio
  • No photography or filming in the studios
  • No food or drink in the studios except bottled water in a plastic bottle
  • All mobile phones must be on silent during class.

How accessible are the classes?

  • The Place is a completely accessible building and we endeavour to make our classes available to everyone
  • We ask that wheelchair users book their classes over the phone and in advance so that we can adjust the classes sizes for safe practice requirements
  • If you are pregnant, have an injury, or have a medical condition please seek advice from your GP before taking a class.

I have been coming to the same class for years with the same teacher and now the teacher has changed, why is that?

At The Place, we have a commitment and drive to be continuously forward thinking in our vision and our programming and with that sometimes leads to a decision to change the classes we offer.  We need to ensure the programme is diverse and participant’s progression through levels is clear. The majority of our casual teachers are still practising artists and will sometimes get project work that means they cannot teach for a whole term. It is important to us that we also consider a teachers progression and will sometimes make changes to allow a teacher to grow and develop in another area. 


Will classes always have a musician playing and who will it be?

Most of our classes have live accompaniment from professional musicians, ranging from pianists and percussionists to multi-instrumentalists. Although we strive for consistency in all of our classes there may be cases when the musicians differ. The musicians we engage with are professionals and may have one off commitments that arise.Our regular musicians are: Nick Hewlett, Anna Gillespie, Andrew Davidson, Stefano Ancora, Matteo Riccordo, Oliver Davies, Jozef Berk, Billy Surgeoner, Mark Ball, Alex Paton and Bobby Demers.


Who is eligible for concession rates?

  • Full-time students
  • Senior citizens
  • Equity members
  • Those in receipt of unemployment or disability benefits.
  • Parents of children who are attending our Children & Youth Dance Saturday programme are eligible for concession on Saturday drop-in bookings only.

Classes and Courses Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions for participating in Evening Classes

  • We do not offer refunds for our classes, refunds will only be given for an injury that is accompanied by a letter from your doctor.
  • If the class is full you will be added to a waiting list. If there are spaces after 15 minutes we will allow you into the class.
  • Some refunds may be considered but are subject to a £25 administration fee.
  • If you miss an enrolment class this cannot be exchanged for another class.

Terms and Conditions for Carnet Cards

  • Carnet cards allow you to pre book the class from 12:00 the day before the class
  • If you book classes with your carnet card but do not show up to the class this class will still be deducted from your allowance.
  • All carnet cards are valid for the academic year they are bought in (September – July). The card will expire on the last day of Summer term.
  • We do not offer any carry over classes to the next academic year.

Public observation is not allowed at any time

  • We do not offer refunds for our classes, refunds will only be given for an injury that is accompanied by a sick note.
  • If the class is full you will be added to a waiting list. If there are spaces after 15 minutes we will allow you into the class.
  • Some refunds may be considered but are subject to a £25 administration fee
  • If you book classes with your carnet card but do not show up to the class this class will still be deducted from your allowance.
  • If you miss an enrolment class this cannot be exchanged for another class.
  • Public observation is not allowed at any time.​

We value your feedback, please feel free to email us at classes@theplace.org.uk

Download