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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 12:00 for weekday classes and 20:00 on Friday night for Saturday classes.

All classes are on a first come first serve basis

Booking Options

Enrolment

  • Guarantees you a space on the class across the whole term
  • A one off payment
  •  Introduction and Improvers classes are enrolment only

Drop-in

  • All of our classes are available for drop in except the Introduction and Improvers levels
  • You can book for these classes from 12noon on the day of the class, 9am for Saturday classes

Carnet Cards

  • A carnet card is a prepaid card which must be used within the academic year it was purchased (Sep – Jul)
  • Spaces must be used by the last class in July
  • Carnet cards can be purchased either in person or over the phone via box office 020 7121 1100
  • They come in blocks of 6 or 12 classes and can be used for any of our drop in classes
  • You have priority booking from 12noon the day before the class
  • 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

  • Recommended if you have at least 6 months of ballet experience, 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
  • Introduce new movement vocabulary and longer phrases
  • Challenging tempos and rhythms

Ballet Level 1

  • Recommended if you have about a year’s experience in ballet
  • A variety of exercises at the barre, warming up your muscles and focusing your mind
  • Build to longer allegro and travelling phrases
  • Increase your muscular strength, balance, and stamina

Ballet Level 2

  • Recommended if you have over 3 years ballet experience
  • Expand your technical knowledge and performance skills
  • Develop you knowledge of the technique whilst also looking at the construction of movement
  • Barre and centre work
  • Increase your musicality and core strength

Contemporary Ballet Introduction

  • An 11 week course
  • Aimed at complete beginners
  • A combination of ballet and contemporary techniques
  • Mobilise the whole body
  • Build coordination and musicality

Contemporary Ballet Level 1

  • Recommended if you have about a year’s experience in ballet or contemporary
  • Blending ballet with contemporary dance
  • Barre work and centre work
  • Increase your core strength and physicality

Contact Improvisation Introduction

  • You should have at least one year of dance experience and feel confident in bearing other dancers’ weight
  • An introduction to the principles of Contact Improvisation
  • Develop your ability to work with others in a communal space
  • Increase awareness and receptiveness across the body

Contemporary Introduction

  • Aimed at complete beginners
  • Cover all the basics of contemporary dance
  • Encourage creativity and physicality
  • Focus on alignment and core strength

Contemporary Improvers

  • Recommended if you have at least 6 months of contemporary experience, or are looking to return to contemporary dance after a break
  • Looking more in depth to contemporary principles such as floor work and travelling
  • Encourages coordination and working at a faster pace

Contemporary Level 1

  • Recommended if you have about a year’s experience in contemporary
  • Develop your dance vocabulary
  • Gradually work towards longer movement phrases
  • Aims to increase physicality, performativity and musicality

Contemporary Level 2

  • Recommended if you have over 3 years contemporary experience
  • Develop your technical knowledge and increase performativity
  • Increase physicality including core strength and balance, allowing for greater movement efficiency
  • Focus on musicality and working with different tempos and counts

Contemporary Level 3

  • Recommended if you have over 5 years dance experience
  • Focusing on higher level technical abilities
  • Complex movement combinations and a demand on physical fitness
  • Advanced principles of agility, use of weight and focus
  • Adapt your own personal flare

Open Level

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

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

  • Something you feel comfortable in
  • Something you can move freely in
  • You can dance barefoot, in socks or in soft ballet shoes
  • No jewellery or watches

Where do I sign in for my class?

All drop-in and carnet participants must sign in before the start of their class with a member of the Front of House team based at the Flaxman Terrace reception.
For participants who have enrolled for the term you will only be required to sign in at the reception on the first class of term.


What is the studio etiquette?

  • You are allowed to be up to 15 minutes late before you are not allowed entry into the class, this is due to health and safety regulations
  • No shoes in the studio
  • Photography and filming is not permitted in any of our studios
  • No food or drinks are allowed in the studio except bottled water in a plastic bottle
  • All mobile phones must be switched off 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 space in classes in advance as class sizes are limited by safe practice requirements.

If you are pregnant or have an injury or medical condition that may be aggravated by taking class, please seek advice from your GP, the Classes & Courses office or the class leader.


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?

  • Students who hold a valid student ID card (you will be asked to show this on arrival for classes)
  • 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

  • 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.
  • You are allowed to carry over 2 classes for the next term if you have a 6 class pass and 3 classes if you have a 12 class pass.
  • Public observation is not allowed at any time.

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

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