DIDA - Studio Policies FAQ
What is the youngest age that you enroll?
The minimum age to join Shamrock Level or our Intro to Irish Dance for Kids mini-mester is 5 years old. We also offer a Mommy & Me course which we invite children as young as 3 to join us (note that children must be under direct supervision of their parent at all times in this class).
Do you offer classes for adults?
Yes we do! We invite adults brand new to Irish dance to join us as well as those with previous experience. Irish dance is a great fitness activity in an artistic and social atmosphere. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ADULT CLASSES HERE (link to additional FAQ for adults)
There is a perception that Irish dance involves lots of wigs and expensive costumes. Is that the case at District Academy?
At District, we strive to promote individuality and confidence in every dancer who steps foot in our studio. The “wigs and jigs” impression of Irish dance, while largely inflated, is often connected to the competitive circuit (of which we do welcome dancers to participate), but we promote natural hair, sophisticated, traditional and understating costuming, as well as an ongoing refocus on the quality of dancing and the art form itself. We strive to ensure our school image is in keeping with tradition, and we want to make sure that families feel that their wallets are not overwhelmed by expensive costume elements.
What is the commitment for classes and how does tuition work?
For all “Academy Program” regularly scheduled weekly classes, tuition is assessed on a monthly basis and classes run for a 9-month Academy year (September-May). As with most activities involving honing a skill, it takes time to progress and does require a commitment. We permit all students to withdraw without penalty within 30 days from their first class. After the 30 day permitted withdrawal period, there is an obligation to continue paying tuition for the duration of the class term. Tuition “freezes” or withdrawals are not permitted except in specific circumstances including illness or relocation. A change in school, work or activity schedules does not constitute a permitted circumstance in which we will allow a tuition freeze.
Is tuition required to be paid up front?
Rather than requiring tuition be paid up front, we split tuition up into 9 monthly payments, hence monthly tuition. Note that we do not pro-rate tuition based on how many classes are held each month, as some months have more classes than other. Clients should they like may choose to pay their tuition in full under “balance payment” on their family/student account portal on ClassBug.
Do you enroll year-round?
We do permit students to sign up in the middle of a term, however we will often require that new students complete a number of private lessons to get caught up. Tuition will only be pro-rated for the first month (if entered past the start of the month).
I’m not ready to commit (or commit my child) to a full term of classes. Are there other options?
We of course understand the timing might not be right to commit which is why we offer several abbreviated courses and drop-in style classes, including 6-week beginner Intro to Irish Dance courses for both kids and adults, and Celtic Fit - our Irish dance-inspired fitness class which is offered on a weekly basis with zero commitment.
How much do classes cost?
Monthly fees for academy program classes begin at $105 for a 45-min weekly class, and, as you might expect, the more hours per week you attend, the less it ends up costing for each class. Drop-in classes and abbreviated sessions start at $22.
Do you offer any discounts for siblings or multiple class sign-ups?
Yes! We offer a 10% sibling discount as well as for students who enroll in more than 2 classes in a term.