Your guide to how it all works at Commotion in 2019...
We would like to welcome you to the Commotion family. We're not just a dance school. Commotion is a community of students, parents, and teachers who share a passion for performing arts. There's a little bit of magic in the special journey a young performer embarks on when they step foot into the studio. With the inspiration, support and guidance of our talented teaching faculty, the students of Commotion are nurtured, developed to reach their full potential as performers and directed on a path of creativity, self-confidence, expression, and individualism. The ideal balance of discipline and fun - we love making the Commotion experience fun and enjoyable for kids as well as simple and stress-free for parents.
>> OUR CLASSES
With over 100 classes in our weekly timetable there is literally something for everyone. Commotion is proud to boast a world class teaching faculty and a huge variety of styles of dance and performing arts. 2019 brings even more options for our students and exciting new classes to try.
For pre-school aged children (ages 2 to 4) we offer READY SET DANCE and READY SET BALLET Students who are aged between 5 and 21 can do classes in the RECREATIONAL STREAM or they can choose to audition to join our elite PERFORMANCE STREAM.
What’s the difference?
RECREATIONAL STREAM classes available include Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, Acrobatics, Tap, Singing and Acting. There are no set levels for Recreational classes – they are open to everyone regardless of whether or not the student is experienced or starting out as a beginner, and separated by age group. Through dance and performing arts we develop skills, build confidence and most importantly... have fun. Recreational classes perform just once per year, at the big Commotion end of year concert.
PERFORMANCE STREAM is for advanced dancers, and those who show great promise, and who are interested in taking their dance training to the next level, learning a variety of different styles and having multiple performance opportunities throughout the year including Royal Easter Show, Camden Show, various eisteddfods and competitions, local events etc. There are typically approx. 5 eisteddfods and 5 public performances each year averaging to one per month. Please see our PERFORMANCE STREAM prospectus.
Those who are interested in joining our PERFORMANCE STREAM and being part of the nationally acclaimed award-winning Commotion troupes should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Ben on 0402 119 073. We will set up an interview to answer your questions and talk through the commitment and expectations. Students new to Commotion for 2019 who are transitioning from other dance schools are welcome to apply to go straight into our performance stream if they have prior training and experience. We will be running auditions throughout the January school holidays. Please contact us to book in for an audition, but don’t wait too long, because some age groups will fill fast. We love to welcome new members to our team.
We really want to help you find the perfect classes for your child to THRIVE and ENJOY. Don’t hesitate to give our studio director Ben Stokes a call on 0402 119 073 or email directly to ask for some advice with choosing your child’s classes for 2019.
>> CODE OF CONDUCT
Just a few sensible guidelines in the interest of safety, to help keep things calm and orderly at the studio and make sure that students are able to get the most out of their classes without any disruption:
No smoking anywhere on the premises, including in our car park.
Younger siblings must be supervised (and stay quiet) at all times so as not to disrupt the lessons or the other parents waiting. No running through the hallway.
Students should not enter a classroom without the teacher.
Disruptive behaviour is unacceptable, and students will be removed from class after two warnings. This includes talking out of turn in class.
No food or drink in the dance rooms. Bags and drink bottles should remain in the hallway on the shelves provided.
All students are expected to be kind, friendly and respectful of one another both in and out of the studio. We’re here to support each other and work as a team.
Bullying or highly competitive unsportsmanlike behaviour is not welcome.
We reserve the right to suspend or cancel an enrolment if a student’s behaviour is continually disruptive to the learning environment and/or distracting to fellow students. It is important for us to be able to do this, not as punishment (we’re not here to play disciplinarian to your children) but simply to ensure that the students at Commotion can have the best possible experience.
>> HELP KEEP OUR STUDIO TIDY
Our beautiful but busy premises are cleaned daily. Please respect our studios and help us to keep it looking nice. Keep your feet off the furniture and hands off the walls and mirrors. Take all rubbish with you or place it in one of the many bins provided. Drink spillages and “accidents” are parents’ responsibility to clean up immediately, please ask at reception for a mop or sponge if required.
Parents and students and students’ sibling are asked to keep all noise to a minimum when in the foyer or waiting in between classes. Our studios are soundproofed, but some noise still leaks through and can distract the classes still in progress.
Parents should not go into the students’ hallway. This space is just for dancers. Please do not congregate around the studio doors or sit on the ottomans near the bag shelves.
Parents should not enter the studio unless specifically invited in by the teacher. If you need to give an urgent message to your child, please ask the receptionist at the desk to go and retrieve your child – rather than going into the dance room and interrupting the class.
In addition to our own private car park, there’s ample street parking on Sedgwick Street. Sometimes during peak drop-off/pick- up time parents may need to park a bit further down the street, but it’s never more than about 30 seconds walk from the studio.
We ask parents to please be extremely cautious when reversing in our private car park. Also if you are dropping your child off near the door, do not stop from more than 10 seconds, or it will block the other cars and cause congestion in our car park. Please make sure that you don't park on the grass "nature strip" in front of our studios. The council and landlords are very strict about this and have issued warnings to us.
>> CHILD SAFETY
The safety and welfare of all our students is extremely important to us. All of the teachers and directors at Commotion have a valid WWCC (Working with children check). Many of our staff have been trained in First Aid. We have CCTV in all of the classrooms and viewing windows on the classroom doors. We have fully sprung floors and teach safe dance practices.
We want Commotion to be a place where children and teenagers can feel free to express themselves and their individuality without fear of judgement. Same for the parents and families of our students. Incident report forms are available at reception, should they ever be needed.
We know how important it is for parents to keep the costs to a minimum and so we have kept it simple.
Ready Set Dance (ages 2 to 4) and Ready Set Ballet uniform is available for purchase at our Commotion shop. It is $38 for the all-in-one leotard tutu. A boys uniform is also available including shorts and t-shirt. For Ready Set Dance students will require black slip-on Jazz shoes (available for $55 at our shop), and black buckle Tap shoes (available for $65 at our shop). For Ready Set Ballet, the students will require pink Ballet shoes (available for $38 at our shop). Official Ready Set Dance merchandise, accessories and puppets are also available. Hair should be neat and tidy and worn off the face. We recommend a slick pony-tail or bun.
The Lil’ Kidz (ages 5 to 6) classes don’t have a specific set uniform as such – instead we prefer the students to wear dance clothing that matches with our Commotion rainbow of bright and vibrant studio colours. We have a huge range of appropriate but awesome dancewear available at the studio including leotards, shorts, t-shirts, singlet tops etc. Or your child can wear their own if it matches our studio colours. We also have exclusive Commotion jackets available to order so that your child can feel part of the team. Hair must be neat and tidy and worn off the face.
At Commotion we’re all about individuality and self-expression and it is our mission to provide a space where children can be free to wear what they are comfortable in. However, at this age we also want to encourage our students to learn the importance of wearing proper dance attire, and we’ve seen the positive impact that “dressing for class” has on the focus and motivation of our young students.
Recreational classes at Commotion don't require a specific uniform. It is vital, however, that all students wear appropriate dance attire to ensure that they feel comfortable and are able to move without restrictions. - no jeans, jackets, jumpers, skirts etc. For safety reasons, no jewellery or watches should be worn to class. Hair must be neat and tidy and worn off the face.
We have a huge range of optional Commotion brand dancewear available at the studio for sale. Lots of unique limited-edition pieces and on-trend items. Stock is limited... but check in regularly because there’s always something new. Show your Commotion pride!
Performance Stream students are expected to wear appropriate dance attire to all classes and to demonstrate a high level of professionalism when it comes to their presentation. This includes correct shoes, and neat hair. Commotion branded dancewear is preferred, but not compulsory.
RAD Ballet classes require a strict uniform. Specific leotard brands and colours are required for each grade. Baby pink for Pre-Primary and Primary, worn with a chiffon skirt. Berry for Grade 2 to Grade 4. And Navy for Grade 5 and above. These are available at the Commotion shop. The leotards are $35. Hair must be in a very neat bun and Ballet shoes and pink Ballet stockings worn for every lesson.
Boys uniform is navy tights and white boys/mens leotard. Also available to order through our shop.
>> DANCE SHOE REQUIREMENTS
Feet are the tools of a dancer, and correct footwear is essential to the learning process and the overall dancing experience. Here’s a run-down of what’s needed for what:
JAZZ – black soft Jazz shoes (with no laces)
TAP – black lace-up Tap shoes (preferably SLICK brand for ages 7+)
BALLET – Pink leather full sole Ballet shoes
HIP HOP – any sneakers
CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL – Jazz shoes, foot-thongs or bare feet
DRAMA/SINGING – any comfortable footwear (not thongs)
ACROBATICS – bare feet
>> THE COMMOTION SHOP
For our customers convenience, we have our own dance shop onsite, and we sell great quality preferred-brand shoes for an affordable price. We have a full range of dance shoes. Our dance shop is also open to the public.
We understand that dancing can be an expensive activity and we aim to do everything we can to minimise the costs involved. Affordability is important to us. Commotion has always been known for offering a high-quality dance education at low cost. We have a veritable buffet of classes and parents are able to choose how many classes per week that they would like their child to participate in, offering them control over the costs. For our recreational classes our fee structure offers generous discounts for those doing multiple classes. The more classes that your child is enrolled in, the larger the discount. We also offer a family "unlimited" cap of $200 per week.
TINY TOTS CLASSES
Ready Set Ballet - $10 per class
Ready Set Dance - $15 per class
$12.90 for one class per week
$24.80 for two classes per week
$35.70 for three classes per week
$45.60 for four classes per week
$54.50 for five classes per week
$62.40 for six classes per week
$70 for UNLIMITED CLASSES
COSTUME HIRE LEVY
$1.50 per class per week
$2.50 for Ready Set Dance (two costumes Jazz + Tap)
6/UNDER TROUPE MEMBERSHIP $58 per week
8/UNDER TROUPE MEMBERSHIP $68 per week
10/UNDER TROUPE MEMBERSHIP $78 per week
12/UNDER TROUPE MEMBERSHIP $85 per week
14/UNDER TROUPE MEMBERSHIP $85 per week
SENIOR TROUPE MEMBERSHIP $85 per week
RAD CLASSICAL $15 per class (or FREE for Troupe)
GLENN WOOD TAP $15 per class (or FREE for Troupe)
CREWS $15 per class
PRIVATE LESSONS $35 per half hour (if paid per term)
$40 per half hour (if casual)
Each term is billed as 10 weeks. You will be emailed an itemised statement. Parents can log in to the Dance Studio Pro online portal to access their account, make payments, make adjustments to class enrolment, update contact details etc.
If parents are unable to pay the full invoice in one lump sum in advance, they can choose to set up an automatic recurring payment through the Dance Studio Pro system. Split into weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments that are automatically processed through your bank account or credit card.
At the studio reception desk we can accept payments with cash or card. We can also accept full invoice payment as an online transfer direct into our business account. Account information is found at the bottom of your invoice. Please email receipt of payment to email@example.com
Classes must be paid for BEFORE attending class. Each term’s fees are due PRIOR to the commencement of the term, unless a payment plan is selected. If payment is more than 4 weeks behind, your child will no longer be able to attend their classes. We reserve the right to charge a 10% late fee for accounts more than 30 days overdue.
All enrolled classes must be paid for, whether your child attends or is absent.
>> CHANGES TO ENROLMENT
Students may choose to change or “swap” classes during Term One and Two, however we advise that students don’t drop the number of classes they attend mid-term, because we do not offer refunds or adjust Term invoices for “change of mind”. All fees are calculated as a 10 week term, whether the full 10 weeks are attended or not. If during the term your child decides they no longer want to do dancing, we recommend that they see out the remainder of the Term and then make the changes at the front desk with the CHANGE TO ENROLMENT FORM or on the portal before the next term begins.
Students will be automatically invoiced for the following term, unless we are notified with a CHANGE TO ENROLMENT FORM or through the online enrolment portal. This is essential, so we can process the cancellation to ensure that you are no longer charged any ongoing fees. If you fail to notify us properly, before the first day of the following term, then you will be responsible to pay for the following Term’s dance fees in full. Enrolment automatically rolls over to the following term unless we are notified. Simply “not turning up any more” doesn’t unenrol a student from our classes.
>> REFUND POLICY
We are unable to provide a refund, except in the case that a class has been cancelled (which may happen rarely under extreme circumstances, or if the teacher is sick and a suitable substitute teacher cannot be found.)
Please note that we do not refund for any cancelled Performance stream classes, because the Troupe membership fee is not based on the exact number of classes the student gets per week, but rather the overall commitment of our teachers and staff to the training and experience provided to our Troupe members. Troupe students receive many hours of additional staff time at eisteddfods, performances and rehearsals so are benefiting from an already significant discount on their classes.
We do provide refund if a payment has been miscalculated according to our records, however it is the parents’ responsibility to make sure that our office is kept up to date with accurate enrolment information. Changes made to enrolment using the change/cancellation form, will only take into effect for the following term.
In the case of significant injury where a student is unable to dance for longer than 3 weeks, we can issue a credit for those weeks’ fees in the following Term’s invoice. This is ONLY if we are notified in advance and with a doctors certificate, with details of the number of weeks the child will miss.
No refunds (or exchanges between siblings) can be issued for any costume levies. This is because our costume department works year-round collecting, sorting, sewing, designing etc. Some costumes are purchased or made for the end of year concert as early as February. All of the costume fees go towards the running costs of our costume department.
Invoices and newsletters are emailed each term. Please make sure that we have the correct email address on file and check your spam settings to ensure you receive all important information.
The Commotion Students & Parents Facebook group is a hub of information and connectivity between all of our teachers, students and parents. We thoroughly recommend that all parents join this group. The link is www.facebook.com/groups/commotionkids
There is also a group for just the Commotion Performance Stream (Troupe) members and their parents, which is for information related to upcoming performances, rehearsals, costumes etc. The link to this group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/CommotionTroupe/
The Commotion Public Facebook page is for promotional photos, workshops, news and success stories. Please search for “Commotion Performing Arts” and LIKE US.... and SHARE :)
There is also a Commotion Instagram account, that you should follow if you want to see more photos.
>> DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Monday 4th February - Term One commences
Saturday 13th April - Last day of Term One
Monday 29th April - Term Two commences
Monday 10th June - Queens Birthday (classes WILL run as normal)
Saturday 6th July - Last day of Term Two
Monday 22nd July - Term Three commences
Saturday 28th September - Last day of Term Three
Monday 14th October - Term Four commences
Saturday 26th October - Concert tickets go on sale at 8am at the studio
Sunday 17th November - Tiny Tots and Lil' Kidz photo shoot
Saturday 23rd November - Tiny Tots and Lil' Kidz concert
Saturday 7th December - Recreational classes photo shoot
Sunday 8th December – Performance Stream photo shoot at the studio
Sunday 15th December - Recreational concert and Troupe concert
Saturday 21st December - Last day of Term Four
>> END OF YEAR CONCERT
The highlight of every student’s dancing year is their Commotion Concert. For those who are new to our studio, our concert is a massive showcase that all students get the opportunity to perform in. Why is it so important? It’s your child’s chance to shine on stage. To perform for their friends and family, and show how much they have improved over the year. Every dancer needs an audience. The Commotion Concerts provide a truly memorable and special stage experience that celebrates the dedication, talent and achievements of every single student.
“PARTY” - Ready Set Dance concert
Saturday November 23rd at Bankstown Sport Club at 12pm
“NIGHT OF NIGHTS” - Lil’ Kidz concert
Saturday November 23rd at Bankstown Sport Club at 6pm
“525,600” - REACREATIONAL concert
Sunday 15th December at NIDA Parade Theatre in Randwick at 12:00pm
“ASCENDANCE” - Performance Stream concert
Sunday 15th December at NIDA Parade Theatre in Randwick at 7:00pm
>> TICKETS TO THE DANCE CONCERTS
Adult tickets are $45, Aged Pensioner $40 and Child (4 to 15 years) $35
We do our best to keep the price of the concert tickets as low as possible but we do need to cover the high costs of the venue and production. Performers do not require a ticket, as they will be backstage throughout the concert. Tickets to the concerts will be available from 8am on Saturday 26th October at the studio. A ticket order form will be distributed towards the end of Term Three along with a list of which concert each class is performing in.
At Commotion the students hire costumes from our in-house costume department. This helps keep costs down and saves parents from spending hundreds of dollars on buying costumes that will end up sitting in a cupboard after being worn once. The costume levy is invoiced with class fees and is $1.50 per week per class. The costumes are distributed to the students approximately one week before concert. The costume levy is an "all inclusive" contribution to the costume department and goes towards sourcing new costumes, alterations, mending, wear and tear, cleaning, storing and staff costs.
>> CONCERT PERFORMERS PACK
Every performer in any of our end of year concerts will need a Concert Performers Pack. This is $79 and includes a HD digital copy of the Commotion Concert Video, a medal, a certificate, a photo from the photo shoot and our limited edition 2019 Commotion concert t-shirt which the students also wear on stage for the Finale. The performer fee will be billed with all customers Term Four fees. Siblings get a $30 discount off their performer fee.
>> PHOTO SHOOT
We hold photo shoots at the studio so that our students can have professional photos taken in class groups and individually in their awesome costumes. It's a really fun day that the kids enjoy, and it doubles as a dress rehearsal for the concert. Dates for the photo shoot can be found above in the yearly calendar. The photos will be available for purchase online a few weeks after the concert and will be $15 each, or $10 each if you purchase 10 or more.
Studio address is:
2/12 Sedgwick Street
>> CONTACT US
Reception opening hours are as follows:
Monday 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Wednesday 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Thursday 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Friday 4:00pm to 7:30pm
Saturday 8:30am to 11:30am
To contact reception please call 02 4648 1251
You can call our studio director Ben Stokes directly on 0402 119 073
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