1. When can I register my child? Is it possible to register once the year has already started?
2. When do classes begin? When does the dance season end?
3. Are there any additional costs?
4. If my child is uncertain about enrolling for the year, what would you suggest?
5. Can my child try a class before enrolling?
6. How do I know which class to enroll my child into?
7. Can I watch my child in their weekly dance class?
8. What are the MDE Annual Events?
9. Does MDE have a dress code? Where can I buy it?
10. Is there parking available?
11. Do you have a waiting area for parents or kids between classes?
12. What happens if my child wants to whithdraw or change a class?
MDE’s dance season operates September-June. Enrolment is accepted on a first come first serve basis beginning in June through November. Select classes will be re-opened for January enrolment. January enrolment will be accepted on a first come first serve basis beginning in November through January.
The first day of classes for 2015/2016 dance year is Saturday September 12th 2015.
The last day of classes for 2015/2016 dance year is Saturday June 25th 2016.
Appropriate footwear/dance wear needed for certain dance classes, is not included in the tuition fee.
$20.00 Registration Fee (yearly fee)
Costume Deposits are due for all students September 30th. $40.00/preschool students all other deposits are $70.00. This deposit goes towards the costume that will be worn for performances/picture day etc. throughout the dance year. There will be a costume balance owing once the costume has been completed. Once the balance has been paid the costume is the dancers to keep. Competition Students will have competition entry fees which will be due by November 30th. Entry fees are $40.95/entry.
Tickets for the year-end recital, year-end recital DVD, MDE team gear, and photos of your child in costume taken by a professional photographer at the studio.
Registration at MDE means a commitment to the dance class for the year as well as a commitment to all registration and withdrawal policies. If your child is uncertain, we recommend they participate in a Trial Class before enrolling. See question #5 for more information on Trial Classes.
Absolutely! MDE offers Trial Classes throughout the months of September and October, and again in January for classes which have been re-opened for January enrolment. A fee of $20/ Trial Class applies and must be paid before a dancer attends the class. If a dancer enrols in the class they tried, the Trial Class fee will be applied to the annual tuition. A Trial Class may be granted ONLY if space in the class permits. Participation in a Trial Class does not reserve a spot in the class.
At MDE, we allow parents to view the last 10 minutes of each class by opening the blinds located on the viewing window, as well as opening the door. The blinds may be closed for the duration of the class so dancers can concentrate on choreography and skills. For the last 10 minutes of every class, dancers get the opportunity to show their parents what they have learned and get used to performing for an audience. Flash photography is prohibited.
MDE offers a wide variety of fun and exciting dance classes for all ages which all compliment each other. Please review our Class Descriptions to gain some knowledge on what each dance discipline offers and which would suit your child best. Or feel free to speak to anyone on of our knowledgeable staff members for additional information.
MDE is proud to offer a variety of Annual Events in which all of our dancers take part. These events include: MDE’s Annual Holiday Show, In-Class Holiday Showcase Week where family and friends are invited to view and even videotape during class, Photo Shoot week where dancers pose in costume for professional group and individual photos, and the exciting Year-End Recitals held at the Act Theatre, Maple Ridge. Specific event dates are available in our Calendar of Events.
MDE has a mandatory Dress Code which all dancers are expected to follow. Dancers are required to wear non restricting clothing (no jeans) Certain dance disciplines require specific footwear and dance wear.
For safety purposes, dancers with long hair must secure their hair off the face. Please leave all valuables at home, including jewelry which will not be allowed in the dance class.
Many Dress Code items may be purchased conveniently at the studio or at any of the local dance supply stores. (Dance Box, Satin Slipper)
MDE is located at #101-102 1730 Coast Meridian Rd. (just off Kingsway) which has plenty of free parking in a well lit parking lot.
There is a large waiting area as well as change rooms throughout the studio which are ideal for homework, reading, and eating snacks or meals. We remind parents that all children who are not between dance classes must be supervised by an adult while at the studio.
We ask that any withdrawal or changes to classes happen in the first couple of months. As the classes progress the dancers will become reliant on each other for choreography. If a students chooses to withdraw after January 1st, there will be a fee of $100.00 applied to each classes they are withdrawing from. If the withdrawal happens before January 1st, we will just need a one month written notice. Withdrawal by phone or email will not be accepted. Please note that all Registration Fees, Costume Deposits and Competition Fees are non refundable or transferable.