Terms & Conditions
To ensure The Barbara Roberts School of Dance runs smoothly and successfully, we ask that parents read and agree to our Terms and Conditions before enrolling into the dance school.
The registration form must be completed in full and signed by at least one parent.
Our dance school year runs in line with the academic school year and fees are charged per school term (3 x per year). The payment process is as follows:
An individual bill will be emailed directly to the pupil’s contact email, detailing all classes that they are enrolled in.
The bill will also state a date that the fees must be paid by. Please ensure that this date is adhered to and that all fees are paid on time. Barbara Roberts School of Dance reserves the right to charge an admin fee if term fees are not paid by the date specified on the bill.
Payment methods include bank transfer (bank details included on the bill) or cheque. Please note that there is a £6 admin charge for any cheque that is returned by the bank.
Refunds will not be given for missed classes, except in extreme circumstances, at the discretion of the Principal (AM). If for any extreme and unexpected reason a class is cancelled due to but not limited to adverse weather, refunds will not be given.
Payment receipts will be emailed directly to the pupil’s contact email.
At Barbara Roberts School of Dance we believe that high standards help instill a sense of discipline and pride in our school. To achieve this we ask that all pupils and parents/guardians please follow the guidelines below:
Please be punctual for lessons and school events including performances and exams.
Follow the dress code and ensure the pupil isn’t wearing any visible jewellery with the exception of wedding bands for adults.
Respect other pupils, teachers, staff and parents/guardians. Barbara Roberts School of Dance has a non tolerance policy to bullying.
Be supportive of other pupils and work together to achieve your goals.
Listen to and follow all instructions given by Barbara Roberts School of Dance teachers and staff.
Exams are not compulsory, though they are beneficial in many ways. At Brsdance our priority is to treat each pupil as an individual. The development of each pupil is unique to them. We ask that pupils and parents/guardians respect the teachers’ professional judgment of when each pupil is ready for an exam. Pupils will only be entered when they have reached the required standard decided by the teacher.
In order to be considered to take an exam, pupils must be regularly attending classes and completing any set at home practice. If selected for an exam pupils must have the correct uniform (see dress code) and the correct shoes. For ballet exams new satin ballet shoes must be purchased and signed off by the class teacher.
Once students reach grade 6 in ballet or tap they must register for a bbodance student membership in order to take further exams. For details on this see a member of the teaching team.
Each grade and dance style has different exam fees. These fees will be posted in the members area of the Barbara Roberts School of Dance website once exams have been confirmed. If you are unsure of which exam fee is relevant please ask a member of staff.
Exam fees can be paid by bank transfer (bank details included on the bill) or cheque. Please note that there is a £6 admin charge for any cheque that is returned by the bank. Alongside the exam fees students must provide a stamped addressed envelope, this will be used to post exam results to the pupil. On the exam day there is also a small fee which helps contribute towards hall rental and music operator (this will be confirmed alongside exam fees).
If a pupil is going to be absent from class for any planned reason such as a holiday we ask that you inform the school principal Anne Millington as soon as possible. Similarly, if a pupil is going to be absent due to illness we also ask that you inform the school principal via phone, text, email or social media message as soon as possible.
We ask that the correct uniform is worn for ALL classes (see dress code). Female pupils' hair should be styled in a ballet bun with no fringe or coloured accessories visible. Male pupils' hair should be styled so there is no hair on their face obstructing their vision. No jewellery is permitted with the exception of wedding bands.
Uniform is available for purchase from the following stores:
Leotards, tights, crossovers and accessories
Barbara Roberts School of Dance Online Dance Store.
That's Entertainment shop in Liverpool (https://thatsentertainmentdancewear.com/)
Cains of Heswall (https://www.cainofheswall.co.uk/dance/)
Other online stores are also available but we only recommend using these if you know the fit/size of shoe required. Dance shoes are not fitted in the same way as regular shoes and we always recommend visiting a store to try them on.
Barbara Roberts School of Dance Jackets
ID Industrial Supplies, Hoylake. Go to https://www.iduniforms.co.uk (once there, go to Clubs and Barbara Roberts School of Dance will appear).
Alternatively they can be reached via telephone 0151 632 7500.
Additional training / performances
Brsdance requests that permission is asked before pupils join or take part in other dance training or performances (excluding school dance activities).
The teaching of dance, especially Ballet, is most effective with a certain amount of a ‘hands on’ approach to help pupils gain the correct positioning and alignment necessary. There will therefore be times when physical contact will be necessary to facilitate the correct nuances of technique and artistry. (NOTE: during the covid-19 pandemic there will be no ‘hands on’ teaching to respect social distancing and to keep everyone well).
Dance Careers / Northern Associates and ‘bbodance’ Scholarship Schemes
Attending dance classes provides numerous benefits for children and young people including the obvious physical and mental health benefits but also in the development of invaluable life skills and of course often leading to life-long friendships. For the majority of pupils, dance will be an important hobby and will nurture a love of the artistry of physical movement for them to appreciate throughout their whole lives.
Aspirations of forging a career in dance performance must not be viewed as an automatic progression from attending classes. The dance career world is a hard industry and there is a great deal of competition for jobs amongst the most talented and trained dancers who have graduated from vocational dance schools, both nationally and internationally.
Where a student shows the required potential both physically and mentally to take their dance beyond a serious hobby, Brsdance will approach the family to discuss the possibility of auditioning the student for supplementary training schemes with the Northern Associates and ‘bbodance’s scholarships schemes.
It is the responsibility of the Parent or Guardian to notify the Principal (AM) of any illness or injury that may affect the child’s participation in class. It is important that any learning difficulties are also disclosed in order for us to provide support and nurture the pupil.
It is the responsibility of the Parent or Guardian to ensure that Barbara Roberts School of Dance is updated in relation to any changes in contact details.
All dance content taught at The Barbara Roberts School of dance is personal to the school and/or to the examination associations taught by Brsdance, and therefore must never be uploaded onto any social media sites.
Out of courtesy we ask that pupils give one month’s notice before leaving the school.
At Barbara Roberts School of Dance we often take photographs and videos during classes, performances and school events to be used for the purposes detailed below.
In accordance with our child protection policy we will not permit photographs, video or other images of young people to be taken without the consent of the child or the parent if the child is under 16.
Barbara Roberts School of Dance will take all steps to ensure these images are used solely for the purposes they are intended. If you become aware that these images are being used inappropriately you should inform Barbara Roberts School of Dance immediately.
Barbara Roberts School of Dance uses these photographs and videos for the purposes below:
Social media posts and advertisements
On the Barbara Roberts School of Dance website
Printed and online publications
Printed and online advertisements
We promise to ensure that all students receive high quality dance training. All teachers employed by Barbara Roberts School of Dance are fully qualified, DBS checked and insured.
Barbara Roberts School of Dance will do everything within its power to provide a safe environment for students and we hold Public Liability Insurance.
Barbara Roberts School of Dance has put multiple measures in place to protect its staff and pupils during the COVID-19 pandemic (see risk assessments and policies). Barbara Roberts School of Dance cannot be held responsible if any staff member or pupil contracts COVID-19.
Enrolment into and attendance to our classes is seen as acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.