Middle School Financial Guide 2021

YEARLY ACTIVITIES & FINANCIAL GUIDE

Below is a guide to our annual calendar, including any costs that may be in addition to term fees, so you know exactly what exciting things we get up to and what to expect financially. Our goal is to make dance accessible and affordable for all families, so costs are kept to a minimum wherever possible

TERM 1 – Monday 1 February to Sunday 4 April
(excluding Public Holidays)

Term 1 is about getting settled and establishing routine. Students will need to purchase uniforms and shoes for their classes (if required). See our uniform page. Not all classes require a uniform. All dancers get to know their teachers and one another as they are invited to make Dance Habit their home away from home.

Financial Guide: At enrolment (regardless of term), uniforms and shoes will need to be purchased if required for your selected class/classes. An annual administration and insurance fee of $25 per student applies.

TERM 2 –Monday 19 April to Sunday 27 June
(excluding Public Holidays)

Students continue working on technique and skills in classes with an added focus on dance history and education. Toward the end of term, all students are invited to dance at our Midyear Performance (not compulsory), usually held at the RecWest on Essex Street, West Footscray. Class uniforms are worn.

Financial Guide: Medal Test fees in 2019 were $35  per student / per class. Entry to the Midyear Performance is a gold coin donation. 

TERM 3 –Monday 12 July to Sunday 19 September
(excluding Public Holidays)

Students in Prep to Grade 6 may participate in a medal test (internal examination) for each of their classes. Medal tests are not compulsory but we strongly encourage participation as it is a wonderful experience and gives students the opportunity to feel a sense of pride in their achievements. It is also a great way to track progress and receive feedback from an external dance professional. There is an additional charge for medal tests, which covers the examiner/s fees as well as student report cards, certificates and medals. A prize giving for all medal test participants will be scheduled and additional awards and trophies are presented to outstanding students, as selected by our examiner/s. Medal tests have proven to be an incredibly positive experience!

High School students have an IMMERSION WEEK. Instead of the regular timetable, we offer a week of classes with external dance professionals throughout the week. Open to all enrolled high schoolers!

All students are invited to take part in our Student Choreography Competition. The competition is not about winning – we focus on the learning opportunities and the experience. All students receive great feedback, a small prize and a certificate. The competition is judged by an external dance professional and winners are invited to dance at our Preschool Concert in August.

Ballet students may be invited to participate in an external examination with the Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD). This may be held in Term 3 or 4.

Financial Guide: As a guide, Medal Tests were $35 per student, per class in 2019. Immersion Week fees are yet to be finalised. Entry to the choreography competition is a small fee to be confirmed. External examinations attract a larger fee, which will be discussed with any eligible participants directly. 

TERM 4 –Monday 4 October to Sunday 19 December
(excluding Public Holidays)

For many, this is our most exciting term as all students prepare for our much-anticipated annual concert. The concert is not compulsory but we encourage participation. It is a truly wonderful experience for all involved and students gain an enormous sense of pride in their achievements. Held in a professional theatre, students are required to attend additional rehearsals and photo days in the lead up to the show. We source all costumes, which students purchase and keep after the event.

Importantly: please note that our theatre bookings are yet to be finalised due to COVID-19. There is a chance that our Junior Concert (Prep to Grade 2) and Senior Concert (Grade 3 to Year 12) may be held on separate weekends in 2021. No family discounts will apply across the two events.

Financial Guide:

  • We aim to keep costume fees under $70 per costume while ticket prices for audience members in 2019 were $35 for Adults, $30 for Concession Card Holders and $15 for Children. These prices, concert dates and location are still to be confirmed for 2021.
  • A fee for videography will be charged (per family and per event), which gives you access to download and/or stream the concert via a password protected link. We have moved to digital downloads as our videographer has advised that DVDs are being phased out and are difficult to come by. The digital download is a more affordable price and a better quality product, however, physical DVDs can still be purchased in addition if desired. The videography fee in 2019 was $20.
  • Photos are available to purchase directly from our photographer if desired but this is not compulsory. There is no photography fee charged by us.