Middle School Financial Guide 2020


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 – Tuesday 28 January to Sunday 29 March 
(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 – Tuesday 14 April to Sunday 28 June 
(excluding Public Holidays)

Junior students (Prep to Grade 2) 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!

Senior students (Grade 3 to Year 12) 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. Winners are invited to dance at our Preschool Concert in August.

Toward the end of term, all students are invited to dance at our Midyear Performance, 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. Entry to the choreography competition is a small fee to be confirmed.

TERM 3 – Monday 13 July to Sunday 20 September
(excluding Public Holidays)

Junior students (Prep to Grade 2) have their turn to participate in a choreography competition this term (read above for more information on this).

Senior students have exam opportunities this term. For some, it will be a Medal Test, which in 2020 will include dance workshops for participants with our examiners. For others, it may be an external examination, for example a ballet exam with the Australian Teachers of Dance (ATOD).

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

TERM 4 – Monday 5 October to Sunday 13 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 Junior Concert (Prep to Grade 2) and Senior Concert (Grade 3 to Year 12) will be held on separate weekends in 2020. No family discounts 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 2020.
  • 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.