Middle School Financial Guide 2018


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 29 January to Sunday 1 April 
(excluding Public Holidays)

An Open Day with free classes for all ages will be held on Sunday 28 January 2017. 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 and preschoolers may choose to wear anything they like to class! 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 $20 per student applies. Families receive a 50% discount on this fee for any additional student within the same section of our school. Sections are Preschool, Juniors, Seniors and Adults.

TERM 2 – Monday 16 April to Sunday 1 July 
(excluding Public Holidays)

Students 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 is held in Term 3 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 for students ages 3 to 17.

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 2017 were $35 (incl GST) per student / per class. Entry to the Midyear Performance is a gold coin donation.

TERM 3 – Monday 16 July to Sunday 23 September
(excluding Public Holidays)

New in 2018, we are holding a student choreography competition – Dance Habit has talent! Entries close in Term 2 and choreography workshops will be held in all classes and also in the school holidays for those wanting some guidance on how to create dances that tell stories, move the audience or achieve another performance goal. The competition is not about winning – we focus on the learning opportunities and the experience. All students will receive great feedback, a small prize and a certificate. The competition will be judged by an external dance professional. Winners will be invited to dance at our Preschool Concert in late Term 3. Also this term, we have our Medal Test prizegiving for those who participated in these in Term 2.

Financial Guide: Entry to the choreography competition will be a small fee to be confirmed.

TERM 4 – Monday 8 October to Sunday 16 December
(excluding Public Holidays)

For many, this is our most exciting term as all students prepare for our much-anticipated annual concert on Sunday 25 November. 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 will be 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.

Financial Guide: We aim to keep costume fees under $60 per costume while ticket prices for audience members in 2018 are $35 for Adults, $27 for Concession and Full Time Students and $15 for Children and Performers.

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