FAQ

How do I register?

Registration is on a first come first serve basis.  You can register online anytime. Payment in full can be made using cash, cheque, or credit card while monthly payments can only be made by credit card or post-dated cheques.

Where do I go for class?

Classes will be held at the DanceWorks Kenora studio at 1051 Railway Street, Kenora, ON. As the studio space is partially shared with Inglenook Studio please use the left hand entrance (bright green door) to enter the dance studio directly. Classes will start promptly so it is recommended that you arrive a few minutes early. The studio may be congested at class change times, please be mindful of other dancers in our small entrance space and wait quietly in the entrance/waiting area until the class before yours is finished.

What clothing or footwear is needed for dance class?

Students are required to have proper dancewear and shoes for all classes. Part of dance training is the discipline learned from arriving to class on time and with proper hair and attire. It is also reduces distractions during the class and makes it easier for the instructor to assess and correct technique and clean choreography.

Dance footwear should never be worn outside. Jewelry and watches are not to be worn in class.

Hair is to be pulled off the face for all dance classes. For ballet classes, hair must be in a ballet bun, with long bangs and fly-away pieces clipped back.

For adult classes, students should use the below as a guideline and ensure that any clothing is relatively form-fitting and will allow a full range of movement.

There are a few options for purchasing dancewear in Winnipeg. Harlequin in Winnipeg has a great selection and two locations (downtown and St. Vital).  Mallabar is another option with a location close to the airport. Chasse Dance Supply is a newer option and is on Academy Rd.

  • Parent & Tot / Pilates / Dance Conditioning:
    No dress code. Please wear clothing that is not too baggy or restrictive. Bare feet or thin socks depending on your preference.
  • Creative Movement:
    Leotard/bodysuit and tights or leggings. Can also wear shorts or a skirt. If not wearing footed tights dancers can go bare foot. If wearing footed tights slippers are required. Boys should wear black shorts or pants and a t-shirt. Hair must be tied back.
  • Creative Movement & Tap:
    Black leotard/bodysuit, ballet pink tights, and slippers. Can also wear shorts or a skirt. Slippers and tap shoes. Boys should wear black shorts or pants and a t-shirt. Hair must be tied back.
  • Dance Foundations:
    Black leotard/bodysuit, ballet pink tights. A dance skirt may be worn but is not required. Long hair must be in a proper ballet bun. Boys should wear black shorts or dance pants with a white t-shirt. Ballet (+Jazz) will require pink ballet shoes / Tap (+Ballet) will require tap shoes and ballet shoes or slippers / Jazz (+Tap) will require slippers (black is preferred) and tap shoes.
  • Ballet:
    Black leotard, ballet pink tights, ballet shoes. A dance skirt may be worn but is not required (and dancers should be prepared to dance without a skirt at the discretion of the teacher). Long hair must be in a proper ballet bun. Boys should wear black shorts or dance pants with a white t-shirt and black ballet shoes.
  • Jazz:
    Black leotard, black tights, jazz shoes. Dance shorts can also be worn but are not required. Jazz/yoga pants or leggings and a tank top may be worn on occasion but students need to have the bodysuit and tights available. A bun is recommended in order to keep hair out of the face while turning but dancers may also wear hair in a ponytail. Boys should wear black shorts or dance pants with a t-shirt or tank top and jazz shoes. Jazz runners are not allowed with the exception of adult classes.
  • Tap:
    Black leotard, black tights, tap shoes. Dance shorts can also be worn but are not required. Jazz/yoga pants or leggings and a tank top may be worn but students need to have the bodysuit and tights available. A bun is recommended in order to keep hair out of the face while turning but dancers may also wear hair in a ponytail. Boys should wear black shorts or dance pants with a t-shirt or tank top and tap shoes.
  • Modern/Lyrical:
    Leotard and footless tights or dance pants/shorts/leggings with a tank top. Students can dance in bare feet, thin socks, or modern foot thongs/wraps. Hair must be pulled back off of face.
  • Hip Hop:
    Clothing that does not restrict movement. No denim. Clean indoor runners with non-marking soles. Outdoor shoes are not allowed inside the studio. Please respect our other styles that dance in slippers or bare feet.

What if I miss a class?

There are no refunds for missed classes or late registrations. Students missing a class are encouraged to attend a make-up class in a class either one level higher or lower than the registered class. You can also use make-up classes to try a class in a different style. Your teacher will indicate the class that would be the most appropriate to attend.

Can I watch my child’s classes?

In order to enhance the quality of teaching and ensure students get the most out of their classes DanceWorks Kenora does not allow parents to observe classes. There will be a parent viewing week in Fall where parents and family members will be invited to observe a typical class.

Will there be performance opportunities?
Will I have to pay for a costume?

All full-year classes and some Winter session classes will participate in the year end recital. Adult classes will also be invited to perform and participation will depend on the interest in each class. Recital costumes are provided by DanceWorks Kenora. Costumes may build upon the basic clothing requirements for each class. A replacement fee will be charged should any costumes not be returned to the studio or be returned damaged. Any students opting out of Recital must let the studio know by the dates listed within the Policies.

Additional performance opportunities may become available throughout the year. Many classes will participate in the Kenora District Festival of the Arts. Those opportunities and their time requirements, as well as any additional costs, will be discussed at that time.

Students with poor attendance or those missing too many classes or vital rehearsals in the lead-up to a performance will not be permitted to perform.

The cost of dance class is a struggle for our family. Is there any assistance available?

DanceWorks Kenora recognizes that the cost of dance classes can be prohibitive for some families. Our multi-class discounts and early bird registration discounts along with the monthly payment options are designed to assist families in managing the costs. We also provide the costumes for performances so that families do not have to pay additional costume costs.

Triple P.L.A.Y. Kenora is another resource for families facing financial barriers. Families applying through Triple PLAY will need to make a payment arrangement at the time of registration for the portion of tuition above Triple PLAY funding limits.

Dancers that have demonstrated commitment to dance and whose families are struggling with the cost of additional classes may be eligible for DanceWorks Kenora scholarship credits. Dancers age 12 and up can also participate in the teacher assistant program in exchange for studio credits.

How do I know what class(es) to register for?

The goal at DanceWorks Kenora is to ensure that you or your child has a positive, challenging, and fun dance experience. Some classes are based on age but as dancers progress the class placement will be decided primarily based on progress, proficiency, and focus/maturity. While skill based classes are labelled with age ranges these are guidelines only.

Can I try a class before committing to the session?

Yes, but trial enrollment is only available approximately 2 weeks prior to the start of a session. This is to first allow full session enrollment and then allow trial classes only if the class is not already full.

A trial registration completes the online form as usual but be sure to select the “Trial” enrollment option. Your payment will not be processed until you confirm your participation after your trial class.

What if my child does not want to continue classes after they start?

Please talk to your child’s instructor to discuss the best plan forward. They may be able to provide some assistance and in some cases another class or level may be more suitable. Withdrawals are subject to the withdrawal policy agreed upon at the time of registration. You can review the withdrawal policy on our Policies page.