- How large are your class sizes?
- Do children dance with dancers their same age?
- What is the refund policy?
- What is the duration of the dance year?
- My child has never danced, what group would he/she start in?
- What fundraising is involved?
- When will my child perform?
- What costumes are required for preschool and beginner?
- Do I rent or own my costume?
- Which groups compete?
- What is the fee payment structure like?
- How much are fees for the year?
- Can I stay in the studio during class?
- When is it too late to register?
- How long are the classes?
- What is proper dance attire and why is it necessary?
2. Do children dance with dancers their same age?
Dancers older than Preschool and Tiny Tots are grouped according to age, ability, attendance and attitude. Dancer placement is at the sole discretion of the instructors. Children must have turned 4 by December 31 in order to register for the Preschool class. Tiny Tots is available for dancers who are 3-4 years old (this class introduces movement in a fun and creative way and does not include a performance component).
All cases will be evaluated on an individual basis to accommodate extenuating circumstances. If for any reason we are required to suspend our in-person classes, weekly classes will continue via an online learning platform. No registration refunds will be given for studio closure or missed classes due to COVID-19.
4. What is the duration of the dance year?
September to early May, with the year end concert typically marking the end of the season. Some of the more advanced groups may be asked to perform at Vesna (middle of May) & Folkfest (middle of August). Performance opportunities are pending.
5. My child has never tried Ukrainian Dance. What group would he/she start in?
Instructors will place dancers according to their age with consideration given to any prior dance experience, based on information provided at registration. Instructors will evaluate placement in the first few weeks of class to ensure the best fit for each dancer’s success. Placement may be subject to change until choreography starts in October.
6. What fundraising is involved?
Boyan holds a couple of bottle drives/bottle drops in addition to a few additional fundraisers during the season (ie. perogy sales). Malanka has historically also been a fundraiser for our organization (Ukrainian New Year celebration in January). There are no mandatory fundraising commitments, however we encourage members to participate in each fundraising initiative to the best of their ability as fundraising helps to keep our registration costs reasonable and support studio expenses.
7. When will my child perform?
All groups from Preschool- Senior typically perform at Malanka in January, as well as at the year end concert in May. Tiny Tots is a non-performing group. Older groups (Novice and up) perform at Competitions (see #10 below). Novice-Senior level Boyan dancers may also be asked perform for community events (ie. Folkfest or Vesna) by invitation.
8. What costumes are required for Preschool and Beginner?
Instructors will give costume requirements for each group in advance of performances. Preschool does not require a specific costume for performances, however it is requested that they wear a Ukrainian blouse/shirt or long sleeved white shirt, along with black bottoms (skirt for girls, pants for boys – no jeans, no print or decals).
9. Do I rent or own my costume?
Younger groups – Dancers are required to purchase their own embroidered Poltava blouse/shirt (this is part of the costume requirement for the younger groups). Younger boys may be required to purchase their Poltava pants and Poyas (belt).
Older Groups – Group costumes for specific regions are rented from Boyan for a fee. Specific costume requirements and purchases are discussed on a per group basis.
Purchase of shoes is each dancer’s responsibility, and will be determined by region performed each season (levels Novice and up); instructors will advise.
10. Which groups compete?
Novice, Junior, Intermediate and Senior groups compete at 2-3 competitions each season; competitions run between March-May. It is at the sole discretion of the instructor if a group is ready for competitions. Dancers also have the option to perform “extra dances” (ie. solos, duets, etc) at competitions. As with other performance opportunities as noted above in point #7, the status of competitions for the spring of 2022 has not yet been confirmed.
11. What is the fee payment structure like?
Payment can be made in either one lump sum payment or two equal installments dated September 1 and January 1. If two payments are made, both cheques must accompany your registration form. E-transfer is another payment option.
If a dancer would also like to enter “extra dances” at competitions, the entry fees for these dances (solos/duets, etc.) will be invoiced to families in November depending on the number of dances and number of competitions they enter – these fees are determined by the competition organizers. The dancer is also responsible to pay the instructor/choreographer a pre-determined fee for their time in choreographing and teaching each “extra dance”.
12. How much are fees for the year?
Registration fees range from $150 to $575 for the 2021-22 dance season. Other costs include competition fees and costume rentals (as applicable), as well as a $5.00 yearly family membership fee.
13. Can I stay in the studio during class?
The number of people accessing the studio at one time is currently restricted to students, instructors and select volunteers. Guidelines will be provided to members outlining the process of dropping off and picking up dancers to ensure everyone’s safety.
All dancers are requested to wear all black clothing.
For Girls: Black bodysuit or leotard with black tights or leggings (dance shorts or dance skirt may worn on top). Ballet shoes (preferably red) are required for warm ups and practice – additional footwear requirements will be provided by the instructor, specific to each class. Hair must be off the face and in a bun for all dancers.
For Boys: Black T-shirt (tucked in) and black athletic/yoga style or dance pants. Sweatpants can restrict movement and are not preferred, particularly for dancers Novice and higher. Black jazz oxford shoes are requested for most all groups (your instructor will advise); Tiny Tots, Preschool and Beginner boys wear black ballet slippers. Longer hair must be pulled back and off the face.
If you have questions regarding a specific item of clothing, please do not hesitate to ask your instructor.