- 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 are grouped according to age, ability, attendance and attitude. Dancer placement is at the sole discretion of the instructors. Preschool aged children must have turned 4 by December 31 in order to register for the dance season.
All cases will be evaluated on an individual basis to accommodate extenuating circumstances.
4. What is the duration of the dance year?
September to April/early May, with the year end concert marking the end of the season. Some of the more advanced groups will be asked to perform at Vesna (middle of May) & Folkfest (middle of August).
5. My child has never danced, what group would he/she start in?
On registration night instructors will be on hand to place children in appropriate classes. They will observe the dancer perform a few steps in order to place them in the group they feel will be most appropriate for their age and ability. Placement may be subject to change until choreography starts in October.
6. What fundraising is involved?
Boyan holds a bottle drive/potluck early in September and a Malanka in January, in addition to one or two additional fundraisers during the season (ie. perogy sales). We also look after the recycling at the Ukrainian Karpaty Pavilion during Folkfest.
7. When will my child perform?
All groups perform at Malanka and the year end concert. Younger groups will perform at a couple of nursing homes in the spring. Older groups (Novice and up) perform at Competitions (see #10 below). Novice-Senior level Boyan dancers also perform at Vesna & Folkfest – the dance groups for Vesna & Folkfest are chosen based on amount of dances requested, overall group commitment and availability of dancers.
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?
Dancers are required to purchase their own embroidered Poltava blouse/shirt (this is part of the costume requirement for the younger groups) and boys own their Poltava pants.
Purchase of shoes is each dancer’s responsibility, and will be determined by region performed each season (levels Novice and up); instructors will advise. Preschool and Beginner dancers wear ballet flats (red for girls, black for boys).
Group costumes for specific regions are rented from Boyan for a fee. Specific costume requirements and purchases are discussed on a per group basis.
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.
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. Your registration fees will include group competition fees in their amount (not applicable for Preschool and Beginner dancers).
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 $210 to $510 for the 2019-20 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?
Boyan has a waiting room just outside the studios that parents are welcome to visit in. There will be a brief parent viewing session during the final 10 minutes of the last practice of each month.
All dancers are requested to wear all black clothing; the specific details are described below. Black attire allows the instructors to better visualize lines and movement.
For Girls: Black bodysuit or leotard with black tights or leggings (dance shorts or dance skirt may worn on top). Sports bras should also be worn by intermediate and senior dancers. Ballet shoes (preferably red) or jazz oxfords are required for warm ups and practice – additional footwear requirements will be provided by the instructor, specific to region. Preschool girls wear red ballet slippers. 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. Compression shorts must also be worn by intermediate and senior dancers. Black jazz oxford shoes are requested for most all groups (your instructor will advise); preschool boys wear black ballet slippers. Longer hair must be pulled back and off the face.
Sweaters may be worn for warm-ups in the winter, if needed.
At Boyan we are fortunate to have male and female instructors, and a number of classes are co-ed. It is disrespectful to fellow dancers as well as instructors to have bare legs, midriff or low back showing during dance class. Snug fitting undergarments are worn for health and safety purposes.
Girls hair must be tied back appropriately so turns can be practiced without distraction from loose hair. Wearing flat shoes for warm-up allows the muscles in the feet and lower legs to be strengthened appropriately.
If you have questions regarding a specific item of clothing, please do not hesitate to ask your instructor.