FAQs



1. How large are your class sizes?
Class sizes typically range from 6 to 16 dancers. More advanced classes may be larger in size, at the instructors’ discretion.


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.


3. What is the refund policy?
Class start to Oct 1 – full Refund
Oct 2-Nov 1 – 75% refund
Nov 2 -Dec 1 – 50% refund
Dec 2 – Jan 1 – 25% refund
Jan 2 – onward – 0 Refund

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.


6. What fundraising is involved?
Boyan holds a bottle drive/potluck early in September and a Malanka in January. 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, Vesna & Folkfest. 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, however it is requested that they wear a Ukrainian blouse/shirt or 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; instructors will advise.

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?
Generally Novice to Senior groups compete. It is the sole discretion of the instructor if a group is ready for 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 fees will include group competition fees in their amount (not applicable for Preschool and Beginner dancers); extra dance competition fees (for solos/duets, etc.) will be assessed and invoiced to families in November depending on the number of dances and number of competitions they enter.


12. How much are fees for the year?
Registration fees range from $155 to $430 for the 2017-18 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 studio 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.


14. When is it too late to register?
Choreography is in place by September 11; registrations cannot be accepted after this day.  Costume orders are sent to Ukraine by the beginning of October.


15. How long are the classes?
Preschool classes are 30 minutes, all other groups are 1 hour to 1 ½ hours long.


16. What is proper dance attire and why is it necessary?

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). Sweaters may be worn for warm-ups if needed in the winter. Sports bras should also be worn by intermediate and senior dancers. Ballet shoes (preferably red) are required for warm ups and practice. Hair must be off the face and in a bun.

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. Sweaters may be worn for warm-ups if needed in the winter. Compression shorts must also be worn by intermediate and senior dancers; boxers are not appropriate for dance class. Black jazz oxford shoes are requested.

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, midrift or low back showing during dance class. Tight 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.