For general enquiries, please refer to our comprehensive ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ below. If you need help deciding what’s right for you or would like to enquire about private classes, school incursion programs or event entertainment, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jaya on 0431 757 828.
Please ensure that you have also read our full terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Where is your studio located?
Studio J Dance is located at Level 1, 147 Swan Street, Richmond (above Si Senor Taqueria, enter via Waverley Street). There is free 2-hr street parking in the surrounding streets. The studio is also located right between both Richmond train station and also East Richmond train station with both being about a 5 minute walk away. Tram Stop #10 on Swan Street on route 70 is right in front of the studio and additional tram options can be found via Church Street.
Are your classes suitable for any level?
We offer a wide range of dance classes for multiple experience levels, however if you are brand new to dance without any prior experience then we recommend starting with one of our “Beginner Level” Courses. We also have courses suited for intermediate/advanced levels (prior dance experience required). Feel free to email us at email@example.com or call us on 0431 757 828 if you have any questions about which class is the best choice for you.
Is there an age requirement?
You must be over 18 years of age to participate in all our in-studio courses. For those aged 16-17, enrollments will be considered upon request.
What if I need to cancel a course or miss a class?
There are no refunds or credits for missed classes or absences.
Courses may be cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments (minimum 5 students). In this instance, a full refund will be offered to students already enrolled.
Should unavoidable or unforeseen interruption occur to our courses or classes, Studio J Dance may not be able to meet its obligations or may only partially be able to meet its obligations. This includes closure due to government direction or health department direction. In the event that a course or class(es) are missed due to a Force Majeure event, then Studio J Dance will endeavour to provide a rescheduled course or move to online classes. If a suitable reschedule is not possible, Studio J Dance may provide a credit or refund at Management discretion, however a credit or refund cannot be guaranteed because of the hardship also experienced by Studio J Dance.
I am going away for part of the term, can I still join a course?
We encourage you to complete all sessions of your course as they are designed to progress week after week. However, we understand life happens! If you’ve missed a class, then our practice videos & recordings are shared via a private group, making it easier for you to catch up and get the most out of your course.
For our courses which end with a video shoot, we do require students to have attended at least 75% of the classes (e.g. 6 out of 8 weeks) within the course to ensure that they have kept up with choreography and blocking. If a student misses more than 2 classes, they are expected to catch up via the class recordings and the teacher will also review suitability for participation in the group video. If a student is aware that they will be missing more than 2 classes, then we highly recommend you re-consider your commitment and your capacity to catch up independently via class recordings.
How do I access your online classes & will class recordings be available after the session?
Our online courses are delivered in real-time via Zoom. Online classes are recorded and made available for re-play for the entire duration of a course, so that you can catch up if you miss any sessions. Class recordings can not be accessed once the course has ended.
I have enrolled in the online course. Can I still attend the in-studio filming session?
Sorry but our final filming session is only for those enrolled in-studio. However we love seeing our online students’ home videos. Please tag us in your socials or submit your video via Whatsapp. Your permission will be requested should we wish to feature it on our social media.
Can I trial a class before signing up to a course?
Due to limited spaces, we do not offer in-studio class trials. However, we can share a digital class recording from a previous term, to give you an idea of the class and teaching style.
What is involved in your in-studio video shoot?
We have a strong focus on technique and learning the correct foundations of each style. We teach choreography through a step-by-step approach (usually one song per course), with some courses creating a dance video at the end of the term. Our choreography requires frequent revision and refining of technique. This ensures that you can master the final routine to a performance level quality. If you cannot commit to an entire course then check out our casual classes or subscribe to our tutorial channel on patreon!!
What should I bring and wear to my in-studio class?
Wearing anything comfortable is absolutely fine! If unsure then standard fitness wear or tracksuit pants are best. Students may choose to wear a kurta or practice sari for the traditional Indian dance forms such as Bharatanatyam and Kathak, but this is not a requirement. Most of our dance styles are usually performed barefoot, however you can wear sports shoes if you prefer extra support. And of course don’t forget your heels for Bolly-Heels!! We are a plastic-free studio so please bring a water bottle to stay hydrated!
Do I still pay full course fees if I enrol later in a term?
We are able to accept late enrolments, usually up to week 2 of a new course (please confirm with us first) however the full course fee will still apply. Studio J provides free practice videos of your class choreography, so that you can catch up on what you missed in previous weeks. Late enrollers will need to revise and catch up independently.
What is your ‘dance guarantee’? How does it work?
Our #1 priority at Studio J is to teach Indian dance – properly. Which means standing by our teachers & classes 100%, no matter what. If you complete a full course, without missing any classes, and find that you’re unable to learn the dance routine, then we will issue a full refund. It’s that simple. We’re here for our dance family. We hope you love your course, but if you attend all the sessions and are not satisfied, then please be sure to inform us within 7 days of completing your course so that we can process your refund.
I’ve enrolled for a course, but haven’t received a confirmation yet?
You will receive an instant automatic email confirming your purchase (please check your spam/junk folder). You’ll be added to the class group on WhatsApp 24-48 hours prior to your course starting. This private group is our primary method of communication with students, and is used to provide class updates, resource videos, and answer any of your questions. Please ensure that you have this app installed, or you may miss important information regarding your course.
Do classes run on a public holiday?
Most of our classes do not run if they fall on a public holiday, however be sure to double check the course dates as there are occasionally a few exceptions.
Can I purchase a gift voucher?
Studio J Gift Certificates are a perfect and popular idea for friends or loved ones who are passionate about dance or for those who want to learn! Vouchers can be purchased online HERE.
Can I publicly perform a dance that I learnt at Studio J and/or share your dance videos?
Content taught at Studio J Dance, including routines and dance videos, remain our intellectual property. Routines learnt at Studio J are permitted for personal use only (e.g performance at family weddings and/or free community events). Commercial use of our routines (paid events, dance competitions, or by a professional dance group) is not permitted. Dance videos can be shared on Facebook & Instagram, however please ensure you tag and credit Studio J Dance (@studiojdancemelb). Our dance videos cannot be uploaded on a personal YouTube channel as this conflicts with YouTube’s Content ID policy.
Can i arrange private classes?
Studio J provides private ‘one-on-one’ classes for individuals and groups.
Private/Group classes are conducted outside of the scheduled times so booking is essential.
You can choose your preferred teacher or have us choose for you.
Prices for ‘one-on-one’ start at $95/hour
Prices for group bookings will be provided upon enquiry.