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 email@example.com or call Jaya on 0431 757 828.
Please ensure that you have also read our full terms and conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Are your classes suitable for any level?
We encourage all adults including beginners and those who have never danced before. The majority of our students are new to dance and we have a supportive, judgement-free space. We also have courses suited for intermediate/advanced levels (prior dance experience required). if you’re not sure which level is right for you, then give us a call.
Is there an age requirement?
You must be over 18 years of age to participate in our courses. Children aged 12+ are able to participate ONLINE with guardian consent (please complete enrolment in guardian/parent’s name).
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.
What if I need to cancel a course or miss a class?
For our ONLINE classes, you can defer a course if more than 7 days notice is given prior to the course commencing. A credit will be issued (6 month expiry period). For cancellations after this time including drop-outs or missed classes for any reason (including change of mind, illness, pregnancy or pandemics) please note that there are no refunds or credits. For our Dance Guarantee, the full course must be completed and without absence.
For our IN-STUDIO courses: Numbers are very limited in our in-studio courses, and therefore no refunds or credits can be issued for cancelling your in-studio enrollment at any time, sorry 🙁 This includes change of mind, illness, pregnancy, pandemics, missed classes or drop-outs. However, if you complete the full course without missing any in-studio sessions, and are not satisfied for any reason, then a refund will be issued.
How do I access your online classes & will class recordings be available after the session?
Our online classes are delivered in real-time via Zoom. The day before your class starts, you will be added to a WhatsApp group and the online link & password will be shared via this private group. Online classes are recorded and made available for the entire duration of a course, so that you can catch up if you miss any sessions.
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 submit your video via the class Whatsapp group and/or email to firstname.lastname@example.org! 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 happens if the studio needs to close due to covid lockdown?
Should our studio be directed to close due to covid-related lockdown, then the following will apply:
- For lockdown duration <2 weeks: Classes impacted may be cancelled or moved online. If cancelled, then make-up classes will be scheduled once in-studio resumes (no credit or refund).
- For lockdowns lasting 2-4 weeks: Classes may be moved online, or rescheduled. End of term filming will be scheduled once we re-open (no credit or refund).
- For lockdowns longer than 4 weeks: In-studio students may choose to cancel their course and will be offered a credit for the classes remaining that term, valid for 12 months.
What is involved in your in-studio performance courses?
We have a strong focus on technique and learning the correct foundations of each style. We teach choreography through a step-by-step approach (maximum 1 or 2 songs per term), with the group creating a dance video at the end of the course. 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 choose from our library of dance tutorials!!
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 or 3 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.
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.
What if I miss a class?
Missed classes are non-refundable and cannot be credited. 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 are shared via a private group, making it easier for you to stay on track and get the most out of your course. Most of our studio classes also stream online, so you are welcome to attend online if that option is available.
Where is your studio located?
Our studio is located on Level 1, 147 Swan St, Richmond. Entrance is via Waverley St. There is ample street parking in the surrounding streets (however allow extra time for parking during peak periods). 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.
What are your term dates for 2022?
To view our 2022 schedule – click here. Term dates are a guide only and may be subject to change.
Term 1: 17 January – 13 March 2022
Term 2: 21 March – 15 May 2022
Term 3: 23 May – 17 July 2022
Term 4: 25 July – 2 Oct 2022 (potential showcase term – TBC)
Term 5: 10 October – 4 December
Term 6: 5 Dec – 22 December (masterclasses & workshops)
X-MAS BREAK: 23 Dec -15 January 2023
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.