Frequently Asked Questions
What age can my child begin Highland Classes?
For the 2021-2022 season, we'll be accepting children ages 7+.
What age is too old?
No age is too old if you are physically fit, and are able to practice on your own time at home.
How big are the classes?
Classes are limited to 4-8 students.
What do I need to wear for class?
Primary/Beginners (ages 7-10): Body Suit & Tights or Knee socks, Highland Ghillies.
Beginners - Adults (ages 11-adult): Shorts (above the knee), t-shirt/tank, knee socks, and Highland Ghillies
No jewelry allowed. Hair MUST be pulled back into a ponytail or braid and off your face.
Can I watch my child while they're in class?
As I teach from my home, and in the basement, I do not have a separate space for parents to stay and watch. Parents are encouraged to bring their child to the many Dance Outs (performances) throughout the year.
What if my child is sick or cannot attend class?
Please refrain from bringing a sick child to class. If they are unable to participate or are contagious, they should not be attending.
If we miss a class, can we come for another one?
There will be NO refunds for missed classes and NO make-up classes.
Why only 1 class a week?
Students are asked to practice on their own time to develop their skills, technique, steps and dances. Beginner Dancers should practice a minimum of 3 times a week, whereas Advanced Dancers (and competitive dancers) should practice 4-5 times a week.
Is the instructor qualified?
Yes, Andrea Goral is a qualified Highland Dancing Instructor with the BATD (British Association of Teachers of Dancing). Andrea is an RECE as well (Registered Early Childhood Educator). For more information, please check out 'About Andrea Goral' tab.
I heard there are Exams. What are these and when are they?
Andrea Goral follows a Syllabus with the BATD. Andrea encourages dancers to take exams each year to broaden their knowledge of Highland Dancing. We prepare for the examinations throughout the year. These exams are NOT included in your yearly fees. Exams are usually held each Spring.
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