Month-to-month-PLUS

Posted on 13 February 202427 February 2024Categories Simply Ballet News
Ballet shoes and headline Month to Month Plus

Introducing Month-to-Month-PLUS

We’re always trying to find more ways to help you get more ballet into your life – so we’re introducing Month-to-Month PLUS (M2M+)

Designed for those times when you have a free night or just want to stay for another class, M2M+ allows you to book extra classes on top of your current Month-to-Month booking, without changing your regular enrolment.

For example, if you’re normally enrolled for a ballet class, and decide one week you would like to stay for PBT – you can book the extra PBT class through your customer portal as a one-off and attend.  Or, you could add Contemporary on those weeks you’re free – whatever suits!

At the end of the month you’ll be invoiced for any extra classes you booked.

How does it work?

  • You have direct debit authorisation setup on your account
  • You have at least 1 x ongoing weekly class on month-to-month enrolment
  • Around the 15th of the month, you’ll receive an invoice for the next month for your regular enrolments (the same as you currently do). This invoice due on 1st of the month.
  • If, during that month you want to attend an extra class (of any kind – PBT, Contemporary, Jazz, extra Ballet etc), you’ll be able to ‘add and enrol’ yourself into those extra classes through your customer portal (subject to class availability!)
  • At the end of the month, you’ll receive another invoice for any extra classes you may have taken, this invoice is due 14 days later. If you take no extra classes, there’s no extra invoices.

M2M+ doesn’t affect any make-up classes you have available, and you’ll still save more by booking multiple classes upfront with a better discount.  Extra class bookings are also subject to spaces being available.  Permanent Month-to-Month bookings and Class Pack students will be given priority.  M2M+ is just for those extra times when you want to pop in and get those dancing shoes on!

You can start right now – just log on to your customer portal and set-up direct debit (if you haven’t already) and get dancing.

If you have any questions or need help setting up your direct debit just contact us

Terms and Conditions Month-to-Month-PLUS (M2M+)

  • These terms and conditions are in addition to your already accepted Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.
  • M2M+ classes can only be booked by customers with a valid direct debit authorisation, and no overdue invoices on their account.
  • Students must have a minimum of one (1) current, ongoing month-to-month enrolment in a class to access M2M+
  • M2M+ bookings are subject to class availability. Students with a permanent Month-to-Month booking or students on Class Pack will be given priority over M2M+ bookings.
  • Any booking not satisfying the M2M+ booking criteria will be cancelled.
  • Classes will be invoiced at the total rate of hours booked for that day/week starting from a base of 0 hours. For example, if you have 1 x 75minute class as your regular enrolment, and book an extra 75 minute class that week, you will be charged the fee schedule rate for 75 minutes for that extra class, not a total of 2.5 hours for that week.

FAQ's

You can log on to your portal and select My Account > Payment Details and set-up your direct debit with a bank account or credit card.  Alternatively, contact us and we’ll send you a direct link to do the setup.

There’s no need! Just book whatever classes you want to attend through your customer portal, and your class pack will keep track of your attendance.

Not a problem, just contact us 14 days before your next billing cycle to make any changes.

You’ll receive a make-up class for any missed classes, just like a regular enrolment.  There’s no credit or refunds for missed lessons, just the same as a regular enrolment.

Absolutely! M2M+ is designed for those times when you’ve got no make-ups left, but you want to come for an extra class.  Make-ups can be booked as usual through your customer portal.

Extra classes will be charged as per the fee schedule for how many minutes/hours you book that day.  For example, one extra 75 minute class will be billed at the rate for 75 minutes per week, or a 30 min class at the rate for 30 mins per week.

For example, if you have 1 x 75 minute class as your regular enrolment, and book an extra 75 minute class that week, you will be charged the fee schedule rate for 75 minutes for that extra class, not a total of 2.5 hours for that week.

Permanent Month-to-Month bookings and students on Class Packs will be given priority over M2M+ bookings.  You’ll need to contact us to see if there are any absences or unexpected spots become available.  Your booking wont be confirmed until you hear back from us.

You can mark yourself as absent through your customer portal and receive a make-up class, but if you need to unenroll you need to contact Simply Ballet 14 days before your next billing cycle.

Your Customer Portal

Your customer portal is the go-to place to find most administration things you need at Simply Ballet.  It’s your own personal log-in where you can update your details, see your invoices, notify us of an absence, or book a make-up class.

You can access your customer portal here

The first time you log-in you will need to set a password

How to book an Open Division Class or M2M+ booking

If you have purchased a class card and wish to book in for a class, or are doing a M2M+ booking you can do so through your Customer Portal

  1. Log in to your portal
  2. Click on Classes > Add Enrollments
  3. Select the student you wish to enroll using the top right hand corner drop down menu, and click ‘OK’
  4. Find the date or class you wish to attend and click Add
  5. Select the date/time you wish to take your class and follow the prompts to checkout
Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

What else can I do in my customer portal?

  • Update your personal details and emergency contact
  • Update your customer and students details
  • Update your direct debit details
  • View past and future invoices
  • Enrol in classes
  • Book a make-up class
  • Notify us of your absence
  • Change you notification settings

and more!

Have questions? Just contact us and we’re happy to help.

Ballet for Seniors

Posted on 26 May 202327 February 2024Categories Simply Ballet News

We all know we should exercise – but finding exercise as an older person that fills you with joy is a tough ask at times. That’s where ballet for seniors can help.

Benefits of Ballet Based Exercise for Older Learners

Seniors doing ballet class

As we age, exercise can feel more difficult to fit into our lives.  We think our bodies don’t work quite as well as they used to, the twinges seem more twingier, and those muscles seem a little bit stiffer than they used to…

We all know we should exercise – but finding exercise as an older person that fills you with joy is a tough ask at times.

That’s where ballet can help.

Recent research from The Queensland University of Technology researched ballet classes for seniors and found that participants in ballet classes “experienced higher energy levels, greater flexibility, improved posture, and an enhanced sense of achievement.”

But the advantages aren’t just physical “They also felt happier and enjoyed a sense of community and friendship… ballet participation may contribute to positive outcomes across various health and wellbeing categories and promotes a general feeling of wellbeing.”

Ballet classes can inspire us with the beautiful movement and music and help maintain cognitive function.  A study published in Psychology Today found “The holding of the pattern, taking in that information and then getting yourself going with the music, and even remembering what’s the first step” (p. 4) required particular concentration.

Plus there is a social side to learning to dance. A study titled Dancing while Aging found seniors learning ballet “improved their physical and mental wellness, helping them have a more positive experience of age-related changes. Results showed that most women regard ballet as a very social activity”

So, what are you waiting for?  It’s time to start dancing.

Simply Ballet’s Silver Swans classes are designed especially for older learners.  Although targeted at those aged over 55, there is no upper or lower age limit to be a Silver Swan

Ballet classes can help you;

  • Build friendships and connections
  • Improve your health and well being
  • Keep you active
  • Express your creativity
  • Move to beautiful music
  • Get you out of the house
Silver Swans Logo

Silver Swans classes run Tuesday morning 10:15-11:30am and we would love you to join us. 

Simply book a trial class online here or contact us with your preferred date and your details.

It’s never too late to start improving your wellbeing.  Join us for a class now.

Meet the Royal Academy of Dance Silver Swans

Simply Ballet is an RAD registered school located in Magill, South Australia.

Sports Vouchers

Posted on 18 January 202227 February 2024Categories Simply Ballet News

Sports Vouchers – Get up to $100 off your fees

Sports Vouchers - Get up to $100 off your child's fees

Simply Ballet is a registered organisation with the SA Government Sports Voucher Program.

The Sports Vouchers Program is a Government of South Australia initiative administered by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing. The program provides an opportunity for children from Reception to Year 9 to receive up to a $100 discount on their dance fees and uniforms.

For 2024 this means eligible children will have a year of birth from 2009 to 2019.

The Sports Vouchers program does come with some pre-requisites and requirements. We’ve done our best to detail everything in the policy below. If you are unsure, please contact Simply Ballet or the Sports Voucher Program.4

Child Eligibility
– Your child is aged 5 or is becoming 5 in the calendar year the subsidy is being claimed for and is still eligible to attend primary school. This means Reception to Year 9 (inclusive);
– Your child resides in South Australia;
– You can only apply for the subsidy once per calendar year per child. This means if you have already made a claim through another provider (such as swim lessons) you cannot apply through Simply Ballet as well. Your application will be subject to the Sports Voucher Program assessing your claim;
– Your child is required to participate in Simply Ballet activities for 8 weeks or more. For example, you must be enrolled on a term invoice for your claim to become valid.

RAD Assessments Guide

Posted on 7 April 202130 April 2024Categories Simply Ballet News

We’re about to embark on one the best times of year – it’s time to start thinking about RAD Assessments!

Why is this one of the best parts of the year? Because we believe strongly in our Simply Ballet value to “Celebrate Achievement” and assessments help us to do this in a fun and rewarding way.

Celebrate your achievements
Celebrate your achievements

We’re about to embark on one the best times of year – it’s time to start thinking about ballet exams!

Why is this one of the best parts of the year? Well, because we believe strongly in our Simply Ballet value to “Celebrate Achievement” and assessments help us to do this in a fun and rewarding way.

Assessments should not be stressful, anxiety inducing, or onerous.  Rather, they should be exciting, satisfying and rewarding for all students.  Our aim is to help students reach goals and enjoy the process of getting there.  Assessments also help build self-confidence, motivation, and offer internationally recognised qualifications in dance.

Assessments are not compulsory, but we do encourage you to consider them.  

RAD Examinations and Class Awards offer worldwide recognised qualifications that develop specific skills and outcomes, which can also be used as stepping stones to achieving SACE certificates, and accessing tertiary or Higher Education. 

Assessments are available in a number of formats designed to be adaptable to individual students’ goals.

What's the difference between assessements?

Demonstration Class (Dance To Your Own Tune)

Students participate in a class in front of an RAD Examiner, as well as invited friends and family.  Students and audience enjoy a sense of occasion as they share their skills and imagination.  All participants receive a certificate from the Examiner and a progress report from their class teacher.

Class Award (PPID, PID, Grades 1- 8 and Discovering Repertoire)

Students prepare a selection of class exercises and a dance to be presented to the Examiner with the help of their class teacher.  Class Awards are an excellent way for students to gain an insight into their progress, receiving a certificate, report and medal bringing a well-earned sense of achievement to their studies. 

Examination (PID, Grades 1 – 8 and Discovering Repertoire)

Students prepare all class exercises and up to two dances to be presented to the Examiner without a teacher being present.   Students undertaking receive a mark out of 100, certificate, and medal as well as an internationally recognised qualification, but more importantly – a sense of achievement and accomplishment.

Dates and Rehearsals

Assessments will be held between August 12th and September 6th An exact date will not be known until after all Adelaide entries are scheduled.  All levels (except DTYOT) will require at least 1 dress rehearsal, to be scheduled on a Friday evening or Sunday depending on student availability.  Examination, and some Class Award students will require at least 2 x extra rehearsals to learn their assessment dance to be scheduled in the July school holidays, Fridays, or Sundays depending on student and studio availability.

When submitting your registration, you will need to let us know of any dates you know of that you will be unavailable during the Examination session.  Students who are unable to be examined on the schedule day (eg. sudden illness) will be filmed and submitted as a video assessment.

Costs and Requirements

Your ‘Total Entry Costs’ include your RAD Entry Fee, as well as rehearsal and other costs paid to Simply Ballet.  This cover items associated with taking an assessment such as music attendant fees, Skirt hire (where applicable), Prop hire, extra rehearsals/classes (excluding private lessons), photos on assessment day, and staff attendance on the day for supervision and hair etc. 

Once you have registered, you will be issued with an invoice that itemises your RAD Entry Fee and costs paid to Simply Ballet.  Payment for entries is due no later than Saturday June 8th.

Total costs do not cover normal uniform leotards, tights, or shoes.

Any fees paid to the RAD are only refundable under certain conditions. Please see the RAD’s refund policy for more details https://au.royalacademyofdance.org/exams/exam-refunds/

Costs paid to Simply Ballet may be refundable depending on your circumstances, but we cannot offer of a change of mind refund in this instance once entries are submitted.

Assessment Options by Level

Level Assessment Type Requirements Total Entry Cost
Dance To Your Own Tune
Demonstration Class
Regular class attendance
$68
Pre-Primary in Dance
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$119
Primary in Dance
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$138
Grade 1
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$169
Grade 2
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$183
Grade 2
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x July school holiday rehearsals and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$225
Grade 3
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$186
Grade 3
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x July school holiday rehearsals and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$240
Grade 7
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$232
Grade 7
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x July school holiday rehearsals and 1 x Dress rehearsal
$308
Adult Classical Level 1 (RAD Grade 4)
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 4 x 30min extra rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$212
Adult Classical Level 2 (RAD Grade 5)
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 4 x 30min extra dance rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$218
Adult Classical Level 3 (RAD Intermediate)
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x extra rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$286
Adult Classical Level 4 (Discovering Repertoire Level 4 Class)
Class Award
Regular class attendance and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$143
Adult Classical Level 4 (Discovering Repertoire Level 4 Class)
Examination
Regular class attendance 2 classes per week and 2 x extra rehearsals and 1 x Dress Rehearsal
$200

Uniform

Uniform for assessments is the same as general class uniform.  Items are available for purchase through Simply Ballet or can be ordered directly from dancewear stores or manufactures.  2nd hand uniform items and shoes are also available at the studio.  If you will have trouble purchasing uniform or need further details on what is required, please let us know.

Register Now

All entries and full payment must be received by Simply Ballet no later than 6pm Saturday June 8th 2024. 

Entries will then be submitted to the RAD by Simply Ballet.  Unfortunately, no late entries or payments can be accepted under any circumstances.

For more details, contact us or speak with your teacher.

To be entered for an RAD Exam or assessment you will need to fill out a registration form. Paper copies are available at the studio or forms can be completed online.

Assessment FAQ's

When will assessments be held?

Assessments will be held on a day during the assessment period. It is usually a weekday, but we will not know the date until it is issued by the RAD once all entries have been processed.  It is possible you will need to take some time off work/school.  You will generally need to be available for around 2 hours to prepare for, and complete your assessment. When submitting your registration, you will need to let us know of any dates you know of that you will be unavailable.

Where will assessments be held?

Assessments will be held at Simply Ballet’s studios

Are there extra classes or rehearsals?

All levels (except DTYOT) will require at least 1 dress rehearsal, to be scheduled on a Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, or Sunday depending on student and studio availability.

Some Grades will require at least 2 x extra rehearsals to learn their assessment dance or Assessment groupings.  Extra rehearsals will be scheduled depending on staff, studio, and student availability and in consultation with students.  Extra rehearsals for Examination students will generally be held at their regular class time in the July school holidays.

Any extra rehearsals required are included in the assessment costs you pay to Simply Ballet.

Do I need a Uniform?

Yes.  Our regular uniform will be required for all students. This is generally what most students wear to class already. 

Extra items such as Character skirts, chiffon skirts, headdresses, and props are hired through Simply Ballet and are included in your assessment costs.

What happens if I am sick?

In the event of Assessments being cancelled due to illness or COVID restrictions, Assessments will be filmed and submitted to the RAD.

Any fees paid to the RAD are only refundable under certain conditions. Please review the RAD’s refund policy before committing  https://au.royalacademyofdance.org/exams/exam-refunds/

How do I register for an assessment?

Registration forms are available at the studio or register online here

Need more information? Contact Us or speak with your class teacher.

Customer Portal

Posted on 1 March 202127 February 2024Categories How To, Simply Ballet News

Your Customer Portal

Your customer portal is the go-to place to find most administration things you need at Simply Ballet.  It’s your own personal log-in where you can update your details, see your invoices, notify us of an absence, or book a make-up class.

You can access your customer portal here

The first time you log-in you will need to set a password

How to notify an absence

It’s never nice to have to miss a ballet class – but in the event you have to, you can notify Simply Ballet of an absence through your customer portal log-in

  1. Log in to your portal
  2. Click on Classes > Notify Absences
  3. Find the date or class you will be absent from and click Notify Absence and follow the prompts

Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

How to book an Open Division Class

If you have purchased a class card and wish to book in for a class, you can do so through your Customer Portal

  1. Log in to your portal
  2. Click on Classes > Add Enrollments
  3. Select the student you wish to enroll using the top right hand corner drop down menu, and click ‘OK’
  4. Find the date or class you wish to attend and click Add
  5. Select the date/time you wish to take your class and follow the prompts to checkout
Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

How to book a make-up class

What is a make-up class? Well, in the unfortunate situation where you have to miss a class you are entitled to a make-up class within 90 days.  This is a class you can take as a replacement for the missed class at either another time, or another level if appropriate.  Click here for our full Simply Ballet Make-up Class Policy

  1. Log in to your portal
  2. Select your student (if more than one student)
  3. Click on Classes > Book Make-ups
  4. Find the date or class you wish to attend as your make-up class and click Book Make-up
  5. Select the date/time you wish to take your make-up class and follow the prompts 
Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions

What else can I do in my customer portal?

  • Update personal details and emergency contact
  • Update students details
  • Update your direct debit details
  • View past and future invoices
  • Enrol in classes
  • Change you notification settings
  • Email Simply Ballet directly

and more!

Have questions? Just contact us and we’re happy to help.