Questions about facilities

1Where can I find a car park?

Our 2 venues are +/- 100 m apart, so Q-Park is the closest and not time-limited (but chargeable) parking.
Tricks: some shops offer free parking for a certain period of time if purchases are made at them. Example: free parking for 90 minutes with a minimum purchase of €20 at Carrefour

So, there is also the Brico parking for its customers.

Besides that, there are also blue zones for parking in several neighbouring streets (both on the Ixelles commune towards Avenue Louise and on the Uccle commune).

2How to go from one room to another (Bascule - VDK)?

Nothing could be easier!

The most comfortable way is through the Gallery:
If you are in our Bascule room, for example, you go down to the Gallery level ("G" in the stairwell/lifts);
Once in the Gallery, you turn right and go to the exit of the Gallery (Rue Vanderkindere side) turn right for +/- 70 metres to reach the Färm/Stival/Tom&Co shop cross the Rue Vanderkindere and you are now at number 471.

3How do I get to the Bascule Room when the Gallery is closed?

Actually, access to our Bascule room is a little more difficult when the Galerie Bascule is closed (between 8pm and 7.30am Friday to Saturday, Sundays and public holidays)

On Sundays, however, there is normally a weekly flea market in the Gallery which makes access to the lifts/staircases to the 1st floor possible between 8 and +/- 3pm

This is one more reason to pre-register and get confirmation before the course in question.
By pre-registering for a course given outside of Gallery hours, the teacher should give you instructions on how to reach the room... and how to leave it at the end of the course.

Questions about courses

1What to wear to ballet class?

We ask that each child has a school tunic (with a specific model and colour).
This is a kind of uniform that fulfils 3 objectives: aesthetic harmonisation of students in a class, avoiding having inappropriate outfits for dance and avoiding opportunities for comparisons on the brands and origins of tunics worn.

We normally have at the beginning of each semester (and in limited stock for the rest of the year) all the tunics that students are required to wear.

You can buy one from us from your child's first class but we expect to allow about 1 month to get "in order", so as not to accumulate all the costs in one period.
Otherwise, for the trial class, a gym shirt or a simple "leggings - tee-shirt" combination will do very well ;-).

We sell slippers (half shoes) and tights for parents who don't feel like going to a special dance shop but this is completely optional.
For a trial, barefoot or in socks is also fine.

2Is it possible to do a trial lesson?

In principle, yes, of course!

First of all, it is necessary to distinguish between 2 different situations: the courses organised for children and young people that the Studio organises and the adult courses (except for the adult contemporary dance course) which are organised by the teachers themselves.

For the children/youth classes (ballet, contemporary, Jazz and Hip-hop) and the adult contemporary dance classes, we automatically allow you to come and try one (or 2 if really necessary) class. This one is free and without commitment.

For adult classes, each teacher is autonomous in their decisions and some allow the free trial class (e.g. for adult ballet classes), others charge for the trial class at a reduced price, others charge for the trial class at the price of one session but deduct it from the purchase of a 10 class card,...
This is one of the reasons why we invite you to fill in the pre-registration form / contact with the teacher(s) to obtain all the information specific to a course if it is not already specified on the page of the discipline

3At what age can you really start ballet?

The age we mention is indicative as one child is not the other in terms of maturity and concentration. What matters most to us is the development of all "our" children and the best way to know if we are on the right track is the trial class.

We need to be mindful of individual development and also the development of the group.

We gladly accept children between 3 and 4 years old as long as we respect this view together.

4Can you start ballet without having done it from the age of 3-4?

Yes, of course!

It all depends on the objective you are looking for: it is probably rare to find great professional dancers who started dancing at 12 years old

In our Studio, we will advise you case by case, taking into account 3 parameters:
- the age of your child in relation to the average age of the group
. - the experience and acquisition of the basics; if your child starts at 12 years old, for example, it will be quite difficult to include him/her in a group that has already been doing pointe classes for 1 or 2 years but perhaps he/she can spend a few months in a class without pointe to learn the basics of ballet
. - the development of your child; this is a crucial criterion because a class that is too easy will bore him/her and one that is too difficult will discourage him/her.

We recommend that you choose a class that is too easy for your child.

In any case, we recommend a dialogue between our team and the parents to find the formula that is the most adapted and personalized for the children/youth who want to dance with us ;-)

5Why does the Studio only offer classical dance for young people?

Classical dance includes a rigour and learning that then serves many other types of dance

It's a bit like the comparative image of music theory versus the musical instrument even though there are great musicians who are not basically trained in music theory.

We know that the rather repetitive and rigorous side of classical dance is less attractive than Hip-hop or Jazz.
To encourage young people to accept training working on the basics, the other disciplines are only offered a little later (6 years old for Breakdance, 7 years old for Hip-hop, 8 years old for Jazz and 10 years old for contemporary dance).

Questions about course fees

1What are the prices of the courses?

On each of the pages dedicated to the different dance disciplines, you will find a section
either "Prices" (for all children's classes and adult classical or contemporary dance classes)
or "Prices & enrolment" for the other disciplines.

2Are there fees for taking several different courses in the programme?

For your information, we operate with 2 modes.

For all classes concerning children and teenagers (Classical, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz and breakdance) are organised and managed by the Studio. To these classes, we must add the contemporary dance classes for adults.
All these courses operate with half-yearly fees (from the beginning of September until the end of January & from the beginning of February until the end of June).
The amount is set according to the number of classes per week within these disciplines.

For all other courses (which only concern courses for adults), the organisation and management is done by the teachers themselves: it is they who set their programme and price plan and manage the registrations (without direct intervention from the Studio managers).
Some teachers choose the system of cards of 10 (or more) classes, others by trimester, others by class,... with different rates.

Therefore, it is not possible to obtain special financial conditions by combining several disciplines, neither between modes nor within the second mode.

3When are the half-yearly dues due?

In answer to your question as to whether the half-yearly fees should be paid in one go or monthly, we would like to say that we want to act with mutual respect and trust.

In order to be fair to all our students, there are no individualised prices, except that we give an advantage to children of the same sibling (even if they are blended) with a 10% or 20% reduction on the lowest fee for the same family.

However, we take into account the situation of each family and our flexibility lies in the payment schedule.

As a general rule, we request that fees be paid in full at the beginning of the month following the period concerned (e.g. fees due at the beginning of the school year in September can be paid at the beginning of October). If this poses a problem, we request that a dialogue takes place between us to establish a different formula: payment in 3 or 4 instalments +/- determined or another arrangement.

Questions about the organisation of the school

1If my child has not been able to attend class, can they make it up at another time?

Yes, of course!

We appreciate motivated students ;-)

For organisational reasons, we ask that the timetable your child has been registered for remains the main timetable.
However, if for any reason (illness, family holiday, professional impediment, ...), he/she could not attend his/her usual class, we will gladly welcome him/her to another class of the same level the same week or a week before/after.

Thank you for letting us know by email!

2What about late arrivals to classes?

We are well aware that the combination of work/activities of one's (and often one's) child(ren) is not always easy.

As long as the situation is within the framework of mutual respect, we accept children (and parents) who do the best they can to limit these delays.

Questions regarding administrative aspects

1Why and how to pre-register for dance classes?

For information, a distinction must be made between classes organised by the Studio and those run by the teachers themselves.

Courses for all children/youth + those for adults in classical and contemporary dance (for historical reasons) are in principle covered by a complementary insurance in "Sports Accidents". By filling in the form properly, we can fill in the administrative form that gives you this benefit.
The organisers of these classes are at the same time the co-founders of Studio Dans'Harmonie.

For all the other courses (with the adult public), it is the teachers who manage quite autonomously both the programme, the calendar, the registrations and the pricing plan.
By filling in the form (present on each page of the different disciplines), this allows them to receive your contact details and any questions you may have ... and therefore to answer them directly.

These forms are therefore intended to make our communication with you efficient and direct!

2How much do dance lessons cost?

As explained in the previous question, this will depend on the course.

Normally, prices are displayed on each of the different discipline pages.

For all courses organised and run by the Studio, the main formula is that of half-yearly fees (covering the periods from September to the end of January and February to the end of June).
An exception is made for adult ballet classes which work with cards of 10 classes

For all other classes, prices and packages vary although the average is around 10€/hour per person.
Some classes work by term, some by 10 class card and some by class.

By asking the question in the pre-registration form (included on each page), the teacher(s) will give you the details.

3Why do I have to pay a deposit?

This applies to all children/youth + adult contemporary dance classes

The objective pursued in our Studio with regard to the deposit is to accompany the application for enrolment with a concrete and binding gesture.

As we have to turn away students from a certain period for many of our classes, we need to know that those who have been enrolled honestly intend to take the classes (even if the final decision depends on one or two successful trial classes).

Wherever possible and in this spirit, we ask you to pay a deposit

  • of €60 for registrations for the 1rst semester
  • of €50 for registration for courses

4Compatibility between deposit and trial course?

This applies to all children/youth + adult contemporary dance classes

In general, pre-registration is done several months/weeks before the first trial class. A deposit is required at this stage (see the question "Why do you need to pay a deposit").

If the trial lesson should not be conclusive and you notify us by email within 10 days of the trial that you do not wish to enrol your child, the deposit will be refunded in full as soon as possible

If this email occurs between the 11th day and the 30th day, the deposit is refunded to you at 50%.

After the month following the trial class, without any news in writing from you, the deposit is no longer refunded (as we have lost opportunities to accommodate other waiting children by unnecessarily holding a place for your child).

5Other conditions for refunding the deposit for courses

This concerns all children/youth + adult contemporary dance classes

Outside of the first registrations with trial class (see question "Compatibility between deposit and trial class?"), we take into account 2 situations:

  • De-registration before the 1st effective class: we will analyse the reasons for this withdrawal and find an arrangement with you as far as possible. Without an agreement, however, we remain entitled to retain 50% of the deposit
  • For a withdrawal during the semester: we will refund you at your request in proportion to the number of courses remaining in the semester minus the 60€ deposit
6Why didn't I receive an invoice at the beginning of the semester?

Mainly at the beginning of the semester, many new students come for a trial lesson (during the first 3 to 4 weeks in majority). During this period, our priority is to allow you to see if your child has been able to tame his new environment, his teacher, his group and... the chosen discipline.

The question of membership fees only arises when all of this is "well underway."

All parents of new students must have received clarification about the payment of the membership fee during this phase.

All other parents know that a subscription fee must be paid at the beginning of each semester and many comply naturally without having received an invoice.
If clarification of the amount is required, we will respond without delay.

We send an individual letter with a small memo about paying the fee when about 1.5-2 months into the semester we have not seen a payment (or the balance is not met).

From that point on, we start to track late payments more rigorously.

7When can I receive the tax certificates?

This applies to all children/youth courses under 14 years old

From the financial year 2020, our Studio is authorised by the National Children's Office to distribute tax certificates.

The N.E.O. expects to provide us with the tax certificates around the 3rd/4th month following the fiscal year on which the deduction is exercised.

8Are mutual insurance companies involved in courses and internships?

To our knowledge, yes! (even if the conditions and amounts differ from each other).

There are 2 kinds of reimbursements from mutual insurance companies: 1 for a physical activity (a course, a training course,...) and 1 for training courses & camps. In both cases, you have to get the documents.

The first one is for a physical activity (a course, a training course,...) and the second one is for training courses & camps.

As far as the physical activity is concerned, the procedure is quite simple: you need to take a form from your mutual insurance company (some mutual insurance companies allow you to download it via their respective application), put a sticker on it and give it to us. We fill it in and give it to you to return to your mutual insurance company.

The procedure is quite simple.

As far as internships are concerned, the procedure is identical

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For information, reimbursements are based on the calendar year (+/- 50 € depending on the mutual insurance).
Example: if you have not claimed any in 2020, it is not too late (as far as we know, some mutuelles allow you to go back up to 2 years). In this case, give us 2 forms with vignettes; we can fill them in for 2020 and 2021 if necessary.

For other conditions, please contact us.

For other conditions, please ask your mutual insurance company.