The Flying Irish Studio is a small, family-centered business. In response to the COVID-19 situation, the Flying Irish Studio will be limiting all regularly-scheduled (weekly) classes to a maximum of 10 people in the studio (8 participants with 2 instructors). Many of our classes are one-offs, run only once a week. Therefore, in-person make ups classes will only be available if there is a comparable class that has space, and only when working on material that relates to the original class.
Please make every effort to attend all scheduled classes (in-person unless ill), as this is important to the student, teacher, and classmates. A lot of material can be covered in each class, and steady attendance is required so that a dancer does not fall behind, which in turn can effect the entire class. Participation in special programs & events may have specific attendance requirements; see information pertaining to each event or program.
There are no refunds, transfers or credits for missed classes, whether dance or yoga, regularly scheduled classes, workshops or mini-sessions. If the studio cancels class a make up date, either in-person or virtual, will be provided.
Illnesses: Students who too sick to go to school or work cannot come to dance class. Students must be symptom and fever-free for 24 hours to return to dance class, except with COVID-19 where a person must have a negative test taken 3 or more days after exposure or have quarantined for 14 days after first exposure and are symptom-free. A fever is 100F and higher, or feeling feverish.
Summer Sessions: Irish Dance is a year-round sport. Summer classes are needed to maintain fitness, remember material & for level advancement. Summer classes are required for dancers wishing to attend Nationals.
Low enrollment policy: Classes with less than 4 dance students may have their time reduced (tuition will remain the same) or may be canceled and those students will be placed into alternate classes.
Serious injury or illness: A doctor’s note explaining the nature of the injury is required. Virtual classes can be arranged for the duration of the injury/illness so the dancer does not fall too far behind. Tuition must be kept up to date to hold class placement and cannot be refunded or transferred to another student. If in-person make-up classes are available, these can be scheduled in the month(s) following his/her return to classes, within that calendar year. If in-person classes are not available, the student will be offered virtual classes and/or class recordings and will be able to send in videos of their dancing for private comments/review. A doctor’s note is required stating the student is able to return to dancing.
Attendance Awards: If this is your dancer’s 5th, 10th or 15th year as a student of the Flying Irish—congratulations! They will be given an attendance award at the end of the year.
Make-ups may be in the form of a virtual class, class recording or a live class (when available). If a student is going to be absent from class, mark the absence in the Family Portal at least 1 hour prior to the OPENING OF THE STUDIO on that afternoon. This will give us the time to set up a virtual class for the student to participate in on the day, or to take via a class recording at a later date (recordings may not be available at all times). Make-ups, whether in-person or virtual, are only offered if a notification is received in the specified time frame (notifications are date/time stamped).
When the Studio receives a call (no texts or emails) that a student will be absent, a virtual class will be set up. Students who are unable to attend school or work but fell well enough to participate can do a virtual class, and not miss class that night. The recording of class will be emailed to the student, if available. Students who are not well enough to participate in class virtually will receive the class recording (when available) and/or can watch class with their cameras off. Dancers doing virtual classes can email the studio a video of one of their dances to received personalized comments from their instructor the week of the missed class.
Make-up classes at the Studio, when available, must be scheduled within 2 weeks of the class missed and taken within a month of the missed class whenever possible. All make-ups must be pre-scheduled. In-person make-ups may not available in all classes at all times (ex on-off classes, during feis practice or show preparation times). If a student misses a make-up, they may not reschedule again.
There are no make-ups for missed classes in single offerings, mini-sessions, private lessons/classes, workshops, ceili club, punch card users or individually scheduled group classes (such as Air Yoga). Private lessons & individually scheduled group classes must give 24-hour advance notice to reschedule the lesson/class for another time. Classes must be rescheduled within 2 weeks of the missed class and taken within 4 weeks of the missed class. If students cannot attend a rescheduled time, they forfeit the tuition for that class/lesson.
If the weather is at all inclement, please call/text the studio as early as possible. You must call or text to get a make-up. If enough people call to say they will not be attending, classes will be cancelled for that night. The Flying Irish Studio may be open even if school or other activities were canceled in your area. You will be emailed when classes are cancelled and notification will be posted on Facebook's Flying Irish Studio page.
When classes are cancelled due to inclement weather, either a make-up will be offered (in-person, virtual or in a comparable in-person class); tuition will not be adjusted in the event of cancellations.
Whenever necessary for the health and safety of our families, the Flying Irish Studio will offer virtual classes. Tuition, and the class withdrawal policy, remains the same for virtual classes as for in-person classes. There are no make-ups when exclusively virtual classes are held as dancers will be given access to class recordings. If the Studio is running exclusively virtual classes, dancers may email the studio 1 video per week, of one dance (maximum 2 steps or 1 step & RF of a set). Instructors will respond via email with personalized comments. The Flying Irish Studio's small class sizes ensure that our dancers continue to have a high quality experience when transitioning to virtual classes.
The Flying Irish Studio takes the safety of its students seriously at all times, and this includes during online classes. Classes have passwords and automatic waiting rooms; classes may locked after they start. Class recordings are posted in a private Google drive for each class. (Recordings are only available for as long as their is space to host them or one month, whichever is more.) File sharing and screen sharing are not allowed in the Studio's virtual classes. Chat is not allowed in classes with younger participants. Classes may be locked once they start. Make sure your dancer knows to use the class link to reconnect if they are bounced out of class due to internet issues (class will be unlocked iin the event someone bounces out). The Flying Irish staff will stay updated with online training to be best able to protect our students.
Students should wear their class attire for virtual classes, including the correct shoes for the class. It is advised that children do virtual classes in an open area of their house, away from pets & siblings but an area that can be monitored by parents.