Does Stages follow a Dance Syllabus?
We have been following the Northern Counties Dance Teacher Association (NCDTA) syllabus for over 30 years. This allows us to train our students to an extremely high standard with great results. Starting from Pre-primary all the way through Grade 6 and into teaching grades, you can gain qualifications in a vast range of styles such as Ballet, Tap, Modern Stage and Freestyle. For Acrobatics, we have been trained and are affiliated with both Acrobatic Arts and Acrotrix.
Will I do Dance exams with Stages?
Yes, the majority of our classes are examination based and we hold exam sessions at the studios, twice a year. We have a school show every two years, so during this time we often focus heavily on choreography, whilst still regularly going over grade work.
What should I wear for class?
Toddlers can come to class wearing anything comfortable and that they can move easily in, with non-slip footwear. As students get older, we do encourage them to wear a uniform, which can be purchased from reception. For health and safety reasons, we ask that hair must be tied back and off the face, and appropriate footwear must be worn unless otherwise suggested by your teacher. Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Jazz shoes can all be purchased from reception.
Please note – due to health and safety, we are currently encouraging students to not have bare feet during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
How do I pay for classes?
Classes are paid weekly for the first four weeks, then monthly/by the half term/by the full term (5% discount given for full term in advance.) All classes should be paid in advance except for adults who pay weekly. Card, cash or cheques will be accepted. If you would like further information about direct debits, please enquire at reception.
Can I watch my child’s class?
For younger students (under 8), we allow parents to stay and watch the first class (pre/post Covid-19.) One parent can stay in the toddlers class at the moment. At the end of every half term, we have “come and watch” session for parents (pre/post covid) where you can sit and watch your child perform for the final 20/30 mins of their class.
Do you do adult classes?
Yes! We have a variety of adult classes available in a variety of levels from beginners to advanced.
Are there parking facilities outside?
Yes, there is free parking in and around North Shields. There is parking available outside the studios, but please note that there are parking metres (50p per hour.)
Does Stages do shows?
We do a biennial show, which in recent years has been at the Peoples theatre in Jesmond. We also offer a week summer school with two performances at a local theatre on the last day. We hold auditions for our students to take part in the yearly pantomime at Tynemouth Priory theatre.
Does Stages enter competitions/festivals?
Yes, we have our own yearly festival and we also compete in other local competitions. This is usually arranged through private tuition for students who are interested.
Do you offer private lessons?
Yes, please contact your teacher or enquire at reception for private tuition!
Can I gain teaching qualifications and experience at Stages?
Yes, Vivienne encourages older students to pursue this if they show interest and can also offer teaching assistant work during their studies depending on availability. Please contact Vivienne for further details.
Are all of your teachers qualified and DBS Checked?
Yes, and we also encourage all of our teachers to further their qualifications regularly and also attend workshops. All of our teachers are DBS checked.
Do you sell food or drink at your facility?
We have a small tuck shop that also sells water. We also have coffee and tea facilities upstairs in the kitchen for parents/guardians.
Do you have changing facilities?
Yes we do have changing facilities however we do encourage students to come ready for class where possible.