How do you pronounce Emboîté?
It is pronounced 'ann-bway-tay'.
My child has never danced before, how do I know which class is right for them?
This will be dependent on your child's age and any previous experience they've gained from other activities. Please contact us to arrange a free trial lesson to establish the best classes for them.
What are the school's uniform requirements, and where can I get my child's uniform?
Our main school uniform requirements, can be viewed on our Uniform List.
All uniform can be purchased directly with Emboîté with the exception of dance shoes. These should be purchased from a local dance shop such as Tutu 2 Tango in Basingstoke or Ruby Slippers in Newbury, to ensure they are fitted correctly.
What are your fees, and how can I pay?
Standard fees are based on the length of the class and are paid monthly. Discounts are applied for students participating in four or more classes and siblings. For more information on our fees, please refer to our Membership and Fees page.
Where do classes take place?
Classes are held in two locations across North Hampshire: Sherfield Park Community Centre and Tadley Memorial Hall. Please click here to be directed to our contact page for the address and postcode of each hall, and a map showing their locations.
When do classes take place?
Classes are held throughout term-time. Please refer to our Timetable page to see the full list of term dates and our class timetable.
When will my child do Pointe work?
Pointe work can be dangerous and detrimental to your feet if you start too early or are not prepared before you begin. Your child's teacher will determine whether you are at the right stage of physical development. Several factors come into play when considering this decision, including age, level of training, strength, alignment, and even the shape and flexibility of the foot and ankle. Some students will be invited to a Pointe lesson to work on these factors as preparation, but may not be invited to get Pointe shoes until their teacher has confirmed they are ready.
What opportunities will my child have to perform?
Students at Emboîté are welcome to participate in our full school show, which is held every other year, in between examination sessions. There are also other chances for students to perform at local events, such as summer fetes.
Are examinations mandatory?
Examinations are not compulsory; however, they are encouraged, as they give the students a sense of achievement and greater belief in themselves. If a student chooses not to participate in an examination, the teacher will assess their progress and move them up to the next level when they are ready.
How often are examinations held?
No two students are the same, and they may learn and develop in differing ways and at different times - but on average, most of our students take exams every 18-24 months, with senior grades taking longer. The examining bodies publish recommended number of study hours as a guide, but most importantly your teacher will assess your progress and decide when an exam will be suitable. Students undertaking exams need to be prepared to participate in additional classes in the lead up to their exam, and should also be practising their work at home.
Are your examinations recognised?
Yes. Ballet exams taken with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and Modern and Tap exams taken with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), are accredited by the QCA and are part of the national qualification framework. Both dance societies are international organisations and their qualifications are recognised around the world. To find out more about the RAD click here for their website, or click here for the ISTD website.
What accreditations does Emboîté have?
Emboîté is registered with the RAD and ISTD, ensuring teachers are committed to engaging in CPD. This means they maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills in response to developments in the profession. Our teachers are first-aid trained, have enhanced disclosures through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and are properly insured.