All dancers must register online or during our August in-studio registration day to secure their place at KSID. Class sizes are kept small & enrollment is limited, therefore prompt registration is recommended. Tuition, annual registration fee ($30 per dancer or $50 per family), & completed registration form, including medical waiver, are due at the time of registration.
The 2017–2018 dance season includes 40 weeks of classes, September through June, and is divided into four 10-week sessions. Tuition is non-refundable and is due on the first day of each new session.
HOW TO PAY
Each class offering includes a detailed explanation of tuition options on the CLASSES page. Payment can be made online or in studio via cash, credit card, or checks made payable to The Kelly School of Irish Dance.
To ensure tuition payments are made in a timely manner, any payment outstanding past two weeks of the due date will be charged to the credit card on file provided at time of registration. Families must keep a valid credit card on file at all times.
- Late payments processed by KSID are subject to a $20 late fee
- Returned checks are subject to a $40 return item fee
If there is a family emergency or extenuating circumstances, please reach out to us to discuss potential payment plans.
Discounts are only available to accounts paid on time.
Families, please contact KSID for online discount codes before submitting payment.
- Sibling Discount: 10% discount available for the lesser tuition amount(s) (siblings only)
- Parent Discount: 25% discount available for KSID parents taking our Adult class
- Multi-Class Discounts: Discounted pricing is available to individual dancers taking multiple weekly classes and is automatically embedded into each class page. No codes needed!
Families that wish to split a 10-week payment into two 5-week payments, please contact KSID for price adjustments and 5-week payment schedule.
Tuition and registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable unless written medical authorization is provided. Dancers on a medical leave are not allowed to sit in on classes due to liability concerns.
KSID reserves the right to cancel any class that does not meet our registration minimums and instead provide registered dancers with an alternate class.
JOINING US MID-SEASON
New dancers are invited to try out a class with us before deciding to take weekly classes, just send us an email first so we know when to expect you! All dancers are required to submit a registration form with medical release prior to attending a trial class. Tuition will be pro-rated to match the remaining session weeks.
KSID class groupings are designed with your dancer in mind for their best learning and dancing experience. Our troupe and company classes are held in a cohort style with the goal that your dancer will grow and evolve with their team and make lifelong dance friends. On occasion, if determined appropriate by KSID, dancers may be given an option to transfer groupings.
** NOTE: Once registered, there is a three week grace period where class selections are locked to avoid disruption and to ensure the teachers have time to evaluate the level of each student **
DANCER ABSENCE & MAKE-UPS
Missed classes will not be refunded or applied as credit. Dancers have two weeks after the missed class to schedule and attend a make-up class. Please contact KSID before attending a make-up. Missed classes are NOT allowed to be made-up during the months of December or June as these months will be focused on rehearsals for Merry & Bright and our Spring Recital. Missed classes may not be carried over to or applied as credit towards future dance sessions. An excessive number of missed classes, as determined by KSID, may prevent your dancer from participating in certain performances.
If a class is canceled due to inclement weather or other unforeseen reasons, an email will be sent to all registered dancers at the email addresses provided at the time of registration. Cancellation notices will also be posted to our FACEBOOK page, INSTAGRAM page, RI Broadcasters Association page, and on our KSID website. There are no refunds due to inclement weather. Dancers are welcome to attend a make-up class as per our DANCER ABSENCE AND MAKE-UPS policy. Please contact KSID before attending a make-up.
KSID EVENTS SCHEDULED DURING CLASS TIME
If a performance, rehearsal, feis, or other KSID-sponsored event is scheduled during class time, there will be no tuition refunds, adjustments, or scheduled replacement class. Dancers who do not participate in the event scheduled during class time are invited to attend a make-up class as per our DANCER ABSENCE AND MAKE-UPS policy.
Dancers are expected to arrive to class on time! Dancers must always be ready to dance, learn, and have fun. Dancers must be respectful of one another and act in manner befitting Kelly Irish Dancers. Dancers will not show any disrespect to instructors, class helpers, or fellow dancers. Any dancer causing a disruption will be asked to sit down or leave for the duration of the class. Parents will be notified of any class disruption. Dancers with excessive behavioral issues will not be allowed to continue their dance training with KSID.
Dancers are encouraged to practice! Practicing is the only way to remember your steps, improve your dance skills, and support your team. Dancers who fall behind from their classmates and have not sought out assistance in mastering material may be asked to join a better fitting class.
REQUIRED CLASS ATTIRE
- KSID Tank, Solid Colored Tank, or Leotard
- Supportive Sports Bra
- Spandex Shorts, Skorts, or Leggings
- Tutus and dance skirts are OK for Lil Beginners
- KSID Team Jacket or Hoodie for Warm-Ups
- Clean Poodle Socks
- Appropriate Dance Shoes
- Hair Tied Up and Neat
- Good Hygiene
- Costumes are NOT allowed to be worn in class
** NOTE: Enter class already wearing soft shoes; bring hard shoes and water bottle in dance bag.**
- Lil beginners may wear black leather ballet slippers (jazz shoes for boys) to begin classes
- Beginners, Troupe, & Company dancers must wear traditional soft shoe ghillies
- Traditional hard shoes are required for hard shoe instruction
- Black leather tap shoes, white straps, or buckles are NOT allowed
- Company dancers must wear split sole ghillies and black-soled hard shoes
- No sneakers are allowed for warm ups unless you are given permission due to blisters or other minor injuries
There are many Irish dance brands to choose from when fitting your dancer to appropriate shoes. Fays, Rutherford, Hullachan, Celtic Choice, and Antonio Pacelli are the only brands we allow. When in doubt, ask KSID.
Poodle socks are required for wear in your Irish dance shoes and are available for purchase at the studio. Wear them while fitting new shoes and during practice to ensure proper fit. For dancers who choose to compete or perform with KSID, brand new poodle socks should be worn each time to ensure perfect presentation!
Dancers are to remain in the waiting room until the previous class has left the studio and their instructor has come to welcome them in. Leave your street shoes on the waiting room shelf and take this time to put on your soft shoes so no class time is wasted! No sneakers are allowed for warm ups unless you are given permission due to blisters or other minor injuries.
We ask that parents do not enter the dance studio rooms. The dirt and salt from street shoes do a number on our sprung marley floor and often the extra traffic causes a distraction, especially with our littler dancers! We will gladly assist any dancers that need help getting ready for class.
At the end of class, dancers will collect their belongings and expect prompt pick up. For the last classes and private lessons of the day, please take extra consideration for our instructor’s time. KSID can only be responsible for your child during class time.
All performance costume requirements are included individually on the CLASSES page.
For competition, beginner dancers must wear a white polo, hunter green skirt, and a patch available for purchase in the studio. Dancers in higher levels may continue to wear the beginner costume or can discuss team or solo dress options with KSID.
GENERAL COSTUME RULE
Dancers who do not have all pieces of their costume will not be allowed to perform, without exception.
KSID team skirts and dresses may be reused or resold for several dance seasons if kept in good condition. We do not facilitate the resale of leotards or poodle socks. Contact KSID for more information on resale options.
KSID TEAM DRESS
Troupe and company dancers that would like to purchase KSID’s school dress should notify KSID to conduct a dress fitting. A $300 non-refundable deposit will be due in order to send the measurements to the seamstress.
**NOTE: The dressmaking process can take up to 12 weeks and requires KSID to submit a minimum order of 5 dresses to be completed at one time. Dancers considering dresses, please plan to buy during KSID dress buying periods.**
Solo dresses are required for KSID Company A dancers and are optional for all dancers competing at intermediate or champion levels in solo competitions.
**NOTE: All used solo dresses must be approved by KSID before purchase. All dancers commissioning a new solo dress must consult with KSID before hiring a dressmaker and at scheduled check-ins during the design process. KSID reserves the right to not approve a design or used solo dress purchase, and the right to not allow a dancer to wear a dress purchased without approval at KSID-sponsored events.**
Lil beginners may wear black leather ballet slippers (jazz shoes for boys). Beginners and Troupe dancers must wear traditional ghillies. Company dancers must wear split sole ghillies. For safety and presentation purposes, soft shoes should not be purchased with "room to grow" as the leather will stretch to fit the foot.
Traditional hard shoes are required for hard shoe performances. Company dancers must wear black-soled hard shoes. Black leather tap shoes, white straps, or buckles are NOT allowed.
BLACK DANCE TIGHTS & WHITE POODLE SOCKS
All dance tights must be Capezio brand and footed. It is strongly recommended that dancers keep an extra unopened pair on hand for performances as tights with visible rips, runs, or holes are not allowed on stage.
Poodle socks must be clean and bright white with no diamantes. Stained, dingy, or dirty socks are not allowed on stage. All dancers are required to have a new pair of socks prior to Merry & Bright, the KSID Spring Recital, and all major competitions. All dancers must also have sock glue on hand to ensure socks do not slip on stage.
HAIR & MAKE UP
Kelly Irish Dancers are always expected to look neat and professional. Details on how hair is to be worn for performance will be provided in class and via email before each show.
Makeup is only allowed for dancers 11+ and must be tasteful, age appropriate, and KSID-approved. KSID instructors always keep make-up removing wipes in their purse and will hand them out if need be.
Wigs are not allowed in any performance or local competition. They are only allowed for champion-level dancers at major competitions and are always optional. Consult KSID before buying a wig as there are only a few styles allowed. There is a sample hair ring at the studio to determine hair color match.
All classes will be invited to participate in various performances, parades, competitions, and KSID-sponsored events throughout the season. Check your class page for details and keep an eye on your email for performance invites.
GENERAL COSTUME RULE
Dancers who do not have all pieces of their costume will not be allowed to perform, without exception.
The month of March is the busiest time to be a Kelly Irish Dancer. We volunteer our time to bring a bit of cheer to local nursing homes, elementary schools, public libraries, and more. All troupe dancers will be invited to perform during the March dance season. Participation in shows is contingent on your dancer being able to make all rehearsals and meet expectations set in class.
MERRY & BRIGHT
Merry & Bright is our annual holiday spectacular that takes the stage each December. All dancers are invited to perform. Special costuming is determined in class and provided to all dancers once their individual costume fee has been paid in full.
KSID’S SPRING RECITAL
Our 2018 Spring Recital will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI. Our Spring recital showcases all Kelly Irish Dancers.
PHOTO & VIDEO
Flash photography or filming of any kind are never allowed at the KSID Spring Recital or Merry & Bright. Professionally filmed DVDs/Bluerays will be available for order after each performance.
KSID is a unique and modern Irish dance school where we strive to offer the perfect balance of performance and competition. KSID offers the option for dancers to compete in open platform competitions (feisanna) hosted through the World Irish Dance Association (WIDA), Rince Tua Nua (RTN), & An Comhdháil.
A dance competition (aka a feis, pronounced fesh) can provide an excellent way for dancers to gauge their improvement in Irish dance, boost their confidence, meet dancers from fellow schools, and TRAVEL! Participation in competitions is NEVER required of your dancer, however your dancer’s placement in troupe classes may be determined on whether or not a child chooses to train at a competitive or a performance-based level. Every dancer is welcome to participate as part of Team Pink & Green!
DANCER COMPETITION CONDUCT
We expect dancers to do their best and be proud for participating regardless of results. KSID expects our dancers and parents to have fun and create a supportive atmosphere. Dancers who prove unable to represent KSID in a manner befitting our team will not be allowed to participate in competition. We want KSID’s Team Pink & Green to be known for our outstanding sportsmanship and smiles.
We do not contest adjudicators’ results. Judges should never, ever be approached. Parents are not allowed to discuss dancer results with judges or other dance schools. Competition results simply reflect how a judge perceives your dancer in one moment in time and do not affect dancer placement within KSID.
We strongly recommend that competitive dancers keep a feis notebook to track their results and level advancements.
ADDITIONAL BITS & BOBS
KSID TEACHER PRIVACY
Please respect our teachers’ privacy and after-KSID-hours time. They spend more time than you could imagine dreaming and scheming to make your dancer’s experience as sparkly as possible. It is hard enough for them to unwind as it is, and a message about your dancer via personal social media will just set them scheming again!
Teacher's personal numbers must be kept private and used only in absolute emergencies. Messages received via Facebook and Instagram RE: KSID to a teacher’s personal Facebook or Instagram page will not be responded to. Please direct all KSID-related matters to our email, KSID #, or KSID FACEBOOK.
KSID updates, cancellations, feis information, performance schedules, and other announcements can be found on our website and Facebook page, and occasionally are sent via email.
KSID MEDIA RELEASE
Photographs and video recordings of your dancer may be taken throughout the year during our classes and at KSID events. Your dancer may appear on our website, KSID social media, or in other promotional materials. The art of Irish dance is constantly evolving and capturing these moments and your dancers’ smiling faces is our way to share our sparkle & shine with the world and watch KSID grow. We respect your choice to opt out of KSID media. Kindly let us know at the time of registration if you do NOT want your child to appear in any KSID material. Doing so may limit dancer participation in KSID events.
KSID STUDIO PHONE
KSID can be reached at (401) 595-7866. Messages are not checked daily, so please allow 72 hours for a return call.
KSID is dedicated to developing a true team (Team Pink & Green!) and a dance family that we are all proud to be a part of. We love offering performances and events to our dancers, and they are made possible and successful thanks to our awesome volunteers.
There are many different ways you can help throughout the year, whether by helping to organize a KSID event, helping out at shows, parades, competitions and recitals, or even just helping to keep our waiting room neat. Please, whenever you see a volunteer announcement on our website or Facebook page, or see an opportunity to help out, consider volunteering your time. Thank you!
Just ask! We welcome any and all questions and can’t wait to be a part of your dancer’s journey.