School of Dance - General Information

PARENTS WATCHING - There will be 2 watching days for pre-school and beginner classes and 1 for all other classes for the year. Parents will be notified via our facebook page or noticeboard of these watching days. The watching day allows parents ONLY to monitor their child's progress. Parents of younger children may sit in the studio for the first week, only if the child requires it.

FACILITIES We have a purpose built properly equipped ballet studio which includes a foyer and waiting area, dressing rooms, male and female toilets, fully equipped kitchen, an attic for costume storage, Pilates room, 2 studios with sprung floors, mirrors and barres. The studio is set on one and a half acres and surrounding this is a native reserve, a creek and busy Cranbourne-Frankston Rd. Parents please keep your younger children closely monitored in these surroundings. Children who are not in a class must stay within the building or may sit on the grass area directly in front of the studio. NO responsibility will be taken for children wandering past these boundaries.

CAR PARK At some times the car park may become very crowded. We encourage parents of older children to drop their children off on these days. PARKING IS ONLY PERMITTED IN THE DESIGNATED BAYS. Please do not park in the drive way, holding up the flow of traffic for other people. If the carpark is full you may park over the road at Coles and walk across at the traffic lights. Thank-you, for your co-operation.

CANTEEN - Our school canteen and school uniform shop is run by volunteer mums. The school's classical and jazz uniform may be ordered through the uniform shop. Snacks, drinks, tea, coffee, lunches on Saturday as well as other goodies are available from our ballet store. Please support our canteen as it is one of our main fundraisers for our costumes and is run by volunteers.

FACEBOOK Please like Joanne O'Kelly School of Dance on Facebook for regular updates on news and events. Members of Joanne O'Kelly School of Dance are encouraged to join "Joanne O'Kelly Dancers" which will give current updates and information to students and parents. All information and any updates will be placed on this private page.
All students that are part of our Competition team will be required to join "JOKSOD Comp Team" as of February 2017. All newsletters and all information will be posted on this page.

WEBSITE -  All other information will be on our webpage . Parents/students will be given a code to access information on our website. Enrolment forms, troupe contracts, uniform lists etc and other forms may be downloaded from this site.

SOCIAL MEDIA It is against JOKSOD rules for parents to contact other teachers through social media or any other forum for any reason. All parents should contact Principal Miss Joanne O'Kelly or Zandra O'Kelly to discuss any concerns.

LATECOMERS Please try to be punctual as late comers disrupt the flow of the class and the concentration of fellow students. It can be quiet stressful for younger students when they are placed in a class late.

STUDENTS PROGRESS - If you would like to discuss your Child's progress with a teacher, please make an appointment with Zandra. NO parents are to enter the studios in-between classes unless they have an appointment, as it holds up the next class. Thank-you for your understanding.

SOLO LESSONS Students are to arrive at least 15min. before a solo to warm-up and practice before their scheduled time. Please notify us in advance if you are to miss your lesson otherwise a full fee will apply.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION -  Please let us know of any medication your child is on or any illnesses.  Please leave a mobile phone number in order for us to contact you if necessary. It is a requirement of JOKSOD that all parents/students fill out an enrolment form and our rules and regulations form is signed in order to participate in any classes or workshops.

TROUPES AND EISTEDFODS Students who are participating in at least 2 classical classes per week and meet all requirements may participate in troupes for eistedfods. Students will audition for troupe work. All students who meet requirements will be involved in some way, however, not necessarily be placed in every troupe. All students must dance in their age group and some students may be invited to dance in certain troupes in the higher age group at the discretion of Miss Joanne. The commitment for troupe work lasts until our concert. We will participate in Phoenix Festival of Dance in the June School holidays and Royal South Street, Ballarat in September holidays.

SOLOS  - Students who are participating in troupes, meet the requirements and are ready for this next step will be invited to start solo work for the eistedfods. All students doing solos must compete at Phoenix eisteddfod and and least one other competition through the year. Students must get permission from Miss Joanne on eistedfods entered other than Phoenix, Ballarat, Southern and Casey.

OUTSIDE CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS All students enrolled at JOKSOD  must have written permission by Miss Joanne to participate in any events not organized by JOKSOD.

END OF YEAR PERFORMANCE All students at JOKSOD will perform in a professionally run production at the Frankston Arts Centre on Saturday 9th December at 12.00 and/or Sunday 10th December at 6.00pm.

Latest News from Joanne O'Kelly

Our new website is launched

Dec 14 2016
We are really excited with our new website, let us know what you think. We will be updating our 2017 timetable on Tuesday the 20th 2016.
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