Terms & Conditions

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

By registering your child / yourself in Upahaar School of Dance, you hereby agree that your child / yourself shall abide by the general rules and practices with regards to the enrolment process, dress code, practise, punctuality, attendance, marketing and privacy policies.


ENROLMENT/ EXIT PROCESS

1) The registration form must be submitted and registration fee paid (as directed on the form), after the trial class and before the student attends the first session at the agreed location or branch. For Natya (dance) students the uniform measurements sheet must also be submitted in the first week.

2) Fees may be payable in advance for each term. They are due for all classes conducted irrespective of absence due to illness or due to short holidays. If the student misses a session, it is still chargeable. However, the student may attend another session during the week (at any of the branches) to make up the missed lesson or by agreement to work more and come up to speed within the next few classes she / he attends.

3) Classes are usually conducted throughout the year with the exception of 2 weeks during Christmas and 4-6 weeks in July-August. This may change depending on the date of Upahaar Annual Day celebrations and the necessity for special rehearsals during the summer. However, those who go on regular breaks during these periods and/or those who do not attend any of the special classes (if any) are not required to pay any fees for the two periods. Should we close for any other period, prior notice will be given and fees or classes will be compensated accordingly.

4) Should you wish to take your child out of Upahaar you would need to hand in a letter/email of notice at least one month in advance or pay one calendar month’s fee along with the letter of notice, for immediate withdrawal and in lieu of notice period. Any lessons paid for beyond the one-month period will be refunded.


DRESS CODE & STUDY MATERIAL

1) The student will abide by the dress code of the school.

Bharatanatyam students: Girls below 13 years will be required to wear the prescribed salwar khameez (maroon and mustard). Until the uniform is ready, they may kindly wear any salwar khameez or leggings beneath a long dress with a duppatta / scarf tied around their waist.
Ladies and older girls (or those whom the school deems ready to wear the sari), must agree to learn and practise how to wear the practise sari and ensure that it is ironed and in good condition at all times. The practise sari-blouse-salwar set may be ordered via the school or acquired by the students themselves. The blouse and salwar must be in the same colour and must match the sari.

Kathak students: Student will be required to wear the prescribed uniform (maroon and mustard kameez and churidar). Until the uniform is ready they may wear a long dress with leggings.

Sangeetha students (Carnatic vocal / Mridangam): Students will be required to wear suitable traditional Indian attire. No pyjamas/jogging bottoms/ jeans are allowed.

2) Necessary material needed for the lessons must be acquired, for example the Carnatic Music book or a Mridangam / Ghungaroo for Kathak students.


PRACTISE, PUNCTUALITY, ATTENDANCE AND PERFORMANCES

1) Students must agree to practise at least two times a week and follow the format and duration of such sessions, as prescribed by the teacher. These classical art forms cannot be imbibed unless there is regular practise.

2) In order to maintain discipline and efficiency in class timings and to inculcate a habit of punctuality, we expect students to be outside the class at least five minutes before the session is due to commence. Regular attendance is highly recommended. The school will remind students who are irregular and may eventually give a notice of removal from the school if irregularity persists.

3) Students would be expected to participate in the Upahaar Annual Day as well as any other events/performances/workshops/demos that the school may organise. They agree to have the appropriate costume, jewellery and other accessories for the performance and most importantly to attend rehearsals arranged.


MARKETING AND PRIVACY POLICIES

1) The school may publish your photographs and videos on their website and other printed or e-marketing materials (solely for the purpose of spreading awareness of the art forms and the school’s activities). If you wish to opt out of this, you may say so.

2) Kindly note that in the event of leaving Upahaar, we will continue to retain your details to send you Upahaar news updates, unless otherwise specified. You may unsubscribe from the newsletters at any point in time.

3) Videography and photography in class or at performances are not allowed unless prior permission is obtained from the Artistic Director via email or telephone message. Permission must also be obtained for sharing links of performance video clips and if agreed, the appropriate privacy settings must be adhered to. Similarly, you confirm hereby that you will not share or pass to anyone within or outside the school, any documents (such as theory notes, notebook, file etc.), music tracks or informal videos. The school will take serious action for such incidents (copyrights of Upahaar).

4) By completing a registration form, you are legitimately consenting to Upahaar being able to continue using any photographs or video that may be taken during your time at Upahaar to support and promote our work. We intend to retain and make use of the film and photos we capture for up to 8 years, or longer if there is a specific project or funder audit requirement.

ADDITIONAL TERMS

1) We are part of the ISTD/ ASIM/ PRSSV Boards for Natya, Sangeetha and Mridangam. Regular exams are organised for the prescribed levels eg: For dance we have Grades 1-6, Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced. It is the responsibility of the students to prepare the written and practical material, as directed. All preparations must be completed at least 1 week before the exam. It is also the student's responsibility to read the syllabus on the respective websites before agreeing to appear for each exam. Video and audio recordings may be provided if necessary for exam rehearsals, and these also must strictly not be passed around.

2) The student is responsible for collecting all their personal belongings after each class. The school does not hold the responsibility to safe keep materials left at the premises (eg water bottles, jackets, notebooks, music books etc)

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