How do I sign up/register for in studio classes?
How do I sign up/register for virtual classes?
Go to the virtual class page of your choice (jazz, Pilates, Barre) and fill out the form, indicating the dates of the classes you’d like to choose. Be sure to make payment for the class(es) or you won’t be sent the class link(s). You can pay with the PayPal payment buttons right on the registration page or you can send an e-transfer.
What types of payment do you accept?
You can pay through PayPal right on our website in the boutique or send an e-transfer (to email@example.com, password: jazzpilates). If you would like to pay by cash or cheque, please contact me.
I haven’t received my email invite for my virtual class yet. What do I do?
Be sure that you have added firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book to ensure our emails don’t end up in your junk/spam folder. Then check your junk/spam folder for the email invite, which will be from my email address (above) via google.com.
If you are absolutely certain you have signed up and paid for a virtual class, have gone through the above steps, and still haven’t received the link, please contact us right away (text, email, call).
If you have registered for the session or have signed up for multiple classes, you will receive all of the email invites at once. I would advise creating a folder in your inbox to keep track of the class links for the session.
Is it safe to take classes in the studio during the pandemic? Do I need the vaccine passport?
We at the studio are taking your health and safety very seriously. Please go to our COVID-19 Procedures page to read more about what you’ll need to do to take class at the studio. If you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who has not been well, we would ask you to stay home. You can always join class from the comfort of your home with our virtual options.
What do I need to wear to class?
Please wear comfortable clothing in which you can move freely, but nothing too baggy (something you would wear for a workout). For Pilates, please avoid clothing that has zippers, especially on the backside of your shirt or pants – it can be uncomfortable, as many of the exercises require you to lie on your back.
For jazz class, jazz shoes are recommended, but not required. You may want to wear some form of dance shoe or socks that aren’t too slippery on the wood floor, or go barefoot.
Which level of jazz class is appropriate for me?
We offer two levels: beginner/intermediate (Thursday) and intermediate/advanced (Tuesday). Because our students are adults and bring with them different backgrounds and levels of experience from different dance schools, knowing how many years of experience you have still makes it hard to determine the level that is appropriate for you.
Here are some of the things we typically work on in the different levels:
• basic ballet technique and positions (pliés in first and second positions; we may introduce third, fourth, and fifth; port de bras; tendus; etc.)
• basic jazz steps (jazz square, pas de bourrée, jazz walks, isolations, etc.)
• working on chaîné turns, preparation for/execution of single pirouettes, grands battements
• warming up with pliés in first – fifth positions, développé/fondu from fifth position
• working on single/double/triple pirouettes, pirouettes changing spots, grands jetés, fan kicks, jump turns, pas de bourrée turns
If you are still unsure, don’t hesitate to contact me and we can figure out together which level would be more appropriate for you.
What kind of jazz shoes do you recommend?
While jazz shoes are not required for jazz dance class, I recommend them, especially for when we work on quicker movements and turns. I would recommend going with a soft, split sole jazz shoe rather than a sneaker (but that’s up to you; I find you can “feel” the floor much better in a soft jazz shoe). The soft shoes are usually made of leather, but can also be made of canvas or suede. There are lace-up styles and slip-on styles – which one you choose will depend on your preference.
When you shop for your jazz shoes (and when you wear them to class), I would suggest wearing thin socks or no socks. The leather in the shoe will naturally stretch and you’ll want it to be a snug/tight fit with no gaps (as long as they’re not smashing your toes). The employee at the store where you shop will give you extra guidance, if needed.
What level is the Pilates class?
The Pilates classes are an open level, for the general, injury-free participant. If you have injuries or limitations, I would strongly suggest private sessions to address your specific needs to avoid skipping too many exercises during a group class. Each time I hold a class, I always teach to the group in front of me and I take into account the participants’ experience and fitness.
I have been teaching Pilates for over 10 years and have experience teaching to mixed-level groups. I will offer more challenging variations to more advanced Pilates students and modifications to those who have less experience. While I am a certified STOTT® Pilates (contemporary method) instructor, the workshops in classical Pilates and in other movement modalities I have taken throughout the years inform my style and exercise choices.
What if I’ve never done Pilates before?
Before joining the Pilates group classes, I strongly recommend that you do an entrance assessment and/or some privates. As a result, I will ensure you understand the basic principles and help you follow the group workout much more easily. If you have injuries or limitations, I would strongly suggest private sessions. I can address your specific needs in a private session, therefore avoiding skipping too many exercises during the group class.
You can also sign up for FREE for the Beginner Program. This is for you if you’ve never tried Pilates before, or if you have a limited understanding of it, or if you would like to review the basic principles of the breath, alignment, and beginner exercises. There are pre-Pilates & beginner matwork classes for you to take as many times as you’d like, anytime and anywhere you want!
Do I need to bring my own mat to Pilates class?
There is no need to bring a mat with you to class as all Pilates mats and props will be provided for you. However, please feel free to bring your own towel/mat, if you’d prefer.
What if I don’t have all of those accessories/props for virtual Pilates and barre classes?
There are many ordinary household items that you could use as a substitute. Have a look here for some ideas.
I can’t make it to my group class. What happens if I need to cancel?
Please send me a message (email, text, call) to let me know, just as a courtesy (for in studio classes and especially for virtual classes). If you have registered for the session, you can make up your missed classes within the SAME session.
I can’t make it to my private class. What happens if I need to cancel?
Please send me a message (email, text, call) to let me know ASAP, keeping in mind I have a 24-hour cancelation policy, like most studios do. We understand that sometimes surprises pop up, but in order to maintain the smooth functioning of the studio schedule, I have this policy in place.
A strong cancelation policy helps you to keep your commitment and consistency which are important to achieving your fitness goals. When you make an appointment, I am setting aside time for you and for preparing for your session, which means I am unable to set aside that time and prepare for another client who may have wanted to schedule during your time slot.
I also commit to giving you a 24-hour notice if I’m sick or an emergency pops up. A fair policy demonstrating a mutual respect between you, the client, and me, your trainer, is a win-win situation.