How do I sign up? What if I'm not a Melbourne University student?
You do not need to be a student from the University of Melbourne to become a member. If you wish to join the club, check out the Timetable, attend any [OPEN] class (in GREEN on the timetable), find a Committee member and they'll get you sorted! Try to get there a bit earlier so you don't miss out on warm-ups (very important for well-being) or choreography!
If I don't go to any classes can I get a refund?
Membership is non-refundable.
I have no dance experience. Can I still join?
Yes you can! No experience is required at all and we have a number of classes that cater to beginners.
What should I wear and bring to class?
Please wear what you feel comfortable in for the style being taught. Unless stated, please do not wear skirts, dresses, tight jeans (we have had quite a number of cases of ripped jeans), heels or sandals (if seen wearing heels we may require you to take them off as they can damage the floors in some studios and are a hazard when dancing).
Things that you might want to bring are water bottles, spare shirts and appropriate footwear (e.g. foot-thongs for contemporary classes).
How can I buy a Flare shirt/singlet?
We sell unisex shirts and singlets at $15 each. Please contact our Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to purchase one so we can arrange for a pick up time and location. Please be advised that sizes are limited during the semester and a refund is not possible after a purchase. Sizes range from S - XL.
Can I attend as many classes as I want?
Membership allows you to attend as many OPEN classes (in GREEN on the Timetable) you want. CLOSED classes (in RED on the Timetable) are rehearsals for upcoming performances for which cast members have already been selected via a casting process.
Refer to our Class Information page for more information.
What is casting?
Casting is an audition/try-out for upcoming performances. Any of our members have the opportunity to take a shot at it and we strongly encourage you to (even if you're new and feeling a bit shy) because it's great experience and a great opportunity for growth even if you don't happen to make it!
Read more about the casting process in the next question below.
How can I perform?
We'll have a few performance opportunities throughout the year.
The general gist of how to be a part of it is:
If you want a more detailed explanation, keep reading.
Refer to our Class Information page for definitions of terms (e.g. [OPEN PROD] and [OPEN GIG]) used. These are the abbreviations that we use on our Timetable, so it'd be useful to know them.
Can I attend/watch [CASTING] classes?
These will still be open for all members to attend, however the focus will usually be on "casting stuff" (e.g. reviewing casting choreography, actual casting, etc.). The amount of new choreography taught (i.e. the amount of "casual-class-y stuff" happening) will vary from [CASTING] class to [CASTING] class so be wary if you're keen on just coming to dance it out because there might not be a lot of time dedicated to "dancing it out".
Can I attend/watch [CLOSED] classes?
Closed classes are for cast members only unless the choreographer has explicitly said you may attend. This is to ensure efficient preparation for our upcoming performances.
Do classes occur during the day or evening?
On weekdays classes tend to occur sometime between 6PM-9PM and on weekends, between 11AM-5PM. Times can (and often will) vary slightly so make sure to always check the Timetable.
Are dance styles repeated every week in casual classes?
There is no set schedule for any particular styles in our casual classes. We aim to provide classes covering a variety of styles throughout the weeks to ensure our members have the chance to explore as many new avenues as possible.
How often are casual classes?
We aim to provide 3-4 casual classes per week.
Is there a limit to how many people can attend a class?
While there is no numerical cap placed on each class, in the rare event that a studio becomes overcrowded, additional dancers may not be able to participate for safety reasons.
Where are classes held?
Our classes can be held at a number of different locations, so make sure to always check the Timetable. You can refer to our Venues page for more information/directions.
Can I attend a trial class before joining?
During the semester, all classes are for members only. BUT, we do have "Welcome Week" (a whole week of free/no-membership-required classes) at the start of each semester for people to come check us out.
Will a class be retaught?
A casual class will generally not be re-taught, with the exception of Performance Classes.
Does Flare teach ballroom?
Flare does not teach strict ballroom, we only incorporate some of the styles into some pieces. If you wish to learn strict ballroom you might want to check out Melbourne University Dancesport Club (MUDC).
Does Flare teach breaking?
Flare does provide a few breaking/break-dancing classes throughout the semester, but if you'd like to further develop your skills in that area, we suggest you check out UniMelb Breakdancing Club (MU Break).
I want to teach a class, how can I do so?
If you wish to teach a class, please fill in our contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.