Frequently asked questions about Birmingham Pro Class

 

Why has Birmingham Pro Class launched?

  • We are passionate about developing provision for professionals in the city by providing a regular, consistent bi-weekly pro class, and have concluded that from a financial perspective this new model is the only sustainable way of making this possible. All participants have an ownership of the programme through our unique, self-financing model, which will enable it to develop from strength to strength and be sustainable in the long term.
  • With this sustainable model we have been able to add additional benefits to members such as priority booking and discounts for specific events and workshops. In the long run we hope to be able to add to these e.g. fund music in some classes.

Who is the membership for?

  • Birmingham Pro Class is for any professional artists, or second/third year vocational students who would like to continue development and push themselves in a challenging, high quality professional class.

Where will classes take place?

  • We are very excited that this is a collective initiative with partners such as DanceXchange, Birmingham Dance Network and ACE Dance and Music, who will host classes at a range of venues. All details can be found here on the Birmingham Pro Class website.

Can I book a single class?

  • Yes, although for many this is unlikely to be the most cost effective way to book.  Single tickets will cost £10 per class and can only be purchased on the door, subject to availability. 
  • The 4-Week Pass is a more versatile package designed to provide a short-term membership for visiting artists, touring companies and students, offering two classes per week at a cost of just £5 per class over a 30 day period.  This can be bought via a one-off payment here.
  • The monthly membership offers 2 classes per week at a cost of less than £3.50 per class.  Alternatively if you can only attend one class a week the monthly membership costs just £6.87 per class.  This is based on 11 months provision with 4 weeks of holiday per year. Buy a monthly membership here.
  • Birmingham Pro Class relies on its membership income to develop a stable regular bi-weekly provision for professionals and to enable the programme of professional classes to be confirmed in advance. Should circumstances make it too difficult to commit to a 4-Week Pass, Birmingham Pro class will, for the time being, facilitate the purchase of single classes. 

How do I set up my membership?

  • Membership can all be set up online here
  • Membership commences on the “Start Date” shown on the membership acceptance email – which is sent automatically when a member pays the fee.

How long is needed for cancellation of a monthly £27.50 membership?

  • A member has a ‘cooling off’ right to cancel this agreement within 14 days of the signed “Start Date” by sending or taking a written notice of cancellation to Birmingham Pro Class.  A refund will be arranged with the deduction of a £10 administration fee and the cost of any classes attended at the rate of £10 per class.
  • A member can at any time after two months of their Membership Start Date, cancel their membership by providing Birmingham Pro Class a full calendar month written notice. The membership will be cancelled with effect from the last day of the month following completion of the full calendar month notice period. All Membership Fees will be payable up to the date of cancellation. This means a customer commits to three months of classes at a minimum if they buy a monthly membership. 
  • This fixed membership period is needed to ensure a stable income base for Pro Class Birmingham, and to enable the programme of professional classes to be confirmed in advance.

What would happen if you had signed up for direct debit and there were no funds in your account when a payment is claimed?

  • If there is no money in your account when the direct debit is requested the payment will fail and our finance department will receive an automatic notice.  We will then get in touch with you to sort out payment.  The bank will resubmit a payment request the following month as usual.
  • If a Direct Debit fails or a member has cancelled their membership without prior agreement, membership will be suspended until payment is received. If any member falls behind in payment for more than one calendar month, membership will be cancelled.  If a customer then applies to re-instate their membership, they will need to pay any outstanding membership fees owed, plus a £25 administration fee will be added to the total Direct Debit funds owed to Birmingham Pro Class.

If an independent artist is interested in teaching class, how can they get involved?

If I have an event or workshop I would like to be included as an additional benefit for members, what should I do?

  • We hope to be able to add further benefits as the programme develops.  Please get in touch on [email protected] if you have any product or service that is suitable for the professional dance community that could considered for inclusion.

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