Frequently Asked Questions About Camps, Classes, and Community Programs
Q: What policies should I be aware of when participating in Embrace programs?
A: Embrace Arts Foundation is is committed to providing a respectful, inclusive, harassment-free space for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of any form.
This policy applies to all Embrace spaces, including all in-person and online events, our social media and communication via email, phone calls, and in-person or video conference.
Q: Is there specific diagnostic criteria to attend classes and camps?
A: No, these programs are open to students of all abilities. In our programs, the majority of participants self-identify as neurodivergent and/or disabled but this is not a requirement to get involved.
Q: Do participants need to attend with a support worker?
A: While we want to make it possible for dancers to be able to attend independently when possible - we also want it to be a safe and enjoyable experience for the dancer. Participants who experience regular seizure activity, have medical support needs, or toileting related support needs will require a PSW.
Additionally, students who strongly benefit from 1:1 behavioural support may require support staff.
If you have questions regarding whether or not a dancer needs to attend our programs with support worker, get in touch with Tiffany
Q: What is the ratio of campers to staff at camp
A: Our day camp program operates with a minimum of 1 staff member to every 3 campers.
Q: Can I arrive at camp or class via the Handydart?
A: Absolutely - but please be advised that there is no guarantee of staff being on site until 30 minutes before the camp start times, and 15 minutes prior to class start times.
Q: What kinds of things do you need to bring to camp? Are special dance clothes required?
A: We ask that all campers come prepared with:
- A water bottle
- A jacket & shoes they can wear outside
In terms of attire, campers should wear clothing that they can move in that they aren't afraid to get a little messy during our art projects. Students can bring whatever dance shoes they own but they are not required to purchase any special shoes to attend camp.
Q: What should I wear to a dance class?
A: We ask that all dancers come prepared with wearing clothing they can freely move in. We recommend wearing layers so that you can adjust accordingly to the studio temperature. No special dance shoes are needed, however we request that you to wear clean indoor shoes (etc. running shoes, ballet slippers, jazz shoes, etc) or bare feet so we can keep the floors clean for any floor work that may happen.
We aim to keep the space "scent reduced" as there are a number of participants who are allergic to scented products and this helps make our spaces more accessible. Please note, this does not just apply to synthetic fragrances, but also includes essential oils, etc.
Q: Is your space scent free?
Q: I'm not sure if tap dancing is for me - can I attend a program that involves tap dancing if I use a wheelchair?
A: Absolutely! There are plenty of other ways to explore the art form without the use of foot mobility. Different option include hand taps, use of instruments, or even using the WaveBand App. Did you know that Embrace partnered with CanAssist and local tap teacher Kristen Low to create a Tap option in the WaveBand App?
Q: Do I need to pay for camp online? What if I want to pay using Autism Funding?
A: You do not need to pay online in order to register. If you intend to pay via cheque or with Autism Funding, please continue through with the standard online for registering for a camp session. When you reach "Payment", there will be an option to pay offline and you can select this option.
In order to secure your spot at camp, a letter of AFU approval must be provided.
Q: What is your standard refund policy for camp?
A: You are eligible for a full refund (less online platform fees) up to 1 month prior to the camp.
You are eligible for a 50% refund (less online platform fees) up to two weeks prior to the camp of the camp. There will be no refunds issued within two weeks of the camp*
*Certain exemptions may apply for extenuating circumstances and will be decided at the discretion of the camp director.
Q: Do you have any discounts or bursaries available for those who are low income to attend camp?
A: Unfortunately, at this time we do not have camp bursaries or additional discounts available as camp is already run at a highly subsidized rate. Individuals only pay a portion of what it costs for each camper to attend and the rest of the funds to operate camp come through grants, sponsorship and community fundraising.
However, we are more than happy to direct you towards bursaries and alternative streams of funding in the community that you may be able to access! Get in touch if you have questions.