Rising Tide dancers are charged mandatory annual fees for tuition, tshirts and costumes (costume not applicable for adults and tots). Class equipment and dress code policy may result in other costs. A 10 per cent coaching fee is charged on tuition beginning in the Intermediate class level. Classes run at their regularly scheduled time September–June and at adjusted times during summer.

Additional school SWAG and gear is also available. Show your Tide Pride and visit our online store.


Credit, debit, cheque, etransfer and cash are accepted. Cheques are payable to Rising Tide Irish Dance Academy Incorporated, etransfers can be sent to info@risingtideacademy.ca. Receipts are available upon request. Tuition can be paid in full, through monthly installments, per lesson or through a 3for2 trial rate for new dancers; please see details and policies below.

For complete details of fees and policies surrounding payment, download the fees & payment document. 

Annual rate & payment
Tuition is calculated for the full dance year upon registering and includes additional fees for workshop lessons. Payment (regardless of method) is due by the first class of each dance year or the first class attended for new dancers joining midway through the year. To qualify for the annual rate, dancers must register for the full number of weekly classes offered or one fewer. For example, championship dancers are offered three weekly classes and will receive the annual rate for taking all three or only two; those dancers taking only one class must pay the drop-in rate. Dancers may adjust their selection of classes three times per year: the first Saturday of September, January and May.

Annual tuition can be paid in a lump sum by credit card, debit, cheque, etransfer or cash OR in installments by credit card through Uplifter or in postdated cheques for each month of the dance year, post-dated to the first day of every month (e.g. Jan. 1). If payment is not received by the last day of September (or one month after registering for those joining midway) dancers will not be permitted to enter class until payment is received. Brand new dancers joining Rising Tide partway through the year will have the annual rate prorated from their start date. Dancers previously registered at Rising Tide who register late will owe the full tuition value.

Drop-in rate & payment
Those wishing to pay per class attended may do so, however, the rate per lesson is slightly higher than the per class cost of the annual rate (children’s & competitive program). Drop-in fees are due by the end of every class attended by credit card, debit, cheque, etransfer or cash—no exceptions! Classes must be paid for one at a time; not in batches. If classes are pre-paid for online, those payments are for the specific class and cannot be transferred or refunded (unless a dancer withdrawals entirely). Payments can be made online or at the studio.

3FOR2 trial rate & payment
New dancers in tot and beginner classes (children or adults) can attend three classes for the price of two drop-ins to be pre-paid in full at or before their first class. After attending three classes, dancers wishing to join can switch to the annual rate for the remaining classes of the year or continue to pay drop-ins. If desired, 3FOR2 dancers may wait until after their trial to purchase socks, shoes and school tshirts, and complete their costume rental (if applicable).

To take advantage of the trial, go to our Uplifter registration site and follow the steps below.

  1. If you don’t already have one, create an account by clicking ‘Login’ and follow the prompts
  2. Add the dancer(s) that will be taking classes
  3. Navigate to Registration > Children’s & Competitive OR Adult > Popular Packages > 3for2, find the right class type trial, click add to cart and follow the payment prompts
  4. You’re done! Please do not register for your desired class while on your trial, we’ll manually hold your/your dancer’s spot for you
  5. Once the trial is complete, if you/your dancer want to continue, you can then register for the class on Uplifter and pay for lessons as well as any costume rentals, socks or shirts that still need to be bought

Family discount
Rising Tide is pleased to offer a discount for families registering more than one family member for the dance year. Order is determined by class level with the highest level student paying full price and then going in descending order. Dancer one will pay full price. Dancer two will receive a 10 per cent discount off the full annual fee before taxes. Dancer three and subsequent family members will receive a 15 per cent discount off the full annual fee before taxes. Your discount will be automatically calculated at check-out on Uplifter. Dancers paying drop-in fees do not qualify for the family discount.

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