Frequently Asked Questions
What are the JazzMAD term dates?
Winter Term: January/February/March
Spring Term: April/May/June
Summer Programme: July/August
Autumn Term: September/October/November
Holiday Programme: December
Do I have to pre-book?
- Courses: must be pre-booked to secure your place. You are welcome to attend the first class of the course without booking, to decide if you want to take the whole course, then you will need to book online before the Week 2 class.
- Wednesday Club: classes at The Wednesday Club can not be pre-booked. Just show up and pay cash at the door, no booking needed!
- Special workshops & shows: must be pre-booked to secure your seat. If not sold out, you will be able to buy tickets at the door. Many JazzMAD events do sell out, so we recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment.
Can I enrol in a course that has already started?
It depends on the course, email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. You can join the Swing Dance Beginners course in week 2.
Can I drop-in to just one class of a course?
Usually no, but email email@example.com to enquire.
I want to register for a course, but I know I will miss one week. Can I still signup?
Yes, we will send you the class summary video so you can catchup the week you missed, and we can help you in the next class if you need it. Unfortunately we cannot offer a discount if you know you are only attending some of the classes in a course, because obviously you would be taking the place of someone who could attend everything. But if you are happy to pay full price for the course, knowing you will miss a week, that is fine with us and we will do our best to help you catch up on missed material.
What shoes should I wear to a swing dance class?
Read our blog post here all about shoes for swing dancing.
Can I register with my dance partner and work exclusively with them in class?
Rotating in class and practicing the material with many partners will make you a better social dancer. So unless a class or workshop is marked as partners-only, you can presume we will be rotating partners in class. If you want to work exclusively with your partner, consider a private lesson with Sharon.
I booked but can’t attend. Can I get a refund?
Due to admin costs, all bookings are non-refundable. If you cancel your booking more than 48 hours before the class, we can give you the balance as a credit to your account, to use for a future class. Or if you wish to pass your booking on to another person, that is fine with us. No-shows and cancellations with less than 48 hours notice will not be refunded and no credit given. If you can’t make it to your booking, please cancel with us as soon as possible, so we can offer your place to someone else.
How do I cancel a booking?
You can cancel your booking online, in your customer area on the JazzMAD website. Visit www.jazzmad.co.uk and click on “Login” beneath the page menu. Sign in to your account and click on “Your Bookings”. Click on the booking you want to cancel, then at the bottom of the page click the “Cancel my booking” button. Credits won’t appear automatically on the account, so please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your credit, if you think you are owed one.
Is the JazzMAD website secure?
Yes! The JazzMAD website is securely hosted, meaning you access the site using the HTTPS protocol which encrypts the data transmitted between your web browser and our website. The industry standard for encrypting traffic is SSL. You can tell that your browser has made a secure SSL connection to our server, when 1) the web address is HTTPS (not HTTP), and 2) you can see a closed padlock emblem in the address bar. You can click on the padlock to see security details.
Do you store my credit card details?
No. No credit card numbers are stored on our website, servers or any facility operated by us. Our bookings are handled by Bookeo.com, with payments processed using Stripe, one of the most secure and reputable payment processors available. Stripe encrypts all card numbers on disk with AES-256 and decryption keys are stored on separate machines. None of Stripe’s internal servers and daemons are able to obtain plaintext card numbers; instead, they can just request that cards be sent to a service provider on a static whitelist. Stripe’s infrastructure for storing, decrypting, and transmitting card numbers runs in separate hosting infrastructure, and doesn’t share any credentials with Stripe’s primary services (API, website, etc). When you make a booking, the payment form collects your credit card details and securely transmits them to Stripe, without ever revealing them to JazzMAD or Bookeo. JazzMAD has no access to your credit card number at any point in the process. The only details that are ever visible to JazzMAD or Bookeo are your credit card type (Visa, MasterCard etc), expiry date and the last 4 digits of your credit card number, which is only to enable you to identify your own card during your next booking payment. For more information you can read Stripe’s security policy here.