New online course – “Understanding Music”

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I understand that it can be frustrating during this lockdown period and you may be searching for ways to keep yourself and your family entertained during this time.

I’m really excited to announce that I will be presenting a FREE online version of my Understanding Music course over the next few weeks!  Yes, it really is completely free of charge (the normal cost to attend one of these courses is approx. R500pp).

This is a great way to expand your knowledge and learn something that can really help you with your dancing.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who would like to get a better understanding of music and how it applies to the various dances we teach at The Beat.

The course is suitable for almost all ages from 12 and up

How long is the course?

In total, the course will consist of about 6-8 hours of material, split up over smaller modules over a period of a few weeks.

What will be covered?

The goals for this course are simple:

  • To understand the basic elements of music
  • Be able to identify these different “layers” in music
  • Understand different rhythms
  • To be able to use this knowledge and apply it to the various dances that are taught at The Beat

We will cover a variety of topics from the basics of music, a brief history of western music, some more advanced concepts and, finally, how this all applies to our various dances and how to identify which music fits with which dance.

Many different visual aids are used to explain the various concepts, with the main focus being on being able to really listen to and understand what you are hearing.

How will I get the course videos and other information?

All the videos will be available to watch on YouTube; however, they will not be publicly viewable.

When you sign up you will receive a welcome email with links to the YouTube channel and other material you will need.

Every time a new video is available, we’ll send an email to everyone who’s signed up with a direct link.

Great, how do I get started?

Complete the simple sign-up process to get started.  We’ll send you a welcome email with more information and links to materials.  The first video will be available in the next day or two so don’t wait!

Sign up now!

FAQ | Temporary Coronavirus Closure

As we all come to grips with what seems to have become the “new normal”, at least for the time being, we wanted to answer some of your Frequently Asked Questions about the Studio and how some of our services will operate over the next few weeks.

Where can I find information on Covid-19?

The Department of Health has a number of channels where up-to-date information can be obtained:

  • The official Covid-19 website for the Republic of South Africa can be found at
  • The government has also set up a special WhatsApp hotline to assist with the dissemination of information.  Simply add the number 0600-123456 to your contacts and send a WhatsApp message to the service saying “Hi”.  You will receive a message with various menu options so that you can get the most recent information on restrictions, testing protocols and infection numbers

How can I contact the Studio?

Although our premises will be vacated for the time-being, meaning that the telephones will not be consistently manned, there are a number of ways you can contact the Studio if you require information or assistance:

How can I pay my account?

We have 2 really easy ways to pay your account:

  • Register on our website to make use of our secure payment facility
    • Click here for detailed instructions on how to register on our website and link your accounts to your online profile.  You will be able to see all of your accounts in one place and know exactly how much is due
    • You can also access the Account Payment page directly without linking your accounts to your profile – .  You will need to have your “Student ID” (account number) handy so that the payment can be allocated to the correct account
    • All transactions are processed off-site by our secure payment provider, Netcash, ensuring that your personal details are always kept safe
    • Multiple payment options are provided by the service, including:
      • Visa/Mastercard
      • Instant EFT (powered by Ozow)
      • Bank EFT
      • Masterpass
      • Visa Checkout
      • Cash payments at various retails stores that support S-Code payments
  • For direct EFT payments, please use the following bank details:
    • Standard Bank Cheque Acc. 011710365
    • Lyttelton Branch (010945)

For all payments, please use your Student ID as a payment reference so that payments can be correctly allocated to your account.

When will the Studio re-open?

The Studio will, at this stage, remain closed until government restrictions are lifted on the specific activities carried out at the Studio.  However, as the situation develops, we will base any future decisions on guidance received from the government, as well as any legal restrictions that may be implemented.  We will communicate any changes to you as soon as we know!

Linking your Studio accounts to your online profile


Did you know that as a student at The Beat Dance Studio, you are able to manage all of the accounts you have with us online so that you can get a real-time picture of your accounts, balances & lessons – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year? You are even able to update your contact details so that you know we can always get in touch with you!

And best of all, we’ve made it really easy to link your accounts!  Just follow these simple steps:

Linking your accounts

Go to the “My Account” section of our site –

  1. If you haven’t registered as a user yet, follow the easy steps to do so, otherwise you can login with the details you chose at registration
  2. Click on the “Linked Accounts” option from the “My Account” dashboard.  Alternatively, hover over the “My Account” menu at the top of the page and select “Linked Accounts” (on mobile devices select “My Account” from the hamburger menu and then “Linked Accounts”) or go directly there –
  3. You should see a screen saying that you have no linked accounts.  Click on the link that says “Click here to link the accounts you have with The Beat Dance Studio to your online profile.”
  4. You will be asked to enter your ID Number and Cellphone Number to verify your identity.  Please note that, to protect your privacy, the system will only accept your request to link if the details match what we have on record for you
  5. If your request is successful, you will receive a One-Time Pin (OTP) via SMS – this is the last step of verification
  6. Enter the OTP in the space provided and, voila!
  7. You can now view the status of your accounts anywhere, any time!

Paying your account online

You can also pay your accounts directly from the website by using our secure payment platform!

We support the following payment methods:

  • Visa/Mastercard
  • Instant EFT
  • Bank EFT
  • Cash payment at various retail outlets that support S-Code
  • Masterpass
  • Visa Checkout

If you have followed the steps above and successfully linked your accounts to your online profile, you can easily pay your account by clicking on the “Pay Now” button next to your account on the Linked Accounts page (

Alternatively, simply visit and follow the instructions.  When asked to enter your Account Number, simply use your “Student ID” as displayed under your linked accounts.

I hope you find value in these features, and if you have any problems, suggestions or feedback please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Yours in dancing,

James Rushton

General Manager

URGENT: Covid-19 Response

Dear Students,

In light of the President’s address to the nation on Sunday evening regarding the government’s response to the global crisis that is COVID-19, the management of The Beat Dance Studio has had to make some tough decisions going forward.

In line with the government’s newly imposed restrictions and guidelines, we must place the safety and well-being of our students and employees as our very highest priority.

The concept of “social distancing” is simply not possible in a business such as ours, which is built, at its foundation, on social interaction and close contact – practices which are now considered high-risk.

As a result of these new, aggressive measures, designed to mitigate the spread of the virus, we regrettably announce the following:

  1. The Beat Dance Studio will immediately cease all activities pertaining to dance instruction for 4 weeks – including private lessons, group lessons, social dancing and show rehearsals. At this time the closure will extend until after the Easter Weekend (14 April 2020).
  2. Our upcoming show, “Stolen Crown”, will be postponed to a later, as yet undetermined date.

Please know that this decision has not been taken lightly, however we feel that it is simply too risky to allow lessons to continue at this time.

NB!! You will not lose any of your lessons! Missed lessons will be made up and we will plan to stay open through December to make up for these lost weeks.

We would like to request that you kindly continue paying your account. The teachers will receive paid leave over this period, however that can only be made possible if contract payments are kept up to date.

We will be monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will communicate any updates with you via email, SMS and through our social media channels.

Rest assured that this too shall pass – we may have to endure a few weeks (or possibly months) of disruptions to daily life, but if we all practice good hygiene and social distancing we can prevent the disaster that many in Europe are having to face right now.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you in advance for your cooperation in this time of international crisis.

Please feel free to contact us via one of the following channels if you have any questions or concerns:

Yours in dancing,

James Rushton

General Manager