Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the school year?
The Ballet Class holds classes from mid-September to mid-June ending with our Annual Recital. We also hold a one week Intensive for our advanced dancers in mid-June and early September, and a two week Summer Program for all ages during the last two weeks in August.
*We recommend that our A/B/C students attend a Ballet Summer Intensive while classes are not in session. For a complete list of preferred schools, please stop by the office.
How is tuition handled?
Tuition is due at the start of the school year and may be paid in full or in two installments. We accept cash, checks or credit cards. Checks should be made payable to Ballet Class of Rye, LLC. Please email at email@example.com for a complete list of tuition prices. For parents with multiple children enrolled in our school, ask about our sibling discount. *Tuition is non-refundable once the school year begins.
What should I wear to class?
Students must wear pink tights, pink ballet slippers, and the specific color leotard for their level. Leotard colors may be found on the ‘Curriculum & Attire’ page of our website. Proper attire is necessary to ease balletic movement and assist teachers with determining a student’s progress. Jewelry is not permitted during ballet class, aside from stud earrings, as jewelry can be a distraction to students. *Skirts are permitted for pointe classes only.
Do I have to wear my hair in a bun?
Absolutely! Fastening hair in a secure bun is an important part of the beauty and discipline of ballet. A secure bun gives the student freedom to concentrate on her technique instead of fussing with her hair.
When do ballet students start on pointe?
Students start pointe by invitation from the Director only. There is no specific age for starting pointe. In determining pointe readiness, each student is evaluated by her length of study, weekly attendance, muscular strength, and anatomical makeup of the foot.
What is your policy on attendance and tardiness?
In order for all of our students to excel in ballet, we ask that students adhere to our recommended minimum classes and should make-up any missed classes in a prompt fashion. Each level’s minimum requirements have been carefully thought out by our experienced faculty to help facilitate balletic knowledge, growth and confidence.
It is important to be on time in life and it is the same here at The Ballet Class. Students should arrive ten minutes before class begins to stretch and warm-up. Arriving after class starts is disruptive to the teacher and the other students. Any child who arrives more than 10 minutes late will need to report to the office before entering the studio. Dancers who arrive late may be asked to sit and watch class.
Do you hold classes for boys?
Yes! Boys and girls begin ballet in the same class. However, boys require separate training in the advanced levels due to the need for specialized strength and partnering training.