Ballet Class Policies
Color-coded leotards (dependent on ballet level), pink footed tights (worn underneath the leotard), and pink ballet shoes. Sports bras may be worn under the leotard as long as they are not distracting (ie, no decorative straps across the back, bright colors/designs). A tan sports bra with clear straps is suggested to maintain the lines of the leotard. Alternately, a bra the same color and shade as the leo color may be worn.
Level 1 grape
Level 2 royal blue
Level 3 black cherry
Level 4 navy
Level 5 black
Dancers are to wear their level ballet color to all ballet classes, even if they are stepping into a mixed level class or a lower level class (as makeup/extra class). This helps the instructors to be aware of the level of each individual dancer in the class, enabling them to give each dancer the best class possible.
Upon receiving their ballet placement, students will be measured and correct leo ordered through the front desk/office. Youth sized leotards are $25 each and adult sized leotards are $30 each. If the leotard does not arrive by the first week of fall classes, dancers will be asked to wear a solid color leotard to class until it does arrive.
Hair: Should be worn in a clean and neat bun, taking care to ensure that dancer’s hair is out of the face/eyes, is secure and will not come undone in the middle of class.
Jewelry: Only stud earrings will be allowed; no other jewelry should be worn.
White, fitted t-shirt with black leggings/joggers, white socks and black ballet shoes. Hair should be worn out of the face and eyes.
DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS (including incorrect leotard color)
1st offense – Dancer will be allowed to take class but will be sent home with a note
2nd offense – Dancer will be allowed to take class but will be sent home with a note, informing the parent(s) that the next violation will be marked as an absence.
3rd offense- Dancer will not be allowed to take class, and will be marked absent, but will still be asked to stay and observe class and take notes.
All violations will be tracked through their Studio Director account, and will reset at the beginning of the fall semester each year.
Our ballet levels are designed to have clarity and distinction in regard to dancers’ training and progress for our dance classes ages 6+ (Level 1-5). Although sometimes this may change the name/number of our current dancers’ level placement, this does not mean that they have been moved down, just that we are re-labeling or shifting the sequence so we may be more specific, have a better progression, more room to grow, and the opportunity to create higher levels as our dancers continue to increase their comprehension and ability.
The required classes for each level varies, and are intended to maintain the current level of the dancer. If the dancer wishes to progress further in ballet (move up in the levels), dancers should consider taking additional ballet classes or privates with one of the ballet instructors. Excessive absences can/will result in a dancer being moved to a lower level. If a dancer wishes to take a mixed level class with a the next highest level (example: the dancer is a L3 but would like to take the L3/L4 ballet class), the dancer must have completed 1 year in the lower level class (L3) to be considered for instructor approval to participate in the higher leveled class (L3/L4).
Formal evaluations are conducted at the end of May in ballet classes, and evaluation classes are available mid-August and early January for students joining mid-year.
Teachers may request a dancer move levels at any time. If a level change is requested by the teacher, the parents will be contacted with a more detailed explanation. If a dancer would like to be considered to move levels (up or down), he/she can request a private evaluation at any time. Dancers new to the studio can pick up a ‘Class Placement Evaluation’ card in the office and drop into a ballet class to be evaluated.
Students will be advised of their pointe/pre-pointe levels with the evaluation results in April/May. They must have instructor approval to move into pointe or pre-pointe classes.
No student will be allowed to take a pointe/ pre-pointe class without taking the (directly) preceding ballet class THAT DAY.
- Dancers should wait in the common areas to be invited into the classroom.
- If a dancer arrives late, he/she will need to check into the office.
- No dancer can join class after the 15 minute (late) mark. If they arrive 15 minutes after class has started, they will have to sit out, take notes, and make up the class at a later date.
- No food, drinks (other than water in a self-sealing water bottle), or gum are allowed in the studio.
- No hanging, climbing, sitting, or leaning on the barre(s).
- Do not use the barre as a hanging rack for clothes/bags.
- No cell phones – make sure they are off or on silent/airplane mode.
- Ask permission before leaving class for any reason.
- If you must leave early from class, please inform your instructor before class begins and politely dismiss yourself when needed.
- No talking during class, unless asking the instructor a question or responding to a question the instructor asked.
- Respect your classmates. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
- If you are injured, inform your instructor before class begins. If you must sit out, bring a notebook and pen to take notes throughout the class. If a dancer chooses to sit due to injury, he/she will not be allowed to return to dancing in class until the doctor clears the dancer to rejoin the class (this is to prevent any further injuries).
- No combinations are “optional”
- Raise your hand to ask questions, and waited to be called on.
- Dancers should follow proper ballet etiquette throughout the class.
- Dancers should thank their teacher at the end of class.