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Policy & Procedures 2017 - 2018
are not considered registered until registration form is filled out,
policy & procedure is signed and dated, and a non-refundable
registration fee and last month's payment (May 2018) has been received.
with outstanding balances from previous classes will not be considered
registered until all outstanding balances are paid.
Class schedules are subject to change. A notice in advance will be given.
Tuition is due by the first of the month. A late fee of $15 per student per month will apply after the 7th of each month.
Refunds for missed classes or cancellations will not be given. See class cancellation and snow day policies.
Monthly tuition is based on four classes per payment. This includes dress rehearsals for upcoming performances.
you are facing financial hardship, please contact School of Rockford Ballet as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for
payment. We will make every effort to work with you to insure your
child continues their dance education uninterrupted.
payments are non-refundable, but may be applied as a credit for future
tuition, registration fees, or costumes. They cannot be used a credit
for show tickets. All credits are non-transferable to other students.
Class Cancellations and Snow Days
Rockford Ballet will cancel classes due to inclement weather at the
discretion of the instructors. Cancellations will be posted on WOOD TV
8 and WZZM 13 if possible. If the evening events are cancelled by the Rockford Public schools this does not necessarily mean our classes
will be cancelled. Please call if you have any questions on class
cancellations. You may also look for cancellations on our website
www.rockfordballet.com and Facebook.
Rockford Ballet will also close due to world events affecting the safety of our students. As in 9-11.
effort will be made to secure to substitute teacher on the event that
the teacher unable to teach a class due to personal or family reason.
In the event that a substitute is not available, that class will be
cancelled and arrangements will be made for a make-up class at a later
date or classes added to the end of our calendar year.
If a student misses a class and the provided make up classes no further make up classes or refunds will be given.
Dropping A Class
who wish to drop a class for any reason must fill out a drop form from
the studio. You will be responsible for all payment due to the date of
the receipt form in the studio. If student is dropping after the first
of the month you must still pay for the full month.
For all new
students, students adding a class, or current students, a grace period
of two classes in which you will be allowed to drop class without being
locked into pay all monthly payments for the remaining semester. After
you second class you are required to pay the full tuition for the
remaining semester. Which are September through December or January
Students dropping classes after the month of
December are responsible for all remaining months, which are January
through June. This is because were not given notice to allow us to fill
your students place for the second semester.
classes after being measured for costume orders or failing to notify Rockford Ballet that they were not going to take part in
upcoming performance will be responsible for payment of costumes.
can be dropped or cancelled due to lack of minimum enrollment at the
discretion of School of Rockford Ballet. All efforts will be made to
accommodate students in an alternate class.
are not required to take part in any performances. If your student
chooses not to take part for any reason please notify Rockford Ballet as soon as possible.
One performance will be at the end of the school year in May or June.
are asked to wear proper dance shoes and attire during class. The dress
code is based on classical standards of ballet. Dress codes help
students focus better in class because they are not distracted by loose
or cumbersome clothing. Proper dress code also allows the teacher to
correct alignment and placement. Additionally, dress code prepares
students for performance, and they feel pride in themselves when
appearance is neat and clean. The following are the dress code
Pre Ballet I, II, III- Leotard Pink Tights-Pink Leotards with skirts attached are not allowed, Leotards with skirts separate are also not allowed.
Ballet I & II: Leotard Navy Blue Tights-Pink footed tights/convertible tights. Leotards with skirts attached are not allowed.
Ballet III: Leotard Black Tights-Pink footed tights/convertible tights. Leotards with skirts attached are allowed for pointe class only. Undergarments-no
undergarments should be worn under leotards and tights. Ladies' tights
serve as underwear beneath their leotards (be sure to buy dance tights
which have a cotton crotch). Undergarments inhibit the ability to move
and dance freely.
Ballet shoes-Pink ballet slippers with
soft, pliable sole; elastic sewn on shoe prior to class (not tied and
wrapped underneath); drawstrings cut and tucked into shoe (no bows on
top of shoes). Ballet shoes can be canvas or leather.
Pointe shoes-all pointe shoes must be reviewed and approved by School Director prior to sewing them or wearing them for class. Although
pointe shoes are exciting for younger dancers, they can cause serious
injury if one's ankles and feet are not ready for them. Please do not
allow younger dancers to try on pointe shoes. Pointe work
begins in the Intermediate level with permission and advisement of the
School Director and a minimum age of nine.
off face; a bun is required for all Ballet levels I, II, & III and up for safety of eyes. Pre
Ballet I, II, III hair may be in a high pony tail. Please have plenty of
hairnets, hair pins, clips, and hair bands available to neatly put up
hair; hairspray and hair gel should be used. A separate smaller bag kept
in your dance bag is recommended to store hair supplies.
or white ballet shoes, black tights, dance belt, solid white t-shirt
(no writing or designs), hair neat and secured off face if long.
warm-ups (tight solid-colored ballet sweaters, leg warmers, ballet
skirts) are permitted only at the discretion of each teacher.
NO watches, bracelets, or necklaces. Small stud earrings are okay, no
large earrings. Absolutely NO sweatshirts, sweatpants, over sized
shirts, or loose fitting clothing.
All of the above requirements
are expected to be followed or the student may not be able to
participate in class. Teachers will ask students to correct any dress
code violations prior to class. If there are ongoing dress code problems
with a student, the student will be asked to sit out of class until the
issues are resolved. (We all mess up on occasion, but expect to be
given no more than three chances per semester. Other sports and
activities require certain equipment and attire. Ballet is no
Class Etiquette As part of a student's
training, it is important for the student to learn and respect the
rules, traditions, and class etiquette followed by the dance and theatre
Promptness and Attendance
1. Please arrive promptly.
2. Be sure to leave time to be dressed for class.
3. If student is late to class, it is the teacher's decision whether the student may take class or watch and take notes.
4. Regular attendance is very important.
1. Respect for the teacher, other students, the studio, the theatre, and guest artists will be expected of all students.
Students may not enter the studio area until invited by the teacher.
Students may wait quietly in the foyer or dressing room.
3. Gum, food or drinks are never allowed in studio area.
No conversations between students during class, and the student's hand
should be raised when there is a question for the teacher
5. It is the tradition at the end of class to thank the teacher (and accompanist if present) by applauding
If student needs to leave class early, please let the teacher know
before class starts. At the appointed time, the student should thank
teacher and then leave the studio quietly.
7. Hanging on barres is not allowed. 8. Cell phones should be turned off during class.
9. Bathroom needs should be taken care of before class time.
10. No street shoes allowed on studio floor.
Guidelines for Parents
1. Parents of younger students please attend to your child's bathroom needs before class.
2. Please make sure child is dressed and hair is up before class.
3. Any snacks should be eaten before arriving to the school.
Due to the open design of the studio and foyer, we ask if you are
waiting for your child at the school to wait quietly as to not distract
5.Class observation days are listed on our information board in lobby and on our website.
Please drop off and pick up your child promptly before and after class.
Remind your child to always wait inside studio to be picked up.
Teachers may have several consecutive classes to teach each day. If you
have a question for your child's teacher but are unable to speak with
her/him before class, please feel free to write a note and place it in
her box by the desk.
8. Any class with less than four students are subject to cancellation.
Solicitation of any kind is strictly prohibited by any of our parents,
parent guild members, or legal guardians or past parent guild members,
parents, or legal guardians. One may not use any such personal
information (such as personal phone numbers, email lists, or addresses)
to solicit current or past students or other parents retained by RB
via registration forms or emails.
Note: Parents of
younger children are encouraged to speak with the child's teacher
concerning access to dressing room prior to class.
The following are short descriptions of each level and class. For a
full page description of any level, please contact the business office.
Students enrolling in, Pre-Ballet, Ballet usually take one class per week; however, the option exists to enroll your child in additional classes.
Pre-Ballet I (age 3-4) Class Length: 45 minutes This
class develops natural movement instincts through activities
appropriate to the students' innate creativity and physical skills.
Children express themselves primarily through movement, but also through
music and dramatic activities. This gentle class begins to develop
awareness of musicality, body parts, space and pathways, and class
Pre-Ballet II (age 4-5) Class Length: 45 minutes This
fun class further develops natural movement instincts through
activities that combine innate creativity and physical skills. The
gentle class continues to widen awareness of musicality, body parts,
space and pathways, and class etiquette with other dancers. Children
express themselves primarily through movement, but also through music
and dramatic activities.
Pre-Ballet III (age 5-7) Class Length: 45 minutes This
class extends the range of understanding and ability that a student
acquires in the In Pre-ballet program. Concepts continue to be combined
in greater complexity with the challenge to clarify movement and
expression. The Pre-Ballet III class includes introductory barre work
and ballet terminology while it also continues to develop listening
skills, musicality, and spatial awareness.
Ballet I (age 6-9) Class Length: 60 minutes This
class introduces the fundamental principles of ballet technique. A
Ballet I student extends the range of understanding and ability to
refine technical skills and begins developing proper alignment. An
introduction of basic anatomy, physiology, and nutrition supports the
blossoming dancer's knowledge. Each class includes barre and center
floor work as well as exercises used to develop musicality and
Ballet II (age 9-12) Class Length: 75 minutes This
class continues the formal study of classical ballet and encourages the
development of self-discipline. Particular emphasis is placed on
exercises designed to strengthen legs, ankles, and feet as well as to
continue developing postural and technical skills. A continuation of
basic anatomy, physiology, and supports the dancer's knowledge.
Appropriate for younger students who have progressed from Ballet I, as
well as older students with little or no previous training. Ballet II students are encouraged to take this class twice a week.
Ballet III (age 13-18) Class Length: 90 minutes Technique
classes emphasize proper placement and alignment, turnout of the hips
and legs, coordination of the arms and legs, and a clear knowledge of
beginning ballet terminology. Appropriate for younger students who have
progressed from Ballet II, as well as older students with little or no
previous training. This level also begins to prepare students for pointe
work. Ballet III students are encouraged to take this class
three times per week.
Ballet III Pointe Class Length: 45 minutes Technique
continues to build and increase in difficulty. Performance quality and
artistic presentation are elements of focus in this level. Advanced
Ballet is for students who exhibit a profound understanding of classical
technique and are dedicated to a rigorous course of study. Advanced
Ballet students are expected to take a minimum of three technique
classes a week. Students with aspirations for a professional career are
encouraged to enroll in four to six classes a week.
It is NOT required for students to take more than one class a week per category.
(ballet & pointe) Although it is highly encourage to take multiple classes
to advance in technique, placement, artistry & performance ability
Class placements are based on skill level,
attainment of curriculum goals, and age. However, the age of one
student may differ from other students in a class, and students are
placed in the level that will encourage the most progress. A dancer
should be challenged but not overwhelmed. All class placements are
ultimately determined by the School Director under the advisement of the
student's most recent instructor(s).
Progression from one level
to the next is not comparable to that of an academic school. Students
may spend multiple years in each level before advancing to the next, and
all students should expect to remain in a level for a minimum of
one year. Each student should form their schedule on the basis of the
School Director's recommendations and in support of his/her personal
goals. Student's who do not take the recommended number of classes can
expect to remain in a level longer so they may solidify the technique
and curriculum of that level.
When classes reach the maximum
number, they will close, and we will maintain a waiting list. Classes with fewer than 3 students may be cancelled.
*All Pre Ballet classes consist of ballet, tap and creative movement.*
No street shoes are allowed on the dance floor.
are encouraged to watch classes at Parents Observation Week. Please be
respectful of children trying to learn on the dance floor and keep
talking and activity to a minimum. If siblings are accompanying you
please ensure their proper behavior to not distract those students
trying to learn.
Parents are responsible for checking message
board each week for important upcoming events and information. Notices
will be given on the website also.
All efforts are made to
ensure students safety within the studio, outside of the studio, at
performance venues and in the execution of dance steps however, parents
and students realize that dance is a physical activity that carries a
risk of injury as well as our physical environment. Parents will accept
responsibility of all medical and related payments as a result of any
injury or harm to their child taking any part of activities associated
with Rockford Ballet Parents and students will not hold Rockford Ballet, any of the owners, instructors, or guest teacher
liable for any injuries or damages. The parents and students accept
this risk by signing the registration form, due at registering and/or
the Policies and Procedures form.
Policies and Procedures may be added to or modified without prior notice given at anytime.