Info & FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

FOR PARENTS

Parent Meeting

This meeting took place on August 29, 2020. Please see the meeting notes here.

Lovingly Used Leotard Sale

The Lovingly Used Leotard and New Apparel Sale will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020. We will be located just outside the west doors of the Dairy (next to parking lot) from 1:30–3:30 pm. New apparel is limited to current stock. We will be accepting donations of CLEAN, gently used dancewear or ballet shoes (no pointe shoes) for resale. Please contact Beth@boulderballet.org to arrange drop off. Cash or check are preferred for payment, but credit cards will be accepted.

My child danced at Boulder Ballet last year. In what level should I register her/him for fall?

If your child was in level 1A or higher last spring, the teacher’s recommendation for fall is on the evaluation your child received at the end of the semester. If he or she is 3–4 years old, continue with Creative Movement. Five-year-olds should take Pre-Ballet. For 6-year-olds, speak to their last instructor for advice if you are not certain whether your child is ready to move to 1A.

Does my child move up every semester?

Typically, students stay at a given level for one year, sometimes more when they reach the upper levels.

What are the dates for fall session?

August  24–January 16, 2021 (Note, there are two weeks of classes after winter break that are part of fall session)

What are the planned school closure dates for 2020–2021?

Winter Break: December 21–January 3, 2021. Spring Break: March 22–27, 2021

What are the dates for Spring session?

January 18–May 29, 2021

What's the Summer Intensive schedule?

Dates are July 12–33, 2021. Full schedule will be available in March.

When are the dates of the Master Classes?

August 9-13, 2021

Do you close when Boulder Valley School District is scheduled for planned days off?

Boulder Ballet does not close except for breaks as shown above.

How can I find out whether regular classes and open classes will be canceled in the case of inclement weather?

Please check the BVSD website first thing in the morning if you think there is a chance the school district might close. Boulder Ballet cancels classes only when BVSD publishes a district-wide school closure first thing in the morning. In such instances, Boulder Ballet will post that information to our homepage as early as possible.

Do you offer scholarships?

Boulder Ballet has implemented a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for existing students who need temporary assistance due to unforeseen financial circumstances. Tuition assistance is based on a student’s financial need and aptitude for dance. Our ability to award assistance is dependent on funds available. Applications are due August 10, 2020 for the fall semester and December 7, 2020 for the spring semester. More information and the application form can be found at the top of this page.

What is the date of this year’s school spring recital?

Our end-of-year show is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 29 & 30. Please plan ahead so your child(ren) can take part. Your child must be registered for the spring session to participate in the performance. There is no recital at the end of the fall session.

Why was the charge on my credit card $40 more than the cost that was listed for tuition?

There is an annual family registration fee of $40 per year for the first student in a family and $20 per year for each additional member of the family. There is no registration fee for the Summer Program.

I will be registering my child for classes in level 3A or higher. How do I get the discount offered for taking all the classes offered for his/her level?

When you register your child in all classes offered in a level for 3A and above, our registration system will automatically calculate your discount. This also applies to the Boys Ballet and Teen classes.

If my child wants to take pre-pointe or pointe, how many technique classes do they need to take?

Dancers registering for a pre-pointe class are required to take at least one additional technique class. Dancers who are registering for pointe class are required to take two additional technique classes.

Refund Policy

If a student discontinues instruction on or before the third class, a refund will be given for the remaining tuition. No refund will be issued after the third class, except under extraordinary circumstances as determined by the school. Refund requests must be made in writing. Registration fees are non-refundable. Refunds will not be given if classes move to all virtual due to COVID-19 safety mandates. To change or drop a class, please notify Beth in the school office.

FOR STUDENTS

What do I need to wear to class?

Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet students may wear comfortable clothing they can move in. Ballet shoes are strongly recommended as they work best on our studio floors. Please make sure long hair is pulled up or back.
Levels 1–7: Girls – pink tights under a black leotard (level 7 dancers may wear a solid colored leotard of their choice), pink ballet slippers. Split soles are permitted for levels 5 and above. Hair must be in a bun and/or pulled off the face. Boys – black tights and a plain white t-shirt, tucked in. Either black or white leather ballet slippers. Boys 13+ should wear a dance belt instead of underwear. Long hair must be pulled back. Dancers not dressed appropriately for class will be given one warning. Subsequent incidences will result in being asked to sit out.

Why can't I wear warm-ups in class?

Because we need to see your alignment and technique so we can help you develop properly to avoid injuries and achieve success.

May I leave my belongings in the hall?

No. Please bring your belongings into the studio. This ensures security of your items and fire safety in the hall. PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME OR INITIALS ON YOUR SHOES, DANCEWEAR, AND WATER BOTTLES.

If I know more advanced steps why can't I do them, instead of working so slowly?

Because we want you to learn correctly, and execute steps cleanly and precisely. This ensures that you develop your muscles, correct alignment, and good solid technique, and also prevents injury.

Why can't I go en pointe before age 11?

Because your feet are not developed enough and being en pointe too early can harm your feet. This is why ballet feet have the reputation of being ugly.

FOR OPEN BALLET CLASS STUDENTS

I am an adult and have not danced before/in a long time. Are adult drop-in classes a good idea for me?

Definitely! If you are new to ballet you should start with a Beginning Ballet class. Then you can move up to the next level as soon as you feel ready. If it has been many years since you danced and you are worried that you don’t remember anything, you can certainly start with Beginning, but feel free to start with Beginning/Intermediate or Intermediate, depending on your previous experience.

Can I pay for an individual drop-in class with a credit card?

We prefer that you pay with cash or check for a single class, however single class punchcards are available at our registration site, Studio Director, with a credit card. Multi-class punchcards are also available for purchase through Studio Director.

FOR NUTCRACKER

When are Nutcracker auditions held?

Auditions for the Nutcracker are typically held the third week of August (check the fall schedule for the date) as follows—Levels 2B, 3A & 3B: 2–3 PM, Levels 4 & 5: 3–4:30 PM (bring pointe shoes), Levels 6 & 7: 4:30–6 PM (wear pointe shoes). Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time to register. If a dancer is under 18, a parent must sign the audition form. Forms will be available on our website and at the registration desk. You will need to know the dancer’s height for the audition form.

Is there any possibility that a dancer at a level lower than 2B can get a part?

Sorry, no.

What is the time commitment for my child if she/he gets a part?

From mid-September to late October, cast members are likely to rehearse on Saturday afternoon. From late October through mid-November, rehearsals typically run on Saturday and Sunday. The week before performances, there are additional rehearsal times. Performances at Macky Auditorium on the CU campus are Thanksgiving weekend and in Longmont the following weekend.

My child has a family vacation/wants to go skiing/ extracurricular school programs that conflict with attending rehearsals. Can she/he skip a few?

Cast members are not allowed to miss any rehearsals at all. Please do not have your dancer audition unless she/he is available throughout the Nutcracker season. Failure to attend rehearsals will result in dismissal from the cast.

Are there any other commitments I should know about?

Yes, there is a $150 performance fee (per student) that is due by the first rehearsal. In addition, a parent/guardian of the dancer is required to volunteer for a minimum of two shifts per family over the course of dress rehearsals and performances. Failure to fulfill your volunteer obligation will result in an additional fee of $150.

FOR SUMMER INTENSIVES

What's the Summer Intensive schedule?

Dates are July 12-30, 2021. Full schedule will be available in March.

Should we pack food and drinks to bring to class?

You will definitely want your child to bring a water bottle (marked with their name). They will need to stay well hydrated. If their class runs all day, have them pack a lunch. For level 3A/3B, they will want to have a snack. They are going to be working hard and will need plenty of fuel!

Will they need to bring anything for the conditioning and specials each day?

Students need to bring their pre-pointe or pointe shoes every day. Depending on their specials for the day, have them bring appropriate shoes and accessories, i.e. yoga mat, character or jazz shoes if they have them. Instructors will give them additional information on the first day of class.