NEW ENROLLMENT FAQ’S
AT WHAT AGE MAY MY STUDENT BEGIN CLASSES AT BALLET LUBBOCK?
18 -36 months are encouraged to participate with a guardian in our “Family Dance” (Mommy & Me) class.
Students who are 3 years old as of September 1st of the current academic year may register in the Ballet Lubbock School. Please see the registration guide to determine the proper class. We are following the guidelines of our local school districts, and cannot make exceptions to the September 1st date for enrollment.
WHAT IF MY STUDENT HAS NO DANCE EXPERIENCE?
If your student is younger than 7, please follow this guide: https://balletlubbock.org/guide/
Students 8 years and older with no dance experience?
Our Ballet Essentials Class was designed for you! We have two age groups; Ballet Essentials I is for 8-10 year olds, and Ballet Essentials II is for 11-15 year olds. These classes teach the basics in a fun environment for the beginning dancer. Please go to our website to register your student.
WHAT IF MY STUDENT HAS DANCE EXPERIENCE?
If your student has some dance experience and is 8 years old or older, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an evaluation for proper class placement.
HOW MUCH DOES BALLET LUBBOCK COST?
Prices vary depending upon what level your child is in and how many classes he/she takes. Please refer to our pricelist to get the most recent tuition rates. Tuition is charged on the 15th of each month September through April. Please view our tuition policy for more information.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY STUDENT?
If you have any questions give us a call at 806-785-3090.
WHEN DO CLASSES START AND END?
Ballet Lubbock classes follows the academic calendar. We begin our 2017-18 Season on August 28th and end May 18th with each semester having 16 weeks. Our fall semester last day is December 16th and we resume our spring semester on January 8th.
HOW LONG ARE CLASSES AND HOW OFTEN DO THEY MEET?
Classes for our 3-7 year olds meet for 30-60 minutes once a week. Class duration increases as the student’s Level increases. Levels 2-3 meet twice a week, Levels 4- 5 meet three times per week, Levels 6 meets four times per week, Levels 7-Company meets five times per week. Please refer to our schedule to get the most up to date schedule.
WHAT SHOULD MY STUDENT WEAR TO BALLET CLASS?
Ballet Lubbock has a school attire policy which is required for all students at all times during class. Leotard style and details can be seen on our dress code policy and no jewelry or tutus are allowed for any age group. Please refer to our dress code policy for more information.
WHERE MAY I PURCHASE DANCE ATTIRE?
Leotards, shoes, and any other listed items may be purchased locally at Jazzy Taps or online at Discount Dance Supply. You may also find tights and shoes at other local stores such as Academy, and sometimes Target and/or Walmart.
WILL MY STUDENT PERFORM?
Performance is an essential component of dance training; however, it is also a privilege that is earned once a student has received the proper education to perform onstage. There are three opportunities during the season for students to perform based on where they are in their training.
All students currently enrolled in Levels 1-Company are eligible to perform in The Nutcracker provided they audition and meet attendance requirements. Dancers in Level 8, Apprentice, and Company are required to participate in The Nutcracker as part of their core curriculum.
- Spring Performance
Every other year Ballet Lubbock presents a story ballet for the Spring Production. All students currently enrolled in Levels 4-8 are eligible to perform and must audition in order to participate. The Company Dancers participate in a mixed repertoire production in the years between the storybook production.
- School Performance
- Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet students perform for their families in an in-class performance at the Ballet Lubbock studios in December and May.
- Beginning Ballet students perform for their families in an in-class performance at the Ballet Lubbock studios in December, and participate in the School Performance at the Civic Center in May.
- Level 1 – Company perform in a school performance at the end of the school year at the Civic Center theatre.
CURRENT STUDENT FAQ’S
MAY PARENTS OBSERVE CLASSES?
We have observation week the 4th week of each month. We invite parents to please take photos of their dancers. We know you are as proud of them as we are! During the rest of the month, we keep the blinds to the studios drawn. Through experience, we have learned that students are more likely to concentrate and participate fully in the class if they are not being observed.
WHAT IS THE ATTENDANCY POLICY?
Attendance is critical to consistent progress and advancement in the School. Students who are injured are expected to observe classes and take notes. Poor attendance (for any reason) may jeopardize a student’s placement, participation in productions, promotion, or Financial Aid.
3 absences per year may be made up within the month of the absence by emailing email@example.com. Classes are made up by attending another section of your level, or if your level does not have another section, attending a class from the level below.
If your child is injured and will miss a prolonged series of classes, we ask that you provide us with an applicable doctor’s note. Please refer to our attendance policy for more information.
HOW DO WE KNOW IF THE SCHOOL IS CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER?
When the area is experiencing dangerous weather conditions, we assess canceling classes and a text message and email will be sent out to the phone number and email you provided when registering.
HOW DOES A STUDENT GAIN PLACEMENT OR ADVANCE?
Students of Ballet Lubbock under the age of 6 are placed according to their age. Students over the age of 6 with dance experience are placed according to their ability as evaluated by the Ballet Lubbock faculty. An evaluation class is required for new students ages 6 and above. The placement of students is at the sole discretion of the faculty of Ballet Lubbock. Ballet Lubbock reserves the right to change the level in which a student is placed whenever appropriate.
IS IT COMMON TO REPEAT A LEVEL?
Yes, very common! Each student can expect to repeat a level at least once during the course of his or her training at most pre-professional ballet schools, and this includes Ballet Lubbock. Moving through levels too quickly can have a detrimental effect on student training and can hinder progress at more advanced levels. Please be advised that even the simplest exercises are challenging when executed with precision. Many students will want to move up earlier than they are ready for it. We take proper level placement very seriously. We encourage parents to be supportive of our professional opinion, as it is in the best interest of the students.
WHEN MAY A STUDENT DANCE EN POINTE?
Level 6 is the level when female students are evaluated for pointe during the year. Ballet Lubbock faculty considers the decision to place a student en pointe a serious responsibility. In keeping with that responsibility, we have a series of exercises and physical tests based on technique and strength to determine a students’ readiness to go en pointe. The evaluation measures both flexibility and strength. The final decision to place a student en pointe, based upon the pointe evaluation and classroom observation, rests with the Ballet Lubbock faculty. Students who are not able to handle the rigorous nature of pointe training, due to anatomical and technical limitations, will not be placed en pointe. The Faculty must consider each student’s safety and well-being on an individual basis, with regard to anatomical structure, injury prevention, strength, flexibility, and technical ability. The faculty will notify students of the pointe evaluation during the school year.
DOES BALLET LUBBOCK OFFER MODERN OR JAZZ?
Yes! Students are required to include modern/contemporary dance training as part of the curriculum. When students reach Level 6, modern dance class becomes a required class during the week of training. Jazz classes are offered on Friday afternoons. Please see our schedule for times and prices.
HOW DO I STAY INFORMED ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE BALLET?
All communication happens via email so please make sure we have your email address up to date and check it regularly. The school’s website at www.balletlubbock.org and Facebook page are also excellent resources for staying in touch with current news and offers. You can also always ask a member of our office staff. Parents are encouraged to set up conferences with teachers when needed.
ADULT CLASSES FAQ
DO YOU HAVE CLASSES FOR ADULTS?
Yes! We have several offerings for our 16-year-old and up age group. We have an Adult Beginning Ballet class on Monday nights from 6:45-7:45pm which is for those individuals who have no dance training in ballet and would like to learn the basics. Our Adult Intermediate Ballet class meets Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:45-7:45pm and is for the student who has had some ballet training. We also offer Pilates on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:30am and an adult Hip Hop class on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-7:45pm. We love our adult students and are looking forward to having you come join our dance family!