ATTENDANCE & MAKE-UPS
Students should attend their classes on a regular basis. If a student is unable to attend, we should be notified ASAP. Make-ups will be allowed for missed classes due to illness or emergencies if you phone the office to notify us beforehand. Students should make up their class at the same level or one level higher or lower. If unforeseen circumstances force us to cancel classes, make-up classes will be offered.
NOTICE OF DISCONTINUANCE
It is assumed that your child is a continuing student and payment is expected unless a 30 day notice is given. Notice may be made by telephone but a written notice is preferable. If no notice is given, you will be charged for the following month’s classes. Monthly fees will not be reduced for absences, holidays, or ceased attendance part way through a month or quarter. Annual tuition may be negotiable.
Anyone with two or more family members in the school will receive a 10% discount on tuition fees. Example: 1st student regular fee, 2nd student subtract 10% off tuition. Family discounts may not be combined with other discount offers.
Students are placed on pointe upon the recommendation of their teacher. Usually students are ages 11 to 13 and have had at least 2 years of ballet. To perform on pointe, dancers are required to take 3 technique classes per week.
PARENTS OF PRE-BALLET & PRIMARY
All Pre-Ballet and Primary students are to be picked up inside the studio in the foyer. We do not allow them to go outside to meet parents in the parking lot. Please inform your child.
Parents are welcome to observe their child’s classes. However, we do ask that it be on an occasional basis and that those watching class keep talking to a minimum so as not to disrupt the class. Parents of Pre-Ballet & Primary students need to inform their child that they are to wait in the foyer with their parent until the teacher is ready to call them into the classroom. Also, we ask that once the class starts there is no running back and forth to the parent and no talking between parent and child. If children have a need, they need to ask the teacher.
DROPPING OFF & PICKING UP YOUR CHILD
Occasionally, a child has had to wait ½ to 1 hour before being picked up by their parent. On a rare occasion a child has been dropped off when there was no class. When this happens, we will make every effort to contact you or your family. If we can’t contact you, by necessity your child will be transported to the Benicia Police Station. If you are going to be late due to an unforeseen situation, please phone us and leave a message at 707-746-6757.
This program is designed as a way to provide students at level 5 to Advanced with an alternative way of paying for additional classes. Ask the Director for further information if interested.
DRESS CODE–GIRLS’ HAIR
Ballet is a form of discipline and as such we ask students to arrive to class properly groomed and attired before they enter the classroom. All girls should arrive with their hair secured away from their face and preferably in a bun. We suggest using bobby pins, gel, spray net and a hair net. If hair is too short for a bun, it should be pulled away from the face and secured. Ballet 3 thru Advanced a bun is required. Dancers are responsible for bringing their own hair supplies. Regarding jewelry, we ask that students do not wear any jewelry in the class room including watches. Small earrings are ok.
DRESS CODE • DANCE ATTIRE
GIRLS PRE-BALLET & PRIMARY
Plain light pink leotards (tank or short sleeved, without a skirt attached). Also, light pink tights (footed) or pink ankle socks and pink ballet slippers. Students should also wear a “Primary Skirt” sewn by Miss Sally. You can contact her at 707-745-1007.
GIRLS BALLET 1 & 2
Light blue leotards (tank or short sleeve), light pink tights (footed) or pink ankle socks and pink ballet slippers. No short chiffon skirts are worn for this level. Also, see “Character Dance Attire”. Light blue leotards can be found at Benicia Dancewear on Military or Contra Costa Dancewear in Walnut Creek.
GIRLS BALLET 3 THRU ADVANCED
Black leotards (camisole, short or long sleeved), pale pink tights (footed) and pink ballet slippers. No short chiffon skirts or leg warmers allowed without the express permission of the director. Ballet sweaters or tight fitting t-shirts are allowed on cold days.
BBS special order school leotards are chosen during the school year by classes and are allowed in class.
Black bike shorts, white T-shirt, white socks and black or white ballet slippers. Boys level 5 and up wear black or navy blue tights and white T-shirt. Black jazz shoes for Character dances.
CHARACTER DANCE ATTIRE 1 TO 8
Girls wear black circular skirts (mid calf length) and black character shoes. To order these items, please ask for the character skirt and shoes order form. Boys wear black jazz shoes.
Comfortable solid color shirt and pants or tights for ease of movement. No jeans.
Girls wear solid color leotard & tights with either pink or black ballet slippers. Hair pulled away from face is preferred or worn in a bun. Sweatshirts, chiffon skirts and t-shirts are allowed.