POLICIES

Welcome to the Bay Ridge Ballet family!  Bay Ridge Ballet relies on the support of people like you to keep our organization thriving and help build a community school we can all be proud of. Thank you!

DRESS CODE

 

  • Body placement and lines are essential elements of ballet. Our dress code allows our instructors to observe and correct the posture and alignment of our students. 

  • All students are required to follow BRB's dress code, meeting all style and color specifications. See our Dress Code page for more details.   

  • Lower School Division/Pre-Ballet & Elementary Ballet: Long hair must be pulled back in a ponytail, braided or pinned in a bun. 

  • Upper School Division/Ballet I, II & III: Proper ballet buns are required for long hair. Short hair should be pinned up away from face. 

  • No jewelry. 

  • It is appropriate for students to wear cover-ups or non-dance clothes over dance wear when entering and exiting the building. 

  • Do not wear dance shoes outside. 

  • Ballet slippers must have elastics knotted and trimmed, if necessary.   

  • Child's name must be written on shoes and tags of all dance wear.

  • Adult classes do not have a required dress code: Comfortable clothing, socks, bare feet or ballet slippers are recommended. 

 

 

CLASS PLACEMENT 

 

  • Students are placed in a class based on their birth year for our Lower School Division (Pre-Ballet and Elementary Ballet classes).    

  • Students who are 8 years old or older, will be required to take a placement class to determine the appropriate level in the school’s Upper Division (Ballet I, II and III). 

  • Placement in the Upper School Division is based on placement, skill and ability, not age. 

  • Faculty and the director will evaluate students at the close of each school year. Advancement in levels will be based upon the dancer’s ability to be successful in the next class level. 

  • It is common for students in the Upper School Division to spend 2-3 years in each level before advancing. 

 

 

POINTE

  • Students will be placed on pointe after careful evaluation of strength in the legs, feet, ankles, hip-rotation, abdominals and back.

  • Before students can safely go on pointe and for students to continue training on pointe, they must be enrolled in a minimum of two ballet technique classes per week in addition to the pointe classes.

  • BRB assists new pointe students with a safe and mindful approach, as pointe-work can be dangerous to a dancer who has not reached a certain skill level and proficiency in their technique.  

ATTENDANCE

 

  • Regular attendance is necessary to maintain progress in all classes. 

  • Please visit BRB’s calendar located at bayridgeballet.com to see all closings and special events.   

  • Parents and students should notify the teacher of any foreseen absences. 

  • If excessive absences occur, students may not be allowed to perform in BRB performances.

  • Make-up classes can be scheduled for an equal or lower level class up to three times a semester.

  • Make-up classes are discouraged during Recital season to allow for students to learn their class's specific choreography. 

  • Submit an online Make-up Class Form to schedule! 

 

TARDINESS

 

  • Students must be on time for class, in dress code and ready to dance! 

  • When late, in addition to being disruptive, students miss important warm-up exercises and risk being injured. 

  • Arriving 10-15 minutes early to prepare is recommended. 

  • A student arriving more than 15 minutes late may be asked to observe class.  

 

 

STUDIO RULES

 

  • Gum, candy, food and drinks are not allowed in the dance studio.

  • Water bottles are welcome for students at a Ballet I level or higher. 

  • Street shoes are not permitted on the dance floor. 

  • All mobile devices must be silenced in the studio. 

  • For students in upper division classes (Ballet l, II, & lll), dance bags and all belongings should be taken into the studio during class time. 

  • Young students can leave belongings with a parent in the lobby. 

  • Parents and siblings are not allowed in the dance studio unless approved by the teacher.

  • Students are not allowed in the studio without the teacher. 

 

 

WAITING AREA

 

  • The waiting area must remain quiet, so as not to distract the students and allow their full attention to stay with the teacher.

  • Out of respect for the instructor and the art of dance, parents and siblings should never disrupt or communicate into the studio at any time.  

  • Running and horse-play is not permitted.  Students are encouraged to prepare and stretch prior to class.  

  • All mobile devices must be silenced in the lobby area. 

  • Food and drink are allowed in the waiting room, but must be disposed of in the proper trashcans. Always clean up after yourself! 

  • Strollers can be left outside under the awning or folded strollers can be brought into the waiting area. 

  • Bay Ridge Ballet is not responsible for anything lost or stolen. 

  • Students must be dropped off and picked up on time from inside the studio directly. BRB does not assume responsibility for students before or after their assigned class time. 

 

BEHAVIOR

 

  • To ensure the quality of our environment, Bay Ridge Ballet maintains a zero tolerance policy in regard to bullying, theft, or vandalism.  

  • During class, younger students who demonstrate disruptive behavior will be given warnings. If they continue to be disruptive, they will be asked to observe the class. All such incidents will be discussed with parents after class. 

  • Older students will be subject to class dismissal for poor attitude or disrespectful behavior. Positive attitudes provide the best learning environment for everyone in the classroom. In the event of a breech of these ethics, a meeting will take place and further incidents could lead to program dismissal. Refunds will not be considered for students or parents in violation of these policies. 

 

 

CANCELATIONS 

 

  • Parents can schedule a make-up for any equal or lower level class, if classes are canceled due to inclement weather. Parents will be e-mailed and called in the case of cancelation. 

  • BRB reserves the right to cancel any class with low enrollment. In the event of class cancelation, we will contact you with a second option, or a pro-rated refund will be given. 

 

 

OBSERVATION DAYS & RECITAL

 

  • Observation Day takes place at the end of Fall Semester for all classes. Parents and siblings are invited to attend, but please note that space is limited.  

  • Pre-Ballet II and older classes will participate in the Recital at the end of Spring Semester. A Simple Costume Fee of $25 is due at Spring Registration that will cover the cost of a simple costume for the performance. 

  • BRB's Recital is an opportunity for the classes to display in a performance setting, what they have been learning during the year. Performing is an integral part of students training and overall experience. We encourage participation, but if your child is unable please let their teacher know at your earliest opportunity. 

  • Pre-Ballet I students will have another in studio Observation Day at the end of Spring Semester, as BRB believes young dancers in this class benefit more from an intimate viewing of their accomplishments. 

  • Please see the Bay Ridge Ballet Calendar for specific Observation Day and Recital dates. 

 

TUITION 

 

  • The school year consists of a fall and spring semester and we offer summer programs as well. 

  • A $150 deposit must be paid at the time of registration, then an invoice will be e-mailed with your tuition balance. Tuition must be paid in full, on or before the first day of each semester or camp.

  • BRB reserves the right to charge the remaining balance to the credit card on file by the agreed upon date, if tuition has not been paid in full.   

  • Students enrolled in multiple classes, we can offer a payment plan.  

  • A $20 registration fee will be added for processing. Only one registration fee will be charged per family per semester. 

  • A $25 Simple Costume Fee (per class) for the Recital is due at the time of spring semester payment. 

  • Space is limited, but if classes have availability, late registration is available. Students who register after the semester has begun, will pay a prorated rate based on the remaining number of classes in the current semester. 

  • Bay Ridge Ballet does not administer refunds. 

  • A $30 fee will be due for all returned checks. The fee and tuition balance must be paid in cash within one week from the time the owner of the account is notified or the student will be withdrawn from the class.

 

 

FOR THE PARENTS

 

  • School communication is sent via email. Please read to stay informed!  

  • Please make sure to unblock all Bay Ridge Ballet email addresses and to check your email regularly. Contact Bay Ridge Ballet if your email/mailing address or contact information has changed. 

  • For any class or school questions, please don't hesitate to e-mail us at info@bayridgeballet.com. 

  • For tuition questions, please e-mail bayridgeballet@gmail.com. 

  • You can also stay informed by following us on Facebook and Instagram. 

  • Bay Ridge Ballet reserves the right to photograph/video classes and performances for promotional purposes. Personal information will never be shared. 

  • Parents must always be respectful toward all BRB faculty, staff and volunteers. 

  • It is considered inappropriate for parents to discuss placement of students or to openly voice opinions on performance casting.  

 

FOR THE STUDENTS

  • Parents, please review with your child. 

  • Students should remember to use the restroom before class begins to minimize interruptions. If it is necessary to use the bathroom during class, the student should ask the teacher for permission and return to class promptly. 

  • Be respectful of your teacher by giving full attention and watchful eyes at all times. 

  • Be appreciative of corrections and apply them to training to assure growth. 

  • No talking during class, listening at all times.  

  • No leaning on the ballet barres and do not touch the mirrors. 

  • Finish all exercises and never stop in the middle of a movement. 

  • Leaving class is not allowed unless permitted by the instructor. 

  • All classes end with applause and a "Thank You" to your teacher.  

  • Smiles are not required, but are appreciated!

  • Now let's dance!