Class begins on August 27th, and ends on May 24th.
City Ballet will be closed; September 10th for Rosh Hashanah, September 19th for Yom Kippur, October 8th for Columbus Day, November 21st through 25th for Thanksgiving, December 23rd through January 6th for Winter/Christmas Break, January 21st for Martin Luther King Day, March 9th through 17th for Spring Break, and April 19th for Good Friday. These holidays are factored into the tuition.
Just as with academic school, City Ballet makes every effort to place students within age groups when possible, but more importantly, we assign levels according to physical maturity and technical ability. Students must maintain a good attendance record to be advanced to the next level. Students who miss class are expected to attend a class of comparable level to make up for the work missed.
Ballet is an art form, which requires discipline. Students are expected to be respectful of other students and their instructors at all times. For the benefit of all, students, parents and siblings should maintain quiet in the lobby and dressing room. Students who are disruptive in class will be dismissed from the class. Repeated disruptions will result in the student’s dismissal from City Ballet without a tuition refund.
Traditionally, the magic of the theater is kept within the studio walls or behind the proscenium of the theater stage. Dance practice clothing and costumes are considered inappropriate street wear and under certain circumstances can attract unhealthy, unsafe, or hazardous situations. Out of respect for others and for your own wellbeing, ALL students are asked to wear street clothes over their leotard to and from City Ballet.
BALLET SHOES MUST BE CARRIED AND NOT BE WORN OUTSIDE!
We have a special dance surface on our floor at City Ballet. Dirt and street oils put slippery build-up on this surface, making it dangerous for dancers in Pointe shoes. Students will not be permitted to wear their ballet shoes into class if they arrive wearing them.
Ballet & Pointe
In order for the faculty to offer the highest quality of injury free and anatomically correct instruction, the full anatomy must be seen; therefore no t-shirts, shorts, or sweat pants are permitted in any class. For your own safety and the safety of others, no jewelry other than pierced ear studs may be worn in class. Form-fitting leg warmers may be worn by Pointe students at the barre only.
Tasteful and appropriate costumes are ordered for each student for each dance in which they perform. Students in all levels of Pre-Ballet and Ballet will have one (1) dance. Students in all Pointe levels will have two (2) dances. Students enrolled in Modern will have a costume for their Modern dance as well. Costume payments are due on or before December 2nd. A late fee of $15.00 per costume will be added to payments received after December 2nd.
Students are measured between Thanksgiving and Winter break for their recital costume. We allow for growing room, yet want the costume to fit properly without bagging. Costumes must be ordered before the Winter/Christmas Holiday to ensure they are received and altered by the recital date. Costumes are altered, steamed, tacked and given to the students prior to the dress rehearsal. Students will not receive their costumes until all tuition and fees for the year are paid.
City Ballet’s students participate in an annual performance at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium on the SMU campus at the end of the year. Each class performs original choreography specifically set for that group of students. Therefore, students who miss their regular class during rehearsals will not receive instruction in their dance during another class. This year’s performance is scheduled for Sunday, May 5th. Students will learn their dances during regularly scheduled classes. Additional rehearsals will be held at City Ballet for ALL students performing: Saturday, April 13th and Saturday, April 27th .The Technical/Walk-on rehearsal on Thursday, May 2nd and Dress Rehearsal on Friday, May 3rd. will be held at McFarlin Auditorium. You will receive a recital packet during the second semester with more detailed information and your student’s scheduled rehearsal times.
Awards are presented during the Recital to students who have studied five (5) or more consecutive years at City Ballet. The awards are keepsakes that become reminders of their performances, hard work, and their commitment to their Ballet training.
In case of inclement weather, it will be the responsibility of the student to check their email or call City Ballet (214-368-5250). An email and recording will be available concerning closings.