School Policies

Berkeley Ballet Theater brings the joy of dance—with all its physical, mental, and aesthetic benefits— to students of all ages. Whatever a student’s goal, we believe it is best achieved in a disciplined, positive, and loving environment. Because performance is a valuable part of a dancer’s education, we provide all of our students the opportunity to perform in stage productions.

REGISTRATION

Registration is open to new students three times a year:

Fall Semester registration dates: July – September
Spring Semester registration dates: December – January
Summer Session Registration dates: April – July

New students are placed according to their registration information. Shortly after a new student is registered, the Associate Artistic Director will be in contact to discuss a child’s experience and maturity to determine if the selected level is appropriate. The careful placement of each student is taken very seriously and is very important to the proper development and safety of the student. Furthermore, the Artistic Directors make any necessary adjustments during the first two weeks of classes. Placement is non-negotiable. Students spend one to three years in each level and are considered for promotion throughout the year.

Continuing students are placed according to their teacher evaluations from the previous school year. Placement is emailed to families upon completion of the school year.

PERFORMANCE

We encourage all students to perform. There are currently two productions a year for students in levels 1 through 8: The Nutcracker  and The Spring Showcase, each running for one weekend. If students decide to participate in The Nutcracker and/or our Spring Showcase, they must commit to outlined rehearsal schedules as detailed in the permission slip and casting information. Registration is required to participate in the productions as well as a performance fee and ticket voucher purchase.

MANDATORY VOLUNTEERING

In order to keep productions affordable, parent participation in performance production is essential. Upon registration for a production, each family will be asked to select a preferred volunteer opportunities. These preferences will be taken into consideration as volunteer roles are assigned. Parents who are unable to volunteer may pay an opt out fee.

GENERAL POLICIES

PUNCTUALITY

Punctuality is an important part of the etiquette and discipline of dance. Students must arrive for class on time. Essential exercises that warm the muscles and prepare the body are done at the beginning of class. Any student arriving late should wait inside the studio door until invited by the instructor to join the class. Students arriving more than ten minutes late may be asked to observe the class.

MAKE-UP CLASSES

Students are encouraged to make up any missed classes. Classes may be made up in an equal or lower-level class during the current school year, within 30 days of the missed class. Make-up forms are available outside the BBT office. The student or parent should complete the make-up form, present it to the instructor at the beginning of class, and return it signed to the BBT office or place in the gold slot in the Teacher’s Lounge.

Participants of Twinkle Toes and We Dance Together must submit their request for a make-up class to the Associate Artistic Director, who will determine the family’s make-up options.

CLASS VISITS

Parent Observation classes are open to family members of dancers on specified dates. Please refer to the school calendar for the Parent Observation schedule.

GROOMING

Proper grooming is part of the ballet etiquette and discipline. Girls must have their hair secured neatly in a bun. Hair that is too short to be worn in a bun must be pulled back with a headband and secured off the face and neck. Students are expected to provide their own hair supplies (hairpins, bobby pins, elastic bands, hairnets). Jewelry of any kind is not to be worn in class.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Pre-Ballet and Primary Girls: ‘Ballet Pink’ tights (Bloch #921G), Pink leather ballet shoes, Pink cap-sleeve leotard (Motionwear Style #2103, Color #140)

Pre-Ballet and Primary Boys: White t-shirt, White socks, White leather ballet shoes, Black  fitted shorts (Motionwear Style #7105, Color #555)

Level 1 Girls: Classic Pink tights (Bloch #921G), Pink leather ballet shoes, Mint Cap-sleeve scoop-neck Leotard (Motionwear Style #2149, Color #466)

Level 1 Boys:  White t-shirt, White socks, White leather ballet shoes, Black fitted shorts (Motionwear Style #7105, Color #555)

Level 2 Girls: Classic Pink tights (Bloch #921G), Pink leather ballet shoes, Iris Cap-sleeve scoop-neck Leotard (Motionwear Style #2149, Color #498)

Level 2 Boys: White t-shirt, White socks, White leather ballet shoes, Black fitted shorts (Motionwear Style #7105, Color #555)

Level 3 Girls:  Classic Pink tights (Bloch #921G or Capezio #1916), Pink leather ballet shoes, Teal Camisole Leotard (Motionwear Style #2643, Color #469)

Level 3 Boys:  White t-shirt, Black leather ballet shoes, Black footed tights (Body Wrappers Style #B90)

Level 4 Girls: Classic Pink tights (Bloch #921G or Capezio #1916), Pink leather ballet shoes, Concord Blue Camisole Leotard (Motionwear Style #2643, Color #417)

Level 4 Boys: White t-shirt, Black leather ballet shoes, Black footed tights (Body Wrappers Style #B90)

Level 5 Girls: Classic Pink tights (Bloch #921G or Capezio #1916), Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes, Raspberry Camisole Leotard (Motionwear Style #2521, Color #482)

Level 5 Boys: White t-shirt, Black leather or canvas ballet shoes, Black footed tights (Body Wrappers Style #B90)

Level 6 Girls: Classic Pink tights (Bloch #921G or Capezio #1916), Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes, Maroon Camisole Leotard (Motionwear Style #2521, Color #490)

Level 6 Boys: White t-shirt, Black leather or canvas ballet shoes, Black footed tights (Body Wrappers Style #B90)

Level 7 Girls: Classic Pink tights (Capezio #1916), Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes, Perfect Plum Camisole Leotard (Motionwear Style #2521, Color #470). Black skirts may be worn for Pointe class.

Level 7 Boys: White t-shirt, dance belt, Black leather or canvas ballet shoes, Black footed tights (Body Wrappers Style #B90)

Level 8 Girls: Classic Pink tights (Capezio #1916), Pink leather or canvas ballet shoes, Black Long-sleeve Leotard (Wear Moi, Style – Saba). Black skirts may be worn for Pointe and Variations classes.

Level 8 Boys: White t-shirt, dance belt, Black leather or canvas ballet shoes, Black footed tights (Body Wrappers Style #B90)

DRESS CODE

Students may use their old uniform as an alternate. Black leotards may not be used as alternates. Tights must be worn under the leotard, over the feet and in the shoes for class.  Students must always arrive and leave classes in street clothes and shoes.

DANCER PICK-UP

Students must be picked up from within the building by parents/guardians, unless written notice is given to the office. Drivers may not double park in the neighbors’ driveways. Parking in the Julia Morgan Center parking lot is not permitted at any time.

PARENT-STUDENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

As part of our commitment to creating and maintaining an environment that carefully supports the growth of our students, conferences are available by appointment throughout the year.

ADDITIONAL POLICIES

There are occasional updates to BBT’s policies. You will be notified of any changes. Please feel free to contact the BBT office with questions or concerns at any time: info@berkeleyballet.org, (510) 843-4687.

PAYMENTS

TUITION

Tuition differs per level based on the frequency of attendance. If you wish to pay by cash or check, you must remit your payment to the office no later than two weeks before the first day of class.

BBT offers three payment plan options for Fall start tuition:

Annual Payment Plan: 1 Payment due September 6
Semester Payment Plan: 2 Payments due September 6 and January 6 (5% fee added)
Trimester Payment Plan: 3 Payments due September 6, January 6, and March 10 (10% fee added)

The credit card on file will be charged on the due date, unless other payment has been provided or other arrangements have been made.

BBT offers two options for Spring start tuition payments:

Full Payment Plan: 1 Payment due January 6
Half Payment Plan: 1 Payment due April 7 (5% fee added)

Click here to view 2016-2017 Children’s & Youth Division Tuition Plans

Tuition Assistance is awarded to a limited number of families in the Children’s Division based upon need. Click here to download the 2016-2017 application.

EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT

An early registration discount is offered for Fall and Summer Session registration.

SIBLING DISCOUNT

Families with two or more children enrolled at BBT are entitled to a 10% discount off the lowest level tuition.

LATE PAYMENTS

As a non-profit organization, BBT relies on timely payments from its families. However, we understand that unforeseen circumstances can arise that might put a strain on a family’s finances. If you are unable to make a payment, we urge you to contact the office to arrange a payment plan.

Families with  outstanding balances will not be allowed to register for additional sessions until accounts have been cleared, or payment arrangements have been agreed upon by the BBT office.

PERFORMANCE FEES

Students who choose to participate in any of the productions must pay the required performance fee for each production. The fee will be applied to the family account upon registration in a production. A sibling discount will apply to accounts with two or more children participating in the same production.

Some students may elect to participate in an optional performance workshop, which provides additional performance opportunities. An additional registration fee applies to all performance workshop enrollment.

TICKETS

Each family with a child participating in a production is required to purchase a ticket voucher for a number of discounted tickets. Families with two or more children performing in the same production are only required to purchase one ticket voucher. Vouchers can be redeemed online through the box office.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY

In the event a child finds that BBT classes are not for him or her, a withdrawal refund is available either as credit towards alternate tuition or a refund consistent with initial payment method. To receive a tuition refund, withdrawal must be submitted in writing. Families will be refunded the value of the remaining classes less a $25 processing fee.

FUNDRAISING

As a non-profit organization, BBT depends upon fundraising to bridge the gap between income from tuition and ticket sales and organization expenses. We ask that families participate in various fundraising activities throughout the year.

BOYS’ FELLOWSHIP

Boys interested in participating in the BBT Fellowship program must meet with BBT Artistic staff and sign a Fellowship Agreement by September 30 for the full academic year or January 31 for second semester. There are no exceptions for late enrollees.