Founded with a dedication to excellence and diversity, Berkeley Ballet Theater’s mission is to provide professional-level ballet training to dancers of any age, race, gender, or socio-economic class, with the goal of breaking down the narrow, homogeneous aesthetic traditional to ballet.
BBT’s Tuition Assistance program is part of this mission and is designed to provide ongoing support to our families in need of assistance for their student to continue study in ballet or to provide elevated, single-time assistance to families whose financial circumstances have unexpectedly shifted.
Students in the Children’s Division are eligible to apply for Tuition Assistance. Awards are determined based on a family’s level of need as outlined in Federal Poverty Level guidelines and could provide support in the following categories:
• Students in Levels 1-4 are eligible for 25% assistance for tuition, summer workshops, and performance fees.
• Students in Levels 5-8 are eligible for up to 50% assistance for tuition, summer workshops, Youth Company, and performance fees.
• Applying families must enroll for the school year and make one tuition payment from the available payment plans BBT provides.
• Families with students in any level in the Children’s Division who are experiencing unexpected, and short-term financial challenges are eligible for up to 60% support for tuition and fees. Families who are granted this additional support will not be eligible to receive it for consecutive years.
Families interested in applying for Tuition Assistance should fill out the application form and provide a copy of the family’s most recent 1040 tax return. Completed applications, including supporting documents, need to be returned to the BBT Office. Families who receive assistance will be notified following receipt of their application. Please feel free to contact Executive Director Ali Taylor Lange with any questions you have at 510.843.4687 x113 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.