School Handbook

Absences: Email to inform BCB of absences.

Announcements: All school announcements and news will be posted in the BCB News on the homepage.

Attendance: A class may be shortened or cancelled if only one or two students arrive for class.

Ballet Supplies: BCB requires a uniform, supplies to put hair up securely, and all necessary shoes, flat or pointe. For the students safety, pointe shoes must always be fully sewn and workable (hard) for class and rehearsal. Students without proper and working equipment may not participate.

BCB Responsibility: The studio will open 1/2 hour before classes begin. BCB is responsible for students for 10 minutes before and after class. Charges may be made to parents who leave their child at BCB. Students must have a note from a parent to be excused from the premises when in BCBs care. BCB is not responsible for students who leave the premises without permission for any reason.

Cell Phones: Cell phones are not allowed in the classroom or rehearsals.

Class Size: BCB reserves the right to cancel or merge classes as necessary. Most classes maximum per class is 10.

Commitment: Once registered, BCB expects students to be committed to their classes and to keep their rehearsal agreements even if they conflict with other activities.

Conduct: Students at BCB are expected to conduct themselves in a disciplined, respectful and courteous manner. The school reserves the right to suspend or withdraw service from any student and family whose attitude, attendance or conduct is found to be unsatisfactory.

Disciplinary Action: If a students conduct is disruptive or disrespectful, the student will be asked to sit out of class. If this occurs two times, the parents will be contacted and further disciplinary action will be determined.

Entrance: Entrance into the Pre-Professional program is decided on by the Artistic Director beginning with Ballet 1. New students must audition.

Evaluations: are available upon request.

Faculty: Particular faculty members are not guaranteed for specific classes. No refunds will be given for a change in faculty.

Illness: Students are encouraged to attend and to observe class. Refunds are not given for loss of classes due to illness. Parents must email if a student sits out due to illness or injury for each class missed. Missing classes may lead to changes in class level and/or casting.

Information: Please direct all questions to the BCB office by emailing info@berkeleycityballet.org.

Injuries: Contact BCB for recommendations of dance medicine specialists. BCB works in collaboration with several doctors and physical therapists for treatment plans and modifications to training.

Late Arrivals: For the safety of the dancer, students arriving out of uniform or more than 10 minutes late will be asked to observe rather than participate in class.

Make-Up Classes: There are no make-up classes or refunds for missed classes for Pre-Professional classes. All other students can make-up in a class of the same level/age. Please email BCB for make-up classes inquiries.

Nits/Lice: BCB has a no nit policy. Students with either may not continue with classes until treated. BCB recommends Love Bugs (lovebugslice.com). Love Bugs offers free evaluations. BCB requires certification from Love Bugs that the student is nit free to continue with classes.

Observance of Classes: All classes and rehearsals are closed to observation. Visiting Days are scheduled for Dance Center students (see Calendar). Pre-Ballet 3 and Ballet Basics have an option to perform in the Pre-Professional Program Spring Concert.

Parking: There is no parking at BCB. Parking is available on adjacent streets. The parking lot is for employees of the building only.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off: BCB has limited space and parents are requested to drop-off and pick-up students. Parents are encouraged not to sit in the lobby during classes and will be called if necessary.

Pre-Professional Dates to Remember: Please refer to the Calendar for three annual events: Nutcracker, Spring Concert, Summer Workshop. These events are part of the training curriculum.

Pre-Professional Summer Workshop (see Calendar): is an encouraged, but optional, intensive program. This workshop gives the student 150 more hours of experience in dance and dance related classes. Entrance by audition only.

Pre-Professional Ballet: Pre-Professional students may not take classes or private lessons at other schools while enrolled at BCB to maintain consistency in their training. Private teaching and coaching is available on request (with an additional fee).

Promotions/Class Placement: Students are placed in classes according to age. Students stay in a level for at least a year and are promoted if the necessary skills in ballet technique have been accomplished. Some students may be asked to repeat a year if they have not accomplished the technique necessary for advancement.

Pre-Professional Promotions/ Placements/Casting: are decided on by the Artistic Director based on technical progress, physical capabilities, self-discipline, self-expression, consistency of attendance, commitment, and professional potential. These decisions, which are non-negotiable, are taken seriously and are based on the proper development and safety of the dancer.

School Store: Uniforms are required at BCB. The school store sells tights, hairpins, hair nets, therabands, granola bars, water and juice. In addition, for Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics students, BCB sells an Attire Package of leotard, tights, and shoes. Items also sold separately. Pick up purchases at the BCB office from 3:30pm-6:15pm. For more information see Attire.

Security: Is important to BCB. Only registered students and their families are allowed on BCB property. Please notify BCB of any strangers who enter the premises. All doors, and the front gate (on occasion), are locked during classes. Please knock to enter.

Wait-List: If a class is closed a wait-list will be offered as an option. If a class does not appear in the selections, it means that it is full.