School Policies

Welcome to the Brooklyn Ballet family. As a small non-profit, Brooklyn Ballet relies on the support of people like you to keep our vital programs running.

Brooklyn Ballet has a small-shared office and waiting area. We’d appreciate your help in keeping it clean and organized.  

STUDIO POLICIES

We have four expectations of students and visitors in our waiting area and studio:

  • Keep your voices low
  • Keep audible electronic devices home or use headphones in the studio
  • Refrain from sitting at the Brooklyn Ballet workstations or using office computers
  • Respect the property of the studio

Brooklyn Ballet does not assume responsibility for students before or after their assigned class time.  Parents are responsible for their children while in the waiting area. We do not have the resources to oversee or clean up after unattended children. Students should be picked up promptly after class. Please call to alert us if you will be late.

SCHOOL POLICIES

Level Placement

Students are initially placed in a class based on their age, prior dance experience, teacher observation or during placement auditions. Brooklyn Ballet’s class levels do not necessarily match other dance schools in the area. As children progress physically at different rates, it is not uncommon to have children of different ages in different levels. This is especially true for those who dance more frequently. It is not uncommon for a student to remain in a level for more than one year. After one month of observing the student, this placement may be adjusted. Brooklyn Ballet staff and faculty welcome discussion with parents/guardians regarding a student’s placement and progress. Faculty and Brooklyn Ballet staff will evaluate students at the close of each school year. Advancement in levels will be the decision of the faculty and staff, based upon the dancer’s ability to be successful in the next class level.

Attendance

  • Regular attendance is necessary to maintain progress.
  • Parents and students should notify the teacher of any foreseen absences.
  • If excessive absences occur, students may not be allowed to perform in the Student Showcase.  

Tardiness

  • Students will not be allowed to take class if more than 10 minutes late.
  • If arrival is within 10 minutes of the start of class, please wait at the entrance to the studio until the teacher gives permission to enter.
  • Students in Elementary Ballet or higher should observe class if more than 10 minutes late.
  • All students should arrive early and be ready by the start of class.

Mandatory Dress Code

  • Long hair must be pulled back into a bun, braided or ponytail.  Short hair should be pinned up away from face.   
  • No jewelry.
  • Name should be written on shoes and tags of all dancewear.
  • Lost and Found located in the lobby. Please ask administration for assistance. 
  • Students are required to wear cover-ups or pedestrian clothes over dancewear and street shoes when entering and exiting the building.  
  • All students must be in full dress code for all classes.  Please see class requirements below.  

Mandatory Dress Code

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  • Long hair must be pulled back in a ponytail, braided or pinned up in a bun. Short hair should be pinned up away from face.   
  • No jewelry. 
  • Name should be written on shoes and tags of all dancewear.   
  • Students are required to wear cover-ups or pedestrian clothes over dancewear and street shoes when entering and exiting the building.
  • All students must be in full dress code for all classes. Please see class requirements below.  

Brooklyn Ballet Dress Code Requirements: Girls

Pre-Ballet I & II: pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, short pink skirt optional, no tutus
Elementary Ballet I & II: light blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, no skirts
Ballet I: lavender leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, no skirts
Ballet II: royal blue leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, no skirts
Ballet III & IV: black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, skirts at teacher’s discretion
Jazz: solid color leotard, tights or leggings, black jazz shoes
Modern: solid color leotard, tights or leggings, bare feet

Brooklyn Ballet Dress Code Requirements: Boys

Ballet: white half sleeve shirt, black tights/leggings, white socks, black ballet slippers
Jazz: any form-fitting clothing, black jazz shoes or black ballet slippers
Modern: any form-fitting clothing, bare feet

Make-up Classes

  • Make-up classes are allowed only in case of illness. 
  • Schedule a make-up class by calling the Brooklyn Ballet office at (718) 246-0146.
  • Only three make-ups per semester are allowed.
  • A student may make up a class by attending any lower or equal level class. Please see the class schedule.
  • No make-up classes during parent observation weeks or March 15 until after Student Showcases for elementary level and higher.
  • In the event of inclement weather or an emergency, a class could be cancelled and rescheduled at the discretion of the Brooklyn Ballet. Please call the studio or check our website for any updates.

Waiting Room

  • Parents and siblings are welcome to sit in the waiting room during class.
  • Remember to always be quiet while class is in progress. Dance students are learning!
  • Food and drink are allowed in the lobby, but must be disposed of in the trashcans. No food in the studio.
  • Please place bags, coats, strollers, etc. out of walkway by main entrance.
  • Brooklyn Ballet is not responsible for anything lost or stolen.  
  • Parents and siblings are not allowed in the studio area unless approved by the teacher. Please see the calendar for observation and showcase dates.

Restroom Policy – Students are not permitted to go to the restroom alone.

  • All students should use the restroom before class. Bathroom breaks during class are for emergency situations only.
  • Students 10 years old and under will be accompanied to the restroom in the hall by an adult. 
  • Students 11 years old and up will use the “buddy system.”
  • All Pre-Ballet students must be potty trained before entering the program.

Registration/Tuition

Brooklyn Ballet has two semesters: (September–January & February–June). Tuition must be paid in full, on or before the first day of class. A registration form must be filled out and signed by a parent/guardian for each student. There are two ways to register:

  1. Register the student and pay online. You will receive an email confirming your registration and payment.
  2. Pick up a registration form at Brooklyn Ballet and pay in person. Please make all checks payable to Brooklyn Ballet.             

Registration Fee: An annual $20 fee is included in the registration for processing.

Late Fee/Returned Checks: A late fee of $15 will be added to your tuition after two weeks from the start date of the semester. If there are special circumstances, please call the Brooklyn Ballet office directly.  All returned checks are assessed a $50 fee.

Brooklyn Ballet does not administer refunds. In extreme circumstances, if a student has missed 6 or more classes, an allowance can be transferred over to the next semester.

Brooklyn Ballet reserves the right to photograph and video all classes and showcases for promotional purposes. If you do not want your child photographed or recorded, please submit a request to administration in writing.

Last Updated 10/17/14