General Information
Academy Information & Policies

MISSION STATEMENT
      ...To enhance the lives of children and the community through the beauty and discipline of classical ballet
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Level Placement    (How to Enroll)

Students are placed in their appropriate level by age or after taking a placement class arranged by the instructors.  Determining factors include age, previous training, and natural ability.  (Pre-Ballet and Adult levels do not require a placement class.)

 

Tuition   (Tuition Table)

Tuition is payable in advance.  There are a variety of payment options available with discounts for pre-payment of multiple months or multiple  classes in the case of “drop-in” classes.  Additional fees are added to late payments and returned checks. 

 

Required Classes By Level

Each student is required to take a minimum number of classes per week depending on his or her level:

Pre-Ballet, Children’s  1 & 2...................1 class/wk

Academy Level 1.................................... 2 classes/wk

Academy Level 2.....................................3 classes/wk

Academy Level 3.................................... 4 classes/wk

Academy Level 4.....................................5 classes/wk with pointe

Academy Levels 5...................................5 classes/wk with pointe

Academy Levels 6 & 7.............................5 classes/wk with pointe

 

 

Attendance
Students are expected to maintain regular attendance in the minimum number of classes required for their particular level.  An exception would be an absence due to illness or other such acceptable reason, in which case the class may be made up in another class of the same level or lower level.  Classes missed due to holidays or illness may be made up any time during the following three months. Make-up classes may be scheduled in any month in which regular tuition is paid. Students are expected to arrive on time and ready for class.

 

Dress Code

    Girls/Ladies

  • Pink tights and shoes for all levels
  • Pink leotard  and hair pulled back for Pre-Ballet levels
  • Light blue leotard and hair in bun for Children’s Levels
  • Black leotard and hair in a “classical ballet bun” for Academy levels
  • No jewelry

    Boys/Gentlemen

  • Black tights, white socks and black or white shoes, white T-shirt

 

Evaluations

Students are formally evaluated each year to ensure correct level placement and to maximize each student’s potential.  Initial placement for the year reflects our presumption that the student will maintain continuous attendance and work ethic in his/her classes to progress with the rest of the class.  In the event that the faculty believes that a student would receive more suitable training in a different level, the student and parent(s) will be notified and the student will be eeligible to move to another level.  The curriculum for each level is mandatory.  Students whose schedule does not accommodate their level’s curriculum may enroll in a lower level.  Consistent attendance alone does not assure that a student will move through the academy syllabus with the rest of the class.  Each student must apply him or herself and exhibit consistent and dedicated work habits to progress.

 

 

Curriculum

The curriculum of the Long Beach Ballet Academy reflects the eclectic repertoire of a professional ballet company.   Weighted heavily toward training of classical ballet technique, the school also hosts an internationally recognized Summer Program where other forms of dance are introduced, including jazz, African dance, modern and character dance.

 

 

Ballet Technique

This is the foundation of all dance forms necessary for the linear and technical development of a dancer.  Twelve levels of technical training span a child’s first introduction to musical movement to and including the emergence of a professional dancer.


- Pre-Ballet and Children’s Division

For children from three years of age.  Includes six levels of training in preparation for the Academy Division.

 

- Academy Division

The Academy Division develops artistry, technique, stamina, and discipline.  Pointe work is introduced in Level 4.  Serious students are immersed in a professional atmosphere of high-level training in preparation for a professional career.

 

- Adult Division

For adults not pursuing a professional dance career, who nonetheless desire to begin or continue ballet training.

 

 

Special Programs

"U.S. Ballet Ambassadors to China" Summer Intensive

Each year students from across the country are selected to join the Long Beach Ballet on their annual five-week summer intensive that culminates with a two-week tour to China to train with the Guangzhou Ballet.

 

3-Week Summer Intensive

Each year students from across the country are selected to participate in a three-week summer intensive which culminates with a student performance. Acceptance by audition.

 

2-Week Jr. Summer Intensive

This program is designed for ballet students who have not yet begun training "en pointe", but who are serious about developing their dancing skills. Acceptance by evaluation.

Children's Dance Camp

A special annual summer program for younger students that features classes in ballet, character, jazz, folk dancing and hula, as well as arts and crafts, costuming, and stage make-up.  This two-week program culminates with a performance on stage.

 

 

Performing Opportunities

Performance opportunities are available to all students age four and up.  Each June, students perform in the
Annual School Performance
-- an elaborate two hour production featuring a full-scale story ballet presented at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. In December, the school produces David Wilcox’s internationally acclaimed production of The Nutcracker at the Terrrace Theater.  These performances are the culmination of countless hours in the classroom and is rewarding for students and family alike. 

 

 

The Company

Advanced level students are eligible for selection to join the Long Beach Ballet, an internationally recognized, non-profit,  pre-professional performing company.  This select group of talented and dedicated students gains experience and understanding of what a professional ballet career involves, providing a bridge between classroom training and a professional career.  Members work with an array of international talent, including choreographers, directors, and dancers.  Master Classes are regularly scheduled with the world's top dancers, teachers, directors and coaches.  The Long Beach Ballet is an Honor Company of Regional Dance America and has official ties to the National Ballet of China in Guangzhou.

 

 

RULES AND ETIQUETTE WHILE IN CLASS

  • Respectful posture and attitude must be maintained throughout the entire class.

  • Attention should be directed towards the instructor at all times.

  • Finish each exercise in the instructed stance and remain until the instructor gives permission to continue.

  • Learn exercises quickly so as to benefit the most from each exercise.

  • Pay attention to corrections given to other students and try to apply the corrections to yourself.

  • Pay attention to questions asked by other students as they probably pertain to you as well.

  • When another group is dancing, prepare yourself to begin dancing as the group before you is finishing.

  • In the center, when you finish your exercise, immediately move to the front of the room then straight to the side to allow the next group to start dancing without interruption.

  • If you are taking a makeup class in a level lower than your own, yield the center barres to the students of the assigned class. Stand in the back rows when dancing in the center.

  • If you are in a combination class with different levels, the higher level will stand on the center barres. After barre, the higher level students stand in the front of the room.

  • If you stand on a center barre, it is your responsibility to put it away at the end of barre.

  • Be quiet. Speak only if the teacher asks you a question or if what you say directly pertains to the class.

  • If you are injured or otherwise prevented from participating in the entire class, inform the instructor PRIOR to the start of class.

  • Thank the instructor after each class. Curtsy to the pianist after each class (if applicable).

  • Dress code should be adhered to at all times in each division. (See Dress Code)

  • Gum-chewing is not permitted while in class.

  • If you are sitting out the class due to illness or injury, sit in the front corner of the classroom and do not talk.

OTHER

  • Arrive early and be ready to start your class at its scheduled time. Arriving at the start-time of your class means you will be late

  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes after the start of the class, you will not be permitted to enter.

  • You may enter the studios only when the instructor is present or has permitted you to enter.

  • The equipment inside the studios is for the instructor’s use only. This includes stereo and all pilates equipment.

  • The dry-erase boards are for instructor use only.

  • Siblings will not be permitted to remain in the building unattended.

  • Keep your voice down. There is no running, playing, or yelling inside the building.

  • If a child needs adult supervision to use the restroom, a parent or guardian must stay in the lobby for the duration of the class.

  • Parents need to be on time to pickup their child after each class or rehearsal. If a faculty or staff member is required to stay more than 10 minutes after the conclusion of the class, the parent will be charged a $10 fine.

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