INFORMATION & POLICIES
If a student decides to withdraw, please notify the Askew Ballet Academy in writing by the 26th of the last month of participation. Tuition will continue to accrue until notification is received. LEVEL PLACEMENT POLICYStudents will be placed into levels based on age, developmental level, and ability as determined by the director and faculty. Advancement will normally occur for the summer or fall terms, but could occur sooner or even be delayed based on the student’s classroom progress. Additionally, please note that some levels are designed for students to be in them for at least two years.
POINTE WORK PREREQUISITESStudents must be at least 11 years old. The ossification or bone formation of the feet is not sufficient before this age to withstand the strain imposed by standing or dancing on the toes. The student must have completed a minimum of two full years of ballet training, and must demonstrate correct posture and alignment when standing and moving. The student’s feet, ankles, and legs must be aligned and strong enough to support the dancer on pointe. SAFE ENVIRONMENT RULESDue to the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be limiting access to our facility for the safety of students and staff. Everyone who enters must wear a mask at all times on the premises. Classes are set on a staggered schedule as much as possible, to avoid too many students in common areas at one time. Students will be allowed entry 15 minutes prior to their class start time, and should be picked up promptly afterwards. All students should come into the school already dressed for class. Students age eight and under may be escorted into the building by a parent or caregiver, but once the student is in line for class, the parent/caregiver must exit. (Please make sure that your student has gone to the restroom recently, prior to their arrival, in order to minimize the need for them to do so during class time.) Social distancing will be practiced throughout the facility and in the classrooms. Common surfaces (barres, etc.) will be cleaned between classes, and the building will be cleaned daily.
HANDS-ON TEACHINGDue to the physical nature of dance, hands-on adjustment is used as a regular and important teaching tool. Touch cues guide dance students in understanding body placement and muscle usage. If parents or students are uncomfortable with this method of instruction, please inform the director prior to the first class. NOTE: Touch cues will be limited at this time due to social distancing protocols. CLASSROOM ETIQUETTE Dance is an art form that demands concentration and discipline. Students are expected to work within such a framework, and be attentive and respectful of the instructor and the other students while in class. Be prompt for class. Any student who arrives more than ten minutes after the class has started will be asked to observe that class. Be dressed properly for class. Students not adhering to the dress code, including hair and shoe requirements, will be asked to observe. No gum, food, or drink inside the classroom. Water bottles are acceptable. Use the restroom before entering class. Show respect for classroom equipment, including the barres, mirrors, sound equipment, and any props or costumes that may be in the area. The classroom is a learning environment. Questions are encouraged. Class disruption and excessive talking are discouraged.
PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIESDue to the uncertainties of the current Covid-19 pandemic, a traditional recital is on hold for the 2020-2021 school year. However, ballet is a performing art, so we will be continually working to include performance opportunities and ideas into our students' dance education.
VOLUNTEERSThe Ballet Academy will request help from parent volunteers for various projects and events. Please consider helping in an area of interest.