Why do you have a class dress code?

The dress code is in place for every class, and each level has a different color. It is a valuable part of the students' professional development, learning comradery, and being part of a team. It also helps motivate the student, giving them something to look forward to as well as work towards as they move to a new level.

What are the performance opportunities for the students of the Conservatory?

Pre COVID -19 our performance schedule Company -Nutcracker upon audition for children's roles/invitation only for learning Company roles, but no guarantee of performing these parts - all parts are auditioned and based on height and costume requirements. -Additional Company performances based on performance season (Performances require rehearsals outside of class time which generally always take place on Saturdays and/or Sundays. No special classes or privates are required). Rehearsals depend on the season and the performance. The more involved a student is the more commitment is necessary. Conservatory -Student Choreographic Project March) , Conservatory in Concert (Spring), Annual Summer Program Performance

Is there a ticket quota, performance or costume fee?

No, we do not have a ticket quota. There is a nominal performance fee for the end of year Conservatory Concert, to help pay the production expenses. During “The Nutcracker “or any other large scale ballet production, parents are asked to volunteer in any capacity they feel comfortable. Volunteers act as chaperones, help with lobby sales, mailing, donate time or financial support. If parents cannot volunteer there is an opt out fee.

Are there any other opportunities?

A student who wishes to participate/compete in Spotlight or YAGP, would need private coaching. Coaching fees are set by the faculty member that the student chooses to work with. Fees are generally $75 - $100 per hour, plus a studio rental fee or $30.

How and when are students’ promoted? What are the qualifications for promotion?

Requirements differ based on age, body alignment and strength as well as regular and dedicated class attendance. Students are reviewed annually. Students develop at different rates and at different times based on the individual body type and genetic structure. While every student is looked at individually, faculty also look at the class the student will be moving into. It is important that the student is able to meet the expectations of the class as they move up. Faculty will assess the student in all areas to be sure that the appropriate technical and artistic skills are well defined.

When are girls put on pointe?

In general, anywhere from 11 to 13 years of age. However, it is also based on the individual, physical strength, proper alignment and specifically core and ankle strength. A student must be secure and able to balance on half pointe while standing in passé on one leg, in order to be ready to be assessed for pointe work. It never hurts a young dancer to wait a bit longer before going on pointe in order to have the proper amount of strength to support the body including completely stretched knees and the control to lift out of the legs, not “buckling” or “sitting” in pointe shoes. Once the body is ready, steady progress can be made.