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Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Boston Ballet School's Classical Ballet Program 

Photo credit: Igor Burlak Photography

Please find the most frequently referenced information by Boston Ballet School families below. Should you have any questions regarding the information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617.456.6333 or school@bostonballet.org.

Classroom and Building Information

Arriving at the Studio
We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class to give you ample time to prepare. At the Boston and the North Shore studios, parents should drop off and pick up their child directly outside the classroom. At the Newton Studio, children should remain in the lobby and the instructor will collect them when it is time for class to begin. All facilities have waiting areas. We kindly ask that all students be picked up immediately following the end of class.

Parking
While Newton and the North Shore have adjacent parking lots, parking in Boston’s South End can be quite challenging. Unfortunately, there is no parking lot at Boston Ballet School on Clarendon Street. To help assist you, here are some suggestions for parking in the area:

  • Visitor Parking on local streets – please check the signs carefully.
  • Atelier 505 Parking Garage – located under the Calderwood Pavilion. Entrance on Warren Avenue, at the rear of the facility. 

As a courtesy to our neighbors, it is asked that families do not double park on Clarendon Street in front of the Boston Studio.

Locker Rooms
Locker rooms for both men and women are available at all studios. In both Boston and Newton, students are permitted to bring in locks for day use only. In the North Shore, locker rooms are shared with the adjacent YMCA; locks may be acquired through the YMCA staff. It is strongly encouraged that students do not leave valuables unattended.
 
Building Etiquette
With the goal of creating a safe, welcoming, and positive experience for all students, Boston Ballet School holds students, families, faculty, and staff to a high standard of personal decorum and expects individuals, at all times, to demonstrate respect for others, the facilities, and to promote an environment which is safe, positive, and welcoming of diversity.

Enrollment Information

Reporting Absences and Making up a Class
We understand that circumstances may arise that prevent students from attending class. In these instances, we kindly ask that the student’s absence be reported so that the faculty and administration may accurately track attendance. To report an absence, please leave a message on the Absence Hotline at 617.695.6950, ext: 440 (Boston); ext 441 (Newton); and ext. 443 (North Shore).
 
In order for your child’s absence to be eligible for a make-up class, it must be reported to the absence hotline. While absences may occur for any number of reasons, we are only able to offer make-up classes for those absences due to illness, family emergency, or religious holidays. If your child is injured and will miss a prolonged series of classes, we ask that you provide us with an applicable doctor’s note. Please note that tuition will not be adjusted for those weeks missed unless the student withdraws.

Elective Classes
Boston Ballet School offers a variety of optional classes in technique and subjects other than ballet. These elective classes are designed to enrich ballet training and help foster a well-rounded and versatile student. Elective classes for the school year may include character, modern, and stretch and strengthen; offerings vary by level and studio. Please note that elective classes are additional classroom hours and therefore carry an additional cost. 

Switching Classes
Your child may switch from one class section to another (i.e. from a Monday to a Thursday class) only if there is space still available in the new class. Please call the Office of Administration at 617.456.6333 to request a switch. Please note that a $20.00 Switch Fee will be charged to your account for each switch.

Waiting List
If, after submitting registration forms, you are notified the class you selected is full, you may request to be placed on the waiting list for that class. If a spot becomes available, you will be contacted. If you enroll in another section, or any other class, the waiting list option will not be available to you.

Withdrawals
Should you decide to leave the school, please contact the Office of Administration at 617.456.6333 as soon as possible. Once we hear from you, we will send you a Formal Withdrawal Request Form, which we ask be completed and signed in order to process an account adjustment if applicable, and complete the withdrawal process.

Financial Information

Boston Ballet is a non-profit organization committed to excellence and access on stage, in the studio and in the community. As part of our mission to provide access to the arts and a dance education, we provide financial aid to qualifying students. Financial aid funds are limited, and are awarded on a comprehensive need based scale. Families interested in applying should contact us at 617.456.6333 for further details.
Financial Aid is available for Classical Program and Pre-Professional Program students, and cannot be applied to Children's Program or Adult Program classes. 

Observe Your Child’s Progression

Parent Observation Weeks
During Parent Observation Weeks family and friends are invited into the classroom to observe students’ progress throughout the year. With the exception of the scheduled Parent Observation Weeks, we kindly ask that family members wait in the lobby until the student is finished with class. We believe the presence of “an audience” or multiple adults creates a distraction and takes attention away from the teacher’s instruction.

Spring Showcase
Students in the Classical Ballet Program are eligible to participate in Boston Ballet School’s year-end Spring Showcases. These unique performances are a celebration of our students’ hard work and accomplishments. They also provide a valuable opportunity for our students to share and showcase their progress with family, friends, and community members.

Special Benefits of Being Part of Boston Ballet

Attending Boston Ballet Performances
As a member of Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, students receive discounts to select company performances. Please contact the Box Office at 617.695.6955 for the most up-to-date student subscriptions and other special offers.

Participating in Company Productions
As one of the exclusive benefits of being a student at Boston Ballet School, students in our Classical Ballet and Pre-Professional Programs are invited to audition for Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Informational materials related to The Nutcracker will be mailed to eligible students in early September. 

Student Resources 
Boston Ballet School is committed to nurturing the whole student. Faculty and staff partner with parents and health care providers to educate and develop healthy habits in students. Visit our health and wellness resources page for more information. 

Classes Plus Program

The Classes Plus Program is an opportunity for students to refine their ballet technique by attending additional classes at no extra charge. Classical Ballet Program students in Intermediate 1 or higher and all Pre-Professional students are eligible to take extra classes within their current program, at a lower level and at their regular studio. Students need to schedule Classes Plus with a Studio Administrator in order to confirm that space is available in the class and arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class to receive a slip in order to enter class.

Contact Us

School Closing Hotline
Closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies are listed both on our Class Cancellation Hotline as well as our website, www.bostonballet.org/school. To access the Class Cancellation Hotline, please call 617.695.6950, ext. 567 for the most up-to-date information.

Get To Know Your Studio
We communicate important school information and updates to our parents primarily via email so please make sure we have your email address. This will enable you to receive communications such as BBS Connections, the school’s newsletter.  Boston Ballet’s website is updated frequently and is a great resource for parents.
 
Studio Administrators are at the front desk of each location when classes are running. Should you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to a Studio Administrator and s/he will be happy to assist. You may also feel free to contact us at 617.456.6333 or school@bostonballet.org.

 

We celebrate diversity while fostering a team spirit.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director
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