Frequently Asked Questions

Boston Ballet School’s Adult Dance Program

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What should I wear?
The only traditional ballet attire we require of our adult students is ballet slippers. Otherwise, students wear what is easy to move in and makes them most at ease. For some, this is the traditional leotard and tights; for others, this is closer to typical work-out clothing – sweats, leggings, t-shirts. Whatever you choose to wear, we ask that it be form-fitted, stretchy, allow for freedom of movement and be comfortable. Ballet slippers may be purchased from LOCAL RETAILERS. Longer hair should be pulled back away from the face and dangling jewelry is discouraged.

When should I arrive to class?
We strongly encourage arriving and checking in with a Studio Administrator at the front desk at least 15 minutes before class begins. By checking in, students are attesting that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to anyone who has had COVID-19 in the past fourteen days.

What are the COVID-19 protocols for adult classes?
Proof of vaccination is required of all adult students who wish to attend class or a workshop. As of Monday, March 7, masks are now optional in the Newton Studio only but are still required for all individuals in the Boston Studio. Students are also required to stay socially distanced of three feet while in the building.

Are there locker rooms available to students?
Yes, Boston Ballet School studios have changing facilities available for student use. Students are encouraged to bring locks to secure their items while they are in class. Students must remove locks at the end of each day.

How do I know if the school is closed due to inclement weather or other reasons?
Closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies are listed on our Class Cancellation Hotline. When the weather turns bad, we assess cancelling classes throughout the day. If we determine that classes will be cancelled, it will be listed on the hotline. To access the Class Cancellation Hotline, please call 617-456-6311 for the most up-to-date information. If you have an online account and reserved your spot for class online, you will receive an email confirming if class has been cancelled and the class credit will be applied to your account.

What is the best way for me to get information about Boston Ballet School?
We communicate important School information and updates to our students primarily via email–so please make sure we have your email address. This enables 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 students. Also, your Studio Administrators at the front desk are there to help. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask them for assistance.

Where do I find faculty information?
To learn more about our faculty, please visit the FACULTY PAGE.


What are Open Adult Classes?
Boston Ballet School’s OPEN ADULT CLASSES allow for a flexible course of study for students ages 16 and older. Three levels of classes are offered at Boston and Newton, please sign up and pay ONLINE.

Where can I find the schedule?
You can see what classes are running on specific days by referencing the Open Adult CLASS SCHEDULE.

What is a class card?
You may choose to purchase a 10-class card for $200 ($50 savings) to allocate toward open adult classes. This card is non-refundable, nontransferable, and expires one year from purchase date.

Do I need to register online?
We strongly encourage advanced ONLINE REGISTRATION to secure a spot in class. Our class sizes are limited, and walk-ins will be accommodated as possible. All students must have an online account before attending class for the first time. If you need assistance with this process, please contact a Studio Administrator at 617.456.6333 or see them at the front desk.

Why do I need an online account?
Your online account enables you to purchase, view, and cancel classes. Upon creating an account, you will sign our liability waiver.

How do I know what level to take?
Descriptions of each level are found on the Open Adult CLASS PAGE. We recommend starting in a lower level and assessing from there.

What is the cancellation policy?
You may choose to cancel an open class reservation at any time within your online account. If you cancel an open class reservation that you have paid for with a class card before the one hour mark (i.e. class is at 7 PM and you cancel any time before 6 PM that day), you will receive a class credit to be used within 1 year of the purchase date of the class card. If you cancel an open class reservation that you have paid for at the drop-in rate before the one hour mark (i.e. class is at 7 PM and you cancel any time before 6 PM that day), you will receive a class credit to be used within 3 months of the purchase date of the class reservation. If you cancel an open class reservation after the one hour mark (i.e. class is at 7 PM and you cancel any time after 6 PM that day), you will not receive a class credit.


What are Workshops?
WORKSHOPS are registered courses designed for students to develop their understanding of dance.

What if I choose to withdraw from a class?
Please call a Studio Administrator at 617.456.6333 if you wish to withdraw from a workshop. If you withdraw prior to the first class, you will receive a full refund. If you withdraw prior to the second class, you will receive a full credit on your account for a future Boston Ballet School class. Tuition is non-refundable after the second class with the exception of medical injuries. A doctor’s note must be provided to ensure a refund.

Adult Dance Program Workshop Make-Up Policy
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 or schedule a make up class please email Make-up classes may be completed within 30 days of the absence in a workshop at our Boston or Newton locations that is the same or lower level.