frequently asked questions
Our tuition is based on the 9-9.5 months of instruction, of
which there are some months with 4 weeks, and some with 5
At CB, we take care that students are prepared for each class they wish to participate in. For safety and proper technical ability and success, some classes have prerequisites to ensure the student is properly prepared.
At CB, there is a progression of ability that each student
must follow for success. It may be that your child may need to
start out in a lower level and/or seek out private instruction to
work up to the level of his/her age group. CB wants success for
proper progression for each and every student. CB is always
happy to discuss a plan to achieve a student’s personal goals.
At CB, first and foremost, we are committed to honoring the
Art of Classical Ballet, its traditions and reasons for structure.
Having a “uniform” is a part of that culture and etiquette of
traditional classical ballet training, the discipline, and the aesthetic
of the training process. This tradition has given students a sense
of pride and belonging, as well as responsibility and accountability. At CB, we do our best to choose comfortable and
practical uniforms for each class.
CB presents a studio wide Winter Concert in January (Collaborative Arts Concert), and a studio wide Spring Concert
(Story Ballet) in May. There are additional opportunity for smaller
community presentations that are volunteer based (Educational
In all performing Arts, the students are portraying a role or
character, not themselves. One way the performing Arts achieves
that is through costumes, make up and props/sets. Also, when on
stage performing, stage lighting washes out facial features of
dancers if those features are not enhanced, therefore expressions of dancers are difficult to see from the audience.
Part of the training process requires the instructor’s ability to
see the student’s physique in the close-fitting uniform that is
necessary for training. It allows the instructor to guide and correct
alignment/movement. If your child needs an outer layer for
warmth, there are specific warmups that may be purchased to be
worn in class. Please reach out to Ms. Ware for information.
Centre Ballet Policies
Parents/Guardians please become familiar with all studio policies
Upon registration, August, and September tuition as well as the registration fee is due. Once a child is registered, tuition will be charged to accounts monthly, unless we receive a formal withdrawal notice prior to withdrawal from classes (30-day withdrawal notice required).
There is a set uniform in all classes. Students are required follow attire policy for all dance classes. If a student comes to class without proper class attire, they may be asked to sit out of class.
Extra clothing/junk should not be worn during class . . .only class attire. If a student needs an extra layer for warmth, you may purchase special dance sweaters.
Please DO NOT purchase ballet shoes or tap shoes from Walmart, Target, or Payless Shoes. (Bloch, Capezio, Sansha, or approved brands only).
Discover Dance Class
Dance with Me Adult/child class (walkers-3):
Comfortable clothing, barefoot Discover Dance (3-5): Comfortable clothing (if pink tights, they should be footless), barefoot or stringless ballet shoes (from Centre Ballet).
Ballet: Primary 1, 2, 3
Class color leotard(s), pink transitional tights, pink leather ballet shoes.
Solid colored leotard, pink footless or transitional tights and ballet shoes.
Comfortable, breathable attire, pink ballet shoes. Hair pulled back or secured back out of face.
Class color leotard(s), pink transitional tights, pink leather or canvas ballet shoes.
Solid colored leotard, black jazz pants, black jazz shoes.
Solid colored leotard, black footless tights (worn on outside of leotard), and barefoot or Apollo socks. (see link above).
Solid colored leotard, black footless tights (worn on outside of leo), black tap shoes.
Dark colored shorts knee length or above, and white t-shirt and socks, black ballet shoes.
All students must also follow guidelines for proper hair for class. Neat and clean ballet buns are required for all students for ballet classes. Hair in ponytail/braid is fine for Jazz/Contemporary/Tap. Short hair styles can be secured back with a headband to keep hair out of face. Older students are encouraged to learn how to do their own hair and come prepared with all necessary items for securing their hair in a bun.
Class Attendance/Class Make Ups
Class attendance is quite important for consistent progression of training, and to continue to progress to the next level in the curriculum. Students with excessive absences will have to be re-evaluated for class placement. Absences can be made up in another class suggested by Mrs. Ware. Please let your instructor know if, and when, you must be absent so we can make note of that absence ahead of time. Classes due to inclement weather will not be made up per class, but students are welcome to attend and extra class, suggested by Mrs. Ware, to make those up. We ask that you make up your absences within 30 days to get class attendance credit. Make sure to let the instructor know when you are attending a class for make ups.
We highly discourage absences 2 weeks prior to performances, and do not permit absences the week of performance. It makes it very difficult on your child, class students, and instructors. We are a family/team that works together to be accountable.
Students must take a minimum of 3 technique classes per week to dance en pointe
Please be in class on time, as it is one of the many respected rules of etiquette for classical dance training. It is strongly enforced for injury prevention, respect to the instructor and students, and it avoids interruption of classes in progress. If your child is late, he or she may be asked to sit and watch.
Please have your child go to the bathroom before class as it helps to cut down on class disruptions.
We ask that parents/guardians stay on site during your child's class for ages 5 and under, or if you have a child that needs assistance in the bathroom.
Most of our communication is through email, and there are constant information updates on Facebook (Centre Ballet) and at www.centreballetnc.com, so please take a look at those regularly! Please make sure we have an updated email address for you on file. If you would like to meet with us or if you have questions, please do call or email us, as we are always happy to speak with you! Instructors have very limited time between classes, so we will not be able to take time away from important class instruction to discuss issues. Please make sure to “Like” Centre Ballet on Facebook and Instagram!
We kindly ask that you help us to keep our studio looking presentable. We have lots of trash cans around the studio if you would help us to keep trash, etc. picked up. We do not allow food or drinks inside the actual dance studio. Older students with longer classes and rehearsals may bring a water bottle into the studio area with them. Please keep food and drinks in the waiting area only.
Please NO STREET SHOES inside the dance studio area.
There will be a lost and found for items left at the studio.
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