STUDENT HANDBOOK

Class Programs & Descriptions

New Orleans School of Ballet follows a specific graded curriculum, divided by age.  Each level is designed to be sensitive to the developmental needs of the age group. Our curriculum combines elements from the classic French, Italian, Russian, and American schools of training. We offer quality training to students who wish to study intensively as well as recreationally.

 

Our Conservatory Training offers an extensive schedule for young dancers interested in rigorous ballet training at Elementary A levels and higher. Performance opportunities are available.  

 

May Matinée:  Students in levels Pre-Ballet and higher are eligible to perform in this year-end culminating performance.

 

TODDLE WITH ME:   20 months - 3 years. *This class is on hiatus until further notice.*

An exploration of basic motor skills through movement, music, and props introduced in a fun, friendly and positive manner. Mom, Dad, or another loved one participates in the class with the little dancer. No formal dance wear is required.  

 

PRE-BALLET 3-4:  3 year olds.  3 years old by September 7, 2020.

Introduces basic Ballet vocabulary, while continuing to explore the young dancers’ creativity, coordination and musicality.  

 

PRIMARY: 5 & 6 year olds.  5 & 6 years old by September 7, 2020.

Provides more basic Ballet vocabulary and technique, with focus on strength and flexibility, while continuing to emphasize coordination and musicality.  

 

PREP/A1*:  7 & older    A2/B1*:  9 & older        B2/INT-ADV*; PTP:  12 & older

Focus is on proper Ballet technique, strength, flexibility and body alignment. 

Additional attention is given to musicality, movement quality and anatomically correct work.

 

    *While Toddle With Me, Pre-Ballet and Primary are grouped by ages, higher levels are grouped by ability.  Age indicators are a general reference and do not determine level placement.  Expect your child to be in each level at least 2-3 years – this is generally.  Dancers are placed and promoted according to their individual progression – we take great care in placing a student in a level that will progress them in the most effective way possible. We do not place/promote dancers as a group.  All placements and level promotions are made at the sole discretion of the School Director.  

 

Tuition 

Please make checks payable to New Orleans School of Ballet.

Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express accepted, 3% processing fee.

Payment Information:

  • Tuition is charged per semester. You will receive an emailed statement only if your account is past due.  Students with multiple classes may opt for recurring automatic payments.  Please speak to Nikki Hefko to arrange this payment option.

  • Returned Checks/Declined Credit Cards A $30 fee will be charged for any checks returned to our office or declined credit cards.

  • We do not prorate tuition for sickness, holidays, or days missed for personal reasons. If your child must miss a class due to an illness or another approved reason and would like to make up the class, please contact Nikki Hefko to make proper arrangements.

  • May Matinée Performance fees and any outstanding tuition must be paid in full in order for your child to participate in the May Matinée.

  • All outstanding tuition and fees from 2019-20 must be paid in full before a student may register for 2020-21.    

 

Withdrawal Policy:

  • If your child wishes to withdraw from class, please inform us immediately in writing. One month’s notice is required.  If tuition is paid in full and the student is unable to attend, or decides to withdraw from classes, a refund of tuition will be made according to the following schedule:

  • Before the first day of class:            100% of total amount

  • Within first month of classes:            75% of total amount

  • Within second month of classes:                      25% of total amount

  • After the second month of classes:               NO REFUND

 

Attire

Class uniforms may be purchased at Carmel’s Dance Wear or DiscountDance.com. On Discountdance.com search Nikki Hefko or New Orleans School of Ballet under “Find a Teacher”. Please use our studio code, 113663, with purchase. 

All uniforms and shoes should be labelled with student’s first and last name. 

 

GIRLS BALLET: 

  • Ballet pink or flesh colored tights transition tights. Shoes must align with the color of the tights. 

  • Pre-Ballet-Elementary A dancers must wear leather full soled ballet slippers. Elementary B-Intermediate may wear canvas or
    leather split soled slippers. 

  • Leotard Guidelines: No halter, excessively low or criss-crossed backs, sparkle, Lycra, contrast or patterned materials. Same color velvet allowed as edge trim on leotards. 

  • Skirts are worn for pointe/variations, observation days, and performances only. 

  • Hair neatly secured in a ballet bun. 

  • Undergarments (underwear and bras) should not be visible beneath leotard and tights.

        PRE-BALLET            3 & 4 PINK DANCE DRESS

        PRIMARY                 5 & 6 LAVENDER DANCE DRESS

        PREP                     WHITE LEOTARD; WHITE SKIRT

        A1                     LIGHT BLUE LEOTARD; LIGHT BLUE SKIRT

        A2                     TURQUOISE LEOTARD; TURQUOISE SKIRT

        B1                     ROYAL LEOTARD; ROYAL SKIRT

        B2                     NAVY LEOTARD; NAVY SKIRT

        INT/ADV                 BLACK & WHITE LEOTARDS; BLACK & WHITE SKIRTS

BOYS BALLET:
White T-Shirt or Tank Top, Black Tights, Dance Belt (Boys 10 and older) White socks and black full-soled ballet slippers. 

 

JAZZ/MODERN: 

GIRLS: Solid color leotard and flesh colored or black tights/leggings; Black jazz shoes for jazz class BOYS: Black t-shirt and black tights or shorts; Black jazz shoes for jazz class 

 

Placement, Promotion and Evaluations

Advancement through New Orleans School of Ballet is based on many factors including a student’s age, strength, commitment, mastery of material, maturity and attendance record. Students are placed in the level that will encourage the most progress. Level placement is at the discretion of the Director only. If there are questions or concerns about a student’s progress please schedule a conference with the Director. 

Students do not automatically advance to the next level at the end of each school year. Most students will spend more than 2-3 years in each level. Students will receive an end-of-year evaluation addressing progress, effort, attitude, and recommended improvements. These evaluations will give students their level placement for the following year. 

NOSB Director and faculty continuously assess students’ progress. Throughout the year students showing exceptional progress may be invited to take classes at the level above their own level. Students who fall behind their level due to excessive absences may be required to take classes below their level.

Building Etiquette

Students and families should keep noise in the lobby area to a minimum. Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and disposing of garbage. The facilities and furniture should be treated with respect. No chewing gum is allowed in the building or the studios. Students should not bring valuables to NOSB. If this is unavoidable valuables should be brought into the studio.  NOSB is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Students should not dress in the lobby area. Our New Orleans shot-gun style studio has two bathrooms in the rear of the building. Please use these facilities.  It is okay to walk quietly through the studio if there is a class in session.

 

Classroom etiquette

Once class has begun, quiet is required of all students. Students should use the restroom prior to class. Students should raise their hands to ask questions related to class work and acknowledge corrections with a polite response.  Students must remain standing for the entire class. No sitting on the floor or hanging on the barres will be tolerated. No food or other beverages are allowed in the studio or in the dressing room.  Disruptive or uncooperative behavior will not be tolerated and students behaving in such ways will be asked to sit down or leave the studio. At the end of each class students should personally thank the teacher before leaving the studio. 

Parents are allowed to watch class twice a year during our Open School Week Classes.  Observers are not permitted in the classroom. Please understand that this is in the best interest of our students. During Open School Week, for the privacy of all of our students, videotaping is prohibited during class time.

 

Arrival and tardiness

Students should arrive at least ten minutes prior to class time and be dressed and ready for class at the appointed time. Students arriving more than 10 minutes late disrupt the class and may not be allowed to participate but will be asked to observe the class. Students arriving after the class has started must approach the teacher and ask permission to take the class. 

Attendance and absences and make-up classes

Students are expected to attend all of their classes.  Good attendance is essential to students’ progress.  If a student is unable to attend a class or will be tardy, NOSB must be notified by text, phone, or email BEFORE the scheduled class. Reported absences for the following reasons are considered ‘excused’ absences: illness, injury, family emergency, religious holiday observance. Only ‘excused’ absences are eligible to be made up (two per semester). Please phone or text, 504-866-0652, or email neworleansschoolofballet.com to report your child’s absences or tardies. Up to two make-up classes can be scheduled per semester. Classes must be made-up in the same month as the absence. Make-up classes should be scheduled with the Director. 

 

Class cancellations/holiday schedules  

Please refer to our School Calendar at the end of this packet.  Questions related to class cancellations please call/text NOSB at 504-866-0652.  Days canceled due to weather will not be rescheduled.  School information, updates, reminders and announcements are sent by email to the designated contact.                                                                                                                                                     Please provide an email address and check it regularly.  You may also give us additional email addresses for others who bring your child to class. In addition, it is a good practice to periodically check our New Orleans School of Ballet Facebook & Instagram pages.

 

Medical concerns and emergencies   

Faculty and staff are aware of any medical concerns specified on your child’s registration form. If changes arise, please notify the staff in writing so that all medical records are up to date. In case of an emergency, all attempts will be made to contact the student’s parent/guardian. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached the emergency contact provided on the registration form will be contacted. 

 

Communication with faculty  

If you would like to speak to the faculty or director regarding your child please email or call the studio to arrange an appointment.                                                                 

Student pick-up

Students should be picked up in a timely manner, within 10 minutes of the end of their last class. NOSB personnel cannot be responsible for students left beyond this time. Students, regardless of age, must wait inside the studio for pick-up.