BCB's School Handbook


Absences: Call or email to inform BCB of absences. Absences may effect casting or promotions.

Announcements: All school announcements and news will be posted in the BCB portal.

Ballet Supplies: (Ballet 1-6 only) BCB requires a uniform, supplies to put hair up securely, and all necessary shoes, flat or pointe. For the student’s safety, pointe shoes must always be fully sewn and workable (hard) for class and rehearsal. Students without proper and working equipment may not participate. For more information, see Attire.

BCB Responsibility: The studio will open 1/2 hour before classes begin. BCB is responsible for students for 10 minutes before and after class. Charges may be made to parents who leave their child at BCB. Students must have a note from a parent to be excused from the premises when in BCB’s care. BCB is not responsible for students who leave the premises without permission for any reason.

Class Size: BCB reserves the right to cancel or merge classes as necessary. Class size maximum is 10 for Pre-Ballet and Ballet Basics classes.

Commitment: Once registered, BCB expects students to be committed to their classes and to keep their rehearsal agreements even if they conflict with other activities.

Conduct: Students at BCB are expected to conduct themselves in a disciplined, respectful and courteous manner. The school reserves the right to suspend or withdraw service from any student and family whose attitude, attendance or conduct is found to be unsatisfactory.

Disciplinary Action: If a student’s conduct is disruptive or disrespectful, the student will be asked to sit out of class. If this occurs two times, the parents will be contacted and further disciplinary action will be determined.

Homework Room: will be provided for students to study quietly. Tutors are available if needed. Contact BCB to make an appointment with a tutor.

Entrance: Entrance into the Pre-Professional program is decided on by the Artistic Director beginning with Ballet 1. New students must audition.

Evaluations: are available upon request.

Exclusive: The Pre-Professional Program expects students to train exclusively with Berkeley City Ballet and it's teachers. To avoid a conflict in training, students may not be coached privately or take class elsewhere.

Faculty: Particular faculty members are not guaranteed for specific classes. No refunds will be given for a change in faculty.

Illness: Students are expected to attend and to observe class. Refunds are not given for loss of classes due to illness. Parents must email if a student sits out due to illness or injury for each class missed. Missing classes can lead to changes in class level and/or casting.

Late Arrivals: For the safety of the dancer, students arriving out of dress code or more than 10 minutes late will be asked to observe rather than participate in class.

Make-Up Classes: There are no make-up classes for Ballet 1 through Ballet 6. There are no refunds for missed classes. For the Dance Center students, make-up in a class of the same level/age as soon after the absence as possible. No notice is required to BCB. Adults may make-up classes within the 1st month of the following Quarter for a maximum of 3 missed classes. In this case, please notify BCB.

Nits/Lice: BCB has a no nit policy. Students with either nits or lice may not continue with classes until treated. BCB recommends Love Bugs (lovebugslice.com). Love Bugs offers free evaluations. BCB requires certification from Love Bugs that the student is nit free to continue with classes.

Observance of Classes: All regular classes and rehearsals are closed to observation. Visiting Days and Performances will be scheduled for the Pre-Ballet/Ballet Basics and Dance Center classes. See the schedule in Calendar.

Parking: There is no parking at BCB. Parking is available on adjacent streets. The parking lot is for employees of the building only.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off: BCB has limited space and parents are requested to drop-off and pick-up students. Parents are encouraged not to sit in the lobby during classes and will be called if necessary.

Pre-Professional Summer Workshop: takes place in July (for Ballet 1 through Ballet 6 students) and is a required intensive program. This workshop gives the student 80 – 100 more hours of experience in dance. Students are expected to participate until their sophomore year of high school after which they are encouraged to audition for alternative programs. Attendance and progress in this program can effect class placement and casting. Entrance by audition only.

Private Lessons/Coaching: All private lessons or coaching for ballet must be taken at BCB with BCB faculty to maintain consistency with the students' goals in the classroom. Private teaching and coaching is available on request (with an additional fee). Private lessons and coaching in another genre not offered at BCB may be taken elsewhere but the teacher must be pre-approved by the Artistic Director.

Promotions/ Placements/Castings: are decided on by the Artistic Director based on technical progress, physical capabilities, self-discipline, self-expression, consistency of attendance, committment, and professional potential. Some students may be asked to repeat a year if they have not accomplished the technique necessary for advancement. These decisions are taken seriously and are based on the proper development and safety of the dancer. These decisions are non-negotiable.

School Store: Uniforms are required at BCB for the Pre-Professional Program. The school store sells tights, hairpins, hair nets, granola bars, water and juice. For more information see Attire.

Security: Is important to BCB. Please keep the front door locked at all times. Only registered students and their families will be allowed to enter the building. A remote control buzzer by staff allows entrance. Please notify BCB of any strangers who enter the premises.

Summer Classes: are also available for the Dance Center.

Wait-List: If a class is closed a wait-list will be offered as an option.

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