Frequently asked questions:
What is the dress code?
Hair in a bun, pink leather ballet shoes, pink tights, and class leotard (see the list below). No jewelry or dangling accessories.
Black ballet shoes, white T-shirt (tucked in), black shorts or tights and white socks.
If you become ill or must miss class due to an unexpected circumstance, please call the studio as soon as possible to let us know you will not be able to make it to class. You will be able to make up the missed class by attending another class at your level.
Ballet for Little Dancers students will invite friends and families into the studio on the last day of Fall Session and Spring Session classes to show them what they've learned. The studio will provide a tutu that matches their leotard for them to wear during their Show.
All other students may participate in the Holiday Concerts in December and the Spring Performance in the Spring. Holiday Concerts are held at Misako Ballet Studio in the larger studio with stage lighting, a curtain, and costumes. There will be several concerts held so that no show is too crowded.
Spring Performances are usually held in May at Jim Rouse Theatre. Please note, there is a performance fee for both performances to help cover costs of rehearsals, costume rentals, lights etc. The fee for the Holiday Concert is less than the Spring Performance fee because it is held in our own studio.
Our more advanced dancers in 4 - 6 & Advanced may be selected to join our Sr. Student Company or Jr. Student Company. These Student Company members are sometimes asked to perform with Misako Ballet Company, a professional, non-profit dance company in residence at Misako Ballet Studio.
It is a mandatory requirement that all students, except those in Creative Movement classes, perform in recitals. However, specific accommodations and participation requirements can be changed upon approval. All students are still welcome in our classes. Please let your dance teacher know as soon as possible if your child will not be performing in any upcoming performances.
For students ages 7 and up (and sometimes mature 6 year olds) who enjoy their ballet classes and want to take their dancing to the next level, we recommend at least two classes a week. Twice a week classes ensure that the student is able to build and retain the muscles he/she works so hard to train in each class. Alignment, flexibility, coordination all begin to increase at a much faster pace because the student finds it much easier to retain information during the smaller break between classes. We understand that students often have many after-school commitments, but if ballet is something that they have a real interest in, multiple classes per week will allow them to truly realize their full potential as a dancer.
We also recommend multiple classes per week to Adult dancers, especially beginners. Though it may seem daunting at first, the more you dance, the easier it is to progress.
Only students in Ballet 3 and up, with the permission of their instructor, may begin pointe training. The teacher must ensure that the student is old enough, strong enough, and that her body and mind are ready to be on pointe work. Students who begin pointe work are generally around age 10 and 1/2 through 13, and have been taking class at twice a week for at least 2 years.