Ballet has many long term benefits, but like many important things in life, it can be a gradual process. There may be days where your child is still struggling to master a technique; encourage your child to “stick it out” because they may be on the verge of conquering it—but they will never know unless they continue to work at it. We recommend that a student continue in a ballet course for at least 1-2 months before concluding that it’s not for them—if they quit prematurely, they may miss out on years of enjoyment.
Help your child keep the long-term in mind. When you pick your child up, instead of asking “Did you have fun?” emphasize the bigger picture by asking “What did you learn?”
Please be on time to pick your child up. Younger children get very upset when class gets out and no one is there waiting for them. Please know when you are in the last class of the day – we cannot wait for you past closing time, our faculty and staff leave shortly after class is over. There will be a $25 per hour “babysitting” charge for time required of our faculty or staff to wait for your arrival.
Our dress code and hair requirements are important for both your child’s safety, and to help maintain good concentration and discipline in class with no unnecessary distractions. For example, it is hard to pay attention to the teacher if you are fixing your hair or skirt, and it is hard to learn to turn when your hair is hitting you in the eyes! Safety is always first.
Our upper lobby is reserved for quiet reading and studying with no food or drink allowed. Please take louder or messier activities to the lower lobby. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.
The Performance Classes at the beginning of the school year will serve as Nutcracker auditions. After parts are assigned, your weekly rehearsal time may not be the same as the Spring Performance rehearsal times in the schedule.
The Nutcracker will be performed 0n December 14 and 15, 2018 at McAlister Auditorium, Furman University. Rehearsals on October 27, November 10, December 1, 8, 11, 12, and 13.
The Spring Showcase will be Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at McAlister Auditorium, Furman University. The Spring Showcase rehearsal will be Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 4:00-10:00 p.m. at McAlister Auditorium, Furman University.
Ballet classes will be assigned to the Performance Classes for Spring as listed at the bottom of the Performance Class web page (Nutcracker class times may vary).