Frequently Asked Questions
If my child is outside of the recommended age range, can he or she still participate?
Students who exceed the age range may participate as long as the parent acknowledges class content and pacing will not change significantly to accommodate more advanced levels of dance or comprehension. If the dancer turns the age minimum before half of the classes are over in each semester, he or she may participate without special permission. If you feel your dancer's experience or maturity level merit an exception, please email BalletAligned@gmail.com for approval. If not, please subscribe to BalletAligned.com to hear about classes opening for younger students.
Can parents stay and watch?
Ballet Aligned's Semester-long classes are targeted primarily to children in first grade and beyond. It is expected that ALL students will be able to participate without present parental support. The small studio where most classes for younger dancers are held has a foyer with windows from which you can check in on your dancer from time to time. Each class WILL provide a parent watch week opportunity for students to showcase their progress. If your child needs more support, please email BalletAligned@gmail.com to work on a solution. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. (Parents are required to remain with their dancers for "Mommy and Me Movement and Storytime.")
Are there refunds offered? Can classes be pro-rated if we know there is one in the session my dancer will miss?
Classes will not be prorated for any reason. If you need to miss a class, please ask the teacher for instruction about the concepts covered in the class not attended. Ballet Aligned WILL offer refunds if Ballet Aligned must cancel a class and is unable to offer a make-up. Refunds (full and partial) are NOT offered for Mini Sessions or Mommy and Me Movement and Story Time classes as represent brief 4 week commitments. If you are uncertain about the fit of a class for your child, please request a free trial class if you have missed the free trial week at the beginning of each semester. After your free trial, you may request a partial refund (but Ballet Aligned does not guarantee one) or apply your unused tuition to another class.
What should my dancer wear?
Class-specific dress codes will be emailed to you after you register for each class. However, generally speaking, dance attire helps dancers move, as it is non-restrictive, and ballet shoes are best suited for studio floors: not too slippery, while still allowing dancers to spin and turn. For Ballet Beginnings and Basics classes, girls should be in black leotards and pink tights with ballet slippers, hair secured in a neat bun (skirts should NOT be worn in Ballet Foundations and Pre-Pointe classes). Boys should be in tights or shorts with a tight-fitting T-shirt and black or white ballet slippers. (If boys hair is long, it should also be pulled back into a pony tail at the nape of the neck.) For Musical Theatre classes, comfortable clothes that allow for movement are preferred. Appropriate footwear may include socks, ballet slippers, or jazz shoes.
What Covid precautions is Ballet Aligned taking?
Presently, Ballet Aligned class sizes are very small and masks will NOT be required. We ask that dancers NOT attend if they have signs of illness or have known exposure to Covid 19 until they are cleared by health department guidelines.
My dancer's age aligns with multiple classes; which one should I register for?
Within the description for each class there is an indication of the experience level the dancer should have when registering. Base registration on the dancers age AND prior training. The only exception might be if the dancer is in the upper limits of the age range. If the class is not a good fit for your dancer, the teacher may recommend another class, or if one is not offered, refund your unused tuition. (As a rule of thumb, it is more ideal to move a dancer UP a level than down.)
What peformance opportunities are offered through Ballet Aligned?
Ballet is a peformance art, and performing is skill crucial to the full expression of the artform. Dancers in Intermediate and Advanced levels will learn classical choreography in small groups or as solo "variations" and will be encouraged to participate in the annual Youth American Grand Prix showcase in Salt Lake City (typically in Feb) where they will recieve feedback from famous current and former top professional dancers in the country. Additionally, these pieces may be shared at Ballet Aligned events, story times, etc.. Improving as a dancer necessitates classes that strive to be challenging; because recital pieces or learned dances often are NOT a thorough representation of your dancer's individual growth (instead averaging what an entire class is able to master and memorize) participation in a recital is not the primary focus of semester classes. However, performance add-on weeks, where classes WILL focus on recital prep and conclude by sharing a memorized dance with a broader audience will be offered to students in Ballet Basics levels and beyond, and students may opt in or out of these add-ons as suits their goals and desires. Additionally, Ballet Aligned offers opportunities for students in ALL levels to highlight their ALL their class work and progress with their parents during Parent Watch Classes.
How do I get answers to questions not answered here?
If you have a question not answered on this page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include your question in the subject line. Thanks!
How do I register for a Fall Semester Class?
Registration links will be posted beneath each class description 2-4 weeks before each class begins. Registration is only complete when you have completed payment for the class. When a class meets its minimum participation requirements, you will receive a Venmo request or a text with payment instructions. Registration closes when the class is full (number varies by class) or the day before the first class (whatever comes first).