Summer Semester Frequently Asked Questions

Why are most classes for Summer Semester 2x/week?

Ballet Foundations is one class always offered twice a week to help dancers quickly progress as more frequent repetition leads to higher retention. However, as students' schedules often free up in the summer months, it is a wonderful time to progress faster in a shorter amount of time for ALL classes!

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.)

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 Sept 1, 2021, he or she may participate. If not, please subscribe to BalletAligned.com to hear about classes opening for younger students. (If you feel your dancer's experience or maturity level merit an exception, please reach out to Steffanie Casperson for approval. Her contact email is beneath the section on questions not answered here.)

Can parents stay and watch?

Most Ballet Aligned classes are targeted primarily to children in first grade and beyond. It is expected that they will be able to participate without present parental support. The Allegro Dance Studio (where most Ballet Aligned classes are held) has a foyer with windows from which you can check in on your dancer from time to time. Each class (Mini Sessions exempted) WILL provide a parent watch week opportunity for students to showcase their progress. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Are there refunds for missed classes? Can classes be pro-rated if we know there is one in the session my dancer will miss?

Class sizes are very small and classes will not be prorated for any reason, nor are refunds offered unless Ballet Aligned cancels classes. We recognize family schedules become complicated during Summer Break, which is why we try to keep commitments to an abbreviated, 4 week window. If you need to miss a class, please ask the teacher for instruction about the concepts covered in the class not attended.

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 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?

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.

How do I get answers to questions not answered here?

If you have a question not answered on this page, please email steffaniecasperson@gmail.com and include your question in the subject line. Thanks!

How do I register for a Summer Semester Class?

On April 15 (or before) registration links will be posted beneath each class description. Registration is only complete when you have completed payment for the class. When a class meets its minimum participation requirements, you will receive 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).