Policies and Rules
All Academy students must register at the beginning of each academic year before attending classes. The academic year runs from September to June. The registration for the school year of 2017-2018 for new students starts on August 1st, 2017. All existing ARCB students can start to register from July 28th.
Registration fee is $30 for one student, $45 for two students, and $55 for three students per family. Returning students will not pay an additional registration fee till next September. Dancers enrolled in the First Semester will be automatically re-enrolled in the same class for the Second Semester. The registration fee is non-refundable.
A trial/ placement class is required for age of 6 & above; and must be scheduled in advance. The trial/ placement class costs $15 for any level. Please notify the front desk of any changes to your name, address, phone #, emails and emergency contacts.
The tuition reserves your child’s spot for the month based on the total number of hours of instruction taken per week. All classes must be paid in advance. No exceptions.
First semester tuition is due at the time of registration. Second semester tuition is due on February 1st, 2018.
First semester: September – January (5 months). Second semester: February – June (5 months).
Monthly payments are due on the first of each month. September tuition is due at the time of registration. May and June tuition will be combined and is due on May 1, 2018.
Payments remain the same each month regardless of attendance, school closures, holidays and bad weather or electricity outages. We currently accept cash or checks, no credit or debit cards. Please make checks payable to: Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. Tuition fee is non-refundable, and non-transferable from one month/ semester to another, and non-transferable from one student to another.
A late fee will be charged for all late tuition payments.
Please add $25 to your late tuition payment.
$28 handling fee will be charged for all returned checks. No exceptions.
Due to big demand of our classes we ask you to please give us advanced notice if you child will not be attending classes for a long period of time. Otherwise your child may lose their spot in the class.
All classes are subject to a minimum/maximum enrollment. If there is no longer space available in a class or a class has been cancelled, you will be notified as soon as possible. Class sizes are limited to 12 for Level A-A* and 15 for Level B-G. All scheduled classes and instructors are subject to change.
Students who wish to withdraw from classes must give two weeks notice via email. All amounts due must be paid in full (including tuition fee, performance fee, or any outstanding private lesson fees).
Tuition is non-refundable, with the following exceptions:
1. Students whose classes are cancelled for insufficient enrollment will be given their choice of a pro-rated account credit or tuition refund.
2. Students who withdraw for medical reasons with physician documentation will be given their choice of a pro-rated account credit or tuition refund.
Please notify the front deck if you are unable to attend a class. Students may take a make-up class by scheduling with the Artistic Director or office staff to attend another class at the same or lower level. You must sign up for make-up classes via e-mail in advance to avoid overcrowding. We cannot guarantee make-up classes; we do our best to find a make-up that works. We cannot prorate or refund for missed classes.
Make-up classes must be completed within the session. Make-up classes are non-transferable from one semester to the other or/ and to the summer program.
Academy of Russian Classical Ballet will cancel classes according to the Lake Washington School District decisions for school closures due to weather, road conditions and other emergencies.
There are no make-up classes for weather related closures, nor are tuition refunds available for these cancelled classes. You can check the status of LWSD schools at www.lwsd.org.
Students who are 12 years old and younger must leave each class/rehearsal with a parent. Students who are 16 years old and older may, with a parent’s permission on file, leave the academy by themselves between classes. Students between the ages of 12-16 who wish to leave the academy between classes may leave in small groups (no less than 3 students), and must notify the parent(s) as well as the Administrative Director before exiting the building.
Please note: Parents may not give permission that is more liberal than outlined above.
Students may NOT leave the academy by themselves if they do not meet the criteria listed above, regardless of willingness or permission on the part of the parent.
Students must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after class/ rehearsal; ARCB does not provide child-care after classes/ rehearsals have finished, so please make every effort not to be late to pick up your child.
Parents of level A and A* students should not leave the premise during their child’s class time.
Personal Belongings and Cleanliness of Studios
Students should keep their personal belongings and dance bags in the dressing room. Due to limited space of the academy hallways and waiting areas should be kept clear and as neat as possible. Though ARCB is not responsible for lost or stolen items, there is a Lost & Found box located in the dressing room; if you find a clothing item, dance shoe, or other items that are not your own, please put these in the Lost & Found box.
Parents and students are reminded to clean up after themselves and to pick up all food wrappers, band-aids, and other trash items as they see them. We must all work together to maintain a clean, professional atmosphere for teaching. Please do NOT leave your trash for someone else to clean up. Also please tidy up toys and books after playing in the children’s play area.
All students should attend each lesson, be on the time and properly dressed. Any student who is not dressed properly may not be permitted to join the class.
Maintaining proper uniform sets a tone of professionalism and respect for the ballet school and its teachers and training, and is thus required for ALL students enrolled in ARCB. The ballet uniform for girls and young women consists of a leotard (color assigned by level), Ballet Pink Convertible Tights, and Pink Ballet shoes (slippers).
See the Dress Code requirements.
Providing numerous performance opportunities is a crucial component to the overall dance education for students at the Academy of Russian Classical Ballet. Typically, ARCB students will participate in a Winter Performance of The Nutcracker in December and a Spring Performance at the end of the second semester.
Performances offer a chance for students to participate in a cumulative experience of their training in the academy, and to learn firsthand the artistry, expression, and technical excellence expected of accomplished artists. Students also learn how to conduct themselves professionally backstage while working with a professional stage crew, and gain valuable lessons in teamwork, adaptability, and compliance. Students ARCB will have the unique opportunity to perform works in the classical ballet repertoire, as well as original choreography by ARCB artistic staff.
Participation in these performances is optional, but it’s expected of each student, as performing experience is an essential element of effective dance training. All students enrolled to ballet classes are eligible to participate in ARCB performances*. Only students of level B and above can participate in The Nutcracker. Students of Level A* may be invited to Nutcracker only if they participated in previous ARCB performances and after approval by the Artistic Director.
A performance fee is applied. The performance fee does not include in your semester tuition payment and will be charged separately. Performance fees are non-refundable and non-transferable from one student to another.
All costumes are provided by ARCB (except cases if used some special costumes, ex.: costumes for contemporary dances, solo variations, etc.) and remain the property of the ballet academy after performances. ARCB does not charge any additional fee for the renting costumes.
Casting of roles in productions may be accomplished by assignment or audition, depending on the specific requirements of each production.
Please note that casting is made at the sole and entire discretion of the Artistic Faculty, and is non-negotiable.
There are many factors that affect casting decisions including, but not limited to, costume sizes, numbers needed, student’s technical and artistic proficiency, and the Artistic Director’s vision for a particular piece or role. In addition, all casting is tentative and subject to change, pending the student’s participation and/or progress in rehearsals.
Students are encouraged to give their utmost to each role they receive and work hard to be professional in their execution of each role.
Students must dress up properly for all rehearsals in the academy and theatre. Girls’ hair must be pulled back and placed in a ballet bun at the crown of the head.
Students are expected to attend every rehearsal for their role/ dance/ part; multiple absences are grounds for dismissal from the performance. In the case of student illness, please contact the Admissions Director to let us know if your child will be unable to attend rehearsal.
Students that are listed as “understudies” for a particular role are expected to attend all rehearsals for that role. Students are not guaranteed to perform the role for which they are understudying, however, they should be proficient enough in the choreography to be able to step into the role in the case of student illness or injury, or a similar emergency situation.
All rehearsals will be held at the academy on weekends. For The Nutcracker and the Spring Performance, students should attend rehearsals on Saturdays after 4pm and Sunday after 12pm. Additional rehearsals may be scheduled after regular classes at the discretion of Artistic Director.
The following rules are universal and are followed by all major ballet programs and professional companies. All students enrolled at ARCB, and their parents, should familiarize themselves with these rules of etiquette and observe them at all times.
• Students must arrive on time to class. Students should arrive at least 10 minutes before class to prepare themselves appropriately.
• Students do not wait for teachers before entering the studio, and should be prepared to begin class as soon as the teacher enters.
• All students must follow the Academy’s Dress Code. Ballet attire must be clean and in good repair for each class and performance.
• Female students of all levels must have their hair pulled back in a ballet bun.
• Student without a proper ballet bun may not be permitted to join the class.
• Students may not wear street shoes on the dance floors. Conversely, students are not to wear their ballet shoes out side the premises, as this brings small pebbles and other debris onto the Marley, which can severely damage the floor.
• Be appreciative of corrections and apply them. Students will progress only as fast as they can take corrections.
• Students may not talk among themselves while the instructor is speaking and giving instruction. If students have a question, they are to talk to the teacher after class.
• If a parent(s) have a question to a teacher or wish to discuss about a child’s progress, please schedule an appointment via email.
• Leaning or hanging on the barre, yawning, and inattention are not acceptable forms of behavior during class. Be kind to your classmates. Displays of temper, rudeness, and gossip are unacceptable.
• Out of respect for our dancers, teachers and administrative staff, please keep voices and activity in the lobby down to a minimum. Parents who observe their child’s class in the main class room – DO NOT TALK!
• All cell phones must be turned off during the class!
• Students are not permitted to chew gum on the premises!
• NO food and drink in classes! Only water is permitted in dance rooms. Food and drinks must be kept in the designated areas.
• Students are asked to leave all valuables and money at home. ARCB cannot be responsible for lost items.
• Students should label dance shoes and personal belongings to avoid mix-ups.
Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
Academy of Russian Classical Ballet admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.