BIRMINGHAM BALLET

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Enrollment: When you register for a class, you are registering for the entire 2017-18 School Year. Our classes are intentionally small and fill on a first come first serve basis. Therefore, we highly recommend you secure your registration for the 2017-18 School Year during (or before) the month of July. If you do not see availability in the class of your choice, please contact the Birmingham Ballet Academy office. Withdrawal is permitted according to the withdrawal policy. In the event that your class choice does not meet a minimum enrollment of six students an alternative class may be offered. If the alternative class time does not work for you, your fees will be refunded.

Returning Students Enrollment: You will use the same Family Portal each year. We ask that returning students complete their Registration and class selections prior to July 21.

Class Term:
Elementary and Senior Ballet Division classes begin August 21.
Pre-Ballet Division classes begin September 11.
The 2017-18 School Year concludes for all students May 11.

Due with Registration:
Enrollment Fee: $45
Recital Fee: $125

Spring Recital/Showcase: All Academy students participate in a Spring Recital that is part of Birmingham Ballet’s Spring Showcase in May. Tickets will be available for purchase in January.

Tuition Payments: All accounts must be set up with AutoPay. Parents establish and update their AutoPay account through the Family Portal. AutoPay is a secure online payment system. Tuition Fees as well as Recital Costume Fees will automatically draft when they are due. When you Register, your tuition will be automatically set up in Monthly Installments. For savings and convenience, you can change your tuition payment option to Semester or Annual by completing the Tuition Options Form (available under "Documents" in your Family Portal) and returning it with your Registration.

Due Dates for Tuition Options:
Monthly Installment Option: (10 equal payments) 1st and last payment with Registration. Remaining payments are due on the 1st of each month.
Semester Installment Option: (2 equal payments) 1st payment with Registration and the 2nd on 1/1/2018.
Annual Payment Option: 1 payment with Registration.

Recital Costume Fee (Due 11/1): $100 per costume Pre-Ballet and Elementary Division, $110 per costume Senior Ballet Division

Refunds: The Registration Fee and Recital Fee are non-refundable. Costume Fees are refundable prior to December 15. Tuition is refundable when the Withdrawal Policy is followed.

Withdrawal Policy: During Semester One, you may withdraw from a class with 30 days advance written notification from parent or guardian. There are no refunds on pre-paid tuition except in the case of medical inability of the child to continue. Once Semester Two has begun there are no further withdrawals and tuition is due through the balance of the school year.

Collections: A $30 fee is charged on returned checks or rejected charges. Parents and/or guardians are responsible for any expenses (including attorney fees) that BBA incurs in pursuit of uncollected tuition or fees. All accounts must be paid in full in order for students to participate in the Spring Showcase.

Family Discount: 10% off Registration, Recital, and Tuition for the 2nd child and all subsequent siblings. Family discount applies to the lesser fee.

Attire:
Girls in Pre-Ballet and Elementary I wear a pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and hair in a bun.
Girls in Elementary Ballet II & III wear a black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and hair in a bun.
Girls in Senior Ballet Division wear a black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes and hair in a bun.
Boys all wear a white t-shirt, black tights or bike shorts with white socks, and black ballet shoes.
Tap students wear beige tap shoes.
Jazz students wear black jazz pants and beige jazz shoes.
Dance skirts are not allowed in Pre-Ballet and Elementary Ballet classes.
Dance skirts are permitted in Senior Division Variations classes.
Leg warmers are allowed at the discretion of each teacher.
Students without appropriate attire and hair styles may not be permitted to take class.

Attendance and Lateness: Regular timely attendance is required. Please call to report the necessity of an absence. To prevent injury, tardiness beyond 10 minutes may result in the student not being allowed to participate in class. In the event of absence, make-up lessons are encouraged in a class of similar age and ability through March 15. Excessive absences or tardiness to class may result in disciplinary action.

Code of Ethics: To ensure the quality of our environment Birmingham Ballet maintains a zero tolerance policy in regard to bullying, theft, or vandalism. Students will be subject to dismissal for poor attitude, disrespectful behavior, or poor attendance. Parents are also subject to a code of ethics when entering Birmingham Ballet. In the event of a breech of these ethics, a meeting will take place and further incidents could lead to dismissal. Refunds will not be considered for students or parents in violation of this policy.

Class Observation: Each studio has observation windows. Classes may be observed at any time.

Injuries: Parents, legal guardians of minor students and adult students waive the right of any legal action for any injury sustained on school property resulting from normal dance activity or any other activity conducted by the students before, during, or after class time.

Photo Release: Birmingham Ballet and/or BBA is granted permission by parents, legal guardians, and students to use photographs or videos of our students in BB/BBA publications and for promotional purposes including brochures, web sites, posters, and advertisements. Permission is also granted for the school to copyright such photographs and recordings in its name.

Inclement Weather: BBA will close if either the Vestavia or Hoover School Systems close for inclement weather. Classes missed during inclement weather can be made up on an alternate day in a class of similar age and ability level.

2017-18 School Year Calendar
First Day Classes for Elementary & Senior Division: August 21
First Day of Classes for Junior Division: September 11
Labor Day (no classes): September 4
Birmingham Ballet's Nutcracker Auditions: September 16
Halloween (no classes): October 31
Thanksgiving Holiday (no classes): November 20-24
Birmingham Ballet's Nutcracker Theater Week (no classes): December 11-15
Birmingham Ballet’s The Mutt-cracker Performance: December 15
Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker Performances: December 16 - 17
Christmas/Winter Holidays (no classes): December 18 - January 5
Birmingham Ballet's Peter Pan Auditions: January 13
Birmingham Ballet’s Peter Pan Theater Week (no classes): February 19 - 23
Birmingham Ballet’s Peter Pan Performances: February 23 - 25
Levels III - VIII Senior Ballet Division Production Break: February 26-27
Spring Break (no classes): March 26 – March 30
Birmingham Ballet Academy Spring Showcase (Rehearsal May 11): May 12
End of 2017-18 School Year: May 12