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Main School Division

 

Academy Main School Division

2014-2015 Year-round Program

Spring audition date: Saturday December 6, details TBA. 

Audition Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty 

Shelly Power, Academy Director
Claudio Muñoz, Ballet Master, Houston Ballet II
Sabrina Lenzi, Ballet Mistress, Houston Ballet II
Priscilla Nathan-Murphy, Principal of Lower School
Cheryne Busch, Principal of Middle School  Main School Program
Susan Bryant, Instructor
Sally Rojas, Instructor

Andrew Murphy, Principal Instructor
Beth Everitt, Instructor
Frances Ball, Instructor

Admissions

Students are required to audition for admission into the Main School Year-Round Program (levels 1-8). Auditions for Houston Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive Program are posted on the Summer Audition Tour webpage. Dates are usually announced in November. Houston Ballet II (HBII) auditions are posted under that program's webpage.

Following the audition:
Audition results will be e-mailed to each student. To secure a class place after a student has been accepted into the school, it is important to complete all registration forms by the specified deadline. Classes will be closed when they reach their maximum capacity.

Re-Auditioning
All current students are encouraged to attend Houston Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive Program. Students in levels 3-8 who do not attend the summer program are required to re-audition for admission to the fall semester.

 

2014 - 2015 semesters

Fall Semester:
August 25, 2014 - January 17, 2015

Spring Semester:
January 20, 2015 - May 30, 2015

Academy Calendar for 2014-2015 year

August 25, 2014      Fall Semester begins for all Main School, Pre-School, and Open classes
Aug 30-Sept 1 Labor Day Holiday Weekend - No classes
September 20 Nutcracker audition for current students, Levels 2-5 only
October 1 Second tuition payment due
October 31 Halloween, Teacher In-service - No Classes
November 24-30 Thanksgiving Holiday - No classes (may not apply to L7-HBII)
December 1 Third tuition payment due
December 6 Spring Main School Audition, Times TBA
December 8-13 Parent Observation for Levels CD1- Level 3, & Children's Open Classes (specific days according to level are TBA)
December 15-20 Parent Observation week for levels 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
December 20 Last Day of Academy Class
Dec 22-Jan 4 Winter Holiday - No classes (May not apply for HBIIs or levels 7 and higher)
January 5, 2015 Classes resume for current students
January 19 Martin Luther King Holiday- No classes
January 20 Spring Semester begins
February 2 Fourth tuition payment due
March 16-21 Spring Break - No classes (May not apply for HBIIs)
April 3-4 Spring Holiday - No classes
April 24-25 Academy Spring Performances
May 11-16 Parent Observation for Pre-School Division and Levels 1-3 (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 18-22 Parent Observation for Level 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 23-25 Memorial Day Holiday - No classes
May 30 Last Day of Academy Class
June 9-13 Children's Workshops for Taming of the Shrew
June 22 Summer Intensive Program Begins (Date Subject to Change)

 Please click here for the 2014-2015 schedule
*subject to change at any time


Tuition for the 2014-2015 Year

Tuition may be paid in full at registration or in four payments throughout the year. Tuition varies according to the level. 

2014-2015 Annual Tuition
Intro to L1: $1030
Level 1:  $1830
Level 2:  $1830
Level 3:  $2300
Level 4 PP: $2300
Level 4:  $2730
Level 5:  $2950
Level 6:  $3100
Level 7/8 E: $3100
Level 7:  $5500
Level 8:  $6000

The prices above do not include a $35 Registration Fee, and a $100 Spring Recital Fee. Prices are subject to change at any time.

Tuition Payment Deadlines:
1st Payment: July 15, 2014
2nd Payment: October 1, 2014
3rd Payment: December 1, 2014
4th Payment: February 2, 2015

*Please note that students with delinquent accounts will not be admitted to class or be eligible to register for the next semester until their account is current.  

To apply for Financial Aid your child must have already been accepted. To do so, please click here. Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.

Withdrawal Policy
Parents or guardians who wish to withdraw their child from the Academy must submit, in writing, to the Academy Office notice that the child will be leaving the school.  Parents/guardians will be responsible for all tuition payments due up to the point in which the Academy has received written notification of the student's withdrawal.

Refund Policy
Tuition is non-refundable. Should a student withdraw in the beginning or middle or a quarter which has been paid, the remaining tuition will be forfeited to Houston Ballet Academy.

Attendance
Unexcused absences may hinder the promotion of a student and/or result in dismissal from the Academy.  Students who are injured are required to watch class, although students who are ill and contagious should stay home.  The attendance policy is included in the Student Handbook which is distributed to students at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Make-up Classes
Students may make up an absence by either attending another section of their level or one level below. Prior to making up a class, the student must pick up a make-up form from reception or the Academy Office. An absence is considered "excused" only when the academy office is provided a note from a physician. Houston Ballet Academy Class Make-up Form


Evaluations

Pre-Ballet and Main School levels 1-4 will receive evaluations once per year, at the close of the first semester. Students in levels 5-8 will have an evaluation class in the Spring Semester before Spring Break with consultations upon their return. Evaluations will be emailed to parents after Student consultations.

Level 8 students will also have an end-of-the-year variation evaluation at the close of the Spring semester.

Body Conditioning

Students in levels 5-8 are required to attend coaching sessions with a pilates instructor over the course of the year.  Students in level 4 are encouraged to attend pilates sessions.  Students may pay for classes in advance and can schedule appointments by inquiring in the Academy Office.

Performance Opportunities

Students in levels 1-8 will have the opportunity to perform at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston Ballet Academy's Spring Performance.  Students are required to participate and will be assessed a performance fee at the time of registration.

Please visit the Ticketing & Schedule section of this website for directions to the Wortham Theater and information on how to purchase tickets.

Class Attire

Intro to Level 1:
Girls:
Leotard: Motionwear style - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Turquoise
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style C80 footed, pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard: Baltogs - Style 380T. General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 1:
Girls: Leotard:  Motionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Cirrus Blue
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style C80 footed, pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 2:
Girls: Leotard: Motionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Iris
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style C80 footed, pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 3:
 Girls: Leotard:  Montionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Cobalt
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style C80 footed, pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 4 Pointe and Pre-Pointe:
Girls: Leotard:  Motionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Hunter
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style A46, convertible for pointe dancers, fully-footed for non-pointe dancers; pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 5:
Women: Leotard: Motionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Royal Blue
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

Men: Shirt:  Montionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Level 6:
Women: Leotard: Motionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Purple
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

Men: Shirt:  Montionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Level 7:
Women: Leotard: Motionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Cranberry
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

Men: Shirt: Montionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Level 8:
Women: Leotard: Motionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Sapphire Blue
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

Men: Shirt: Motionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Preferred Shoe Style:
Girls: Level 1-3, Open School, and PreSchool Programs
Full sole leather pink slippers, Bloch 205G

Girls: Level 4 and up (any of the below)
V instep - Block 203
Bloch canvas split sole - Zenith, style #282
Bloch split sole all leather ballet slipper - #258

Additional Class Attire
Modern: Black or pink footless tights
Jazz: Jazz shoes
Character: Girls – Character shoes and character skirt Boys – Jazz shoes

Contact The Academy

Phone: 713-535-3210     E-mail: hbacademy@houstonballet.org

Houston Ballet Academy maintains a policy of non-discrimination with regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, and non-job related disability.

Image: Former HBII students, current Company members,
Natalie Varnum and William Newton.
Photo by: Amitava Sarkar