Through developmentally appropriate creative movement, children develop coordination, balance, flexibility, strength and spatial awareness. The goal of this class is for each child to find their own pleasure through music and movement, while developing fine gross motor skills.
Creative Dance is for children four and five years of age. Creative Dance explores both the creative and physical dimensions of each child as they gain awareness of music, rhythm, and movement. Activities are designed to develop strength, coordination, creative thinking, and expression. Through classroom activities, children refine motor skills and develop the creative process through the use of props and imagery.
Pre-Ballet is for children six years of age. This class provides a bridge between Creative Dance and the academy's first level of ballet. Children are introduced to the structure and discipline of a ballet class, as well as music awareness and basic ballet terminology. Pre-Ballet emphasizes creative expression through movement to music.
An audition is not required to enroll in the Preschool Division. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes are closed once capacity is reached. To be eligible for Creative Dance 1, Creative Dance 2 or Pre-Ballet for the 2015-2016 year, a child must be four, five or six years old respectively on or before August 25, 2015.
Pre-Ballet and Creative Dance 1 and 2 are each full-year programs. Each student's skill and maturity is assessed throughout the year. Written notification of placement for the following year is sent by email at the end of the spring semester.
Students who wish to continue training in the academy's main school division (Levels 1-8) must audition for Level 1 Ballet after the age of 7. Students registered in Pre-Ballet will be given a courtesy audition at the end of April.
Principal of Preschool and Elementary School: Melissa Bowman
TUITION FOR THE 2015-2016 YEAR
Tuition may be paid in full at registration or in four payments throughout the year. Tuition for the 2015-2016 year is $1,050 for the Pre-School Program, not including a $35 Registration Fee.
Tuition Payment Deadlines: 1st Payment: July 15, 2015 2nd Payment: October 15, 2015 3rd Payment: December 15, 2015 4th Payment: February 15, 2016
*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.
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 Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet students may make up an absence by attending another section of their level. Prior to making up a class, the student must pick up a make-up form in the academy office.