Academy Preschool Program
2014-2015 Preschool Registration
Students must have a minimum age of 4 years on or before August 25, 2014 in order to register for the 2014-2015 Pre-School Program.
SCHEDULE FOR 2014-2015 YEAR
*Note schedule below is subject to change
New classes coming soon!
Parent and Me
For children 24-36 months (2-3 years old) and a parent or caregiver.
Six week sessions:
Sept. 22nd-Oct. 30th, 2014
March 23rd- April 30th, 2015
$250.00 per session, plus $35.00 registration fee.
Enrollment info available the last week of August.
*Limited to six couples/class session*
Creative Dance I
(for children 4 years of age on August 25, 2014)
Monday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Saturday 11:00-12:00 p.m.
Creative Dance II
(for children 5 years of age on August 25, 2014)
Monday 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m. Closed
Saturday 1:00-2:00 p.m.
(for children 6 years of age on August 25, 2014)
Tuesday 5:00-6:00 p.m. Closed
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m. Closed
Saturday 9:00-10:00 a.m.
Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Creative Dance 1: children must be 4 years of age on August 25, 2014
Creative Dance 2: children must be 5 years of age on August 25, 2014
Pre-Ballet: children must be 6 years of age on August 25, 2014
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 Creative Dance or Pre-Ballet. 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 2014-2015 year, a child must be four, five or six years old respectively on or before August 25, 2014.
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 the Lower School: Priscilla Nathan-Murphy
Principal Instructor Lower School: Cheryne Busch
Instructor: Beth Everitt
Registration Method: Please click here to fill out an Admissions Form for enrollment in the 2014-2015 year (directions can be found here). If you were enrolled for the 2013-2014 year please contact the office to receive an alternate method of enrollment.
Once an Admission's Form is completed please allow one week for internal processing and payment prompt. Spots will be reserved based on the time stamp submission of the Admissions Form.
Note students are only confirmed enrollment after the first payment is received.
2014 - 2015 SEMESTERS
August 25, 2014- January 17, 2015
January 20, 2015- May 30, 2015
TUITION FOR THE 2014-2015 YEAR
Tuition may be paid in full at registration or in four payments throughout the year. Tuition for the 2013-2014 year is $1,030 for the Pre-School Program, not including a $35 Registration Fee.
Tuition Payment Deadlines:
1st Payment: July 15, 2014
2nd Payment: October 1, 2014
3rd Payment: December 1, 2014
4th Payment: February 1, 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.
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.
Tuition is non-refundable. Should a student wish to withdraw after. 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.
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.
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
||Nutcracker audition for current students, Levels 2-5 only
||Second tuition payment due
||Halloween, Teacher In-service - No Classes
||Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes
||Third tuition payment due
||Spring Main School Audition, Times TBA
||Parent Observation for Levels CD1- Level 3, & Children's Open Classes (specific days according to level are TBA)
||Parent Observation week for levels 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
||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
||Martin Luther King Holiday- No classes
||Spring Semester begins
||Fourth tuition payment due
||Spring Break - No classes (May not apply to students in levels 7-HBII)
||Spring Holiday - No classes
|April 24 & 25
||Academy Spring Performances
||Parent Observation for Pre-School Division and Levels 1-3 (specific days according to level are TBA)
||Parent Observation for Level 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
||Memorial Day Holiday - No classes
||Last Day of Academy Class
||Children's Workshops for Taming of the Shrew
||Summer Intensive Program begins (date to be confirmed)
Girls - Black sleeveless scooped neck leotard and pink footless tights. No shoes.
Boys - White short sleeve form fitting, crew neck t-shirt, black bike shorts. No shoes.
Girls - Black sleeveless scooped neck leotard, pink tights, ballet shoes, and notebook. Suggested slipper: Bloch pink leather full sole, style 205G.
Boys - White short sleeve form fitting, crew neck t-shirt, black bike shorts- Motionwear - Style 7105, white socks, black ballet shoes and notebook.
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Academy Preschool Division
Photos by: Cameron Durham