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Preschool Division

Academy Preschool Program

2014-2015 Preschool Registration

Creative Dance

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

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.  
Saturday 1:00-2:00 p.m. 

Pre-Ballet
(for children 6 years of age on August 25, 2014)

Tuesday 5:00-6:00 p.m. 
Wednesday 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Thursday 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Saturday 9:00-10:00 a.m. 
Saturday 10:00-11:00 a.m.  



REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Dance instruction

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

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

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.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

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

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

Spring Semester:
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.

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.

Family Rates
Family rates are available to families with more than one student enrolled in classes. The student in the highest level will pay full tuition. Each additional child will receive a ten percent discount on tuition.

Refund Policy
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.

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.

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
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 1 Fourth tuition payment due
March 16-21 Spring Break - No classes (May not apply to students in levels 7-HBII)
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 8-12 Children's Workshops for Taming of the Shrew
June 22 Summer Intensive Program begins (date to be confirmed)

 

CLASS ATTIRE

Creative Dance

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.

Pre-Ballet

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.

 

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

To contact the Academy:

Phone: 713-535-3210 
Email: hbacademy@houstonballet.org

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Academy Preschool Division
Photos by: Cameron Durham