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Preschool Division

Academy Preschool Program


New this summer!
PreSchool Summer Classes

Creative Dance
(For children 4-5 years of age on June 16, 2014)

Parents can choose one or two days
Mondays 2:00-3:00 PM
Saturdays 12:00-1:00 PM (Second three weeks available only)
Saturdays 11:00-12:00 PM New!

Pre-BalletCreative Dance
(For children 6 years of age on June 16, 2014)

Parents can choose one or two days
Mondays 3:00-4:00 PM
Saturdays 1:00-2:00 PM

Three week sessions:
June 16-July 5 or 
July 7-July 25
$75 for one time per week
$150 for twice per week

Six week session: June 16-July 25
$150 for one time per week
$300 for twice per week


Registration Method: Please click on the "REGISTER FOR CLASSES" link on the Academy drop-down menu above. Directions on how to navigate the system are found here. Note space is limited and filled on a first-come first serve basis. Filling out an application does not guarantee your child's placement; you will receive a follow-up email confirming this status.


Dance instruction

2013-2014 Preschool



Students must have a minimum age of 4 years on or before August 26, 2013 in order to register for the 2013-2014 Pre-School Program.

*Note schedule below is subject to change

Creative Dance I 
(for children 4 years of age on August 26, 2013)

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 26, 2013)

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. 

(for children 6 years of age on August 26, 2013)

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.  

*Please call 713-535-3218 or email hbacademy@houstonballet.org to inquire about class availibility.


Creative Dance 1: children must be 4 years of age on August 26, 2013
Creative Dance 2: children must be 5 years of age on August 26, 2013
Pre-Ballet: children must be 6 years of age on August 26, 2013


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 2013-2014 year, a child must be four, five or six years old respectively on or before August 26, 2013.

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


2013 - 2014 SEMESTERS

Fall Semester:
August 26, 2013- January 18, 2014

Spring Semester:
January 21, 2013- May 31, 2014



Tuition may be paid in full at registration or in four payments throughout the year. Tuition for the 2013-2014 year is $1,000 for the Pre-School Program, not including a $25 Registration Fee.

Tuition Payment Deadlines:
1st Payment: At the time of registration
2nd Payment: October 1, 2013
3rd Payment: December 1, 2013
4th Payment: February 1, 2014

*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.

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.


August 26, 2013      Fall Semester begins for all Main School, Pre-School, and Open classes
Aug 31-Sept 2 Labor Day Holiday Weekend - No classes
September 21 Nutcracker audition for current students, Levels 2-5 only
October 1 Second tuition payment due
October 31 Halloween, Teacher In-service - No Classes
November 25-30 Thanksgiving Holiday – No classes
December 1 Third tuition payment due
December 7 Spring Main School Audition, Times TBA
December 9-14 Parent Observation for Levels CD1- Level 3, & Children's Open Classes (specific days according to level are TBA)
December 16-21 Parent Observation week for levels 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
December 21 Last Day of Academy Class
Dec 23-Jan 4 Winter Holiday - No classes (May not apply for HBIIs or levels 7 and higher)
January 6, 2014 Classes resume for current students
January 20 Martin Luther King Holiday- No classes
January 21 Spring Semester begins
February 1 Fourth tuition payment due
March 9-12 Parent Observation for Open Class Program
March 17-22 Spring Break – No classes (May not apply for HBIIs)
April 18-19 Spring Holiday – No classes
April 25 & 26 Academy Spring Performances
May 5-10 Parent Observation for Pre-School Division and Levels 1-3 (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 12-17 Parent Observation for Level 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 24-26 Memorial Day Holiday - No classes
May 31 Open Class Performance & Last Day of Academy Class
June 9-13 Children's Workshops for Swan Lake
June 23 Summer Intensive Program begins



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.


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

Image: Students in Houston Ballet
Academy Preschool Division
Photos by: Cameron Durham