Ballet Buffalo Policies
Tuition and Fees
All classes begin in September and end in June. Student enrollment is ongoing throughout the year which means students may enroll at any time provided there is space available in the class. Tuition is based on a ten month period.
Tuition payments may be made in the following ways:
Option 1) 10 Monthly Installments – Monthly installments will be deducted automatically from a designated bank account with Studio Auto-pay system.
Option 2) Biannual Payments – First payment due in September and second payment due February 1
Option 3) Annual Payment – One annual payment made in full in September (includes a 10% discount)
An annual $50 registration fee is due at registration (1st sibling $35, additional siblings free). An end-of-the-year performance fee of $75 is due the first week in November for students in preballet and up. Fee covers costumes, alterations, headpieces, props, theater rental, and all other costs related to the recital. No performance fees will be refunded after January 15, even if a student withdraws from the school.
Storybook Dance – An end of the year in-studio performance fee of $20 includes a commemorative program booklet with a picture of the student. Parents and family members are invited. Payment is due the first week in February.
Click here to learn more about our Tuition Payments for ballet classes.
Withdrawal and Refunds
There is a two month minimum for all lessons. A one month notice is required to discontinue any class(s). A Withdrawal Form must be completed in person in the office. No refunds will be given for withdrawals after April 1. CSB reserves the right to terminate lessons to any student without notice. In such a case a refund for unused lessons will be given.
Extreme weather or unexpected interruption of classes
If the school must cancel classes due to extreme weather or other extenuating circumstances beyond our control, notification will be as soon as possible. In the event of severe weather, closings will be posted on our website as well as WGRZ – Channel 2 News. Students may have the opportunity to make up the classes with prior approval by Directors. No refunds for lessons missed due to these reasons will be given.
The school reserves the right to provide a substitute teacher if the regularly scheduled teacher is ill or otherwise unable to teach classes. If a teacher is ill and the school cannot arrange a substitute, any missed classes will be made up.
Dance Dress Code
Required dancewear and dance shoes must be worn to all classes. Failure to wear required dancewear to class could result in students asked to sit out of class. Repeated failure to wear required dancewear could result in termination of lessons. Students are not permitted to wear jeans or shoes worn on the street or outdoors, to any dance class. For safety reasons, dancers are not permitted to wear jewelry. Long hair must be tied back and placed neatly in a bun. Short hair must be put back with a headband. All students are required to dress appropriately in dance attire.
Storybook Dance – Leotard with tights or white ankle socks and ballet slippers. Boys can wear shorts and a tee-shirt with socks.
Pre-ballet and Pre-ballet II – Pink leotard with ballet pink tights and ballet slippers
Ballet I and IA – White cap sleeve leotard, ballet pink tights, and slippers
Ballet II through Ballet IV – Black cap sleeve leotard, ballet pink tights, and slippers / Skirts can be worn for pointe class.
Ballet V through Advanced Level – Black camisole leotard, ballet pink tights and slippers
Boys – Black shorts or tights, white t-shirt, white ballet slippers
Jazz & Tap – The above attire with black jazz and black tap shoes
Character Dance and Musical Theater – 1.5-inch heel black character shoes
Learn more about our Dress Code for all of our classes.
Missed private lessons
No make-up lessons will be given for missed lessons unless absence is due to serious illness and prior notice has been given to the school office. Makeup lessons will be limited to two per teaching year and may require a doctor’s note. No refunds are given for missed lessons. (School activities such as ski trips or programs, band trips, breaks that differ from our school’s scheduled breaks, sports games, etc. do not qualify for make-up lessons.)
Dance class attendance and lateness
The school reserves the right to have students who come late to class sit out of the class. Repeated lateness may result in termination of lessons. A minimum attendance level will be required. If a student misses more than 4 classes without written notices, the school reserves the right to terminate lessons. Students missing more than 4 classes after January may not be allowed to participate in the year-end performance.
Parent’s responsibility to be aware of dates and events
It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all school activities, such as rehearsals, recitals, and make-up classes and dates the school is opened or closed. The parents will give the school their email address to email all such notices home. The school will post all such notices as well as emailing such notices home. It is a parent’s responsibility to regularly check their email or the postings to make sure they are informed. It is the responsibility of the parents or the adult students of any email address change, address or telephone number change.
Care of students
The school is not responsible for providing before or after class care of students. Parents with students under the age of 5 should remain in the school during classes. Students are not to be left at the school for excessive time before or after class.
Parents, legal guardians of minor students, and adult students waive the right to any legal action for any injury sustained on school property resulting from normal dance activity or any other activity conducted by the students before, during, or after class time.
By signing this agreement, the school is hereby granted to take photographs or video of the students to use in brochures, website, and promotional materials for the school. At no time will any student’s name be associated with the pictures in any materials unless specific permission is granted by a parent or legal guardian of the student.