FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- How do I register?
- What level am I in?
- Where are classes held?
- What do I wear?
- How much is tuition?
- Do you offer scholarships?
- School Calendar?
- Are there performance opportunities?
- What are the STUDIO RULES?
- May I make up a class?
- What is the weather policy?
- May I watch class?
- When are rehearsals?
- How can I volunteer?
- Questions? Call 651-690-1588 or email email@example.com
St. Paul Ballet does not discriminate in admissions, employment or student enrollment on the basis of race, creed, sex or national origin.
How do I register?
Registrations will be accepted for the school year beginning in August. Classes begin Monday, September 13, 2021.
Children’s Division ages 2.5-6: Please sign-up online with our MindBody system to book and pay for classes. Booking online will guarantee you have a spot reserved in class. You may also register using a credit card, check or cash at the studio which will be applied to your MindBody account.
Community Division ages 7+: Please sign-up online with our MindBody system to book and pay for classes. Booking online will guarantee you have a spot reserved in class. You may register also 15 minutes prior to the start of any class provided the class has not reached capacity. You may also purchase class packs or single classes using a credit card, check or cash at the studio which will be applied to your MindBody account.
School-Year Division ages 7-18: Please call 651-690-1588 to schedule a placement class before registering to determine your dancer’s level of study. After receiving placement from SPB’s School Director, please register online with our MindBody system to pay for classes. Choose from annual, semi-annual or monthly payment plans. Booking online will guarantee you have a spot reserved in class. You may also pay for classes using a credit card, check or cash at the studio which will be applied to your MindBody account.
Call or visit the SPB studios, Monday-Thursday from 4:00pm-7:00pm or Saturdays 9:00am-1:00pm to register and/or make payments.
Students with incomplete registrations will be placed on a waiting list. If you have any additional questions, please call 651-690-1588 or email the firstname.lastname@example.org
What level am I in?
Check with the School Director, Chris Onusko email@example.com if you are uncertain about which classes or programs to register for or if you have questions about class placement. If you are new to SPB you may be asked to take a placement class during one of our regularly scheduled classes. Call 651-690-1588.
Where are classes held?
655 Fairview Avenue N. in St. Paul. Just three blocks north of University Ave in the Fairview Business Center. Ample free parking in lot. Green Line Light Rail Fairview Station at University. Bus route #67 stops in front of the building.
PARKING: Free parking in the lot at 655 Fairview Ave. N. in front of the building and in striped areas all along the south side of the Fairview Business Center.
What do I wear?
The dress code for the Children’s and School-Year Divisions is listed under class descriptions. Please download the Dancewear Order Form 2021-22. (Visit or call Grand Jeté store for purchasing. 975 Grand Avenue, St. Paul grandjete.com. Phone 651-227-0331.)
For summer classes students may wear any unrestrictive dancer wear.
- Tuition Payments online may be made with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards. Cash, Check, or Credit card are accepted in-person at SPB’s studios. Please make checks payable to SPB.
- Three payment options by check/cash or credit card:
1. One annual payment.
2. Semester payments: September 13, 2021 and January 31, 2022.
3. 8 Monthly payments: due on the same day each month. Arrange at registration.
- NOTE: A 2% processing fee will be added to all credit card transactions.
- Sibling discount: 5% on the lower tuition for Children’s Division | 10% on the lower tuition for School-Year Division
- Tuition must be current on the first day of class. Students will not be able to take class if payment is past due. Payments past due will be assessed a $25 fee.
- Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable. No refunds will be given once the class registered for has begun.
- Withdrawing from a class: Students must notify the School Director to withdraw from a class. If the student is a minor, a parent must notify the School Director.
- Credit for tuition or extensions on class cards are given only in cases of injury or serious illness where medical documentation is provided.
- A $25 fee will be assessed on all returned checks.
- Entire tuition payment MUST be completed before the Winter and Spring Showcases for a student to be able to participate in the performance.
- Classes missed in Levels 1-6 are required to be made up within two weeks in an equivalent level or next lower level within the same genre.
Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, on a limited basis. Applicants must complete the Scholarship Application SPB_2021-22_Financial_Aid. Financial Aid is awarded for one St. Paul Ballet school year. Scholarships may be used for the duration of the program year or on a short-term, temporary basis, as determined by the scholarship committee. All applications will be considered by the St. Paul Ballet scholarship committee. Contact the School Administrator, Andrea Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application.
Financial Aid Criteria: Age and Level, Merit, Commitment and Financial Need.
School Calendar click here Calendar is updated throughout the year. Please check back frequently.
Are there performance opportunities for students?
Winter Showcase 2021 is for all students enrolled full-time in the School-Year Division. Performances in December 2021. Casting is at the sole discretion of the directors.
Spring Showcase: A Celebration of Our Students for students enrolled full-time for the School-Year Division and students of the Children’s Division. Performances in May 2022.
- Other opportunities for pre-professional students will be announced throughout the year.
- Attendance: Consistent attendance is taken into consideration for participation in performance opportunities and casting.
- Performance fee: This fee helps defray the costs for cleaning/repair/replacement of costumes in SPB’s inventory.
October 1, 2021 a $40 fee will be assessed for School-Year Division and Children’s Division students participating in the Winter Performance.
March 1, 2022 a $40 fee for School-Year Division students. $25 fee for Children’s Division students participating in the Spring Showcase.
- Volunteering: Parents/guardians in the School-Year Division or Children’s Division have the option of volunteering a minimum of 4 hours per semester during performance production weeks OR paying a fee of $100 per semester to hire additional staff.
Dear Parents, One of the things that makes St. Paul Ballet so special is the willingness of so many people to give their time and talent in volunteering. We would like to thank all of you who support your children everyday and share them with us. You are truly appreciated and a very important part of our school community. Thank you so much for all that you do. —Christina Onusko, School Director and Lori Gleason, Executive Director
Twice a year in January and May, St. Paul Ballet provides conferences for all students in Beginning Ballet 1&2 through Level 6. These are 10 to 15-minute conferences for the student and their parents with their primary teacher(s.) The conferences provide students and their parents with helpful information about their individual progress and is a time to ask questions and discuss recommendations from teachers for the remainder of the year (Mid-year conference) or the summer months and following year (Year-end conference.)
- All students are expected to arrive on time, dressed for class and ready to learn.
- Students in the School-Year Division are expected to attend every class in the level to which they are assigned.
- To prevent injury, students who arrive after the beginning of class will likely be asked to observe. The class instructor will let a student know if they are too late to participate safely. Students in Beginning Ballet 1&2 through Level 6 will be asked to take notes during observation. Observation is not a punishment and is an important learning tool which brings a fresh perspective.
- Please notify the school office of all absences prior to class time. Anticipated absences (school or family conflicts) should be reported by email (email@example.com) at the beginning of the session.
- Absences due to illness, injury or special circumstances will be excused; however, tuition will not be refunded. If a minor student becomes ill during class they must remain in the main studio or in the lobby area until a parent has been contacted and pick-up arrangements have been made.
- Make-up classes should be taken within two weeks within the same discipline. For School-Year Division students, make-up classes are to be in the next lower level. There is no additional tuition charge for make-up classes.
- Attendance is taken into consideration for performance participation and casting.
STUDIO/DRESSING ROOM ETIQUETTE
- Eating and chewing gum are not allowed in the studio during class time. A pre-filled bottle of water may be brought into class for hydration.
- If you have a cell phone, ensure it is turned off prior to beginning class.
- Street shoes are not allowed in the studios.
- Students are expected to respect the facility and clean up after themselves in the studio. Parents may wait for their children in the building lobby area.
- Allergies: St. Paul Ballet is a peanut and tree-nut free facility. We are also a pet free facility.
SAFETY AND SECURITY
- For children under 18: Parent involvement plays a key role in creating a safe and enjoyable experience for children. The well being of our students is a priority at SPB so we encourage parents/guardians to review safety concerns with your child. For dancers ages 2.5-8 we require that parents drop off and pick up their child in the studio. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up the dancer, SPB must have prior notification.
- Please pick up your dancer on time. We understand delays may happen, especially in the winter, and request that you call the office 651-690-1588 if you will be late.
- St. Paul Ballet reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student whose attitude is found to be unsatisfactory or who engages in disruptive or disorderly behavior, who uses inappropriate language, or who uses illegal drugs or alcohol on the premises or at off-site performance/rehearsal spaces. In such a situation the School Director will be immediately contacted and the student placed under supervision until his/her parent/guardian has arrived (an adult will be escorted off the premises). The student/adult will be readmitted to the class/performance only after approval of the School Director. NOTE: If unsafe or negative behavior occurs from a minor during a performance, the parent/guardian (or a representative of SPB in their absence) must remain to supervise the student during the performance.
- Our facility is a smoke-free environment.
- Valuables including electronic and digital devices should not be left unattended. SPB is not responsible for lost valuables.
- Emergency Closure: In the case of inclement weather or other unforeseen events, SPB will make an announcement by 1:00 pm on weekdays regarding school closure. The announcement will be on the SPB voicemail, (651) 690-1688 and SPB website at www.spballet.org
May I make up a class?
- Classes missed in Levels 1-6 are required to be made up within two weeks in an equivalent level or next lower level within the same genre.
- Consistent attendance is taken into consideration for participation in performance opportunities and casting.
Absences due to legal holidays, religious holidays, bad weather, or regularly scheduled classes cancelled for any reason by St. Paul Ballet are eligible to be made up. Students may attend a makeup class in a level equivalent to or one level below their current level and must schedule it within their respective programs. Please call the studio to let us know you will be attending a makeup class. Student must sign in with the Receptionist before class to have the class counted as the required makeup.
What is the inclement weather policy?
SNOW DAYS/CLASS CANCELLATIONS/HOLIDAY SCHEDULES For any questions related to class cancellations, please call St. Paul Ballet at (651) 690-1588 for an automated message which includes information relating to inclement weather, holidays, and any other event that might result in class cancellation.
- In the event of inclement weather, information will be posted on the spballet.org website, Facebook and Instagram and updated throughout the day on the voicemail recording. Be sure to check regularly.
- Class cancellations may differ from public school closings.
- Because many of our students travel long distances to attend classes, we encourage parents to use their judgment and to respect any posted snow emergencies for the areas through which they must travel.
- Classes canceled by the School of St. Paul Ballet due to inclement weather, or classes missed due to prohibitively dangerous driving conditions may be made up as defined in “May I make up a class? above.”
May I watch class?
Observation of classes is not generally permitted in Beginning Ballet 1&2 through Level 6. Prior arrangements must be made with the School Director to observe these classes. Parents will be invited to observe their child’s progress during Parent Observation Weeks.
- Children may be easily distracted and, some are shy and do not like to be watched by strangers.
- It is very difficult for the teacher to focus on their work with the children if they are also trying to connect with a visitor or parent.
- Also, what you might see in any one class on a given day is only a snapshot of the entire class. It may or may not be typical of that group of students, or of how your child’s class level might work.
So what does a parent do?
Do meet with your child’s teacher and the School Director. Your insight into your child will help the School Director and teachers determine what he/she might be ready for in terms of dance.
When are rehearsals?
Families of students involved in performances should check the Parent Portal for rehearsal schedules.
How can I volunteer?
You can help support the ballet through volunteering at performances and events. We can also use cleaning help and bringing supplies such as kleenex, band aids and hair binders. Sign up at the studio by calling 651-690-1588.
Open House August 9 or 16, 2021
Winter Performance (Dec 2021)
Spring Performance (May 2022)