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REGISTRATION

How do I register?
Registrations will be accepted for the school year beginning in July. Classes begin September 7, 2016.

          • Drop-in Programs Register online: Once registered, you may purchase drop-in class cards. If you are registering a child, please enter the child’s name as the main contact. The email and phone in the contact section is the primary means for communication. After you register, you will be emailed a login and password for the account. You may purchase class packs online with a credit card or bring a check or cash to the studio to purchase.
          • Full-Term Programs Pre-register online: Once pre-registered, you may call or visit the St. Paul Ballet Registrar to complete class selection and payment. Select the term class as your main interest. If you are registering a child, please enter the child’s name as the main contact. The email and phone in the contact section is the primary means for communication. After you register, you will be emailed a login and password for the account. To pay tuition by credit card by calling 651-690-1588.
          • Register by mail: Pre-register online and mail to SPB with a check for the tuition for the year or a class pack in the Drop-in Program. Mailing address: Saint Paul Ballet, 655 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55104
          • Register in person: Visit the SPB studios, Monday-Thursday from 4:00pm-7:30pm or Saturdays 9:00am-1:30pm. NOTE: If you are unable to pre-register online you may do so in person.
            1. Tuition:
              Tuition (See Classes page for Annual or Drop-In tuition fees).Payments can be made with Cash, Check, or by Credit card. Please make checks payable to SPB. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are all accepted. If you wish to sign up for pre-authorized charges for semester or monthly payments please see the Registrar at the studio. Note: You will receive a discount for paying with check or cash and an additional discount by paying in full at the beginning of the school year before August 20, 2016.
            2. Dance wear:
              Dancewear Order Form 2016-17
              (Complete and bring to Grand Jeté store for purchasing. 975 Grand Avenue, St. Paul 651-227-0331)
            3. Please read and keep for your personal reference: Policies and Rules
            4. If you wish to sign up for automatic charges for semester or monthly payments please see the Registrar at the studio.
            5. Performance fee: In October 2016, a $40 fee will be assessed for students participating in the holiday show. In February of 2017, a $25 fee will be assessed for young dancers/$40 for Beg.-Level 6 participating in the Spring Showcase. This fee helps defray the costs for cleaning/repair/replacement of costumes in SPB’s inventory.
            6. Volunteer requirement: Parents/guardians of semester or full-term students have the option of volunteering a minimum of 4 hours per semester during performance production weeks or paying a fee of $100 per semester.

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 registrar@spballet.org

What level am I in?
Check with the School Manager, Laura Greenwell lgreenwell@spballet.org 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.

Click our class chart below

Class Web

 

Where are classes held?
655 Fairview Avenue N. in St. Paul. Just three blocks north of University Ave on the west side. Ample Free parking in lot.

What do I wear?
The dress code for the children’s and pre-professional programs is listed under class descriptions. Please download the Dancewear Order Form 2016-17 for details and prices.

TUITION POLICIES

How much is tuition?
Tuition can be found at spballet.org under SCHOOL>CLASSES

Tuition must be current on the first day of class. Students will not be able to take class if payment is past due.

  • 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 Manager, Laura Greenwell lgreenwell@spballet.org to withdraw from a class. If the student is a minor, a parent must notify the School Manager.  A student cannot relay this information to the School Manager.
  • 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.
  • Make-up classes must be granted by the School Manager and taken within 30 days within the same discipline.
  • Performance fees: In October 2016, a $40 fee will be assessed for students participating in the holiday show. In February of 2017, a $25 fee will be assessed for young dancers/$40 for Beg.-Level 6 participating in the Spring Showcase. This fee helps defray the costs for cleaning/repair/replacement of costumes in SPB’s inventory.
  • Sibling Discount: 5% off the lower tuition in Children’s Program; 10% off the lower tuition in Pre-Professional Program.
  • Monthly Payment Plan: Enroll with Registrar. Tuition will be drawn by semester OR monthly per agreement.

Do you offer scholarships?
Yes, on a limited basis. Applicants must complete the Scholarship Application. Financial Aid awarded for the 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 Saint Paul Ballet scholarship committee. Contact the Studio Manager, Laura Greenwell at lgreenwell@spballet.org for an application.
Financial Aid Criteria: Age and Level, Merit, Commitment and Financial Need.

Do you offer work study?
SPB Clean for Class Program
See the Pre-professional Level 3-6 or the Adult programs for details. We’d love for you to join our SPB family. To apply, please contact the studio:
Phone (651-690-1588)
Email (mailto:spb@spballet.org) or
In-person (1680 Grand Avenue, St Paul)

STUDIO RULES

What are the studio rules? (Policies, Rules, Calendar 2015-2016)

The School of St. Paul Ballet does not discriminate in admissions, employment or student enrollment on the basis of race, creed, sex or national origin.

ATTENDANCE

                      1. All students are expected to arrive on time ready to learn. If you arrive late to class you will be allowed to watch class.
                      2. Students in Pre-professional program are expected to attend every class in the level to which they are assigned.
                      3. For reasons of physical safety, students who arrive after the beginning of class may be asked to observe at the discretion of the instructor. Students in levels 1-6 are expected to take notes during any observation..
                      4. Please notify the school office of all absences prior to class time. Anticipated absences (school or family conflicts) should be reported in writing at the beginning of the session.
                      5. 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.
                      6. Make-up classes, when available, must be granted by the School Manager and taken within 30 days within the same discipline. For Pre-Professional students, make-up classes are to be in the next lower level only.

STUDIO/DRESSING ROOM ETIQUETTE

                      1. Eating and chewing gum are not allowed in the studio during class time. You may keep a bottle of water with you at the barre.
                      2. If you have a cell phone, ensure it is turned off prior to beginning class.
                      3. Valuables including electronic and digital devices should not be left unattended in the dressing rooms. SPB is not responsible for lost valuables
                      4. Street shoes are not allowed in the studios.
                      5. Students are expected to respect the facility and clean up after themselves in the studio and dressing room.  Parents may wait for their children in the lobby area.

SAFETY AND SECURITY

                      1. 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 4-7 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.

                      2. Please pick up your dancer on time. We understand delays may happen, especially in the winter, and request that you call the office if you will be delayed.

                      3. Saint Paul Ballet reserves the right to suspend or dismiss any student whose attitude or attendance 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 Manager 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 Manager. 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.

                      4. Our facility is a smoke-free environment.

                      5. Valuables including electronic and digital devices should not be left unattended in the dressing rooms.
                        SPB is not responsible for lost valuables.

                      6. 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

                        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. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up the dancer, the SPB office must have prior notification. If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up the dancer, the office must have SPB office must have prior notification.

PARKING

Free parking in the lot at 655 Fairview Ave. N. all along the south side of the warehouse.

May I watch class?
Observation of classes is not permitted in the beginning and intermediate levels. Class observation for the advanced levels is available on a limited basis. Prior arrangements must be made with the School Manager to observe these classes. Parents will be invited to observe their child’s progress during Parent Observation Week at the end of the school year.

It is appropriate for parents to ask the question “May I watch class?” Yes, you want to know how the teacher interacts with the students and whether the material is appropriate for your child. But we have found that when parents observe classes:

  • Young 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 Manager. Your insight into your child will help the School Manager and teachers determine what he/she might be ready for in terms of dance.  
  • Be sure to check our teacher’s credentials and/or get a recommendation from a friend.
  • Students and their parents will receive an assessment at the end of the first semester and at the end of the school year. Parents are encouraged to schedule a conference with the School Manager at any time they feel necessary.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

When are classes cancelled?

SNOW DAYS/CLASS CANCELLATIONS/HOLIDAY SCHEDULESFor 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 Twitter 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 MAKE UP CLASSES policy.

MAKEUP CLASSES

May I make up a class?

If a student has reported an absence to the School Manager a make up class may be granted. Students are required to make up missed classes. Make up class requests may not be honored for “excused” absences reported after it occurred or for unreported absences.

Absences due to legal holidays, religious holidays, bad weather, or regularly scheduled classes cancelled for any reason by School of the 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. A student should schedule a makeup with the School Manager, Laura Greenwell at least one day prior to taking the class. He or she must sign in with the Receptionist before class.

REHEARSALS

When are rehearsals?
Students involved in performances should check the: REHEARSAL CALENDAR

VOLUNTEERS

How can I volunteer?
You can help support the ballet through volunteering at performances and events. Sign up at the studio by calling 651-690-1588.
Open House August 27, 2016
Holiday Production (Nov-Dec 2016)
Ballet Tuesdays (Oct 2016-May 2017)
Spring Student Showcase (May 2017)

Volunteer requirement for parents/guardians of semester or full-term students: Option 1 –  Volunteer a minimum of 4 hours per semester during performance production weeks; Option 2 –  pay a fee of $100 per semester.