BALLARE DANCE CENTRE
2018 – 2019
7011 Realm Drive San Jose, CA 95119 (408) 225-4600
Dear Dancer and Parents-
I would like to welcome you to our 2018 – 2019 dance year! Recently we celebrated our 11thAnniversary making our 2017 – 2018 dance year one full of many wonderful dance memories. Congratulations to all of my dancers on a very professional and wonderful recital weekend of “A Passport to Dance”. It was a smooth and absolutely flawless performance, you all did a fabulous job. I am extremely excited, having already begun planning for the upcoming 2018 – 2019 dance year and recital celebration.
Ballare Dance Centre is also very proud to announce that for a second year we will be subletting a second space within our complex to have a studio B. Studio B will be located right next door to Ballare in the B1 unit. We will be using this space more in our upcoming dance year, allowing us to offer more dance classes per night /week.
New to our 2018 – 2019 dance schedule is our “WORK IT” adult class. Thursday nights we will be offering an adult fitness class. You can work out and dance with Miss Jenn as she teaches fun upbeat dances as well as incorporates some light toning. Come try your first class for FREE!
In this packet you will find everything you need to know about our upcoming dance year.
Please read it carefully and note special dates and policy changes that shouldn’t be missed. Please also review with your dancer these changes as well as policies and dress code as they apply to Ballare dancers of all ages.
I am ready to start our 2018 -2019 dance year and to again share my love for dance with each and every one of my dancers!
If you should have any questions please feel free to contact me at (408) 225- 4600 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition Team Auditions
Monday, August 13th
Jr. Team Auditions – MUST BE 10 years old by September 1, 2018
(New Dancer Auditions)
5:30 – 7:00
Sr. Team Auditions
(Dancers with 1 or more years on the team)
7:00 – 8:30
Thursday, August 10th
6:00 – 7:30 PM
Attend our registration night and receive $10.00 OFF your registration fee
Our 2018 – 2019 dance year will begin
Monday, September 10, 2018
Important Things to Know:
Ballare Dance Centre has (2) dance sessions throughout a calendar year. Our Fall dance session runs from September – June and our Summer session runs from July – August. At the beginning of each dance session, Fall or Summer, each dancer is required to pay a registration fee. A registration fee is due at the beginning of the Fall / Summer session or at any point throughout the dance session when you join. The session registration fee is not waived or refundable.
Fall Registration Fee: $35.00 (1 Dancer)
Fall Registration Fee: $65.00 (2+ Dancers)
Electronic Dance Payment Processing:
Ballare Dance Centre implemented an online payment system through Quickbooks in September of 2016. Dance parents receive monthly invoices for tuition, recital costumes, recital fees and any other dance related charges. You can log in at your convenience through the emailed invoice and view / pay monthly invoices, costume invoices and any other invoices that your dancer might have. You do not have to pay online, you can also pay with cash or check if you would like, Ballare Dance Centre will accept both. This program offers many great feature for both Ballare dance families and staff.
Hassle FREE – Auto Payment:
Ballare Dance Centre offers a monthly auto payment option for your convenience. Dance parents will need to complete an auto payment form, which can be found in the Ballare office area. This form authorizes Ballare Dance Centre to automatically charge these monthly charges. You are also able to choose other items such as costumes and recital fee to automatically be charged to your credit card on file. When an auto payment is charged to your card a receipt will be emailed to you for your records.
Tuition is due in full on the first of each month.
Monthly Tuition applies between the months of September – June. During the summer dance session tuition for the 5-week dance session is due in full at the beginning of the summer session.
Throughout the dance year there will be some months where we are only dancing for 3 weeks due to holidays, while there will be other months where we will dance for 5 weeks out of the month. In any situation dance tuitionwill not be prorated. I will ONLYpro-rate June’s tuition. There will not be any other exceptions!
***Ballare Dance Centre accepts Cash, Check, Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express***
Ballare Dance Centre will still accept checks at the dance studio, please not if you are one month behind in your tuition you will be required to place a credit card on file for auto payment processing.
A $25.00 fee will be charged for monthly tuition that is late, returned checks or declined credit card transactions.
**Parents Please Note on Your Checks in The Memo Area What That Particular Check Is For. Ex: May Tuition, Costumes, Recital Fee. This Will Ensure That Your Payment Is Being Applied to The Proper Invoice**
Paying tuition and other fees with CASH:
Parents if you choose to pay cash for your dancers’ tuition and other dance related fees you are welcome to do so. If you choose to pay with cash the amount given to staff will be counted and you will be asked to initial a payment sheet as well as a receipt at the time of your payment. If at any time, there is a discrepancy and or issue you will no longerbe allowed to pay in cash and a check or credit card will be required for all further payments.
Ballare Dance Centre has a dress code for each dance class and it will be enforced. Your dancer is required to come to dance with her hair in a bun or pony tail and in the proper dance clothing for the style of dance they are taking. **Please find attached a more detailed description regarding Ballare Dance Centre’s Dress Code. **
To help clear up all the dance bag clutter that occurs in the waiting area Ballare Dance Centre has dance bag storage cubbies. These cubbies are located just inside the door of the dance studio. These cubbies are for dancers to put all of his/her belongings that they bring with them to dance class. Items such as dance bags, shoes and water bottles will fit in our new organization cubbies. After each class I ask that dancers please take home all the items they had in their cubbie during class.
In 2012 Ballare Dance Centre began a scholarship program to help those families that are in need with tuition assistance. The scholarship program does not pay your entire tuition but instead is there to help bring your tuition payment to an amount your family can afford. In order to apply for this scholarship program, you must be a currently enrolled dancer and have danced at Ballare Dance Centre for at minimum of (1) entire dance year. If you would like to apply for the scholarship program, please email Miss Kelly asking for a scholarship application. Once the application is complete and returned it will then be forwarded to our scholarship committee for review. A decided assistance amount will be agreed upon and you will receive the application back with the amount of scholarship you will be receiving monthly. We will do the best we can to help all of the dancers that are in need.
Can I Stay and Watch My Dancer’s Dance Class?
Ballare Dance Centre is a place where my staff and I teach and share dance with your dancer. I ask that you please respect your dancer’s time to learn. You are welcome to relax in the office/ waiting area during your dancer’s class. I understand that as parents you love to watch your dancer, but we have found over the years that dancers respond better to teachers and the dance techniques when parents wait outside of the dance studio. There are many places to sit in our waiting area and from almost all the seats you can see into the dance studio allowing you to observe parts of the class. There are a few exceptions below (**) to the above request. For those parents who stay during your dancer’s class, please be aware of your dancer’s behavior. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
**If your dancer is becoming a distraction in his/her dance class and preventing the teacher from productively teaching the other dancers, your dancer will be asked to sit down and not participate.
He/she can join back in the class once proper dance behavior is being displayed. Parents, at this point should behavior become a weekly issue, we will need to work together to have a good dance class for your dancer. If progress is not being displayed, the dancer will no longer be able to participate in the class for the duration of the year. **
**Should your dancer have an off day, as we all do, from time to time it is acceptable to sit and watch a dance class. Should your dancer begin to cry and become inconsolable, not wanting to participate, my staff and I ask that you take your dancer home and hope that the next week he/she will be feeling better and ready to dance. A crying child is a distraction as well as it makes for an uncomfortable atmosphere for all those parents in the waiting area. **
The Waiting Area:
Ballare Dance Centre has a waiting area for parents to wait while your dancer is dancing. This area is also used for other dancers to wait for their dance class to begin. If you are dropping your dancer off for his/her dance class please drop them off no earlier than 10 minutes prior to the start of their dance class. Please DO NOT leave your young dancers unattended.
Parents:Please enjoy your time to get to know other dance families while you wait but please remember to keep your voices at an inside level as not to distract the dancers.
Dancers: When you are waiting for your class please come in and sit nicely while you wait for your class. Please respect the class that is already in session and place all of your dance items neatly against the wall.
Toys:Ballare Dance Centre does have a toy basket as well as a book/ coloring book basket to help keep waiting siblings entertained. These baskets will remain in the waiting area for all to play with. I ask that parents please have your dancer or child clean up the area of toys before leaving the dance studio.
Ballare Dance Centre Will Provide the Water …
In our efforts to reduce the number of cups being used during dance classes, Ballare Dance Centre no longer provides water cups and all dancers need to bring their own water bottles to dance class. Ballare Dance Centre will continue to provide water for all dancers and families to have access to during class.
The Parking Lot:
I would like to ask all parents to please use extra caution when pulling in and out of the dance studio driveway. The landlord at Ballare Dance Centre has addressed the safety of the parking lot area with all other tenants and their customers as to protect our dancers but, I ask that my dance families still use extra caution. Please also keep an eye on your dancer and other children not allowing them to run in and out of the dance studio into the parking lot area. Please make sure to only use the parking stalls in front of the studio door as well as street parking when dropping off and picking up your dancer. Please do not parking in the neighboring business parking lots.
What happens during the dance year?
During the months, September thru January my teachers and I will be using our weekly dance classes to teach the style and technique of a particular dance genre in the class you have enrolled in. Dancers will learn weekly different terminology, dance steps and combinations.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK: During the month of October dancers will begin learning and rehearsing routines for our holiday performance at the Christmas In The park. This is not a mandatory event. Dancers 5 years old and up will be invited to participate. If your dancer participates there is a small fee to cover the holiday costume cost. All dancers that participate have a wonderful and fun time.
During the months, January thru May dancers will use the steps and combinations learned in the previous months to learn and memorize a dance which will be performed at our annual dance recital. During the month of January each class will be choosing a costume which parents will be asked to purchase for their dancer to wear in the annual dance recital.
*Costume Money is DUE the first week of March
*Recital Fee Money is DUE the first week of May
During the month of May dancers will be working on polishing the dances that they will be performing. Your dancer, my staff and I will work to make their dances absolutely wonderful.
When Does New Dancer Enrollment Close?
Ballare Dance Centre will accept new dancers from September thru the 2ndweek of January. After the 2ndweek in January no new dancers will be accepted. This is due to the preparations that are being made for our annual dance recital, costumes and recital dances.
When Is the Dance Recital?
Ballare Dance Centre will hold its 11thannual dance recital will be held Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th.
**Parents, Please reserve the weekend of June 9th– 10thon your calendars to ensure your dancer will be available to participate in both shows. Show times TBD**
Why Do We Have A Dance Recital?
The annual dance recital gives your dancer a chance to perform each of the dances that they have been working on for the past few months for family and friends. This is your dancer’s true time to shine! Participation in the annual recital is NOTmandatory.
Why Are There (2) Performances?
Due to the annual growth of Ballare Dance Centre we increasingly have a growing number of audience members that want to attend our performances. In 2013 we started performing (2) dance recitals to accommodate all of the friends and family that wanted to see our show. Again in 2018 we will be having (2) performances. Each performance will be the same, so whichever performance your guests attend, all dances will be performed. Dancers are asked to be available to participate in both performances.
Participating in The Dance Recital Is A Commitment:
Parents will be asked to sign a recital contract in late December early January. At this time, you are asked to read all of the recital guidelines and commit to all recital dates, rehearsals as well as fees. By signing this contract, you are expected to purchase all recital costumes needed, dance shoes, tights and any other needed items as well as be at all dance rehearsals as well as are expected to be available and participate in entirety for both recital performances. This is a commitment you are making to your dance class and to Ballare Dance Centre.
My staff and I work very hard when choosing costumes for our dance recital to make sure that they are age appropriate, are of good quality, fit well with the song your dancer is dancing to, fits the style of dance and are not exceedingly expensive. My staff and I work with many costume companies to find all of the above items. For each class that your dancer takes we work very hard not to exceed a $65.00 per costume cost. There are times when the costume cost is less than our $65.00 limit and other times, it may be slightly above. Your dancer will also need a finale costume for the dance recital. The finale costume is a pair of colored shorts and a recital specific finale shirt/ tank top. This finale outfit is pre-set at $35.00.
Ballare’s 11th Annual Dance Recital
“Seasons of Dance”
Will be held the weekend of June 8thand 9th.
We will be performing at the Santa Teresa High School Theater
March 1, 2018Costume Money Due (Costume and Finale Costume)
Friday, April 12thRecital Rehearsal (@ dance studio 6:00 – 8:30)
(Dancers will be divided into (2) groups for rehearsal time –
(Group #1 (TBD) – 6:00 – 7:15)
(Group #2 (TBD) – 7:15 – 8:30)
May 1, 2018Recital Fee Money Due ($65.00)
Family Recital Fee ($95.00) 2+ Dancers Participating
Friday, May 24thRecital Rehearsal (@ dance studio 6:00 – 8:30)
(Dancers will be divided into (2) groups for rehearsal time –
(Group #1 (TBD) – 6:00 – 7:15)
(Group #2 (TBD) – 7:15 – 8:30)
Saturday, May 11thPicture Day at Now and Forever Studio’s
(To reduce our issues we have had the past few years with traffic getting to Los Gatos on a week night we will be doing pictures on a Saturday morning this year)
Tuesday, June 5th Mandatory: Dress Rehearsal at Theatre
(Santa Teresa High School @ 5:00 – 9:00)
Saturday, June 8th 11th Annual Dance Recital
Saturday Performance Time – 3:00 PM (Dancers Arrive – 1:30)
Sunday, June 9th 11thAnnual Dance Recital
Sunday Performance Time –3:30 PM (Dancers Arrive – 2:00)
Ballare Dance Centre will be CLOSED in 2018 – 2019:
Halloween: Wednesday, October 31st
Thanksgiving: November 21st– November 25th
Winter Break: December 24th– January 6th
President’s Day: Monday, February 18th
Spring Break: April 22nd– April 28th
Memorial Day: Monday, May 27th
***If the dance studio is closed on a day your dance class is in session you may attend another class of that dance style as a make-up upon teacher’s approval***
Stay CONNECTED with Ballare Dance Centre?
MONTHLY NEWS LETTER:
Ballare Dance Centre sends out a monthly newsletter to all of our dance parents. Our newsletter informs parents of all the important information / dates pertaining to that month as well as upcoming dates and information. If you are not receiving these monthly newsletters, please check with Miss Kelly to make sure your email address on file is correct.
Thank you all for reading this letter and understanding all that is going on at Ballare Dance Centre in 2017 – 2018.
My staff and I are ready to begin another wonderful dance year!