Welcome to Canyon Concert Ballet!
Thank you for choosing to study with us. We are eager to train students who wish to pursue dance as a career, as well as those who dance for lifelong fun and fitness. It is our firm belief that the training we offer provides valuable life lessons and abilities that extend well beyond the art of ballet. We have the highest standards of professionalism for our instructional staff and expect our students to behave in a manner befitting a classical ballet school. To fulfill these expectations, we ask that you read and abide by the guidelines presented below:
Young Dancer Program
DanceWithMe!, Cavaliers & Princesses, and Pre-Ballet students may wear any comfortable clothing they can move in. Ballet slippers are strongly recommended as they work best on our studio floors and provides traction that socks do not. Canyon Concert Ballet offers its students the opportunity to save money by consigning or purchasing various leotards and slippers in Clara’s Closet, located at the Old Town Studio. A wide variety of CCB Logo merchandise is also available by special order.
Ballet Academy – Levels 1 – 7
Dancers not dressed appropriately for class will be reminded of the required attire. Additional incidences may result in being asked to sit and observe.
- Pink tights under a black leotard
- Pink ballet slippers.
- Warm-ups allowed, but must be taken off after pliés. No t-shirts.
- No skirts, except in pointe or variations classes, with teacher permission.
- No dangly jewelry.
- Hair must be in a bun, when length allows.
- Black tights or long black shorts (to mid-thigh) and a plain white t-shirt.
- Black ballet slippers.
- Boys aged 12 and up should wear a dance belt instead of underwear (available through most major dance stores).
- Warm-ups allowed, but must be taken off after pliés.
Please label all shoes and dancewear to facilitate recovery of lost items!
Lyrical, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater and Tap
- Fitted dance attire appropriate to the class is required – Leotards/Tights, Jazz Pants, dance shorts or leggings.
- Jazz or Lyrical shoes may be required by the instructor.
- Hip Hop dancers should wear comfortable clothing in which you can move freely. No denim. Dance sneakers are recommended.
- Tap – Appropriate tap shoes are required. Clothing should be comfortable and allow freedom of movement.
All students are required to wear cover ups when they are outside the studio or the performance halls – this is both professional and for your protection. Please do NOT wear street shoes into the studios or your dance shoes out onto the sidewalks or parking lots. Sand, etc. that is tracked into the studios damages the Marley.
Expectations for Students & Families
Respect the Studios, Hallways and Lobbies
Please be respectful of others and allow easy passage through hallways for everyone. While waiting for your class, please use the main lobby or TV area in the rear of the studio as a lounge rather than sitting in the hallways. Ballet Levels 4-7 may use the Green Room. When it is time for your class, please put your bags and personal items into a locker or cubby next to your classroom, rather than leaving them in the hallways. Clean up after yourselves and properly dispose of water bottles, food containers, wrappers, band-aids, tape, etc. Food and drinks other than water are not permitted in any of the studios and must be consumed in the lobby, office, green room, or hallways.
Respect the Instructors
Arrive at class ready to dance, including having your hair ready, shoes on and being warmed up. All eyes and attention must be on the teacher when s/he is speaking. Do not talk during class – it is disrespectful to the teacher and your classmates. Ask permission to leave the classroom.
Respect the Other Students
Observe your classmates as they dance – much can be learned by observing fellow students. Compliment and encourage your classmates when they do well. Ballet is difficult, and support among peers is important. Avoid gossip and negative comments that could erode our dance community. No put downs, harassment, or foul language will be tolerated; if it occurs, disciplinary action will be taken.
Your time is valuable. Arrive on time and ready to focus on ballet. Come to class consistently. Haphazard attendance results in haphazard progress and you will fall behind your classmates. Simply being at class isn’t adequate – substantial improvement requires working in class to your full potential. It is your responsibility to attend class, work hard, listen carefully, and actively incorporate corrections in order to improve.
When a teacher corrects you, it is an opportunity for you to improve and should not be taken as personal criticism. Listen carefully to all general comments from the teacher to the class as well as comments directed specifically to you. Ballet is a demanding (and rewarding!) art, and it is the teacher’s job to push you to new limits. This may include gentle physical contact as the most effective way to place a student in the correct position. If you do not want to be pushed so hard, tell your teacher and she/he will respect your wishes.
Evaluations & Levels Placements
Levels 1 through 7 will receive written evaluations at the end of each semester reviewing what you’ve accomplished and identifying the specific areas in which you need to improve. If you have questions about the evaluation, please talk with your teacher. If you have worked hard and feel that you’ve improved significantly over the Summer, or feel that you have been improperly assessed, you may challenge your placement during the first week of August, with an appointment.
Your body is your tool. Treat it well. Ballet is an athletic art and dancers must be in excellent physical condition. Adequate nutrition, hydration and rest are crucial for strength and stamina. Take the time to learn how to properly fuel your body. There is a refrigerator and a microwave available to our students in the green room.
Injuries & Illness
If you are injured, you can still learn by watching class and taking notes. During the first 48-hours following injury, ice the area for 20-minute intervals up to four times per day. Then alternate between 20 minutes of ice and 30 minutes of heat up to four times per day. Do not allow direct contact between ice and skin. It is also beneficial to elevate the injured area whenever possible to reduce swelling. During recovery, it is usually beneficial to strengthen the injured area by doing special exercises recommended by your teacher. Consult a doctor and/or physical therapist, as needed, especially if the injury persists.
If you are out sick, please call the office at 970-472-4156. Classes may be made up during the current semester in the same or a lower level class by informing the teacher why you are there.
Suggestions to Make Your Class More Enjoyable
- Bring a water bottle to class.
- Go to the bathroom before class.
- Consider keeping a dance journal to keep track of corrections, goals, aspirations, accomplishments etc.
- Make sure you have the proper shoes and they are in working order.
- Tape your toes before pointe class, since taking class time to fix and re-fix shoes slows your progress.
Know the Score
To dance at your highest level, we recommend that dancers go to performances, watch videos, read books. Explore the field you want to participate in; knowledge is power.
Auditioning for Ballets & Other Performances
Paying tuition and attending classes doesn’t insure being cast in an auditioned ballet such as The Nutcracker or the Spring Concert. Casting decisions are made solely by the directors of each production and will not be negotiated. Casting is based on the individual traits of a dancer and technique, not their class level or age. Not all students in a particular level or age category may be cast in similar roles, or even cast at all. Remember that your attitude in class and in rehearsal does affect future casting decisions.
Lost and Found
There is a box in the Green Room for lost and found items. Lost items will regularly be donated to Goodwill or Clara’s Closet. We can only guarantee that items will be held for five days after they are placed in the lost and found box. Labeling your shoes and clothing will greatly increase the chance of items being returned. All items will be donated on the Monday following the last day of classes each semester. There is a water bottle lost and found on top of the refrigerator in the green room. Valuable items will generally be held in the Canyon Concert Ballet office. Call or visit during office hours to retrieve valuable items. Canyon Concert Ballet is not responsible for any lost of stolen items.
With the exception of our parent & child classes, generally we ask that parents remain outside of the studios during class to avoid distractions and enable the teacher to maintain focus and discipline. There are instances with small children starting classes in which a parent may be present in the studio at first to reassure a student, but as soon as possible should leave the studio to enable class focus. Each semester will include a Parent Observation Week during which parents are invited to observe classes and ask questions.
We encourage students and parents to communicate any concerns or questions through the following avenues:
- Talk to your teacher first.
- Contact your Program Coordinator:
— Young Dancers: Teal McConnell firstname.lastname@example.org
— Ballet 1-7: Laurel Brubacher email@example.com
— Company: Erica Mugoye firstname.lastname@example.org
— Dance Theater: Meaghan Suchomel email@example.com
- If your concerns or questions are not fully resolved, please feel free to reach out to the Executive Director at ExecutiveDirector@ccballet.org.
Occasionally, there are concerns that cannot be resolved directly with a student. Should we feel that further discussion is required after initial communication, we may schedule a conference with the student, parent(s), and their instructor(s).
It is possible for one disruptive student to disturb an entire class or rehearsal. When a teacher has to spend significant time and energy on disciplining one student, the experience of every student is diminished.
Our policy is a three-step process:
- The teacher warns the disruptive student and attempts to improve the situation in the studio.
- After two warnings/attempts to improve the situation, the teacher will talk with the parent(s) to seek a solution.
- If the above steps fail the student may be asked to postpone training until their behavior has matured. There will be no refund of tuition in this circumstance.
News, Updates and Schedules
Please check for news and updates by visiting our website often. Weekly Studio Updates will be sent via e-mail.
Support Canyon Concert Ballet
Canyon Concert Ballet a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As with all such arts organizations, we subsist on a combination of tuition, ticket sales, grants, donations, in-kind support, and volunteers.
Dancers’ Circle Patron Program
Becoming a patron is an exciting way to support our students and our performances and outreach throughout Colorado. Membership begins at $90. Depending on the level of support, members receive a number of benefits: our e-newsletter with information about upcoming events and offers; recognition in our performance programs; invitations to attend rehearsals; and receptions with the dancers, choreographers and artistic directors. All donations are fully tax deductible as allowed by law. Please call or visit Support CCB for details about our membership program.
Corporate & Leading Sponsorships
If you are connected with a company that may be interested in sponsoring Canyon Concert Ballet either through a tax-deductible contribution or in-kind support we can provide information on this process and the benefits to the sponsor.
Canyon Concert Ballet needs volunteers in a variety of areas including costume construction, ushering, ticket sales, poster distribution, backstage management and more. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at Volunteer@ccballet.org or call 970.472.4156.
Board of Directors
Canyon Concert Ballet is governed by a Board of Directors who have a passionate interest in the arts and a deep commitment to supporting our organization. Anyone interested in joining the Board of Directors may contact the office or ask one of the current Board members for more information. The current Board Members are listed on our website. Board Members are open to the public and are generally held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm at the Innosphere building on Vine Street. Check with the office for specific details about meetings and locations.
Our Calendar & Schedule
Life at Canyon Concert Ballet is busy! We host fundraisers, community events and perform at a variety of community events on a monthly basis in addition to our three Company Productions each season. Our Calendar is located on our website and updates/changes are sent to our community via weekly Studio Updates and social media. Our school operates year-round and has three semesters. Fall Semester is 20 weeks and begins mid-August. Spring Semester is 20 weeks and begins mid-January. Summer Sessions are 10 weeks long. We are generally closed on major holidays. Monday and Friday classes missed due to holidays may be made up in other classes during the semester.
Canyon Concert Ballet is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants, employees and participants on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, physical or mental handicap, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable state or local law. This policy applies to internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with outside vendors and customers, use of contractors and consultants, use of volunteers, and in dealing with the general public. This prohibition includes unlawful harassment based on any of these protected classes. Unlawful harassment includes verbal or physical conduct which has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. This policy applies to all employees, including managers, supervisors, co-workers, and non-employees such as participants, customers, clients, vendors, consultants, etc
Free Trial Class
If requested, a prospective student may take a free class prior to payment of tuition. Students wishing to participate in a trial class should arrive 15 minutes prior to class time and check in with the Main Office to complete a registration form and sign a liability waiver. After completing your trial class, please check in with the office and let the Registrar know if you’d like to enroll in the class and make arrangements for tuition and fee payments. Tuition will be prorated to include the free class. Current students may elect to take a free trial class in a different genre to explore their interest in another discipline.
Registration & Tuition Payments
Registrations are accepted throughout the year as long as space is available. Registration is for the entire 40 week School Year – classes are ongoing from August thru June. Registration Fees ($25/individual or $45/family) and at least one month’s tuition must be paid at the time of registration to hold your space in a class. Registration Fees are required once per School Year. Class rates are determined based on a full year of Tuition. If you prefer, you may pay by the Semester or in 10 monthly installments due on the 15th of each month. No statements will be mailed. Payments may be made via cash, check, credit card or Auto Fund Transfer.
Participation in Performances
Students must be registered for the Fall semester to be considered for participation in The Nutcracker ballet in December. Students must be registered in the Spring semester to participate in the Spring Showcase. Participation in the Spring Ballet and “For the Love of Dance” is by invitation only.
Media Release/Liability Waiver
All students, Apprentices and Company Members must have a current Registration Form and Liability/Media waiver on file.
Auditions for Class Placement
Auditions to determine class level placement may be scheduled through the Main Office. Auditions for The Nutcracker will take place at the end of August.
Classes require a minimum of 5 registered students to take place. Maximum class size may be 10, 12, 15 or 20 students, depending upon the age of students and dance discipline being studied. These limits help ensure the highest level of instruction for all students. A wait list will be maintained for those classes which have reached maxium size, or for which there are fewer than 5 students registered. If a class drops below 3 registered students mid-semester, it will be placed into “ON HOLD” status until additional students are registered. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment and a suitable alternate class cannot be found, tuition will be refunded for the remainder of the semester.
Our class sizes are limited – returning students will be allowed to register prior to new students until July 1st each year.
A second or third student from the same family may receive a discount in the amount of 10% off total tuition costs for the lesser of the two total tuition costs, assuming no other discount or special has been received. This discount does not apply to Intensives, Workshops, Master Classes or Hour Cards.
A costume maintenance fee of $75 will be due with September & January tuition payments for those participating in The Nutcracker and/or Spring Ballets. A $60 fee will be due with February tuition payment for Showcase costumes.
Refunds & Makeup Classes
Canyon Concert Ballet requires a 30 day notice to receive a refund of any pre-paid Semester or Yearly tuition. Students are expected to make up missed classes. In order to participate in the Nutcracker, Spring Ballet or Student showcase, all tuition and fees must be paid in full. No exceptions will be made. Students who miss class because of a holiday, illness, etc, are encouraged to take a makeup class, if available. During production weeks, our class schedules may be altered or canceled. There will be no refunds for classes missed due to performances or rehearsals, as these are also important educational opportunities for our students.
Adding/Dropping Classes or Challenging your Class Level
Class changes may be recommended by the instructor at any time. Class Level placement may be challenged by the Student during the first week of classes in August. Please make an appointment to challenge a level with the Main Office. If you must change class days or drop a class please fill out a Change Form in the Office and notify your instructor of your need to make a change. A 30 day notice is required to receive a refund of any pre-paid tuition. Students who drop a class may re-enroll without incurring another Registration Fee.
Student or Parent Concerns
To resolve concerns in a timely and appropriate manner, students and/or parents are encouraged to discuss concerns with their individual instructor as soon as possible. If your concern is not resolved, you may address your concern with the appropriate Program Director for that class. If necessary, you may also bring your concerns to the attention of the Executive Director.
Snow Days or Emergency School closures.
In the case of severe weather or a local emergency, students will be notified via MobileCause text message. Please make sure we have your current cell phone number on file. The recorded message at the studio (970-472-4156) will be changed to reflect school closure information, and our Facebook Page will be updated to reflect the closure information.