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Providence Creek Ballet Theater classes and programs are open to all students who wish to audition and train at its studio in Clayton.  PCBT is an equal opportunity school and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, national origin, or sexual orientation.  Applications for auditions are accepted with or without previous dance training.  Applicants who are accepted into the academic year program are required to pay an annual registration fee and their monthly tuition for classes upon placement.

To Register

Interested students must complete a registration form, publicity release form, release of liability form, and performance policy.  Each applicant must also submit the non-refundable annual registration fee along with the first month’s tuition.

Placement Process

Registered students ages five through seven are placed in PCBT’s Children’s Division using age and experience as guidelines prior to placement.  Registered students ages eight or older with little or no formal training listed on the registration form are scheduled for an audition and placed accordingly. Students with formal dance training listed on the registration form will be scheduled for placement class which will serve as the evaluation by PCBT’s artistic director and faculty. 

This evaluation will determine the level within which the student will be studying for the year.  Following the placement class, the artistic director will discuss with the applicant and his/her parents the results of the placement class and how many classes are expected for that level and, if applicable, any performance opportunities and responsibilities.  Placement in all PCABT classes is based solely on ability, not age and at the discretion of the Artistic Director and Faculty.

Conferences

Conferences for student evaluation or issues are encouraged and should be scheduled in advance with the artistic faculty.  These matters cannot be discussed prior to the start of class.

Handouts/Meetings

There will be various meetings throughout the year to cover importation information, especially before a performance. Important information about schedules, updates, and performances will be sent home through handouts. We ask that all parents read all handouts and attend all meetings as part of your responsibilities to PCBT. These dates will be posted on the website as soon as they are known.

Absences/Make Up Policy

Any student who must miss classes for any reason must contact the Artistic Director to report their absence.  Two weeks’ notice is required for all planned absences. Please try to arrange your activities so that they do not conflict with your dance commitment.  Three (3) unexcused absences from class or rehearsal may (at the discretion of the Artistic Director) result in being removed from choreography.  If there is a conflict, please discuss it as much in advance as possible and in person with the faculty.  Notes need to be delivered in person.  Please report to a faculty member with your note so that it can be put on the calendar.  Missed classes should be made up during a class at the same level or one level below the dancer’s assigned class level.  Please make every effort to attend all rehearsals and classes as attendance is required for progress.

There is a two week black out period prior to each PCBT performance.  Every effort MUST be made to attend all rehearsals.  These could be scheduled on days other than regular class days.  Students may not be granted absences during this period.

Rules
 
·         All students are expected to behave respectfully and courteously at all times to other dancers and to PCBT faculty and staff.
 
·         Talking is not permitted during class or rehearsals.
 
·         No student should chew gum or use bad language near the PCA studios.
 
·         Students must follow the dress code for all classes and rehearsals.
 
·         Students will show respect for the property of their peers, teachers, all PCA staff and also for the facility.  Leave the dance bags and lunches of others alone; help keep the studio and hallway clean by putting your trash in the trash can.
 
·         No food or drinks (with the exception of water) are permitted in the studio.
 
·         Please put your belongings on the shelves provided.
 
·         No one is permitted in the hallway during rehearsals for which they are a part.
 
·         Please do not interrupt classes already in session.  Dancers and parents must wait for classes currently in session to be dismissed before entering the studio.
 
·         Water bottles are encouraged and dancers will have water breaks during class.
 
·         Please make every effort to keep the studio clean.
 
·         PCABT is not responsible for any lost or stolen items and shall not be liable in any way for injuries sustained during attendance at the studio or any of its related functions.
 
·         Students may not leave the studio without their parent or guardian, unless a parental permission slip is brought in.  Parents must come in the building to sign out and pick up their child.
 
·         After school activities:  Please try to arrange your activities so they do not conflict with your dance commitment.  Three (3) unexcused absences (excused being illness, death in the family, or approved in advance) from class or rehearsal may (at the discretion of the teacher or choreographer) result in being removed from choreography.  If there is a conflict, please discuss it as much in advance as possible and in person with the faculty.  Notes need to be delivered in person.  Please report to the instructor after class with your note so it can be put onto the calendar.  Please make every effort to attend all rehearsals and classes.  Makeup classes should be discussed with faculty. 
 
·         Students in danger of being excluded from performances due to attendance will be notified in writing as soon as possible.
 
·         If you are late, please ask the teacher/choreographer for permission to participate in the remainder of the class.  If you are more than 10 minutes late you may be asked to observe, due to risk of injury.
 
·         Any reference on the internet (i.e. MySpace, Facebook, blogging, etc.) to Providence Creek Ballet Theater’s name or initials (PCBT), its artistic or administrative staff or fellow students and families in a derogatory manner could be cause for suspension or expulsion from PCBT.  Photos purchased from PCABT or taken at any PCABT event (including class and rehearsals) may not be posted on the internet without prior approval from the Artistic Director.
 
·         Parents are only permitted to observe class during Open House.  
 
·         School Attendance:  Dancers must be present at school for at least a half day to attend ballet class or rehearsal in the evening.  If a child is too sick to go to school, the child is too sick to come to dance.  Injured dancers may observe class.
 
·         PCABT’s Artistic Director may dismiss any student from the school for breaking the rules, for being uncooperative, disruptive, or for endangering the health, safety, and welfare of him/herself or others.
 

·         If you have a question or a problem about anything regarding PCBT, its classes or faculty, please direct them to the PCBT faculty.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, you will be notified of cancelations by email.  PCBT will make these decisions independent of PCA.  Make up classes and rehearsals for inclement weather will be scheduled as necessary.

Athletic Policy

All PCBT dancers will be held to PCA’s Athletic Policy. Students must show the Artistic Director their report card every trimester, and she will be checking in with the teachers periodically throughout the school year.

Arriving and Departing from PCBT
 
·         Students in the pre-professional division should try to be at or in the studio 20 minutes prior to the start of class.  Pre-class warm-up reduces the risk of injury.
 
·         If you are late, please ask the teacher/choreographer for permission to participate in the remainder of class.  If you are more than 10 minutes late, you may be asked to observe due to risk of injury. 
 
·         If a student needs to stay at PCA between the end of the academic day and an evening class, they must be in the ballet studio doing homework, reading, or any other silent activity. Dancers are not permitted to roam around the halls before or after class. Please notify the Artistic Director if your child needs to stay after school and be supervised in the studio.
 
  • Students should be picked up in a timely fashion, within 10 minutes of the end of their last class.  If students are not picked up within 10 minutes of the end of class, a fee of $1.00 per minute will apply for every minute after the 10 minute grace period.  This charge will be added to the student’s account.
  • Please do not drop your child off in the parking lot, instead, walk them into the main lobby and watch them walk to the studio.  PCBT faculty is not responsible for students until they reach the studio. 
  • All children must be signed out by a parent/guardian at the end of every class.  If a person other than the emergency contact person is going to pick up the child, a written authorization needs to be sent in advance and the person picking up the child will be asked for photo ID. 

Summer Program

Providence Creek Ballet Theater offers a 5 week summer dance program each year.  This program will run for the month of July.  The 5-week day program is designed for intermediate and advanced dancers who want to improve their skills over the course of the summer.  Summer is the best time to advance dance technique.  Without additional school responsibilities, more classes each day, and the ability to focus on technique, dancers have seen dramatic improvements at the end of the five weeks.

Students in Pre Ballet 3 through Ballet 4 are a part of the summer intensive day program, Monday through Thursday.Students in Creative Movement through Pre Ballet 2 levels are a part of the summer evening program.  These classes generally meet one or two times per week in the evening.  Classes are strongly encouraged, but not required.  We recommend the continuation of classes during the summer to retain and advance the technique and discipline that each dancer acquires during the academic year.

All Pre Ballet 3 through Ballet 4 students are required to take a minimum of 5 weeks at PCBT’s summer program, unless otherwise recommended by the Artistic Director.  PCBT students in these levels who do not participate in 5 weeks of the summer program will begin the following school year one level below their current level.

Students in the day program are eligible to attend our annual field trip to Pennsylvania Regional Ballet during the summer program.  Dancers will participate in classes with other dancers and faculty at this pre-professional school and company in Enola, PA.  This trip is chaperoned by PCABT parents and faculty. 

Applications for the Summer Programs are available for PCBT students in mid-March.  To register, complete an application and enclose a $100 nonrefundable deposit (daytime students only) to hold your child’s place in the program.  The first half of the balance is due on May 15nd with the remaining balance due on June 15st.  A discount is given to those who pay in full by May 1nd.    No one will be admitted to the summer program unless their tuition is current.

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