General Information
 

Facility

Classes are held in five state-of-the-art studios that feature wood sprung floors with Harlequin Studio Marley Flooring.

SBC is conveniently located at 17 N. State Street, 19th Floor in the heart of downtown Chicago between Madison and Washington Avenue. SBC is adjacent to the CTA Red, Orange, Purple, Brown and Blue Lines. Discounted parking is available in the Randolph-Wabash and/or Adams-Wabash parking garages. Parking tickets may be validated at the reception desk.

Rules and Regulations

The School of Ballet Chicago is located in a public, multi-use building. Parents should accompany young children to and from the studio. Parents are welcome to wait for their children in the main reception area. Please refrain from entering offices, office cubicles, unoccupied studios or the physical therapy room. Food and drinks are restricted to the tiled kitchen area. Parents and students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves and are expected to treat the facilities with respect.

To promote a healthy and positive environment, please observe the following:
• SBC facilities and the entire building are designated non-smoking areas.
• Valuables should not be left unattended in the lobby or dressing room area. SBC is not responsible for lost or stolen property.
• Students must wear street clothes to and from the studio.
• Any student found using drugs or alcohol will be expelled.
• Photography or Videography is not permitted within the School of Ballet Chicago.
• Students and parents are required to treat the SBC facility and staff with respect.


Dress Code

A clean and neat appearance is important for ballet dancers. Girls' hair must be worn either in a bun, or if too short, pulled back from the face. Boys' hair should be neat and kept off the face.

Boys: White t-shirt, black tights or shorts, white socks and white leather ballet slippers (all levels).

Girls: Pink tights and pink leather ballet slippers with the appropriate color leotard for the level.

A clean and neat appearance is important for ballet dancers.

Girls' hair must be worn either in a bun, or if too short, pulled back from the face. Boys' hair should be neat and kept off the face.

All female students are required to wear pink tights and pink leather ballet slippers or pointe shoes.

All male students are required to wear black tights, white t-shirts, white leather ballet shoes and white socks.

Division Class Leotard Color Theatricals Style # Capezio Style # Mirella Style # Sansha Style #
Preparatory Division Creative Movement 1 Any Color N5500C CC100C M201C Y1555C
  Creative Movement 2 Any Color N5500C CC100C M201C Y1555C
  Pre-Ballet Buttercup N5500C - M201C Y1555C
  Introduction to Ballet Light Pink D5100C - M201C Y1555C
             
Student Division Ballet 1 White D5100C CC100C M201C Y1555C
  Ballet 2 Light Blue N5500C CC100C M201C -
  Ballet 3 Lavender N5500C CC100C - Y1555C
  Ballet 4 Navy - CC101 M201L -
             
Professional Division Ballet 5 Black/White N5500 CC101 M201L -
Ballet 6 Black/White N5500 CC101 M201L -
             
Summer Sessions Program Leotard Color Theatricals Style # Capezio Style # Mirella Style # Sasha Style #
  Summer Intensive Black/White/Navy N5500 CC101 M201L -
  Advanced Intensive Black/White/Navy N5500 CC101 M201L -
  Junior Intensive Royal Blue N5500 C101 M201L Y1555C
  Ballerina Dream Any Color - - - -

The required leotard style for Ballet 1-Ballet 3 is Mirella 201C. The required style for Ballet 4 is Mirella 201L. For variations class, girls may wear the Mirella S12 chiffon wrap skirt.


Attendance

Regular attendance is critical to the development of each student. Absences from class retard progress and hinder achievement. Students who are unable to take class due to injury are expected to observe. Students must report any absence to the school prior to the class in order to be excused. Repeated absences can result in dismissal from the program. Refunds are not given for missed classes. Students more than 10 minutes late to any class may be asked to sit and observe.


Makeup Class

Missed classes may be made up at an equal level or one below at any time during the semester in which the class is missed. SBC strongly encourages students to make up classes that they miss.


Academics

Ballet Chicago believes in academic excellence as an important part of artistic achievement. As Ballet Chicago offers no academic curriculum itself, parents are encouraged to determine the academic program best suited for their child's individual scholastic goals.


Career Counseling

Ballet Chicago's hands on approach to career counseling has helped our students secure employment in over fifty companies throughout the US, Europe and South America.

A group seminar is held in November to show students how to research companies, plan their audition tour, and prepare their audition portfolio (resume, cover letter, photos, dvd's). Following the seminar, one-on-one meetings are held with the School Director or the Artistic to review materials and advise each dancer individually.


College Applications

We are happy to assist students to support requirements for their college applications. Individual meetings can be scheduled through the Upper School Administration.


School Closings

In the event of any class cancellations, information will be posted on the Ballet Chicago home page.


Injuries

Students must promptly report any injury received (in or out of class) to the school office.

 

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