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Open Division

Children's Open Class Program

The Children's Open Class Program consists of ballet classes for children ages 7-12. This program does not require an audition to enroll


*Note dates and times are subject to change

 Beginning Ballet Level ¾ (2+ years of ballet)

Wednesday 6:00-7:00 p.m.

 Please note student level placement will be confirmed after the first week of class.

 Registration Requirements:
- Beginning Ballet III: Must be 9 years old by August 25, 2014 and have at least two years of ballet experience.

*Placement is left to the teacher's discretion. Your child will be assessed the first week of class. Should a change be necessary the teacher will contact the parent directly.

Registration Method: Please click here to fill out an Admission's Form for enrollment in the 2014-2015 year (directions can be found here). If you were enrolled for the 2013-2014 year please contact the office to receive an alternate method of enrollment.

Once an Admissions Form is completed please allow one week for internal processing and payment prompt. Spots will be reserved based on the time stamp submission of the Admissions Form.

Note students are only confirmed enrollment after the first payment is received.



Tuition may be paid in full at registration or in four monthly payments. 2014-2015 Open Class tuition for the year is $1030, not including a $35 Registration Fee. 

Payment Schedule
First Payment: July 15, 2014
Second Payment: October 1, 2014
Third Payment: December 1, 2014
Final Payment: February 1, 2015

Refund Policy

All tuition and fees paid to the Academy are non-refundable. Should a student withdraw after tuition has been paid, the remaining tuition will be forfeited to Houston Ballet Academy. The Academy is not liable or obligated in any way to process any refunds or issue any tuition credits.

2014 - 2015 SEMESTERS

Fall Semester:
August 25, 2014 - January 17, 2015

 Spring Semester:
January 20, 2015 - May 30, 2015



August 25, 2014 Fall Semester begins for all Main School, Pre-School, and Open classes
Aug 30-Sept 1 Labor Day Holiday Weekend - No classes
September 20 Nutcracker audition for current students, Levels 2-5 only
October 1 Second tuition payment due
October 31 Halloween, Teacher In-service - No Classes
November 24-30 Thanksgiving Holiday - No classes
December 1 Third tuition payment due
December 6 Spring Main School Audition, Times TBA
December 8-13 Parent Observation for Levels CD1- Level 3, & Children's Open Classes (specific days according to level are TBA)
December 20 Last Day of Academy Class
Dec 22-Jan 4 Winter Holiday - No classes (May not apply for HBIIs or levels 7 and higher)
January 5, 2015 Classes resume for current students
January 19 Martin Luther King Holiday- No classes
January 20 Spring Semester begins
February 1 Fourth tuition payment due
March 16-21 Spring Break - No classes
April 3-4 Spring Holiday - No classes
April 24 & 25 Academy Spring Performances
May 5-10 Parent Observation for Pre-School Division and Levels 1-3 (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 11-16 Parent Observation for Level 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 23-25 Memorial Day Holiday - No classes
May 30 Last Day of Academy Class
June 9-13 Children's Workshops for Taming of the Shrew
June 22 Summer Intensive Program begins


All students are expected to attend every class scheduled for their level. If a child is unable to attend class, the Academy office does not need to be notified of the child's absence. There will be an end of the year showing and extra rehearsal dates and times will be announced at a later date.



Black, sleeveless, scooped neck, tank-styled leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes. Hair pulled back neatly in a bun. No jewelry or skirts. Suggested slipper:  Bloch pink leather full sole, style 205G.

Boys: White short-sleeved, form-fitting, crewneck leotard, black bike shorts and black ballet shoes.



Jennifer Sommers:      Ballet Instructor

Phone: 713-535-3210
Email: hbacademy@houstonballet.org


Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy maintains a policy of non-discrimination with regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, and non-job related disability.


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