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Academy Main School Division

2014-2015 Year-round Program Auditions

(Dates subject to change, please check back often for updates)

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Registration: 9:00-9:50 AM
Audition: 10:00-11:30 AM
$35 Pre-registration Audition Fee
$40 On-site Audition Fee

Pre-registration will open May of 2014. Please check back to this page for a registration link. Your confirmation email should be used as proof of purchase and should be brought to the audition. 

Audition Frequently Asked Questions

Faculty 

Shelly Power, Academy Associate Director
Claudio Muñoz, Ballet Master, Houston Ballet II
Sabrina Lenzi, Ballet Mistress, Houston Ballet II
Priscilla Nathan-Murphy, Principal of Lower School
Cheryne Busch, Pricipal of Middle School  Main School Program
Susan Bryant, Instructor
Sally Rojas, Instructor

Andrew Murphy, Instructor

Admissions

Students are required to audition for admission into the Main School Year-Round Program (levels 1-8). Auditions for Houston Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive Program are posted on the Summer Audition Tour webpage. Dates are usually announced in November. Houston Ballet II (HBII) auditions are posted under that program's webpage.

Following the audition:
Audition results will be e-mailed to each student. To secure a class place after a student has been accepted into the school, it is important to complete all registration forms by the specified deadline. Classes will be closed when they reach their maximum capacity.

Re-Auditioning
All current students are encouraged to attend Houston Ballet Academy's Summer Intensive Program. Students in levels 3-8 who do not attend the summer program are required to re-audition for admission to the fall semester.

2013 - 2014 semesters

Fall Semester:
August 26, 2013 - January 18, 2014

Spring Semester:
January 21, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Academy Calendar for 2013-2014 year

August 26, 2013      Fall Semester begins for all Main School, Pre-School, and Open classes
Aug 31-Sept 2 Labor Day Holiday Weekend - No classes
September 21 Nutcracker audition for current students, Levels 2-5 only
October 1 Second tuition payment due
October 31 Halloween, Teacher In-service - No Classes
November 25-30 Thanksgiving Holiday - No classes
December 1 Third tuition payment due
December 7 Spring Main School Audition, Times TBA
December 9-14 Parent Observation for Levels CD1- Level 3, & Children's Open Classes (specific days according to level are TBA)
December 16-21 Parent Observation week for levels 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
December 21 Last Day of Academy Class
Dec 23-Jan 4 Winter Holiday - No classes (May not apply for HBIIs or levels 7 and higher)
January 6, 2014 Classes resume for current students
January 20 Martin Luther King Holiday- No classes
January 21 Spring Semester begins
February 1 Fourth tuition payment due
March 9-12 Parent Observation for Open Class Program
March 17-22 Spring Break - No classes (May not apply for HBIIs)
April 18-19 Spring Holiday - No classes
April 25 & 26 Academy Spring Performances
May 5-10 Parent Observation for Pre-School Division and Levels 1-3 (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 12-17 Parent Observation for Level 4-HBII (specific days according to level are TBA)
May 24-26 Memorial Day Holiday - No classes
May 31 Open Class Performance & Last Day of Academy Class
June 9-13 Children's Workshops for Swan Lake
June 16-July 25 Summer Intensive Program

 

Tuition for the 2013-2014 Year

Tuition may be paid in full at registration or in four payments throughout the year. Tuition for the 2013-2014 varies according to the level.

2013-2014 Annual Tuition
Level 1:  $1775
Level 2:  $1775
Level 3:  $2225
Level 4:  $2650
Level 5:  $2880
Level 6:  $3000
Level 7:  $4500
Level 8:  $5000

The prices above do not include a $25 Registration Fee, and a $100 Spring Recital Fee. Prices are subject to change at any time.

Tuition Payment Deadlines:
1st Payment: At the time of registration
2nd Payment: October 1, 2013
3rd Payment: December 1, 2013
4th Payment: February 1, 2014

*Please note that students with delinquent accounts will not be admitted to class or be eligible to register for the next semester until their account is current.  

Withdrawal Policy
Parents or guardians who wish to withdraw their child from the Academy must submit, in writing, to the Academy Office notice that the child will be leaving the school.  Parents/guardians will be responsible for all tuition payments due up to the point in which the Academy has received written notification of the student's withdrawal.

Refund Policy
Tuition is non-refundable. Should a student withdraw in the beginning or middle or a quarter which has been paid, the remaining tuition will be forfeited to Houston Ballet Academy.

Attendance
Unexcused absences may hinder the promotion of a student and/or result in dismissal from the Academy.  Students who are injured are required to watch class, although students who are ill and contagious should stay home.  The attendance policy is included in the Student Handbook which is distributed to students at the beginning of the Fall Semester.

Make-up Classes
Students may make up an absence by either attending another section of their level or one level below. Prior to making up a class, the student must pick up a make-up form from reception or the Academy Office. An absence is considered "excused" only when the academy office is provided a note from a physician.


Evaluations

Pre-Ballet and Main School levels 1-4 will receive evaluations once per year, at the close of the first semester. Students in levels 5-8 will have an evaluation class in the Spring Semester before Spring Break with consultations upon their return. Evaluations will be emailed to parents after Student consultations.

Level 8 students will also have an end-of-the-year variation evaluation at the close of the Spring semester.

Body Conditioning

Students in levels 5-8 are required to attend coaching sessions with a pilates instructor over the course of the year.  Students in level 4 are encouraged to attend pilates sessions.  Students may pay for classes in advance and can schedule appointments by inquiring in the Academy Office.

Performance Opportunities

Students in levels 1-8 will have the opportunity to perform at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston Ballet Academy's Spring Performance.  Students are required to participate and will be assessed a performance fee at the time of registration.

Please visit the Ticketing & Schedule section of this website for directions to the Wortham Theater and information on how to purchase tickets.

Class Attire

Level 1:
   Girls: Leotard:  Montionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Cirrus Blue
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style C80 footed, pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

   Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 2:
   Girls: Leotard: Montionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Iris
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style C80 footed, pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

   Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 3:
   Girls: Leotard:  Montionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Cobalt
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style C80 footed, pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

   Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 4 Pointe and Pre-Pointe:
   Girls: Leotard:  Montionwear - Tank 2200
Sweetheart fully lined, Silkskin, color- Hunter
Tights:  Body Wrappers - Style A46, convertible for pointe dancers, fully-footed for non-pointe dancers; pink.
Pink ballet shoes.

   Boys: Bike shorts: Motionwear - Style 7105, color - 210 Black
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T.  General white form fitting crew neck T-shirt.
White socks and black ballet shoes.

Level 5:
   Women: Leotard: Montionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Royal Blue
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

   Men: Shirt:  Montionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Level 6:
   Women: Leotard: Montionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Purple
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

   Men: Shirt:  Montionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Level 7:
   Women: Leotard: Montionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Cranberry
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

   Men: Shirt: Montionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Level 8:
   Women: Leotard: Montionwear - Princess Cami 2518 shelf lined, Tencel, color- Sapphire Blue
Tights: Body Wrappers - Style A46, pink.
Pink ballet and pointe shoes.

   Men: Shirt: Montionwear - Style 7207 white.
Leotard:  Baltogs - Style 380T white.
Black footed tights, tall black socks, and black ballet shoes.

Preferred Shoe Style:
Girls: Level 1-3, Open School, and PreSchool Programs
Full sole leather pink slippers, Bloch 205G

Girls: Level 4 and up (any of the below)
V instep - Block 203
Bloch canvas split sole - Zenith, style #282
Bloch split sole all leather ballet slipper - #258

Additional Class Attire
Modern: Black or pink footless tights
Jazz: Jazz shoes
Character: Girls – Character shoes and character skirt Boys – Jazz shoes

Contact The Academy

Phone: 713-535-3210     E-mail: 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.

Image: Former HBII students, current Company members,
Natalie Varnum and William Newton.
Photo by: Amitava Sarkar