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Ballet Austin Academy

School Year Classes Policies & Procedures

Withdrawal / Refund Policy

Withdrawal notification must be submitted in writing (or email) and received by the Academy Office. A $30 withdrawal fee will be charged to the account.

Tuition for the first month is non-refundable. If withdrawing after the first month of the school year program, the annual tuition will be prorated and refunded accordingly. No refunds or prorates will be issued if withdrawing after March 31 of each year.

Schedule Change Policy

Class Change Requests must be submitted in writing (or email) to the Academy Office before a student can move to another class. Not all class change requests may be accommodated.

General Studio Protocol

Ballet Austin Studio Protocol Includes:

  • The Dress code is specific for each level. Reference each level for Academy uniform requirements.
  • Students are expected to behave respectfully and courteously at all times.
  • Photography/Videography by patrons in the Butler Dance Education Center is prohibited.
  • Students must wear street shoes and cover up clothing before leaving the building.
  • Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Elementary Division students should not enter a classroom until the teacher is present.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division students may stretch in the studio before their class begins if there is not another class in the studio.
  • Parents are asked to remain outside the studio.
  • Chewing gum, food and drinks (except water in closed containers) are not allowed in the studio or dressing rooms.
  • Toe tape, Band-Aids, containers, wrappers, etc. must be disposed of in trash cans.
  • Students are not permitted to sit at or play the pianos.
  • Ballet Austin is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Labeling personal items with the student’s name is recommended. Personal items should remain with the student or parent at all times. Do not leave personal items unattended.
  • There is a lost and found bin located in the study area next to the upstairs lounge for missing items. At the end of the month, items that have not been retrieved will be discarded or donated to charity.

Attendance Policies


  • Attendance will be taken in each Academy class.
  • Students must arrive prepared, properly dressed, and on time for all scheduled classes.

Late Arrival
Students enrolled in the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced Divisions may be asked to sit and watch class if arriving more than 15 minutes late.

If a student misses a class for any reason, his/her parent or guardian must call 512.501.8703 or email to report the absence.

Class Make-up

  • All Students may make up missed classes by attending another class at or below their current level of study.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division students are required to make up missed classes whenever possible.

Illness or Injury

  • Students who are ill should not come to class.
  • Extended illness requires a note when returning to class.
  • Injured dancers are encouraged to come observe class so they are familiar with the curriculum and combinations being taught when they return to class.

Watch Week

Watch Weeks allows parents the opportunity to experience the hard work and dedication that their child demonstrates in his/her studies at the Ballet Austin Academy. One Watch Week is scheduled during fall and during spring. Dates are listed on the Academy Calendar.


  • Please keep noise and/or distraction to a minimum. This includes:
  • Only two adult family members are allowed to attend. Siblings should remain at home.
  • Keeping cell phones on silent mode during class
  • Arriving on time for class
  • Staying in the studio for the duration of class
  • Photography and/or videography are not allowed during watch week classes.
  • Creative Movement through Elementary Division classes will end a few minutes early to provide time for parents to photograph and/or videotape their child in the studio.

Holidays, Closings & Inclement Weather

Holidays & Closings

  • Since Ballet Austin Academy students come from many different school districts, the Academy does not follow the holiday/closing calendar of any particular school district.
  • Holidays and closings are listed on the Academy Calendar.
  • There may be unforeseen circumstances that require Ballet Austin Academy to cancel or change a class. Students will be given advance notice whenever possible. Refunds are not given for classes not held, but the Class Make-up Policy will apply.

Inclement Weather

  • Ballet Austin does not follow the school closing decision of any particular school district.
  • Decisions to cancel classes due to inclement weather will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Directors of Ballet Austin.
  • Weather can vary greatly from one area to another. If classes are not canceled, but threatening weather conditions in your area make it unsafe for you to drive to Ballet Austin, please use your discretion and stay home. You may make up any missed class during the remainder of the school year.
  • Weather updates will be available by calling 512.501.8704
  • If classes are not held due to inclement weather students may make up any of those classes during the remainder of the school year at any time that is convenient in the same level or a level lower.

Year-end Presentations & Performances

Year-End Presentations and Performances are scheduled in May and allow another opportunity for parents to view their child’s progress. Dates are listed on the Academy Calendar.


  • Photography/Videography (no flash please) will be allowed during Creative Movement Division In-studio Presentations.
  • Photography/Videography (no flash please) will be allowed during Pre-Ballet and Elementary Division Year-end Presentations held in the AustinVentures StudioTheater.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Division Performances will be recorded and DVD’s will be made available for sale. Photography/Videography (no flash please) will be allowed.

Liability / Waiver / Photo/Likeness / Release

Please read the Liability/Waiver Release form carefully. This is a release of liability and waiver of certain legal rights. A release is required for enrollment into the Academy.

General Release.
As the enrolled participant and/or the parent/guardian of the enrolled participant, I agree and understand that dance/fitness training is a potentially hazardous activity. I recognize that there are risks inherent in dance training including but not limited to serious physical injury. The participant hereby agrees to participate in activities of the Ballet Austin Academy and hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Ballet Austin, its instructors, officers, directors, agents and employees against any liability resulting from any injury that may occur to the participant while participating in activities of the Ballet Austin Academy. The participant also agrees to indemnify Ballet Austin for any damages incurred arising from any claims, demand, action or course of action by the participant.

Medical Treatment.
The enrolled participant authorizes any representative of Ballet Austin to have the participant treated in any medical emergency during their participation in activities of the Ballet Austin Academy. Further, the participant and/or parent/guardian agrees to pay all costs associated with medical care and transportation for the participant. Any special medical/health problems of which the staff should be aware will be submitted to the Academy Office before participation begins.

Illness Protocols.
The City of Austin and Travis County have lifted all COVID-19 emergency rules and orders. All eligible students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19. If a student is feeling ill, regardless of whether they are vaccinated for COVID-19, they should stay home and contact their medical provider. Ill students may return to normal activities when they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without taking fever-reducing medication.

  • Once students resume normal activities, they are encouraged to take additional prevention strategies for the next 5 days to curb disease spread, such as:
    • enhancing hygiene practices.
    • wearing a well-fitting mask.
    • keeping a distance from others, and/or getting tested for respiratory viruses.

Photograph/Likeness/Videotape Release.
As the enrolled participant and/or the parent/guardian of the enrolled participant, I authorize Ballet Austin, Inc. and/or its representative, agent, or employee to photograph and/or videotape and use any photograph/likeness of me or my minor child for any purpose, including publicity, choreographic archives, promotional materials and/or any other reason deemed appropriate by the Directors.

Ballet Austin Student Inclusion Policy

The Ballet Austin Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.

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