Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about MBSA below.  More complete details on policies and procedures can be found in the 2018-19 Student Handbook.  Families are strongly encouraged to become familiar with the policies in this document.

  • How do I register my child for class?

    Registration is online through Mindbody. Create an account for the parent first. Then, add the child/children’s information in the “Family Members” section (create a parent/child and payment relationship). Next, select the class you would like to enroll your child in, click “Sign Up Now!” and finally click “Enroll – Student’s Name.” If you need help, contact the Registrar via email or call 414-902-2117.

  • What does my child wear to class?

    A dress code is enforced and students must wear Milwaukee Ballet logo attire. Consult the Student Handbook for the specific leotard for your student. Leotards and other class attire can be purchased in-person, or online, at Ballera: a local dance supply retailer that supplies our attire (262-786-8868).

  • How do I know which class my child can attend?

    Students aged 3-6 years old are placed in a Children’s Division class according to their age as of September 1.

    Students aged 7-8 with no dance experience may register for Ballet I.

    Students aged 8+ will be placed in a class after parents consult with MBSA Staff (414-649-4077). Once you know your child/children’s placement, you may complete the registration online.

  • What if my child misses a class?

    An occasional missed class is understandable.  Out of courtesy to your child’s instructor, please communicate the absence via phone.

    Jodi Peck Center:  Call 414-649-4077 and press ‘1’ to leave a message

    Riverpoint:  Call 414-228-8128

    Towne Centre:  Call 262-790-1380

    Schauer Center:  Call 262-670-0560

    Please do not submit absence information via email.

  • How does my child make-up a missed class?

    Missing an occasional class is understandable.  Make-up classes can be done in the same level or one level lower than your regular class at the same MBSA location or another branch.  No need to notify anyone in advance.  Simply fill out a make-up class form upon arrival.

  • Where can I find the MBSA Calendar?

    Right here.  Just scroll down once you click.

  • What performance opportunities are offered for students?

    All students in Pre-Ballet I through Academy II can perform in the student showcase at the end of the school year. Students who meet certain level and height requirements can also audition for a role in Milwaukee Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Other Milwaukee Ballet Company productions sometimes include a children’s cast. Information about audition opportunities will be shared throughout the school year.

  • Are discounts, financial aid, or scholarships available?

    Yes! Two merit scholarships are offered each year: Peter Schetter Scholarship & Schomer Lichtner Scholarship. Recipients are chosen by MBSA staff and faculty, and both are awarded to upper-level students.

    Limited financial aid is available for fully registered students and is awarded based on financial need. Applications must be submitted by August 1.

    Families who live in postal code 53204 may receive 50% off tuition, with proof of address and ID. Registration must be completed in person, at the Jodi Peck Center.

    Families that enroll more than one child may receive our sibling discount: 15% off the lesser tuition amount applies to the second, third, etc. child enrolling for classes using promo code SIBLING when registering online.

    Boys Class I and II are not applicable for any discounts or financial assistance.

    Financial Aid Information
  • Do students attend Company shows at no charge?

    Students in Ballet IV through Academy II receive a complimentary ticket to each of Milwaukee Ballet Company’s season productions (excluding The Nutcracker.) Students must be fully registered and tuition payments must be current. Details about these class trips will be shared closer to each performance date.

  • Do families receive discounted tickets to shows?

    Fully-enrolled families receive a 25% discount on regular tickets for all shows, all year round. They also receive a 50% off Day-of-Show Discount Card to use at the Marcus Center or Pabst Theater. Friends and Family of MBSA students also receive 15% off tickets. Once encrolled, contact Tracy at the Box Office at 414-902-2103 for details.

  • Do you offer private lessons?

    MBSA does not offer private lessons but some MBSA Faculty and Company Dancers do on their own time. Students and faculty may rent out available Milwaukee Ballet studios for these lessons. Private lesson arrangements should be made directly with the instructor.

  • When is the Summer Intensive audition tour?

    Dates for the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive audition tour will typically be shared in November. Auditions usually take place in January-March.

    Summer Intensive Information
  • What happens if my child can no longer attend class?

    Students who withdraw from class mid-year are not obligated to pay remaining tuition but will not be refunded any tuition paid. The MBSA Registrar must be officially notified of a student’s withdrawal before the next billing date or billed party will be responsible for all tuition.

  • What is your refund policy?

    Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable to other classes, students or sessions, except in the event of a doctor verified serious illness or injury. Requests for refunds must be made in writing within 30 days of the injury or illness and be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate of inability to continue class. Refunds will be 50% of the prorated tuition amount, minus a $25 processing fee.

  • Do you offer studio rentals?

    Registered MBSA students and outside parties may rent out studios for private lessons, auditions, masterclasses and video or photography shoots. Please contact our School Administrator at (414) 902-2149 for more information on our studio rental rates.

  • Do you offer classes for adults?

    Yes! Open Division classes are designed for teens and adults with varying levels or no experience, who are interested in the fun and fitness of dance. Classes are drop-in style and meet weekly. Students may attend any or all the classes that suit their interest or level of ability. Refer to the Drop-In Classes page for scheduling and fees.

    Open Division Classes
  • Do you offer other dance classes?

    No, not as independent classes.  As students progress through the ballet levels, other dance forms like character dance, jazz and modern become part of their class schedule to supplement ballet training but these style classes are not offered as stand-alone classes.

  • Is MBSA an academic school?

    It is not. We do not offer academic classes or schooling.

  • How can I buy Milwaukee Ballet Logo wear?

    To purchase Milwaukee Ballet Logo wear, please contact our Boutique Manager, Amy Maxwell, at  Logo wear is not a required part of the dress code but it is a fun way to show your MKE Ballet pride outside of the studio.

  • When are auditions for The Nutcracker?

    Auditions for The Nutcracker often take place the first Saturday in September after school year classes have begun. This year, auditions will take place Saturday, September 8, 2018. Students eligible to audition are fully registered students in Ballet I through Academy II who meet specific height requirements.

    Student Cast Information
  • How can I get in touch with my child’s instructor?

    MBSA staff uses email to communicate information to families. If you have any questions or concerns, you may reach your child’s instructor via email using the first letter of the their first name and their last name followed by  For example:

    Faculty & Staff Information
  • Who do I contact if I have a concern about my child or the school?

    First contact your child’s instructor. If he/she is unable to help, next go to the Branch Manager. If you still have concerns, please contact Rolando Yanes, MBSA Director, for classroom, training or artistic concerns or Renee Griswold, MBSA General Manager, for administrative issues.

    Contact Info

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