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Last Updated August 28, 2020.
Welcome to Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, the only professional school for classical dance in the State of Wisconsin. Training at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is much more than a simple extracurricular activity. In addition to the technical aspects of a fine art form, students develop self-confidence, self-discipline and self-assessment skills useful in all areas of life.
Classical dance training is a methodical, graded process that demands a high level of commitment to reach maximum potential. It requires a self-discipline rarely matched by any other endeavor. Students become an active partner in the process, developing a respect for the art form of Classical Ballet.
By enrolling in MBSA, I/my child will respect the art and discipline of Classical Ballet by:
This information is designed to help answer questions regarding policies of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. Review this thoroughly and direct questions to your instructor or to the staff. The policies, rules and regulations set forth will be strictly followed.
Faculty will use their best judgment while enforcing all Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy policies. If you have questions or concerns, please first see your instructor. You may also seek information from the branch manager. If you feel your needs have not been met, please then contact the School & Academy Director regarding instruction on artistic matters or the General Manager regarding administrative issues.
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy staff uses email to communicate information to families. Please ensure an adult’s current email address that is checked on a regular basis is listed in your online account. Additional family members can be added to the general email newsletter list, but please note there will be some communication that does not come through the main newsletter, so it is the responsibility of the main account holder to pass along information as applicable. To add additional family members or students to the general email newsletter list, please email Alyx Johnson.
Healthy and constructive communication is necessary for the advancement and progress of students and the development of their self-esteem. If you have questions or concerns, you may reach your child’s instructor via email listed in the back of this handbook. Every effort should be made to resolve any issue with the instructor before contacting the Branch Manager or School & Academy Director.
We recommend parents become involved in their child’s dance education. Please share the information from this handbook with your enrolled student. Disciplinary actions are time consuming and detract from the progress of everyone at MBSA. Parents must assist MBSA Staff in resolving any matters of discipline with their child.
Ballet is a physical activity and at times faculty may need to physically move a student’s body into the correct position. This is always done professionally and with care and consideration for the student’s progress. If a student is uncomfortable with this physical interaction, please speak with your child’s instructor. With our added Health & Safety Protocols, physical contact between students and instructors will be very limited.
Staff is trained on how to evacuate MBSA students from the studio locations in case of an emergency. Should an evacuation without the possibility of returning to the building in quickly become necessary, parents should meet their child at the designated reunification location.
Baumgartner Center for Dance: Empty lot to the east of the building, accessible through the parking lot of the Italian Community Center
Riverpoint: McDonald’s in the shopping complex
Towne Centre: Sendik’s store in the shopping complex
Registration and Payment | School Year
Students register for the entire dance year, September through May, on a first-come, first-served basis online at milwaukeeballet.org. Phone registrations are not accepted. Class sizes are limited. A waiting list will be started if a class fills. MBSA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a class not meeting minimum enrollment. A confirmation letter will be sent via email upon registration.
The first monthly tuition payment is due with a completed registration form. If paying by credit card, the first charge will be made upon registration. It is required that families be on an automatic payment plan. Remaining payments are processed automatically, October through May. A credit or debit card number must be entered in MINDBODY at time of registration and must be kept current by the billed party. An automatic payment contract will then be created, and payment will be processed on the 1st of the month. If the billed party would prefer the 15th of the month, please contact the Registrar in advance. Should the monthly auto-charge be declined for any reason, the billed party will receive a courtesy email reminder to provide useable card information before late fees are assessed.
A 10% sibling discount off the lesser tuition amount applies to the second, third, etc. child enrolling for classes. Contact the Registrar to have this discount applied. Boys Class I, Boys Class II, and online MBSA@Home classes are not eligible for any discounts or financial assistance.
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.
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. All tuition received will be applied to most current outstanding balance (late fees, current balance due, then future class).
Accounts 10 calendar days or more past due incur a monthly late fee:
Balance less than $100 = $15 monthly late fee
Balance of $100–$250 = $30 monthly late fee
Balance of $251–$500 =$50 monthly late fee
Balance more than $500 = $75 monthly late fee
Late fees reoccur monthly until the tuition balance and outstanding late fees are paid in full. Late fees will be applied if a declined credit or debit card is not corrected within 10 days of the declined transaction. Students with a past due balance beyond 30 days will not be allowed to participate in any Milwaukee Ballet or Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy classes, performances, or activities.
Students with a past due balance beyond 60 days will be withdrawn from the class unless payment arrangements have been made with the Registrar. To continue with classes, reregistration will be required and is subject to availability.
Refunds or tuition credits are not given for missed classes. There is no refund or proration for classes missed for appearing in Milwaukee Ballet or Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy performances.
Registration and Payment | Summer Camps and Classes
Summer camp and class tuition is due in full at the time of registration. Students register on a first-come, first-served basis online at milwaukeeballet.org/school-academy. Phone registrations are not accepted. Class sizes are limited. A waiting list will be started if a class fills. Classes not meeting minimum enrollment may be rescheduled or canceled. A confirmation letter will be sent via email upon registration.
A 15% sibling discount off the lesser tuition amount applies to the second, third, etc. child enrolling for classes. Contact the Registrar to have this discount applied. Boys Class I and II are not applicable for any discounts or financial assistance.
Summer Class tuition is refundable only as follows, after a $25 processing fee is assessed.
Refunds or tuition credits are not given for missed classes, but students are encouraged to makeup missed classes. Make-up classes may be done at any branch in the same level or one level lower than the registered class. Refer to the website for class schedule updates. Performing experience is considered part of dance education. There is no refund or proration for classes missed for appearing in Milwaukee Ballet or Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy performances, but classes can be made up.
COVID-19 and Other Illness
In the event of an instructor illness, Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy will make every effort to schedule a substitute instructor. MBSA reserves the right to cancel class due to illness or extenuating circumstances. In-person classes may become virtual if the need arises.
In the event of inclement weather which might cause class cancellations at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy, notification will be to local news outlets and social media. If possible, an email will be sent please do not count on this as your primary weather information. In general classes will remain in session during a winter weather advisory. A weather warning would provide grounds for cancelling classes. Parents/guardians are always encouraged to do what is best for their family. Refunds or credits will not be given, nor will classes be rescheduled if classes are cancelled due to inclement weather but students may take a make-up class.
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy offers a limited amount of financial assistance for fully registered students with financial need. Families will be notified when applications open for each program. Once financial assistance is awarded, it applies to tuition for one school year only (September – May). Financial assistance is not available for summer classes, except for the Summer Intensive Program, which requires a separate application. Denial of financial assistance is not a negative indication of a student’s ability. Students receiving financial assistance must be fully committed to training at Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. Students receiving financial assistance must sign a Financial Assistance Agreement and are subject to all MBSA policies.
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy offers two merit scholarships each school year. The Peter Schetter Scholarship was created in honor of Peter Schetter, a former principal dancer with Milwaukee Ballet. Each year, it is awarded to an upper level student exhibiting strong professional potential. The Schomer Lichtner Scholarship was established by the Milwaukee Ballet Friends and is administered by the Milwaukee Foundation. It was created in honor of longtime friend of the Milwaukee Ballet and local artist, Schomer Lichtner. It is granted each year to a student exhibiting the desire and discipline to achieve his/her maximum potential as an artist. The artistic staff grants these scholarships at the end of each school year for the upcoming year.
Additionally, Milwaukee Ballet’s Relevé program offers scholarships to students showing success in that program.
Scholarship students are accountable to all polices of MBSA.
Studio Etiquette and Rules
Progress in class depends upon regular and consistent participation. Excessive absence from class will slow the student’s progress, hinder promotion, and could prevent the student from participating in performances or result in his/her dismissal from Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy. Attendance is taken in all Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy classes. Students are expected to attend every class in the level in which they are registered.
Excused absences are accepted only for medical, academic, or serious personal reasons and must be reported via our online web form at www.milwaukeeballet.org/school-academy or phoned in to the School Office at (414) 902-2150.
All students are expected to arrive on time for class. Students entering class late for any reason may be asked to observe the class rather than participate if they have missed too much of the warm-up exercises. This decision is left to the instructor’s discretion. Please do not send your child to class if he/she has an illness or is feeling unwell.
Refunds or pro-rated tuition will not be granted for missed classes, except for classes missed due to serious injury/illness and attested to by a doctor’s certificate of inability to participate. This includes classes missed due to Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy performances and events. Steady attendance in classes is critical to steady progress.
Make-up classes are not being offered at this time. As mentioned above, refunds or pro-rated tuition will not be granted for missed classes, except for classes missed due to serious injury/illness and attested to by a doctor’s certificate of inability to participate.
Promotion Policy, Progress Reports & Conferences
It is the policy of Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy that students are promoted only when they have demonstrated a mastery of the material in their current class. Students are not automatically promoted after one year in a particular class, regardless of age. Students missing more than 10% of their regular classes will often not be promoted, as adequate time has not been spent mastering the work.
Students in the Student Beginning, Student Intermediate, and Academy Divisions and the Rolando Yanes Pre-Professional Program will receive a progress report at the end of the fall semester. A full written evaluation will be given to students in the Children’s, Student Beginning, Student Intermediate, and Academy Divisions and the Rolando Yanes Pre-Professional Program at the end of the spring semester. This evaluation will contain class placement information for the following summer and school year.
At the end of the fall semester and spring semester, parent/student/faculty conferences for each Ballet IV class and higher will be held. Details forthcoming.
Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent pandemic, MBSA has implemented robust and strict health and safety protocols that prohibit the scheduling of private lessons at our facilities at this time.
All MBSA and Student Cast performance opportunities are yet to be determine for this school year. More information to follow.
MBSA presents a full school showcase each spring that involves students in Pre-Ballet I through Academy II. All students in performances must commit to all scheduled rehearsals in order to participate.
Academy level students also have the option in participating in a special fall holiday performance.
Milwaukee Ballet Company Productions
Milwaukee Ballet Company productions sometimes include a student cast. Auditions are held for these roles. Only fully registered Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy students may audition for these productions. Information about these opportunities will be communicated during the school year, as available.
Student ID and Ticket Information
As a fully enrolled member of our school, you are entitled to generous ticket discounts for Milwaukee Ballet Company.
Viewing dance performances is an important part of ballet training. Fully registered students in Student Division Ballet IV through Academy II and students in PPP receive a complimentary ticket to each series of Milwaukee Ballet’s season (excluding The Nutcracker). It is an opportunity for students to attend performances as a social group with their peers. Tuition payments must be current for students to attend. Details will be distributed to eligible students closer to each performance date.
Please click for information on the required dress code for MBSA classes.Dress Code
Baumgartner Center for Dance
Abundant, free street parking is available in the area. Parking in Milwaukee Ballet’s lot may be available after 6pm and on weekends but during regular business hours, this parking is reserved for staff.
A large parking lot is part of the shopping center.
A large parking lot is part of the shopping center.
Dressing Rooms & Waiting Areas
Dressing Rooms are not available for use at this time. Please refer to our Health & Safety Protocols. Lounges must always be kept quiet for the benefit of those taking or teaching class, as well as for administrative staff working in nearby offices.
Please do not use the restrooms as changing areas.
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Valuables should not be left unsecured in the dressing rooms. Please be respectful of everyone’s belongings. People disturbing the property of others risk being expelled from Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.
One parent for students in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet I, II, and II is welcome to escort their child to class and wait in the designated area. Please refer to our Health & Safety Protocols.
Lost & Found
Please mark all dance attire, shoes, bags, coats, etc with student’s name in indelible ink.
Baumgartner Center for Dance
Lost and found is in the Student lounge and is emptied monthly on the 1st and 15th.
The lost & found is in each dressing room. Items are kept for a maximum of 1 week.
The lost & found is in each dressing room. Items are kept for a maximum of 1 week.
Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy needs volunteers at various times during the school year. Often the events for which volunteers are needed are student related. Please be generous with your time to help with these important events.
Please make any changes to your address, email address, phone number, auto charge credit card or other information directly in your online MINDBODY account.