Q: What qualifications are necessary to register for
Children’s Division classes?
A: Primary classes (ages 4-8) are open enrollment and no prior experience
is necessary. When registering a first-time student for the Primary
levels, we ask that you contact our staff prior to registration.
Based on the student’s age and previous experience, our staff
will recommend the most appropriate level for the student to enroll
All students interested in enrolling in Level 1A and above (ages
8-12) must participate in one of the Children’s Division auditions.
Students will be placed by the faculty into the appropriate level
of the program.
Our goal is to create engaging, appropriate and challenging classrooms
for all students in the program while adhering to the guidelines
for age and the development of students in ABT’s National
Training Curriculum. Students may be moved to a higher or lower
level at the discretion of the faculty.
Students will be evaluated at the end of the school year, at which
time they will be pre-placed for the next school year. Students
can spend as many as 1-2 years per level based on progress.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: Yes. There is a strict dress code for each level of the Jacqueline
Kennedy Onassis School. In order to accurately instruct students
in executing proper classical ballet technique, the positions of
the legs, feet, and torso must be visible. The physical transition
of changing into dance clothes assists students in making the mental
transition to focusing on the body that is essential to a successful
learning environment. The uniform now includes leotards from International
For the safety and etiquette of the ballet class, only small pierced
earrings may be worn. No other jewelry including necklaces, watches,
bracelets, and rings may be worn during class. Girls’ hair
must be secured in a neat bun for ballet class. The bun will keep
hair out of their eyes and off of the neck, and will allow for proper
spotting technique during turns.
Q: Are students in the Children’s Division evaluated?
A: Students will receive written evaluations following the fall
semester. For our young dancers, this process provides an opportunity
to receive the acknowledgement of their physical efforts and feedback
from an ABT master teacher. Based upon examination results and faculty
recommendations, students are pre-placed for the next school year.
Q: Can students still be enrolled once the school year
A: Registration for the 2013-2014 school year will begin in June
2013. Given space availability in the program, parents are encouraged
to enroll their young dancer during the summer registration period.
Once the semester has begun, enrollment in the program is not guaranteed.
Q: Do students participate in a final performance?
A: Unfortunately, parents cannot observe weekly classes as it’s
disruptive to both the teacher and the students. One week in each
semester is set aside for parent observation. Students may have
the opportunity to audition for ABT’s production of The Nutcracker
and other productions throughout ABT’s performance season.