Kenwood School of Ballet Youth Companies and Small Group Competition Ensembles

Kenwood School of Ballet Youth Companies and Small Group Competition Ensembles Youth Company/Small Groups are a private audition/invite only organization. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of one weekly technique classes, in addition to Company Rehearsal classes in order to participate. This is a large time and financial commitment by both the dancer and parent, as the Company travels and is involved in numerous performances, events, and competitions throughout the school year. Attendance to all scheduled COMPETITION events is mandatory.

NON-competitive events are optional and that will be made clear as we advance throughout the season.

Participation will require purchase of additional costumes, competition fees, and travel expenses.

Company commitment is an entire season long (Sept – June).

In addition to tuition, and weekly private rehearsals, additional Annual Fees cost commitment is approximately $600+ (depending on how many pieces your dancer is cast in). If a dancer drops Company/Small Group during the school year for any reason (including medical), parent is still responsible for entire annual fee, as all costumes and competition entry fees are paid in advance and non-refundable to the school.

What are the requirements for my dancer to be involved with the Kenwood School of Ballet Youth Company and/or Small Group Competition Ensembles?

  1. Dancer must be at least 6 years of age
  2. Dancer must be a student of Kenwood Ballet for at least one year prior to being considered for a placement
  3. Dancer must be enrolled in at least one weekly technique classes. In addition to technique classes, dancer must participate in weekly small group rehearsal. High frequency of training and class/rehearsal attendance is expected of all participating members.
  4. Excessive class and rehearsal tardies and absences may result in dancer being dropped from ensemble or company without refund
  5. Dancer (Parent) must communicate interest prior to August 15th of each year. Company/Small Group Season is September-June of each year. Mid-Season entry is not permitted.
  6. Dancer interest does not guarantee placement.
  7. Dancer must commit to the entire school year of Company/Small Group participation, as well as be registered in technique classes for all three sessions (Fall – Winter – Spring). Dropping from Company/Small Group for any reason other than medical or family emergency will result in exclusion from all Company opportunities in the future. Parent is still responsible for all Company/Small Group dues regardless of Dancer dropping (Medical and Emergency included) http://www.kenwoodballet.com
  8. Dancer must maintain an acceptable GPA, attitude, class attendance, and outside rehearsal and event attendance at all times

What are the costs involved?

In addition to weekly technique class tuition as noted above, Company/Small Group Annual Fees are approximately $600+ (depending on how many small groups your dancer is cast in)

These fees include:

Company Costuming – includes shoes, tights, alterations, and customization – To keep costs down, parents may be asked to help “stone” certain costumes each season.

Competition/Convention Fees Administrative Costs – Your Director or other KSB Teaching Artist will always be in attendance with your dancer at each event this season to support, coach, run choreography, etc.

This DOES NOT include: trophy replicas won from competitions (typical events award only one trophy to the team), hotel and traveling expenses for events (We typically participate in one overnight event each year)

Additional Optional Items include:

  • Bags, Gear Shirts.-A list of these fun, optional items for purchase will be communicated by early Fall each season

June Production participation is mandatory for all Youth Company and Competition Small Group pieces. There is a$25/per dancer fee for production participation of pieces. This fee will be posted along with your Winter Session class Production Fees.

What are the outside time commitments for myself and dancer?

Company dancers typically participate in 1-2 additional events each month throughout the season. The time commitment is large and dancers are expected to attend each event. All schedules are given as advance notice as possible. However, there are certain events that give shorter time notices. All efforts to communicate in a timely manner will be made.

Youth Company and Small Group Competition Payment Plans are as follows –

*A $20 Payment Plan Admin Fee will be applied to all payment plan accounts for each session requiring a payment plan*

Fall Session –

*Your entire YoCo and Small Group Fees will be posted during this session. Your final amount + Fall Session tuition will be due by December 15th each season – September 15th – 25% of your total balance (Fall Tuition + Annual Competition Fees) October 15th – 25% of your total balance (Fall Tuition + Annual Competition Fees) http://www.kenwoodballet.com November 15th – 25% of your total balance (Fall Tuition + Annual Competition Fees) December 15th – 25% of your total balance (Fall Tuition + Annual Competition Fees)

Winter Session

*Your class production fees + Winter Session Balance will be posted during this session. Your final amount + Production Fees will be due by March 15th each season – January 15th – 33% of your total balance (Fall Tuition + Production Fees) February 15th – 33% of your total balance (Fall Tuition + Production Fees) March 15th – 33% of your total balance (Fall Tuition + Production Fees) ***NEW this season – Your Winter Session final balance (Due by March 15th) must be paid in order to receive your costumes.

Spring Session –

Your final tuition fees will be due by June 15 th of each season. Accounts with any balance will result in dancers not being permitted to participate in production. April 15th – 33% of your balance May 15th – 33% of your balance June 15th – 33% of your balance,