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Academy FAQs

Are you holding in-person classes right now?

We are holding in person classes, and most are available via zoom as well. Specific capacity numbers vary based on class and studio space, and we are following OHA guidance.

How are you safely holding classes during this pandemic?

We have made many modifications to safely hold In-Person classes when the government mandates allow. Face masks are required for everyone over the age of 2, based on current OHA guidance. Class sizes have limited capacity to ensure that the dancers can maintain social distancing protocols. EBA staff follow strict cleaning procedures between groups of students and a cleaning crew comes each night to do a full cleaning reset for the next day.

What is your current mask policy?

Masks are required for everyone in our building over the age of two. This applies to dancers in and out of class, any guests entering our lobby, and all staff. The only a time a mask should be removed is when drinking or eating in common areas of the building, while maintaining social distance.

Where does my dancer check in for class?

Fall 2021

Children’s Division

  • Please escort your dancer to the check in station on the second floor, no more than 10 minutes prior to class start time.

Upper Division

  • Dancers may enter and exit without a parent or guardian. Please walk up the stairs to the second-floor, through the academy double doors and check yourself in using the iPad at the reception desk. Only proceed into the studio once directed by the instructor. Dancers are not allowed on the third floor without faculty or parent volunteer supervision.

Adults

  • Please walk up the stairs to the second-floor and through the academy double doors. Check yourself in using the iPad at the reception desk.

Where do I pick my dancer up after their class?

Fall 2021

  • Children’s Division
    • Please return to the second floor lobby for pick up.
  • Upper Division and Adults
    • Dancers may enter and exit without a parent or guardian. As we are located in downtown Eugene and the area directly outside of our doors is available for public use, we ask that you take the following precautions to keep everyone safe-
      • Always wear warm-ups or street clothes over your dance attire when exiting the building.
      • Dancers waiting for a ride to pick them up, please wait INSIDE the first floor lobby until you see your ride.
      • Dancers driving themselves or using an alternate mode of independent transportation, please be aware of your surroundings when exiting the building. If you feel unsafe for any reason, please return to the second floor lobby so we can assist you.
      • Be aware of the alley way that exits to the west of our doors. Cars coming through may not be aware of foot traffic on the sidewalk.

Can I wait in the lobby while my dancer is in class?

Yes!

We are excited to welcome patrons into our new lobby at this time. Masks are required for everyone in our building over the age of two. This applies to dancers in and out of class, any guests entering our lobby, and all staff. The only a time a mask should be removed is when drinking or eating in common areas of the building, while maintaining social distance.

Please be aware that we do not allow observation during classes. This helps keep all dancers focused on their lesson and minimizes distractions.

How do your online classes work?

Our online classes are streamed through Zoom. If the class is online only, the instructor will only be teaching to students via Zoom. If the class is In-Person/Live Streamed, the webcams in our studios will stream the class to the online participants. Dancers on Zoom will be displayed on 75” monitors so the instructor can easily teach to both the in-person and online participants.

Can I enroll in an online class if I don’t live in the area?

Yes! We have many non-local families signed up in the online sections of our classes.

What does “In-Person/Live Streamed” mean?

This means that the class has both in-person and online options for enrollment. While classes are being held in-person, they are simultaneously live streamed via Zoom to our online participants. Our studios are equipped with webcams and 75” monitors so the instructors can treat the online students as if they are physically present in the class.

Do you offer drop-in classes?

We do offer a free trial class, but require full term registration for youth classes beyond that. We allow drop-in classes for some upper level classes on a case by case basis- please inquire with the administrative team.

For adult classes, we offer a class card system that allows attendance flexibility. See HERE for more details.

Occasionally, we will have special workshops or masterclasses during winter or summer break that are available at a drop-in rate. That pricing varies on length of session, level, and the artist brought in to teach.

My dancer is 8 years old and has never taken Ballet before. Is it too late to start?

It is never too late to start! We have Ballet Foundation classes for beginning students ages 8-14. These are introductory classes for dancers with little to no experience who are interested in taking ballet classes.

Can we try out a class before we enroll?

Yes. If you are unsure about committing to a class or level, we offer one free trial/placement class. Simply reach out to us and we are happy to set it up.

If my dancer is enrolled, is their spot guaranteed for the next season?

Your dancer’s enrollment will roll over to each term in a season. If you want to unenroll, after a term, you will need to opt-out by a certain date. However, you will need to enroll your dancer at the beginning of each season, such as Fall and Summer. This information may be different during the pandemic.

What level should I enroll my dancer in?

Please refer to our Level Guide Chart.

You will notice that many of our levels are available by placement only. Please email [email protected] so we can set you up with a placement class to determine the best fit for your dancer.

Do you have requirements for each level?

Requirements begin at Level 2.2 and up. View our Level Requirements and Recommendations  for more details.

Do we have to enroll in all required classes for my dancer’s level?

We do encourage dancers to enroll in all required classes listed for their level. If you are unable to meet the requirements, please let us know so we can approve a modified schedule.

What if my dancer trains at another studio?

We support cross training for our dancers. If your dancer trains at multiple studios, let us know so we can approve any adjustments needed for their schedule.

Does my dancer have to take ballet to attend other EBA classes such as Jazz, Tumbling, etc.?

No. Although we do have class requirements for Level 2.2 and up, you may request to enroll in elective classes individually if you are unable to take required ballet classes or if ballet is not of interest to your dancer. A placement class is likely to be required prior to registration for many electives. Please contact [email protected] and we would happy to set that up for you.

For our highest levels, enrollment may be contingent upon individual approval from our Academy Director, Sara Lombardi.

Do you have a dress code?

Yes. Having our dancers follow a dress code helps teach discipline, promotes focus, and creates a professional atmosphere. Our current dress code can be found in our Policies.

Where can I purchase my dancer’s dress code?

You can purchase items on our dress code through Discount Dance. Click “Find Your Teacher” under the “Teachers” tab and enter our studio ID: 124679. You will be able to find the specific dress code by selecting the level of your dancer.

How do I make a bun?

Here are a couple of helpful videos!

Tutorial 1:

Tutorial 2:

Do you have any Eugene Ballet apparel?

We do! Check out our ONLINE BOUTIQUE.

Can I drop my dancer off in their dress code and shoes?

We recommend your dancer wear a cover up or warm-ups over their dress code and come in street shoes. Dance shoes should never be worn outside.

Does my dancer have to wear pink tights/shoes?

Our dress code requires either pink or skin-toned tights and shoes for our dancers.

Are there specific requirements for male and female dancers?

We have specific requirements for each dance style and level, and your dancer may choose between the listed options based on their comfort and preference. Please let us know fi you have any questions or if we can support your dancer in any way.

I danced when I was younger, but have not taken classes for many years. Where do I start?

Depending on your experience and how long you have taken off from dance, we will help you figure out which Adult class will be the best fit for you. Beginning Ballet is a great place to start when returning to dance!

What do I wear for class?

You can wear any athletic clothing that you feel comfortable moving in and does not restrict your movement. This can be items such as leggings, work out pants, tank tops, t-shirts, or leotards. For footwear, canvas and leather ballet slippers can be purchased from Dancer’s Closet located on Olive and 6th, or from any online dance retailer.

I am an adult and have never taken dance classes before. Is it too late to start?

We believe it is never too late to start! We offer Adult Ballet Foundations to Adults with little to no experience.

Can Adults do a trial class before committing to a class card?

Yes, we offer one free trial class to dancers interested in enrolling in our classes. Contact our office to get one set up!

How much are your classes?

Our tuition rates can be found on our Registration and Tuition page on our website.

Are we able to pay tuition with school funds such as Fossil, Teach NW, ACE, etc.?

Yes! Families with Fossil, Teach NW, ACE, etc. can use their funds to pay for their child’s tuition.

What payment methods do you accept?

The most simple and common payment method is by a credit card linked to your account. We also accept checks, cash, and school funds.

Are there other fees beyond tuition?

Aside from tuition, we charge an annual registration fee of $50 for new families and $30 for returning families, that is due once a year on the anniversary of your registration. There will be event/performance fees applied if your dancer is participating in performances. Those fees will be detailed out at the time when participation information is distributed.

Do you offer any scholarships?

We have a limited amount of scholarship funds available each year. If you want to apply for a scholarship, contact us at [email protected].

Can I pay monthly or do I have to pay by term?

Information about payments and accounts can be found in our Policies.

What performing opportunities are there for the students?

Our students have the opportunity to perform in our annual Spring Show in early June! In most years, there are opportunities for certain levels to participate in The Nutcracker and other Eugene Ballet Company shows. We also have our performing company, Eugene Ballet Youth (EBY). EBY provides additional outreach performance opportunities for our dancers.

How much does it cost to participate in Spring Show and Nutcracker?

Our show fees range, depending on your dancer’s level. Our fees generally cover theater rental and labor costs, costume rental and maintenance, and administrative costs for rehearsal and backstage management. Additional costs may include undergarments such as nude leotard and tights, photos and video (optional), tickets, and hair/makeup supplies. In 2019, our fees ranged between $35-$85. These prices are subject to change.

Do we get to keep their costume(s) from the Spring Show or the Nutcracker?

We are lucky to have a very large collection of costumes (several thousand) that have been purchased and made over the years. Our show fees cover a team of seamstresses to customize costumes for each show’s theme and to properly fit your dancer. Costumes are them cleaned, mended, and stored in our costume warehouse until their next use. For the Nutcracker, dancers are fit into the elaborate costumes owned by the Eugene Ballet Company, by the same seamstress that dresses the professional dancers!

Do you offer private lessons? How much do they cost?

Many of our instructors teach private lessons, and the price will vary depending on the instructor. If you are interested in scheduling private lessons, reach out to us and we will put you in contact with an instructor.

Can I observe my dancers' class?

Observation is only permitted during Parent Observation week, which takes place one week each term. Observers can be distracting and stressful for the dancers during class. This information may be different during the pandemic.

What do I do if my dancer has to miss a class?

Information about absences and make ups can be found in our Policies. If your dancer has to miss a class, you can notify us by filling out our absence form. They can be scheduled for a make up class either in their same level or the level below by filling out our make up form.

I am interested in volunteering. How do I get involved?

If you are interested in volunteering, let us know by filling out the volunteer form. You will be contacted shortly after your form is received.

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