After careful consideration, and consulting the CDC's guidelines on whether it is safe to open our facility and resume classes, we concluded we are able to operate in a safe manner. We have implemented many of the CDC's recommendations, even though these are not required by the state of Florida to do business. Your child's health and safety is paramount to us. Our schedule provides a buffer of time for the coming and going of many students, and will alleviate congestion as much as possible. Some of the other ways we are taking action include:
Limited class size
Increased cleaning and disinfection.
A "check in" station set up outside the door where the instructor will do a temperature check with a no touch infrared thermometer. Students with a temperature of 100.1 or higher will not be allowed to enter the studio.
All instructors will also do a daily self temperature check on teaching days.
Dancers will sanitize hands before entering and exiting the studio.
10 minutes between classes provide time for instructors to sanitize and disinfect the studio.
There will be one dancer per barre and barres will be set 6 feet apart during class. There will also be colored markings on the floor set 6 feet apart during center.
Markings on the walkway leading from the stairs on the side of the building to the entrance are spaced 6 feet apart so dancers can maintain social distancing while waiting to enter the studio.
Masks are highly recommended for the PreBallet and Foundations classes. Ballet 1 and up may also wear masks, however, since these students are more physically active, they may either step outside the studio as needed for fresh air or may take them off according to their families' wishes.
Cambridge School of Ballet generally follows the Orange County School System (OCSS) for major holidays and school closures. However, to keep our class offerings consistent, we may deviate from the OCSS calendar for our start date, our end date, and holidays that fall on Monday. For liability purposes, we follow OCSS closures due to weather or other circumstances. If, for reasons beyond our control, classes are cancelled, every attempt will be made to make up those classes to students in a timely manner. Classes may be added at the end of the school year, at the discretion of the School Director, to accommodate for class cancellations. Please refer to the Studio Calendar for a live calendar of classes. This should be consistently updated. Please ask your teacher if you have further questions.
Class Descriptions & Recommendations
Pre-K Ballet/Tap, introduction to dance movement & class structure, 3-5 years old, once per week
Foundations Ballet, establishes the essential groundwork of ballet technique, 5-7 years old, once per week
Foundations Tap, establishes the essential groundwork for tap dancing, 5-8 years old, once per week
Ballet 1, development of basic ballet technique, 7-12+ years old & beginning students, 1-2 times per week
Ballet 2, intermediate level development of technique, start contemporary training, 9-16+ years old, 2-3 times per week
Ballet 3, intermediate to advanced level technique with pointe training, 12-18 years old, 3-5 times per week
Ballet 4, advanced level development of technique, advanced pointe & variations, 14-18 years old
The recommended number of classes (and types of classes) are designed to keep students on pace to graduate into higher levels approximately every two to three years. They are not required, only suggested. Students taking less than the recommended number of classes per week will generally progress at a slower pace.
Proper dress and grooming are as much a part of the ballet tradition as pliés and tendus, providing discipline and teaching the students to respect themselves, their instructors and their peers. We kindly ask that you review the attire guidelines, which covers everything from hair to clothing. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
For all students, class placement and performance opportunities will be determined by the instructor and the School Director. The decision will be final. It is normal for a student to remain in the same class level for two or more years.
Attendance & Rehearsal Provision
Each class builds upon the previous class; therefore, regular class attendance is extremely important for a student’s development. Students electing to participate in performances are expected to attend classes regularly. Once students have begun working on recital pieces in class, more than five absences (for any reason) can result in the dancer not being allowed to participate in the scheduled performance events. Students selected for additional roles (outside of their class participation) are expected to make all of their scheduled rehearsal times. Exceptions must be cleared with the Director in advance, and missing more than two rehearsals (for any reason) may exclude a dancer from performing their role.
If your child will be unable to attend a class or rehearsal due to illness or other reason, please email the director.
Tardy students (more that 10 minutes late) may be asked to observe that day to protect the dancer from potential injury. Tardy dancers are asked to enter the studio when the music is not playing (between exercises).
Students are welcome to make up missed classes anytime throughout the school year, or semester. Students can make up their class by attending another class at equal or lower technique level, please check with the instructor for availability.
Food & Drink
No candy, gum, soft drinks, or food of any kind is allowed in class or rehearsals. Hydration is important - especially when a dancer has several hours of instruction and/or rehearsal back-to-back on the same day. Water is highly recommended and students are encouraged to bring a spill-proof bottle of water to class.