General Policies

The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School aims to provide the quality dance training necessary for a student to become a professional dancer. Classical ballet technique is the focus of training, as it is the wellspring from which all other concert dance techniques have developed. A strong ballet base is essential for all dancers and makes learning other techniques, such as jazz and modern dance, much easier and safer.

The well being of each student is of primary concern, and The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School provides a nurturing and supportive environment for all students. Teaching methods utilize the American Ballet Theatre® National Training Curriculum and are based on proper body alignment and muscle usage to ensure the safe development of technique for each dancer. Our teaching methods also foster the development of confidence, poise, discipline, coordination, and personal well being.

Students are expected to work to their highest potential. In return, dancers will receive the personal care and attention to their training that they deserve.

Registration: Registration will be accepted through February 1, 2020. A completed registration form and a $25 non-refundable registration fee is required for each student.

Schedule: The 2019-2020 class schedule runs from September 3, 2019 through May 9, 2020. Please see our Calendar of Events for scheduled holiday breaks and performances. Students will be notified in advance if classes are cancelled or rescheduled for any reason. Inclement weather closings will be determined by 2 pm and posted on our Facebook page and local news stations.

Class Observation Policy: The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School does not allow open class observation on a regular basis, but we do host specific visitor weeks in the fall and spring sessions. We ask that you respect the student-teacher relationship and allow them to focus their attention on training and not be distracted by having observers in class or outside the studios.

Level Placement Policy: Students will be placed into levels based on age, developmental level, and ability as determined by the Director and their teachers. Advancement is dependent upon attainment of skills, work ethic, and classroom behavior. For Levels 3 and up, a placement class will be conducted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 6-7:30 p.m. to determine appropriate leveling.

Pointe Work Pre-Requisites: Students must be at least 11 years old and must have completed a minimum of two full years of ballet training. They must demonstrate correct posture and alignment with feet, ankles, and legs properly aligned and strong enough to support the dancer on pointe.

Classroom Attire: All students must adhere to the dress code, or they will not be allowed to participate in class. See Dress Code for general rules and specific level requirements.

Performance Opportunities: The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School will present end-of-year performances in May 2020. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned, in addition to continuing their dance education with participation in a performance event. Other performance opportunities will be offered with Oklahoma City Ballet. Eligible students will be notified of auditions for productions such as The Nutcracker presented by Devon Energy.

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