Character class is the study of authentic steps and performance styles of ethnic dances. Students learn rhythm, musicality and performance techniques. Students also develop the ability to memorize choreography and have the opportunity to perform with the St. Petersburg Folk Ensemble.
All dancers in Ballet I-IV are required to study character dance, which is the study of ethnic and cultural dances from around the world. The emphasis is on musicality, learning choreographed dances and performing at the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair and in the community.
Note: Ballet Fundamental students may take Character on Thursdays from 5:00-5:45.
Parents and students are encouraged to avoid making appointments during class time. Students who miss class regularly will be moved into a lower class level in order to maintain the integrity of each class’s curriculum. Parents must notify the Academy if their child is going to be absent. Students are encouraged to make-up all missed classes as quickly as possible.
The class terms at the Academy are August thru July. Meaning, classes begin in mid-August of one year and end in July of the next year. Tuition at the Academy is based on a single amount divided into twelve monthly payments. Tuition is due by the tenth of each month. A late fee of $10 is expected for payments received after the tenth of each month. Tuition is not reduced to reflect missed classes due to illness, work schedules, vacations, or holidays. Make-up classes can be arranged with the teacher. Adjustments will be made for summer vacations if the Academy is notified in writing beforehand.
A student is considered enrolled in a class until the Academy is notified in writing that the student will not be returning. This policy permits the Academy to keep the enrollment in each level from exceeding the limit established by the Directors to maintain professional standards. Tuition is due until written notification is received. Notifications can be mailed to email@example.com.