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Royal Academy of Fine Arts
17170 Mill Forest Road
Webster, TX 77598
BAY AREA HOUSTON BALLET AND THEATRE
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts is the residence of Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre, a non-profit performing arts company that was created for the pre-professional and aspiring professional dancer. The vision of the BAHBT is to exemplify the very highest international classical dance standards while incorporating an innovative and diversified integration of dance styles and performing arts disciplines. The Company is also an Honor Company member of Regional Dance America Southwest. Annual auditions for the company are held in June of each year.
In addition to the annual production of The Nutcracker, BAHBT will present Dracula, as well as Out of this World Site Specific Performance, and Annie. Further information regarding season tickets for Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre or how to become a contributing patron can be obtained upon request or by visiting www.bahbt.org. We invite all Academy parents to the BAHBT Season Kick-Off on Thursday September 9th at Bay Oaks Country Club. You will also not want to miss BAHBT’s Annual Breakfast with the Sugar Plum Fairy on Saturday, November 20th or the annual “IndepenDance Day” held on the 4th of July at the home of Dick Gregg and Ms. Lynette.
BAHBT’S HELEN MASON SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Each year, the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre presents deserving dance students with scholarships to study in New York City with well-known masters of dance. The 2011 Helen Mason Scholarship Program marks the seventh year of all eight dancers receiving scholarship funding. An outside panel of dance professionals, not affiliated with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts or BAHBT, determines the scholarship recipients.
The Preludes are a touring performing arts group that appears at local festivals and events. The group was created to nurture and cultivate young performers for BAHBT and the repertoire includes ballet, tap, jazz and musical theatre. Annual auditions are held in June of each year at Royal Academy of Fine Arts. For information on how to invite the Preludes to a community event, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BROADWAY STUDIO WORKSHOP
RAFA’s Broadway Studio Workshop (BSW) will be presenting three productions this season including Willy Wonka in August, RAFA on Broadway in September and The Sound of Music in March. Audition information is available on our website. All rehearsals and performances are held at RAFA in the Oliver Theatre.
The Helen Mason Scholarship Committee, the Advisory Council, and the Board of Directors of BAHBT sponsor various fundraising activities throughout the year. Your support and participation is encouraged and appreciated. Membership in the BAHBT Patrons and Junior Patrons is open to all interested parties. Jeté Society membership is open to BAHBT alumni. Further information may be obtained by calling (281) 480.1617 or by visiting their website at www.bahbt.org.
The Royal Academy of Fine Arts is designed to present a professional and artistic approach to each subject offered. Perfect physical execution as well as the theory of each discipline is presented to the student. Through a serious and professional approach, it is our desire that each student becomes dedicated to his or her particular endeavor. As a parent, you can aid your child and the Academy by encouraging consistent attendance and a strong commitment to their training. We welcome you to the Academy and we anticipate a stimulating and rewarding experience with you.
Certain rules and policies have been developed at the Academy over the years that contribute to a successful dance and theatre program. Such policies relating to attendance, awards, dress and discipline are listed in this handbook. These policies will be strictly enforced and we request your cooperation.
Your tuition is listed with your class schedule and is payable on the first lesson of each month. It is based on each month having four weeks during the Fall/Spring semesters although some months may have more or less. Tuition is not prorated for classes missed, but make-up classes are available and should be scheduled through the Academy office. Students are considered enrolled, and thus responsible for their tuition until the Academy office is officially notified in writing of their withdrawal. Written notification must be received prior to the 1st of the month a student wishes to withdraw. Tuition payments received after the 10th of each month will be assessed a $15 late charge. There is a $25 charge for all returned checks. An automatic payment plan is available for monthly tuition from September 2011 through May 2012. This arrangement is ONLY available with a full term enrollment commitment. We also accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express. A monthly automatic charge is available for credit cards or checking accounts.
Consistent attendance is absolutely necessary to ensure the students’ learning opportunities. To encourage perfect attendance, an award is presented to each student who attends and participates in every class during the period of August 15, 2011 until May 26, 2012. Observing class does not count toward perfect attendance and students must participate in the entire class. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to their class, they will be marked “late” which is the equivalent of an absence in regards to this award. Make-up classes also do not count towards the perfect attendance award. Students who have been continuously enrolled at RAFA, irrespective of perfect attendance, will be awarded a 5, 10 and 15 year award (silver charm or tie tack) at the Annual Awards Ceremony in May.
2012 FORMAL PRODUCTION PETER PAN
At the conclusion of each season, the Academy produces an Informal Demonstration or a Formal Production. This Spring will be our 2012 Formal Production Peter Pan. Specific details concerning dates, program fees and accessories will be available during the school year. You may refer to the back of this handbook for specific dates. Parents should note that students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in these programs that require an extra expense. The Academy must receive written notification by Monday, December 12, 2011 if they will not be performing in RAFA’s 2012 Formal Production of Peter Pan.
A specific dress code for the various Academy classes is necessary for each student so that consistency is maintained within the classroom. We believe the student derives greater benefits from his or her studies in this manner. Please see that your child attends class in the prescribed attire listed. Students will only be allowed to participate in their class if the prescribed dress code is followed. Leotards, tights and shoes can be purchased at various dancewear shops and department stores in the area. A limited amount of shoes, leotards, and tights are available to “borrow” at the RAFA front office.
Ballet shoes should fit very snugly and tightly over the heel, as they stretch with use. All students should also have an elastic strap over the instep. Tap shoes should be black and Overtures and EdPrepS students must have the low flat heel. Overtures and EdPrepS should have sewn black elastic (no button attachment or tied elastic) in their tap shoes instead of ribbon. Tap Division students should have the “jazz” tap shoe.
Students must wear a solid black leotard (any style) with solid pink tights. Pink ballet shoes and black flat tap shoes are also required. Sewn, black elastic must be sewn on the tap shoes, no button attachment or ribbon. Pink elastic should be sewn on their ballet shoes. Hair should be worn in a bun. Although bun covers are allowed, students must still have a secured bun and the bun cover must be securely pinned to the head.
Students must wear a solid pink leotard (any style) with solid pink tights. Pink ballet shoes and black flat tap shoes are also required. Sewn, black elastic must be sewn on the tap shoes, no button attachment or ribbon. Pink elastic should be sewn on their ballet shoes. Hair should be worn in a bun. Although bun covers are allowed, students must still have a secured bun and the bun cover must be securely pinned to the head.
APPRENTICE DIVISION BALLET
A solid navy blue leotard (any style), pink tights, and pink ballet shoes are required. Hair should be worn in a bun. Although bun covers are allowed, students must still have a secured bun and the bun cover must be securely pinned to the head.
Female students must wear assigned leotard color, pink tights, and ballet shoes or Pointe shoes. Hair should be worn in a bun. Although bun covers are allowed, students must still have a secured bun and the bun cover must be securely pinned to the head. Prescribed attire for specialty classes is mandatory. Certain designated Graded Division classes will be required to have a white practice tutu. Pre-Graded students are required to wear a navy blue leotard and the prescribed RAFA patch sewn to the left of all navy blue leotards worn to class.
TAP & JAZZ
A leotard or unitard, tights (any style or color). Jazz pants or shorts are allowed over tights at the teacher’s discretion. Oxford style black jazz tap shoes are required for tap. Black jazz shoes are required for Jazz. The jazz shoes may have laces or be the slip-on style. No street attire is allowed (including shirts).
Any style or color leotard and tights are acceptable along with the appropriate shoes. Ballet skirts and warm-ups are allowed at the teacher’s discretion.
Dance or athletic wear is required. Girls need to wear their hair pulled back from the face in a ponytail. Black jazz shoes or black ballet shoes are required.
HIP HOP- Dance or athletic wear is required. Girls must wear their hair pulled back from the face in a ponytail. Black jazz tennis shoes are required. Hip Hop shoes from The Wizard of Oz 2010 are allowed.
All gentlemen should wear black tights, fitted white t-shirt, and white socks along with the appropriate shoes for Ballet and Tap. Dance or athletic attire is required for Jazz, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. White ballet shoes for ballet, black oxford tap shoes for Tap, black jazz shoes for Jazz and/or Musical Theatre and black jazz tennis shoes for Hip Hop are required. Hip Hop shoes from The Wizard of oz 2010 are allowed.
At all times, the student’s hair should be pulled back from the face so as not to interfere with vision or movement. Ballet students must wear their hair in a bun or similar fashion. Although bun covers are allowed, students must still have a secured bun and the bun cover must be securely pinned to the head. Students are asked to not wear underwear with their tights. Jewelry should not be worn during class with the exception of small studded earrings. Gum chewing, eating or drinking is not allowed in the dancing areas at any time. Food and drink are not allowed in the lobby at any time whatsoever. The consumption of food and drinks is restricted to the student lounge. This rule applies to parents as well as students. Smoking is not allowed anywhere on the RAFA premises.
The Academy has a voice mail system in operation 24 hours daily. If you need assistance and no one is in the office, please leave your name and number, and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Information and questions can be addressed as well by emailing email@example.com. In the event of unusual weather such as flash flooding, snow or hurricane, the voice mail will have an outgoing message giving the status of classes and rehearsals; you will also receive an email. In most cases, for extreme weather, RAFA will follow suit with Clear Creek ISD.
All items (clothing, shoes, dance bags, etc.) should be labeled to assist in returning lost articles to the proper owner. A Lost and Found bin will be maintained in the Student Lounge at RAFA. Items of value such as cell phones, jewelry, etc. will be held in the front office. Lost and found items are discarded at the end of each month.
We encourage you to book mark RAFA’s website, www.royalacademyoffinearts.com to stay informed on upcoming events. In an effort to streamline our communication with the RAFA parents, a large percentage of our communication will be by email including information as well as forms. Please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not receiving RAFA’s ON POINTE email newsletter each week or if your email address changes.