Frequently Asked Questions
Does Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education have a no weapons policy?
Yes. No weapons of any kind are permitted at our three Centre for Dance Education studios or any Atlanta Ballet or Centre student performances.
How do I know what level to register my child for?
Students ages 2-7 are automatically placed according to their age in a specific level at the Centre. Beginning at age 8, students are placed based on their technique. Thus, placement classes are required for students ages 8 and up to determine technique and level placement before registering. This placement class is free and must be scheduled through the Registrar or Centre Principals. After scheduling the class through the Registrar, pick up the student's Placement Form from the front desk when you arrive for the placement class, and give it to the instructor teaching the class. At the end of class, the instructor will return the form with the level recommendation written on it. Information regarding the recommended level will be available at the information table in the lobby. After reviewing the level information, call the location you are interested in registering for to set up a registration appointment.
Do you have performance opportunities?
Students have the opportunity to perform in our Spring Concert at the end of the school year. Students who wish to participate in the Spring Concert must register during the fall session (before January). Students who register after rehearsals begin in the spring are unable to participate. The Spring Concert fee is $135 per student and covers 4 tickets and a ballet costume. This fee is due by Thanksgiving Break (November 23rd). This fee increases after the November due date and is nonrefundable.
When are auditions for the Nutcracker and what are the requirements?
Auditions for Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker are typically three to four weeks after the fall session begins. All students auditioning must be 8 years of age by the audition date. Students do not have to prepare a routine to audition. There is no pre-registration. All paperwork will be available at the audition. The first day of auditions is reserved for current Centre students and the second day of auditions is open to dance students and gymnasts from other schools. Information is provided seasonally on our Nutcracker Hotline (404) 873-5811 ext 251.
When do you hold auditions for your summer programs?
Auditions for our summer programs begin in January and run through March. If unable to attend an audition in person, the following materials must be submitted: a 5 minute video of classroom work, dance resume, and photos (an arabesque and tendu in second) along with a $30 Audition fee and Absentee Audition Form (form can be obtained from the Director of Centre Administration). For audition dates and locations, as well as general information, visit the summer program page.
Can I purchase dancewear and supplies from the Centre?
The Atlanta Ballet Boutique is the exclusive supplier of the required uniform leotards for the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. All student programs (from Mommy and Me to Conservatory Level) are outfitted in our Atlanta Ballet uniform. The Centre's Boutiques, conveniently located at each of the three Centre locations, carry a full line of name brand, high quality dance attire, dance accessories and foot care, dance bags, and dance shoes and shoe supplies for ballet and jazz (pointe shoes are not available). The staff is professionally trained to properly fit your dance shoes on the dancer. We have a men’s department with men’s tights, dance belts, shirts, pants, shoes and apparel.
What is the Adult Open Division?
The Adult Open Division allows people ages 16 and up the chance to either begin or continue their dance training. No registration or commitment is required. You can pay as you go, purchase a ten class card or seasonal pass. Schedules are available online, via fax, email or regular mail. Call (404) 873-5811 ext 310 or visit the Adult Open Division page.
How do I sign my child up for classes at the Centre?
All registration for classes must take place in person with the Registrar at the Midtown Centre, the Principal at the Buckhead Centre, or the Principal at the Cobb Centre. Call each location for available appointment times. To contact Midtown Centre, please call (404) 873-5811 ext. 310; to contact the Buckhead Centre, please call (404) 303-1501; and to contact the Cobb Centre, please call (678) 213-5000. A minimum of first and last tuition installments, along with a $50 non refundable registration fee must be paid at registration. Siblings of two or more registering at the same time will receive a 5% discount on tuition.
Is there a deadline for registration or is it ongoing?
Registration is ongoing throughout the year. Early registration for the next school year begins in April for returning Centre Students and then is open to the public in May. Please contact the registrar to receive the appropriate class schedule information for your child. You MUST receive the schedule and tuition paperwork before coming in to register your child. We strongly advise early registration to hold a spot for your child in the classes as they do tend to fill up quickly.
Do you offer any tuition payment plans?
We offer three tuition payment plans. The first plan is payment in full due at registration with a 5% discount applied. The second plan is 2 installments: the first due at registration and the second due January 1st. The third plan is 10 installments: the first and last due at registration and the remainder due the first of each month ($10 late fee applies to accounts not paid by the 15th of each month). Families registering two or more siblings at the same time using payment plan 2 or 3 will receive a 5% discount. All tuition is nonrefundable after the student's first class.
When do classes begin and end at the Centre?
Our school follows the Fulton County School calendar. Our 40 week program begins in August and ends in June. A calendar of events is handed out at registration.
How many classes must my child take a week?
Students ages 2-6 are only required to take one Creative Movement class per week. All other students (ages 7 and up) must take the mandatory requirement of two ballet technique classes a week. Levels BIII and above are recommended to take three to four times a week. Pre-Professional students are required to take all scheduled classes five to six days per week, with no excused absences.
What types of dance lessons other than ballet do you offer students?
We are primarily a ballet technique school; however, we do offer Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop as additional classes to the required two ballet classes per week for students ages 7 and up.
At what age do you begin to offer classes?
We offer a Mommy & Me class for 2 year olds. We start teaching children at age 3. Students must be the appropriate age by September 1st of the school year to participate in the Mommy & Me and Creative Movement Division (ages 3-6). Students age 7 enter into the BI level and students ages 8 and up must attend a placement class to determine their appropriate technique level. We offer classes at many levels up to the Pre-Professional level, which is by audition only.
Do you offer scholarships?
Scholarships are offered based on demonstrated financial need and are available to students who have attended the Centre for one or more years. Applications are available and accepted April through June 15. The deadline is June 15. A committee meets and awards scholarships for the upcoming school year. An application can be mailed or picked up at the Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre.