Rules, Regulations and Policies

School Rules + Regulations

  • All students are required to wear street clothes and shoes when entering or leaving the studio.
  • Students are expected to be ON TIME for every class. This means the student should be in the classroom before the music begins.
  • Students are expected to stay in a class until the end and should not leave the classroom without permission.
  • Use the restroom, get a drink of water, secure hair, etc, before entering the classroom.
  • Students are required to wear proper attire and will not be permitted to enter class without the proper attire. Refer to Dress Code Policy for complete information.
  • Students are expected to be respectful and courteous towards all instructors, staff members, and guests of the school, as well as fellow classmates.
  • Students are expected NOT TO TALK while in class.
  • If a student has a question, he/she should raise his/her hand and ask the instructor.
  • Students are not allowed to use cell phones in the classrooms or dressing rooms.  Students with cell phones are required to TURN OFF phones before entering class.
  • Students are not allowed to take photographs with cell phones in the facility (including during class or in the dressing rooms) without permission.
  • Students are ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED to chew gum, eat, or bring water/sodas/juice or any open bottles into a classroom, during a class or rehearsal without permission.
  • Students are expected to keep the noise level to a minimum in the hallway and in dressing rooms at all times.
  • Students are expected to have respect for the property of the school and other students. An individual found guilty of stealing will be immediately dismissed from the school.
  • The school cannot assume responsibility for the loss of students’ valuables.  Ballet bags are allowed in designated areas of the studio during class.
  • Arrival and departure from classes and rehearsals are expected to be punctual.
  • Students registered at Virginia Ballet are not permitted to take classes or to perform elsewhere without the permission of the Artistic Director.
  • The telephones at Virginia Ballet offices are not for student use.  Students may be given permission to use the phone to call a parent or guardian in the event of illness, a time change, or an early closing of the school.
  • Students and their parents are responsible for reading all posted notices.
  • It is highly recommended that parent(s) attend all meetings to keep informed and gather important information regarding the school and performances.

Parents and students should discuss all rules and regulations. If any clarification is needed, please feel free to ask the registrar for more information.  Proper understanding of the rules will lead to a more positive experience for all.

Students who do not comply with the STANDARD CODE OF CONDUCT AND THE rules and regulations MAY be suspended and/or dismissed entirely from the school.

Dress Code

Virginia Ballet Company and School does specify a dress code for all classes and rehearsals located at our school. It is the parents’ and or students’ responsibility to acquire the appropriate attire necessary for individual classes. While there are various styles of leotards available for students to purchase, many are not appropriate for ballet class. For this reason we have revised our dress code to reflect the leotard styles that are acceptable for wear at Virginia Ballet Company and School. These leotard colors and styles are available at local dance supply stores in our area and online.

Students are not permitted to wear oversized items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts, large earrings, etc. Teachers may ask students entering class with oversized items on to remove the item.

Cold Weather Attire:
During cold weather months students are permitted and should bring a sweater, sweatshirt, and a pair of leg warmers with them to the studio. This is especially important when students are at the studio for rehearsals or have time in between classes. Students may wear these items after class to keep their muscles warm. It is at the teacher’s discretion to allow students to wear warm-up clothing during actual instruction time. Teachers may ask students entering class with warm-up items on to remove the item.

Required Undergarments for Students:
All students are required to wear the proper undergarments (dance trunks, dance bras or camisole leotards, dance belts) with the appropriate clothing designated for the enrolled class.

All students age nine and older are required to apply deodorant.

Students will be dismissed from the classroom if not dressed in the appropriate attire.


For individual class uniform information, please contact a VBC registrar at

*Students at the Advanced and Intermediate IV and III levels ONLY are permitted to wear a colored leotard the last week of every month. Colored leotards should be of an appropriate style. This is the ONLY week students at the Intermediate IV & III levels will be allowed to wear a halter leotard.


White, Off-White, Light Pastel, Dark Blue, or Black Sweater (wrap ballet sweaters), sweatshirt, or sweatpants, legwarmers, pull-over ballet tops, or pull-over ballet pants, Virginia Ballet Company and professional dance company apparel is allowed.

Items with rude or vulgar words, phrases, or sayings are not permitted. Students will be asked to remove these items at teacher’s discretion.

Dance trunks, briefs, or girdle (white, pink, black), Dance Bra (nude, black), camisole leotard (nude, white, black with clear straps), Full Body Tight optional  (nude, black) Dance Belts (nude, white, black)

Etiquette for Dancers

What to Expect: Studio etiquette is very important. It is the expectation that everyone will physically demonstrate esteem for the art form, the teachers, and other students. All guests, students, and teachers are expected to be courteous and treat one another with respect and dignity.

Be On Time: Arriving late is disruptive to the overall flow of the class, other students and the teacher. Teachers carefully plan class lessons to build on the exercises done at the beginning of each class. If you must be late it is very important that you not enter the class unobserved after attendance has been taken. If your presence is not noted your attendance record will be incorrect and can affect advancement to the next level.

Be Neat:  Keep your hair pulled back off your face and neck and firmly secured. Hair flying about can be distracting, get in the eyes and cause problems with spotting freely during pirouettes. Ponytails and braids can be dangerous, hitting you or someone else during class.

Do not wear jewelry to the studio or during class. Necklaces, bracelets, and dangling earrings can fly off and hit someone, become caught during partnering class and ripped out or cut your partner, or break into pieces on the floor creating hazardous dancing conditions. We do allow small earrings.

Be Clean: Being respectful to others means wearing clean clothes and clean smelling shoes. Attend to your personal hygiene. Shower and use antiperspirant or deodorant (keep some in your dance bag) before coming to class. Avoid strong perfumes or colognes. Expression of the hands is very important in dance. Please keep them clean, with no chipped fingernail polish.

Show others you have respect for yourself by coming to class clean, neat, and well put together.

Dress Like a Dancer: Follow the dress code policy. The dress code allows the teacher to see your physical movement and make the proper corrections. Being properly dressed shows the teacher you are serious about your art form. You will feel more confident and dance better when properly dressed for class.

Wear proper street clothes as well as proper street shoes when arriving and leaving the studio. Dance shoes should never be worn outside on concrete or asphalt surfaces, as it will ruin them very quickly. Remember, how you enter an establishment or room says a lot about who you are as an individual and what you are there to do.

Our Manners: Dancers are polite ladies and gentlemen. They should not lean against the wall, barre, or piano (if an accompanist is present for class). Sitting down unless directed to do so is not acceptable; and dancers should never chew gum during class.

Rudeness to teachers, peers, and the accompanists is absolutely unacceptable in ballet, for which you may be dismissed from class or even expelled from the school. Yawning, talking, whispering, or having private giggle sessions with your friends is considered rude behavior.

Our Attention: Dancers are in class to work, watch and listen, especially when combinations are being demonstrated. At higher levels students are expected to know the proper vocabulary and be able to pick up steps quickly and correctly. Attention is important. Teachers may not show the combination more than once.

Perform Entire Combinations as Given: It is not only distracting but is also incredibly rude and disrespectful to your teacher to do combinations other than the way the combination was given. Any physical problems should be discussed with the teacher before the class begins so the teacher understands why you may not be doing a step to your fullest potential.

Finish every combination no matter what. Even if you are having difficulty, ballet discipline requires that you finish a combination to the best of your abilities and with as much grace as you can. Stomping your feet, making faces, making rude verbal noises or comments, or showing your frustration or other negative emotions is considered inappropriate.

Where to Stand: If you are new in class, notice whether the other dancers have a set place at the barre. Ask the teacher to suggest a spot for you to stand. Otherwise, find an empty place or ask your fellow classmates if there is room for you to stand next to them. Make sure you have enough room to extend your legs fully in front and behind yourself without hitting the person standing next to you.

When class moves to the center the teacher may find a place for you in line. In most schools lines rotate when repeating combinations so all students get the opportunity to check their technique in the mirror (this is what the mirrors in class are for). In class no one is allowed to hide in the back and become a habitual follower. All must take a turn at being in front and on their own. If lines do not rotate, it means the teacher trusts you to be an example and a leader to others. Working hard to stand in the front of the class is considered an honor and usually is given to the best students.

When moving across the floor or from the back to the front of the room, take your position in line and be ready to go. If you’re not intending to go, make it clear to others by getting out of the way.

Personal Items: Dancers should always take their dance bags with them to class. Do not take a chance by bringing expensive items to the studio. Take your dance bag with you into the studio and look for the designated area to put your dance bags. Make sure it is safely out of the path of dancers and put it where you can keep an eye on it.

Drinking Water During Class: It is good to drink water before and after class ends. Drinking water between barre exercises or center exercises is generally not allowed. It is inappropriate to drink water while a teacher is giving a combination. If the teacher allows, students may drink water from a water bottle between barre and moving to the center. Drinking water from a bottle with a secure closable lid is very important. If water spills on the dance floor the flooring could quickly and easily be ruined, requiring expensive repairs and causing class to be canceled for those repairs.

Permission to Leave Class: Dancers should always ask permission to leave the studio while class is in progress, even if ill. To disappear from class without permission is unacceptable. If you must leave class early, quietly catch the teacher’s attention at the end of a combination, wave thank you or curtsy and silently leave. Always try to speak with the teacher before class begins to let them know you will have to leave early. This will cause less distraction and not disrupt the flow of class when you leave.

Inclement Weather Policy

Virginia Ballet Company’s Inclement Weather Policy is as follows:

Virginia Ballet Company and School does not necessarily follow the Fairfax County Public School System closings for inclement weather conditions.

Any studio closures due to weather will be sent via email to current students. Please make sure your email address is up to date in Jackrabbit.

As always, we encourage parents to use their best judgement in inclement conditions. If we remain open, but your neighborhood is not safe for driving, please stay home.

Students may make up missed classes due to inclement weather. Please refer to the Student Class Make-up Policy.

Company + School Policies

Attendance and Commitment to Class Policy

We truly expect our students to attend every class in which the student is registered. Ballet is a disciplined art form that requires a student to be completely committed. Students who do not attend class on a regular basis will quickly fall behind, and not build the necessary skills and strength needed to succeed and move to a higher level.

Students are expected to notify the school in the event they will be absent from class.

Virginia Ballet Company and School expects all classroom work, in all forms of dance offered, to be taken very seriously. The accumulation of class absences and tardiness to class will be strongly considered and will hinder a student’s eligibility to be promoted to the next level of training, go on to pointe, or may impact a student’s ability to perform in productions. Consistency and focus during classroom training are the most important components in the progress of our students.

Students at the higher levels are required to attend all warm-up classes scheduled before rehearsals and performances. NOT attending warm-up classes may hinder the student’s eligibility to be cast in the ballet or a particular role. The teacher reserves the right to ask the student to sit and observe the rehearsals only. This is for the safety of our students. It is very important for students to warm up their muscles properly to prevent potential injury. If a student must absolutely miss a warm-up class, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the teacher and to arrive as early as possible to properly warm up before being allowed to dance.

  • Students should NOT attend class or rehearsal in the event of illness, to reduce the possibility of making others ill.
  • Students who may have an injury are welcome to observe their classes or rehearsals.
  • During preparation for performances some regularly scheduled class time may be used for rehearsal.
  • If a student must miss a class or rehearsal, he/she should leave a note or call the office and leave a message for the instructor or Artistic Director.

Punctuality Policy: Students are expected to arrive on time and be in complete uniform, including proper dance shoes and hair secured neatly before their scheduled class is ready to begin. For students arriving more than 10 minutes late for any scheduled class, the teacher reserves the right to ask the student to sit and observe the class only. This is for the safety of our students. Exercises at the beginning of all classes at all levels are very important and designed to warm up the student’s muscles properly. Missing these exercises could cause injury.

Please notify the school as soon as possible if you find you will be late for class so the Registrar can inform the appropriate instructor.

Student Class Make-up Policy:

  • Students may make up a missed class by attending another class of the SAME LEVEL or a LOWER LEVEL.
    Students and or parents must call and pre-arrange a make up class.
  • Students must make up missed classes within the same calendar month. A make-up class may be scheduled in advance of the excused absence.
  • Classes missed the last week of a month should be made up within the first week of the next calendar month when a student returns to class.
  • Missed classes do not accrue from one month to another month, nor from one session to another session.
  • Missed classes not made up will be lost classes.
  • Tuition will not be refunded for unattended classes or classes that are not made up.
  • Students must check in and let both the registrar and the instructor of the class know they are attending a make-up class.
  • Virginia Ballet Company and School cannot add additional classes or extend the calendar school year to make up for classes missed due to inclement weather or emergency/ unexpected school closings. Refer to Inclement Weather Policy for complete information.

Students with prolonged absences due to illness or injury must bring a doctor’s note upon returning to class stating student has recovered medically and is physically healthy enough to return to class. Student may then resume his/her regular schedule of classes.

Students should make every effort to make up all missed classes. Students missing more than 10 percent of their enrolled classes, and NOT making up those missed classes may result in the student not being promoted to the next level.

Class Level and Promotion Policy: Virginia Ballet Company and School’s faculty make all decisions regarding the placement and promotion of all students to a higher level. The decision to move a student to the next level of training is based on the student’s own merit, understanding of vocabulary, technique, and the ability to demonstrate those skills. Overall strength and maturity are factors as well. Students with absences totaling more than 10 percent of their enrollment who have NOT made up those missed classes may seriously jeopardize their eligibility for promotion to the next level of training.

Class Observation Policy: Virginia Ballet Company and School has two scheduled parent observation weeks through out the year. Please check your Virginia Ballet Company and School calendar for these scheduled dates. Teachers of individual classes reserve the right to open or close classroom doors and windows at all other times throughout the school year.

Production Policy:

  • The Artistic Director makes all decisions concerning casting, choreography, and costuming.
  • Casting is done by auditions, class observation, and rehearsal observation.
  • Students who DO NOT attend all assigned rehearsals will be dropped from the cast except in some cases of absence due to illness, injury, observance of religious holidays or family emergencies.
  • Dancers in productions must pay a costume fee, up to $150.00, and will be provided with costumes and accessories except for shoes and tights. Fees cover costs for costume maintenance including alterations, repairs, and expenses for cleaning after each use.
  • All costumes and accessories are the property of the Virginia Ballet Company and School and are loaned to students in advance of performances. Students are expected to return costumes in the same condition that they received them. No alterations are allowed without permission.
  • Students and parents are responsible for checking and noting their own rehearsal schedules, as well as any updates or changes posted.

Students at the higher levels are required to attend all warm-up classes scheduled before rehearsals and performances. NOT attending warm-up classes may hinder the student’s eligibility to be cast in the ballet or a particular role. The teacher reserves the right to ask the student to sit and observe the rehearsals only. This is for the safety of our students. It is very important for students to warm up their muscles properly to prevent potential injury. If a student must absolutely miss a warm-up class, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the teacher and to arrive as early as possible to properly warm up before being allowed to dance.

Students are expected to notify the school as soon as possible if you find you will be unable to attend any scheduled rehearsals.

Behavioral Management Policy: Virginia Ballet Company and School requires all students and parents to sign and verify upon registration and entrance into our school program that they have received, read, understand, and agree to the terms of the Virginia Ballet Company and School’s Standard Code of Conduct: Rules and Regulations, Dress Code, Attendance and Commitment to Class, Punctuality, Student Class Make-up, Class Level and Promotion, Class Observation, Production, Behavioral Management, Tuition and Withdrawal, and Inclement Weather Policies. Once signed, the regulations and conduct agreement is then kept on file in each student’s record.

Tuition Policy: Students must decide on a tuition payment plan and remain on this plan throughout the school year. No refunds are given on classes missed due to inclement weather or emergency closings of the school.

Tuition rates will be prorated when students register for classes for a term that is already underway.
No student will be admitted to class after the 15th of the month if his/her account is not current.
Delinquent accounts must be settled before a student may register for a new session/semester or attend production rehearsals.

Non-Discrimination Statement: It is the policy of Virginia Ballet Company and School to provide equal opportunity for all students and employees. Virginia Ballet does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran, in accordance with applicable Federal laws.