NYC Location- Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are your classes for adults or kids?

A: Both! We offer classes for kids age 2-10 and adults of all age! (PS- our adults classes are unassuming and a super fun place to try something new.)

Q: I have a coupon purchased online, how do I register?

A: Just come on in! We will scan the coupon and get you started. No need to register in advance.

Q: What do adult dancers wear to ballet class?

A: Interesting question, so I will give you two answers. 

Part 1------Technically, women should wear a leotard and pink tights, with pink ballet slippers. Hair should be secured in a bun or french twist with bobby pins. Warm ups may be worn during plies, and skirts may be worn in the center. Why pink tights? Because they are evil and show EVERYTHING. Which, from a teachers perspective, is awesome. It helps us to correct your technique and alignment. Men should wear black tights, a fitted white tee and black/white ballet slippers. I prefer leather slippers. I think they help you learn to push against the floor, or maybe thats a ballet teacher lie passed down from my teachers... but, meh, I still think they are prettiest. 

Part  2------That's a lot of rules, and this is American Liberty Ballet.... Free will and what not...

So!  If you do not wish to follow the guidelines above, or aren't ready to commit to a whole bun-head lifestyle, no worries. Please wear clothes you would feel comfortable working out in. Socks are fine for your first few  lessons, but you should invest in slippers to start developing properly. Baggy clothes are still not recommended, bc we need to make sure your knees aren't pointing in scary directions.

Q: Why is it important for my child to attend class EVERY WEEK?!

A: No part 1, part 2 here. When you take your kids to ballet, it isn't REALLY about the steps. Steps are important, but its the structure and discipline they learn that will help them through school, keep them out of trouble, and increase their likelihood to succeed as an adult. I do not know a single dancer I grew up with, who hasn't done incredible things with themselves. Just saying! So, yes, they must come every week, on time, dressed appropriately, and ready to learn. 

Q: What is the dress code for children?

A: 

(Ages 2-4) Pink leotard, pink tights, pink slippers, hair in a bun (or pulled off of the face if hair is too short)

(Ages 5-8) Black leotard, pink tights, pink slippers, hair in a bun

Q: Can parents watch class? 

A: 

(Ages 2-4) Parents are encouraged to watch and even participate for the first couple lessons to help get the kiddo used to working with the teacher and other students. After the first couple lessons, and the child seems to be less stressed by the separation, it is encouraged for parents to leave the child to work on their own.

(Ages 5-8)- You can, but you really kind of shouldn't... There is something called the "fishbowl effect" where the student feels pressured to please their attending parent. This causes them to focus on the outside world instead of paying attention to the teacher, and more importantly, themselves. 

IN ANY CASE! ATTENDING PARENTS MAY NOT DISTRACT THE STUDENTS IN ANY WAY. DO NOT TRY TO DISCIPLINE, FIX THEIR CLOTHES/HAIR/SHOES, OR REPEAT TEACHER CORRECTIONS. A BALLET SCHOOL IS A PLACE FOR QUIET CONCENTRATION, NOT A SOCCER MATCH WHERE WE CHEER THEM ON ..... EVEN THOUGH THEY DESERVE IT :) 

More questions?

Email AmericanLibertyBallet@gmail.com or text 619.655.0056