Academy Resources for Dancers & Parents
Communication and parent involvement plays an important role in student success. Ballet Fantastique has an open door policy and parents may contact the Academy office at 541-342-4611 throughout the year with any questions they may have, or email Director of Academy Operations Jessica Jaye Mackinson at email@example.com.
Parents are encouraged to attend Parent Observation Days, performances, and Technical Examinations, and to schedule appointments with Ballet Fantastique instructors or directors to discuss student progress or other issues. Out of our commitment to partner with each of our parents in their child’s training and development, each Ballet Fantastique family also receives an annual Progress Report for their dancer.
Please see the The Academy of Ballet Fantastique Calendar » for holidays and other special dates.
Mailing Address: 960 Oak, Eugene, OR 97401
City Center for Dance: 960 Oak St., Eugene, OR 97401
Annex Studio: 60 E. 10th Ave., Eugene, OR 97401
Frequently Asked Questions
Family Volunteer Credit Program
- We need your help. A nonprofit organization powered by our community, volunteers are essential to the success of Ballet Fantastique—we could not do what we do for our students and for our community without the support of volunteers who give their time to support our mission.
- BFan's Family Volunteer Credit Program: We understand that, though our tuition prices are very competitive with other professional dance training schools in our state and across the country (and are, in many cases, much lower than those at comparable training schools), families whose dancers are coming in to train several days each week will benefit from tuition assistance. Enter our Family Volunteer Credit Program for dancers in Ballet Brilliante and up! NOTE: Though we do not offer the family volunteer tuition credit to our Young Dancer Program students (who train fewer days/week), your volunteer hours help BFan, too! Please let us know if you’d like to help!
- How it works: During the academy year (10 months: September–June), families who have one or more dancers enrolled at level Ballet Brilliante and higher are eligible to receive up to $24/month tuition discount on academy year tuition (September–June) for contributing a total of up to 2 volunteer hours per month; and families in our Conservatory Division (Concerto/Demi-Corps/Apprentice) are eligible for a $36/month tuition credit on academy year tuition (September–June) for contributing a total of up to 3 volunteer hours per month. Hours can be added up and applied to future months (e.g., you can work 10 hours in September to earn five months of volunteer discount credit!), but need to be "caught up" by the end of each term. This program is opt-in only. Please Contact Us for the opt-in form.
- How to sign up for projects. Those who do choose to participate in the discount program will receive a list of volunteer projects. Opportunities abound, and include a variety of ways to be involved, from folding brochures, to selling program ads, to cleaning the studio, to working a front desk shift. During show months there are often additional projects added to the list, so show months are a great way to stock up on hours.
- How to track your hours: Volunteers will be given access to both an online form as well as a paper binder in the studio on which to track hours. Hours must be received by the 23rd of each month in order to be credited to the following month's statement.
Our goal is that this program is an easy, fun way to stay involved and a win-win for families and for our school. Thank you for being part of BFan!
Scholarships and Work-Exchange
Providing partial tuition scholarships to students who have financial need, technical and artistic potential, and a strong desire to dance is an integral part of Ballet Fantastique’s non-profit mission to make training and performance programs of the highest artistic caliber available to young people of all ages, backgrounds, and means. Academy students are eligible to apply for Financial Aid. Financial Aid is usually awarded for the full school year (September–August).
Scholarship candidates are reviewed by the Ballet Fantastique Board of Directors and Artistic Staff on the bases of demonstrated financial need, artistic/technical proficiency, and desire and commitment to Ballet Fantastique’s intensive training programs in classical dance. The deadline for aid applications for the school year is August 10. Applications are reviewed by the Ballet Fantastique Financial Aid/Scholarships Committee; aid awarded is based on varied criteria. Financial Aid recipients must be enrolled in their assigned class level for the full year (September–August), and may be asked to assist with various Academy of Ballet Fantastique projects.
Most often, students are considered for scholarships after a one-month observation period, but exceptions are made in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances.
Scholarship funding is limited, and students who have been training at Ballet Fantastique for a long period of time have priority on scholarship funds. Please note that Financial Aid is not automatically renewed each year, and the awarded amount may vary from year to year, based both upon the amount of aid available and demonstrated student family need, and other varied criteria. Students must reapply by August 10 each year in order to be considered for continued or additional assistance, and must be up-to-date on all reports and paperwork due related to the Financial Aid Award.
All recipients must maintain a 95% or higher class attendance rate. Financial Aid recipients should not exceed their monthly payments on other Academy of Ballet Fantastique services, such as private lessons.
Applying for a scholarship:
Step 1: Eligibility Form
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship through The Academy of Ballet Fantastique, please click here to complete the Eligibility Form.
Step 2: Scholarship Application
Upon completion of the Scholarship Eligibility Form, qualified applicants will receive the Scholarship Application Form via email. All components of the application form must be completed for a scholarship application to be considered. Applicants will be notified of their scholarship award status in writing. Scholarship support is often awarded in the form of work study.
Step 3: Scholarship Recipients
Upon acceptance of a scholarship, students and their parents (if student is under the age of 18) are required to sign and commit to Ballet Fantastique’s Student Scholarship Contract » . Please be sure that you have read, understand, and feel able to commit to these requirements before applying for a BFan scholarship.
Questions or to Contribute
Important General Information
The Academy of Ballet Fantastique's Policies have been developed to help create an environment that is safe and nurturing while allowing optimal productivity and focus for both staff and students. Your digital signature verifying your compliance with our policies is logged when you register through our system.
IN ADDITION TO THE POLICIES ABOVE: REQUIRED ADDITIONAL READING/RESOURCES
- New Dancer Folder: For all new students—please request one from your teacher or the front office (office located at 960 Oak)
- Annual Calendar: Calendar of important dates, holidays and studio closures! Click here for the most up-to-date information
- Academy of Ballet Fantastique Handbook (and/or Company Handbook, if applicable): For all students (PDF will be emailed to you)
- Ballet Fantastique Professional Division Program Performance FAQ: For all students (PDF will be emailed to you near performance times)
- Optional: Ballet Fantastique Information for Parents
What a dancer wears and how he/she presents himself/herself is important. As with any intensive sport, the dance uniform is a required discipline and also allows the teacher to easily see what each student is doing, as well as how the group is moving together. Each class has a specific uniform that the dancers are required to wear. Students at all levels and in all classes must conform to official class attire policy in order to participate in classes and rehearsals.