Community Youth Scholarship Contract

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s (PBT) Community Youth Scholarship program supports early ballet training for talented students. The program is dedicated to making PBT School and the art form of ballet accessible to students throughout the Pittsburgh region.

This contract is for the 2021/22 school year and must be renewed each year. After reading the contract, we ask that you electronically sign, date and submit the form, below. 

We thank you for your commitment to ballet training for your student. We are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment at PBT and to supporting students and their families. 


Expectations

Of Students:

  • Meet increasing standards of accomplishment by remaining engaged and showing commitment through the course of the class. A student’s progress is outlined in an annual evaluation. (Please see “Evaluations,” below.)
  • Maintain class attendance.
  • Be prepared, focused, and enthusiastic!
  • Participate fully in all school activities.
  • Attend PBT School for the full term of the award.
  • Participate in all rehearsals and performances.
  • Participate in end-of-year Spring Performance programs in May 2022.
  • Participate only in PBT training programs (exceptions such as PPS’s CAPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Adhere to school regulations and policies outlined in the Student Handbook. 

Of Caregivers:

  • Thoroughly read and understand the Student Handbook’s policies and regulations. Ensure the student follows rules stipulated in the Student Handbook.
  • Let us know about an absence and any attendance issue on the PBT Family Portal. 
  • Communicate with us about any concerns you may have. Instructors and staff are happy to help in any way possible
  • Provide transportation to and from classes and rehearsals at PBT Studios (2900 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15201).
  • Ensure student arrives on time and is prepared.
  • Provide proper ballet attire for the student as listed in the PBT School Handbook (one set of required attire is provided by the scholarship).
  • Ensure that  your current email address and cell phone number are on file in the PBT School office. The vast majority of PBT School communication is done via email and the Family Portal.
  • Attend class orientation and other education activities.
  • Attend periodic and end-of-school-year progress meetings with Education Dept. staff and PBT School staff / faculty.

Attendance

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School provides an exciting opportunity for children to explore and to begin to love dance. It is also a ballet training program. We ask that both students and caregivers make this program a priority and that every effort be made to attend all scheduled classes. 

Consistent class participation is crucial to your student’s success. If a student misses class multiple times their progress may suffer and they may be required to repeat their training level the next school year. Missing classes may also mean that the student could be excluded from performance opportunities, including the end-of-year performance. Poor attendance may also affect the student’s annual evaluation.

Please note:

  • Communication is very important! Please notify us of an absence BEFORE your student’s class time at the PBT Family Portal.
  • Students arriving more than 15 minutes late for an in-person class will not be permitted to participate (due for safety reasons) but will be expected to stay in the class to observe.  

Additional Requirements

Required Classes

Jazz is required for Level 2 – 5. For Level 6 and up, all classes and seminars on the schedule are required. All required classes are covered by the scholarship. Please recognize the additional attendance requirements for these classes, which are subject to attendance policies above.

Spring Performance

We believe that performance is an important part of training. Our curriculum culminates in a Spring Performance in May 2022 for Preparatory Ballet thru Pre-Professional students. Attendance at rehearsals and at the performance is required. Please note that rehearsals may be outside of regular class times – a schedule and specific information will be provided early in the spring of 2022.


Pointe Work 

Following completion of Level 2 students are considered for pointe work. Due to the demands of pointe work students are carefully evaluated on proper placement and foot and leg strength to ensure they are prepared. 

Students are expected to purchase and maintain their pointe shoes each year. One pair of pointe shoes is provided by the scholarship per year. Typically, students will have to replace shoes 1- 2 times a year in Level 3. This may increase as the students progress.


Evaluations

Instructors conduct a formal evaluation of all students in the spring. Evaluation assesses student progress and determines class placement for the next school year. Continued participation in the scholarship program is partly determined in the evaluation process.  

Students will be evaluated on the following:

Work Ethic Technique 
  • Attendance and promptness 
  • Physical Aptitude
  • Focus and dedication
  • Alignment and coordination 
  • Listening and responding to teacher feedback
  • Musicality
  • Incorporating feedback to improve technique
  • Terminology 

 Probation

If a student has unexplained absences or demonstrates lack of engagement / interest in their training, the student will be placed on probation. PBT faculty and staff will meet with the student and caregiver to determine a course of action for improvement over a probationary period. During this time students must demonstrate a high degree of commitment to their training. Continued lack of engagement may result in forfeiture of the scholarship. 


Renewal of the Scholarship

The scholarship is eligible to be renewed for the next school year if:

  • the student receives a favorable year-end evaluation 
  • the student’s family provides updated documentation of eligibility

If the scholarship is renewed summer program scholarships may also be available. Parents/guardians will be contacted about summer opportunities prior to the start of summer sessions.


By signing below, I indicate that I have read and understand the expectations associated with registering my student under a scholarship at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.