The Uniform Policy at Portland School of Ballet is as important to our students’ dance training as building strength in their muscles and technique. Adherence to the uniform policy will teach students discipline and helps with overall focus within a class. Along with showing respect for this art form through classroom conduct, a dress code enforces that respect by fostering the discipline required to learn the art of ballet. Classes and performance will have a polished unified look and lead to students feeling accomplished in their work.
All uniforms must be purchased through Petite Jete Dance Boutique (petitjetedance.com) to ensure the correct brand and style. Students in levels S4-CORPS who participate in more than 2 classes per week must have at least one uniform leotard and skirt, however, they will be allowed to wear different style leotards in class ONLY if they are in the same color as their level uniform. The uniform will be used in the Year End Showcase by all levels in the school.
PSB Start — Tue. Sep 3rd
Auditions for A Victorian Nutcracker — Sat. Sep 7th (Saturday Rehearsals through December)
NO PSB CLASSES (Columbus Day) — Mon. Oct 14th
NO PSB CLASSES (Halloween) — Thu. Oct 31st
NO PSB CLASSES (Veterans Day) — Mon. Nov 11th
Thanksgiving Break — Nov 27th-Nov 30th
PSB Holiday Break — Dec 23rd-Jan 4th
NO PSB CLASSES (MLK Jr. Day) — Mon. Jan 20th
Exam Week — Jan 27th-Jan 31st
February Vacation — Feb 17th-Feb 22nd
April Vacation — Apr 20th-Apr 25th
NO PSB CLASSES (Memorial Day) — Mon. May 25th
Year End Showcase — TBA
SoDanca-leotard and pull on- or wrap-skirts: All uniforms must be purchased through Petit Jeté Dance Boutique (207.370.7891 | petitjetedance.com) to ensure the correct brand and style.
Ladies (pink tights + pink shoes for all):
PB2-Light Blue bow-back
Men, all: White socks, white shoes, white fitting shirt, black tights
It is the policy of the Portland School of Ballet to promote a learning work environment that is free of all forms of harassment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status undermines the basic principles of community. It is not acceptable behavior at the school and will not be tolerated.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
PB and PSB are committed to enriching our community through dance performance and education. All members of PSB’s community, including students, their families, and staff are responsible for preserving an environment conducive to our mission and programs.
As with any community, rules and regulations are necessary to maintain order, protect the rights of the individuals and the institution, and ensure a healthy atmosphere for education and personal growth. PSB also exist in a larger society, and therefore, local and federal laws will also be upheld. While PSB Directors and representatives do not view their roles as law enforcement officers, they may inform the appropriate authorities if they learn of, or observe violations of PSB policies. We expect each student and parent/guardian to read, understand, and uphold the standards of conduct outlined in this and other official PSB communications to students, in order to vigorously protect the rights of others.
The policies in this section apply to all students enrolled in Portland School of Ballet and their parents/guardians. 'PSB' includes owned and sponsored events or performances held outside of PSB studios. In addition, PSB strives to be a good neighbor and recognizes the importance of maintaining amicable relations with local residents and businesses. Therefore, students/parents should be aware that the jurisdiction of PSB extends beyond the physical boundaries of the School. Activities that harm the reputation of Portland School of Ballet, cause problems for members of the greater community, or suggest that an individual may pose a threat to others, will result in action.
Respect for Individuals
As mutual respect is essential for an artistic and educational institution to thrive, Portland School of Ballet expects that students and their families conduct themselves in a manner that respects each and every member of the community.
Respect for Community
The Portland School of Ballet requires that all students conduct themselves with respect for the rights of others required of an artistic and educational institution. Upholding the reputation of the School within the community is essential to maintain the artistic and educational reputation of the institution, which is vital in preserving the standing of the Portland School of Ballet within the local, national, and global community.
It is the policy of the Portland School of Ballet to promote a learning work environment that is free of all forms of harassment. Harassment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status undermines the basic principles of community. It is not acceptable behavior at the School and will not be tolerated.
The overarching policy of PSB is to exercise freedom of speech with responsibility. In response to concerns, complaints, or information provided by individuals, School staff may look up profiles on social networking sites and may use the information in informal or formal proceedings. Moreover, the School has no control over how other employers, organizations, or individuals may use information they find on social networking websites.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Portland School of Ballet seeks to maintain a healthy, safe, and productive learning environment for students and all its members. PSB therefore strongly encourages responsible decision-making regarding the use of legal drugs and prohibits the use of illegal drugs. PSB students, faculty, and staff are responsible for observing and abiding by federal, commonwealth, city, and PSB regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs while they are at the school or participating in School sponsored events or performances on tour.
Portland School of Ballet is committed to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Recognizing the health risks of smokers and the hazards associated with involuntary smoking, the School has adopted a smoke-free facility. The smoke-free policy applies to all PSB facilities, owned or leased. Smoking is also prohibited within 25 feet of all exits, to ensure that environmental tobacco smoke does not enter the area through entrances, windows, ventilation systems, or any other means. Smoking is also prohibited in all PSB’s leased or rented transportation vehicles, including buses, vans, and shuttles. Funding, donations, giveaways, and other remuneration of PSB events and activities by the manufacturers, distributors or sellers of tobacco and tobacco products are prohibited.
Violations of Local, State, or Federal Law
A violation of any local, state, or federal civil or criminal law is a violation, even if the specific conduct prohibited by the law is not listed within the Rules and Regulations or the offense is not prosecuted in a court of law.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:
Disruption or obstruction of teaching, practice, rehearsal or performance, administration disciplinary
proceedings, or other School-sponsored activities, events or performances
Failure to comply with the direction of School officials, including directors, faculty, and other staff acting in the
performance of their duties.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:
Engaging in any behavior that creates a fire hazard and/or inhibits or impedes another person who is
responding to a fire hazard
Unauthorized use of candles or open flames in the PSB facilities
Tampering with, misusing, or damaging fire or safety equipment
Blocking or otherwise preventing the use of a fire exit, including hallways, windows, doors, and stairwells
Failing to immediately exit any School facility or building when a fire alarm has been activated, or hindering or impairing the orderly evacuation of any School building or facility.
POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Students will be placed in classes which are appropriate for their level of physical and mental development. If at any time, the Director feels that the placement is incorrect, the student will be changed to the appropriate level. Meetings regarding placement will be scheduled by appointment.
Students are required to take ALL classes offered, so that they may continue to advance technically. If they can not participate due to illness or injury, we advise them to watch class. Classes are not transferable and there are no refunds for classes missed for any reason. In the case of absence, you must call the School and leave a message with the reason for your absence prior to class time. Makeup classes, due to illness, snow days, holidays during non-vacation days, must be scheduled in the same level or lower level, in the same term in which they are missed. Custom class schedules may be arranged on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the School Director.
Audition and Casting
PSB’s school year provides potential opportunities for students to perform with the School and with our professional company, Portland Ballet. Students may have the opportunity to work alongside professional dancers, choreographers, composers, and musicians throughout the year. Performance opportunities are not guaranteed and casting in all performances is at the sole discretion of PSB- and Portland Ballet artistic staff.
Notice and Cancellation
Important school notifications will be sent via email using the address on file. Portland School of Ballet will also follow the Portland Public Schools for snow cancellations. Cancelations will also be posted on social media and on our website. In certain cases, snow days will be rescheduled by Portland School of Ballet. Students may also choose to make up snow days in another class or equal or lower level throughout the school year.