FAQ: Common Questions, Answers and Facts

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What is Creative Movement at BAX?

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What is Modern Dance at BAX?

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What is Tumbling at BAX?

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What is Drama at BAX?

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Why doesn’t BAX have ballet for younger students?

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What is different about hip hop and ballet at BAX?

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Why are Performance Workshops “invite only,” and how can my child get involved?

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Can my child join the class even if they are too young?

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What is the likelihood that a class will run if it’s low enrolled?

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How much movement is there generally to the Waitlist?

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Do you prorate tuition for late registration?

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How do I find out information about my child’s student concert including when it will be and what he/she needs to wear?

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What should I know about Early Childhood
(12 months – 5 years) Classes?

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Can my child hang out in the waiting area by him/herself before or after class?

What is Creative Movement?
Creative movement is likely the first class students will participate in without a caregiver.  Creative movement provides a foundation for all artistic disciplines at BAX including dance, drama and tumbling as it encompasses the exploration and expression in movement.  The class includes articulating the body, creating shapes in space, basic locomotive skills, choice making and creative play using music, imagery, and stories. For more specific information about BAX classes including class descriptions, please visit youth.bax.org.

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What is Tumbling at BAX?
Tumbling at BAX is not only gymnastics but rather a fusion of gymnastic skills (summersaults, handstands, flips) with dance movement and creative choice making. Students explore movement independently and in partner and group work. Tumbling classes have a 1:8 teacher student ratio. Any exceptions to this ratio must be approved by the Education Department. For more specific information about BAX classes including class descriptions, please visit youth.bax.org.

For the first time, BAX is offering a Tumbling Performance Workshop (invitation only). It is a departmental goal to build this program. If you think a student might be eligible for the TW, please communicate that to the Education Department. All inquiries regarding the TW should be referred to the Education Department.

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What is Modern Dance at BAX?
Modern Dance is a contemporary, expressive dance form stemming from a history that includes ballet, jazz, African, capoeira, yoga and many other rich cultural dance traditions.  Modern Dance at BAX is rooted in the exploration of movement through basic concepts that include body, space, shape, energy and time, while providing dance technique and terminology in a mindful developmental progression.  Improvisation and choreography are key elements to the modern dance training at BAX and work is done independently and collaboratively within a safe and dynamic environment. For more specific information about BAX classes including class descriptions, please visit youth.bax.org.

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What is Drama at BAX?
Drama at BAX includes acting, performance, and theater vocabulary. Classes explore fundamentals of drama from character and scene study to voice and ensemble work. It is a departmental goal to build our Drama program. As much as possible, encourage new students to try our drama classes. For more specific information about BAX classes including class descriptions, please visit youth.bax.org.

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Why doesn’t BAX have Ballet classes for younger students?
While we don’t offer ballet until seven years old, you may see that students explore similar techniques in Creative Movement and Modern Dance as they would in a beginner level ballet class. Creative Movement students are more than welcome to wear attire that would be appropriate for a ballet class if they choose (leotard, dance skirt), however they should have bare feet, so either footless tights or bare legs if your child would like to wear a leotard.

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What makes Hip Hop and Ballet at BAX different?
BAX offers Ballet and Hip Hop while maintaining a strong awareness of modern dance aesthetics. These classes explore classic ballet and hip hop technique while promoting BAX’s other core values of artistry, social and emotional skills, performance and community. For more specific information about BAX classes including class descriptions, please visit youth.bax.org.

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What is the Young Women’s Project?
The BAX Young Women’s Project is a pilot class from October-December 2013 with an aim to extend the class over the full spring 2014 semester. It is specifically designed for young women ages 9-12. The class will use movement as well as visual and creative writing exercises to explore youth culture, ultimately embodying an expression of their discoveries. For more information about YWP, please contact the Education Department.

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Why are Performance Workshops “invite only” (not open registration) and how can my child get invited?
Performance Workshops are our most advanced classes and assume a certain expectation of maturity both in technical skill, emotional capacity and commitment. For information about the Performance Workshops, please visit youth.bax.org/performance-workshops. To express interest in participating in a Performance Workshop, please contact the Education Department.

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Can my child join this class even if they are too young?
Our classes are developmentally appropriate and ensure that each child is challenged and supported. If the student is turning the appropriate age within the first two months of that term, they may enroll. Other questions to consider include: has this student taken a BAX class before? Have they taken a related class? Are there special needs to consider? Is the class skewing young or old? All exceptions to the “two month” rule must be approved by the Education Department.

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Can my child hang out in the waiting area by him/herself before or after class?

While there are always adults in and around the BAX Building, there is no formal supervision when your child is not in class. When running late to pick-up your child, phone calls are appreciated as we will have to make special arrangements to insure someone from our staff is available to watch your child as we don’t generally have the capacity to supervise children otherwise.

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What is the likelihood that a class will run if it is low enrolled?
The Education Department considers ultimately running or cancelling a low enrolled (3/4 or less students) class around the third week into a term. If a class is in risk of being cancelled, registered families will be communicated with appropriately and if possible offered enrollment in another class. Families will be fully refunded minus the class sessions that did run, if a class is cancelled.

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How much movement is there generally to the Waitlist?
It differs from class to class and program to program. While we can never guarantee that a slot will open, despite your position on the list, we encourage families to join the waitlist as there is no cost or commitment required.  If and when a space becomes available in the class or program, families will be contacted via phone.

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Do you prorate classes for late registration?
No, we do not prorate classes. Each registered student is allowed to schedule up to 4 make-up classes each semester or 2 make-up classes each trimester within the same term in an equivalent, age appropriate class (space permitting. This request must be preapproved) due to absences or late registration.

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How do I find out information about my child’s student concert including when it will be and what he/she needs to wear?
All student concert information is communicated directly from the Education Department via email and handouts. The student concert weekend schedule is announced to families a month prior to the concert weekend. All other details including costumes and props are communicated in the two weeks leading up to the concerts, or announced during class by the class teacher. All scheduling conflicts or specific questions regarding student concerts should be communicated to the Education Department.

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What if my child has special needs?
BAX is committed to providing accessible and inclusive programming to all students. The Education Department has provided Faculty members with some Professional Development training and resources towards that commitment. Faculty closely consider individual student ability and the greater group dynamic when establishing and facilitating classroom activities. BAX does not however, offer classes specific to special needs students nor do we have specialized equipment to accommodate students with special physical needs. To address any specific concerns please contact the Education Department.

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What should I know about Early Childhood Classes?

  • Caregivers must participate with their child in all caregiver/child classes (Move and Groove I & II).
  • Adults must supervise their children at all times during Playspace.
  • Playspace is a peanut-free environment.
  • Parents are not welcome to sit inside the studio during class, unless special arrangements have been made with the Education Department. If you anticipate separation anxiety being a challenge, please communicate this to the Education Department prior to the start of class so that we may proactively communicate this to the class teacher as well as provide support.