Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Ballet For All Kids unique?
We are the only program in the country, perhaps the world, that teaches true classical ballet technique to all children, regardless of abilities or disabilities. Our doors are open to anyone who wants to dance; we are able to accommodate any student using The Schlachte Method. We are a fully integrated program that believes diversity and acceptance inherently promote personal growth and create compassionate communities.
What is Cooperative Ballet?
Cooperative Ballet teaches classical ballet technique to all body types, learning styles, and ability levels. It is a compassionate form of teaching that meets the individual where they are and helps them explore their potential. We believe individuals learn better when they feel supported and accepted for who they are.
What is The Schlachte Method?
The Schlachte Method was developed to assist all children regardless of their abilities or disabilities, strengths or weakness, to learn and reap the benefits of a classical ballet education. Every child has abilities that can be used as a springboard to learn new skills and enhance each child’s personal sense of accomplishment. To this end, The Schlachte Method uses a wide variety of teaching methods to accommodate all styles of learning including: visual learning, auditory learning, vestibular learning, and emotional intelligence.
What are the possible benefits of The Schlachte Method for children?
o Social Skills development
o Eye contact
o Interaction with peers and adults
o Improvements to self-confidence and self-esteem
o Following directions
o Proprioceptive/vestibular/tactile development/stimulation
o Motor planning, balance, sense of center, hand-eye coordination, strength and flexibility
o Self-Discipline -- extended visual, physical, and mental attention and focus
o Abstract information processing and sequential memory and recall
o Indirect music therapeutic-like benefits resulting from both the auditory discrimination and internalization of rhythmic cues, and, in turn, expression of gestures and motion in response to the music.
Please see Benefits for more details.
Are you able to accommodate any child regardless of their diagnosis?
This method has been very successful in teaching children within the Autism Spectrum, children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, children with Anxiety Disorders, Behavioral issues, physical disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, ADHD and neuro-typical children. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding accommodations for your child.
Is Ballet For All Kids only for kids?
We welcome anyone who wants to dance, including teens and adults. Anyone can benefit from a ballet education. Please contact us for more information about class placement.
What is the first class like and what does my child need to wear?
The first class is a free trail class that will give your child an opportunity to see if ballet is a good fit for them. For the first class, just have your child wear thick socks, shorts, and a plain t-shirt. If they enroll in the class, they can then get the required dress code. Your child will be assigned a volunteer for the first class to ensure they have the support they need. If you are interested in trying out a class, please email us at email@example.com and let us know your child’s age and what studio location best suits your needs.
What is the dress code and why is it important?
Girls: A cap short sleeved leotard (please no rhinestones or glitter), skirt, pink ballet socks or tights, and pink full-soled ballet shoes (Bloch or Capezio).
Boys: Black tight shorts or pants, white form-fitting shirt, white ballet socks, and black or white ballet shoes (Bloch or Capezio).
Hair must be neat and off the face at ALL TIMES. Long hair should be worn in a bun if possible. No jewelry to be worn during ballet class.
It is important to be in the proper attire so that the instructors can see the body and therefore know how to correct technique. Adhering to the dress code also teaches the children proper social skills and responsibility to be prepared for ballet class.
What is proper ballet class etiquette?
Please review the following rules and policies and review them with your child. It is important for students and families to respect these rules in order to encourage discipline and social skills. These policies are also vital for a well-functioning class environment so that everyone can learn.
Students and parents must respect the teacher and volunteer assistants
Leave all belongings, toys, books, etc. in dance bag or in dressing room/waiting area
Come into class on time, dressed appropriately, and ready to dance
Pay attention and follow instructions as best as you can
No yelling, screaming, singing, whispering, or talking out of turn. Raise hands to ask questions
No running out of spot or around room. No laying down
No harming any other student, teacher, or volunteer
Always ask permission to go to bathroom or to leave class
Do not block the view of other students or take away their turn
No eating or drinking during class. Ask permission to get water or wait until break
Respect others personal space and boundaries
Keep all belongings together neatly and take everything when leaving class
Don’t wear dance shoes outside of the studio. Don’t wear street shoes inside studio
Why is it important to have my child to class on time?
In order to gain the full benefit of a classical ballet education, you must have your child to classes on time. Children that come to class late miss out on instruction and it is very disruptive to the entire class. When teaching children social skills, it is important to teach them to be on time for their commitments. It will assist the children in learning a sense of responsibility and respect for themselves and others.
What kind of time commitment is needed?
As with any art form, self-discipline and focus comes from attending classes and committing to the process both in and out of class. Children will have times when they will not want to come to class or practice at home. Remember that discipline comes from sticking with something even when it is no longer easy. To see the benefits of increased focus, coordination, self-esteem and self-discipline, your child needs to come to class for an extended period of time. We recommend that your child take classes for at least twelve consecutive weeks to see benefits. Additionally, we recommend that your child watch the curriculum video and practice steps at home throughout the week. If your child needs to take time off, please let your instructor know as soon as possible. We cannot hold class spots for children without prior approval.
Does my child have to watch the video curriculum?
The video assists with sequencing, transitions, and learning basic ballet technique. The children will get the most out of the classes if they watch the video and practice with it at least twice a week. If the video becomes aversive, please contact your instructor to let them know.
Will my child have the opportunity to participate in recitals?
Yes, Ballet For All Kids puts on two productions annually in Los Angeles – a recital in the spring and an integrated ballet in the fall. It is our belief that the process, not the end product, is what is most beneficial to the children. Children have the opportunity to perform and participate fully in a theatrical performance and as a result, receive the recognition of the community while building self-confidence and a sense of self-accomplishment.
Do you offer scholarships?
Ballet For All Kids offers limited scholarships to families in need. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to apply for a scholarship.
How do I volunteer for Ballet For All Kids?
Ballet For All Kids is always looking for committed volunteers. You have to be at least 12 years old to volunteer for our program. If you are interested, please contact us at email@example.com for further information. If you are under the age of 18, you will need to have a signed Volunteer Parental Consent Form prior to assisting in the classroom. All volunteers must attend an Orientation session before assisting in class. We also appreciate help outside of the classroom. Please contact us if you have further skills you would like to contribute.
Can I become a certified instructor in The Schlachte Methodä?
Yes. Individual certifications in The Schlachte Methodä are available to teachers who have had experience teaching ballet and are interested in offering classes for children with special needs in their studios. Instructional Manual, Class Curriculum/Materials, and Individual Certifications are available. If you are interested in becoming a certified teacher in The Schlachte Methodä, please contact Bonnie Schlachte at 805-524-5503 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How else can I help Ballet For All Kids?
Ballet For All Kids is a non-profit organization. We depend on donations to assist with our on-going operations and our scholarship fund. Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated and help us provide the joys and benefits of dance for ALL children.