What are the age requirements for BBSI 2019?
Dancers attending BBSI North Carolina 2019 must be between the ages of 12 and 19. Dancers must be age 12 by August 5th, 2019.
Dancers attending BBSI Maryland 2019 must be between the ages of 11 and 16. Dancers must be age 11 by June 17th, 2019.
How many years of training are required before attending BBSI?
Two years of ballet training are required before attending both BBSI North Carolina and BBSI Maryland.
Is an audition required to attend BBSI?
No audition is required to attend BBSI. Submission of photos upon registration will be required. (Audition/performance photos are recommended, i.e. arabesque, etc.). Dancers can alternatively take a drop-in placement class at IBA in Cary, NC.
There will be a placement class on the first day of each session at BBSI North Carolina (Session A: Monday, August 5th, 2019 and Session B: Monday, August 12th, 2019). The placement class at BBSI Maryland will take place on the first day of the program, Monday, June 17th, 2019.
Will all attendees work with the entire faculty?
Yes, students will work with all faculty members.
Can I watch my child take class at BBSI?
At BBSI North Carolina, there are windows into the studios for parents to view classes throughout the week. However, no photos or video are allowed at BBSI except for on parent watching day. For BBSI North Carolina, parent watching day is on Saturday, August 10th, 2019, and Saturday, August 17th, 2019. BBSI Maryland has parent watching day on Friday, June 21st. On parent watching day, seating will be provided in the studios.
Is dress code mandatory?
Dress code at BBSI is mandatory.
Ballet Classes: Fitted white t-shirt, black footed tights, black ballet shoes, dance belt
(No: tank tops, cut off tights, flesh-colored shoes, white ballet shoes, or white socks). Please note: If suspenders are sewn on tights, suspenders must be worn under the t-shirt.
Weight Training: Loose fitting shorts or sweatpants to wear over ballet attire, dance belt, t-shirt or tank top of choice, sneakers. Please note that sneakers are required to participate in Weight Training.
Do dancers need to bring anything specific besides uniform?
We request that the men bring a braided resistance band (click the link for an example) for Weight Training. The level of resistance depends on the dancer’s age and strength level. If the dancer previously attended BBSI, re-assess resistance on the band to determine if a heavier resistance is needed for this year’s session. Dancers are also asked to bring a Theraband to BBSI.
Does tuition need to be paid all at once?
Yes, to reserve a spot at the program, tuition payment is due upon registration.
When does registration close?
Registration for BBSI is ongoing and will close when we reach maximum capacity. However, to secure a spot in the program, we recommend registering as soon as possible. Space is limited.
Does merchandise need to be ordered in advance?
BBSI merchandise must be purchased in advance on the merchandise order form.
Does BBSI provide a dormitory or transportation?
BBSI does not provide a dormitory for students, and does not provide transportation to and from the studios and local hotels or Airbnb’s.
Is lunch provided at BBSI?
BBSI does not provide lunch for the dancers. We will provide a list of nearby restaurants and places that deliver to the studios.
Are there girls at BBSI?
Ladies attending the BBSI Partnering Workshop in North Carolina will have their own girls-only Technique and Variations classes. The only class where the girls are combined with the men is Partnering.
Ladies attending the BBSI Partnering Workshop in Maryland will have their own girls-only Technique class and will be combined with the men only for Partnering.
Are there scholarships available?
BBSI is a proud Partner Intensive at the American Dance Competition | International Ballet Competition. We exclusively award scholarships at ADC|IBC.
Is there a performance at the end of BBSI?
While there is no performance on the last day of BBSI, parents are welcome to observe all classes (except for Weight Training / Stretch) in the studios throughout the day.