School

Our Approach

The School of Colorado Conservatory of Dance serves more than 400 students per year and is committed to every student regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status. Under the guidance of Julia Wilkinson Manley since 2002, the school is highly respected for providing a nurturing and professional environment for students from pre-school through adult.

CCD students regularly win top honors at area ballet competitions and gain entry into some of the nation's most respected college dance programs and summer intensives. CCD provides its students with high-quality performance experiences that include a year-end Gala performance and CCD’s annual production of The Nutcracker, which brings students together with the professional company. The school's Student Company gives upper level students a pre-professional company experience that includes community education performances and culminates in an annual production at the end of each school year. The School of CCD also provides a summer intensive program and summer classes.

CCD has developed its own teaching syllabus. Our syllabus is based on a mixture of the English RAD system, the Italian Cecchetti method, and the French system (the first syllabus made for ballet). We teach a "neutral" technique that builds a great deal of strength and versatility, so that our student dancers will be able to adapt to any diversity they encounter in the professional dance world. In our more advanced levels, students study Pilates, Modern dance, Jazz, and Composition (another word for choreography), as well as their regular ballet and pointe classes. These classes work together to build kinesthetically healthy, diverse dancers.

The School of BNC

Tuition

Our goal is to provide the best dance education in the region while keeping our tuition rates very competitive. By pre-paying you can save an extra 5%.

Use the tables to help determine your tuition and be sure to review our payment policies. Also, be sure to read about our Refer a Friend discount.

Early Dance
DANCE WITH ME
# OF CLASSES PER WEEK 8 WEEK SESSION AMOUNT (excludes summer)
1 128.00
DANCE WITH ME - Summer Session
# OF CLASSES PER WEEK 6 WEEK SUMMER SESSION AMOUNT
1 TBD
CHILDREN'S BALLET
# OF CLASSES PER WEEK MONTHLY INSTALLMENT MONTHLY INSTALLMENT WITH TAP CLASS ADDED FULL SEMESTER (5% discount) FULL SEMESTER WITH TAP (5% discount
1 $46.00 $62.00 $218.50 $292.50
2 $69.00 $85.00 $327.75 $403.75
BALLET I, BALLET II, BALLET III (age 5-8)
# OF CLASSES PER WEEK MONTHLY INSTALLMENT MONTHLY INSTALLMENT WITH TAP CLASS ADDED FULL SEMESTER (5% discount) FULL SEMESTER WITH TAP (5% discount
1 $63.00 $79.00 $299.25 $375.25
2 $94.50 $110.50 $448.87 $524.87
Levels A-G & Int/Adv Teen
LEVELS A-H
# OF HOURS PER WEEK MONTHLY INSTALLMENT FULL SEMESTER (5% discount)
if paid by August 15 and Jan 2
1.25 80.00 380.00
1.5 96.00 456.00
2 128.00 608.00
2.5 160.00 760.00
3 192.00 912.00
3.5 217.00 1030.75
4 243.00 1154.25
4.5 259.00 1230.25
5 272.00 1292.00
6 307.00 1458.25
7 336.00 1596.00
8 358.00 1700.50
9 374.00 1776.50
10 384.00 1824.00
Late Beginners
Accelerate!
# OF CLASSES PER WEEK # OF HOURS PER WEEK MONTHLY INSTALLMENT AMOUNT FULL SEMESTER (5% discount)
1 Ballet 1.5 $90.00 $427.50
Adults
ADULT CLASSES
Unlimited Classes 175/month
ADULT PUNCH CARDS
# OF CLASSES AMOUNT
5 75
10 140
15 195
Drop In Rate $18 per hour
Adaptive Dance Education
BALLET EXPRESSIONS
LEVEL MONTHLY INSTALLMENT AMOUNT
4-7 years old 30
8-12 years old 45
13-18 years old 60
Refer a Friend

We appreciate referrals of new families. To show our gratitude, we give a $20 tuition credit for each family referral, as follows:

  • Applies to new families only.
  • May not be a sibling or parent of an existing BNC Family.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition is divided into equal monthly installments. Each monthly installment does not change based on the number of weeks in a month.
  • Tuition is due the 1st of each month; you will not receive a bill or monthly statement.
  • Tuition received after the 5th of the month will result in a $10 late fee. Postmarks will not be considered in determining the late status of payments.
  • Additional fees may be assessed each month the payment is overdue.
  • Please place tuition payments in the tuition box near the front desk, or mail them to:
    Colorado Conservatory of Dance
    3001 Industrial Lane, #12
    Broomfield, CO 80020
  • Tuition may also be paid by Visa or MasterCard at the front desk or by phone.
  • Do not leave tuition on a desk or counter, or with an instructor.
  • Please label all payments clearly with the student’s first and last name and the tuition or fee being paid.
  • Returned checks will result in a $20 charge.
  • Overdue accounts may result in dismissal from classes until finances are settled.
  • All accounts must be current for a student to participate in any CCD production, performance or rehearsal.
  • Under no circumstance will CCD refund or credit paid tuition. Exceptions may be made in the case of serious injury accompanied by a doctor's note.

The School of BNC

Registration Forms

Please download the appropriate form below. You can then print and complete it, then bring it to the front desk staff at CCD.

Levels A-G & Intermediate/Advanced Teen Registration 2012-13 [PDF]

Adult Registration 2012-13 [PDF]

9+ and Beginning Teen Registration 2012-13 [PDF]

Dance with Me Registration 2012-13 [PDF]

Pre-School Ballet-Ballet I & II Registration 2012-13 [PDF]

Ballet Expressions Registration 2012-13 [PDF]

Ballet Nouveau Colorado

Private Lessons

Students may set up private lessons with the School Director, or the CCD teacher of their choice by communicating with the front desk staff. Students must be enrolled in CCD’s school in order to be eligible for private lessons.

  • 30 minutes – $40 ($45 with School Director) Recommended for Ballet A and above $20 per additional student
  • 45 minutes – $50 ($58 with School Director) Recommended for Ballet A and above $25 per additional student
  • 60 minutes – $65 ($75 with School Director) Recommended for Ballet B and above $30 per additional student
  • 90 minutes – $115 ($140 with School Director) Recommended for Ballet C and above $40 per additional student

Book at least 5 private lessons at a time and save 5%!

Private lessons must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to the private lesson. Private lessons cancelled within less than 6 hours will be charged the full amount.

Audition Preparation

Students in Ballet E and above requiring DVDs for summer intensives may set up sessions with the School Director. $85 per hour ($100 per hour on Sundays).

Dress Code

General Philosophy

Our dress code is based on classical standards for ballet training and helps students focus on their class work and prepares them for performances. Students feel pride in themselves when they are dressed properly and ready for class.

Class Attire

Use the tables below to assist in determining the appropriate attire and shoes for your classes. Additionally, be sure to review the information below these tables as you make decisions about your dance wear purchases.

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Photo Credit: Garrett Ammon

Early Dance
Dance With Me Children's Ballet Ballet I Ballet II
There is no formal dress code for Dance With Me.
Below are our recommendations for both children and adults attending this class:
Dance or exercise apparel
Ballet shoes
Hair pulled back from face
Leotard (Girls) Plain & unadorned black or pink leotard
Shirt (Boys) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt
Tights Girls: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Boys: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Girls: Pink leather ballet shoes with full sole
Boys: Black leather ballet shoes with full sole
Hair Girls: Secure ponytail or bun
Boys: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Girls: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Boys: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Tap (Girls & Boys) Dress code + low-heeled tap shoes
Primary Division
Ballet III Ballet A Ballet B Accelerate!
Leotard (Girls) Plain & unadorned black leotard
Shirt (Boys) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt
Tights Girls: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Boys: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Girls: Pink leather ballet shoes with full sole
Boys: Black leather ballet shoes with full sole
Hair Girls: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Boys: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Jazz (Girls & Boys) Dress code + black jazz pants and black jazz shoes
Intermediate Division
Ballet D Ballet E
Leotard (Girls)
Shirt (Boys)
Tights
Shoes Ladies: Pink leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Men: Black leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Hair
Jazz (Girls & Boys)
Modern (Girls & Boys)
Pilates (Ladies & Men) Leotard, t-shirt or other exercise top
Tights, leggings, shorts or other exercise attire
Bare feet or socks
Pre-Pointe & Pointe Shoe Basics (Ladies) Ballet D: Students will be fit in pre-pointe shoes between October and December based on the overall strength and level of the class.
Ballet D & E: To save money and hassle, pre-pointe and pointe shoes must be reviewed and approved by School Director before sewing or wearing them for class.
Although pointe shoes are very exciting for younger dancers, they are not toys and can cause serious injuries – please do not allow younger dancers to try on pointe shoes.
Advanced Division
Ballet F Ballet G/H
Leotard (Ladies) Plain & unadorned black or navy leotard Plain & unadorned black, navy blue, burgandy/maroon, dark brown, dark grey or dark green leotard
Shirt (Men) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt.
H Men; navy blue, burgundy, dark green, or dark grey shirt. See JWM for approved styles.
Tights Ladies: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Men: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Ladies: Pink leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Men: Black leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Hair Ladies: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Men: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Jazz (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and black jazz shoes
Modern (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and bare feet
Pilates (Ladies & Men) Leotard, t-shirt or other exercise top
Tights, leggings, shorts or other exercise attire
Bare feet or socks
Contemporary (Ladies & Men) Dress code + other attire and footwear determined by instructor
Pointe Shoes (Ladies) To save money and hassle, pointe shoes must be reviewed and approved by Artistic Director before sewing or wearing them for class.
Although pointe shoes are very exciting for younger dancers, they are not toys, and can cause serious injuries – please do not allow younger dancers to try on pointe shoes.
Recreational Teens
Beginning Teen Intermediate Teen Advanced Teen
Leotard (Ladies) Plain & unadorned black or navy leotard
Shirt (Men) Plain white short sleeve crew-neck t-shirt
Tights Ladies: Pink full-footed ballet tights (no footless or rolled-up tights)
Men: Opaque black dance tights or black dance leggings over black socks
Shoes Ladies: Pink leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Men: Black leather ballet shoes with full or split sole
Hair Ladies: Bun with hairnet, bobby pins and hair clips (no bangs or wispies)
Men: Short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
Jazz (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and black jazz shoes
Modern (Ladies & Men) Dress code + black jazz pants and bare feet
Pilates (Ladies & Men) ----------N/A---------- Leotard, t-shirt or other exercise top
Tights, leggings, shorts or other exercise attire
Bare feet or socks
Adults

There is no formal dress code for adults. We recommend comfortable dance or exercise apparel that allows free movement. Ballet shoes are recommended for ballet class, and jazz shoes for jazz class. Hair pulled back from face.

  • Avoid designs, sequins, decorations or attached skirts on any leotards
  • Skirts may not be worn in class
  • Avoid designs on any boys' t-shirts
  • Hair requirements are a part of our dress code, see our Hair Guide for details
  • Students will be asked to correct dress code violations prior to class
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a students attire, he/she will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code
A special note for girls

Girls' tights serve as underwear beneath their leotards, be sure to buy dance tights which have a cotton crotch. Underwear inhibit movement and are not allowed under tights. We know this can be a bit of a surprise for younger dancers, but they adjust quickly.

A special note for boys and men

Boys and men should always wear dance briefs or a dance belt under their tights. These items serve the same purpose as a jockstrap and protect a male dancer from injury. You can purchase dance briefs and dance belts from Boulder BodyWear.

Help avoid an uncomfortable situation for your dancer by explaining these aspects of ballet dress code ahead of time, and arrive to class in proper attire. This will also prepare them for our year-end Gala and other performances as they progress.

Purchasing Dance Wear

We recommend purchasing dance wear at Boulder BodyWear. They carry approved brands and styles, and understand our dress code. CCD families receive a 20% discount – be sure to mention your affiliation at checkout.

2660 Canyon Blvd, Ste A1
Boulder, CO 80302
303.447.9100

Accessories

Watches, bracelets, necklaces and large earrings are a safety hazard and are not permitted in class – small, secure earrings are okay. Students who wear jewelry to class will be asked to remove it.  CCD is not responsible for jewelry removed during class, so it is best to leave it at home.

Street Clothes

Even though we are all very comfortable wearing dance wear here in our building, dancers should always enter or leave the facility wearing street clothes. Please, for your dancer's personal safety, be sure he/she wears street clothes and shoes over his/her dance wear or changes in the dressing rooms.

Warm-Up Clothes

Warm-ups and other clothes cover up students' bodies, and make it hard for teachers to see their technique. Therefore, no warm-ups, skirts, shorts, shirts or street wear in any ballet class. Warm-ups and other clothing are allowed for floor work in Body Conditioning and Pilates.

Hair Guide

General Philosophy

Our hair requirements are a part of our dress code and are based on classical standards for ballet training. Improper hairstyles are not only messy, they actually interfere with training. Students feel pride in themselves when their hair is neat and done well.

Expectations
  • Standard hair for girls is a secure, slicked-back bun with no bangs
  • Ponytails are okay only for girls in Pre-School Ballet
  • Standard hair for boys is short and neat, or pulled into a ponytail if long
  • We recommend keeping a separate bag with a brush/comb, bobby pins, elastics, clips and hairnets in the dancer’s dance bag, along with hairspray/gel
  • Girls with short hair need to pull hair back with clips – no headbands are allowed in class
  • When hair is long enough to put into a ponytail, it must be put into a bun
  • Students will be asked to correct hair style violations prior to class
  • If there are ongoing concerns with a student hair, he/she will be asked to sit out of class when not in dress code.
Need Help?

We know it can be tricky learning to put hair in a bun, and we are happy to help you. Just ask at the front desk. Times before and after class can be very busy for the front desk, so please leave adequate time for help with hair. While we are happy to help, you are responsible for your hair. Please do not make a habit of depending on staff to do your hair.

Class Placement

Class placements are determined by the School Director. Each student is placed based on their skill level and attainment of curriculum goals, rather than age. Students commonly spend multiple years in a level before advancing to the next.

We recommend that each student’s schedule reflect the School Director’s recommendations and it should be created to support his/her personal goals. Students who take less than the recommended number of classes per week can expect to spend more time in each level to solidify their technique.

See specific level pages for additional information on recommendations & requirements.

Class Size

We are committed to every student. To ensure that we provide the highest quality dance instruction and attention, we limit our class sizes.

Classes can fill up quickly so we encourage you to sign up early to secure your spot. A waiting list is maintained for classes that are full and openings are offered to students on a first come first serve basis. Visit the front desk to be added to the waiting list.

Maximum Class Sizes

Dance With Me – 10 children & their caregivers
Ballet Expressions – 10 students
Pre-School Ballet – 10 students
Pre-School Tap – 15 students
Ballet I and II – 15 students
Tap I/II – 20 students
Primary, Intermediate and Advanced Division Ballet – 20 students
Recreational Teen Ballet - 20 students
Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Composition – 25 students

Classes are subject to change. Classes with fewer than 8 students may be cancelled.

Policies

Student Conduct
  • Conduct yourself at all times in a positive, cooperative way and follow the rules of the school.
  • Give your full attention to the teacher in class, without talking or socializing.
  • Refrain from hanging or leaning on barres, touching the mirrors and touching the stereo equipment.
  • Students may not enter a studio without the permission of a teacher.
  • You may not sit down or leave the studio without the instructor’s permission.
  • Please use the restroom before and after class to avoid leaving class for bathroom breaks.
  • Show respect and encouragement for all fellow dancers in the school.
  • Act as a role model for younger dancers.
  • No running through hallways.
  • Do not use, touch, or play with others’ belongings without permission.
Attendance and Punctuality
  • Please notify the front desk ahead of time if a dancer will be late or needs to be dismissed early. The front desk will notify the instructor.
  • Due to risk of injury, students may be asked to observe if they arrive more than 10 minutes late to class. This is for your student’s safety.
  • Gala attendance requirements are strictly enforced and are outlined in our Gala information packet, which is distributed in January.
Visiting the Facility
  • Please drop off and pick up students on time. Students may not stay unsupervised at CCD more than 15 minutes before or after class.
  • Siblings and friends must be supervised at all times by an adult.
  • Parents are welcome to accompany students to the door of the classroom, but please do not enter the studio unless invited by the teacher.
  • Visitors–please do not stand or sit in hallways outside of classrooms.
  • Visitors who cause a disruption in the facility may be asked to wait elsewhere during class time.
Observing Classes
  • Minimal distractions are essential for an optimal classroom experience. Therefore, viewing windows are kept closed during all classes, with the exception of viewing weeks.
  • Viewing weeks are the first full week of every month and are listed on our school calendar.
  • Parents are welcome to observe through the observation windows during viewing weeks.
  • Please "check in" from time to time, rather than standing at the window for the full length of the class to avoid crowding and blocked hallways.
  • Do not pull chairs or other furniture up to windows.
  • Our walls are not soundproof – please keep conversations quiet while observing.
  • Blinds on viewing windows will be closed during non-viewing weeks.
  • School Director must give permission to videotape or photograph classes.
Use of Facilities
  • Use the dressing rooms for changing – do not change in the restrooms.
  • Parents of young dancers, please help your dancers change in the dressing rooms – do not change in the lobby or hallway.
  • Dads with daughters and moms with sons who need help dressing – please use the family restroom for changing in order to avoid discomfort and embarrassment of other students.
  • Do not enter the office or vacant studios without permission.
  • If your teacher is not in the studio, wait quietly in the hallway until he/she arrives.
  • Students may use the courtesy phone in the lobby for emergencies or unusual circumstances. Please arrange rides in advance and limit calls to 3 minutes.
Food and Drink
  • Please be sure to eat healthy meals and snacks prior to arriving for class.
  • You may bring food and drinks into the dressing room as long as you clean up all crumbs, papers and spills and throw away your trash.
  • No gum, candy or food inside the studios.
  • No drinks, except for water bottles, in the studios.
  • Healthy snacks are available for purchase at the front desk.
Personal Belongings
  • Keep personal belongings in tidy order and keep the dressing room, lobby and restroom neat.
  • Mark all belongings (including shoes and dance bags) with your name.
  • Do not use, take, or touch others’ belongings without permission.
  • Leave valuable items and large amounts of money at home to avoid any risk of loss or damage.
  • Colorado Conservatory of Dance is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged property.
Lost and Found
  • Unclaimed clothing items are collected nightly and added to the lost and found box, located in the female dressing room.
  • Valuable items and pointe shoes are held at the front desk.
  • Unclaimed items will be donated to charity periodically throughout the year.

Inclement Weather

  • You can learn about school closures on this page after 2:00pm on the day of the storm.
  • You can also call 303.466.5685 and listen to our recorded greeting.
  • Make sure your email is up to date at the front desk to receive emails about school closings.
  • Your student can make up an unexpected school closure within a month of the original class.

Scholarships & Tuition Assistance

At the Colorado Conservatory of Dance we believe that everyone should have access to quality dance education regardless of age, ability or aspiration. Our scholarship and tuition assistance programs are designed to ensure that no one is turned away.

Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are provided to students based on merit, financial need, leadership, passion and commitment to their training. Often scholarship student are discovered through our Title I Elementary School Partnerships. Along with their lessons at CCD, these students may be provided dance wear and shoes to remove any boundaries that could prohibit their participation.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is provided to students on a sliding scale and based on financial need, leadership, passion, commitment to their training and the quality of their application.

To apply for tuition assistance please visit the front desk or call 303.466.5685.