Curriculum & Policies

Curriculum & Policies

School Policies

Our School Policies are designed to provide structure for Ohman School of Ballet students and parents.

For more information, email us or call 631.462.6266

Ongoing Class Registration

Classes & Placement


Creative Movement classes
for ages 3 – 5 Designed to take advantage of the natural freedom of movement and musicality which young children demonstrate.

Introduction to Ballet for ages 5 – 6 Children will learn proper ballet movement, terminology and body positions.

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Professional level technique classes:

Division 1 – Students master basic classical ballet steps and positions with a focus on proper vocabulary and technique

Division 2 – Students learn to combine mastered steps and turns are introduced

Division 3 – Students are exposed to the full demands of classical ballet technique

Division 4 – This level emphasizes line, speed, control of adagio,multiple turns and increasingly complex combinations

Division 5 – A pre-professional level for dancers striving for perfection

Pointe classes (div 3, 4, 5) – Students may enroll in pointe classes only after they have acheived appropriate physical maturity and have mastered proper basic ballet technique. (Teacher recommendations)

Pas de Deux Class (Partnering) Division 3 & 4 students are introduced to the art of partnering. Division 4 & 5 advanced students work on the entire range of promenades, with supported turns and lifts.

Men’s and Boys’ Class must be taken in combination with division class. Guest Faculty Program featuring artists from New York City’s leading ballet companies.

Beginner ballet classes for Teens and Adults.

Registration is ongoing throughout the school year. New students are placed in levels according to an initial placement class. A one-time registration fee of $50 is required of all new students. Tuition fees are paid at the start of each semester (fall, spring, summer) and are pro-rated for students enrolling after a semester has started. Early registration is recommended since class size is limited. Please contact the school in advance to schedule a placement class.

Etiquette & Dress

Student Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

  • Students must be on time and prepared for class
  • Proper attire includes:
    • Boys – black ballet shoes, black tights (or spandex), white tee shirts
    • Girls – pink ballet shoes, pink tights, black leotard
    • Creative Movement and Introduction to Ballet students may wear leotards of their choosing, with the required pink ballet shoes and pink tights
    • Ballet skirts and leg warmers may be worn only with permission of the instructor giving the class; Rubber or plastic warm up pants are not allowed in class
    • Street clothes may not be worn over ballet attire; A ballet sweater may be worn
    • Pointed shoes should be secured with elastics and ribbons
    • Girls hair must be pulled back off the face in a secure, neat ballet bun
    • Jewelry or watches are not permitted; Small earrings are allowed for pierced ears
  • Students are expected to address their instructors with the prefix “Mr” or “Miss” and are expected to afford them the respect they always deserve; Ballet etiquette includes a proper greeting and reverence at the end of class
  • Street clothes and dance bags will be stored in the dressing room on the shelves provided; Only one small bag with pointe shoes and toe pads are allowed in the studio
  • Students must request teacher permission to leave class while in session
  • There is no talking, socializing, or disruption of class (Classes can be fun, but you are there to learn and so is the student next to you)
  • Phones are not permitted in class
  • Please do not bring any valuables to the studio
  • Only water is to be consumed in the dressing room or the studios; Consumption of other beverages and food is confined to the reception and hallway areas; Garbage is to be placed into the receptacles provided in those areas; Wastebaskets in the dressing room and classrooms are for paper items and ballet shoe related discards only
  • Gum is not allowed in any area of the school at any time

Rules & Regulations

Classes & Requirements

  • Any student wishing to enroll in the school is required to take a complimentary placement class.
  • There is a one-time registration fee of $50 for all new students.
  • All tuition is non-refundable and must be paid in full for the current semester prior to a student taking classes.
  • Siblings enrolled in the school will receive a 10% discount on in studio classes for the tuition on the second, third, etc. child from the same family. The highest tuition must be paid without discount.
  • Classes missed due to injury or illness for less than 3 weeks can be made up in student’s division or one division lower. Makeups are required within one month of return from the absence. If already taking the maximum number of classes offered in your division, the make-up should be taken in a division lower.
  • Injury or illness that keeps a student out for 3 weeks or more, up to a full semester, must be verified with proper medical reports to receive credit for a future semester.
  • Students should not take class if they have an injury of any kind. They may observe the class as long as they do not create a disruption of any kind.
  • The artistic staff has the final decision in all matters pertaining to class and division placement.
  • All matriculated students must take the minimum number of required classes per week for their division:
    • Division 1A- 1 technique class/week
    • Division 1B- 2 technique classes/week
    • Division 2- 3 technique classes/week
    • Division 3- 4 technique classes/week plus pointe
    • Division 4- 5 technique classes/week plus pointe
    • Division 5- 6 technique classes/week plus pointe
  • The dress code at the Ohman School of Ballet is to be strictly observed in all classes.
  • Leaving or disrupting a class in session will not be tolerated from any student.
  • Parents who wish to remain during class time may do so in the reception area or the main lobby of the building. Observation of classes is available only during set weeks on the semester schedule.
  • Students who intend to apply to outside summer intensive programs should check with Mr. la Cour first for his input on the program being considered.
  • Letters of recommendation will only be issued to programs endorsed by the Ohman School of Ballet, and only to students who take unlimited classes regularly. Mr. la Cour and the teaching staff reserve the right to withhold any letter of recommendation for any student who has poor attendance, or whose technique is not of the level required.
  • Non-matriculated students may not participate in any Ohman School/New York Dance Theatre productions, lecture/demonstrations, or any events representing the school.
  • The school may close without notice due to emergencies and inclement weather. When in doubt, call the office at (631) 462–6266 and listen for the announcement on the answering machine or check the website. Generally, if the Commack Public School District is closed due to bad weather, the Ohman School is also closed (although there are exceptions when the roads and parking lot have been cleared by the time our classes start).