FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

tickets

Do I have to purchase tickets online?

No. You can call TTB at 850-224-6917 or stop by during business hours (M-F, 9:30-2:30pm) to purchase tickets.

Do I need to purchase a ticket for a young child?

YES. All attendees, regardless of age from infant to adult, must have a ticket to enter the performance venue.

I bought tickets but now I can't attend. Can I get a refund?

NO. All ticket sales are final. There are no refunds unless an event is cancelled and not rescheduled.

Are tickets available at the door?

YES. Tickets are on sale at each venue’s Box Office beginning one hour prior to concert time.

What forms of payment does TTB accept?

TTB accepts cash, checks, American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Online sales are by credit card only.

Can I exchange my tickets?

To avoid seating conflicts, tickets cannot be exchanged for alternative dates. Season subscribers may exchange their tickets with a least 48 hours notice based on availablity.

How do I get my tickets?

You can 1) choose to receive your tickets as a pdf via email to print on your printer.  2) choose ship for them to be mailed to you. 3) choose to pick them up at “Will Call.”

What if I lose my tickets?

NO PROBLEM. Call our offices at 850-224-6917 ext. 21 (M-F, 9:30am-2:30pm) or arrive 60 minutes early to the performance. Make sure to bring a photo ID.

performance logistics

Where are performances?

Performances are held on FSU campus at Opperman Music Hall and Ruby Diamond Concert Hall.

Where may I park?

General Admission ticket holders will find available parking 1) along Park Avenue and 2) in the Fine Arts Parking Garage at the corner of Call and Macomb streets. Donors at the Apprentice Level ($150) or higher who have purchased season tickets will receive a parking pass for Donor Lots. DO NOT PARK IN LOTS DESIGNATED AS TOW-AWAY ZONES.

What should I wear?

Some people enjoy dressing up and making going to the ballet a special event, or you may wear business or dressy casual attire.

How do I get to Opperman Music Hall?

Located in FSU’s Kuersteiner Music Building (KMB) on Copeland Street. Main entrances are located on the breezeway between the Housewright Music Building and KMB. The hall can also be accessed through KMB's interior hallways. Accessible parking can be found in the parking lots along and off of Convocation Way and at any metered space.

Where are the handicapped parking spaces located?

There are several options for handicap parking. Click on the FAQ for each venue for detailed information and the performance venues page for maps indicating handicap parking.

How long are the performance?

Most ballets last around two hours, including a 15-minute intermission. Performances at Ruby Diamond Concert Hall offer refreshments for sale before the performance, as well as at intermission. We hope you’ll come early and enjoy the ambiance of the concert experience. We want you to have an enjoyable time!

How do I get to Ruby Diamond Concert Hall?

With its iconic fountain, Ruby Diamond Concert Hall is the official entrance to FSU campus, located where College Avenue intersects with Copeland St.

May I bring my child(ren)?

TTB welcomes children and families to experience the magic of classical ballet during its performances. While parents should use their discretion based on the maturity level of their children, TTB recommends children be at least 3 years of age to attend performances, and highly recommends the Abbreviated Children’s Performance of “The Nutcracker” for young children. In determining if your child should attend TTB performances, it is important to know the child must be able to sit quietly and not disrupt the performance for other patrons. If a child becomes disruptive during a performance, ushers will require the child and accompanying adult to leave the auditorium without refund of the ticket purchase. All attendees, regardless of age from infant to adult, must have a ticket to enter the performance venue and must sit in the seat indicated on the ticket.

education

Where is The Tallahassee Ballet School located?

Our facility is located on the Northeast side of Tallahassee off Thomasville Rd.

2910 Kerry Forest Pkwy., Suite C1 Tallahassee, FL 32309

How are new students evaluated for level placement?

New students ages 7 and older are required to attend a placement class prior to registration. This will determine which level they are ready for, whether in the Student or Pre-Professional Division (audition or invitation only). To schedule an evaluation, email classes@tallahasseeballet.org or call (850) 224-6917. Families will be contacted following evaluations with results to move forward with registration.

What attire is required for classes? 

General Dress-Code: 

Girls: Black ballet leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Flesh-toned tights and shoes for dark skin tones are welcome. Color of tights should match the shoes.

 

Boys:  Black tights, black ballet shoes, and a white t-shirt. 

 

A detailed dress-code, including information regarding uniform leotards, is provided upon registration. 

Are there any Financial Assistance opportunities or Scholarships available?

Yes! The Tallahassee Ballet School periodically offers merit scholarships to deserving students. The deadline for the 2022-2023 Helen Salter Scholarship application was May 21, 2022. More information and applications can be found (insert hyperlink).

If our family schedule changes, can my dancer(s) be transferred into another class?

Students may be transferred into another class of the same level prior to the beginning of the Spring semester. Before transferring, weekly class options, availability, and enrollment numbers will be taken into consideration. 

Where can the yearly schedule/calendar be found?

Yearly class offerings are posted on our Education page. TTBS follows the Leon County Schools schedule for holidays. A detailed calendar is provided in the Student Handbook following registration.

If I have further questions regarding placement, schedules, etc., can I ask my child’s instructor?

Unless an emergency arises, we ask that you call or email the school office (classes@tallahasseeballet.org) with any questions that you may have. Many of the dance instructors teach back-to-back classes and may not have time before or after classes to have discussions with parents. We make it our goal to have all classes start on time so the students benefit from a full class.

What training curriculum does TTBS implement?

Instructors with The Tallahassee Ballet School follow the ABT® National Training Curriculum with select instructors certified up to Level 3.

Are returning students re-evaluated yearly?

Each year, students in the Student and Pre-Professional Divisions of the school are formally evaluated by their instructors using the guidelines of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Placement for the following year is based on the results of the evaluation with each dancer’s safety and growth in mind. Students receive their summer and following school year’s placement in January-February.

What is tuition for TTBS?

Based on monthly billing over 10 months

  • Classes less than one (1) hour—$560 ($56/month)

  • One-hour classes—$580 ($58/month)

  • One-and-one-quarter (1-1/4) hour classes—$600 ($60/month)

  • One-and-one-half (1-1/2) hour classes—$620 ($62/month)

One-and-three quarter (1-3/4) hour classes—$640 ($64/month)

Read more about tuition, policies, and multi-family discounts.

What performance opportunities are there for dancers in the school?

Students of TTBS participate in a Spring Showcase at the end of each year.  Dancers ages 9 and older are given the opportunity to attend an audition for Junior Company roles alongside the pre-professional company in The Nutcracker.

Can I observe my dancer’s class?

Outside of the scheduled Observation Weeks, families are asked to utilize the dedicated waiting area in the studio. Dancers who require any assistance in the restroom must have an adult in the building at all times.

How are students kept safe by TTBS?

All instructors with The Tallahassee Ballet School are required to be fingerprinted and a go through a background check. Additionally, our facilities can only be entered by individuals provided with a secure access code. School policies require dancers under the age of 14 to remain inside the building until their parent/guardian comes inside to meet them. 

Where can I register my child for classes with The Tallahassee Ballet School?

Class descriptions, tuition information, and our secure online registration form can be found here

When do dancers begin pointe work?

It is necessary to be cautious and conservative with the age at which a student begins training en pointe. Starting a dancer en pointe is left to the instructor’s discretion, as it can be dangerous to start a student en pointe too early. It is customary that by the age of 12, if the student is physically strong enough and technically advanced enough, she may begin pointe work. The student must have a thorough understanding of proper body alignment as well as ankle, foot, leg, and abdominal strength to prevent injury or the development of chronic conditions such as tendonitis. A student who begins pointe work too early may also develop bad habits in an effort to stand en pointe when they are not strong enough to do so properly.

What other fees will I be charged during the year?

  • Registration Fee: Returning students have an annual $30 non-refundable registration fee (per student) due upon registration. New students have a $40 non-refundable registration fee (per student) due upon registration.

  • Costume Fee: A non-refundable fee of $70 (Mommy & Me-Level 3) or $80 (Levels 4-7) will be charged (per student, per class) in the Fall, for your student’s costume to be used in the Spring Student Showcase. The costume fee is non-refundable. Students will keep their costumes after the showcase.

  • Showcase Fee: A non-refundable $45 fee will be charged in the Spring for your student’s participation in the Student Showcase. The showcase fee is non-refundable and goes toward the cost of recital overhead.

  • Late Fee: A late fee of $10 per week will be assessed if tuition is not paid in full by the 5th of the month.

If my dancer is withdrawn before the end of the year, will I be provided a refund? 

All fees and tuition previously paid are non-refundable. Following withdrawal, no further monthly tuitions or fees will be charged.

Are there make-up opportunities for absence?

Dancers who miss a class may attend another class of the same level. Absences may be reported to classes@tallahasseeballet.org.

What are TTBS pick-up and drop-off procedures?

Students must arrive dressed and ready to dance 10 minutes prior to the start of class. Parents of children under the age of 6 are strongly encouraged to remain in the family waiting area while your child is in class. Teachers cannot leave the students in the studio unattended in order to escort a young dancer to the restroom facilities or dressing rooms. For the safety of your student, please pick them up immediately after class ends. It is mandatory for dancers under the age of 14 to remain inside the building until their parents come inside to meet them. All TTB students will be asked to arrive and leave the building in cover-up clothing. No ballet shoes are allowed to be worn outside the building. Due to the maintenance of our Marley floors, no “street shoes” are allowed in the studios.