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Academy Tuition

Hours of
Class / Week
Monthly Fee
1 hr $84.00
2 hrs $168.00
3 hrs $230.00
4 hrs $275.00
5 hrs $310.00
6 hrs $345.00
7 hrs $375.00
8 hrs $395.00
9 hrs $410.00
over 9 hrs $410.00


Individual maximum: $410
Family maximum: $530
Trial Class or Drop-In
Per hour: $22
Per 1.5 hours: $25
Registration Fee
New students: $35
Returning students: $25

Adult & Alumni

Adult Classes
10 classes: $145
Drop-in: $25
Expires after six months
Alumni Program
Per class: $8
Read more here


Tuition Policies

  • Tuition is charged monthly by student, based on the number of hours of class enrolled in per week

    • Siblings do not receive a discount on tuition, however, there is an individual and family maximum amount

    • There are no refunds except for extended illness or injury confirmed by a doctor's note

  • Tuition is due and payable by the 1st day of the month

    • Late fees of $15 will be assessed after the 10th day of each month

    • Checks returned due to insufficient funds incur a $25 fee

  • All families must enroll in monthly auto-pay by credit card or bank draft, and complete an auto-pay authorization form whenever payment information changes

    • Families are responsible for communicating with the Office Administrator to ensure that non-recurring fees (such as performance fees, costume fees, etc.) are either processed using the card on-file or via another payment method

  • Any changes affecting tuition need to be made two weeks before the first day of the month in which the change is to take effect, to avoid being charged in-full for the next month (e.g. plans to drop a class late-April need to be addressed by mid-March, in advance of posting April's tuition)

  • Tuition is based on four classes per month on any given day, however, on occasion there may be, for example, three Mondays one month and five the following

Referral Program

New this season

We have been tracking new enrollment, and were made aware that many of you enroll through referrals. As a way of thanking you, we are starting a new program whereby families who refer new students who enroll in classes at Southern California Ballet receive a certificate for $10 off a regular-priced ticket to The Nutcracker or the Spring Show

Annual Registration & Academy Year

  • Academy year begins the day after Labor Day and extends through the Saturday preceding Labor Day the following year (September 5, 2017–September 1, 2018)

    • Regularly scheduled classes continue throughout the summer

  • Each family must pay one registration fee per academy year

    • New students: $35

    • Returning students: $25

  • New students are accepted on a rolling-basis at any point throughout the year

    • Registration fee and payment for the current tuition month are due upon enrollment

    • Students who enroll mid-month will have that month's tuition prorated

In-Studio Policies

  • Dancers may not wear their dance shoes outside as any debris brought onto the floors of Studios A, B, or C both creates an immediate safety hazard and damages the floors

  • Help us make our new floors last well into the future: outside shoes are not allowed in Studios A, B, or C

  • Students are not allowed to wait outside to be picked up

  • Dancers and parents are responsible for keeping track of the class and rehearsal schedule by regularly reading emails and checking the bulletin board where rehearsals are posted

  • No glass allowed in studio



  • Withdrawals must be requested via the online form no later than two weeks before the first day of the month in which the change is to take effect, to avoid being charged in-full for the next month (e.g. plans to withdraw in late-April need to be addressed by mid-March, in advance of posting April's tuition)

  • Be proactive!

  • Withdrawals are dealt with by the Office Administrator on a case-by-case basis

  • Temporary withdrawals can be no longer than two months

  • Permanent withdrawals comprise any absence extending longer than two months per year, and must pay a $35 re-registration fee upon return

Make-up Classes

  • When there is an absence, notify the front desk of the absence prior to or no later than the day of the lesson missed

  • Make-ups are for absence due to illness, injury, educational functions, and family scheduling conflicts

  • On the day taking the make-up class, pick up the slip from the front desk and give to the teacher

  • Make-ups are valid for six weeks from the date of the missed class, with no exceptions

  • Make-ups expire at the end of the academy year

  • Make-up classes may not be used to pay tuition for classes

  • Make-ups may only be used for appropriate level classes based on the level that was initially recommended to your student

  • Students may accrue no more than five make-up classes per calendar quarter, Jan-Mar, April-June, July-Sept, Oct-Dec.


Why is my tuition the same price each month, even when there are holidays or breaks?

Tuition is the same price each month (except in August, between academy years), as is standard at dance academies. This is because over the course of the academy year, each class meets an average of four times per month. At the beginning of the year, our Director of Operations uses a very thorough Excel spreadsheet that counts the number of days each class meets excluding holidays and breaks to make sure this is the case.

Some months, a class meets five times a month, and other months, only three times. We figure it’s better to have tuition at, for example, $84 every month, than $106 some months and $62 other months.

Other Activities & Expenses

Enchanted Forest, 2018-19 academy performance

Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 7:00pm
Poway Center for the Performing Arts

New Season family Gathering

Sunday, September 16, 2018
Southern California Ballet Studio

  • Organized by fundraising committee to welcome new parents; introduce board, staff and teachers; review the upcoming season and events; highlight volunteer opportunities; and socialize in a relaxed environment

  • Dinner partially sponsored, price TBA

  • Gathering featuring Ballet 201, free arts and crafts, and other fun dance games

The Nutcracker

  • Auditions: Saturday, September 22, all day at studio

  • Dress rehearsal:* Wednesday, December 12 from 6-10pm

  • Outreach performances:* Thursday & Friday, December 13 & 14 at 9:15am and 11:15am

  • Performances:* Saturday, December 15 at 1:00pm and 7:00pm

    • Sunday December 16 at 1:00pm

  • *Performances & last dress rehearsal at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts

  • Performance fee: $200 for the first child, $130 for additional children in the family

    • Performance fee covers all rehearsals and costume rental

    • $40 for Butterflies & Rosebuds (five- or six-year-olds)

  • Students provide own undergarments, make-up

  • Tickets range from $20 to $45

  • Heavy volunteer commitment needed in all production, planning, and marketing areas

Spring Performance

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019

  • Performance fees TBA

  • Tickets range from $20 to $45

  • Volunteer commitment needed in all production, planning, and marketing areas

Cecchetti Exams

  • Usually take place at the end of May or beginning of June

  • Exam fee varies from $55 to $150 depending on level and type of exam (Standard vs. Grade)

  • Private lessons begin in February, and are necessary to thoroughly prepare students in Grades 2 and older ($45 per 30 minutes)

  • Exams take place at the studio, are scheduled during the school day, and usually last an hour or more depending on grade

Academy September Performance

  • Performance fee: $75 (includes DVD)

  • Costume fee: $75 per costume (purchased for the dancer to keep)

  • Tickets vary from $15 to $20

  • Volunteers needed for dressing rooms on day of performance

Outreach Performances

  • As approved by Outreach Committee and Artistic Department