Elks Breakfast Fundraiser for ACB on 11/11/18!

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ABA’s sister organization, the Alameda Civic Ballet, produces a beloved community tradition – The Nutcracker Ballet – which features many ABA students!   Please join for a fun and delicious breakfast fundraiser at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda!  Your generous tips will benefit ACB and the Rachel Shahinian and Annika Zinsley Memorial scholarship fund. More info is here! 

Our Changing Bodies – Notes for Dancers in Ballet 3 classes and above

At ABA we maintain strict dress code standards because of the necessity in ballet training to create long, clean lines, and for our the instructors to be able to easily see those lines.  However, as our young dancers mature and begin menstruating, we find that they are sometimes self-conscious in class when wearing pads.

We know this a sensitive and delicate topic, and we want to encourage positive transitions into this new time of life.  To this end, Ms. Abra has spoken with the young women in our Ballet 5 and 6 classes, and they have said that they would sometimes like to wear a skirt or dance shorts (in a solid color) when they have their periods, which we support.  They may also wear black tights when they are menstruating. We do not sell skirts, but we do sell black dance shorts and black tights.

Also, Ms. Abra will loan out her ballet skirts if needed.  Please ask her or her assistant, and they will give you a combination to the locker in the lobby where the skirts are stored.  Please return the skirt to the locker after class.

We have reviewed some other ballet schools’ policies on this subject, and found that they are similar.  Thank you for your understanding and support, and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.