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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please read through the FAQs for more information about our Summer Intensive programs and policies. If any questions are not answered here, or if you need additional assistance, please contact Student Services via the button below.


AUDITIONS

What can I expect at the audition?

The audition will be conducted as an advanced ballet master class. Pointe shoes are optional as pointe work is not required in any of our Sessions. You do not need to prepare a solo. Some auditions will include a workshop component which is described on the Audition Info page of our website. There will be no cuts during class.

What do I need to bring to the audition?

A hard-copy printout of your application form and either a printed receipt for your audition fee (if you pre-paid via our website) or $35 cash or check payable to “SF Conservatory of Dance” (with your name noted on the memo line if the check is not in your name).

When should I arrive at the audition location?

Studio doors will open 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. We recommend arriving in time to stretch/warm-up before the audition, but we urge you to arrive at least fifteen minutes before start time to introduce yourself and check-in by submitting the materials described above.

What should I wear to my audition?

Everyone should wear ballet shoes and fitted dance attire. Please no baggy clothes. Hair must be neat and pulled out of the face and off of the neck and shoulders. For auditions including a workshop component, you should bring a long-sleeve shirt and socks to change into after the ballet portion.

When can I expect to learn the results of my audition?

You can expect to hear back from us via email within two weeks of your audition, or within three weeks of our receipt of your video audition. Please contact Student Services if you haven't heard from us within these timeframes. Those auditioning for the Year-Round Program can expect a decision early May .


ENROLLMENT

I’ve been accepted! What should I do now?

Your acceptance letter—sent via email—includes a Notification Deadline by which you must notify us of your intentions to attend or not. This deadline is generally ten days from the date of the acceptance letter. If you wish to attend the program, you must notify Student Services via email of your intention before the deadline. If we do not hear from you by then, you will automatically forfeit your acceptance and be moved to the Wait List.

How do I secure my spot in the program?

In order to temporarily secure your spot in the program, we must receive your $350 non-refundable deposit (applicable in full towards tuition) by the deadline stated in your acceptance letter. Your spot will be fully secured once you have submitted all the forms described on the Once Accepted page of our website and paid your remaining tuition balance—all of which will be due no later than Monday, April 2, 2018.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept bank checks in U.S. currency made payable to “SF Conservatory of Dance," as well as online payments via Visa or Mastercard.

*Online payments will incur surcharges to cover bank-processing fees. If you encounter a problem making an online payment, please contact Student Services. Surcharges do not apply to online payment of the $35 audition fee.

What if I’m not ready to commit by the deadlines given to me?

If you’re unsure about whether or not to come, you may email Student Services prior to your Notification Deadline and ask her to put you on our Wait List (explained below). This might give you another chance to attend if any openings remain as of April 13th, 2018. If we don’t hear from you by your Notification Deadline, you will automatically forfeit your acceptance.

How does the Waiting List work?

If there is an opening in enrollment after April 13th, we will offer those spots to applicants selected via  random lottery from the Wait List. If your name is drawn, you can expect to hear from us by April 16th.  

Can I get back my $350 non-refundable deposit if my plans change before the program begins?

Unfortunately, the deposit is non-refundable in order to enable us to assemble a student body of fully-committed dancers.

Can I get back my tuition if I must withdraw from the program for any reason?

The only instances in which tuition for SFCD's Summer Intensive Program may be refunded are in cases of medical disability—which must be certified in writing by a Medical Doctor—or severe crisis in the student’s immediate family (at the discretion of the Conservatory’s directors). Once the session in which you are enrolled has begun, no tuition refunds will be granted under any circumstances.

If a tuition refund is approved, it will be limited to 50% of the amount of tuition paid. Alternatively, and subject to approval by the Conservatory’s directors, the amount of tuition paid may be credited at up to 100% toward enrollment in a later session/semester.


SCHOLARSHIPS/FINANCIAL AID

Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?

SFCD does not offer scholarships for our Summer Intensive Program, as we assume that every student we accept would be worthy. We do, however, offer a finite amount of financial aid. This is allocated based on the relative need of eligible applicants as demonstrated by their families’ latest tax return paperwork and information provided on our financial aid application form. We only accept financial aid applications from applicants who have already:

Been accepted into the program, and
Paid their non-refundable $350 deposit (which is applicable in full towards tuition)

How do I apply for financial aid?

After you’ve been accepted into the program and paid your non-refundable $350 deposit, you may email Student Services to request an application form. Please note that completed applications are due in our office no later than March 15, 2018.


PROGRAM QUESTIONS

What is the daily schedule for my session of the program?

Your class schedule will vary from day-to-day according to the Artistic Director’s assessment of what will best serve the needs of the student body. Schedules will be posted each day for the next day so that you will know what is in store for you. You can generally expect to be dancing from 9am until about 5:30-6pm Monday through Friday. On the weekends you will have one day off, and the other will be a slightly shorter dance day than the weekdays. We ask that you trust in, and come prepared to take advantage of, what our exceptional faculty has to offer you. Our curriculum is rich and rigorous.

Which day of the week will I have off?

Session 1 students will have Saturdays off and Session 2 students will have Sundays off. During Session 3, two of the four groups will have Saturdays off and the other two will have Sundays off. The composition of the groups will be announced on the first day of the session. Whichever of the weekend-days that you’ll be dancing will be slightly shorter than weekdays, with time off either in the early morning or late afternoon.

What is the dress code?

While our dress code is generally relaxed, students are expected to comply strictly with the following:

  •     Practice good personal hygiene
  •     Keep hair neat and pulled out of the face, off the neck and shoulders
  •     Keep dancewear in good repair and laundered regularly
  •     Keep shoes clean and without holes
  •     Pointe shoes (which are optional) must have ribbons and elastic
  •     No large or heavy jewelry of any kind
  •     No “camouflaging” of the body with loose-fitting clothing
  •     Sweatpants and sweatshirts are recommended for certain technique classes which involve floor work
  •     No cell phones in plain sight within the studios!

What should I bring to the studios?

Fitted dance attire; comfortable long-sleeve shirts and pants for modern floor work; ballet shoes; sneakers; pointe shoes (which are optional) must have ribbon and elastic; journal & pen; sack lunch.

DO NOT BRING valuables to the studios. SFCD will not accept responsibility for any lost or stolen items.

When and where will the final performances be held? How can I get tickets?

There will be two theater performances on the last two days of each session; on Friday evening at 7:30pm and Saturday afternoon at 2pm. Dancers will perform both repertory they’ve learned and works they’ve created with our choreographers. While some pieces may be double-cast, all students will perform in every show. These performances—approximately two hours long—will be open to families, friends, and the general public. They will be held at the San Francisco Scottish Rite Masonic Auditorium, located at 2850 19th Avenue in San Francisco. Tickets will be available for purchase ($18) both online and at the door. Ticketing information will be sent out via email during the early weeks of each session.


STUDENT HOUSING OPTIONS

I’m not from San Francisco. Where can I stay during the summer program?

Most of our non-local summer students who don’t have local family or friends to stay with choose to stay in a nearby residence hall McAllister Tower which is described immediately below. Others arrange to sublet apartments or stay in residence hotels.

What is McAllister Tower?

McAllister Tower (aka “The Tower”) is the name of a residence hall owned and operated by the University of California Hastings College of the Law. It is a well-maintained, 25-storey, historic building located just five blocks from SFCD’s dance studios (10 minutes away by foot). The building consists of several very nice common areas and scores of studio apartments which are occupied by law students during the academic year and vacated during the summer. Through a special arrangement with the University, SFCD reserves a block of apartments to accommodate our summer students and assigns teams of Resident Advisors (RAs) to live in The Tower and monitor the students’ whereabouts and general well-being. Students are paired up to share the simply-furnished studio apartments (some larger apartments will accommodate three to four students), each of which has a kitchenette and private bathroom. The Tower has security staff on duty 24/7.

What does “simply-furnished” mean?

Each apartment in McAllister Tower is equipped with a kitchenette that includes a mid-sized refrigerator, stove with basic cookware, oven, microwave, drip-coffee maker, sink, table and chairs, and one place-setting of dishes, silverware and glassware per student. There is one single bed and set of bedding per student, two sets of towels per student, a chest of drawers and a closet (hangers are not provided). Each apartment has a private bathroom with a tub-shower.

How are roommates determined?

We match students we feel will be compatible with one another based on the information we've collected. If students request specific roommates, we will make every effort to accommodate them (provided the request comes from both/all parties).

What is the address of McAllister Tower?

UC Hastings College of the Law
100 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Can I receive mail and/or packages at McAllister Tower? To what address should it/they be sent?

Yes, you may have mail/packages sent to your name at the address above, being sure to include your apartment number (which will be assigned to you when you first check in).

What other amenities does The Tower offer?

The Tower has several common areas in which to meet, relax, read, play ping-pong or pool, or watch large-screen television. There’s also a fully-equipped gym with machines and free weights. SFCD students will have exclusive access to the 24th floor Sky Room, which offers beautiful, panoramic views of San Francisco, each evening for dinner. Coin-operated (credit cards are also accepted) washing machines and dryers are conveniently located in the building.

Are the SFCD students who stay in The Tower supervised?

Yes. SFCD assigns teams of Resident Advisors (RAs) to live in The Tower during the summer program to monitor the whereabouts and general well-being of students staying in the Tower. The well-vetted RAs (a combination of active participants in the Summer Program and local alumni) are all over 21 years of age and deemed highly responsible. All students are expected to keep their RAs informed of their comings and goings from The Tower and to adhere to established curfews (described below).

While students 18 years of age and older are permitted to come and go from The Tower freely so long as they’re with at least one other student 18 or over (we subscribe to the “buddy system” as we’re in an urban environment), students under 18 must be accompanied when leaving The Tower by either an RA or anyone over 18 whom their parent(s)/guardian(s) have specifically pre-approved.

RAs also accompany students on the 10-minute walk between The Tower and our studios, and lead regular outings for groceries as well as sightseeing excursions around the city on students’ day off. 

What are the “established curfews?”

All SFCD students (even those over 18 years old) residing in The Tower must be back in the building and signed-in with their RAs by 9pm every night, including weekends. During the week, quiet hour and room-check begin at 10pm, and lights must be out by 11pm. On Friday and Saturday nights quiet hour and room-check begin at 11pm, and lights must be out by midnight. Only emergency telephone calls are to be made or received after 10pm on any night.

While some students may initially balk at the idea of these curfews, it has been our experience that after Day 1 very few students—if any—have the residual energy or desire to stay out later than the curfews, as the program is extremely demanding both physically and mentally. If you believe you will be unable to comply with these curfews, we recommend looking into alternative housing options.

This all sounds great … how do I get more information about staying in The Tower?

When you email Student Services (before your notification deadline) to confirm your intention to attend our Summer Intensive, you should let them know that you’re interested in staying in The Tower. She will then see to it that you receive a Housing Packet by mid-April, sent via email. The Housing Packet will include all the information and forms you will need to secure your housing.

STAYING IN McALLISTER TOWER

I received my housing packet … now what do I do to secure housing in The Tower?

You must follow all of the instructions in your Housing Packet. If you are not yet 21 years of age, the housing forms (Lease, Waiver, etc.) must be signed by at least one parent/guardian. The Lease is executed between the student or student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) and U.C. Hastings College of the Law, and rent is paid to U.C. Hastings College of the Law. Your housing arrangement will be secured once we receive your executed lease and rent payment. These forms must be received by SFCD by the deadlines stated in your housing packet; we will sort and hand-deliver them to UC Hastings. Any questions should be directed to Student Services.

Why is rent payable to UC Hastings while the RA/Admin Fee and security deposit are payable to SFCD?

Rent is payable to UC Hastings as it is the housing provider. The RA/Admin fee and security deposit are payable to SFCD as it facilitates the housing arrangement, arranges rental furnishings for the otherwise unfurnished apartments, and provides on-site RAs to monitor students’ whereabouts and general well-being while residing in the Tower.

How are roommates determined? Can I request a roommate?

We assign roommates based on our best prediction of students’ compatibility, relying on information contained in each individual’s application. We make every effort to accommodate roommate requests, which should be directed to Student Services via email (by all parties involved). While students are typically paired up, two-per-apartment, we are usually able to place three together in a larger apartment if so requested. In the event of an odd or exceptionally large number of students in The Tower, we will place some students (with their consent) in larger triple-occupancy units.

When can I move into The Tower?

Students may move into The Tower anytime after 12 noon on the Sunday immediately preceding day 1 of their session (which is always a Monday). Security personnel at the front desk will distribute apartment keys and a welcome packet containing important information. There will be a mandatory orientation meeting for all students in the Tower between 4-5pm that Sunday (which any visiting family members are welcome to attend).

Are meals available for students residing in The Tower?

SFCD has made special arrangements with an excellent caterer to offer students an optional dinner plan at what we believe is an extremely reasonable cost. Hot, nutritious dinners will be served exclusively to our students in The Tower’s 24th-floor “Sky Room” (which affords beautiful, panoramic views of San Francisco) each night during Sessions 2 and 3 except for the days of our field-trips —one per session—and the last two nights of each session when everyone will be in the theater. Session 1 students may opt for the dinner plan as well, although it will not begin until the arrival of Session 2 students (the second Sunday following their own move-in).

Students not participating in the dinner plan are welcome to prepare and bring their own dinners up to the Sky Room each evening.

What about breakfast and lunch?

Tower residents are responsible for preparing their own breakfasts, and all students will need to pack lunches to bring to the studios (where we have an industrial-sized refrigerator but no microwave). Please note that off-site lunches will not be possible as no one is permitted to leave the studios during the program day. The RAs will lead after-hours shopping outings to neighborhood grocery stores as often as needed.

Someone wants to visit me at UC Hastings. What is the guest policy?

A “guest” is defined by UC Hastings as anyone other than a Conservatory student who resides in The Tower.

Guests are required to sign-in/out at The Tower’s front desk.
Guests must be accompanied at all times by a Tower resident while in the building.
Guests are expected to behave appropriately while visiting The Tower.
Guests are permitted between 5:30-9pm M-F, between 4-9pm on Saturday, and between 9am-9pm on Sunday.
NO OVERNIGHT GUESTS ARE EVER ALLOWED.

I have friends/relatives nearby I want to visit on my day off. What is the procedure for obtaining permission to do so?

Students 18 and over who wish to visit friends or relatives off-campus must sign out (and later back in) with their RAs according to regular procedures and email Student Services with details regarding their destination and an emergency contact number.

Students under the age of 18 must follow the same procedures, however they will only be permitted off-campus with those whom their parents/guardians have specifically designated. Parents/guardians wishing to add someone to this list may do so by emailing Student Services. The person with whom an under-18 student is going off-campus must be over 18 and present to sign the student out as well as back in—both in the presence of an RA.

Will there be any organized excursions?

On days off (of which there will only be one each week), RAs and SFCD alumni will lead walking excursions around San Francisco to such destinations as Haight Street, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Golden Gate Park, The Marina, Crissy Field, etc. (specific destinations are voted on by the students). Students may opt to join these excursions or not.

When is move out?

Move out from The Tower apartments will take place before morning classes on the final Saturday of each session, at which time students must transfer their belongings to a storage room in the Tower to be collected following the 2pm performance (which will end by 4:30pm). If necessary, we can allow a limited number of students to bring their luggage to the theater (which is considerably closer to San Francisco International Airport). Please note that this must be arranged ahead of time with Student Services.

If possible, flights departing that day from either San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK) should be scheduled no earlier than 8 pm to allow students enough time to collect their belongings from The Tower (exception: those departing from SFO who bring their luggage to the theater should have no trouble getting to the airport in time for a flight departing as early as 7 pm).

Please Note: Saturday morning checkout from the apartments is final. There are no provisions for late (or early) check-out.

How do I ensure that my $200 security deposit is refunded and when should I expect to receive it?

In order to receive a full refund of your $200 Security Deposit, your apartment and everything in it must be left entirely intact and as clean as it was on the day you moved in. RAs will inspect all apartments on the morning of check-out. In the event of any damage, missing or broken items, or if a mess has been left for others to clean, all or part of your deposit may be kept to cover costs. Refunds will be issued within two weeks of check-out.

TRANSPORTATION

How can I get from San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or Oakland International Airport (OAK) to the U.C. Hastings residence hall?

Unless you have family or friends coming to pick you up at the airport, your transportation options for getting to McAllister Tower are:

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
Shuttle Van (eg. Super Shuttle, etc.)
Taxi (or equivalent)

BART From SFO: the SFO BART station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). BART is easily accessed from any terminal via SFO’s AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. There is no charge to board the AirTrain. However, you’ll need to purchase your BART ticket into San Francisco from a vending machine at the BART station. You will take BART to the Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF) station, which is just two blocks away from U.C. Hastings’ McAllister Tower. The current one-way fare from SFO to Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF) is $8.95. Additional Information: http://www.bart.gov/guide/airport/inbound_sfo

BART From OAK: The Oakland Airport BART station is located just across from the Terminal 1 baggage claim area and a short walk from Terminal 2. You will be able to purchase your BART ticket from a vending machine in the BART station. You will take BART to the Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF) station, which is just two blocks away from U.C. Hastings’ McAllister Tower. The current one-way fare from the Oakland Airport BART station to Civic Center/UN Plaza (SF) is $10.20. Additional information: http://www.bart.gov/guide/airport/inbound_oak

Why are you asking for my flight information?

Our student services administrator collects students’ flight information into SFO and OAK for several reasons:

  • So that we know if and when we should worry enough about late arrival to alert a student’s emergency contact if that student has not checked into McAllister Tower within a reasonable amount of time.
  • So that, if two or more students are arriving in the same timeframe, we can offer to put them in touch with one another to travel together from either airport into San Francisco. This is the same reason she collects students’ return information on outbound flights.
  • To double-check that flights are scheduled for the correct dates and times (students must arrive prior to the start of the program and depart after the final performance).

How will I get around the city while I’m in San Francisco?

Students staying in McAllister Tower will have just a short ten-minute walk each way between The Tower and the studios. A number of grocery stores are also within easy walking distance of The Tower. Weekend excursions, led by RAs and local SFCD alumni typically involve a combination of public transportation (on the MUNI system) and walking. When we’re in the theater during the last week of each session, RAs will escort students on the half-hour tram ride each way between our studios and the theater. Students will be responsible for their own local transportation fares (everyone is advised to carry small bills, as MUNI drivers/conductors do not carry change).

Students staying elsewhere who intend to take public transportation regularly may purchase passes for either MUNI, or BART at kiosks with credit/debit cards (our staff will be happy to assist if asked). Both systems are fairly simple to navigate, and further information—including mapping and fare details—can be found on their websites:

MUNI (SF Municipal Transit Association): https://www.sfmta.com/
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit): http://www.bart.gov/

Note: Students staying in the city are strongly discouraged from bringing cars—as they are, quite simply not needed, and it can be both difficult and expensive to find parking.


GENERAL QUESTIONS

What clothing should I bring to San Francisco?

Bring comfortable shoes for walking around the city and clothing to wear in layers. SF’s weather can fluctuate daily from very chilly to very warm during the summer. You’ll be glad to have at least one heavy-duty sweatshirt and a good wind-breaker. As you can expect occasional warm weather, you’ll want to bring at least one warm-weather, summery outfit.

How much spending money should I bring?

Bring enough to cover your groceries for the duration of your stay, local transportation costs, and whatever personal shopping you may want to do.