Does Asphalt Green Battery Park City offer trial classes before enrolling in a class?
Currently, we do not offer the option to try classes before enrolling. Participant numbers and instructors differ from class to class and adding a trial participant would disrupt the class. However, we do invite adults to watch or preview classes they are thinking of enrolling in. We can also have managers and instructors speak to those interested in a class.
My child is too young or too old for a particular class: can they still attend?
Classes are structured to accommodate a certain age range. These ages are designed to allow for participation at an appropriate level for each child's age and ability based on our knowledge of child development. Parents of children that may have developmental delays should speak to the Director of Cultural Arts about an appropriate class.
What is the makeup policy?
The Cultural Arts department limits make-up classes to once (1) per term, and it is subject to availability. If class does not occur due to inclement weather, a credit will be issued for the class. Due to the high enrollment rate of our classes and the teaching process involved, we cannot schedule make-ups during other classes. Asphalt Green BPC will make every effort to remain open in inclement weather; however, we reserve the right to cancel classes due to inclement weather.
Can I get a make-up class if my child is sick?
Yes; however, please be aware that we limit make-up classes to once (1) per term, and it is subject to availability. Make-ups are required to be taken during the current semester and are prohibited to roll-over into following semesters. For make-up availability, please e-mail us at CulturalArtsAGBPC@asphaltgreen.org and provide your child's full name, age, and the class that was missed. We will reply with appropriate days and times available. If you need to speak with someone directly, please call us at 212.298.2930.
If I am put on a waiting list should I show up for the class?
No. Being on a waiting list does not mean that you are registered into the class. If someone drops out of the class you will be contacted to complete the registration process.
I have been in this class for the past two semesters and now it is closed. Is there any way that I can be enrolled in this class?
Registration is done on a first come first served basis. In an effort to reward our returning class participants we offer a priority registration period for a week before the class is open to others to register. It is important for class structure and our policies to keep class numbers set at a certain level. You can place your name on the waitlist and will be enrolled in the class if a space opens up.
What is the typical size of a children's visual or performing arts class?
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5, you should expect 10 or fewer students in the class with the instructor. Classes with children who are between the ages of 6 and 8 are typically 12 or fewer, and classes with children who are between the ages of 9 and 17 should expect 15 or fewer students.
You should expect 10 or fewer students in all music classes.
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5, you should expect 10 or fewer students in the class with the instructor. Classes with children who are between the ages of 6 and 12 are typically 12 or fewer, and classes with children who are between the ages of 13 and 17 should expect 15 or fewer students.
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5, you should expect 10 or fewer students in the class with the instructor. Classes with children who are between the ages of 6 and 17 are typically 15 or fewer.
Do you allow an audience in the cultural arts classes?
Cultural Arts classes are not suitable for day-to-day audiences because of limited space within classrooms. Parents or caregivers of children 5 and under are required to attend the first class of the semester to obtain important information. There will be one observation day per semester, when parents or caregivers are welcome to observe the class at mid-term. Some classes are specifically intended for parent or caregiver and child, and in these cases a parent or caregiver must accompany the child.
Where can I go to purchase dance attire?
Capezio at 1650 Broadway, On Stage Dancewear 197 Madison Ave, and Sansha 888 8th Ave have an excellent selection of bodywear and footwear for all styles of dance. These locations also have online stores. Payless Shoes on 187 Broadway stocks American Ballet Theatre ballet shoes. Please ensure footwear is properly fitted. Ballet slippers should be snug.
Where can I go to rent or purchase a violin?
David Gage at 36 Walker Street offers rentals for all sizes of violins for $25 per month. You may reserve your violin rental online, in person, or over the phone. If you are unsure of the violin size your child needs, we recommend you bring them into the store to be fitted. Because your child will grow through multiple sizes, we recommend renting until he or she enters into a full-size violin.
Where can I go to purchase a guitar?
Entry-level guitars may be purchased from stores such as Guitar Center for $100 each.
Where can I go to purchase fiber arts supplies?
Seaport Yarns at 181 Broadway sells a wide variety of yarns, patterns, needles and accessories.
Where can I go to purchase art supplies?
Pearl Art and Craft Supply at 308 Canal Street, Blick Art Materials at 1 Bond Street, or Manhattan Books at 150 Chambers Street are great locations to purchase portfolios, sketchbooks, and other art materials.
Does my baby or family have to be deaf to take a sign language class?
No. Sign language is beneficial for all babies/children.
My child has already begun to speak. Are there benefits to taking sign language classes?
It's still great to learn to sign together to clarify words that are not spoken clearly and to increase vocabulary. Signing together can aid in building literacy skills as well.
We speak two languages at home. Will it be confusing to add sign language?
No. American Sign Language can bridge the gap between two languages so it's very helpful when introducing more than one spoken language at home or school.
I have a 10-month old who isn't crawling yet. Which class should I enroll in?
For Yoga, enroll in the younger class, unless it seems your baby is on the cusp of crawling. Your baby may still benefit from the infant massage, and for sign language you may want to stay in the same age range as your baby so that the vocabulary and social experience will be developmentally appropriate.
If my child naps during the class for his age, can we enroll in another class time?
Contact the Cultural Arts team, who will help find a class that is appropriate for your child.
What should I expect from a Baby Fingers Yoga class?
This class is a workout for both adult and baby. Class will focus on movement, breathing, balance, and stretching, as well as interaction and bonding between adult and child.