Does Asphalt Green Battery Park City offer trial classes before enrolling in a class?
Currently, we do not offer parents the option of trying our classes before enrolling. Participant numbers and instructors differ from class to class and adding a trial participant would disrupt the class. We do invite parents to watch classes they are thinking of enrolling and are willing to have the managers and instructors speak to them about the class.
My child is advanced: how do I get them enrolled in an advanced class?
Some classes will have different levels to accommodate children of all ages and abilities – for example, dance and instrumental music. In order for a child to be placed into an advanced class, they should be assessed from one of our instructors. Skill assessments will be done and a determination as to which class best suits the child will be made.
How can I have my child evaluated for a dance or music class?
Call and schedule an appointment with the Director of Cultural Arts at 212-298-2986.
My child is too young or too old for a particular class: can they still attend?
Our 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?
If a class does not occur due to cancellation by Asphalt Green Battery Park City, a credit will be issued for the class. All other missed classes cannot be made up. 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. No make-ups, credits, or refunds will be offered.
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 and the registration process completed.
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 less students in the class with the instructor. Classes with children who are between the ages of 6 and 8 are typically 12 or less, and classes with children who are between the ages of 9 and 17 should expect 15 or less students.
You should expect 10 or less students in all music classes.
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5, you should expect 10 or less students in the class with the instructor. Classes with children who are between the ages of 6 and 12 are typically 12 or less, and classes with children who are between the ages of 13 and 17 should expect 15 or less students.
If your child is between the ages of 3 and 5, you should expect 10 or less students in the class with the instructor. Classes with children who are between the ages of 6 and 17 are typically 15 or less.
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.
Will my child be expected to perform?
If your child is participating in a performing arts class (music, dance or theater) they should plan to attend and perform in the end of semester showcase, which will be held on the final Sunday of the semester. Each performing arts class with children 12 and under will be expected to participate in a group performance with their peers. Family and friends are welcome to attend the performance which will take place in the Theater. Performance participation will not be required for children 13 and above, but it is highly encouraged.
Where can I go to purchase dance attire?
Capezio at 1650 Broadway has an excellent selection of bodywear and footwear for all styles of dance. They also have an online store. 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 or Blick Art Materials at 1 Bond Street are great locations to purchase portfolios, sketchbooks, and other art materials.