We hope everyone had a great spring break – welcome back! The next seven weeks will be a rush of rehearsing, props, costumes, headpieces, and magic. We will be sending out more detailed information about rehearsals, photos, DVDs, and call times, so please be on the lookout. Of course, if you ever have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us at 317.316.7373. You can also email us at info@thechildrensballet.com or emily@thechildrensballet.com.

Tech Rehearsal Schedule

Each class will receive specific time for rehearsal either Tuesday or Wednesday for blocking on stage. Thursday is a full cast run-through of the performance and will take place from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. Classes that meet multiple times a week will be expected to attend all rehearsals. Punctuality is both expected and appreciated during tech week to help our performance run smoothly.

Our general schedule for tech week is as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 24th 5:00-8:00 pm Rehearsal (Tuesday/Thursday classes will receive time slot for blocking)
  • Wednesday, May 25th 5:00-8:00 pm Rehearsal (tentatively blocking for M/W/S classes)
  • Thursday, May 26th 5:00-8:00 pm Rehearsal (full cast)
  • Saturday, May 28 10:00 am Dress Rehearsal/Photos
  • Saturday, May 28th 3:30 pm It Happened One Night 2016
Volunteer Opportunities

Do you have an interest in theater, like to be creative, or just want to see what happens backstage? We have several volunteer positions available including set up during rehearsals, making headpieces, creating props, being an usher, and tearing down after the performance. Let us know if you are willing and able to fill any of these areas!

Sponsorship

As Hendricks County’s only non-profit ballet school, we strive to inspire the community – but this goal requires community support! Please consider advertising in our program or being a sponsor. Our sponsors benefit from exposure in dedicated media campaigns and promotional efforts directed at the large, multi-generational audience expected to attend this year’s performance. You may choose from four levels of sponsorship packages in addition to our program advertising opportunities. Click here for more information.

Tickets

Tickets go on sale at 8:00 am on Monday, April 4th! Tickets will only be available online at www.thechildrensballet.com and are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students (children age two and younger are free). You will be able to choose your own seats, so it is recommend that groups buy tickets together.

Attendance

Our performance includes parts written and choreographed for your dancer. Since we are learning and cleaning our dances, attendance is extremely important for both students and their classmates. Please notify the studio if your student must miss classes. Students should be available for all rehearsals the week before the performance in order to perform.

Summer Classes

We are excited to announce several opportunities to dance over the summer! We are offering two, three-week sessions in June and July. Classes are available for a range of ages and abilities! Learn more and register here.

Studio Spotlight: Alyssa Fales, Senior Student

falesAlyssa Fales is currently a senior at Avon High School. She also continues our trend of outstanding seniors by being named a national merit scholar finalist. She is graduating 18th in her class and is a member of the National Honor Society. When she’s not pursuing dance or academia, she plays oboe in the school band and orchestra. She also attends Grace Fellowship Church where she volunteers with special needs Sunday school.

Q: How long have you been dancing? What is your dance background/experience? When did you start with The Children’s Ballet? I have been dancing for 7 years with The Children’s Ballet (I started in 5th grade, when I was 10). I also danced for 1 year at The Dancer’s Place.

Q: What is your favorite thing about dancing? I really love how dance communicates the things that can’t be explained with words and engages a different part of the person–that’s something that not many things can do.

Q: What kind of pointe shoe do you wear? I just got some Suffolk Stellars – we’ll see what happens!

Q: What is your favorite ballet step? My favorite ballet step would probably be changement tournee, or really any big flying jump.

Q: What is your dream ballet role? My dream ballet role is the Firebird.

Q: What are your plans for next year? Next year I will be at The College of Wooster studying Music Therapy, with a minor in Dance/Theater.

Q: What is something that you think is important in becoming a better dancer? To be a better dancer, it is important to understand that everyone has questions and getting corrections isn’t bad. It’s hard to get a correction, but knowing that it means your teacher thinks you are good enough to do harder steps and knows you can get them right really helps.

We wish you the best, Alyssa, and will miss you next year!

In Class

Last month in Miss Emily’s classes, we read and watched Act I, Act II, and Act III of Swan Lake. To continue our learning, we also danced like swans (both Odette and Odile).

We also finished learning our performance dances in most classes and will continue to work on them until May!

Terms

Fouette: “To whip” – may refer to either a short whipped movement of the raised foot as it passes in front of the supporting or a sharp whipping of the body.

Downstage: at or toward the front of the stage.

Did You Know?

One of the most striking sequences in dance is the series of 32 fouettes in Act III of Swan Lake. Marius Petipa added these turns specifically for Italian ballerina Pierina Legnani, and this sequence continues to captivate audiences today.

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due

First class of April

Ticket Sales For Spring Performance

April 4

Swan Lake trip

April 17

Tech Week at DCHS

May 23 – 26

It Happened One Night

May 28 at 3:30 pm

Beginning of Summer Session I

June 13

Shows To See

Ballet Program @ Central Library: Indianapolis School of Ballet and the Indianapolis Public Library are partnering to put on a fee show at the Central Library’s Clowes Auditorium. They will be presenting a sneak peak into the Carnival of the Animals on April 16 from 3-4pm. Find out more here.

Arsenic and Old Lace: Come enjoy this classic production by our friends at Hendricks Civic Theatre April 15-17 and 22-24. Adults are $15 and youth/students are $13. The production is at Longstreet Playhouse. Get tickets and find out more here.

Swan Lake: Butler Ballet will be presenting Swan Lake April 15-17. We have been studying this ballet since January, and if you didn’t get tickets, you still can! Find out more and get tickets here.

Verdi and Friends: Our friends at the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra and Youth Choir will be celebrating the music of Italy (where ballet has its own roots) on Friday, April 29 and Sunday, May 1. These concerts take place at Calvary United Methodist Church. Find out more and get tickets here.

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