April showers bring May (performance) flowers!

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.

Look below for IMPORTANT information about rehearsals, photos, DVDS, and call times for performances. And stay tuned as more information follows in the coming weeks. Of course, if you ever have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us at 317-316-7373, info@thechildrensballet.com, or emily@thechildrensballet.com!

A Magical Lesson 2017

Tech Rehearsal Schedule

All rehearsals/performances take place at Danville Community High School. Each class will receive specific time for rehearsal either Monday or Tuesday for blocking on stage. Wednesday is a full cast run-through of the performance and will take place from 5:00-8:00 pm; Thursday is the dress rehearsal (hair, makeup, costumes). Classes that meet multiple times a week will be expected to attend all rehearsals. Punctuality is both expected and appreciated during tech week to make our performance run smoothly.

During Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday rehearsals, parents are in charge of their own children; however, during Friday and Saturday performances, children will be supervised by parent volunteers in the choir room at DCHS. All students are invited and encouraged to watch the dress rehearsal from the audience.

Our general (tentative) schedule for tech week is as follows:

Monday, May 22
5:00–5:20 pm :: Critter Feeders (Monday 4)
5:20—5:40 pm :: Park Dancers (Monday 5:15)
5:40—6pm :: Park Dancers (Monday 6:45)
6—6:20 pm :: Strongman’s Assistants (Wednesday 4)
6:20-6:40pm :: Sorceress & Apprentices (Sat. 9)
6:40-7pm :: Solos (Sarah, Julia, Abby)
7-7:40pm Zebras (Wednesday 5:15 & 6:45)
7:40-8pm :: end of Act II (zebras, sisters, mother, apprentices, sorceress)

Tuesday, May 23
4:50–5:30 pm :: Monkeys (Tuesday 3:30)
5:10–5:50 pm :: Popcorn (Tuesday 5:30)
5:30–6:10 pm :: Tightrope walkers (Thursday 4:30)
5:50–6:30 pm :: Wildcats (Friday 4:30)
6:10–6:50 pm :: Clowns (Thursday 5:30)
6:30–7:30 pm :: Critters (Thursday 3:30)
6:50–7:30 pm :: Kite Flyers (Tuesday 6:30)
7:10–8:00 pm :: Balloon Sellers (Thursday 6:30)

Wednesday, May 24
Full Cast Rehearsal 5:00-8:00 pm

Grand Finale 5:00-5:20 pm
Show Run 5:30-8:00 pm

You are free to leave once your class dance is over, and you are released by Miss Emily. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. Each class will sit in an assigned row in the auditorium.

Thursday, May 25
Dress Rehearsal 5:00-7:00 pm – Full costumes, hair (make up for M/W dancers).

Warm up class for M/W classes 4:30-5:00 pm
Rehearsal 5:00-7:00 pm
Notes/Tech fixes 7:00-8:00 pm

Friday, May 26
Call time for M/W classes 5:00 pm
Warmup class for M/W classes 5:15-6:15 pm
Call for all dancers 6:30 pm
Performance 7:00 pm

Saturday, May 27
Call time for M/W classes 10:00 am
Photos for M/W classes 10:00 am-11:00 am
Photos for T/R/F classes 11:00 am-1:30 pm (specific photo times TBA)
Warmup class for M/W classes 12:15-1:15 pm
Performance 2:00 pm
Strike 4:00 pm

Volunteer Opportunities

Do have an interest in theatre, like to be creative, or just want to see what happens backstage? We have several volunteer positions available from helping backstage, setting up during rehearsals, making headpieces, creating props, being an usher, (or just helping where needed). 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. It’s as easy as a click of a few buttons at https://thechildrensballet.com/sponsor/!

Memory Packages

Photos, DVDs, and flower bouquets will open for pre-sales on Friday, April 14 at https://thechildrensballet.com/memories.

Tickets

Tickets will be for sale starting at 8:00 am on Monday, May 1! Tickets will only be available online at www.thechildrensballet.com and are $10/adult, $5/children (two and younger are free).

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 must be available for all rehearsals the week before the performance in order to perform.

Studio Spotlight: Cassidy Walstrom, Senior Student


Miss Cassidy is a high school senior. Cassidy has been doing cosmetology school during both her junior and senior years of high school. She won the makeup competition out of the 12 locations of PJ’s College of Cosmetology in Indiana. We are very proud and thankful for Miss Cassidy! This year, she will be featured as the sorceress in our spring performance.

Here is a little Q&A so we can learn a little more about Miss Cassidy!

How long have you been dancing? I’ve been dancing at The Children’s Ballet for 10 years, but did a little bit of dancing before that.

What is your dance background/experience? Ballet, Modern, and Character.

When did you start with The Children’s Ballet? When I was 8 years old.

What is your favorite thing about dancing? The connection to the music, and how you can tell a story without saying a word.

What kind of pointe shoe do you wear? I’ve worn many different kinds from Russian to Mirella but the ones I wear now are Gaynor Minden’s.

What is your favorite ballet step? It definitely would have to be any sort of grand jete! `

What is your dream ballet role? My dream ballet role would have to be Cinderella. It was the first ballet I ever saw in person, and I think it would be really cool to get to be her.

What are your next year plans? After finishing cosmetology this May, I plan to work at a salon on the north side of Indianapolis.

What is something that you think is important in becoming a better dancer? Commitment, self devotion, and having a true passion for it.

Thank you, Miss Cassidy! We wish you all the best in the future!

In Class

Last month in Miss Emily’s classes, we read and watched Act I of Giselle. To continue our learning, we also danced like willis (female ghosts in Act II of Giselle). We also finished learning our dances in most classes and will continue to work on them until May! Trying on costumes is always a highlight as well.

Terms

Raked stage: a theatre stage floor angled from the edge of the stage, near the audience, up toward the back of the stage, furthest from the audience. This angled position of the stage prompted the use of the terms “upstage,” “center stage,” and “downstage,” which are still in use today.

Upcoming Events

April 1:

Tuition Due

April 14

Memory Packages on presale

April 23

Studio trip to see Giselle

May 1

Ticket sales begin for The Magical Lesson

May 26-27

The Magical Lesson at DCHS: May 26 at 7:00 pm & May 27 at 2:00 pm

Upcoming Performances

DK & Friends: Local contemporary dance company Dance Kaleidoscope is presenting “DK & Friends” April 6-9 at the IRT (Miss Mandy will be performing). Be on the lookout for $6 ticket vouchers at the studio!

SuperHero: Back by popular demand, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre will present their annual holy week performance of SuperHero: The Story of a Man Caled Jesus at The Tarkington Theatre April 14th and 15th.

Giselle: Butler Ballet will be presenting Giselle April 21-23. We have been studying this ballet since January, and if you didn’t get tickets, you still can!

Relative to Ransom: Come enjoy this production by our friends at Hendricks Civic Theatre April 28-30 and May 5-7. Adults are $15 and youth/students are $13. The production is at Longstreet Playhouse. Get tickets and find out more here.

OUR MISSION

We are dedicated to providing high-quality dance instruction while instilling in students self-discipline, dedication, positive self-esteem, and an appreciation for the art of dance.

We value and nurture each student’s unique gifts of talent and creativity in a safe studio environment in order to educate, enrich, and inspire.

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