April 2018 Newsletter

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 and read the performance guide: it is filled with IMPORTANT information about rehearsals, photos, DVDS, call times, and more! Of course, if you ever have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us at 317.316.7373, anne@thechildrensballet.com, or emily@thechildrensballet.com.

The Golden Cuckoo 2018

Tech Rehearsal Schedule
All rehearsals/performances take place at Danville Community
High School. Each class will receive specific time for rehearsal
either Saturday or Monday for blocking on stage. Tuesday is a full cast run-through of the performance and will take place 5-8pm; Wednesday is dress rehearsal (hair, makeup, costumes).

Classes that meet multiple times a week will be expected to attended all rehearsals. Punctuality is both expected and appreciated from all during tech week to make our performance run smoothly.

During Monday and Tuesday rehearsals, parents are in charge of their own children; however, during Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, children will be supervised by parent volunteers in the choir room at DCHS.

Saturday, May 19
9-9:25am :: Red Birds
9:30-9:55 :: Fairy Assistants
10-10:25 :: Blue Birds
10:30-10:55 :: Forest Dancers
11-11:30 :: Swan/Court
11:30-11:55 :: Dryads
12-12:30 :: Wind
12:30-1 :: Solos

Monday, May 21
4:45-5:10 pm :: Yellow Birds (Tuesday 4)
5:05-5:25 pm :: Maids (Tuesday 5)
5:20-5:40 pm :: Jack in the Box (Thursday 10:30)
5:35-5:55pm :: Teddy Bears (Tuesday 10:30)
5:50-6:15 pm :: Shoppers (Friday 5:15)
6:10-6:35pm :: Soldiers (Thursday 5)
6:30-6:55 pm :: Cat Burglars (Thursday 6)
6:50-7:15 pm :: Imps (Tuesday 6)
7:10-7:30 :: Flowers (Thursday 4)
7:25-7:45 :: Dragonflies (Friday 4:15)
7:40-8pm :: Cuckoo/Clock Dancers (T/R 7)

Tuesday, May 22 Full Cast Rehearsal 5-8pm
Grand Finale :: 5-5:20
Show Run :: 5:30-8pm

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 have an assigned row to sit in.

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!

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 http://thechildrensballet.com/sponsor/!

Tickets will be for sale starting at 7 pm on Tuesday, May 1! Tickets will only be available online and are $10/adult (18+), $5/youth (two and younger are free).

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: Julia Taylor, Senior

Get to know our senior, Miss Julia!

I’ve lived in Avon, Indiana my whole life and I am a senior at Avon High School. I am in the Avon Symphony Orchestra and I play viola. I am also in the National Honors Society and the Spanish Honors Society. I’ve been with The Children’s Ballet for 14 years and dancing is my favorite thing to do. Next year, I’ll be attending Indiana University in Bloomington, IN studying elementary education.

Q: How long have you been dancing? What is your dance background/experience? When did you start with The Children’s Ballet?
I’ve been dancing for 14 years and I’ve learned classical ballet, modern dance, character, and a little bit of flamenco dancing one summer. I started at The Children’s Ballet when I was 4 years old.

Q: What is your favorite thing about dancing?
I like how you’re able to tell a story without speaking. You get to portray a story in a more artistic way and I think that’s really special.

Q: What kind of pointe shoe do you wear?
Bloch B-Morphs

Q: What is your favorite ballet step?
Sissonne! I love jumps!

Q: What is your dream ballet role?
Swanhilda from Coppélia

Q: What is something that you think is important in becoming a better dancer?
I think that to become a better dancer you have to realize that you’re your biggest competition. It’s more important to compare yourself to your past self and improve from there rather than constantly comparing yourself to others.

In Class

Last month in Miss Emily’s classes, we read and danced Act I of Cinderella. We also finished learning our dances in most classes and will continue to work on them through May! Trying on costumes is always a highlight as well.


Raked stage is 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.

Performance Memories

As always, we are dedicated to helping you preserve your memories of each ballet performance. Our talented photographer and videographer will provide professional portraits and video again this year. Details on how to order DVDs and photo packages is coming soon! Please have your dancer ready for class photos on Saturday morning, May 26, whether or not you will be ordering prints. Specific times for class photos will be in the Performance Guide (to be handed out in class in the next couple of weeks).

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due
First week of April (cash, check, online)

Studio Trip To See Cinderella
April 22 Details to come

Ticket Sales Begin for The Golden Cuckoo
7 pm on May 1

The Golden Cuckoo at Danville Community High School
May 24 6:30pm
May 26 2pm

Shows To See

Butler Ballet will be presenting Cinderella April 21-23. We have been studying this ballet since January, and if you didn’t get tickets, you still can! Email emily@thechildrensballet.com for group rate tickets while they are still available!

Ballet Theatre of Indiana will be presenting Giselle April 20-21. Enjoy this classic ballet at the beautiful Atheneum and see our own Miss Haley dance! Get tickets at btindiana.org.

Things My Mother Taught Me
Come enjoy this production by our friends at Hendricks Civic Theatre April 27-29 and May 4-6. Adults are $15 and youth/students are $13. The production is at Longstreet Playhouse. Get tickets and find out more at hendrickscivic.com.

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We serve students of all ages from Hendricks County and surrounding areas.

We are dedicated to providing high-quality dance instruction while helping students develop 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.