We are excited to announce that we are coordinating a studio trip to see the Indianapolis School of Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker! The performance is Sunday, December 20 at 3:00 pm at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Adult tickets are $22 and student tickets are $17. Email emily@thechildrensballet.com with the subject heading “Nutcracker” to request tickets by December 9! Checks can be made out to The Children’s Ballet and are due by December 17. What a great way to end our semester, celebrate the holidays, and bring what we have done in class to life!

Nutcracker at the Art Sanctuary

Can’t get enough of The Nutcracker? Us either! Come see some beautiful dancing and support our advanced dancers as they perform several Nutcracker divertissements, as well as a few other pieces of repertoire, under the direction of Miss Heidi. This performance is at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville on Saturday, December 12 at 3 and 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Gingerbread Dancers on the Square

See The Children’s Ballet’s Gingerbread Nutcracker and Sugar Plum Fairy on the Square in Danville throughout the month of December. Thank you to Laura Fales and Lilly Armstrong, our contest winners, for your creative designs!

Support Our Arts Community

Celebrate the season with the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra’s “Christmas Classics” Friday, December 4th at 7:30 and Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church. Find out more at hendrickssymphonic.org.

Hendricks Civic Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas December 4-6 & 11-13 at Longstreet Playhouse. Find out more about this classic show at hendrickscivic.com.

Looking Ahead

Studio Updates

Thanks to our many generous donors, look forward to our new studio floor coming early 2016! We are amazed and humbled by the generosity and support of our donors and community.


We can’t wait to announce our performance in January! It will be on Saturday, May 28 2016, at Danville High School. After Christmas break we will be revealing parts and measuring for costumes. Please note that costume fees will be due January 15.

Studio Spotlight: Heidi Eads-Jones, Senior Lead Instructor

Miss HeidiMiss Heidi has brought incredible experiences, extensive training, wonderful talent, and a wealth of knowledge to The Children’s Ballet since 2003. She studied dance at Wuerttenberg State Theater Dance Academy, Butler University, Indiana University, and most recently, at Gaellic College in Nova Scotia! She has trained in ballet technique, pointe, classical and contemporary ballet repertoire, pas de deux, character and national dance, Spanish, Slavic, and Ceilidh dance, modern dance, jazz technique, dance theory, dance history, choreology, and choreography.

Her international professional experience comes from solo, demi-solo, and corps de ballet positions with well-known companies such as Bolshoi Ballet (formerly USSR), Stuttgart Ballet (Germany), Hamburg State Ballet (Germany), Indianapolis Ballet Theater (Indiana), Hartford Ballet (Connecticut), Frankfurt and Neurnberg Municipal Ballet Theaters (Germany). She has also made guest appearances in France, Italy, Poland, Austria, Luxembourg, Spain, and USA.

Her teaching and choreographic positions have included Ballet Arts Academy, Indiana University Department of Dance, La Salle de Danse, Jordan College of Butler University, The Children’s Ballet, Clara Noyes Academy of Ballet Internationale, Russian Ballet Academy of Indiana, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble at Performer’s Edge Dance Studio, Indianapolis School of Ballet, Windfall Dancers, G. Scotten Talent Center, and J2 Dance Studio. She has choreographed over five all-school productions as well as works commissioned by the Indiana Repertory Theater, and CIDE Summer Intensives. Miss Heidi is also a certified yoga teacher, completing her 500 hour teacher certification according to the Indiana Yoga Alliance standards and criteria. She is also certified in Yogic Stress Management Therapy.

Did you know Miss Heidi is also an Art History educator? She holds a Master of Arts in Art History from Ohio State University and was an graduate teaching assistant at OSU. She also has been an adjunct professor of Art History at Herron School of Art and Design at IUPUI from 2010-2015. She is a memberof the National Society of Arts and Letters, Phi Beta Kappa, and Golden Key Honor Society. She received the Indiana University Friends of the Arts scholarship and a Fellowship at Ohio State University.

Miss Heidi is also a published author, having written dance reviews from the Bloomington Herald Telegraph and authored To Have Art is to Have Life, The Eads of Mason County, West Virginia; A Genealogical and Historical Perspective, Dancing Shamans and Grinning Cocoons, Taking in a Bear, and The Forgotten Regiment. The 13th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment… the Games Set of Fellows.

We are extremely blessed to have Miss Heidi on staff to teach our older students. Not only does she have the amazing credentials above, but she is also an effective, knowledgeable, and inspirational instructor, role model, and mentor to us all at The Children’s Ballet!

In Class

In Miss Emily’s class we have been learning about The Nutcracker! We have done so through many diverse methods – reading the story, listening to the music, and dancing the dances. We have danced the party scene, the Spanish dance, Arabian dance, and many others. You may have even seen flying shoes and a blizzard in the studio!


Temps développé [tahn dayv-law-PAY]. Time developed, developing movement. Through common usage the term has become abridged to développé. A développé is a movement in which the working leg is drawn up to the knee of the supporting leg and slowly extended to an open position en l’air and held there with perfect control. The hips are kept level and square to the direction in which the dancer is facing.

Did You Know?

The original choreographer of The Nutcracker, Marius Petipa, gave the composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, extremely detailed instructions for the composition of each number, down to the tempo and number of bars. The ballet premiered unsuccessfully in 1892, but today, major ballet companies generate 40% of their annual ticket revenues from the ballet!

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due

First class of December *Reminder that due to the lengthening of our season, tuition will be a full month

Gingerbread Display

Our “dancers” will be featured on the square throughout December

Nutcracker Performance At The Art Sanctuary

Saturday, December 12, 3 p.m.

Nutcracker Field Trip

Sunday, December 20, 3 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

Christmas Break

December 20 – January 3


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