December 2017 Newsletter

The Children’s Ballet presents dances from The Nutcracker at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 15, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 17.

The Children’s Ballet will present scenes from The Nutcracker as part of Hendricks Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas program at Avon Middle School North, 1251 Dan Jones Road. Dances performed by students of The Children’s Ballet will include The Marche, Children’s Gallop, Grandfather’s Dance, Spanish Dance, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Trépak, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers. Come out and support our students with this classic holiday celebration. Group rate tickets ($11 adult, $9 senior, $5 student) available by emailing

The Nutcracker: presented by Ballet Theatre of Indiana

2 pm Saturday, December 23

Throughout November and December, Miss Emily’s classes will learn dances, study music, and read stories about The Nutcracker. Let this study come to life for your dancer by joining us for a live performance of The Nutcracker! Ballet Theatre of Indiana is celebrating their fourth season, and our own Miss Haley will be dancing the role of the Dew Drop Fairy. Limited group rate tickets are only $15! Email to order tickets. The show is at the historic Atheneum at 401 E. Michigan Street.

Art Sanctuary Performance

2:45 pm Sunday, December 9

Can’t get enough Nutcracker? Us either! Come see some beautiful dancing and support our advanced dancers as they perform several Nutcracker divertissements under the direction of Miss Heidi. This performance is at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville on Saturday, December 9th from 2:45-4pm and is free and open to the public.

Looking Ahead


We can’t wait to announce our performance in January! On Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26, 2018, The Children’s Ballet will cast and stage a performance of an original ballet written and choreographed especially for this season’s dancers.

Please Note: The performance includes parts written and choreographed for your dancer. Attendance is very important as learning a dance is a team effort; please notify if your student must miss classes after February 1. Students are expected to attend all required rehearsals the week before the performance.

Payment for costumes for the spring performance are due January 15 (costume fees range from $40-$90). Dancers wearing more than one costume in the performance may pay 100% of the costume cost in January, or 50% by January 15 and 50% by February 15.

Winter Reminders

In order to keep students (and teachers) healthy throughout the winter months, please keep students at home from dance if they have stayed home from school that same day. The Children’s Ballet follows the Danville School System for closings due to weather. We will also keep you informed via Facebook for closings.

Studio Spotlight: Haley Altman-Cipot, Instructor

Miss Haley began her dance training with ballet, tap, and jazz classes at the age of five. She continued studying at various dance schools throughout Connecticut, narrowing her focus to classical ballet. In 2009, Haley joined the New England Ballet School’s student company to perform corps, soloist, and principal roles. She has attended summer ballet intensives with the Bolshoi Ballet, The Rock School, and American Ballet Theater in New York.

Haley placed in the top 12 for her classical variation in the 2012 Connecticut Classic Ballet Scholarship Competition and was awarded a full scholarship to the Burklyn Ballet Theater summer intensive. In May 2016, Haley graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in ballet, where she trained under Susan Jaffe, Laura Martin, and Jennet Zerbe with the American Ballet Theater National Training Curriculum. Haley is joining Ballet Theatre of Indiana for her second season with the company, where she has performed leading soloist roles in La Bayadere and Beauty & The Beast. We are grateful to have her at The Children’s Ballet!

In Class

In Miss Emily’s classes, we have been learning about The Nutcracker through many diverse methods – reading the story, listening to the music, and dancing the dances. We have danced the party scene, the battle scene, and snow. You may have seen the flying shoes and a blizzard in the studio!


Développé, temps [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.

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due
First week of December (cash, check, online)
Performance at Art Sanctuary
December 9
Nutcracker with HSO
December 15 and 17
Trip to the Nutcracker
December 23 (presented by Ballet Theatre of Indiana at the Athenaeum)

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!

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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.