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July 2020 Newsletter

>>Important information about next season: the 2020/2021 season will begin on August 17. At the time of registration there will be a $60 costume fee for the spring performance + 1/2 month tuition due for August. Regular tuition will begin September 1. We will have very limited class sizes and offerings next year due to our limited space, instructor availability, and social distancing guidelines. In order to offset reduced student capacity, tuition will be increasing by 10%. 

June 2020 Newsletter

Only two more weeks of classes left in the 2019/2020 season! 

And we are getting everything ready for the film production of A Princess’s Wish 2020 on Saturday, June 13. The final video will be available for purchase on our website in late June. Stay tuned for information on ordering!

May 2020 Newsletter

April brought some major changes to our ballet school, and we are so proud of how well everyone adapted to them. Our virtual classes were a success!

The Nutcracker

What a great first semester of dance! We are so proud of our students’ progress and learning since September. We are especially excited that for 50 of our students, the semester culminates in our first ever full-length performance of The Nutcracker!

Come celebrate the arts and the season with this family-friendly holiday classic December 20-22 at Danville Community High School. Tickets are going fast! Be sure to reserve your seat today.

We are so grateful to Robyn Wenrich, Arcane Coffee Company, Our SpecialTEA, Joe Johansson, Grace Miser, Danville Rotary, Abstract & Title, Hendricks County Arts Council, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Court House Grounds, Cabin Coffee Co., and many others who are making this performance possible.

Looking Ahead


Spring Performance

We can’t wait to announce our performance in January! On Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2020, 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 Miss Emily (emily@thechildrensballet.com) 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 were part of your registration fee. Dancers wearing more than one costume in the performance may pay the remainder of their costume fees ($60/costume) before Christmas break.


Reminders:

  • Please log in to your account and reconcile any late tuition payments or costume fees.
  • Remember to check the studio lost and found before break!
  • No classes December 21-January 4.
  • 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.
Spotlights: Guest Dancers
Three professional dancers are guest dancing with us for The Nutcracker to make it a truly unique performance!


Vanessa Schuldt, Dew Drop Fairy

Miss Vanessa began her dance training in 2007 at The Children’s Ballet where she trained in ballet, pointe, and modern dance. While there, she was a student teacher and choreographed for the spring performances. This inspired her to continue her dance journey by attending Anderson University after her high school graduation. Her technique expanded to include tap, jazz, dance composition, and improvisation. While at Anderson, she has participated in numerous shows and worked with fantastic teachers like Christine Thacker, Debra Silveus, Doug King and others. She also had the opportunity to dance with Gregory Hancock Dance Theater in the premiere of “EXODUS” and danced as an intern in their recent production of “Violin Under the Bed.” She will graduate this month with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance Business. Vanessa is the Assistant Artistic Director for this production.


Hannah Jordan Wilhite, Snow Queen

Hannah Jordan Wilhite began dancing at a young age with Anderson Young Ballet Theater. She later attended Point Park University where she received a dual concentration BA in Jazz and Modern Dance, studying extensively with Doug Bentz, Judith Leifer-Bentz (Graham), Garfield Lemonius (Horton), and many others. Since graduating, Hannah has worked as a company dancer with Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Kanopy Dance Company, Phoenix Rising Dance Company, Ballet Theatre of Indiana, and as a project-based dancer for Elizabeth Weil Bergmann’s Voices of the Holocaust. In addition to performing, Hannah has taught as adjunct dance faculty at Anderson University, teaching Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary Partnering, and Dance Composition, and has also taught Modern and Contemporary Partnering at ACDF (American College Dance Festival). Most recently Hannah has been working as a choreographer and rehearsal director for Crossroads Dance Indy.


Rachel Walker, Sugar Plum Fairy

Rachel Walker, born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, began her training with the Grand Rapids Ballet at the age of five. She studied there for 13 years under the direction of Patricia Barker and had the opportunity to perform company and student rolls in many ballets including Balanchine’s Serenade and Who Cares. In the summers, Rachel trained with Carolina Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Ruth Page Center for Dance, The Jillana School and the Grand Rapids Ballet. Rachel joined Central Illinois Ballet as a company member in 2018 and is currently in her second season.

OUR MISSION

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.

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