February 2018 Newsletter

Dancing through winter…. Welcome February! Some exciting things are happening this month!

Of course, we are already anticipating our May performance – February means learning dances, planning props, and waiting on our ordered costumes!

Policies Reminder

Weather Closings: We are closed according to the Danville Community School closings. Check our Facebook page for confirmation and Saturday closings.

Illness: To limit the spread of illness, please keep your dancer home if they stay home from school the same day.

Attire: Students should arrive at the studio ready to dance, with hair neatly in place, wearing clean, neat, uniform ballet attire. Dressing properly for class is a lesson in itself as students learn both discipline and cooperation.

Summer Classes

We are excited to announce our summer classes for 2018! There is something for everybody – a great way to keep up dance over the summer or try something new! Register online here.

Performance Updates

Attendance
As we learn our dances for the performance, attendance is very important! Learning a dance is a team activity. Please email emily@thechildrensballet.com if you will be absent from class.

Schedule

**Note change in performance dates**
Due to the graduation for Avon High School, we have moved our Friday performance to Thursday. The new schedule does not take up any new time that was not previously scheduled.

Our tentative schedule* for tech week is as follows:

  • Sunday, May 20 6:00-9:00 pm Rehearsal (M/W classes)
  • Monday, May 21 5:00-8:00 pm Rehearsal
  • Tuesday, May 22 5:00-8:00 pm Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, May 23 5:00-8:00 pm Dress Rehearsal
  • Thursday, May 24 6:30 pm Performance of The Golden Cuckoo
  • Saturday, May 26 AM photos (participation required even if you are not purchasing)
  • Saturday, May 26 2:00 pm Performance of The Golden Cuckoo

*Schedule subject to change. Specific rehearsal times for each class will be announced soon. Rehearsal times for soloists/groups will be sent out by Miss Emily and will start in March. All tech week rehearsals and performances are at Danville Community High School.

Upcoming performances to check out…

Beat the winter blues with a range of arts events in February!

Paul Taylor Dance Company: The company is one of the pillars of American modern dance. They can be seen at Clowes one night only! Get tickets and more info here.

Midwinter Dance Festival: Butler Ballet will be putting on a concert with both classical ballet and modern dance at the beautiful Schrott Center for the Arts February 14-18. Get more info and tickets here.

Ballet Theatre of Indiana: Enjoy a pops concert featuring a variety of dance suites based on the music of beloved artists like Queen, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Elvis by Indy’s resident ballet company (and see our own Miss Haley dance!) February 16 & 17. Get more info and tickets here.

Hendricks Symphony Orchestra: Our community symphony will be performing “Heroes – Music of Freedom” February 23 & 25 at Avon Middle School North. Find out more information here.

Studio Spotlight: Hadassah Burk, Instructor

Miss Hadassah, originally from Michigan City, Indiana has been dancing for 18 years and is trained in Vaganova ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, character, and jazz. Her extensive training includes studios such as Southold Dance Theatre (South Bend, Indiana), Works in Motion Dance Company (La Porte, Indiana), Ballet Chicago, Ruth Paige Foundation, Boitsov Classical Ballet (Chicago, Illinois) and summer intensives at the Grand Rapids Ballet and Ballet Magnificat.

Hadassah began her teaching career at the age of 16, receiving her teaching certification with Dance & Gym USA. As part of her professional career she has taken various classes led by dancers such as Travis and Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Mark Meismer, and Kim McSwain among others. Hadassah has also participated in master classes led by cast members of the Broadway Touring Productions of Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, and Chicago and was chosen ‘Broadway Bound student’ by cast members of Beauty and the Beast and Wicked. Hadassah and her husband live in Coatesville, and she is excited to join The Children’s Ballet!

In Class

Last month in Miss Emily’s classes, we did ballet exercises for listening, following, and coordination. However, most exciting was learning our parts, seeing our costumes, and starting our dances for our spring performance, The Golden Cuckoo.

Terms

Balletomane: A ballet fan or enthusiast. The word was invented in Russia in the early 19th century.

Glissade: Glide. A traveling step executed by gliding the working foot from the fifth position in the required direction, the other foot closing to it.

Did You Know?

The amount of energy need to perform a ballet is about the same running 18 miles!

Upcoming Events

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

Remaining Costume Fees Due
February 16 for those with two or more costumes

Monday, February 19
Open for classes on Presidents’ Day

Spring Break
March 24-April 1

Studio Trip To See Cinderella
April 22 Details to come

Ticket Sales Begin for The Golden Cuckoo
May 1

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

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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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