Welcome back! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and that you’re ready to get back into the studio.
Exciting things will be happening this semester, and our season culminates with our 2017 performances of…

Come One, Come All!

The Magical Lesson follows three sisters who desperately want to see the circus that has just arrived. Two of the sisters have been misbehaving so badly that their mother forbids them to attend. What they don’t know is that a mysterious sorceress has been planning to teach the two naughty girls a lesson, and casts a spell that allows them to go to the circus with their friends.

It is a wonderful show with many fascinating acts that all of the village children enjoy. However, the two naughty sisters still manage to get into all kinds of mischief and trouble. Will they ever learn their magical lesson?

We are looking forward to presenting this original ballet by Deni Jacks on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 at the Danville High School Auditorium.

Costume Fees and Important Dates

You will be receiving an invoice with your costume fee within the first week or two back. Payment for costumes for the spring performance are due January 22nd. Dancers with more than one costume in the performance may pay 100% of the total costume cost in January, or 50% by January 22nd and the remaining balance by February 15th. Checks or online payments are accepted. Order your costumes online here.

Reminder that the performance includes parts written and choreographed for your dancer. Please notify the studio (emily@thechildrensballet.com) if a student must miss classes after February 1st. Students should be available for all rehearsals the week before the performance (May 22 — 27).

Rehearsals and performances May 22-27 will be held at Danville Community High School. General schedule is Monday-Thursday 5-8 pm (rehearsals), Friday 6-9:30 (performance), and Saturday 1-4:30 (performance). Not all students will be required for all these times. Your dancer’s specific rehearsal times will be communicated as we get closer.

Tickets will be available for pre-sale in May. More information to come!

Space Update

In exciting news, The Children’s Ballet has been blessed with the opportunity to occupy the entire studio building as of January! We will initially be using the extra space for additional dressing and waiting areas, office, and storage.

The Nutcracker with HSO

Our Nutcracker with the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra in December 2016 was a great success. Many thanks to all the students, instructors, guest artist Leanna Miller, and the Hendricks Symphony for their time and talents, and special thanks to the Hendricks Community Foundation for a generous grant to purchase costumes. We are so proud of our students!

In Class

Last month in Miss Emily’s class we really dove into The Nutcracker. We danced the divertissements with fans, umbrellas, veils, and flowers; however, our favorite was dancing Mother Ginger with the parachute! We ended our semester by watching the New York City Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker.

Terms

A waltz (German: Walzer; French: Valse, Italian: Valzer, Spanish: Vals, Polish: Walc), probably deriving from German Ländler, is dance music in triple meter often written in time signature 3/4.

Pantomime (pan·to·mime) is dramatic entertainment, originating in Roman mime, in which performers express meaning through gestures accompanied by music.

Did You Know?

Making one tutu can cost up to $2,000, requires 60-90 hours of labor, and over 100 yards of tulle!

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due

First week of January (cash or check to teacher, or online here).

Costume Fee Due

January 22

Costume Balance Due (if more than one costume)

February 15

Spring Break

March 27 — April 1

Tech Week at DCHS

May 22 — 25

A Magical Lesson

May 26 and May 27

Extras

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. Contact Miss Emily if a makeup lesson is required.
The Children’s Ballet follows the Danville School System for closings due to weather. We will also keep you informed via Facebook for closings.

OUR MISSION

We are dedicated to providing high-quality dance instruction while instilling in students 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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