January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful holiday break and are ready to get back to the studio for classes.

Exciting things will be happening this semester, and our season will culminate with performances of…

The Golden Cuckoo

An evil spell has been cast upon a princess, turning her into a cold-hearted Queen Bird. She now considers herself to be the most beautiful bird in the land. One day, however, while admiring herself in the royal mirror, the mirror shows her a new, more beautiful bird: a Golden Cuckoo. The Queen sends her cat burglars to steal this new threat for the Queen’s collection.

At a nearby village toy shop, the shopkeeper awaits for her housekeepers to tidy following the day’s business. She sends them off and puts away the toys for the night. She delights in her Cuckoo Clock and watches the figurines dance. The Cat Burglars sneak into the shop to steal the cuckoo for the queen. As the clock strikes midnight, the figurines discover their precious friend is gone – but has a left a feather trail. They set out on a rescue mission.

Searching for answers, the figurines meet Gypsies in the forest, who tell them 3 magic potions must be found to end the evil spell on the Queen Bird. Bunnies, fairies, dragonflies, imps, flowers, and even the wind, all help the figurines get the potions. The Cat Burglars arrive with the Cuckoo at the palace, much to the Queen’s and courtiers delight. Her yellow, blue, and red birds, and her prized swan, all dance to entertain the Queen. The figurines arrive and slip the potion to the queen, who is transformed back to a lovely and kind princess. She happily grants freedom to all the captive birds, especially to the Golden Cuckoo.

Costume Fees and Dates

You will receive an invoice with your costume fee within the first week or two of January. Payment for costumes for the spring performance are due January 19th. Dancers with more than one costume in the performance may pay 100% of the total costume cost in January, or 50% by January 19th and the remaining balance by February 16th. Checks or online payments are accepted.

Reminder that the performance includes parts written and choreographed for your dancer. Please notify the studio at 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 21-25).

Rehearsals and performances May 21-26 will be held at Danville Community High School.

Adult Classes

Interested in finding out a bit more about ballet? Want to work on strength and flexibility? Join Miss Emily on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm for an adult ballet class for all levels. The six-week session runs from January 9-February 13 and is only $60! Attire is casual and ballet shoes are optional. Contact info@thechildrensballet.com for info or to register!

Nutcracker with HSO

Our Nutcracker performances with the HSO in December 2017 was a great success, and we are so proud of our dancers. Many thanks to the Hendricks Symphony, our instructors, and our students for their time and talents.

In Class

In Miss Emily’s classes last month, 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!


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 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 dollars! It requires 60-90 hours of labor and over 100 yards of tulle!

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due
First week of January (cash, check, online)
Costume Fee Due
January 19
Costume Balance Due (If more than one costume)
February 16
Spring Break
March 24 – April 1

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We are a non-profit organization 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.


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.