We are definitely noticing an added spring in our students’ dance steps as the weather warms up. We have been learning our dances and getting ready for our big spring performance on May 28th!
See Swan Lake
Starting mid-February, we immersed ourselves in the ballet “Swan Lake” by reading the story, doing dances, wearing costumes, and watching a filmed production of the iconic ballet. We would like to invite you to see the ballet performed live by Butler Ballet on Sunday, April 17th at 2:00 pm at Clowes Hall. Tickets are $20/adults and $14/students. Please email your ticket requests to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Swan Lake” by March 17th. Miss Emily will order the tickets and distribute them upon payment (cash or check is preferred). We hope you can join us!
Looking for something fun to do this summer? We are excited to offer two three-week sessions during the summer months this year! Session I runs June 13-July 1, and Session II runs July 11-July 29. Be on the lookout for the official schedule of class offerings in the next few weeks. Get out of the house to move, and have fun with us this summer!
Support Our Studio
During the 2015-16 season, The Children’s Ballet has been transitioning to a nonprofit studio. We’re almost there! Now we need your help as we take the last step in our transition — paying filing and legal fees to become a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Once we receive our tax-exempt ID, we can apply for corporate and government grants to directly benefit our students and their families. Grants will allow us to offer tuition scholarships, make enhancements to our programs and studio, and keep performance tickets and costume fees as low as possible.
Learn more about making a donation
Becoming a 501(c)3 organization will ensure the studio’s long-term viability, helping us balance sustainable growth with reasonable tuition. While the one-time fees required to finish our non-profit transition are out of the ordinary, paying them will allow us to continue offering excellent dance programs. Please consider a donation to The Children’s Ballet to help with this last step in our process of becoming Hendricks County’s only non-profit ballet school — any amount will help. Please click here for more information. All of us at The Children’s Ballet deeply appreciate the commitment of our students and parents to supporting high-quality ballet education.
It Happened One Night
We are excited to bring to life the story of three woodland sisters who are trying to convince their brother to find a wife and settle down. More information about the 2016 performance of “It Happened One Night” may be found here.
Sponsorship and Advertisement Opportunities
We are looking for businesses to partner with us and support our students in this year’s performance. If your company is interested in opportunities to advertise to our audiences, or becoming a sponsor and part of our promotions, please click here for more information.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children (age2+) and will go on sale April 4. All ticket sales will be online this year.
Performance Week Schedule
Our schedule for tech week is as follows:
- Tuesday, May 24 5-8pm Rehearsal
- Wednesday, May 25 5-8pm Rehearsal
- Thursday, May 26 5-8pm Rehearsal
- Saturday, May 28 10AM Dress Rehearsal
- Saturday, May 28 3:30pm It Happened One Night 2016
All rehearsals and performance are at Danville Community High School. Your student’s exact rehearsal days and times will be communicated by the teacher. Dancers should wear their regular studio attire for all rehearsals except for the dress rehearsal. Portraits will be taken during dress rehearsal.
Our performance includes parts written and choreographed for your dancer. Since we are learning our dances, attendance now is extremely important for the students and their classmates. Please notify the studio if your student must miss classes. Students should also be available for all rehearsals the week before the performance.
Studio Spotlight: Morgan Carew, Senior Student
Miss Morgan is a high school senior at Avon. She is quite an accomplished scholar and will be graduating in the top 10% of her class with a 4.52 GPA. She is a member of both National Honor Society and the National English Honors Society. This year, Morgan was awarded the AP Scholar Award. She is also a member of Plainfield Christian Church and participates in the freshman mentoring program at her school.
This year, Morgan will be featured as a woodland sister in our spring performance. Here is a little Q&A so we can learn a little more about Miss Morgan!
Q: What is your dance background? I started dancing when I was four years old, but didn’t dance at The Children’s Ballet until I was eight. I’ve done tap, jazz, modern, character, and ballet.
Q: What is your favorite thing about dancing? My favorite thing is the way dancing makes me feel during the movements, and the excitement you get after mastering a tough combination.
Q: Pointe shoe brand? I wear Suffolk Stellar!
Q: What is your favorite ballet step? My favorite ballet step would have to be sissone arabesque en pointe.
Q: What is your dream ballet role? Esmeralda in “La Esmeralda”
Q: What are your post-high school plans? Next year I plan on attending Indiana University as a direct admit in the School of Arts and Sciences to study biology.
Q: What is something that you think is important in becoming a better dancer? Always working harder to perfect every movement, while being open to criticism at the same time.
Thank you Miss Morgan — we are proud of you and wish you all the best!
Last month in class, we started to learn our dances for the performance. You know it’s performance season when you see all the colored x’s on the floor!
We also celebrated Valentine’s Day by dancing with heart boxes that had a little treat inside, as well as dancing to the Romeo and Juliet theme by Tchaikovsky!
Ballon: (French, “balloon”) The ability to sustain jumps or movements in the air; the appearance of weightlessness.
Blocking: Placement of the performers on stage in relation to the action, to the sets and to each other for optimum sight lines.
Did You Know?
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake was composed in 1875 in Moscow and was unsuccessful after its first year of performance. Conductors, dancers and audiences alike thought Tchaikovsky’s music was too complicated and hard to dance to.
First class of March
Swan Lake Ticket Requests Due
March 28 – April 2
Ticket Sales For Spring Performance
Swan Lake trip
Tech Week at DCHS
May 23 – 26
It Happened One Night
May 28 at 3:30 pm
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Our friends at Hendricks Civic Theatre will be putting on this beloved musical March 4-6 & 11-13. Current student Abby Evans and former student Emily Sharton will be dancing in this production! Find out more and get tickets here.
Irish Festival concert by Hendricks Symphony Orchestra
Come out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish choral music and Irish dancing by the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis on March 11 & March 13. Find out more here.
Alonzo King Lines Ballet
This ballet company offers bold new dance innovations that break the mold of typical ballet. They will be at the Center for the Performing Arts on March 18 and 19. Find out more here.
Superhero; The Story of a Man Called Jesus
By Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre. This story of betrayal, trust, sacrifice, and love has become a classic. See it in time for Easter on March 25 & 26. Find out more and get tickets here.