Spring has (almost) sprung, and we have been learning our dances and getting ready for our performances on May 26th and 27.

Be on the lookout over the next few months for more specific details on rehearsals and tickets. There are a lot of exciting things coming up at The Children’s Ballet!

Opportunity to see Giselle!

Starting mid-February, we have been immersing ourselves in the ballet Giselle. In classes we are reading the story, doing dances,wearing costumes, watching the film, and we’d like to invite you to celebrate our learning with seeing the ballet live! Giselle is being performed by Butler Ballet on Sunday, April 23rd at 2pm at Clowes Hall. Tickets are $23 and available on our website here. Please order by March 26. We hope you can join us to watch this classic ballet!

A Magical Lesson 2017

SPONSORSHIP

If you have a business or association in mind that would be willing to support our students by sponsoring this year’s performance, please check out the information here. Patrons may choose from four levels of sponsorship or purchase advertising in a performance program.

TICKETS

Performance tickets will be available for purchase online beginning May 1. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students (children age 2 and under are free).

PERFORMANCE WEEK SCHEDULE

Our tentative schedule for tech week is as follows:

  • Monday, May 22th from 5:00-8:00pm: Rehearsal
  • Tuesday, May 23rd from 5:00-8:00pm: Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, May 24th from 5:00-8:00pm: Full Cast Rehearsal
  • Thursday, May 25 from 5:00-8:00pm: Dress Rehearsal
  • Friday, May 26 at 7:00pm: A Magical Lesson 2017
  • Saturday, May 27: AM photos and 2:00pm: A Magical Lesson 2017

Schedule subject to change. Specific rehearsal times for each class will be announced. All rehearsals and performances are at Danville Community High School.

Reminders

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.

WEATHER

Due to weather issues, we close if Danville School Systems closes. However, if the weather worsens in the evening, classes could possibly be cancelled for student safety. In either case, please check our Facebook page or website.

In Class

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 with heart boxes with a little treat inside, as well as the Romeo and Juliet theme by Tchaikovsky!

Studio Spotlight: Abby Evans, Senior Student

Miss Abby is a high school senior at DCHS. She is quite accomplished and has been president of 14-15 and 16-18 year-olds in Young Women’s at church. She has also been show choir choreographer at DCHS for one year. This year, she will be featured as the mother in our spring performance.

Here is a little Q&A so we can learn a little more about Miss Abby!

Q: What is your dance background? I have been dancing for seven years, all of which have been with The Children’s Ballet. I started when I was 9 years old (I took two years off, 8th grade and 9th grade).

Q: What is your favorite thing about dancing? My favorite thing about dancing is letting myself go. As soon as I walk through the studio doors, all my problems and stress are left behind.

Q: Pointe shoe brand? I wear Tiffany capezio pointe shoes.

Q: What is your favorite ballet step? My favorite ballet step is tombe pas de boureé glissade assemble

Q: What is your dream ballet role? The Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker.

Q: What are your post-high school plans? Next year I will be attending Brigham Young University of Idaho and I will be majoring in Elementary Education. I will be joining the army ROTC program next year and after two years, I’ll go through basic and sign a contract with the military.

Q: What is something that you think is important in becoming a better dancer? One of the most important things about becoming a better dancer is pushing yourself and having determination. I wouldn’t be where I am without my determination and willingness to push myself.

Thank you, Miss Abby!

We are proud of you, thankful for you, and wish you all the best.

Terms

Blocking: Placement of the performers on stage in relation to the action, to the sets and to each other for optimum sight lines (hence the colored x’s!).

Did You Know?

The original Giselle in 1841 contained 54 minutes of mime to 60 minutes of dance. Although dance has taken a more prevalent role, accomplished dancers also have to be skilled actors! Giselle’s ‘mad scene’ in Act I is one of the most famous and challenging in all repertoire for its technical and emotional demands.

Upcoming Events

March 1:

Tuition Due

March 26:

Giselle ticket requests due

March 26 – April 2:

Spring break

April 23:

Studio trip to see Giselle

April 23:

Studio trip to see Giselle (details to come!)

May 1:

Ticket sales begin for A Magical Lesson

May 22-25:

Tech week at Danville High School

May 26 (7pm) and 27 (2pm):

A Magical Lesson at DCHS

Upcoming Performances

Put some spring in your step with these performances in March!

Beauty and the Beast: Our friends at Hendricks Civic Theatre will be putting on this beloved musical March 3-5 & 10-12 at Avon Middle School South. Former student Emily Sharton will be featured in this production! Find out more and get tickets ($12/adult, $10/youth) here.

The Brassy Chorus: A concert by Hendricks Symphony brass and chorus on March 10 & March 12. Find out more here.

Beauty and the Beast Ballet: Indiana’s resident professional ballet company, Ballet Theatre of Indiana, will be putting on an original version of Beauty and the Beast March 31 & April 1. Find out more and get tickets here.

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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