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Dancing into Spring

Policy Reminders


Weather Closings: We are closed according to the Danville Community School closings. Check Facebook and Instagram 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. For more information on our health and safety guidelines + our wellness policies, please visit our website.

Attire: Students should arrive at the studio ready to dance, with hair neatly in place (bun or braid), wearing clean, neat, uniform ballet attire. Dressing properly for class is a lesson in itself as students learn both discipline and cooperation. Please also have students use the restroom before class as it can be disruptive to the flow of class. Thank you!

Pick up/Drop off: A reminder that our waiting room is open if you would like to wait inside. If possible, for student safety, please pick up your student at the side cement porch at the end of class.

Summer Classes


We are offering several options that are a great way to keep up dance over the summer or try something new! The six-week session will run from June 14-July 23 and cost $75. Students enrolled in summer classes are eligible for early registration for next season.

  • Monday 5pm Ballet for 3-5 year olds (no experience required)
  • Monday 6pm Ballet for 5-7 year olds (limited experience suggested)
  • Monday 7pm Ballet for 7-10 year olds (limited experience suggested)
  • Wednesday 5-6:15pm Ballet for 10-12 year olds (experience required)
  • Wednesday 6:15pm-7:15pm Mixed Styles for 10-12 year olds

Dance Intensive: We are excited to offer a dance intensive with staff and guest teachers from July 12-16! This workshop is for students ages 13 and up who took 3x/week in the 2020-21 season. The workshop will run 9a-1p each day and include ballet, pointe, and elective styles and is only $200 for the week. Spots are very limited, so reserve yours as soon as possible!

Click here to register today!

Nutcracker Auditions


We are excited to announce the audition dates for Nutcracker 2021! To audition, students must be at least 5 years old and register for classes during the 2021-22 season.

  • Thursday, July 15 from 5-7pm: Dancers ages 5-12 (dancers enrolled in 1x/week classes, T/R 7 or 8pm, or M/W 4:15)
  • Friday, July 16 from 4-6pm: Dancers 12 and up (dancers enrolled in multiple classes/week)

Choreography rehearsals for advanced dancers will run for four weeks beginning July 26, and cleaning rehearsals will run Fridays in the fall semester.

Senior Spotlight:

Lilianne South

Q: What is your dance background?
I have been dancing at the Children’s Ballet since I was 5 years old. This is my 13th year.

Q: What is your favorite thing about dancing?
My favorite thing about dancing is how I feel so free when I dance. When I am in the studio I am able to forget all my worries and just dance.

Q: Pointe shoe brand?
I use Bloch Elegance.

Q: What is your favorite ballet step?
My favorite ballet step is fouettes.

Q: What is your dream ballet role?
My dream ballet role is Clara in the Nutcracker.

Q: What is something that you think is important in becoming a better dancer?
I think it is very important to have determination to become abetter dancer. Determination to practice and improve.

Q: What are your future plans?
My future plans are to attend Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute and major in Computer Infrastructure and Network Engineering Technology.

Congrats, Lilianne! We are so proud of you!

IN CLASS

Last month in class, we got to try on our costumes for our spring showcases! We also celebrated Valentine’s Day with heart boxes (with a little treat inside), as well as the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky!

TERMS

Blocking: Placement of the performers on stage in relation to the action, to the sets and to each other for optimum sight lines.

COSTUME FUN FACTS

“Leotard” is named after Jules Léotard, who was a french acrobatic performer and aerialist. Incidentally, he was also the one who developed the art of trapeze. He made the one-piece gymwear/activewear popular – so people named the leotard after him!

According to several websites, the sight of a tutu increases joy in 60% of ballet audience members (and most dancers too)!

DATES TO REMEMBER

Snow Make-up Day for Tuesday classes: March 19

Spring Break: March 21-28

Last week of classes and filming of virtual showcase: June 1-3

Live Showcase at Ellis Park: June 4 (rain date June 5)

Summer Session begins: June 14

Spring Showcase


Due to continued COVID restrictions, we are reimagining how we can showcase our dancers instead of an end-of-year performance. We are so proud of our dancers’ hard work, but also realize that our typical production is simply not feasible this spring. However, the show will go on with a special opportunity for every dancer!

One time per week classes: Classes that meet once each week will learn a dance throughout the spring semester. They will receive a costume, and during the last week of classes we will film the dance in the studio to perform a virtual showcase. Parents will be emailed a link to the password-protected page on our website to watch for free.

Two or three times per week classes: Classes that meet two times or more each week will learn a dance in each class they attend. They will receive one costume and perform a live showcase with limited attendance at Ellis Park Amphitheatre in Danville on Friday, June 4 at 7pm (rain date is June 5 at The Royal Theater in Danville). This will also be live-streamed online for those who are not able to attend in person. Families who have paid for more than one costume will be refunded automatically.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to celebrating our students in June!

OUR VISION & OUR PROMISE
To inspire our community through accessible
dance education and engaging performances

The Children’s Ballet
51 S Tennessee Street
Danville, IN 46122
317.316.7373
info@thechildrensballet.com

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