May 2018 Newsletter

And the countdown is on!! Our students have been working so hard, and everything is coming together.

Please double check the performance guide that was handed out last week for all you need to know. On performance day, take and share pictures with #TCG2018!

Performance Week Information

All rehearsals/performances take place at Danville Community High School — times are listed in your Performance Guide. Tuesday is a full cast run-through of the performance and will take place from 5:00 – 8:00 pm; Wednesday is dress rehearsal (hair, makeup, costumes) from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

Attendance at rehearsals is mandatory. Also, classes that meet multiple times a week will be expected to attended all rehearsals. Punctuality is both expected and appreciated from all during tech week to make our performance run smoothly.

During Monday and Tuesday rehearsals, parents are in charge of their own children. You are free to leave once your class dance is over, and you are released by Miss Emily. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early. Each class will have an assigned row to sit in. During Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, children will be supervised by parent volunteers in the choir room at DCHS. Please drop your dancer off there, ready for the stage, at least 30 minutes before curtain!

Click here for the Performance Guide, which includes your dancer’s rehearsal times, photo times, and more.

Costumes will be sent home during the last week of classes. Dancers will not need to wear their costumes until dress rehearsal. During rehearsals the week before the performances, dancers should wear regular class attire. A lot of work has gone into selecting and fitting these costumes and headpieces, so please take good care of them!

Unless specified otherwise by Miss Emily:

  • Tights – pink, footed tights (clean and no holes!)
  • Hair – tidy bun (hairnet, bobby pins, hairspray)
  • Shoes – pink ballet shoes
  • No black leotards under costumes

Volunteers often spend many hours creating, altering or embellishing outfits. Please handle the outfits carefully until the performances are over.

Volunteer Opportunities
Do have an interest in theatre, like to be creative, or just want to see what happens backstage? Click here to sign up for a volunteer spot. Load in will be Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. We would love your help hanging backdrops, painting, and putting the cuckoo clock together!

Tickets are required for each person attending a performance. Adults are $10 and children are $5. Get yours here! Remember to print your tickets and bring them to the show. Purchase a Golden Ticket and receive a special prize!

Check your Performance Guide or the website for your dancer’s photo time. All students are expected to attend their class photo whether or not you are planning to purchase prints. Local photographer Sarah Crail will again photograph our student portraits and performances this year. Please be punctual to your photo time and arrive in costume so we can keep things moving smoothly!

Click here to order photo packages. Order before May 11 for a special discount!

Performance DVDs by our professional videographer, flower bouquets, and student tributes for the performance program are also available for advance purchase. Find out more here. Preserve the memories for a lifetime!

Summer Plans

We are excited to announce several opportunities to dance over the summer! We are offering a six-week intensive from June 18-July 28. Classes are available for a range of ages and abilities, and they are filling up fast! Learn more and register.

Miss Emily will be teaching a ballet class at GetRealInC’s summer camp in Avon, and some of our students will be performing at Play’nfield in the Park in July. Be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram this summer!

A Note From Miss Emily

Thank you so much for being part of The Children’s Ballet family. Our 2017-18 was a great year full of growth and new opportunities, and a special season being our 30th one. Dance is everything to me and teaching our students is an incredible privilege I do not take lightly. Students, thank you for your hard work, focus, and enthusiasm in class and rehearsals. I’ve seen so much improvement this year – learning and teaching dance is all about discovery! I’m so proud of our students – they are talented dancers and performers, but more importantly, they are wonderful people.

To our founder, Miss Deni, thank you for giving me the gift of dance and creating The Children’s Ballet. Parents, thank you for supporting and encouraging your students, as well as the studio; we would not be able to survive without you. Anne, thank you for all your incredible work; it is often unseen by most, but always incredibly appreciated and vital to our studio. Teachers, thank you for sharing your expertise and investing in our students and always going above and beyond.

In almost 20 years with The Children’s Ballet, I’ve learned this particular dance community is a magical place. This year was no different, and I look forward to sharing our community and our art with Hendricks County in The Golden Cuckoo; Here’s to a wonderful last 30 years and the 30 years to come.

In Class

Last month in Miss Emily’s classes, we had so much to do! We finished watching, reading about, and dancing Cinderella. We also danced full steam ahead to prepare for our performance as the students finished learning their dances and excitedly tried on costumes!


“Break a leg” is an idiom in theatre used to wish a performer “good luck”. Well- wishers typically say “break a leg” to performers before they go on stage. While the origin of the phrase remains obscure, the expression reflects a theatrical superstition in which wishing a person “good luck” is considered “bad luck.”

Did You Know?

There are around 110 students in The Golden Cuckoo, and around 160 costumes!

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due
First week of May (cash, check, online)

Tech Week Begins
May 19

The Golden Cuckoo at DCHS
May 24 @ 6:30 pm; May 26 @ 2 pm

Summer Session Begins
June 18

Shows To See

Our friends at the Hendricks Symphonic Society will be presenting various works by Brahms May 4 & 6. Support the symphony and find out more here.

Appalachian Spring
This world-famous masterpiece will be presented by Dance Kaleidoscope. Come down and celebrate dance with Indiana’s professional contemporary dance company at the IRT May 31-June 3. Find out more here.

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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.