Gingerbread Art Project
Help us design our Gingerbread Art Project for Christmas on the Square in Danville! Our project theme is ‘The Nutcracker’. Download a form from our website, decorate it and then return to the studio or email to email@example.com by November 13. The winning design will be brought to life on our own gingerbread cutout and displayed on the courthouse lawn throughout December.
Tuition is due on the first class of each month. You may pay by giving your instructor a check or with a credit card online. You can even set up automatic payments online or receive a 10% discount by paying for the remainder of the year! Give us a call if you’d like to set up payments for more than one dancer.
Also, a reminder that students may be dropped off 10-15 minutes before class begins, and should be picked up promptly after class is over. Please be sure that any children in the waiting and dressing rooms for longer periods of time are supervised. Thank you!
We appreciate everyone who took the time to respond to our recent survey. 50% of you wanted to see more convenient parking options, so our thanks to the Town of Danville and the Danville Library for the new paved parking lots located across the street. Happy parking! And be on the look out for more improvements to the studio in the coming weeks.
Thank you to our generous donors, Nancy Eubank, Shirley Miser, Grace Miser, Jill Godrey, Traffic Engineering, Inc. and our anonymous patrons, for their support of our studio floor update. Our supporters have helped us raise 81% of the cost of a new studio floor. Consider helping us reach our goal through a tax-deductible donation. Learn more here.
Celebrate the Season and Support the Arts
Hendricks Symphonic Society presents “Music of Old Vienna” Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 pm at Calvary United Methodist Church. Celebrate the “Christmas Classics” Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 6 at 3:00 pm at CUMC. Learn more here.
Hendricks Civic Theatre presents A Charlie Brown Christmas December 4-6 & 11-13 at Longstreet Playhouse. Find out more about this classic show by clicking here.
Our Advanced students will be performing excerpts from the Nutcracker at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville on Saturday, December 12 between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Come out and support our dancers!
Legacy: A Tribute to Miss Deni
We are excited to invite all our current and past families to an event celebrating Miss Deni and all of her dedicated work over 27 years. Please come reunite with old classmates, celebrate wonderful memories, and support The Children’s Ballet. Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 3 at 6:00 pm at the Royal Theater in Danville.
Artistic Director and Instructor
I will never forget the first time I walked into the pink house on Tennessee Street when I was six. I was so excited to start dancing! And I did so at The Children’s Ballet for the next 10 years.
The Children’s Ballet holds a very special place in my heart – here I learned not only solid technique, performance skills, French terms, and a love of the arts, but I also learned that I love to teach and that dance creates a family. I took these lessons with me as I went on to dance at Anderson University. There I expanded not only my love of dance and technical skills, but my choreographic and intellectual skills. During my time at college, I still periodically taught at The Children’s Ballet – I haven’t missed a performance since 1998!
I’m so proud and grateful to be a part of this organization that is such a part of me, now acting as teacher and artistic director. As teacher, I get to be in the studio and work with all the wonderful students. As artistic director, I not only work hard to maintain our high quality of dance education, but also oversee and plan the spring performance and additional artistic and growth opportunities. One of my future focuses as artistic director is to work to connect the arts organizations in Hendricks County – when we collaborate and support each other, we are stronger and can create amazing things in our community.
Thank you all so much for being a part of The Children’s Ballet. I live and breathe dance, and it is truly an honor to be able to share it with so many wonderful young people.
In Miss Emily’s class last month, we focused on the five classical arm and feet positions. We also had fun with Halloween-themed dances, which included a parachute, leaping over a “mud puddle” with fun hats, and dancing as witches, skeletons, and ghosts (ask your students which was their favorite!). The featured music for our traditional Halloween dance is the famous piece for violin and orchestra “Danse Macabre” by Saint-Saens. Did you know the violin is purposefully tuned off key to make this piece sound more eerie?
Battement tendu (bat-MAHN tahn-DEW): stretched. Working foot slides out without lifting toe from ground then returns to the original position. Both knees are kept straight.
First Class of November
Deadline Nov. 13
Display throughout December
Legacy: A Tribute to Miss Deni and 27 Years of Excellence
December 3rd, 6:00 pm at the Royal Theater
at the Art Sanctuary, December 12th