November 2017 Newsletter

October flew on by; welcome November! This will be a busy month for The Children’s Ballet as we begin our Nutcracker study and finish up our Nutcracker dances that will be performed with the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra next month.

We are grateful for the opportunity to bring Nutcracker excerpts to Hendricks County with our friends at the HSO.

We are excited to celebrate the magic of the season with the magic of live music and dance! Special thanks to our friends at the HSO for the opportunity, Miss Heidi and Miss Sarah for choreography, and our dancers for their hard work.

Winter is coming…

Have you ordered your new logo apparel yet? Our fleece-lined jackets and pants, hats, and toddler hoodies make great Christmas gifts! Order now through December 1 for delivery before break.

In order to keep students (and teachers) healthy throughout the winter months, please keep students at home from dance if they have stayed home from school that same day due to illness.

The Children’s Ballet follows the Danville School System for closings due to weather. We will also keep you informed via Facebook for closings.

The Nutcracker

7:30 pm, Friday, December 15 | 3:00 pm, Sunday, December 17

The Children’s Ballet will present scenes from The Nutcracker as part of the the Hendricks Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas program at Avon Middle School North, 1251 Dan Jones Road. Dances performed by students of The Children’s Ballet will include The Marche, Children’s Gallop, Grandfather’s Dance, Spanish Dance, Arabian Dance, Chinese Dance, Dance of the Reed Flutes, Trépak, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Waltz of the Flowers. Come out and support our students with a classic holiday celebration!

The Nutcracker: Presented By Ballet Theatre of Indiana | 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 23 at the Athenaeum (407 E Michigan St)

Throughout November and December, Miss Emily’s classes will learn dances, study music, and read stories about The Nutcracker. Let this study come to life for your dancer by joining us for a live performance of The Nutcracker! Tickets are $25, but seats are limited. Reserve yours today by emailing Payment may be submitted to your teacher (check or cash).

Studio Spotlight: Emily Miser, Artistic Director and Senior Instructor

Hello (or rather, bonjour)!

I will never forget the first time I walked into the pink house on Tennessee Street to register for my first official ballet classes at age six. I was so excited to start dancing, and I did so at The Children’s Ballet for the next 12 years. The Children’s Ballet holds a very special place in my heart – this studio is where I learned not only solid technique, performance skills, French terms, musicality, ballet history, and a love of
the arts, but I also discovered my love of teaching and the importance of a dance family.

I took these lessons with me as I went on to dance (a lot) at Anderson University, where I earned a degree in Dance Business summa cum laude and with departmental honors. In college I expanded not only my love of dance and technical skills, but also my choreographic and intellectual knowledge. During my time at college, I still periodically taught at The Children’s Ballet – I haven’t missed a performance since 1998!

When I’m not in the studio teaching, I’m probably in the studio dancing! Currently, I am a co-founder, choreographer, and company member with Crossroads Dance Indianapolis, a local modern dance collective.

I’m so proud and grateful to be a part of The Children’s Ballet, an organization that has been a part of me from student to artistic director. As an instructor, I get to share my love and technique with all the wonderful students. As artistic director, I strive to maintain our high quality of dance education, as well as oversee and plan the spring performance and seek out additional artistic and growth opportunities.

Now in my third year of directorship, my focuses include increasing support for the arts and continuing to connect the arts organizations in Hendricks County, as well as creating future tuition scholarships for students. When we collaborate and support each other, we are stronger and can create amazing things in and for our community. I am so excited about our expanded studio space and so proud of the students who fill it with dance. I look forward our Nutcracker with the Hendricks Symphony this December and our two performances in May.

Thank you all so much for being a part of The Children’s Ballet. It is truly an honor to be able to share dance and everything I have gained from this studio with so many wonderful young people.

Miss Emily

In Class

In Miss Emily’s classes we have had fun with Halloween dances, which included a parachute, leaping over a “mud puddle”, and having Halloween fun by 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: the working foot slides from the first or fifth position to the second or fourth position without lifting the toe from the ground. Both knees must be kept straight. When the foot reaches the position pointe tendu, it then returns to original position.

Celebrate The Season

In addition the performing with the HSO, our advanced dancers will be performing excerpts from The Nutcracker at the Art Sanctuary in Martinsville on Saturday, Dec. 9. Come out and support our dancers!

Hendricks Civic Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web on Dec. 1-3 and 8-10; get tickets at!

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due
First week of November (cash, check, online)
Thanksgiving Break
November 23-25
Performance at Art Sanctuary
December 9
The Nutcracker with HSO
December 15 and 17
Trip to The Nutcracker
December 23 (presented by Ballet Theatre of Indiana at the Athenaeum)

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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.