We had a great first month of classes! It is wonderful to have so many new and familiar faces back in the studio. Many thanks to our ballet parents and grandparents for our brand new ballet barres!If you haven’t seen them yet, please take a peek at our beautiful new update.

Just a reminder: We do not close for fall break – there is just too much dancing to do! Our next studio closing is for Thanksgiving break in November.

New Online Payment System

If you choose to pay your monthly tuition online, you may notice that The Children’s Ballet is now offering direct payment on our website through a system operated by Chase Bank. Our new payment process accepts all Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards. We will no longer use PayPal for tuition payments.

Our new system should be more convenient and will provide greater security of your financial data. The lower payment processing fees charged to the studio will allow more of your tuition money to go toward improvements for your dancers. In the months to come, our new system will also allow us to offer automatic monthly payments.

To pay tuition online, please visit thechildrensballet.com/tuition. Select your dancer’s class and proceed through the payment questions. If you are paying for more than one student, use the coupon code FAMILY when you check out to receive $15 off your family’s total monthly tuition.

Interested in a 10% tuition discount? Pay for the rest of the year’s tuition (eight months) and receive 10% off the total cost!

To view your past payments and account information, please visit My Account. You can find this link in the top right menu of our website.

Hendricks County Arts Gala

The Children’s Ballet is the not only the only non-profit ballet school in Hendricks County, but we are also the only dance representative on the Hendricks County Arts Council. As a result, we were able to support the Arts Council by performing during the HCAC Gala. Three of our advanced students, Julia Taylor, Cassidy Walstrom, and Sarah Weddle, presented some ballet combinations as well as two dances from our May 2016 performance. It was a great evening to celebrate the arts in Hendricks County!

Upcoming Performances

Dance Kaleidoscope presents “Moving Sculptures” October 20-23 at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Come enjoy some modern dance and see our own Miss Mandy perform! Be on the lookout for ticket vouchers at the studio and find out more here.

Ballet Theatre of Indiana presents “Myths and Monsters” October 27 & 28 at 7:00 pm at the IMA’s Toby Theatre. Find out more here.

Our friends at the Hendricks Symphonic Society present “Bach to Handel” on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 30 at 3:00 pm at Avon Middle School North. Find out more here.

Studio Spotlight :: Emily Miser, Artistic Director/ Instructor

Emily 4Hello (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 when I was six years old. 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 is where I learned not only solid technique, performance skills, French terms, and a love of the arts, but I also discovered my love of teaching and that dance creates a 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. In college I expanded not only my love of dance and technical skills, but 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 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 is such a part of me as I act as teacher and artistic director. As a teacher, I get to be in the studio and work with all the wonderful students. As artistic director, I work hard to maintain our high quality of dance education, as well as oversee and plan the spring performance and strive for additional artistic and growth opportunities. One of my future focuses as artistic director is boost support for the arts and to connect the arts organizations in Hendricks County – when we collaborate and support each other, we are stronger and can create amazing things in and for our community. One way I look forward to accomplishing this goal in our 2016-17 season is by presenting excerpts of the Nutcracker with the Hendricks Symphony this December and offering two performances in May.

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 dance with so many wonderful young people.

In Class

Last month in Miss Emily’s classes, we learned first and second positions and how to hold our butterflies (ask your student). We learned several different French terms and numbers to eight in French. We also danced with pompoms, scarves, and in a “toaster”. Our featured song for September was the lively “Hoedown” from Rodeo by Aaron Copeland.

Terms

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 the original position.

Did You Know?

Congratulations to our three newest pointe dancers: Ellie Burns, Delaney David, and Meghan O’Brien!

Upcoming Events

Tuition Due

First week of October (cash or check to teacher, or online at www.thechildrensballet.com)

Thanksgiving Break

November 24-26

Nutcracker with HSO

December 9 & 11

Christmas performance at Art Sanctuary

December 10

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