The Children’s Ballet will hold registration at the studio for the upcoming year on August 27th 7:00 p.m. The studio is located at 51 South Tennessee Street, in Danville.
For 27 years, the owner/director, Deni Jacks, has offered classical ballet starting with age 3 and going up to and including high school seniors. The mission for the younger students has always been a “classical ballet appreciation” education.
Ms. Jacks has always realized that many students may take for either one or two years, while several will study for ten to fifteen. Those students attending for just a brief time, even the very young, will learn about classical music, composers, why class terms are in French and how ballets can tell a story without words. At least two full ballets are studied by younger students over the period of several months, and the year ends with a full length ballet of which each dancer’s part helps with what the performance is telling the audience.
The studio has been very fortunate to have Ms. Heidi Eads Jones teach more advanced students for the last eleven years. “Miss Heidi” had danced professionally for 10 years; at the Stuttgart Ballet Company in Germany, the Hartford Ballet, Connecticut and the Indianapolis Ballet company. A few schools of her teaching career include Ballet International and the Jordan Dance Academy.
Three years ago, the studio was pleased to announce that Melanie Schreiber, who had just retired after performing with the Indianapolis Dance Kaleidoscope for eight years, would teach both classical and modern dance. “Miss Melanie” started her serious training at Walnut Hill Performing Arts High School in Natick, Massachusetts, and graduated from SUNY Purchase with a B.F.A. in dance. While in New York, she received two summer scholarships to study at the famous Merce Cunningham School of Modern Dance.
This year Emily Miser will be teaching several of the studio’s younger dancers. Emily, who had studied at The Children’s Ballet for 12 years, recently graduated summa cum laude from Anderson University, with a B.A. in dance business. While at Anderson, she studied ballet, modern, jazz and tap with many instructors including Oybek Tashpulatov, George Salinas and Doug King. Her piece, ‘Compter Sur’, was presented at the American College Dance Festival in 2014.
For any further information, please feel free to call Deni Jacks at 745-0570.