Ballet Production

“The ballets, too, in their stories, were about serious and personal matters. Giselle and Sleeping Beauty-these had to do with the great blessings and disasters that are the center of our lives, the things one is usually too embarassed or too frightened to talk about.”

-Mikhail Baryshnikov

Each year, our Creative Movement, First Steps, Foundations, and Ballet 1-6 dancers perform a full-length “story ballet.” Story ballets are a staple of classical ballet training, and add a unique experience to each ballerina’s journey!

Story ballets help dancers develop their own creativity by challenging them to take on a whole new role and personality. Story ballets help dancers learn the importance of connecting with each other and their audience when performing–each role is vital to the plot, and each role connects the dots for the audience.

Classical story ballets create a sense of magic and wonder unique to the ballet world. Some of the most classic and popular story ballets include The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Swan Lake. A few of our past story ballets include original creations such as Alice, Jungle Book, and The Magic Mirror as well as classical ballets like Swan Lake. We are excited to add more ballets to our repertoire in the years to come!

Ballet Full Cast Rehearsals

“If you really want to be world-class – to be the best you can be – it comes down to preparation and practice.”

-Robin S. Sharma

  • What is a “Full Cast Rehearsal?”
    • Full Cast Rehearsals are imperative for a smooth and seamless show! Full Casts allow dancers to see how they fit into the show–they are a part of the “big picture”! Dancers (especially soloists) need this time to find and practice visual and musical cues, interactions with other classes, and entrances and exits. Dancers also practice waiting patiently and quietly –just like they’ll need to do backstage!
  • Does my dancer have to attend all Full Cast Rehearsals?
    • In order for Full Casts to be effective–attendance is mandatory for all cast members.
  • Does my dancer have to stay from the first start time to the final end time?
    • Dancers need only attend the “Act” in which their class performs. However; sometimes soloists and understudies are in multiple Acts and could be required to attend the full rehearsal time.
    • Dancers are required to stay for the entirety of their Act’s time slot.
    • Full Cast Rehearsal times are posted here.
  • Should my dancer bring a water bottle or snack?
    • Only dancers who attend multiple Acts should bring food/drinks.
  • Does my dancer wear a costume to Full Cast Rehearsals?
    • Typically, no. If a class or soloist should wear a costume to Full Cast, a notice will be sent prior to rehearsal.

Solo & Understudy Roles

  • Ballet Solos:
    • Dancers in level 6 are eligible for ballet solo roles.
    • Soloists are selected by Mrs. Katherine in the Fall semester. Invitations are sent out in the middle of the Fall semester, and agreements are due by Christmas break. Solo roles are announced when we return from Christmas break.
    • Soloists are allowed 10 absences all season, 6 of which can be missed January-May, 3 after March.
    • Soloists are expected to arrive in proper class attire each week.
    • Soloists are expected to act as positive role models for younger students. This includes professional behavior in and out of class, assisting and/or encouraging younger dancers in rehearsals if needed, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the year.
    • If applicable, soloists are required to attend their character’s corresponding weekly class during the months of May and June. Soloists are welcome to begin attending as early as April, if desired.
    • Soloists are expected to retain their choreography as soon as it has been taught. Rehearsal videos will be sent, and soloists are strongly encouraged to write down their choreography.
    • Soloist roles are a privilege and require dedication from both dancer and parent. Please carefully review all expectations before accepting soloist roles.
  • Understudy Roles:
    • Each soloist in Show 1 (Ballet) will be assigned an understudy. Generally, understudies are selected from our Ballet 4 or 5 class.
    • Dancers are not required to accept their understudy role if dancer and/or parent feel they cannot commit to all understudy expectations. The role of an understudy is extremely important as dancers could be called upon to perform at any moment.
    • Understudies are expected to arrive in proper class attire each week.
    • Understudies are allowed 6 absences January-May, 3 of which can be missed after March.
    • Understudies are expected to act as positive role models for younger students/classmates. This includes professional behavior in and out of class, encouraging other dancers, and maintaining a positive attitude throughout the year.
    • Understudies are expected to attend all soloists’ rehearsals, as well as retain their soloists’ choreography throughout the season—unexpected injuries, illness, and other extreme events can strike at any time, and understudies must be prepared to fill in at a moment’s notice.
    • Understudy roles are a huge responsibility and a great experience for aspiring dancers!