This month we continue our season with several free Arts Council workshops. Our first happened last Saturday (March 15th) at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and was a big success with over 100 children and their families participating. The second one will happen in two weeks (March 29th) at the College Park Arts Exchange. Our dancers really enjoy these art workshops, and it is a great way to expose your children to ballet in an interactive and interesting fashion.
This month we will also begin our rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty. We just finalized our May performance schedule which includes performances at Children's National Medical Center, The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, The College Park Arts Exchange, The Center for Young Children, The IvyMount School, John Hopkins Children's Hospital, and The Goddard NASA School. We will also be holding an Autism Friendly performance on May 3rd and a Public Performance on May 17th. For more information about coming to any of our performances please e-mail email@example.com. Meanwhile, stay tuned for more rehearsal photos and video footage.
We are kicking off our Spring Season with a busy first month back. This Saturday our dancers are performing in a free ballet workshop at the College Park Arts Council. After that we will be holding our first ever contemporary ballet performance and our first ever Spring Gala on Feb. 22nd and Feb. 28th, respectively. Our dancers are already hard at work back in the studio practicing their variations and choreographing solos for the contemporary performance. Even I am dancing in this performance, in two duets that explore the meaning of friendship. I am very excited about the upcoming performances, especially because they mark the first time that we are performing for an adult audience instead of an audience of children. Hopefully the adults love us as much as the children do!
Additionally, we are preparing for several new initiatives this Spring. First, we have started offering weekly ballet classes at the College Park Arts Council. Additionally, we will be holding our first ever public elementary school performance on May 14th at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Be sure to send us an e-mail if your elementary school class would like to attend! Finally, we will be holding our usual public performances and performances at local hospitals and preschools. However, this year instead of our normal "Day at the Ballet" programs we will be performing "Sleeping Beauty." We also have 5 new dancers this year, so it is an exciting time of preparations for our second full-length ballet performance (other than The Nutcracker of course).
Anyway, I hope that you are able to come and see us perform this season! Here is a teaser picture of one of our dancers in the contemporary performance.
November is a very busy month for us this year. Not only are we preparing for our Nutcracker shows on December 7th (Autism Friendly), December 14th (Public Fundraising), and December 15th (Nutcracker Holiday Party); we are also performing in several shows around the region. Yesterday we performed excerpts from The Nutcracker at the Hyattsville Public Library. The show was a big success with over 50 children attending. We are very excited to start a new partnership with them this Spring with monthly and summer shows.
This month we will also be having a Fall Gala on November 16th. This is our first social event, and we are inviting the entire community. If you would like more information please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our final event this month is another Arts Council Ballet Workshop on November 23rd at 3:30pm in the Old Parish House (College Park, MD).
We started our Winter 2013 season last month, and I am very excited about all of the talented new dancers we have. Our company added 4 new dancers from around the D.C. metropolitan area, and we are very excited for you to get to see them perform this December. This year we are also doing 11 performances of The Nutcracker in local hospitals and performance venues around the D.C. Metropolitan area. This is in addition to the workshops that we hold at the College Park Arts Council and at PG County Public Libraries. Plus we are adding our first ever contemporary ballet performance, and a fall gala. All of these new changes have been keeping me pretty busy; but not too busy to supervise the updating of our costumes. I've attached a picture of our new Snow Queen costume to the end of this post! Stay tuned for rehearsal pictures\videos\guest blog posts from the dancers. Have a great fall everyone!
Rehearsals for our Spring 2013 performance "A Day at the Ballet" start this Saturday. I am very excited for our 6th season, and can't wait to start new choreography for the show. Additionally, I will be staging pieces from Swan Lake, The Nutcracker (Again!), La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty, Don Q, and Cinderella. The dancers are already hard at work watching and rehearsing from rehearsal videos so I am excited to see what they have prepared for this Saturday.
Our Spring 2013 fundraising performance will be on May 4th from 3pm-4pm. This performance is especially important because it will pay for travel expenses to hospitals in New Jersey, New York and Philidephia as well as our local performances in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. This is a major expansion for our company and I am really excited about it.
Additionally, we will be having our first fundraising gala, featuring our first ever dance performance designed specifically for adults. Stay tuned for more information, pictures and videos. As always, if you want to get involved feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com.
We had our final dress rehearsal before the public performance last night. My favorite part of my job is watching the whole show with costumes, lights and the dancers for the first time. It's what makes all of the stress worth it. After watching our dress rehearsal I can tell you that I am really excited about the show. It's this Saturday from 2pm-3pm and it is followed by a backstage tour and a dance class. Children even get to do a ballet craft to take home with them. All of the profits from the performance go to buy gifts for children in the hospital this Christmas, so it is a very worthy cause. I hope to see lots of people at the performance this Saturday.
After two months of really busy work we are almost ready for our opening night on December 8th. It's hard to believe that it's only one month away. Our weekends are filled with rehearsals, costuming and set designing. In fact, I am very pleased to share with you a clip from our brand new Waltz of the Flowers. I am very excited because its the first new choreography that we have done for "The Nutcracker" in two years.
We have also started rehearsals with our children cast who we recruited from a local studio called Dance Discovery. They are so little and cute. We can't wait to have them join us as Baby Snowflakes, GingerBread children and Russian dancers.
That's all I have for today, but please make sure to join us on December 8th for a family-friendly one-hour version of the classical ballet "The Nutcracker."
We are holding auditions for our 2012 Winter Season this Saturday and Sunday from 4pm-6pm at the University of Maryland, College Park. I am so excited to meet the new dancers that are planning to come and audition. Auditions are difficult for both the dancers and for the administrative staff. Some tips to make it less nerve-wracking for both of us:
1) Please remember that we really want to find talented dancers to perform with the company. So please don't be nervous- we want you to have a successful audition as much as you want to!
2) As much as we are looking for talented dancers, we are also looking for dancers who fit in well with our returning company members. We are a small company of dancers and we all become very close over the season. So we are not just looking for talented dancers, we are also looking for dancers who are hard-working, who are reliable and who are invested in the mission and the values of the company.
3) Please be on time. Nothing is a better indicator of how the season will go than your punctuality to the audition.
4) Remember to have fun!! Our company's mission is all about inspiring people through the art of Ballet and in order to do that we need our dancers to be inspired by the art of Ballet as well!
I'm looking forward to meeting everyone this weekend and I hope that it is a great season!
I am so excited for the start of our 5th season in only 4 days!! This season we will be presenting our 3rd season of the Nutcracker, as well as a series of smaller performances as part of our new partnership with the New Horizons program at Children's National Medical Center. During the next couple weeks, I am looking forward to auditioning and rehearsing new dancers, designing new costumes, planning our Nutcracker sets and (my favorite part) finalizing the choreography for our Nutcracker performance.
This season, we are planning on having 10 performances and hiring 20 dancers. Our Winter season will last from August 1st until December 31st. If you are interested in auditioning, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and send a copy of your resume and a picture in 1st arabesque (en pointe for women). If you can't dance but still want to help out please contact me as well. Our company is always looking for administrative and technical volunteers to help make our shows a success.
I'm looking forward to the start of our 5th season and hope that you will join us in contributing your time and talents to help us achieve our mission of spreading hope through the art of dance.
Artistic Director, Connect the Dots Dance Company