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At least some portion of the rehearsal must be spent waiting quietly. Dancers should bring homework, a book, or other quiet and nondisruptive entertainment. No movies please, as we may have different rules for what we consider appropriate.
SIGN IN/SIGN OUT
The person conducting the rehearsal will sign the dancers IN.
The person picking up the dancers, must sign the dancers OUT.
HAIR & MAKE-UP
Long hair must be worn up in a bun and short hair must be pulled back off the face. Different roles have different hair requirements, but everybody will need hair elastics, a hair net, bobby pins, gel, and hair spray.
All dancers are required to wear performance makeup for all performances because stage lights otherwise wash out all natural color and features from the dancers faces, which looks ghostly and unprofessional. Dancers should wear red lipstick, blush, eye shadow (neutral shades - browns, grey, taupe), eye liner, and mascara. Level IV and up need false eyelashes, available at local drug stores.
To ensure there are no discrepancies in color and style, all dancers are required to have the following tights: Capezio # 9 or 9c in Classical Pink
and a nude colored leotard for under costumes.
In addition, the following Nutcracker roles have the following additional costume requirements:
Every year, the dancers of Classical Ballet Arts present their Holiday concert, excerpts from The Nutcracker. It offers our students professionally directed dances, and a chance to shine in front of family and friends. Each Spring the dancers present a different performance to be determined. CBA encourages all students to participate in the performances.
Please understand that while performing in any Ballet can be an exciting and rewarding experience, it is a considerable commitment for the student and her or his family. For parents, this means bringing their dancers to multiple, sometimes lengthy rehearsals, during a time of year that is already busy. For the dancers, this means learning, absorbing, and retaining a large amount of choreography in a small amount of time. The overall experience of performing is well worth the effort, and beneficial in many ways above and beyond success in Ballet.
A big part of the dance training process includes learning performance. Although performing can help prepare some students for a career in dance, the experience helps build self-esteem, self-assurance, and self-confidence which translate to success in non-dance activities as well. The experience gained by performing can result in better in-school presentations, improved social skills, and strong interview skills for future college or job opportunities. It helps develop memory retention skills and, by working with their classmates on a group performance, the dancers learn the positive aspects of working as a team to create the best possible end result.
CBA will post updates and additional information in the studio, in handouts, and online. Please make it your responsibility to keep abreast of this information so the overall experience is organized and exciting for all involved.
All dancers must be available for rehearsals once or twice a week for about six weeks. Rehearsals will be held on Saturday or Sunday (not usually both weekend days) from the end of October through mid-December, . Rehearsal times will be posted by Monday afternoons for the upcoming weekends. Rehearsals may be scheduled by cast (for example, all ANGELS from 1-2:00), or by class (for example the Monday 4:30 class from 2-3:00). Missing scheduled rehearsals could result in losing a role, or being taken out of a scene not as a punishment, but for practical purposes.
All of us who study, teach, volunteer, or participate in any way with Classical Ballet Arts are expected, at all times, to demonstrate respect for others and for the facilities we are using. The use of improper language is inappropriate at all times.
Dancers rehearsing for two hours or more should bring a nutritious snack and a bottle of water (no candy, please).
**This information is intended to clarify expectations and to provide guidance. CBA reserves the right to make changes from time to time. Your input is welcomed and appreciated.
Wilder Memorial Hall
666 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Hingham, MA 02043