- August 21: 2017-18 School Year Begins!
- September 9-10: Nutcracker Auditions. Please see calendar for details.
- Share the love! Tell you friends about City Ballet and invite them to take a trial class.
AUDITION REGISTRATION FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf.
MASTER SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf.
REHEARSAL POLICY: click here for a downloadable pdf
CAST LIST: click here for a downloadable pdf.
November 12, 2017
PHOTO SCHEDULE: click here for a downloadable pdf. - Time listed is when you should ARRIVE!
ALL-IN-ONE FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf.
DVD ORDER FORM: click here for a downloadable pdf.
AD AGREEMENT: click here for a downloadable pdf.
AD SPECS: click here for a downloadable pdf.
SIGNUPGENIUS: click below for the appropriate volunteer opportunities (descriptions here)
Costume Parent Volunteers
Due to the nature of our production this year, we will need to have a couple of Sleeping Beauty rehearsals on Saturdays in order to piece together the entire ballet. They will be held on March 25 and April 22. Please see the schedule below:
11:00-11:45 Scene 3
11:45-12:30 Scene 4
12:30-1:00 Finale (all)
1:00-1:45 Scene 1
1:45-2:30 Scene 2
11:00-12:00 Scenes 3 & 4
12:00-12:30 Finale (all)
12:30-1:30 Scenes 1 & 2
You can always call or email the City Ballet office at (919) 844-9799 or email@example.com Office staff is usually available to answer your questions Monday through Friday between 3 and 6pm. Messages can be left and we will make every effort to return all inquiries within 24 hours during the business week.
A season with City Ballet Raleigh has a distinct pattern (click here to see a year in review) that seeks to nurture a love of movement, music, and performance while training dancers through a structured syllabus that builds their technical expertise and their physical strength over the course of a dance year. A year of regular classes runs from late August to mid-May. Summer classes are offered in May, June, July, and August.
Hair must be secured and pulled off shoulders for all classes. This is necessary for the teacher to evaluate placement of shoulders, head and neck. Buns are preferred, but in the case of shorter hair, pony-tails and pull-backs are acceptable if the teacher is able to adequately see the head, neck and shoulders.
Attending class is the responsibility of each student. No refunds/credits are issued for classes not attended. Classes missed should be made-up in a level-appropriate class within 30 days; please ask your teacher if you have any questions.
City Ballet does NOT follow Wake County Public Schools for inclement weather. Please look to our website and our Facebook page for the most up to date information about studio closings.
We will also leave a message on our studio phone.
The spring recital will take place on May 5 and 6, 2017. Shows are performed Friday night, and two shows on Saturday.
All students are expected to participate in the recital in May. Performance experience is considered an integral part of a student’s dance training.
All dancers should attend all classes leading up to the spring recital so that the class piece can be choreographed and taught to all students. It is very difficult for the dancers to learn the dance and proper spacing when fellow classmates are missing classes prior to the recital. The week prior to the recital week is very intense. Dancers will need to be present for blocking (scheduled times on the Saturday and/or Sunday the week prior to the recital), for two evenings during the week prior (one for tech rehearsal, and one for dress rehearsal), and for their assigned shows.
The number of shows a dancer performs in depends on the number, type, and level of classes they participate in. A dancer can perform in anywhere from one to three performances for the spring recital. Level One and Level Two classes will typically perform in one performance per class, while higher level classes may perform the same dance in more than one performance.
Any conflicts with on-stage rehearsals and recital performances must be communicated to the Directors in writing (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than December 20, 2016. Any conflicts that arise after this date should be communicated with the dancer’s teacher as soon as possible. Missing rehearsals the week prior to recital makes preparations very difficult for all dancers and the teachers.
Many volunteers are needed in order for the Spring Recital to be possible and successful; assistance from each family ensures an experience in which the dancers come away with feelings of accomplishment. Please plan now to help with the Spring Recital in some way. Possible volunteer positions include, but are not limited to, dressing room parent, floater, seamstress, usher, ticket sales, costume parent, and wrangler. Descriptions of each of the volunteer positions can be found by clicking here or you can direct any questions to Amanda Mueller, our Volunteer Coordinator. Time commitments can range from a few hours one evening, to several hours at all of the rehearsals and/or performances. PLEASE BE PREPARED TO HELP MAKE OUR SPRING RECITAL A SUCCESS!
Sign-up sheets will be available on the parent information board at the studio, as well as on Signup Genius as we get closer to recital time.
Girls’ hair should should be pulled into a clean bun at the back of the head - not a “low” bun at the nape, or “high” bun on top of the head. Hairnets and bobby pins are required. Boys’ hair should be neatly combed/brushed and out of their faces, with long hair tied back. All dancers should use gel or hairspray to keep the hair neat and prevent “wispies”.
Stage makeup is required of all dancers. Please be aware that stage makeup should be much stronger and more defined than street makeup to enhance performers’ features under harsh lighting.
Please remove all nail polish before arriving at the theatre.
City Ballet performs a full length, richly costumed and staged version of The Nutcracker in December. This is a wonderful, professional performing opportunity for students, and is made possible through the efforts of City Ballet staff and parent volunteers. City Ballet dancers are joined by guest artists from Carolina Ballet.
Students currently enrolled in a Ballet class at City Ballet that are placed in Primary 2 or higher.
Auditions are held in early Fall for enrolled students. Auditions will be held on September 10, 2016 with possible callbacks on September 11, 2016.
Parents and dancers alike must realize ahead of time that a dancer who receives a role in the Nutcracker is making a serious commitment of time and energy. Dancers should be prepared to be at the studio at least one day each weekend from the beginning of rehearsals in September through the performance in December. Please click here for the Rehearsal Policy.
There is a $90 Nutcracker fee for each participating dancer which helps to cover admin costs as well as care and construction of the studio’s Nutcracker costumes and sets.
Dancers should wear leotards and tights to all rehearsals but are not required to wear their class leotard. Dancers are also encouraged to bring sweatpants and jackets/sweaters as there will be times that they are not active but need to stay warm.
City Ballet belongs to the Cecchetti Council of America and is the only dance program in Raleigh that trains dancers in the Cecchetti Method, an internationally recognized classical ballet training technique. Beginning in early winter, ballet classes begin to focus more intensely on exam syllabus material corresponding to the level of ballet the student is in. Each level provides attainable goals that build self-confidence and demonstrate a student’s growing strength and control. In addition to training from our certified instructors, dancers will have the opportunity to work with a certified examiner at Liason Day, held at a different school each year in the Fall.
Cecchetti exams are technical skills testing for ballet dancers, focusing on the technical and artistic accomplishments of students who have been prepared by member teachers. Cecchetti exams are optional and are offered for selected students in March. These exams allow students the opportunity to demonstrate technical abilities and an understanding of the course material and receive constructive feedback from an experienced examiner. Students recommended for examination are chosen with consideration to dedication, level of technical skill and willingness to study and practice. National adjudicators travel to Raleigh to administer the exams. Students who pass the exams receive certification from the Cecchetti Council of America.
You may ask your child’s teacher for more information concerning the Cecchetti exam. Your child may also participate in the open Cecchetti review classes offered In January & February. Additional exam preparation classes are offered to students chosen to take the exam in order to be successful during the exam process. Attendance is then required for testing at the dance studio one day (a Friday evening, Saturday, or Sunday TBD) in March.