Alejandro González, from Venezuela, trained at the Gustavo Franklin School there before continuing his training at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy. While with Houston Ballet, he performed in John Neumeier’s Yondering, and in Ben Stevenson’s Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. He also danced in Stanton Welch’s Long and Winding Road, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, and Brigade.
González attended the Oklahoma City Ballet Summer Intensive in 2017, and was invited to join the Studio Company for the 2017/18 season. He was offered an apprenticeship for the 2018/19 season, and promoted to Corps de Ballet for the 2019/20 season. During the last two seasons he has performed in Robert Mills’ Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, and has danced feature roles in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, Helen Pickett’s Petal, Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland), and Cayetano Soto’s Adam.
The Nolte Nutcracker will have five shows at the Englert Theatre December 6-8. Click below to secure your tickets!
Just a quick note to wish you all a wonderful holiday with friends and family next week! And to remind you that there will be classes held through Monday, November 25 (this scheduling is intentional and where Mondays "get caught up" with our Tuesday after Labor Day start) and the studio and office will be closed Tuesday-Saturday, November 26-30. We'll see you for Sunday classes on December 1!
There's still time to attend one of our Nutcracker productions on December 6-8. Don't miss this timeless classic! Iowa City is magical at this time of year, and our Nutcracker at The Englert lends to that charm!
Until December 14: Open Doors Dance Festival Early Bird Registration (15% savings with deposit) November 26-30 (Tuesday-Saturday): Thanksgiving Break (No Classes and Office Closed) December 1 (Sunday): Nolte Classes Resume December 6-8 (Friday-Sunday): Nolte Nutcracker 2019 at The Englert December 13 (Friday): Coppelia Auditions December 15-January 14: Open Doors Dance Festival Advance Registration (10% savings with deposit) December 21-January 3 (Sat-Fri): Winter Break (No Classes and Office Closed) January 4 (Saturday): Classes Resume January 10 (Friday): Costume Fees for Spring Recital Due March 15-21 (Sun-Sat): Spring Break (No Classes and Office Closed)
This week's Nutcracker Insider is a behind-the-scenes look at the battle scene! As always, our Ballet Director, Mauro Villanueva, has given us a peak into how this year's battle scene will look a bit different.
The audience can look forward to seeing an increase in the difficulty of the steps, in order to challenge the dancers and showcase their talent.
"We are also changing the formations throughout the scene this year, giving more opportunity for dancers to be seen." Said Mauro, "And, adding some things that might make the audience smile or even chuckle." IN preparation of the early December performances, Mauro thought it'd be fun to have the two battle scene teams interact with each other.
To give you a first-hand look at the creative process of this year's battle scene, take a look at Mauro's notes below!
We are thrilled to announce the dates and important information for our Spring Recitals! There is a wealth of information in this blog post, so please read it carefully and let us know if you have any questions!
creative movement recitals
Saturday, May 23 at Nolte Academy Afternoon times for each class TBD
Vocal & acting showcase
Tuesday, May 26 at Coralville Center for the Performing Arts 7:00pm
Friday, May 29 - 31 at Hancher Auditorium *times listed below
All students will be included in the recital unless you specifically opt-out by Wednesday, November 20. If you have a conflict or decide not to participate after this date, you will still be responsible for costume fees. Please send an email to us should you decide to opt-out of the recital.
Some classes on our schedule -- such as Strength & Stretch -- do not participate in recital. If you are unsure about class participation, please check in at the front desk.
We will begin measuring for costumes next week (Nov. 11) in class. Payment for costumes is due by January 10. If you have not made arrangements to pay for your costumes, your payment method on file will be charged after this date.
Creative Movement - one costume - $50 (boys and girls) CD1, CD2, Kinder Combo - one costume - $55 (boys and girls) 1st Grade Combo - two costumes - $60/each, $120 total (girls), $60 (boys) Level A/B Tap/Jazz - two costumes - $65/each, $130 total (girls), $60 (boys) Tap 1+/Workshop - $65 (girls), $60 (boys) Jazz 1+ - $65 (girls), $60 (boys) Contemporary 1+ - $65 (girls), $60 (boys) Ballet A/B/1+ - $30 rental fee Modern - $30 rental fee Hip Hop - $65 (girls), $60 (boys) Musical Theatre - $65 (girls), $60 (boys) Voice - Black attire from home Acting - Items found/Nolte Costume Shop
Class day/performance day* is as follows: Monday classes perform Friday, May 29 at 6:30 pm Tuesday and Saturday classes perform Saturday, May 30 at 1 pm Wednesday classes perform Saturday, May 30 at 6:30 pm Thursday classes perform Sunday, May 31 at 1 pm * Level 3+ classes may be in more than one performance, to be determined We are so looking forward to our 20th Anniversary Recital season!
This weekend, four students from Fryvecind Voice Studio, housed within Nolte Academy and instructed by Mia Fryvecind Gimenez, competed in Central Regional NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). All four advanced to the semi-finals!
The students, from left, are Lauren Rude, Ian Allen, Niyati Deshpande and Katey Halverson. Each of these singers had spectacular performances! Lauren received an honorable mention and both Ian and Katey took first place in male and female high school musical theater categories, respectively! This regional competition includes students from Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.
Congratulations to these talented artists who are taking the Midwest by storm, and to Mia for her inspiring guidance! We can’t wait to see where the future leads these amazing students!
We're bringing back Nutcracker Insider to give our audience a sneak peek into what's different about this year's Nolte Nutcracker! Each year we work to deliver a timeless performance with small personal touches to fit our studio.
This year, unlike last year, Clara’s character will not grow up! "This year's cast is a little younger overall," said Mauro, "in addition, our younger dancers are ready to take on this tough role." This should also make it easier for the younger audience follow the story from start to finish.
“To me, Clara represents imagination and curiosity. We don’t know why she journeys into this dreamland where different places are represented." Added Mauro, "I imagine that her dreams reflect her curiosity about the world. Both the parts that she interacts with every day and those she might her about in school or from her magical Uncle Drosselmeyer”.
In addition, because of Clara’s “new role” we will be able to see Clara and the Nutcracker Prince dance a bit more this year. You'll see the central character have more presence and recognition in the story. Along with this change to Clara's role, Mauro said that the Nolte Nutcracker will "continue to evolve in order to highlight the dancers who audition to participate so that the dancers’ strengths are highlighted each year."
This year's performance is sure to entertain and impress! Stay tuned for more Nutcracker Insiders and don't forget to secure to seats in the Englert!
In addition, we are offering Nutcracker apparel for purchase. Orders will be placed and paid for online and available for pick up at Nolte Academy beginning the weekend ofNovember 8. All apparel items are navy blue. We have youth and adult zip hoodie option, youth and adult short sleeve tri-blend T-shirt option and a women's cut tri-blend T-shirt. The online store will be open until midnight on Sunday, October 27.
Classes begin TODAY! We couldn’t be more excited to have your performers at the studio! We understand that students might not have correct shoes/clothing the first week, but please have them wear tight clothing.
Demizo Dancewear has a pop-up shop in our lobby — stop by for required items (some sizes not available) and discounted “fun” purchases!
reuired attire notes:
We have set up an online store through Discount Dance. When you click on the Nolte Academy store (or search for Nolte Academy from the student drop-down menu), you will see each level in its own drop-down menu (Children's Dance, Kinder Combo, 1st Grade Combo, Level A, Level B, Level 1, Level 2-6, Boys, Boys Undergarments, Girls Undergarments, Hair Accessories). From there, you can select leotards, tights, shoes, etc.
You will have to select the color for items. You can find our Attire Requirements handout for leotard, waist belt and shoe colors RIGHT HERE.
When you click on an item and under “ADD TO BAG” there is a teacher note for more explanation about the item. Please email Rylee Villhauer with any questions about the store.
Another exciting year is upon us! Please remember to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up-to-date with important information about our 20th Anniversary Year!
Welcome to the 2019-20 performing arts education year! We are excitedly awaiting the start of dance, voice and theatre arts classes on Tuesday, September 3. (Monday classes start on September 9.)
a few notes on the upcoming year:
• An email about Dress Code for information about class attire/recital requirements will be sent very soon. • We now have a boys' dressing room! We know #boysdancetoo, and are so pleased to have this space ready to go for our male dancers. The dressing room is located just to the north of the unisex/family restrooms on the left. • Female dancers should continue to use the large dressing room on the south end of the building near the girls restroom. Please reserve the family/unisex restrooms for those needing to use the facilities, and not for changing clothes. • This summer, we have refreshed the painted parking spots in our lot. When the studio parking lot is looking full, please refrain from parking in the Hawk Shop parking lot adjacent to our lot and instead use the Life Church parking lot to the west. • If your artist is not enrolled in classes at their correct level, we will let you know so we can work with you to adjust their schedule. Expect to hear from us in early September if this is the case. • Still searching for the perfect preschool? We have openings in our 2-day, 3-day and 5-day program at Performing Arts Preschool located within Nolte Academy. Find out more here!
To verify the registration of your child’s class(es), please log into your Jackrabbit account. If you signed up for a class with a waitlist, we are trying to accommodate as many requests as possible and will contact you individually. Please do not show up to the class you hope to get into without confirmation that you have gotten into that class. You may also check the schedule to see if the same class offered another day will work.
Finally, if you’re new to Nolte, or would like a refresher, please take a look at our Studio Policies for basic information and expectations. It’s going to be a great 20th year at Nolte Academy, and we’re so glad you’re here to share the experience!
It’s going to be a great 20th year at Nolte Academy, and we’re so glad you’re here to share the experience!