Our Theatre Arts and Acro schedule is now available here and attached below, and registration is open! Classes begin the week of Sept. 7, and spaces are limited, so please don’t delay your registration!
Theatre Arts Classes
We are super excited about our Theatre Arts Dream Team this year -- many of last year’s instructors are returning, we have some new faculty, and we’re welcoming back others! We have new class offerings for the drama-lover in your life, and we’re thrilled to be offering a weekly class that will culminate in a play performance for those ages 8-11. Students will be cast in Porridgegate, and rehearse each week in class. In addition, Broadway’s Patrick DuLaney will be returning with four-week Saturday Theatre Workshops for students in grades 9-12! His three workshops will cover Audition Prep, Acting and Song Workshop.
Our theatre arts team: Kristen DeGrazia, Patrick DuLaney, Mia Fryvecind Gimenez, Evan Hilsabeck, Lauren Linder, Jaci Visser and Shelby Zukin. Visit our website to read about these amazing individuals!
We are thrilled to welcome Shawn T. Stone to our Nolte faculty as both modern dance and acro instructor! Shawn has extensive experience teaching competitive gymnastics, yoga and dance, and will be instructing our Saturday morning acro program.
Children's Fall Programming
A reminder that our fall schedule for children 18 mo.-first grade is open for registration! This programming includes:
We are anticipating a fantastic 22nd fall at Nolte Academy, and hope to have you back in our studio with us! Our fall schedule for children's programming (18 months-first grade) is now available, and registration opens Friday, July 16 at 9:00 am. Our fall schedule for levels 1+ and theatre classes will be shared very soon, with registration opening Friday, July 30 at 9:00 am. Classes begin the week of Tuesday, September 7.
Celebrating Last Year's Achievements
Our students were incredibly successful in the 2020-21 year with regards to growth in skill and independence! The absence of people in our studio lobby allowed for more space for students to develop communication and independence skills. Our lobby will remain closed for now to those with children over 8 years old. Thank you for understanding, and for helping us succeed with no community spread of Covid.
New this year, we will have a brief Nolte Family/Staff Orientation via Zoom on Tuesday, August 24 at 7:00 pm. We’ll go over some basic studio policies, answer questions you may have and introduce new staff to our Nolte community. The meeting will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.
Children's Fall Programming
Our children's fall schedule has some exciting additions, along with dance classes for those 18 months and older! Preschool art classes with Kyle are now on our schedule for two mornings a week, and we are thrilled about our daily Preschool Playschool morning program for 3-5 year olds! In this program, children may register for one or more days. Kiddos will enjoy learning, playing and socializing with different daily themes and under the direction of our incredible staff. These days will be themed (Musical Mondays, Theatre Tuesdays, Wonder Wednesdays, Science Thursdays and Storybook Fridays) and incorporate art, movement, crafts, etc. with varied members of our children’s programming team. Spots are limited, and enrollment is for the school year, but changes can be made monthly as space allows.
Our children's programming team: Leslie Nolte, Erin Taylor, Jayme Braverman, Kyle Powell, Kristen DeGrazia, Callee Grell, Alyssa Conrad and Katie Milani.
We celebrated our Nolte Seniors at Walker Homestead this week! This slideshow highlights some of their dance memories through the years.
Best wishes to our graduates!
Isabelle Bach, Lauryn Bredlau (not pictured), Lauren Doyle, Emalyn Foster (not pictured), Emma Furlong, Ellie Genkinger, Katie Granner, Kiriana Horning, Thomazin Jury, Madeline Logsdon, Camille Malacek (not pictured), Katie Ruppenkamp, Kathleen Washington
Please join us for our first live dance performance in more than a year! Nolte Companies is thrilled to present Danceworks at the Vineyard, a production of classical ballet repertoire and original works. Danceworks at the Vineyard will take place at Walker Homestead's new covered outdoor pavilion. Tickets include seated general admission entry to one show along with all-you-care-to-eat wood-fired pizza, farm-to-table salad and refreshments. Wine will be available for purchase.
Performances will feature:
• Reflect, choreographed by Leslie Nolte
• Les Slyphides, staged by Alfred L. Martin, Jr.
• Paquita, staged by Jayme Braverman
• Shades of Black, choreographed by Alfred L. Martin, Jr., Robyn Watson and Melissa Tyler Wilkinson
There are four performances:
• Tuesday, June 15 at 5:00 pm (Cast A), entry to dine, enjoy and explore Walker Homestead is 4:00-7:00 pm
• Tuesday, June 15 at 8:00 pm (Cast B), entry to dine, enjoy and explore Walker Homestead is 7:00-10:00 pm
• Wednesday, June 16 at 5:00 (Cast B), entry to dine, enjoy and explore Walker Homestead is 4:00-7:00 pm
• Wednesday, June 16 at 8:00 pm (Cast A), entry to dine, enjoy and explore Walker Homestead is 7:00-10:00 pm
Tickets are $40 for adults and $30 for those 18 years and younger. You may reserve tickets here. Fees will be applied to your Jackrabbit account, or you may call Nolte Academy at (319) 688-9289 to reserve seats and pay by credit card. Tickets may also be available at the door the evenings of the event.
Walker Homestead does not have a mask mandate. If you prefer to enjoy the performance while remaining socially distanced, please plan to bring a blanket on which to sit.
Walker Homestead will be open to this private event only. Guests are encouraged to tour the vineyard and explore the grounds.
To Families taking classes in person and filming onstage: We are just a month away from our production and filming days on the Cornell College stage! Thank you for your patience as we considered so many parts to make this schedule work for all of our students.
Attached you will find:
A few notes regarding the scheduling of the filming process:
To Families in NOLTE ZOOM and filming at home:
Costume Notes for clarification:
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions! This is a huge project and I know this scheduling plus travel may feel overwhelming, but we are here to help. We are excited to see everyone on stage together or virtually from home and create our evening of short stories for all of you!
.Kudos to our Affect dancers on an amazing comp weekend!
Judges Choice Awards:
Performance Award: Orange Colored Sky - Delaine T./Quinn F.
Technique Award: How Sweet It Is - Delaine T.
Choreography Award: New Recording 1
-Unison: Delaine T./Emma M.
-Come on Eileen
-Maybe, We’ll See: Belle M.
-Old Lady: Anna D.
-Escape: Tatiana S.
-Spice Up Your Life
-Heaven Is A Place on Earth
-New Frontier: Delaine T.
-Broadway Banana: Claire B.
-Street Fighter Mas: Gabe J.
-To Believe: Abbey S./Tatiana S.
-The Handmaid’s Tale
Power Petite Small Groups:
4th: Heaven Is A Place on Earth
Power Junior Solos:
3rd: Broadway Banana - Claire B.
8th: Safe and Sound - Amara M.
9th: Awoo - PJ S.
Power Junior Duo/Trio:
2nd: Dear Future Husband - Jocelyn G./Liliana L./Stella B.
Power Junior Small Groups:
1st: We’re Gonna be Friends
4th: Ooo Child
5th: Hot Note
10th: Green Garden
Power Junior Large Groups:
Power Teen Solos:
4th: Baby Be Mine - Rainie P.
5th: You There - Gina F.
Power Teen Duo/Trio:
1st: Soldier - Lily S./Mariah B.
3rd: Savoy-A Train - Hallei P./Rainie P.
Power Senior Solos:
2nd: Let You Know - Lilien N.B.
Energy Junior Solos:
4th: Street Fighter Mas - Gabe J.
9th: I Feel Like I’m Drowning - Lana G.
Energy Junior Duo/Trio:
4th: Underwater - Maya C./Sage S.
6th: Piano Concerto - Adeline B./Ella L.
Energy Junior Small Groups:
Energy Teen Solos:
3rd: Cute - Quinn F.
4th: Inhale - Delaine T.
Energy Teen Duo/Trio:
1st: Unison - Delaine T./Emma M.
2nd: Orange Colored Sky - Delaine T./Quinn F.
4th: The Sea - Shay L./Taylor S.
Energy Teen Small Groups:
2nd: Darkness Within
4th: Walking Forward Together
12th: Leave the City
14th: Spice up Your Life
Energy Senior Solos:
7th: Old Lady - Anna D.
9th: Reminisce - Emma M.
10th: Maybe, We’ll See - Belle M.
13th: Found - Tatiana S.
14th: Surrey - Ella M.
15th: Anyone - Ava W.
Energy Senior Duo/Trio:
4th: I Am - Anna D./Cameron R./Ella M.
6th: Obsession - Ava W./Brynn M.
9th: Colors - Ella M./Evan Z.
Energy Senior Small Groups:
2nd: New Recording 1
Energy Senior Large Groups:
8th: Come on Eileen
9th: Texting Beth
Energy Senior Lines/Productions:
Nationals Scholarship Award
IDA Outstanding Performance Awards: Tap - New Recording 1
Congratulations to Maya C. and Gabe J. for their Silver Award for Flower Festival Pas, and to Delaine T.'s Honorable Mention for Harlequinade! View Maya and Gabe's dance here, and Delaine's dance here.
We have started recital dances and measuring for costumes is ongoing. All students are getting to know their tie-in book and song, which leads to information about our theme this year!
The working title of our recital is: An Evening of Short Stories. It will feature performances tying together 15 children's books* and 115 songs, and melding into 14 short films that incorporate all our classes! Here's the information you need to know:
For our in-person classes:
• We will be filming our classes live on stage at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon from May 10-31. You will receive your filming dates in March. Our goal is that you would not be at Cornell more than twice (unless you are in many classes).
• Classes will be assigned a 90 minute block at the theatre to include:
a. 30 min. costumed photo opportunity with professional photographer
b. 30 min. dress rehearsal
c. 30 min. filming of staged performance (performance may run up to three times for filming)
• Family members are allowed (2-4 in audience, depending on class size; you will find out the number when your time slot is sent to you) to watch the 30 min on stage filming for students who are taking in-person classes. Some smaller classes may be combined at the filming stage, but not during regular weekly classes at Nolte Academy.
• At this point, all filming will be masked.
• There will be a 15-minute break between sessions to allow for groups to come and go without interacting.
For our hybrid classes:
a. learn dance from home, join class May 1, masked, to rehearse with class
b. move into a virtual-only class which will have digital submissions for recorded performance
Please email with one of the above choices by Friday, March 12.
For our virtual-only classes:
Similar to last year, you will send in a video (in costume) for submission. Or, you will have an opportunity to record in our studio with or without assistance in late April/early May.
Other important information:
• Recital Fee:
Our recital fee covers shared production costs: theatre rental, three videographers, six-person editing crew. Included in this fee are tickets to the performance. Tickets will also be available for purchase to those outside Nolte families. The fee is $100/student or $150/family and will be added to your Jack Rabbit account by March 15.
• Costume Fee:
Also billed in March. Costume fees range from $28-60 (no costume fee for voice students), and each class has a separate costume. Art classes are involved in scenery/design, but do not have costumes.
• Sidekick Coffee & Books Partnership:
We are excited to partner with Sidekick for the opportunity to purchase copies of the books we are featuring in our production! More info to come.
• March 3: deadline for submitting costume measurements for those who have not been measured during in-person classes. You can stop by the studio for measuring, or submit your child's bust, waist and girth (shoulder through legs, back up to shoulder) to us via email.
• May 10-31: Filming at Cornell. Weekly classes will run at the studio during these dates, but filming during a particular class day may take the place of in-studio class time. More information to come as the schedule is solidified.
• May 28: Last day of classes for spring trimester.
• June 12 at 6:30 pm: premiere of show. The recital fee gets you the link with all 14 short films.
Answers to FAQs:
• If you opted out of the recital, but would like to opt back in, please do so by emailing us! We would love to have you!
• If your child is in virtual class now, you can switch to hybrid and/or in-person now and in-person by mid-April to get into recital formation. Contact us to make a change.
• If your child is in four classes of different genres, they would likely be in two 90 minute blocks. They could be the same day, but not guaranteed.
• ICon's recital involvement: more info to come if participating in recital
• Summer schedule will be out in about a month
*List of books featured in our production:
• Goodnight Moon
• The Day the Crayons Quit
• A is for Audra
• Happy Dreamer
• I Am Enough
• Tap Tap Boom Boom
• The Color Monster
• The Princess in Black
• Here We Are
• Where the Wild Things Are
• Antiracist Baby
• Extra Yarn
• The Giving Tree
If you have questions, please view our webinar recording (Access Passcode: 8Tw4!^yT), or email us!
Josephine Baker was an American dancer, actress and singer, born in St. Louis. She moved to New York City at 15 and came of age during the Harlem Renaissance. Baker left for Paris when she was 19 and her career mostly centered in Europe after that. She was the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture, the 1927 silent film Siren of the Tropics. She was also known for aiding the French Resistance during World War II. Baker refused to perform for segregated audiences and is noted for her contributions to the civil rights movement.
Click here to see Baker sing in The French Way from 1945.