We are so excited to bring our Dancing with the Stars performance back to our Hancher recital shows! This year's dances will be a blast from the past as we've taken inspiration from the dances performed the year our current seniors may have performed in their first Dancing with the Stars dance! There will be three different age groups performing, 3-5 years old, 6-9 years old, 10-13 years old and 14+ years old. You will find a folder with videos of the dances for each group at the link below. We invite all students to take the stage with one important person in their life and perform together! Please review the video on your own and we will have one optional rehearsal for each group at the following times:
Ages 3-5: Monday, May 30th at 515-6 PM at Nolte Academy
Ages 6-9: Monday, May 30th at 615-7 PM at Nolte Academy
Ages 10-13: Monday, May 30th at 715-8 PM at Nolte Academy
Ages 14+: Monday, May 30th at 815-9 PM at Nolte Academy
If you cannot make the rehearsal, you are more than welcome to still perform on stage! Plan to review the video and let us know if you have any questions.
For attire at the performance, please wear this year's recital shirt if you purchased one OR a plain black t-shirt with any shorts/pants you wear to the show. A bit of flare is always welcome! Our dance will take place immediately after intermission - parent dancers will come backstage at the start of intermission to get in order per age group. After the performance, student dancers will return to their dressing rooms and adult dancers will walk from the stage to their seats in the audience for the remainder of the show.
We are excited to see everyone take the stage during our Hancher recitals!
Please note: The Dancing with the Stars performances will only take place during our Hancher recital shows.
Recitals are one month away and we are getting so excited! The hard work began long ago, and soon your students will be ready to show off onstage at Hancher Auditorium and The James Theater, and at our art show in the Hancher Lobby!
Nolte Academy Calendar of Events at a Glance:
May 28: Creative Movement Recital at Nolte Academy
May 28: Last day of 2021-22 classes
May 31: Senior Gala at The James Theater
June 1-2: Dance and Musical Theater Dress Rehearsals at Hancher
June 3: Vocal and Acting Showcase Dress Rehearsal at The James Theater
June 3: 2022 Vocal and Acting Showcase at The James Theater
June 4: The Nolte Academy Art Opening in the Hancher Lobby
June 4-5: Nolte Academy presents The Lost Art at Hancher
June 22-23: Dance Works at Walker Homestead
Many of our costumes have been tried on and sent home. Please hang your costumes (tutus upside down by the briefs) and gently steam the wrinkles out as needed. The required shoes and tights for the show weekend will be soon listed in our family drive next to your class day/time.
Creative Movement Dancers:
Please bring your costumes to your last class (May 21-26) for an informal dress rehearsal. Your performance day is Saturday, May 28 at Nolte Academy at 11:30 AM. Tickets are not required to attend.
We invite you and your guests to The Nolte Academy Art Opening in Hancher Lobby Saturday, June 4 at 11:00 AM to celebrate your art! Tickets are not required to attend.
Dress Rehearsal Schedules:
You will find your dress rehearsal time(s) in our family folder in two different formats - either by class name or by weekly chronological order during our two days at Hancher and one day at The James. Please Note: Dress rehearsals are an excellent time to take photos (no flash photography) or video of your children on stage. Photos and video are not allowed during the Hancher performances.
Please Note: The time listed is your ONSTAGE time, be sure to be in costume and ready in the assigned dressing room 15 minutes before the time noted on the schedule.
Please double check the performance schedule before purchasing tickets! You can find it here.
Let us know if you have any questions! Recitals are exciting conclusions to the hard work students have put forth this year!
We are excited to offer a specialized workshop day focusing on our developing Acro program! All current interested Nolte students are welcome to join us for complimentary classes during our Taste of Acro event on Saturday, May 21 with Kari Rosfjord, our new dedicated Acro teacher for 2022-23. Kari will be holding trial classes for students ages 2.5-teens. It's an excellent opportunity to get to know her, and try out a new-to-you genre. Nolte Academy is committed to growing this aspect of our studio, and we're delighted to have a knowledgeable and trained leader to guide the program. All classes are listed below, along with more information about Kari. You may register for classes through Jack Rabbit. And please email us if you have any questions!
For Ages 2.5-4 Years
This level focuses on skills that overlap with ballet and creative movement. Jumping from two feet, jumping backwards, walking on tippy toes, skipping, etc. Students will learn the terminology of basic Acro strength and flexibility poses like straddle, pike, tabletop, downward dog. There is no tumbling at this level.
For Ages 4-5 Years
The goal of this level is to successfully perform pre-cartwheels and somersaults. Students will also build strength and balance. Previous experience is not required.
Acro Level 1
For Lower Elementary Aged Students
Students in Level 1 will begin learning handstands, bridge, pre-cartwheel on both right and left side, and pike roll. Previous experience is recommended but not required.
Acro Level 2/3
For Upper Elementary Aged Students
Students in Level 2/3 will begin learning full cartwheels, straight handstands, straddle rolls, and many skills involving bridge. Brand new students can join this level if they can do a solid cartwheel and hold a bridge for 10 seconds.
Acro Teen Beginner
For Beginning Teens
Beginning teens will start working on bridge and kick over, down to bridge from standing, cartwheel from one knee, and more fun skills! Previous experience is strongly recommended.
Acro Teen Intermediate/Advanced
For Intermediate/Advanced Teens
This class is for the skilled teen who has been previously practicing acro. Skill development will be tailored to meet students at their current level.
Kari Rosfjord is a dancer who trained at the University of Iowa, and has been instructing dance since 2016. During her time at Iowa, she taught dance classes and worked as a dance technician for many show choirs in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area. She directed the two prep show choirs at Kennedy High School during her final year of college. Kari was introduced to AcroDance when she moved to Des Moines, and she received her certification from Acrobatic Arts. Kari is one of the handful of teachers in the state of Iowa to be certified by AcrobaticArts, and understands the importance of safe and effective progressions to ensure each student achieves their goals. She teaches Acro, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary and Pre-Pointe classes. Kari is relocating back to Iowa City, and could not be more thrilled to join the Nolte Academy team.