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
children's dance I - advanced dance classes + musical theatre classes
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!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THEIR PERFORMANCES!
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!