October Newsletter 2022
CBA has had an exciting first month of classes! We welcome all new students into the school and hope that they are adjusting well. Please be reminded that dress code will be enforced from here on out. CBA offers a full selection of required dance wear.
The studio will be open for classes on Yom Kippur Wednesday, October 5th, on Indigenous People’s Day Monday, October 10th, and on Diwali, Monday, October 24th.
NUTCRACKER IN A NUTSHELL AUDITION
Auditions for the 2022 production of Nutcracker In A Nutshell will be held Sunday, October 16th. ALL students interested in performing must audition, (no exceptions), at the designated time for their level. Please note that Pre-Ballet and Kinderballet students may apply to perform as Mice, but will not be required to audition. All parents must comply to the schedule below, by keeping the dancers safe and the lobby free of overcrowding. We continue to make safety a priority for our students at CBA.
Ballet IA, IA-B 2:00-2:20 p.m.
Ballet IB, IIA, IIA-B 2:30-2:50 p.m.
Ballet IIB, IIC 3:00-3:25 p.m.
Ballet IIIA/ Pre-Pointe 3:30-3:55 p.m.
Ballet IIIB/Beg. Pointe 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Registration forms will be available to fill out electronically (or at the front desk) and must be signed and turned in by the time of audition, with the performance fee of $75, (payable to BAE). Ensemble members need not audition, but must submit completed application by Oct. 16th – Junior Ensemble members that fit into the above categories, must audition.
Performance Fee: https://swipesimple.com/links/lnk_994cd167
UPCOMING BAE PERFORMANCES:
ANNUAL FALL DANCE CONCERT
The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax will present Fall Dance Concert 2022 on Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m. The performance will be held at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at the NOVA, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike. We hope that all of you will come out in support of all the hard working, young dancers of The Ballet Arts Ensemble, and newly formed BATJE (The Ballet Arts Jazz & Tap Ensemble.) Amelias’ Waltz and Release the Strings, both by Dustin Kimball and Valse Triste by Debra Savage will be among pieces presented. Tap & Jazz pieces will be performed by BATJE, led by Caitlin Murray. The performance will end with DeLovely, formerly choreographed by guest choreographer, Richard Rholdon. Tickets will be available at the studio - $20/ ($25 at the door.) CBA students are invited to attend for only $15, when accompanied by a ticketed Adult.
HALLOWEEN AT CBA
From Tuesday, Oct. 25th through Saturday, Oct. 29th, CBA dancers may come to class in Halloween costumes, something easy to dance in, please! A BAE Halloween Costume party (exclusive to BAE and Jr BAE members) will be held at the studio on Saturday, October 29th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. The studio will close on Monday, October 31st in order for students to enjoy “Trick or Treat.” Make-up classes will be provided, by appointment. Please see the front desk to arrange.
Have a healthy, FUN and SPOOKY Halloween!
September Newsletter 2022
Welcome back to dance! We look forward to a great year ahead with all of our students and we, especially, welcome those who are new to CBA. We ask all CBA families to remain considerate of others at the studio by following Fairfax County protocols regarding COVID. Notify the front desk of any exposures or infections. Students who are not vaccinated should continue to mask in classes and/or rehearsals. We thank you for understanding.
We hope that all of you enjoyed your summer vacation! The following BAE dancers finished the CBA Summer Intensive Program with an exciting trip to NY City: Nooshon Farhadi, Caelan Hagopian, Ana Levi, Isabella Mansapit, Caitlin Murray and Lourdes Price. The dancers took classes at the famed Steps on Broadway Studio, attending classes taught by former members of world renowned ballet companies; as well as, top Broadway choreographers! Another highlight of the trip was seeing “Moulin Rouge” at the Hirschfeld Theatre. We thank Casey Hagopian and Caitlin Murray for chaperoning and we are extremely proud of our dancers!
The Ballet Arts Ensemble will present an annual Fall Dance Concert on Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 p.m., at the Ernst Community Cultural Center, NOVA, Annandale Campus. This performance is a must-see for all CBA families! Included in the program will be a new ballet “Amelia’s Waltz”, choreographed this summer by Artistic Director, Dustin Kimball. Co-Director, Debra Savage will restage her “Valse Triste” for the Jr. Ensemble and “DeLovely”, choreographed by Richard Rholdon, for the BAE. Newly formed BATJE (Ballet Arts Tap & Jazz Ensemble), will debut at this Fall Concert! Tickets for the Fall Dance Concert are $20 at CBA, ($24 at the door.)
Auditions for Nutcracker In A Nutshell 2022, will be held on Sunday, October 16th. All students interested in performing must audition, (no exceptions), at the designated time for their level. (BAE members and BAE Apprentices need not audition.) Save the Date – More information will be provided in October!
A reminder that tuition is due the first of each month, and should be remitted by the tenth of the month. A $10 late fee will be added after October 10th. It is suggested to use the Auto-Pay Option for tuition, in order to avoid late fee charges. See the front desk for more information.
We hope that everyone enjoys getting back to dance classes this month!
April Newsletter 2022
Rehearsals are underway for Concert 2022, featuring Coppelia. Please check the April Rehearsal Schedule for details, (visit the CBA website at thecenterforballetarts.com. and check the Studio Scoop sent out weekly.) Ballet IIB through Advanced Levels will perform in both shows on June 15th and 16th.
Final casting for the performances will be available through the Studio Scoop. Tickets go on sale April 30th at 10:00 a.m. through the Hylton Performing Arts Center Box Office. Adults $25, Seniors (65 and up) $20, Children (12 and under) $20. Families with children performing in the 1st Act only (Coppelia), must reserve a complimentary ticket for the dancer. A full list of dancers qualifying will be provided to the Box Office, but you must remind them when purchasing tickets. The Box Office charges a $5 per/ticket surcharge for telephone and/or online purchases. The surcharge is forfeited for purchases made in person at the Box Office.
Costume balances have now been sent out by invoice. Costumes will be sent home once the balance has been paid. We will appreciate payments made ahead of the due date of April 23rd, because we need to create space for more costume orders arriving in April!
CBA will offer a fully Intensive Summer Program for five weeks - July 5th through August 6th. We are excited to announce that Caitlin Murray will offer two levels of Musical Theatre Workshops this summer! We are also happy to bring back Choreographic Workshops and to provide Pas de Deux class for Adv./Int. Pointe dancers. Be reminded that all students interested in joining or continuing as members of the BAE (or Intensive Camps A and B) must attend a minimum of four weeks, or Ballet Arts Junior Ensemble, a minimum of three weeks of Summer Intensive. Adv./ Int. level dancers that attend all five weeks, will have the opportunity to study at Steps on Broadway in NYC, and to attend a Broadway show – Monday, thru Wed. Aug. 8th -10th.
Children’s Morning Dance Camps are available for children ages 3 through 12. Camps are 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours long, depending on the age level. It is suggested that Ballet IIC students prepare for beginning Pre-Pointe in the fall, by attending Summer Intensive Camp E. Pointe students should continue training in the summer by attending Summer Intensive Camps B, C, D. Feel free to contact the front desk regarding Summer Camp placements for you CBA dancer. A Sign-up Genius will become available by the end of the week. Registration begins Monday, April 11th.
March Newsletter 2022
On Tuesday, March 1st, CBA will align with FCPS guidelines for masking in our studio classrooms. We continue to highly encourage that unvaccinated and/or immunocompromised students continue to wear masks at all times. Parents of fully vaccinated students may decide for themselves whether their dancer will remain masked in classes/rehearsals. CBA Faculty members will continue to mask at all times. We also continue to require masks for everyone in the lobby areas of CBA.
Rehearsals are underway for Concert 2022, featuring Coppelia. We look forward to presenting CBA dancers onstage at The Hylton Performing Arts Center on June 15th and 16th. Dress Rehearsals will be held at the theatre on Monday and Tuesday, June 13th and 14th. Tickets will be available online, by phone or at the box office.
Costume balances for Concert 2022 will be sent out by invoice. Most costumes are expected to arrive in April and will be sent home once the balance has been paid. Please be reminded that March tuition is now due. A late fee will be added after the 10th of the month.
CBA will offer a fully Intensive Summer Program for five weeks - July 5th through August 6th. We are excited to announce that former Bowen-McCauley dancer, Patrick Green will teach Adv./Int. Ballet classes this summer on Fridays and to assist with Pas de Deux Class. Ballet Master, Dustin Kimball will choreograph a new ballet for the BAE during Repertoire classes. Plans are also in order for a BAE trip to NYC, at the conclusion of the Summer Session. We encourage all BAE members and prospects to attend all five weeks in order to engage in these opportunities!
Children’s Morning Dance Camps are available for children ages 3 through 10. Camps are 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours long, depending on the age level. It is suggested that Ballet IIC students prepare for beginning Pre-Pointe in the fall, by attending Summer Intensive Camp E. Pointe students should continue training in the summer by attending Summer Intensive Camps B, C, D. Feel free to contact the front desk regarding Summer Camp placements for you CBA dancer. A Sign-up Genius will become available for registration beginning after Spring Break.
January Newsletter 2022
Happy New Year! Best wishes to you and your family for the year 2022. We hope that all enjoyed a happy, healthy and meaningful holiday season. We look forward to seeing you all back in classes beginning Monday, January 3.
Bearing in mind the Omicron virus surge, please continue to be respectful to all at CBA by notifying us of any possible exposure to the virus. Do not attend classes for five days (if asymptomatic) or present a negative COVID test, after air travel. If your child has been vaccinated since September, 2021, please update the COVID waiver. We will email a new one for you to fill out and sign.
In situations of inclement weather, CBA does not always close in compliance with Fairfax County Schools (if snow/ice melts by afternoon). A studio-wide email will be sent out to notify you of closure. Classes missed due to ice/snow will be made up with rehearsal time in the spring.
January is the time that plans are set for the Spring Concert/Recital 2022. The featured ballet will be Coppelia, which has not been performed at CBA since 2014! Performances are planned to be held at Hylton Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16.
All students (with the exception of Adult/Teen Ballet class) are encouraged to perform. Those wishing to do so, must submit a costume deposit of $50 per/class, per/costume. For example: a student enrolled in Ballet, Tap and Jazz will need to submit a deposit of $150, (if they wish to perform each dance piece in the show). Remember, it is not required, but encouraged. Performing is an important aspect of a students’ overall dance education. The costume deposit is due by January 22. A costume order contract must be completed along with the costume deposit payment. Costumes will run from $60 to $80 each - the balance will be due by April 23. A performance fee of $50 per/ student will be due by February 12.
We would like to extend congratulations to all dancers who participated in this year's production of “Nutcracker In A Nutshell”. The performances came off beautifully, due to the hard work and dedication of the dancers, as well as the many volunteers who worked throughout the holiday season to contribute to the success of “The Nutcracker”. We appreciate the backing by the BAE Parents’ Guild, headed by Emily Allen-Shaw and the support of the CBA family as a whole. Special thanks go to Harriet Church, Jamie Frysinger, Tijana Levi, Elizabeth Mansfield, Tierre Price, Tricia Romonoski, and other volunteers for exceptional fundraising efforts at the theatre. Without the tireless efforts of Swapna Gogineni, Casey Hagopian, Deborah Porras, Jen Wolff and others, our Nutcracker costumes would not have dazzled!
December Newsletter 2021
Come celebrate the season by attending one of our upcoming performances of “Nutcracker In A Nutshell”! Tickets are available online for the performances, Saturday, December 18th and Sunday, December 19th at 3:30 p.m. at the Rachel Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria (NOVA Campus). Tickets are $32 online and $35 at the door – all seating is reserved, masks will be required.
Both performances will be professionally videotaped. Order forms are available online and at the theatre on performance days. Please remember that videotaping and photography will be allowed at dress rehearsals ONLY.
The BAE Guild will raise funds for the BAE by selling refreshments, flower bouquets, Nutcracker gifts, and “Nutcracker Notes” on Performance Days, for you to present to your Nutcracker dancer. A full “Nutcracker” boutique at the theatre will supply many of your Christmas stocking needs! All proceeds benefit the BAE.
If you would like to support the Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax with a fully tax-deductable donation, please do so by Sunday, Dec. 12th, so that we may acknowledge your gift in the Nutcracker program! Donations will be accepted for 2021 tax purposes through December 31st.
Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the studio during the next few weeks and help support the U.S. Marines’ drive for “Toys for Tots”! CBA has been proud to participate in this worthwhile project for many years now. We thank the Howell family for continuing this tradition.
A reminder that December tuition is due the first of the month. A $10 late fee will be added after the 10th. Also, keep in mind that Costume Deposits for the June recital will be due January 22nd, so plan ahead over the holidays. ($50 per/class or costume).
A revised class schedule will be observed for those enrolled in classes on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 15th and 16th, due to Nutcracker Dress Rehearsals at the theatre. This information will be provided at a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for understanding.
The studio will close for the holidays from Saturday, Dec. 18th through Saturday, January 1st. Classes resume on Monday, January 3rd, 2022. We wish all of you a warm, wonderful, restful and blessed holiday season. All the best to you and your families for the New Year!
November Newsletter 2021
The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presented Fall Dance Concert 2021 on Sunday, October 24th. We are very proud of the beautiful performance they presented! We thank the BAE Guild and volunteers who contributed to the success of the program.
Rehearsals are now underway for the 2021 production of Nutcracker In A Nutshell. We congratulate all cast members and look forward to a rewarding holiday season! Be sure to print out a full rehearsal schedule from the CBA website HERE and to check for weekly updates via the Nutcracker Notes. Dancers who miss rehearsals may find effects in final casting.
Tickets will go on sale for Nutcracker In A Nutshell, Sunday, November 28th at 10:00 AM. (Casting will be completed by Nov. 16th .) We hope that all of you at CBA will come out to support The Ballet Arts Ensemble by attending a performance on Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 18th, 19th at 3:30 PM at the Rachel Schlessinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, NOVA, Alexandria Campus. Tickets are $32 on line, (includes parking), all seats reserved. (Group rates are available to Brownie troupes, Scouts, etc. - 20 or more. This does not apply to families.) Tickets will be $35 at the door.
Nutcracker In A Nutshell video links of each performance will make great gifts for family members! Look for order forms online in December. The BAE Guild will offer a Nutcracker Boutique during the performance week-end with Nutcrackers, and lots of “stocking stuffer” items to choose from. This year's Nutcracker shirt (long sleeved) is available online thru Nov. 14.
As we embark on one of the busiest times of the year at CBA (the studio remains open seven days a week, due to Nutcracker rehearsals), we ask that students and parents be considerate of one another. We suggest that jewelry and other expensive objects be left at home. No food or drinks will be allowed in the dressing rooms or on the carpet and those who eat or drink in the kitchen area must clean up after themselves. We also ask that parents respect CBA receptionists by picking up dancers immediately after class and/ or rehearsals.
Please check the dressing rooms for any lost clothing. The “Lost & Found“ will be cleared out over the Thanksgiving break, as well as the collection of water bottles in the kitchen - all unclaimed articles will be donated to charity.
The studio will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Saturday, Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Tuition is due the first of the month, a $10 late fee will be added after the tenth. Late fees may be avoided by setting up tuition payments through auto-pay.
October Newsletter 2021
CBA has had an exciting first month of classes! We welcome all new students into the school and hope that they are adjusting well. We ask that all dancers wear the leotard color of their class level and their own ballet, tap or jazz shoes. we are experiencing significant delays in receiving product, thank you for your patience.
The studio will be open for classes on Indigenous People’s Day, Monday, October 11th.
A reminder that tuition is due the first of each month, and should be remitted by the tenth of the month. A late fee of $10 will be added after Oct. 10th. If you would like to avoid late fees, be sure to fill out a form for Recurring Payment. The form is available on our website HERE.
Auditions for the 2021 production of Nutcracker In A Nutshell will be held Sunday, October 17th. ALL students interested in performing must audition, (no exceptions), at the designated time for their level. Please note that Pre-Ballet I and II students may apply to perform as Mice, but will not be auditioned this year, in order to socially distance. All parents must comply to the schedule below, by keeping the dancers safe and the lobby free of overcrowding.
Ballet IA, Ballet IA-B......................2:00-2:20 p.m.
Ballet IB, IIA......................................2:30-2:50 p.m.
Ballet IC, IIA-B, IIB...........................3:00-3:20 p.m.
Ballet IIC, Ballet IIC-III....................3:30-3:50 p.m.
Ballet IIIA/Pre-Pointe I..................4:00-4:25 p.m.
Ballet IIIB/ Pre-Pointe II................4:30-5:00 p.m.
Registration forms will be available to fill out electronically (or at the front desk) and must be signed and turned in by the time of audition, with the performance fee of $75, (payable to BAE). Ensemble members need not audition, but must submit completed application by Oct. 17th – Junior Ensemble members that fit into the above categories, must audition.
Performance Fee: https://swipesimple.com/links/lnk_994cd167
UPCOMING BAE PERFORMANCES: ANNUAL FALL DANCE CONCERT
The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax will present Fall Dance Concert 2021 on Sunday, October 24th at 3:00 p.m. The performance will be held at the Ernst Community Cultural Center at the NOVA, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike. We hope that all of you will come out in support of all the hard working, young dancers of The Ballet Arts Ensemble. Shostakovich Jazz Suite, Odalisques Pas de Trois from Le Corsair and Rags by Richard Rholdon and Sarabandipity by Debra Savage will be among pieces presented. Summer Guest Choreographer, Lexi Firestone will premiere her exceptional new work When Music Speaks. Tickets will be available at the studio - $20 ($25 at the door.)
From Monday, Oct. 25th through Saturday, Oct. 30th, CBA dancers may come to class in Halloween costumes. Wear something easy to dance in, please! A BAE Halloween Costume party will be held at the studio on Saturday, October 30th from 6:30-8:00p.m. All BAE, Jr. Ensemble members and Apprentices are invited!
Have a healthy, FUN and SPOOKY Halloween!
September Newsletter 2021
Welcome back to dance! We are very grateful to have completed a successful year in 2021 by social distancing, wearing masks and disinfecting surfaces on a regular basis. Over the summer, we were able to open dressing rooms to limited numbers and to have vaccinated students attend classes mask-free. We will continue to require masks in the Lobby, dressing rooms and all common areas. Due to the recent concerns and recommendations by the Fairfax County Department of Health, ALL students must continue to wear masks in classes, as well as instructors. We will follow these recommendations until further notice.
In order to keep numbers low in the Lobby and dressing rooms, try to have dancers come dressed and ready for classes, if at all possible. Dancers should arrive five to ten minutes before class time and must be picked up on time. The success of all of us remaining safe continues to depend on everyone doing their part. This is a very worthy effort for all of us, especially for our CBA students.
CBA Ballet Master, Dustin Kimball, will perform a farewell performance with Bowen-McCauley Dance Company on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:00 PM. After 25 years, the company will finish off with great fanfare by performing at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre. We hope that many of you will attend this momentous event! (Due to this performance, Adv./Int. Modern class, Tuesday 5:30-6:30 PM will be cancelled on 9/14. All members of this class should attend Thursday 7:15-8:15 PM, followed by rehearsal for “When Music Speaks” at 8:15-8:30 PM.)
We are thrilled to announce that the BAE will start out strong, again this year, with 40 members! We plan to perform the BAE Fall Concert at Richard Ernst Community Cultural Center, NOVA, Annandale Campus on Sunday, October 24th at 3:00 PM. We hope that all of you will come to this performance in support of the BAE!
We want to congratulate BAE dancer, Kayla Estipular, on having been accepted into the Pre-Professional Training Program at The Washington Ballet for 2021-22. We are extremely proud of Kayla and excited about her future in dance!
We welcome all of you back to dance at CBA, especially those who chose to take the year off in 2021. We look forward to working with all of the dancers in classes and to enjoying getting to see them perform on stage! Let’s all have a great year of dance in 2021-22!