December 2018 Newsletter
Guest Performers Announced!

The Ballet Chesapeake Nutcracker will be an exciting performance featuring guest artists Sara Michelle Murawski and Matthew Golding as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier. Sara Michelle is a former principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet, and Matthew is a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet! Come see these amazing guest dancers along with a cast of exceptional students and children from DCM and our dance community!
Nutcracker performances will be held in Stephens Hall Theater at Towson University on:
Saturday, December 8th at 1pm
Saturday, December 8th at 6pm
Sunday, December 9th at 1pm

Tickets are on sale now! Tickets can be purchased online or stop by to see us and purchase in person!

Prices range from $19-$25 in advance, and will be $30 at the door, so get your tickets soon!

Nutcracker performers, please check the online rehearsal schedule for all rehearsal times, and contact the DCM office if you have any questions.

Info for Performers:
All parents of performers should have received an email with performance information including what dancers will need and drop-off/pickup procedures. Please click on the link to view this email, and contact the office if you have any questions.

DVD Orders:
Tonal Vision will be recording the Sunday 12/9 performance of the Nutcracker. DVD's can be ordered online from the Tonal Vision website. DVD's can be shipped by 12/21 for the holiday!
This class is open to DCM Dancers in Ballet 1-2x or any dancers ages 7-12. This class will focus on the type of jazz dance performed in Broadway musicals, and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm with Ms. Diane. You can contact the DCM office to register!

DCM is excited to welcome Tyone Pompey who will be working with our hip hop students in the Winter and Spring sessions at DCM. Tyone has many years of teaching experience and comes to us from the Living Classrooms Foundation and has also taught at Morton Street Dance Center. If you are interested in trying a hip hop class before signing up, just let us know, and we hope some new students will be able to join us!

DCM would like to welcome Jennie McCollum who will be joining our team as an office administrator. Jennie will be in the office Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings starting on 11/14. Ms. Angie will still be here on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Satrudays! Feel free to stop by for help with performance tickets, DCM registration and payments, questions, or just to say hello!
Spring Performance
All DCM dancers are invited to perform in the Spring Concert which will be held in early June. Parents should have received an email this week with class casting information and a costume/commitment form. Please return this by Saturday, January 12th if you would like your dancer to participate in the performance.

Performance dates and times will be Saturday, June 8th at 6pm and Sunday, June 9th at 1pm. Please see the form to the right for class casting. All dancers will need to be available for rehearsals on the dates of June 1st - 9th in order to participate in the performance. A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed in January.

Pre-Ballet and Ballet 1-2x classes will be dancing in "Carnival of the Animals"
Jazz, Tap, Modern, and Hip Hop classes will be dancing in the Mixed Bill.
Ballet 3-6 classes will be dancing in "Paquita"


Attention DCM dancers who are in middle school and high school! You are cordially invited to join the DCM Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. If you are interested, please contact Ms. Barclay and attend our next meeting on Monday, December 17th at 5pm.


NHSDA will again be holding a student choreography showcase, and all DCM dancers in Ballet 3 or Intermediate levels are invited to participate by choreographing a piece of original choreography. More information will be distributed about the showcase in January.

Save the date because Ms. Shana will be holding a choreography workshop on Saturday, January 12th from 4-6pm for any interested or aspiring choreographers. Participation is free of charge, but please use the link to the right to sign up!

NHSDA dancers will be holding an audition photo shoot fundraiser at DCM to support NHSDA programs. Click the link below to sign up for a 20 minute photo session with a DCM faculty member, and get new photos to use for summer program auditions! Cost is $10 check, cash, or card on file with DCM.
NHSDA Love Your Body Week - Poster Contest!

November 11-18 was NHSDA Love Your Body week - a national celebration of body positivity in dance. DCM dancers participated in activities and discussions in class focused on body positivity and being kind to ourselves and others. DCM also held a group workshop with Art Therapist, Brianna from the Sheppard Pratt Center for Eating Disorders focused on media literacy and staying positive. These events kick off the "Love Your Tree" Poster Contest. Please see more info below and bring your poster to DCM by December 13th!
DCM Holiday Closings
Please check the DCM School Year Calendar for information about closings and vacations as we get close to the Nutcracker and Winter Break.

Monday, 12/3 - Sunday, 12/9 CLOSED for Nutcracker Production Week
(Nutcracker performers check the rehearsal schedule for details.)
Monday, 12/10 - Sunday 12/16 DCM Open for regular classes.
Monday, 12/17-Tuesday, 1/1 - CLOSED for Winter Break
(Drop-in classes available for ballet 3-6 and BC dancers will have rehearsals.)

Wednesday, 1/2 - Classes resume following Winter Break, and all ballet performance classes begin for ballet 1-6.

New DCM Location Update
Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding as we continue the search for a new location for DCM as the school grows.

Unfortunately we will not be moving to the Klein's Market building in January. During construction, the architect discovered over 15 columns that were not shown in the blueprints of the building. After meeting with a structural engineer, it was determined that the only way to remove the columns was to install a 9-10 foot ceiling, which will not work for our use. Both DCM and the Klein family were incredibly disappointed with this news.

DCM will remain at our current location in Fallston through June. We do still hope to move in the near future, and are actively looking into options in the area with a commercial realtor.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we hope to share better news soon!
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