Volume I • Issue IV • November 1, 2018
Talking Pointes
Notes from the Directors
Dear Wilmington Ballet Families and Friends,

Our November newsletter gives us a chance to reflect (for 2 minutes before getting back to Nutcracker prep!) on what we are most thankful for: ALL OF YOU! Thank you for making our first Disco Ball FUNdraiser a sensational success. Thank you to all our WB Guild members and other volunteers who have been working hard on Nutcracker costumes and props, coordinating Nutcracker merchandise, helping with marketing and decorations, obtaining guest accommodations at the Hotel du Pont and local parking facility, corralling students for costume fittings, and so much more! Wilmington Ballet could not continue our spectacular Nutcracker tradition without you as part of our "production crew."

Most of all, thank you for letting us share our craft with your wonderful children. There's nothing we love more than teaching class and conducting rehearsals, when we have the opportunity to develop young dancers and impart our knowledge, experience, and love of ballet to the next generation. Thank you for your part in ensuring that ballet lives on!

Our best to you,
Photo by Ali Gayle
Nutcracker News
Tickets are now on sale ! Performances will be on Saturday, December 8 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 9 at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Playhouse on Rodney Square.

Tickets are $10, $20, $35, and $40.

Cast members: Please preorder your Nutcracker 2018 DVDs, flower bouquets, dinner between shows, shirt, and commemorative poster now. The deadline for most preorders is November 7! Dancers must order required performance tights and shoes by November 15 . Please place all orders via wilmingtonballet.org . Thank you!

Parents & cast: Join us for an info meeting at the studios on Sunday, November 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. Your Nutcracker questions will be answered!
Pictured above is our 2018 Nutcracker Sugarplum Fairy—and New York City Ballet soloist—Unity Phelan. WB Nutcracker cast members can meet Unity and her Cavalier, Russell Janzen, and get a photo/autograph with them at the theater between performances on Saturday, December 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Click here to d ownload your 2018 Nutcracker flier! Please print and distribute as many as you'd like and help us spread the word about our performances. Remember to like and share our Instagram and Facebook posts. Use #wilmingtonballet. Thanks for the free press!
WB Nutcracker Shirts and Winter Wear Are Here

Layered from head "tutu" toes, all items may be worn in class, until the teacher says, “Remove your junk!” They make great Nutcracker and holiday gifts! Please visit wilmingtonballet.org to view and order all winter items, including hats, socks, hoodies, sweaters, jackets, pants, and warm-up booties. Sizes Youth Small to Adult XXL. Order by November 5 for December 5 delivery; order by November 15 for December 15 delivery. Thank you!
Come Wine with the Ballet Guild
Do you like to drink and think of ways to help the ballet? The Wilmington Ballet Guild wants you! All dance parents, alumni, and friends of the ballet are welcome to join!

Monthly meetings at the studios will be held on the first Saturday of the month — the next meeting will be on Saturday, November 3, from 4 to 4:45 p.m. On the agenda are The Nutcracker and the Cast Party. Email us to join the Ballet Guild .
A variety of wines, courtesy of Franks Wine, will be served at every Ballet Guild meeting. Cheers! Franks Wine is the official sponsor of the Wilmington Ballet Guild.
Important Dates to Remember
November 1 Guild Marketing Committee meeting

November 2 Friday Variety: Contemporary with Steven Vaughn

November 3 Ballet Guild meeting; dancers may wear WB spirit wear in class

November 7 Deadline for some Nutcracker cast preorders

November 9 Friday Variety: Tap for Ballet Dancers with Angela Craft

November 10 Guild Hair & Makeup Committee Meeting

November 11 Nutcracker Cast & Parents Info meeting

November 12 Monday Adult Jazz & Musical Theatre Class with Christopher Davis (instead of ballet)

November 13 Ballet Board meeting

November 16 Friday Variety: Musical Theatre with Kate Forehand

November 17 The Olive Garden provides catered lunch for the Nutcracker cast dancers

November 21–25 Studio closed for Thanksgiving; some Teen & Adult Drop-In classes will be held—see website

November 22 Run with Team Wilmington Ballet in the PNC Thanksgiving Day MS Run

November 30 Friday Variety: Contemporary with Linnea Calzada-Charma

December 3–9 No regular classes during show week; some Teen & Adult Drop-In will be held—see website

December 8 & 9 WB's The Nutcracker

December 10 Grotto Pizza Fundraiser

December 10 Classes resume, but no Ballet EFGH class

December 11–15 Bring a Friend to Ballet Week

December 17–January 1 Studio closed; some Teen & Adult Drop-In classes will be held—see website
Disco Ball a Hit
We got down at our FUNdraiser and made a groovy $830 for the ballet! Special thanks to all the volunteers, DJ Clyde Evans, Twin Lakes Brewing Company, and Gianni’s Pizza of Trolley Square for supporting the event. Deja West won the dance contest, and Diane Lynch won the costume contest. Each winner will receive amazing tickets to WB's The Nutcracker . Let's do it again next year!
WB Donated $40 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Thanks to everyone who purchased a Breast Cancer Awareness mug—we're now sold out!
The Delaware Division of the Arts Awarded a General Operating Support Grant of $31,700 to WB. Thank you!!!
Run a 5K with Team Wilmington Ballet in the PNC Thanksgiving Day MS Run 2018. Click here for details and to register.
This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the  Delaware Division of the Arts ,  a state agency, in partnership with the   National Endowment for the Arts . The Division promotes Delaware arts events on   DelawareScene.com .
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