DCM students registered for the Winter and Spring sessions, at or above the PreBallet level, are invited to perform in the Ballet Chesapeake Spring Production that is held in May or June. Students learn choreography starting in January and each class will participate in either the mixed bill or story ballet portion of the production. Each student will have the opportunity to perform in a professional concert produced by Ballet Chesapeake.
Ballet students who wish to participate in this performance must register for the corresponding performance class, and will learn choreography that integrates into a classic story ballet. Students studying contemporary dance forms will perform in the Mixed Bill portion of the program which features jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, and contemporary choreography. The resulting concert is a cohesive production presented in a professional stage setting with lighting, sets, costumes and the dancers and guests of Ballet Chesapeake. Past performances have included Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, and Paquita. Registration and concert commitment contracts are distributed in October and must be returned by November in order to participate in the performance. Please note that students must be registered in BOTH Winter and Spring sessions in order to participate in the Spring Production.
Students ages 6 and up, enrolled in a ballet class, are invited to audition to participate in Ballet Chesapeake's annual presentation of The Nutcracker as well as the Spring Production (Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake). Students who participate perform children's roles in the ballet and have the opportunity to interact with Ballet Chesapeake members and accomplished guest artists as part of a professional performing experience.
Nutcracker auditions will be held the first Saturday of DCM classes in September. Check the schedule page for more details.
Spring Production auditions will be held the first Saturday of DCM classes in January.
DCM Instructors will invite parents in periodically throughout the year to present a selection of classroom material that our youngest students have been working on. This in-class presentation allows students to experience the art of performing on a more personal level for their families and friends. Your child's instructor will let you know when class observation sessions are scheduled.
Parents and friends are invited into the studio to observe DCM classes at the midpoint in the year. This offers an opportunity for guests to see what dancers have been working on in class, and to track a student's progress from year to year. Parents and friends can take photos and watch DCM instructors interacting with the class. Visitor's Week schedules will be posted in January of each year.
Learn more about the National Honors Society for Dance Arts HERE. DCM Students in middle school and high school are eligible to participate in this group of dancers presenting the NHSDA Showcase and/or join the NHSDA Ensemble traveling and performing at regional festivals, performances, and workshops.
YAGP is the world's largest ballet competition. Select students and advanced dancers in the DCM Pre-Professional program have the opportunity to perform at the regional YAGP competition. Dancers prepare a solo by working one on one with an instructor and perform on stage for a group of family, friends, dance peers, and internationally renowned judges. You can learn more about YAGP HERE Please contact DCM to inquire about this opportunity.