Middle School Concert 2017

Our annual end-of-year concert is a great way to showcase the talent we have at Dance Habit. It also rewards students for their hard work by giving them the opportunity to dance on stage for their loved ones. The concert is not compulsory, but we strongly encourage participation as it is a truly wonderful experience for all involved. Together, we create memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. The excitement and magic generated by our end-of-year concert is second to none!

We have carefully prepared the following for you. Please read thoroughly and let us know if you have any questions.

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2017 CONCERT THEME 

We are so excited to announce our themes this year:

  • The Nutcracker (Ballet)
  • Broadway (Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Musical Theatre)

IS THIS YOUR FIRST CONCERT WITH US?

For first-time dance parents, we promise the preparation is worth it. We’ll be there every step of the way, so you know exactly what’s required (and when). Take a look at the DVD playing in the lounge (our 2016 concert) to get some insight into the event and don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions at any time!

PHOTO DAY – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER

Attendance at Photo Day is highly recommended. Please click the link below to find your child’s call time/s.

Click here for Middle School Photo Day Schedule – Saturday 9 December

This is a fabulous day for us all to get together and you won’t want to miss it! Students will enjoy a group photo with their class mates and have the opportunity to perform for their peers – great for building confidence before going on stage. We’ll have a sausage sizzle running too, but no eating in costumes please!!

Note that no make up is required for Photo Day. We only wear make up on stage to accentuate features (faces can otherwise be drowned out by the bright lighting).

This year we are inviting a new photographer to take professional photos. Stage photos are also taken during the concert. These images will be available shortly after the event and parents are welcome to purchase directly from the photographer if desired.

Note that Photo Day activities are instead of regular Middle School classes on this day.

DRESS REHEARSAL – MONDAY 11 DECEMBER

Click here for Middle School Dress Rehearsal Schedule – Monday 11 December

Please click the link above to find your child’s call time for their dress rehearsal at the Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds. Note that some students may need to leave school slightly early on Monday 11 December to make it to their safety briefing and dress rehearsal in time (we only get a certain amount of time at the venue and must squeeze everyone in). Dance Fundamentals, Prep Ballet and Prep Hip Hop will rehearse on Sunday 17 December. Dress rehearsals are closed (parents are unable to watch).

WHEN IS THE CONCERT?

  • Sunday 17 December, 2.30pm; and
  • Sunday 17 December, 6.00pm

Click here for Middle School Concert Day Schedule – Sunday 17 December

To be eligible to participate in the concert, all students (except Dance Fundamentals, Prep Ballet and Prep Hip Hop) must perform in both concerts. We do two concerts for our Middle School because:

  • We want to ensure all parents have the opportunity to see their child perform (we may not have enough seats in just one show and we require parent help backstage, which is a role that can then be shared);
  • The children love being on stage and they work so hard in the lead up that it makes perfect sense to double the enjoyment;
  • All dancers learn choreography as a group, which means each student has a special place within their dance and they rely on one another during the performance.

The following Prep students are only required to perform in one concert, as follows:

  • Prep Hip Hop (Friday class) – 2.30pm concert only
  • Wednesday Dance Fundamentals class – 2.30pm concert only
  • Prep Ballet (Thursday class) – 6.00pm concert only
  • Saturday Dance Fundamentals class – 6.00pm concert only

Note, Prep students who are enrolled in a Tuesday Jazz or Tap class will dance in both concerts. Please take this into consideration before agreeing to concert participation and don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to consider a different class in Term 4.

COSTUMES AND HAIR

Click below for details on your child’s costume requirements, including additional items to be purchased by parents and also how each class will wear their hair.

ACT 1 – COSTUMES AND HAIR

NUTCRACKER BALLET – COSTUMES AND HAIR

ACT 2 – COSTUMES AND HAIR

HAIR TUTORIALS

MAKEUP TUTORIAL

WHERE IS THE CONCERT HELD?

At the beautiful Moonee Ponds Clocktower Centre. We are very lucky to have an annual booking at this theatre – it is very special.

WHAT ARE THE TICKET PRICES AND HOW DO I ORDER?

Tickets are now on sale!

Ticket sales are managed directly by the Clocktower Centre Box Office. You can book online or phone (03) 9243 9191. There are no limits per family and it will be first-in, first-served. This means that we will take no responsibility should tickets sell out. We will send reminders so please be sure to read newsletters and the noticeboard to avoid disappointment. Ticket prices reflect the cost to hire a professional theatre venue. These are $32 for adults, $24 for concession card holders and $15 for children.

CONCERT RUNNING ORDER

A copy of the order in which classes will be performing is now available. Students in multiple items, please check the running order and note any quick changes. If you have any concerns about the running order, let us know. The document is currently subject to change, so be sure to check back (we’ll call it FINAL once everyone has had time to review).

Concert running order as at 3 November 2017

Students who are only dancing in one half of the concert may buy a ticket/seat to watch the half that they are not dancing in. See above for information on performer tickets.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CONCERT COMPLIANCE FORM

A compliance form must be completed and returned to participate in the concert. Click here to download a new copy if you have lost yours. These are due back no later than Saturday 23 September for existing students.

EXTRA REHEARSALS IN THE LEAD UP TO THE CONCERT

A number of classes are dancing together in the concert and need some extra rehearsals to practice as a combined group. We’ll be sure to give you plenty of notice and appreciate your cooperation.

DO I HAVE TO SEW?

No. However, if you would like to volunteer we would love to hear from you! Most of our costumes need minor alterations and it becomes challenging when we are dealing in the volume of 400+ costumes. Many hands make light work!

Costumes are ordered and purchased on your behalf. A $35 deposit was taken with Term 2 fees with the balance to be collected with Term 4 fees. Students who have enrolled since Term 2 will be charged the full costume fee in Term 4.

We work incredibly hard to source good quality, affordable costumes, which students get to keep after the concert. All Middle School costumes will be kept under $65 total.

I HAVE A QUESTION YOU HAVEN’T ANSWERED…

Please contact us by email if anything is unclear. Your feedback is welcome and your cooperation and patience is sincerely appreciated.

Happy concert season everyone – enjoy the magic!!

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