Spring Ballet

Last Updated: Friday, March 13, 2020, 7:30 pm

Update: Postponement of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream" performances

Dear ABAA “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ticket holders,

In consideration of Governor Walz’s announcement this afternoon and the new recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (see "Strategies to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Minnesota" at health.state.mn.us), and our teamwork with the Ives Theatre and consultation with other arts organizations/ dance schools, ABAA has made the difficult decision to postpone our March 21st performances.

ABAA is working with the Ives Theatre and we are both dedicated to rescheduling new show dates in 2020, and we will update cast members and ticket buyers via email when dates become solidified. We will be proactive and realistic in this endeavor, knowing that ideal dates may not be available or possible. Tickets will be transferable. Should rescheduling become impossible as this public health situation continues to develop, we will notify you as soon as we are able.

Our greatest concern is to keep our staff, cast members, collaborating artists, and our audiences and their families safe and healthy. We appreciate your understanding and support during this time.

Thank you,
Ashley Burkland & the ABAA Staff

A Midsummer Night's Dream Ballet

We are delighted to bring back "A Midsummer Night's Dream," which we first produced in 2015, for Spring Ballet 2020!
A beautiful & comedic ballet with exciting roles from fairy to wedding attendant! A great opportunity to perform in a full-length story ballet.

Auditions

Sunday, January 11, 2020

For dancers ages 7+ enrolled in a ballet class at ABAA for the 2019-2020 School Year

Ages 14+ | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Ages 11-13 | 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Ages 9-11 | 4:00 - 4:45 pm
Ages 7-8 | 5:00 - 5:30 pm

Further details available on our Auditions Page

Rehearsals

Saturday Afternoons

Weekly rehearsals January - March. Rehearsal schedule follows studio schedule for breaks.

Dress Rehearsal

Friday, March 20, 2020

Performances

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Ives Theatre at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center

11411 Masonic Home Drive
Bloomington, MN 55437

ABAA Invites English Educators and Their Classes to Attend A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ashley Ballet Arts Academy's mission has always been to enrich lives with the art and joy of dance -- that is, we believe whether or not our students pursue careers as professional dancers, everyone who wants to study and appreciate ballet and its related arts can benefit from the lessons learned at the ballet barre and onstage. We'd love to share with your English classes the joy ballet brings us, and hope you'll be able to join us for a performance.

We are pleased to offer discounts on tickets to A Midsummer Night's Dream to English classes who attend one of our performances on Saturday, March 20. View details in this letter from the Director (PDF).

Spring Ballet FAQs

Any dancer age 7 through adult enrolled in a ballet class at ABAA for the 2019-2020 School Year can participate. You must attend the audition on Saturday, January 11, 2020 to be cast in a role. Dancers must sign the Spring Ballet Contract and agree to be on time and in attendance for all rehearsals and performances.

Yes. To be eligible to participate in the ABAA Spring Ballet, dancers must be enrolled in a ballet class at ABAA for the entire School Year.

We try to cast as many dancers as we have costumes for! If you are not cast this year, try again next year and ask us how you can prepare. We will try to help you meet your goals.

We do not have a formal pre-registration process at this time. However, it will speed up the check-in process if you complete the Spring Ballet Audition Form ahead of time and bring it to the audition. This form is available online (Spring Ballet Audition Form PDF) and at the ABAA office.

On audition day, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your audition time to check in. Your audition fee and measurements must be taken at time of registration (if measurements weren't taken in advance).

Girls should wear a black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes, and their hair secured in a ballet bun. Younger dancers from the Pre-Ballet Division may wear their pastel leotards. Boys should wear a white t-shirt, black pants/capris/tights, and black ballet shoes.

No, this is a closed audition. We want to take the pressure off our brave dancers!

The audition fee is $20 per individual, and the participation fee is $200. This covers maintenance and tailoring of the costumes, teacher/choreographer expenses, theatre security, a performance DVD, and photography with additional print cost. We try to make this an affordable opportunity for all families.

An emailed casting notification will be sent to the address on each dancer’s audition form, whether they are cast or not. This message will be sent no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020. It will include the dancer’s schedule and participation contract. Please contact the studio if you do not receive an email by Thursday morning after auditions, or if you have questions about the schedule.

The deadline to turn in your contract with participation fee is 7pm on Thursday, January 16, 2020. If we have not received your contract by the deadline, we must assume you have decided not to participate. To ensure on-time casting, this deadline is final, and we appreciate your attention to it.

You will receive your role at your first scheduled rehearsal. We continue to utilize this practice in order to encourage dancers to accept and perform any part or parts they have been awarded -- navigating the casting process is an important part of any dance education!

The directors will not discuss casting decisions, in any manner. Please trust that our decisions are in the best interest of every dancer involved.

All of the roles in our ballet are “good parts” and are essential to the magic of the production. There are many factors we consider when casting roles: age, ability, size of the costume, style of choreography best suited for a dancer -- the list goes on! If you had your heart set on a specific role, please remember that there will be future opportunities. We ask for your trust in our casting, and we know you will have a great time onstage!

The directors will not discuss casting decisions, in any manner. Please trust that our decisions are in the best interest of every dancer involved.

Yes! Absolutely! Each group has a limited number of rehearsals before we begin to run the entire show, so we ask all dancers to be sure they can commit to all rehearsals, unless approved by the director before before turning in a contract. If you have conflicts with rehearsals this year, try out next year.

Rehearsals take place on Saturdays from 12-7 pm. Each part will rehearse for 30-60 minutes. Please indicate on your audition form if there is a time frame within which you are unavailable to rehearse. Any missed rehearsals must be indicated on the audition form and approved ahead of time by the Artistic Director.

To all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, costume fittings, etc., girls should wear pink tights, a solid color leotard, ballet shoes, and their hair in a neat, secure bun. Boys should wear white t-shirts, black tights, and black ballet shoes.

No.The cost of our costumes is high, and we do not believe in asking parents to make such a purchase year after year. Instead, we have assembled a set of high-quality costumes that are carefully cleaned and stored for the following performance after use. Each dancer is responsible for treating the ABAA costume(s) they wear with respect and care. For hygienic reasons, dancers are expected to provide their own tights, shoes, and undergarments as required by their role.

Two performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 2020:

  • Saturday, March 21 at 2 pm
  • Saturday, March 21 at 6 pm

All shows will be performed at the Ives Theatre at the Minnesota Masonic Heritage Center, 11411 Masonic Home Drive, Bloomington, MN 55437

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