Get a jump start on getting all of the Nutcracker costume accessories (shoes, tights, undergarments etc.) that you need for this year’s production. All dance related items can be purchased at Dee’s Dancewear in Chandler…. just bring your list with you, and they will get you taken care of! Click on the link below for your role/scene.
- Click here to download the Arabian accessories list.
- Click here to download the Battle Scene accessories list.
- Click here to download the Chinese accessories list.
- Click here to download the Waltz of the Flowers accessories list.
- Click here to download the Jesters accessories list.
- Click here to download the Marzipan accessories list.
- Click here to download the Party Scene accessories list.
- Click here to download the Russian accessories list.
- Click here to download the Snow Scene accessories list.
- Click here to download the Spanish accessories list.
Flat shoes should it quite snugly and are not something to buy with “room to grow”. With all of the precise movement required to perform intricate movements baggy shoes may cause an injury. Pointe shoes should not be purchased without a proper fitting from a pointe shoe fitter by your teacher. Check with them for a list of fitters to help you. Brooksher Ballet recommends Perfect Fit shoes at 480-371-9211 to all of our students.
Girls should wear pink shoes while boys have the choice of either white or black. Boys should wear white socks with white shoes and full footed black tights with black shoes.
We work closely with Dee’s Dancewear. They have locations all around the Phoenix area and know exactly what we want for our dancers. To schedule a pointe shoe fitting please contact Perfect Fit shoes at 480-371-9211.
We do not recommend specific brands of shoes or clothing. To get fit in the perfect pair of shoes you should contact Perfect Fit shoes fittings at 480-372-9211 to schedule an appointment.
Yes. We like all of our students who are in the beginning level and higher to wear ribbons on their shoes. It provides additional support for the ankle and makes the transition to point shoes much easier.
Canvas shoes work best on a Marley floor surface. If your studio uses a wood floor you are better off to use leather because it will last significantly longer.
All participants in the full program at the Pro-Dance Experience will get a chance to perform in the Encore Gala. If you would like to be a part of our annual production of The Nutcracker we hold open auditions each year in the month of August. Please check the schedule to make sure you don’t miss it.
Brooksher Ballet keeps a listing of all of the vacant volunteer positions we have. Click here to find out where your special skills can be used to help our aspiring young artists.
Tickets for each of our performances can be had through the theater’s box office. Queen Creek Performing Arts Center is the home theater for all of Brooksher Ballet’s productions.
Pictures or videos are not allowed at performances. Flash photography is dangerous to performers and video cameras are distracting to others in the audience. Pictures and videos of our performances can be purchased through the BB Gear store.
Boys do wear make-up on stage to make sure that their features are not washed out by the distance and lights. Sometimes specialized make-up is used to portray a particular role.
At Brooksher Ballet we strive to keep things as simple and professional as possible. That is why for the one time participation fee all costumes, props, etc. are included for all of our productions.
In order to provide a safe, secure, and orderly backstage area for our performers we only allow faculty, staff, and volunteers backstage. Please make sure to sign in with the security checkpoint when you drop off your children.
Please check the schedule to confirm your “call” time at the theater. Depending on your role you may need to arrive a little early to make sure you are properly prepared to do your best.
Accessories are fine as long as they are not too large or distracting. As a general rule you should not have anything in your hair that is larger than your bun.
Boys should just try to have their hair neatly off of their face. If your hair is exceptionally long it might need to be pulled up in a pony tail.
If your hair is too short you can secure it in a pony tail and pin it so that it i not sticking out. For performance you might consider making a bun using some synthetic hair.
As long as your hair is secured and up off of your neck and face other styles are perfectly fine. Just make sure they are not a distraction in class.
Watch Mme. Brooksher’s video on the subject.
While ballet dancers earn nearly $50,000 at top U.S. ballet companies, their average earnings are under $25,000 annually. Average salaries for ballet dancers can vary by region. In the South, they earned the highest salaries, $29,000, in Washington, D.C, in 2013, according to Simply Hired, and the lowest, $21,000, in Louisiana. Those in the West made $17,000 to $27,000 per year, respectively, in Hawaii and California. Ballet dancers earned between $21,000 and $29,000, respectively, in Maine and New York, which were the lowest and highest salaries in the Northeast. In the Midwest, they earned the lowest salaries of $19,000 in Nebraska and South Dakota and the highest of $26,000 in Illinois.
Professional dance is an endeavor for the young. The rigorous physical demands generally mean a relatively short professional performing career. This means that most professionals begin their career right after high school and defer their college education until they retire from performing or take a reduced class load, or online classes and finish college while they are still performing. A few professional companies have even made arrangements for company members to attend an adjunct university while performing with them. Some students go directly into the university setting and work towards a fine arts degree and some just continue taking classes for their own enjoyment.
Brooksher Ballet has written an article entitled “When is it time to leave the nest?”. You can read the full article here. The National Academy of Classical Ballet (NACB) was created in Arizona to provide the training opportunities to students in the Southwest while keeping them close to home. Learn more about the NACB here.
Brooksher Ballet has written an article on this subject which can be found here.
Brooksher Ballet has written an article on this subject and it can be found here.
At Brooksher Ballet we advocate a focused training plan to achieve the best and fastest results. When students begin taking classes they should experiment in different styles of movement and decide which is the best one for them to explore further. At that point it is time to focus training on a particular genre and use other classes as supplementary classes to augment the student’s development. It is a mistake for students to take only a few classes of several different types with the expectation that they will become a “well-rounded” and accomplished dancer. They may turn out to be well-rounded but will not achieve expertise in any one area. Brooksher Ballet offers a free consultation for families and complimentary trial/evaluation classes for students who need help deciding which direction to take their dance education. Please contact us to schedule a class or consultation.
Male and female dancers are both generally referred to as dancers. The term ballerina is generally reserved for a dancer of a certain stature in a professional company.
Boys start out wearing tight shorts and move on to full tights by the time serious training begins around the age of 10.
Boys in the Children’s Division, Pre-Academy, and Beginning Open classes should wear a tight fitting shirt and black short tights (biker shorts) with white socks and white ballet shoes. Male students in Intermediate or Advanced Open classes and all Academy levels should wear, a dance belt, black tights pulled up with suspenders or a belt, a white tight fitting shirt, and white socks with white ballet shoes. Male students in all Academy levels should wear character dance shoes for both character class and historical dance class.
We like to keep things as simple as possible. Female students in beginning ballet and up should where pink tights and black leotards. Pre-ballet students should wear a white leotard without tights. Male students in beginning ballet and up should wear black tights pulled up with suspenders or a belt a white tight fitting shirt. Male students in pre-ballet should wear a tight fitting shirt and black short tights (biker shorts).
We do not recommend any specific brand of clothing. Leotards should be simple without excessive straps and design elements. Remember the reason for the form fitting clothes is so that instructors can see what the students’ bodies are doing.
It is best to speak to the registrar at the front desk to schedule a time to talk to your child’s teacher. Teachers have a limited time to transition from class to class and we want to make sure that each group of students gets the full amount of instruction.
The only jewelry that is acceptable in class are wedding rings and earrings which do not hang down. This is not only to protect the students but too often jewelry is forgotten in the dance studio and cannot be found. Brooksher Ballet is not responsible for items lost items. Lockers are available in the dressing room to keep valuables safe.
Since there are several children in each class who will be distracted, we do not allow the taking of pictures during classes.
We know that most kids have smartphones now and it is a great way for them to stay in touch with their parents while they are away from each other. Because of this we allow students to bring their phones with them to the school, but we ask that all phones are left in the dressing room or in the student’s locker so as not to disrupt class or distract students.
It is important to remember that while class is a fun and a creative environment, it is still a classroom. Decorum is important to maintain a good learning environment for all pupils in the class. Students should be either practicing the movements as instructed by their teacher, or listening to the instruction. Help will always be provided by the teacher.
Teachers should be addressed formally. Some teachers will prefer students to use their last name and some will prefer their first name, but in all cases one should use a salutation such as Mr. or Mrs. or Madame.
If students are new to class it is perfectly acceptable for them to continue taking classes while they collect all of the appropriate clothing and shoes. We allow 2 weeks for new students to get everything needed. Existing students who are missing an item of clothing should check with the registrar to see if the missing item might be available in lost-and-found, or perhaps ask a friend to borrow an extra. Students should be prepared to explain why they are unprepared to participate. The majority of the time students will still participate in class unless there is an ongoing disciplinary problem.
Students who are late to class should wait until the music has stopped before entering the classroom. Once you have come in you should wait for the teacher to invite you to join the class, and ask permission to do so. Parents should not enter the studio during class. If you are too late (more than 20 minutes usually), you might need to sit and watch this lesson and take notes.
Sewing Pointe Shoes
Mme. Brooksher made a great tutorial video for you to follow.
Mme. Brooksher made several videos to show you all of the different styles of make-up you will need for The Nutcracker.