Abilene Ballet Theatre will not be able to present The Nutcracker at our traditional time this year, the weekend before Thanksgiving annually. Due to the many issues regarding COVID-19 and the nature of putting together a huge production involving a cast of 150 local dancers and six to eight guest artists from all over the U.S. over two and a half months, we are unable to do it safely this Fall.
We are continuing to keep a close eye on the situation and are pursuing alternative dates as the pandemic allows. This could mean that ABT could present The Nutcracker in the Spring at the Paramount as we have the theatre booked March 1-7, 2021. We feel that as we learn more about this pandemic daily and how to safely handle it we could be ready by March. Please keep in mind that this production might be slightly different than what we've grown accustomed to over the past 32 years of Nutcracker performances. We are ok with that and want to continue to give out dancers the opportunity to reach for their goals as well as give our community the opportunity to safely enjoy one of our favorite beloved traditions....even though it may be at a non-traditional time of year.
ABT auditions will be held later in the year as well and we will announce the date and time when we can.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.
OUR HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN: These are the safety precautions we will be taking: strictly limited class size, adequate spacing of dancers at all times, temperatures will be checked and recorded daily for each dancer at the door, all barres will be sanitized and wiped down before and after every class, the water fountain is off limits and all dancers must bring their own water bottle, there will be absolutely no congregating in the lobby- all parents must drop off their dancer 5 minutes before class time and either wait in the car or run errands and promptly pick up when class time is over. Of course if we need to cancel any camp or class this summer, you will receive notice and a full refund.
PRIVATE & SEMI PRIVATE LESSONS: In addition to our summer offerings, we will be offering a private and semi private lesson option. Private lessons will be offered at $40 per class and semi privates can include 5 or less dancers (of the same age/level group) for $30 each. All private lessons are for dancers age 8 and up. All private and semi-private lessons will be taught by Lisa Etter, Amanda Farrow, Jillian Hughes and Tracy Patterson. All scheduling goes through them directly.
THANK YOU! Thank you for your patience during this time. Thank you for reading this! I know it is a lot of info but we are trying to proceed in the safest manner possible. We look forward to dancing again soon!
Friendly reminder that when making out checks to pay for tuition, it goes to Ballet Abilene (our studio). When making out checks for anything Nutcracker related, it goes to Abilene Ballet Theatre (our company). We keep getting checks made out to "Abilene Ballet" and that doesn't exist. Ballet Abilene is the name of our studio. We hope this clears up any confusion.
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