What is the audition process & what will dancers (6-12) be asked to do? Auditions are needed so that our dance professionals can assess potential performers: their size, personality, poise, and dance ability. Aspiring performers should put their best foot forward by arriving with a neat appearance, dressed for movement/dance, and an enthusiastic outlook. Various dance steps or combinations are given depending on roles available. Sometimes movement as simple as skipping or marching is all that is needed. It is NOT imperative that dancers are proficient in all areas. The rest of the process is for parents: completing forms for contact information, dancer’s previous experience, and receiving RRB information.
What roles are available, and will all dancers that audition be cast in the performance? Roles vary for each ballet. They are posted at the audition. RRB strives to cast as many dancers as possible. Occasionally a dancer does not fit into any role. This is a rare occurrence.
How many rehearsals are there? When will they be? What if I can’t make a rehearsal? Each role rehearses once a week and lasts from 1-2 hours for approximately 4-6 weeks. Children’s rehearsals are on Saturdays. Dancers are expected to make all rehearsals, not just for themselves but to alleviate the confusion of their fellow performers. Sometimes this isn’t possible and allowances are made.
Are there any fees? Will I have to purchase a costume? There is a performance fee ($55). However all costumes are provided. Dancers need only provide their own tights and shoes.
Will I be required to sell ads or purchase a minimum number of tickets? There is no requirement to sell ads or purchase tickets. RRB is a non-profit organization. We greatly appreciate any sponsors who would like to donate. We hope that your participation would include informing everyone you know about the performances and ask them to purchase a ticket to support “your dancer’s” special moment.
Why should I choose this activity for my child? There have been many articles written addressing the positive impact the arts have on the developmental growth of children. RRB’s productions are professional artistic endeavors. These dancers are not in a stand alone dance. They are part of a cohesive production, a ballet that tells a story. They meet, observe and perform with professional artists and older experienced dancers. They learn what it’s like to work and experience the joy the dance with performers of all ages and abilities who have made dance an integral part of their lives.