POLICIES: REHEARSALS


St. Lucie Ballet wants to take a little extra time on this page with some explanation before stating the Rehearsal Policy. For many people, preparing for and performing on stage is something they are not accustomed. Hopefully, with the little explanation, it may become a little clearer.


ROLES AND REHEARSALS -- IN GENERAL
So many times, it can be heard in the school lobby, “My child knows what they’re doing. We’re going to Disney World this weekend.” First and oddly enough, those are the EXACT children who need the most rehearsal time. Second and most importantly, rehearsals are not -- just for them.

While rehearsals are held for each individual to learn and properly be prepared for their role, they are also held so the entire cast can learn, work and react with each other, and work within the group or ensemble with whom they perform.

Also during a rehearsal, things may change and EVERYONE must be aware of it -- at the time it happens. It is a waste of valuable time teaching a child something they missed due to a previous absence.

Understandably, while watching a rehearsal on the monitors in the lobby of the studio or after a rehearsal hearing a child saying, "We sat a lot" can be a little confusing for parents. However, while watching a group or an individual rehearse, a performer can automaticlly pick up and learn things that can be applied to themselves. Inevitably, during a session, a director or choreographer will say several times, "This applies to everyone" or "This applies to you, as well." It is also very important for a student to watch someone older (and better) work and perform. This is also one of the main reasons St Lucie Ballet invites professional guest artists.

With rehearsal, all the repetition can eventually create what is called "muscle memory." During a performance, muscle memory can kick in when the brain has a momentary "blank" moment. (It happens to most all dancers, from time to time.) Because someone has rehearsed at great lengths, the body can naturally do what it has been doing in rehearsals in the previous months.

In life, while walking down a crowded street or at a mall, there are people wondering around while on their own private “mission.” They are unaware of you may as you may not be concerned with them.

However, in dance, opera and theatre, a choreographer or playwright creates – EVERYTHING -- for a specific reason. Each and every role is important or it would not have been “written!”

As a performer, from the first time they set foot on the stage to their present performance, just being on stage is a valuable lesson -- on many levels. A first role may be a "spear carrier" or "a person in the village."

No one gets a leading role the very first time. They must work hard, be diligent and dedicated while “honing” their craft. In show business it’s called, “paying your dues.” There are countless, yes countless numbers of very talented dancers in major ballet companies who for years, dance in the corps d’ ballet waiting for their turn to dance a soloist or a leading role.


REHEARSALS -- SPECIFIC
St Lucie Ballet considers your signed performance Commitment Letter as a Contract and is VERY serious about your Commitment. Be responsible and that that commitment seriously, as well!

Rehearsals are MANDATORY – NEVER AN OPTION!
This should never be a shock or a surprise. Besides here, this is always stated CLEARLY in all materials before a parent/student makes the Commitment.

The Director(s) sets the Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals generally start approximately three months BEFORE a specific production.
If one signs a Commitment Letter to be in a production, it is NEVER a wise idea to plan a trip or excursion during that time period. So, when telling the Directors that a child will be absent because of their need to see Mickey Mouse, don’t be surprised with their reaction - or the ultimate outcome.

St. Lucie Ballet communications, the rehearsal schedule are sent via email and posted online on this website, as well as the bulletin board in
   the school lobby.

Schedules are emailed and posted on the school bulletin board by Monday afternoon/evenings and on the website by no later than Tuesday. There is no reason to call or ask at the school office
…Or have the reason to not have or get the correct schedule.

Always be early (at least ten minutes) -- and READY TO GO.
Rehearsal starts at the time posted. It is not the general time when a child should arrive at the studio.Besides, arriving late is rude and discourteous to others.
Remember tardiness affects not only the children in rehearsals and their families, as well!

Never assume a child can leave rehearsal early.

NEVER -- EVER be absent during the month before a show.
At this point, no matter the reason, a child may be removed from the show.
If a child leaves or is removed from a show, there are no refunds on the Performance Fees or tuition.


St Lucie Ballet does everything in its power to start and end rehearsals ON TIME. Rehearsals and the time spent with students make them better. However, sometimes they may run over a bit.
Here are the main reasons why a rehearsal my run over: Students are late.
Extra time must be taken to help children who were late or previously absent to catch up.


St Lucie Ballet understands things may come up like weddings and such. One exception can be made. On the other hand these kinds of things are known -- well in advance. These types of absences should be discussed with the Director also – well in advance.

Also, St Lucie Ballet can be very lenient about “Rights of Passage” events in a student’s life. Extra time off may be given for personal/family Graduations, Homecoming, personal Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, personal Quinceaneras, Proms, First School Dances and such.

However we are NOT very lenient when one is simply attending an event as a guest. One can always explain to a party host exactly why they might be a few minutes late for a party or a dinner. That host will understand when you have a previous commitment.

Though this type of ethical, responsible and correct behavior can be difficult -- at best.
It is imperative for every child to learn that giving their word and a commitment, of any kind, is most important. The first and main people whom they learn this -- are their parents!


IMPORTANT:
Casting is done with a lot of care and thought to each child's ability, strengths, and weaknesses. Casting is under the sole discretion of the directors. 

When casting for other productions, rehearsal attendance and punctuality is ALWAYS a huge factor in decisions. Like in life, what one does now ...DOES affect them later.




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