A Red Door Nutcracker 2022

By: Noelle Porterfield

Our Red Door Nutcracker was a huge success, and we want to thank everyone who attended! All 3 shows were sold out and we love that we had so many people excited to watch the show and support our dancers. 352 dancers participated in this year’s shows, and we are so proud of each and every one of them. Nutcracker is a beneficial experience for dancers of all ages and levels because it boosts confidence, enhances intelligence, and is such a fun and rewarding experience.

The Nutcracker experience allows dancers time on stage, raising their self-confidence. When dancers perform alongside peers of different ages and levels, they are encouraged in their own ability. Nutcracker also enhances intelligence by pushing dancers’ out of their comfort zones. Dance is a great exercise for both the mind and body. Because Nutcracker dances are learned in a relatively short amount of time, the experience forces dancers to push the boundaries of their learning abilities in a fun and immersive environment. We challenge dancers’ memories and ability to pick up choreography quickly. 

Aside from how much our dancers learn during the process, Nutcracker is simply a good time. Dancers love both the process of learning and practicing a routine, as well as being able to perform it on stage for a live audience. The backstage experience at a professional theater and the thrill of the stage truly is unique, and we love seeing dancers of all ages enjoy that time. 

Once again, thank you to all who attended and supported our 2022 Nutcracker. We couldn’t have done it without you!

 

 

 

A Red Door Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is possibly the most well-known and most-performed ballet in the dance world. It is a time honored tradition that began in 1892 and has gained much popularity through the centuries. Why should your dancer participate in A Red Door Nutcracker? Aside from the fact that dance is a performance art and we dancers absolutely LIVE and LOVE to be on stage?

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This performance is an opportunity to enrich your dancer’s education by becoming part of the history of ballet! The Nutcracker is a tradition that intertwines so many dancers all over the world. It is a shared experience, and one that offers the opportunity to grow and create memories year after year. As dancers graduate to new classes at Red Door, they can progress their way through the entire story of The Nutcracker, dancing different roles that are earned through hard work and dedication. If a student joins us at 3 years of age, they can possibly dance every role from a Mouse and Soldier all the way to the Sugar Plum Fairy! A Red Door Nutcracker is entirely made up of our fabulous dancers, showcasing their talent and progress in an adaptation of a full length ballet.

Performing in A Red Door Nutcracker is different from our year-end recital in many ways. Perhaps the most obvious is that it is similar to a professional ballet company experience in that dancers learn their choreography and perform in a much shorter period of time-often as few as 9 weeks! This is so impressive and teaches our dancers that they can achieve difficult goals by focusing on hard work and dedication.

 

A Red Door Nutcracker also gives our dancers the opportunity to share their progress with family and friends each year during the holiday season. It is an uplifting show where the older and younger dancers support each other backstage and during rehearsals. This is truly an experience like no other! Performing in front of a live audience builds confidence, poise under pressure and encourages the expression of emotions through movement.  Watching your dancer learn that they can do hard things is such an invaluable and invigorating experience. We wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

 

So please join us for our fourth annual production of A Red Door Nutcracker.  We can’t wait to see what your beautiful dancers achieve!

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5 Ways to Keep Your Child Safe on Social Media

 

 

1. Help them set up their accounts with the right privacy settings.

Private is best! This is the easiest way to keep their posts/ information secure and prevents bots/ spammers/ predators from being able to follow them.

2. Friend/follow them on every platform. Make this a rule..if they want to have social media, they have to let you follow them (make sure they haven’t blocked you).

You’ll be able to tell if they blocked you if you type their username into the search bar and it says “user not found”.

3. Encourage open communication/ check in with them.

By not making social media a taboo subject in your household, your kids will be more likely to come to you for advice or when something happens. Try not to make social media a negative subject. 

4. Monitor what media they are consuming by looking at the profiles they follow. You can see this under “following”.

5. Turn post notifications on so that every time they post you can check in on the content. 

 

The most important thing is that you talk to them! If you have any questions regarding your child’s social media safety, feel free to reach out to me at [email protected] I’m happy to answer any questions!

 

Dance Costumes Galore!

For several years I have been the Red Door Dance Costume Manager. I was excited to take on this fun and important job! Imagine buying costumes with someone else’s money, and outfitting every dancer I see on a weekly basis in sparkly, fun costumes! This was going to be the best job ever! I knew I could do this- I’ve clothed an entire family for … well, lots of years.

It turns out there’s a lot more than buying costumes to the role of Costume Manager. For starters, did you know that there are more students at Red Door Dance Academy than there are in the average elementary school in Wylie? This year we will outfit our students with over 1200 costumes for recitals, competitions, and The Nutcracker. This fall we measured over 600 dancers for recitals and competitions. We then select unique costumes for every dance. This year we have over 150 different costume styles, each with its own tights and accessories.  Then we order the costumes early enough that they can be made and shipped to us well before they are needed for the many events our dancers participate in.

I start wielding my magic wand at this point in hopes of getting costumes as quickly as possible, managing exchanges and dealing with ever changing delivery dates.  This year has been an especially interesting year to find, order and receive costumes. The disruption of the global supply chain (I am a logistics coordinator as well) has been broken for the last year. It sometimes affects our ability to get costumes that we,and our suppliers, expect to be here in plenty of time.

   

Sometimes our orders end up like a disaster movie plot. This is a true story – last October we ordered costumes for one of our competitive teams. The manufacturer notified both us and the costume company that the costumes were on their way from the factory.  But, a month later I got a notice that these costumes were no longer available. What happened?! It’s very dramatic. A cargo ship hit a patch of very rough weather in the Pacific Ocean causing 40-foot swells to send some containers overboard. Then—if you can believe it—some of the remaining containers caught fire. (The crew was safe.) You can’t make this stuff up. 

Then we get to do a particularly fun task.  We individually unpack every costume, check it out and hang it with written instructions in its own costume bag. Over Christmas break, we packaged about 750 of those costumes with the help of our amazing STAR dancers (our teen assistants). 

My job is not done though until every dancer has their costume and is happy. 

We love costume season and I love making it happen for your dancers!

 

 

Healthy Habits from More Than Just Great Dancing

At Red Door, we strive to provide our dancers with information and tools that they can use to live a healthy and happy life! Red Door is a proud More Than Just Great Dancing affiliated studio, which means we can pass on advanced tools and resources to our students and families! 

 

As health is a top priority for our families, students, and staff, we wanted to share some healthy habits that can be implemented in everyday life! 

 

  1. Spend more time outdoors- instead of watching tv or on your tablet, consider going for a walk, or playing at the park with your friends

 

 

 

2. Fuel your body with nutritious foods- try incorporating one fruit or vegetable into your meals this week

3. Stay hydrated- increase your water intake this month. Instead of juices, sodas, and sugary averages, choose water instead

4. Set a goal for yourself- maybe you want to read 1 book this month or get your middle splits! How will you achieve this goal? Write down a game plan.