September 2011

Come Dance with us at the Regional School of Ballet downtown Corvallis.

Session 1 Starts September 6th

Our first 2011/2012 session for Corvallis & Central Willamette area dancers starts September 6th.  Join us August 31st for open enrollment from 4:00 – 6:00.  The Fall-Spring 2011-2012 Online Brochure is available for download.  For enrollment questions, email rsb.corvallis@gmail.com or call  541-758-8203

Your dancewear purchase provides costumes for studio shows

Your purchase earns credit for costumes at www.discountdance.com.  It’s easy!  Just enter our  Studio code TP27116 during checkout.

June 2011 Recital DVDs

Recital DVDs are at the studio and can be picked up during studio hours.

Master Class and Professional Pointe Shoe Fitting

Check out this master class and professional pointe shoe fitting with internationally known dancer Xijun Fu and creator of Fuzi pointe shoes.  The event is being hosted by Backstage at Midtown in Eugene on September 17th.

Corvallis Community Nutcracker

Join us for our Open Auditions for the Corvallis Community Production of The Nutcracker September 24th 2011

Snow Scene

Snow Scene

Choreographed by Shelly Svoboda, The Regional School of Ballet has been producing The Nutcracker for 20+ years in Corvallis, Oregon.   The RSB production of the Nutcracker features a range of dancers from adorable snow bunnies to our professional guest dancers.  Audiences are treated to a full-scale production with colorful costumes and engaging choreography.

Dancers ages 7 and up in Corvallis and the Central Willamette area are invited to our open Nutcracker audition.  Each year as dancers advance, roles become more challenging.  The Nutcracker is a wonderful opportunity for community dancers to develop a professional attitude in dance and participate in a full-scale ballet production in a positive and nurturing environment.

This year’s performance will be December 9th and 10th.   Support this unique and fantastic community event as a dancer or an audience member!

Open Auditions – Saturday, Sept 24th, 2011

A $20 audition fee will be due at sign in. Please come early enough to sign in and warm up before your audition time.  Intermediate and advanced roles require the dancer to be taking ballet lessons.  Some roles require dancers to provide specialty make up, specific types of leotards, or character shoes.

Beginning level 1:15 – 2:00 pm

Intermediate level 2:15 – 3:00 pm

Advanced off Pointe 3:15 – 4:00 pm

Advanced on Pointe 4:15 – 5:15 pm

UPDATED 9/17/11 – Please check the  rehearsal schedule for conflicts.  Rehearsal times will not be changed.

Rehearsal Schedule

  • Dancers will only be excused from one missed rehearsal.
  • Additional rehearsals may be added on Wednesday from 3:15 – 3:45 and/or Friday from 5:30 – 6:30 for Snow Scene and/or Variations roles
  • Roles may be added, dropped or changed based upon abilities of auditioning dancers.

Rehearsals start Tuesday September 27th.  Technical and Dress Rehearsals will start Tuesday December 6th at 5:00.  RSB makes every effort to run the rehearsals as quickly as possible, but please be prepared for some late evenings during this week.

Calling all Nutcracker Volunteers

You don’t need to be a dancer to contribute to the success of the Corvallis Community Nutcracker.  There are a number of ways that you can help over the next few months to make this year’s Nutcracker performance a success.   The first opportunity to lend a hand is at the Nutcracker auditions on September 24th.   Other tasks include costume fitting, concession & ornament sales, donation of concessions, stage hand, poster distribution, and many other areas including being a Nut Mom or Dad who helps out backstage during dress rehearsals and shows.  Check out our Volunteer Sign Up Board at the studio and find out how you can help.

Eugene Ballet Nutcracker Corvallis Performance

If you are interested in trying out for the Corvallis production of the Eugene Ballet’s Nutcracker, auditions will be held at the Corvallis Academy of Ballet Sept 11th.  There is a $5 audition fee per dancer.  The Corvallis performance of Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker will be Thursday, Nov. 17th, at La Sells Stewart Center.

Audition Schedule:
Waltz of the Flowers    12:00-1:00pm – 3 years pointe experience required     4-8 dancers needed
Party Children     1:00-2:30pm – ages 11-15     6-12 dancers needed
Ladybugs     2:30-3:30pm – ages 9-11     up to 8 dancers needed
Angels     3:30-4:00pm – ages 7-9     up to 12 dancers needed
Baby Mice     4:00-4:30pm  – ages 5-7   up to 12 dancers needed

*with the exception of Waltz of the Flowers, all the children’s roles are open to female and male ballet dancers.


Rehearsals are held at the Corvallis Academy of Ballet.  Children’s roles are held on Saturday afternoons in Sept – Nov.  Rehearsal schedules will be passed out at auditions on Sept 11th.  CAB requests dancers do NOT audition if you anticipate scheduling conflicts with Saturday rehearsals.

Please be aware that Regional School of Ballet will rehearse Gingersnaps, Party Scene, Fight Scene and Palace Scene on Saturday afternoons.

To dance is to be out of yourself.  Larger, more beautiful, more powerful.
~Agnes De Mille

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