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Costume Week at Forevermore

Your costumes have arrived and we thought we would give you a sneak peek! The Forevermore Staff unpacked, organized and prepared your costumes this weekend. I hope that you are looking forward to an exciting week at Forevermore!

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Teaching Assistants Take One!

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In preparation for our June Recital our Teaching Assistants participated in a video shoot at Forevermore.  The day began with rehearsal of the material for memory and staging. All Teaching Assistants had to take a quick look in the mirror to make sure they were in dress code and looking their best.

As the day took shape students learned to stay in the frame of the camera in order to be seen for the entire piece of choreography.  They practiced dancing bigger than life to create energy and clarity on film.  Students also practiced teamwork as they helped each other with steps, rhythms and positive role modeling through beautiful dancing for our littlest dancers.

It was an exciting day at Forevermore for the Teaching Assistants and the Teaching Team.  We look forward to many more!

Forevermore’s Theatre Bugs perform at Dunning Library!

The theatre children of Forevermore entertained an audience of fifty plus family members and members of the community on December 10th at the Dunning Library.  Full of holiday spirit they presented two works, The Little Engine That Could and The Wicked Wazoo.

 

Forevermore’s Performance Company with Chicago Metro Chorus

One dancer in the wings and one dancing on stage

The Forevermore Performance Company joined the Chicago Metro Chorus at Guerin Prep High School for a Holiday Performance.  Watching the young dancers prepare for performance brings back many memories for Ms. Kerrie, and the excitement of performance day is felt in the studio as dancers warm up, rehearse, and prepare to travel to the theatre.  The day creates laughter and smiles as the dancers prepare for the evening’s performance.

There were opportunities to dance in the hallways, tell funny stories, and laugh.  We did lots of laughing and lots of dancing.  A Holiday Performance gives you the opportunity to be thankful for the gifts and goodness that surround you, and the wonderful friends that you spend time with.  Older dancers teach younger dancers about applying makeup, perfecting their hair, and warming up.  The younger dancers teach us to keep every performance fresh and new as they perform holiday pieces for the first time.

Overall, touring with the company is a very special experience.  You share the excitement, happiness, and anticipation with fellow dancers and others groups that you are performing with.  Every performance opportunity is a moment to grow, expand your knowledge and share your love of dance with people who are special to you.  Being in a company of fellow dancers is a time to celebrate!  It is a time that you will always remember.

Benjamin Millepied’s

Check out this link to see what the choreographer from Black Swan is doing! http://www.pointemagazine.com/blogs/benjamin-millepied/millepieds-new-company

“LOCAL GIRL ACCEPTED AS PETITE QUEEN OF NORTHERN IL FOR THE MISS HEART OF THE USA “

Miss Dixie Williams, age 10, has been chosen as Petite Queen of Northern Illinois for the Miss Heart of the USA Pageant which was held on November 18-20that the beautiful Palms Resort in Orlando Florida.

The Miss Heart of the USA Pageants is first and foremost food drives.  The Illinois Miss Heart of the USA Pageants benefits the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

“As a Miss Heart of the USA County, City, and State queen you have the opportunity to help feed hungry children and families across the state.  You have the opportunity to set an example and be a positive leader in your state.  These girls are looking up to you and will be lead by your example.  We are developing tomorrow’s leaders!” (Miss Heart of the USA)

Miss Heart of the USA Queens involve themselves in their communities through food drives as well as promoting organizations such as the American Cancer society, March of Dimes, Local churches, and by becoming mentors.

Miss Dixie Williams’s activities include Acting, Ballet, Tap, Jazz Hip Hop and Bowling.  She also enjoys being an assistant teacher for dance classes with children as young as 2 ½. 

“As a mentor and student teacher Dixie Williams is consistently showing a natural instinct toward leadership.   While participating in group activities Dixie Williams shines with talent, provides support to her team of actors and dancers, and works very closely with her mentors and directors.”  (Candace Cavallaro, Associate Director of Forevermore)

Her sponsors are Forevermore Dance &Theatre Arts, Cumberland Funeral Home, Norridge Ace Hardware, Characa American Family Insurance and family and friends.

 

The Spooky Ball at Forevermore

Today looked very different than last Saturday–none of my friends had their costumes on!  So I thought that I would share my happy memories of Halloween Week and The Spooky Ball!

Creating Memories

Creating Memories

To everyone that participated in The Spooky Ball, thank you for joining the fun and excitement at Forevermore!
The event was a huge success with new and old friends sharing yummy treats, dancing at the disco dance party, playing games, face painting, and being “spooked”in the Haunted Yard!
The student and parent volunteers did a wonderful job of keeping the day organized, safe and entertaining. The Forevermore Performance Company entertained an audience of 270 plus children and adults. As the student performance company continues to perform outreach programs in the Chicagoland area, we continue to watch them grow, discover and share their love of dance with the community. As ambassadors for movement they find joy in their accomplishments and achievements. As parents and teachers we watch as they mature as individuals, a team, and community leaders.
We are looking forward to seeing you at our next event!

*FAMILY VALUE: Buy 3 Tickets get 1 FREE*

It’s almost here! We hope you’ll join us for our Spooky Ball!

Open to the Public!
Sign up at Forevermore if you’d like to Volunteer
or Bake a Tricky Treat!

Infants 1 yr. and under are FREE

SPOOKY BALL SCHEDULE

1:00-6:00 Refreshments
1:00-6:00 Haunted House in the yard

1:30-2:00 Tattoos in the Lobby
1:30-2:00 Games in Studio A
2:00-2:30 Dance Performance in Studio B
2:30-3:00 Costume Parade and Contest
3:00-3:30 Dance Party in Studio B

3:00-4:00 Face Painting
3:30-4:00 Games in Studio A
4:00-4:30 Dance Performance in Studio B
4:30-5:00 Costume Parade and Contest
5:00-5:30 Dance Party in Studio B

Sincerely,

Mr. David & Ms. Kerrie
Forevermore Dance & Theatre Arts, Inc.
ADVANCE TICKET SALE Oct. 15 – Oct 29
*FAMILY VALUE:
Buy 3 Tickets get 1 FREE

*offer available during advance sale only

7466 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60634
773-237-5200

Snow White finds her Prince at Forevermore!

A visit from Snow White kicked off the Halloween Celebrations at Forevermore! Snow White happily taught students a ballet and tap class on Monday.  Snow White was  happy that her tummy ache from eating the poisoned apple had disappeared and she shared her joy with friends!

At Forevermore we believe imagination needs a place to grow!  As we celebrate the Harvest season with dress up, games, music and dance remember some important tips for dressing up.  Encourage children to wear fitted costumes that do not drag on the floor or cause tripping while jumping, and running.  If your costume comes with a mask, ask your child to wear the mask on the top of their head like a hat while dancing, or not wear the mask at all.  Wearing a mask while dancing is tricky, so be careful and make good choices.

Be safe while celebrating. Traveling in groups is a great idea.  Look both ways before crossing the street, hold hands while crossing, and walk on the sidewalk.  Keep in mind that bright and colorful costumes that reflect light make you more visible to drivers.  To our oldest children, the same thoughts apply.  Remember to tell your parents where you are, who you are with, and when you will be home.  Charge your cell phones, and make good decisions, and choices when celebrating with friends.  Most importantly–Enjoy letting your imagination grow!

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