The annual spring concert performing opportunity is open to dancers in Levels 1-5 who maintain consistent attendance in their technique class. The spring concert is often held the second weekend of May, but more specifically follows the UI Academic Calendar to fall at the end of Finals Week.
All UIYB rehearsals are separate from technique class. Pre-ballet, Levels 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B begin rehearsal approximately eight weeks from concert date. Level 4/5 (often referred to as the UIYB Ensemble) rehearses for the entire academic year.
To qualify for performing a student must be in regular attendance in their respective technique classes attending the recommended number of classes per week (See Information for Performers). In addition, the student must not miss too many rehearsals (no more than 1 for half-semester rehearsals periods, or 2 for full-semester rehearsals), must attend all scheduled rehearsals during tech week, and be able to take part in all performances. If unforeseen circumstances arise that prevent a student from keeping a rehearsal or performance commitment, contact the UIYB office immediately.
Costumes are provided by UIYB, however, dancers are responsible for the costumes while they are wearing them. Tights and shoes: Female dancers must provide their own pink tights, no seams, and shoes. Male dancers must provide their own white or black tights and white or black shoes (according to the needs of the choreographer).
Dancers should attend all rehearsals and performances wearing their regular dancewear.
Students should not sit in costumes, or eat or drink while in costumes.
For full details, please reference the current semester's Performance Agreement which is now included in the online registration process. The number of classes each level should take per week are outlined in Information for Performers section of our website.