Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
DATES TO REMEMBER:
MAY DANCE SESSION
Monday, May 3 - Monday, June 14
(no classes Monday, May 31)
REGISTRATION FOR SUMMER CLASSES
Thursday, June 10th 4:00 – 6:00 pm
MAY SESSION PERFORMANCE
Tuesday, June 15 - 6:00 pm - Band Shell
SUMMER DANCE SESSION
Monday, June 21 - Thursday, July 22
MAY DANCE SESSION
The May Dance session is scheduled to start on Monday, May 3. All classes for this 6-week session are one day a week with no classes on Monday, May 31. All classes are held at the dance studio which is located at 319 11th Ave East, Ashland. For these classes, dancers should wear their dance shoes, comfortable clothing (no jeans, please) and have their hair pulled back away from their face. A short performance is scheduled for Tuesday, June 15 at 6:00 pm at the Band Shell in Ashland; each class will showcase the short dance they learned during the 6-week session. For this performance, dancers will be asked to wear an Ashland School of Dance t-shirt (order forms may be picked up at the studio) and either black shorts or leggings. If you’d still like to register your dancer for a May class, please return a completed registration form and payment ASAP. Cost (includes 6 classes): $30 for a 30 minute class and $50 for a 60 minute class.
T-SHIRT FOR MAY SESSION PERFORMANCE
For the May session performance on Tuesday, June 15 we would like dancers to wear matching Ashland School of Dance t-shirts. We’ll be ordering all t-shirts on Thursday, May 13. An order form will be emailed to all families with the May newsletter. Order forms are also available for pick up at the dance studio. Cost is $18.00. Please complete and return your order form with payment to your dance instructor no later than Thursday, May 13. If you have any questions regarding the t-shirts, please be sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2021 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
A huge THANK YOU to all the dancers, instructors, parents, Salem Baptist Church and Joe Mousseau for making this year’s recital a success!! Everyone did an amazing job last week!! It was a long busy week but lots of fun! THANK YOU to all the parents and grandparents that helped backstage! We sure appreciate everyone’s help! The show wouldn’t be possible without all our volunteers!
Everyone should have received their picture orders from Picture Days at rehearsal last week. Additional poses from the picture days and pictures from the dress rehearsal are posted on Focus Photography’s website by following this link and password: https://zenfolio.page.link/Y1U8W password: Dance21 - If you have any questions or comments regarding the dance photos, please contact Pam at Focus Photography by email: email@example.com or phone: 715-292-0570.
DANCE RECITAL DVD
Recital DVD’s will be available for pick up at the New England Store after Friday, May 7th. If you have any questions or comments regarding the DVDs, please contact Ed Monroe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
COMMENTS & INPUT
As we end another dance year, you are welcome to send us your comments and/or input regarding our dance program. Please email (email@example.com) any input you may have on the recital, classes, instructors, costumes, schedule, pictures, etc.
SUMMER DANCE SESSION
We will hold a 5-week dance session starting Monday, June 21 and ending Thursday, July 22. All classes during this 5-week session are 1 day a week. Class costs for this session are $25.00 for a 30 minute class; $30 for a 45 minute class and $40 for a 60 minute class - these cost includes the 5 classes in this 5 week session. All class space is available on a first come first serve basis. We will hold our registration and shoe fitting on Thursday, June 10 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the dance studio (319 11th Ave East, Ashland). Dancers are welcome to register any time prior to that to ensure your dancer has a spot in June/July Dance Session. Attached is a registration form for your convenience. You must complete a registration form and mail in your payment if you want a spot held for your dancer. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you’re unable to attend registration on June 10. Schedule is subject to change depending on registration. A complete schedule is shown below:
Monday, June 21 through Thursday, July 22
5:00 – 6:00 Strength & Flex (Ages 7 – 11)
6:05 – 7:05 Ballet/Jazz (Ages 7 – 11)
7:10 – 8:10 Jazz/Tap (Ages 7 – 11)
5:00 – 6:00 PreBallet/Tiny Tap (Ages 5 – 6)
6:10 – 6:40 Creative Movement (Ages 3 – 4)
4:30 – 5:30 Contemporary/Lyrical (Ages 12 & up)
5:35 – 6:35 Strength & Flex (Ages 12 & up)
6:40 – 7:40 Jazz (Ages 12 & up)
4:30 – 5:15 Jazz/Funk (Ages 5 – 8)
5:20 – 6:05 Poms (Ages 7 – 10)
6:10 – 7:10 Jazz/Funk (Ages 9 – 12)
7:15 – 8:15 Jazz/Funk (Ages 13 & up)
Over the next couple months, the instructors start looking at their class lists to decide who is ready to advance to the next level. All Creative Movement and PreBallet/Tiny Tap dancers advance to the next level depending on their age. Dancers must be 5 by September 1 to advance to the PreBallet/Tiny Tap class. Dancers must be 7 years old by September 1 to advance to Level I Ballet/Jazz; Level I Jazz/Tap and/or Level I Jazz/Funk. After dancers reach Level I they are moved up to the next level by the instructors. In the coming weeks, instructors evaluate dancer’s skill & ability levels, their behavior in class, listening skills, maturity levels, respect for others (dancers & instructors), how well they work together as a team, their attendance...many things are taken into consideration when determining if dancers are ready to move up to the next level. As parents it’s natural to think that our dancer is ready to advance to the next level but we have to remember we aren’t the ones in the class each and every week. . . . . so we’ll leave this up to our instructors.
HAND SANITIZER & MASKS
When dance enter and exit the studio, we ask that they use the hand sanitizer that is on the table. Also, for right now we ask that dancers wear a mask in the studio when they are unable to distance themselves from other dancers.
DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP YOUR DANCERS
If you have a Creative Movement, PreBallet, Level I or Level II dancer please stay at the studio with your dancer until class starts. Dancers shouldn’t be arriving more than 15 minutes prior to class starting. And please remind your dancers there should be no running around and yelling or using loud voices while waiting for class to start. Also, when your dancer’s class ends each week we would like parents to come into the building to pick up their dancer (this is required for all dancers through Level 2).
AGE REQUIREMENT FOR DANCE CLASSES
The following age requirements are required for fall dance classes: Creative Movement dancers must by 3 by September 1; PreBallet/Tiny Tap & PreJazz/Funk dancers must be 5 by September 1; Level I dancers must be 7 years old by September 1. After dancers reach Level I they are moved up to the next level by the instructors. Instructors evaluate dancer’s skill & ability levels, their behavior and attitude in class, listening skills, maturity levels, respect for others (dancers & instructors), how well they work together as a team, their attendance...and many other things determine if they are ready to move up to the next level. As parents it’s natural to think that our dancer is ready to advance to the next level but we have to remember we aren’t the ones in the class each and every week. . . . . so we need to leave this up to our instructors. Please let us know if you have any questions on which class(es) your dancer may sign up.
PARKING AT THE DANCE STUDIO
Ashland City Police does enforce no parking on the east side of the street by the studio on 11th Ave East! PLEASE BE SURE YOU ONLY PARK ON THE STUDIO SIDE OF THE STREET.
We want to stress the importance of attendance to dance class. In our policy handout it states “Any student who misses 8 or more classes during the season will not be allowed to participate in the spring dance recital performance.” Dancers only progress if they attend class on a regular basis. Most classes have started to learn their choreography for the recital dances. If your dancer is going to miss 2 or more weeks in a row due to other commitments, you can expect that while they’re missing class the rest of the class is learning parts to their recital dance so your dancer may be excluded from a portion of the recital dance. It is not fair to the instructors or the other dancers in the class, if instructors can’t move forward each week with teaching their recital dances.
STUDIO WAITING ROOM
Since our studio doesn’t have an actual waiting room for parents and siblings, we do ask that all parents and other family members stay behind the mirrors when dance classes start. We have found that dancers perform better when they aren’t being watched by everyone in the waiting room. Throughout the dance year, instructors will invite family in the dance room to watch the last few minutes of class for those that are interested. If you have a dancer that is waiting for their class to start, we also ask them to wait to enter the dance floor until the prior class has ended. Thanks in advance for your help!
Dance shoes are mandatory when attending dance class. Please be sure to write your dancer’s name or initials in their dance shoes! Dancers are expected to have the appropriate dance shoes for their dance class. Wearing must dance shoes during class is a must! No exceptions!! Below is the list showing what each class needs for dance shoes. If your dancer’s shoes are too small, you can order new shoes through the dance studio. Please let your instructor know if your dancer needs to get fitted for new shoes.
Creative Movement – Pink Ballet shoes
Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap – Pink Ballet & Black Tap shoes
All Ballet/Jazz classes - Pink Ballet & Black Jazz shoes
Level I Jazz/Tap - Black Jazz & Black Tap shoes
Tap Classes (Level II; Level III; Co Tap) – Black Tap shoes
All Jazz/Funk classes – Black Jazz shoes
Jr & Sr Company – Nude Lyrical shoes & Black Jazz shoes
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!
MONTHLY TUITION PAYMENTS
If you're paying for your dance tuition monthly, you will receive an email showing the amount that is due on the beginning of each month for your child's dance class. If you didn't receive an email, please send us your email so we have your email on file. REMEMBER all dance payments MUST be given to the dance instructors or dropped off at 1316 Main St West, Ashland or sent thru the Venmo app.
PRE-BALLET/TINY TAP & LEVEL I DANCERS
When dancers for the Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap and Level 1 classes come to class please make sure that both sets of their shoes have their names in them and please make sure their shoes are in a bag when they come to class each week. This will help lessen the confusion of whose shoes are whose since most dancers have the same shoes.
NEWSLETTERS & WEBSITE
Throughout the dance season, please be sure to read the monthly newsletters. They always have lots of important information. All newsletters will be emailed to everyone who put an email address on their registration form. Please email us (email@example.com) if you didn't receive a copy of this month's newsletter by email. All of the information is posted here on our website too. You can also find us on facebook.
In order to do a solo or duet in our Spring Dance Recital dancers must be taking either the Jr or Sr Company class. If you have a dancer that would someday like to do a solo/duet in the Spring Dance Recital, you should encourage your dancer to take the ballet/jazz classes. With the appropriate amount of time and class experience dancers will move from Level I Ballet/Jazz to Level II Ballet/Jazz to Level III Ballet/Jazz to Jr Company.
LOST & FOUND
When you pick up your dancer after class each week, please be sure to make sure they have all their shoes.
For those of you that bring a snack to the studio, please take a moment to clean up any mess before you leave. Please help up keep the studio area clean.
Like Ashland School of Dance on Facebook to keep up on all the dance updates and reminders.
QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS
Please contact us by phone or email.
Mailing Address: 1316 Main St West Ashland, WI 54806
Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East Ashland, WI 54806 (Bohemian Hall)