ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE



Ashland Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East, Ashland, WI        Washburn Studio Address: 325 Washington Ave, Washburn, WI       Iron River Studio Address:  8265 US Hwy 2 Iron River, WI        Mailing Address: 1316 Main St W, Ashland, WI

Offering Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Poms & Funk Classes
For Dancers Ages 3 & up 

DATES TO REMEMBER:



HUGOS PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Sunday, October 2 - Thursday, October 20


BENOIT CHEESE FUNDRAISER ORDER PICK UP 
Thursday, October 6 4:00 - 6:00 (Ashland Dance Studio)


NO CLASSES DATES
Monday, October 10 (Iron River Classes only)
Sunday, October 16
Monday, October 31

WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE

Saturday, January 21 


2023 SPRING DANCE RECITAL

Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22

HUGOS PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Our second and final fundraising begins on Sunday, October 2. An order form is available for pick up at the dance studio. All orders and payments for the Hugo’s Pizza fundraiser are due back by Thursday, October 20. Checks may be made payable to Ashland School of Dance or ASOD. With this fundraiser you are selling Hugo’s Pizza certificates (not actual pizzas). Pizza certificates will be available for pick up at your dancer’s class in November. Dancers earn approximately 20% of their total sales. Participating in this fundraiser is optional.

Fundraiser Details: 
*All orders and payments for the Hugo's Pizza fundraiser must be returned to ASOD no later than Thursday, October 20. Order forms and payment may be given to your dance instructors. 
 *Payment for all orders is due at the time of the sale.

*Tax is already included in the price listed on the order form 
*Payment for the fundraiser is cash or checks only; checks are made payable to ASOD or Ashland School of Dance. 
 *Please be sure to put your dancer's name on the top of the fundraiser form
 *Dancers earn about 20% of their total sales on this fundraiser 
 *When you turn in your order:
      -please be sure each row is totaled across and each column is totaled down
      -please put your order form & payments are in an envelope

BENOIT CHEESE FUNDRAISER
Awesome work to those that participated in our Benoit Cheese fundraiser . . . our group sold over $20,000 in cheese! Remember your Benoit Cheese fundraiser orders will be available for pick up at the Ashland Dance Studio (319 11th Ave East) on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00-6:00 pm. Please note the updated pick up time; with an order our size they needed more time for preparing our order! Pick up on this date is mandatory because orders need to be refrigerated. If you’re unable to pick up your order, please arrange to have someone pick it up for you! If you participated in the Benoit Cheese fundraiser, your profit has been applied to your dancer’s account, you should see the credit deducted from the balance due on your account. Contact Stacey with any questions regarding your account balance.   

ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE TSHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS
ASOD gear (tshirts, sweatshirts, hats, shorts, leggings & sweatpants) will be available to order soon! Order forms will be emailed to all dance families and available for pick up at the dance studio. All merchandise needs to be preordered. (WE WILL NOT ORDER EXTRA SIZES). All payments are due when you turn in your order. Orders and payments may be given to your dance instructors. Orders will be available for pick up at the beginning of December. All orders & payments are due back to ASOD no later than Thurs, Oct 27th.

 RECITAL COSTUME PAYMENTS   
The remaining costume balance on all recital costumes must be paid in full no later than Thursday, October 13. Log in to your dance accounts (https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod) to see the balance due on your dancer’s recital costume(s). All class costume fees have been posted to your dancer’s account. Please note if your dancer’s costume isn’t paid in full by Thursday, October 13 their costume won’t be placed with our group order and may incur separate/extra shipping charges if ordered separately. 


OCTOBER TUITION PAYMENTS
If you are paying for your dance tuition monthly, October tuition has posted to your dance account. Payments may be done online or given to your dance instructor. October tuition is due no later than Thursday, October 6.


​DANCE SHOES
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
Level I & II Ballet/Jazz classes - Pink Ballet & Black Jazz shoes
​Jazz/Tap - Black Jazz & Black Tap shoes
Poms - Black Jazz shoes 
Tap Classes (Level III) – Black Tap shoes
Jazz/Funk classes – Black Jazz shoes
Level III Ballet/Jazz - Nude Lyrical shoes & Black Jazz shoes 
Jr & Sr Company – Nude Lyrical shoes 


SOLO/DUET DANCERS
All dancers (ages 7 & up) are invited to do a solo or duet in our Winter Showcase Performance in January and at any dance competition (which normally are held in the spring). Doing a solo/duet does involve extra commitment and costs from dancers and their parents. Dancers are required to meet with an instructor for private lessons ($30/hr). Learning a solo/duet dance normally requires 2-4 private lessons and practicing at home on a regular basis. Other costs include: the purchase of another costume and a $25 fee to have a song cut. If you decide to do a competition there are additional registration fees for each competition. If this is something your dancer is interested in pursuing, please email asod@centurytel.net otherwise you can talk to Ally or Anessa too! In order to do a solo or duet in our Spring Dance Recital, dancers must be taking a Jr Co or Sr Co class. 


FALL FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
We will again offer two fall fundraisers to our dance families to help pay for their dancer’s recital costume. Average cost for recital costumes are $60.00. Each class has one recital costume with the exception of Ally’s Int/Adv Ballet/Jazz and Sr Co; both of those classes will have 2 recital costumes since these two classes meet two days a week.  If your dancer is signed up for two different classes (i.e. ballet/jazz & jazz/funk) they will be required to have one costume for each class. Our first fundraiser will be with Benoit Cheese and the second fundraiser will be selling Hugo’s Pizza certificates. Please remember participating in either fundraiser is optional and all the money your dancer earns on their fundraiser is put towards their recital costume and then their class tuition. 

Please note: when you participate in our fundraisers, as a parent you are responsible for collecting payments for your orders, turning in your order form and payments by the due date, picking up your order and lastly delivering your orders.  


NO CLASS DATES
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! There will be no dance classes on Sunday, October 16 and Monday, October 31. Please note the current “no class dates” listed here at the top of our website's home page. A complete list of "no class dates" may be found on the schedule tab. Please note: ASOD doesn’t follow the school schedule; sometimes we have class when there is no school and vice versa.

WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE
Planning for our 1st Annual Winter Dance Performance on Saturday, January 21 is underway!  Instructors have chosen their music, started their choreography, costumes have been finalized. . . tickets will go on sale in November. For the Winter Dance Performance, dancers will wear their costumes, tights and dance shoes. The Winter Dance Performance will include all of the Iron River dancers, all of the Washburn dancers and Ashland dancers in Level II, Level III & Sr Co classes. We have also invited dancers from a local studio in Ironwood to join us for this performance too. The performance will be held in the auditorium at the Ashland High School on Saturday, January 21. There will be two performances that day; times TBD. Each group listed above will perform one dance at each show; Ally’s Int/Adv Ballet/Jazz class and Ally’s Sr Co class will perform two dances in each show since they meet 2 days a week for class. All solo/duet dancers are required to perform their dance in the Winter Dance Performance. Watch our website, your email and monthly newsletters for all updates on the Winter Dance Performance. (Ashland dancers in Creative Movement, PreBallet/Tiny, PreJazz/Funk, Poms and Level I will all participate in the Spring Dance Recital only). 

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​​​CLASS ATTENDANCE
If your dancer is unable to attend their dance class, please be sure to email asod@centurytel.net or send us a message to let us know they won’t be at class. If your dancer isn’t feeling well, please be sure to NOT send them to dance class!!​ 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 regular season (Sept-April) will not be allowed to participate in the spring dance recital performance.”  Dancers only progress if they attend class on a regular basis. 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.


SPRING DANCE RECITAL
We are also planning for the 2023 Spring Dance Recital which is scheduled for Thursday, April 20; Friday, April 21 & 2 performances on Saturday, April 22 at the Ashland High School Auditorium. The Spring Dance Recital will include all of the dancers at the Ashland studio. Dancers in Creative Movement through Level I will each perform in 2 of the 4 recital performances; dancers in Level II, Level III, Jr Co and Sr Co will performance in all 4 performances. We will keep everyone updated on the recital through our website, emails and monthly newsletters.


STUDIO WAITING ROOM
*In Ashland, 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.

*In Washburn, we ask that parents and other family members wait in the entryway.

*In Iron River, we ask that parents wait in the room adjacent to the dance area.

We have found that dancers perform better when they aren’t being watched by everyone in the waiting room. 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. Once kids enter the dance room, we ask that kids DO NOT RUN AROUND while waiting for class to start. 


NEWSLETTERS & WEBSITE
Throughout the dance season, please be sure to check your emails regularly and read the monthly newsletters. Our main form of communication is email. The monthly newsletters always have lots of important information. All newsletters are emailed to everyone who provided an email address on their registration form. Please email us (asod@centurytel.net) if you didn't receive a copy of the newsletter by email. Extra newsletters are always available at the studio. All of the information is also available here on our website too. (www.ashlandschoolofdance.info). You can also find ASOD on Facebook.

 DANCE COMPETITIONS
For dancers who are interested: Competitions are open to all dancers who are interested in doing a solo, duet or trio at a competition. ASOD’s Sr Co dancers have attended competitions held in the Duluth and Minneapolis area; ASOD’s Jr Co dancers usually do a competition in the Duluth area. The minimum age for a dancer to compete is 6 years old. Competitions do involve extra costs that include: private lessons, additional costume, and competition fees.  If you have a dancer that is interested in competing, please contact ASOD.


​​​​​​​​​WATER BOTTLES
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!


​​CLASS ADVANCEMENT
Over the dance season, the instructors evaluate the dancers in their classes 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. 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.
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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).​

​​​​​​​​​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. 


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.

LOST & FOUND
When you pick up your dancer after class each week, please be sure to make sure they have all their shoes.

CLEAN STUDIO

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.


FACEBOOK
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QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS

Please contact us by phone or email.
Telephone: 715-413-1074
Email: asod@centurytel.net    
Mailing Address: 1316 Main St West Ashland, WI 54806
Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East Ashland, WI 54806 (Bohemian Hall)