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
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
DATES TO REMEMBER:
2023 WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE
Saturday, January 21 11:00 am & 3:00 pm
IRON RIVER WINTER/SPRING DANCE SESSION
Monday, January 30 - Monday, April 10
WASHBURN WINTER DANCE SESSION
Sunday, February 5 - Sunday, March 12
2023 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22
WINTER/SPRING DANCE SESSION - IRON RIVER
Our next dance session in Iron River is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 30 with classes ending on Monday, April 10 (no scheduled classes on Monday, March 13). The following link can be used to register your dancer for this session: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod. Our shoe fitting day will be held on Monday, January 23 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the VFW Hall in Iron River (8265 US Hwy 2). The schedule for this session is shown below. For the combo classes, dancers will focus on each type of dance for 2 weeks during the session. All classes are one day a week for the 10-week session. All class space is available on a first come first serve basis. Class Costs: 30 min class: $30.00/month (2 payments); 45 min class: $45.00/month (2 payments). First payment is due at the time of registration and second payment is due by Monday, March 6th. Class Attire: dancers should wear comfortable clothing (leotard, leggings/shorts, tshirt/tank top); please no jeans and dancers must have their hair pulled back away from their face. Dance Shoes: the following are the required dance shoes for each class: Creative Movement - ballet shoes: PreBallet/Tiny Tap - tap shoes (ballet shoes are optional); Combo - tap shoes (jazz shoes are optional).
5:00-5:30 Creative Movement (Ages 3-4)
5:35 - 6:20 PreBallet/Tiny Tap (Ages 5-6)
6:25 - 7:10 Combo (Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Funk/Poms) (Ages 7-9)
7:15 - 8:00 Combo (Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Funk/Poms) (Ages 10-13)
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call/text (715-413-1074) if you have any questions regarding the upcoming Iron River dance session.
WINTER DANCE SESSION - WASHBURN
Our next dance session in Washburn is scheduled to begin on Sunday, February 5 with classes ending on Sunday, March 12 (no scheduled classes on Sunday, March 5). The following link can be used to register your dancer for this session: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod. Our shoe fitting day will be held on Sunday, January 29 from 4:00-5:30 pm at the Washburn Meditation Center (325 Washington Ave). The schedule for this session is shown below. All classes are one day a week for the 6-week session. All class space is available on a first come first serve basis. Class Costs: $45.00 - this cost covers all 6 classes for this session - payment is due at the time of registration. Class Attire: dancers should wear comfortable clothing (leotard, leggings/shorts, tshirt/tank top); please no jeans and dancers must have their hair pulled back away from their face. Dance Shoes: the following are the required dance shoes for each class: Ballet/Jazz - ballet shoes; Jazz/Funk - jazz shoes; Jazz/Tap - tap shoes.
12:45 - 1:30 Ballet/Jazz (Ages 5-6)
1:35 - 2:20 Jazz/Funk (Ages 6-8)
2:25 - 3:10 Jazz/Tap (Ages 7-9)
Please email (email@example.com) or call/text (715-413-1074) if you have any questions regarding the upcoming Washburn dance session.
WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE TICKETS
Tickets for the Winter Showcase Performance will be available for purchase beginning Sunday, November 13. All parents, family members and friends that want to watch the performance on Saturday, January 21 at 11:00 am and/or 3:00 pm need to have a ticket; the only exception is kids 3 & under are free if sitting in an adult lap. Cost is $10.00 per ticket. We ask dance families to only buy the number of tickets that you’re going to use because tickets are nonrefundable. When purchasing tickets, you do need to know which performance you want a ticket for; we can only sell a certain number of tickets for each night. If you are volunteering backstage for one performance, you do NOT need a ticket to watch that performance! Tickets are available for purchase beginning Sunday, November 13 by using the following link (https://dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/asod) or by logging in your dance account and click tickets on the home page.
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE TSHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS
ASOD merchandise orders will be available for pick up in November at the dance studio.
All costumes have been ordered! As costumes arrive, we will ask dancers to try them on to make sure they fit. Dancers are responsible for any alternations needed on costumes. ALL COSTUMES MUST REMAIN AT THE DANCE STUDIO UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO GET THEM ALL STEAMED. Normally, costumes go home with dancers closer to Picture days.
NO CLASS DATES: NOVEMBER 21st – 27th
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!! There will be no dance classes Monday, November 21 thru Sunday, November 27. We hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!! Classes resume regular schedule on Monday, November 28. 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.
NOVEMBER TUITION PAYMENTS/ONLINE PAYMENTS
If you’re paying for your dance tuition monthly, November tuition has been posted to your dance account. Payments may be done on your online dance accounts (https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod). If you want to avoid the fee of the online payments, you can still send your payment via Venmo (@asod5678) or cash/check payments can also be given to your dance instructor too! November tuition is due no later than Thurs, Nov 3. NOTE: Account balances must be paid in full no later than Thursday, November 3 to avoid the monthly late fee.
ASHLAND’S CHRISTMAS PARADE
All dancers ages 7 & up are invited to join us in the Christmas parade here in Ashland on Saturday, December 3 at 4:30 pm. Dancers will learn a short routine during their class time for the parade. For the parade, we ask that everyone joining us wears a Christmas Sweater. We usually find out exactly where and when we meet for the parade a day or two beforehand so be sure to watch for an email with that information. Dancers MUST be picked up after the parade on Main Street East near Stuntz Avenue. DANCERS CAN NOT LEAVE TO GO FIND THEIR PARENTS!!
The first practice for the Production Dance is Sunday, December 18 from 5:15-6:15 pm at the dance studio. For those dancers that signed up to participate in the Production Dance, your $20 fee for participating in this extra dance has been posted to your dance account. For the Spring Dance Recital, instead of wearing an actual costume for this dance, dancers will wear matching tshirts and black spandex shorts or leggings. Once we have the tshirts designed we will collect sizes & the tshirt fee for each dancer participating in the dance. If you have a dancer that still wants to sign up for the Production Dance or if you have any questions, please email me. The dancers in the production dance will perform at all 4 of the Spring Dance Recital performances in April.
DANCE PICTURE DAYS
Dance Pictures Days are scheduled for Saturday, January 7 and Saturday, February 18; dancers will have their individual and group pictures taken during their classes’ scheduled time; each group is scheduled on one of the two days. Pictures will be held at the Focus Photography Studio which is now located at 63914 Santama Road, Ashland (about 10 minutes south of Ashland on Hwy 13). The complete schedules for Picture Days have been emailed to all dance families and are also available for pick up at the dance studio. If your dancer is unable to attend their groups scheduled time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know they won’t be there. If your dancer is unable to attend their schedule time and you’d like to have your dancer’s individual pictures taken you can reach out to the photographer to reschedule individual photos. Iron River dancers, I am working on getting a photographer in the Iron River area to photograph your dancers, so you don’t have to travel to Ashland. More info on the date and time for Iron River pictures will follow.
WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE
Our 1st Annual Winter Showcase Performance is scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at the Ashland High School Auditorium. For the Winter Showcase Performance, dancers will wear their costumes, tights and dance shoes. The Winter Dance Performance includes the following classes:
Sr Co Jazz/Funk
Jr Co Jazz/Funk
Poms (Tuesday class)
Level III Jazz/Funk
Level III Tap
Level II Jazz/Funk
Jazz/Funk - Washburn
Poms - Washburn
Creative Movement - Iron River
PreBallet/Tiny Tap - Iron River
Jazz/Funk - Iron River
Poms - Iron River
We have also invited dancers from a local studio in Ironwood to join us for this performance too. The performance will be at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm in the auditorium at the Ashland High School on Saturday, January 21. Each group listed above will perform one dance at each show; Ally’s Int/Adv Ballet/Jazz class and Sr Co classes will perform two dances in each show. 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).
WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE VOLUNTEERS
An adult volunteer is needed to supervise each class of dancers backstage when they aren’t performing on stage during the performance. As a volunteer, your main responsibility is to assure that each child in your dancer’s class is safe and accounted for. Volunteers are responsible for making sure that each child in your group is in the proper costume and shoes, and is backstage at the appropriate time. You are also responsible for seeing that all children return to their appointed dressing rooms after their performance. Parents with dancers through the age of 9 are all asked to volunteer backstage at one performance. Dancers can’t be backstage without a parent volunteer. For the 11:00 am performance, we ask that volunteers arrive by 10:30 and for the 3:00 pm performance we ask that volunteers arrive 2:30 pm. You can sign up to volunteer by logging in your dance account (https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod) and click volunteer on the home page.
WINTER SHOWCASE REHEARSAL
Dancers will be required to attend their rehearsal on Friday, January 20 at the Ashland High School Auditorium (1900 Beaser Ave, Ashland) For rehearsal, each class is allotted a specific time on the rehearsal schedule. Dancers are only required to attend their classes specified time unless they want to watch other dancers’ practice. For rehearsal, dancers must wear their costume, tights, dance shoes and have their hair done. Make up is optional for the younger dancers. Once dancers have practiced their dances on stage they may leave. Attending rehearsal is mandatory. A copy of the rehearsal schedule has been emailed to all dance families and is available for pick up at the dance studio.
As the bad weather season is near, I want to remind all families to check your email on a regular basis. A few of our dance instructors come from out of town to teach their dance classes; if we cancel dance class for any reason, I will send an email to notify parents. I will also post on facebook if classes are cancelled. All cancelled classes will be made up at a later date; all make up class details will be emailed to parents once dates and times are set.
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 should be working on their recital dances – they will need to show Ally & Anessa a completed portion of their dance the first week of November.
If your dancer is unable to attend their dance class, please be sure to email email@example.com 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 and PreBallet/Tiny Tap will each perform in 2 of the 4 recital performances; all dancers ages 7 & up will perform 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!
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.
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.
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.
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QUESTIONS, COMMENTS OR CONCERNS
Please contact us by phone or email.
Mailing Address: 1316 Main St West Ashland, WI 54806
Ashland Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East Ashland, WI 54806 (Bohemian Hall)
Washburn Studio Address: 325 Washington Ave, Washburn, WI (Washburn Meditation Center)
Iron River Studio: 8265 US Hwy 2 Iron River, WI (VFW Hall)