Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
DATES TO REMEMBER:
FINAL FALL REGISTRATION & SHOE FITTING
Tuesday, August 10 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Wednesday, August 18 & Thursday, August 19
Tuesday, August 24
Thursday, August 26
FALL DANCE CLASSES BEGIN
Tuesday, September 7
SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOPS
We will be holding a variety of dance workshops throughout the month of August. All dancers ages 7 & up are invited to sign up. . . . come have fun and learn in an accelerated environment! Dancers will work on technique and learn a short combo at each workshop.
August 18 & 19 - Lyrical/Contemporary - $25 (cost includes both days)
5:30 - 8:00 Ages 12 & up
August 24 - Jazz/Funk
5:30 - 6:30 Ages 7-11 - Cost: $10
6:30 - 8:00 Ages 12 & up - Cost: $15.00
August 26 - Poms
5:30 - 6:30 Ages 7-11 - Cost: $10
6:30 - 8:00 Ages 12 & up - Cost: $15.00
2021 FALL DANCE SCHEDULE
A complete copy of the fall dance schedule may be found on the "2021 Fall Schedule" tab or button listed at the top of this page. Fall classes start in Sept and end in April with a Spring Recital Performance. All classes (except for Jr Co and Sr Co) are 1 day a week starting Tuesday, September 7. Both Jr Co and Sr Co are held 2 days a week (Sunday & Wednesday). Mark your calendar: our final shoe fitting and class registration will be held on Tuesday, August 10 from 4:30-6:00 pm at the dance studio (319 11th Ave East, Ashland). If you’d like to hold a spot in a particular class for your dancer, you must include the first month’s tuition with your completed registration form. Please remember all class space is available on a first come first serve basis and the schedule is subject to change depending on the number of dancers registered for each class. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
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.
FALL SESSION DANCE SHOES
For the fall dance classes, dancers will need the following types of shoes:
Creative Movement – ballet shoes
PreBallet/Tiny Tap – ballet & tap shoes J
azz/funk – jazz shoes
Poms – jazz shoes
Jazz/tap – jazz & tap shoes
Musical Theater – jazz shoes
Ballet/jazz – ballet & jazz shoes
Jr Co & Sr Co – lyrical & jazz shoes.
In order to do a solo or duet in our Spring Dance Recital, dancers must be taking either a Jr or Sr Company class or Co Tap. For those dancers interested in doing a solo/duet in the 2022 Spring Dance Recital, it's never too early to start picking out your music!! 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 or jazz/funk classes. With the appropriate amount of time and class experience, dancers will move from Level I to Level II to Level III to Jr Company.
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!
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. 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!
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.
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.
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
Jazz/Tap - Black Jazz & Black Tap shoes
Tap Classes (Level III & Co Tap) – Black Tap shoes
Jazz/Funk classes – Black Jazz shoes
Jr & Sr Company – Nude Lyrical shoes & Black Jazz shoes
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 or jazz/funk classes. With the appropriate amount of time and class experience dancers will move from Level I to Level II to Level III 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.
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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)