ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE



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

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

DATES TO REMEMBER:


PICTURE DAYS
Saturday, February 18th - Ashland Dancers


PRODUCTION DANCE PRACTICE
Sunday, January 29th 


IRON RIVER WINTER/SPRING DANCE SESSION

Monday, January 30 - Monday, April 10


WASHBURN WINTER DANCE SESSION

Sunday, February 5 - Sunday, March 19


​NO CLASSES DATES​
​Sunday, March 12 - Thursday, March 16 

Sunday, April 9

2023 SPRING DANCE RECITAL REHEARSAL

Monday, April 17

Tuesday, April 18


2023 SPRING DANCE RECITAL PER FORMANCES

6:00 pm Thursday, April 20

6:00 pm Friday, April 21

2:00 pm Saturday, April 22

6:00 pm Saturday, April 22

DANCE PICTURE DAYS
Dance Pictures Days for the remaining Ashland dancers is scheduled for Saturday, February 18; dancers will have their individual and group pictures taken during their classes’ scheduled time. Pictures will be held at the Focus Photography Studio which is now located at 63914 Santama Road, Ashland (10 minutes south of Ashland on Hwy 13). The complete schedule for this Picture Day 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 asod@centurytel.net to let me know they won’t be there. Picture order forms will be sent home with dancers the week of pictures. PLEASE NOTE: ORDERING FROM THE ORDER FORM IS THE ONLY OPTION THIS YEAR! Ordering from the website will not be available this year.  Payments for pictures are due on the day of pictures and checks for pictures must be made payable to: Focus Photography. Please make sure your dancer brings their costume, tights and shoes for their pictures!!



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). 


Monday

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 6-8)

7:15 - 8:00 Combo (Ballet/Jazz/Tap/Funk/Poms) (Ages 9-12) 


​Please email (asod@centurytel.net) 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 19 (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.


Sunday

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 (asod@centurytel.net) or call/text (715-413-1074) if you have any questions regarding the upcoming Washburn dance session.


WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE TICKETS
WE HAVE SOLD ABOUT HALF OF OUR RECITAL TICKETS and we still have several dance families that haven’t purchased any tickets! We want to make sure all dance families have a ticket to attend one performance. Tickets are available online (
https://dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/asod) or at Home Expressions (116 Main St West, Ashland). All tickets are general seating and available on a first come first serve basis. All parents, family members and friends that want to watch the performance 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 (11:00 am or 3:00 pm) you want a ticket for; we can only sell a certain number of tickets for each show. All rehearsals and performances will be held at the Ashland High School Auditorium (1900 Beaser Ave). PLEASE NOTE: Dancers that perform in the Winter Showcase are unable to sit in the auditorium watch the performance they perform & if you’re signed up to volunteer backstage you do not need a ticket to watch the recital. Lastly, tickets normally aren't available for purchase at the door; usually all sell prior to the day of the performance.  The list showing which classes that are scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 21 is available to view by clicking the Winter Showcase Class List button above and the list is also posted at the dance studio. Ashland Parents: If your dancer’s class isn’t listed, they will dance in our Spring Dance Recital in April. Lastly, tickets normally aren't available for purchase at the door; usually they sell out prior to the day of the performance. 


RECITAL COSTUMES
All costumes will go home with dancers prior to their picture day. We have spent several hours steaming all the recital costumes; when your dancer brings home their costume, please be sure to keep it hung up so it’s not a wrinkled mess for pictures or the recital!  Also, make sure your dancer only wears their costume for pictures and then not again until recital week, there is no replacing costumes if something happens to it before the recital. If your costume comes with a hair piece, please keep it with the costume, we’re unable to replace any missing items. 

NO CLASS DATES

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.


DANCING WITH MY GUY
DANCERS!! This is your chance to get your father, stepfather, grandfather, uncle or brother on stage with you at your 2023 Spring Dance Recital!! All dancers are invited to get a special guy involved. It’s lots of fun and a good time spent together. We will hold 1 hour practices for this dance on a couple Sunday afternoons in February, March & April. Please email by Tuesday, February 2 to let me know if you have a dancer and father/grandfather/brother/uncle interested in participating in this dance.


JANUARY TUITION PAYMENTS/ONLINE PAYMENTS
January tuition has been posted to your online dance account. Semester rates (January-April) are available by emailing asod@centurytel.net if you're interested in paying for the remaining classes. Payments may be done on your online (
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! January tuition is due no later than Thursday, January 5. NOTE: Account balances must be paid in full by this date to avoid the monthly late fee.


PRODUCTION DANCE
The next practice for the Production Dance is Sunday, January 8 at the dance studio. For this practice we will split the group in two groups; each group will learn different choreography over the next couple practices. 


Group 1: Jan 29 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Mary, Sophie, Maddie B, Emily R, Maddie F, Lola, Brooklynn, Winnie

Group 2: Jan 29 from 5:15 - 6:15 pm: Ashley, Rylee, Lily, Brooke, Emma, Andrea, Hope, Grace


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.


​SPRING DANCE RECITAL
​Mark your calendar! Our 2023 Spring Dance Recital is scheduled for Thursday, April 20; Friday, April 21; and 2 performances on Saturday, April 22 at the Ashland High School Auditorium (1900 Beaser Ave) in Ashland. Dancers in Creative Movement, PreBallet/Tiny Tap & PreJazz/Funk classes will all perform at 2 performances. The list above shows which classes will perform on Thursday @ 6 pm & Saturday @ 2 pm; while the other groups perform on Friday @ 6 pm & Saturday @ 6 pm.  Dancers ages 7 & up in Level I, Level II, Level III; Beg/Int; Int/Adv, Jr Co and Sr Co will perform at all 4 performances. All dancers will also be required to attend their rehearsal practice which is held on either Monday, April 17 or Tuesday, April 18. Recital tickets are available for purchase online by using the following link https://dancestudio-pro.com/tickets/asod or by logging into your online account and clicking “Tickets” on the home page.   We will keep everyone updated on the recital through our website, emails and monthly newsletters.

SPRING DANCE RECITAL VOLUNTEERS
An adult volunteer is needed to supervise each class of dancers backstage when they aren’t performing on stage during their recital 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 in classes Creative Movement, PreBallet/Tiny Tap, PreJazz/Funk, Level I and Level II are all asked to volunteer backstage on one recital night. Dancers can’t be backstage without a parent volunteer. For the 6:00 pm performances, we ask that volunteers arrive by 5:30 and for the 2:00 pm performance we ask that volunteers arrive 1:30 pm.  Here is the link to sign up to volunteer: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod


SPRING DANCE RECITAL REHEARSAL
Dancers performing in the Spring Dance Recital are required to attend a rehearsal with their group on Monday, April 17 & Tuesday, April 18 at the Ashland High School Auditorium (1900 Beaser Ave, Ashland). Each Ashland dance class is alotted a specific time for rehearsal on one of the two day. Dancers are only required to attend their classes specified time unless they want to watch other dancers’ practice. Attire for rehearsal includes costumes, tights, dance shoes and dancers must 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 will be emailed to all dance families and available for pick up at the dance studio.


NO JR CO JAZZ/FUNK & SR CO JAZZ/FUNK–TUESDAY, JAN 24
There will be no Jr Co Jazz/Funk and no Sr Co Jazz/Funk classes on Tuesday, January 24; Anessa will be out of town that day. All other classes (Level II Jazz/Funk, Creative Movement, Poms, Level III Jazz/Funk) that day will be held as regularly scheduled.   


WEATHER/CANCELLED CLASSES
Please remember  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
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 

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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.


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
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)