ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
DATES TO REMEMBER:
GEMS DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, February 27
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
Friday, March 5th – Sunday, March 7th
TRIPLE S DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, March 13th
NO DANCE CLASSES
Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19
Sunday, April 4
Saturday, March 20
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
· LAST DAY OF REGULAR DANCE CLASSES
Sunday, April 18th
SPRING DANCE RECITAL REHEARSALS
Monday, April 19 - Tech/Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, April 20 - Tech/Dress Rehearsal
SPRING DANCE RECITAL PERFORMANCES
6:00 pm - Thursday, April 22 & 2:00 pm - Saturday, April 24
6:00 pm - Friday, April 23 & 6:00 pm - Saturday, April 24
CELEBRATION DANCE COMPETITION
Friday, April 30 – Sunday, May 2
Recital tickets will be available for purchase at the studio on Sunday, February 28 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm and Monday, March 1 from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Tickets are $9.00 each. All tickets are general seating and available on a first come first serve basis. All parents and family members that want to watch the recital need to have a ticket; the only exception is kids 3 & under are free if sitting in an adult lap. When purchasing tickets, you do need to know which night you want a ticket for; we can only sell a certain number of tickets for each night. Also remember each dancer is allowed to purchase 6 tickets for each of their performances.
RECITAL TSHIRTS – ORDERS DUE THURSDAY, MARCH 11TH
Recital T-shirts are now available to order! Completed order forms and payments may be given to your dance instructors. All orders and payments are due back to ASOD no later than Thursday, March 11. Order forms are available for pick up at the dance studio.
NO DANCE CLASSES
There will be no scheduled dance classes Monday, March 15 thru Thursday, March 18. Classes will resume regular schedule Sunday, March 21.
Our final picture day will be held on Saturday, March 20 at the Focus Photography studio (214 Main St West, Ashland; across from the Court House on Main St; next to the Historical Museum) where dancers will have their individual pictures taken. A copy of the schedule may be picked up at the studio. Please note some of the times have changed slightly from the original schedule!! Please email to let us know if your dancer won’t be attending their classes’ scheduled time for pictures. Dancers will be bringing home their costumes the first week of March. Picture order forms will be sent home with dancers the week before pictures. 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!! Picture are optional! If you choose not to have your dancer's pictures taken this year, please be sure to email me ASAP to let me know they won't be there.
SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Our 2021 Spring Dance Recital is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd; Friday, April 23rd; and 2 performances on Saturday, April 24th at the Salem Baptist Church in Ashland. Each class will perform at 2 performances (with the exception of Jr Co and Sr Co dancers who will perform at all 4 performances since they each have 4 dances). Half of the dance classes will perform on Thursday and Saturday afternoon; and the second half of the dance classes will perform on Friday and Saturday evening. Copies of both line ups are posted at the studio. The line ups show which classes are performing on each night. There will be two performances scheduled on Saturday; one at 2:00 pm and one at 6:00 pm. If you have a dancer, in multiple classes, they may end up dancing in all four performances. Dancers will also required to attend their Tech/Dress Rehearsal practice which is held on either Monday, April 19th or Tuesday, April 20th. A rehearsal schedules is posted posted below. More info on the recital will be emailed to all dance families as it becomes available and shared here on our website. The Recital Handbook also has some other general recital info.
Dancers will be required to attend their Tech/Dress Rehearsal on either Monday, April 19 or Tuesday, April 20 at the Salem Baptist Church in Ashland. A complete copy of the schedule is available by clicking the "Rehearsal Schedule" button above. Each class is scheduled to perform on one of the two days. In the past we have done Tech Rehearsal on one day and dress rehearsal on Thursday the week of the recital. Since our first performance is scheduled for Thursday, we have decided to combine the rehearsals. More details will follow regarding the rehearsal. Copies of the rehearsal schedule will be available for pick up at the dance studio too.
We only have 8 weeks of dance class left; attendance to class is VERY IMPORTANT these last few weeks! The instructors are trying to finishing up the recital dances with each of their classes. Dancers can only learn the recital dances if they attend class each week!! The last day of regular scheduled classes is Saturday, April 18th.
DANCE RECITAL COSTUMES
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 misplaced items prior to the recital.
The Hair & Tights Info button above shows you the specifics on hair style and tights that are required for each class for pictures and the recital. If you'd like to order tights through the dance studio, please complete a tights order form and return to your dancer's instructor. Order forms are available at the dance studio. Ordering tights through the studio is optional, we offer this option since there's no place local to purchase tights. A note for older dancers: If your dancer needs to wear an under garment, please be sure they have a nude color bra or nude leotard for under their recital costume.
All solo/duet dances are complete; dancers should be practicing them each week until competition and the recital!
GEMS DANCE COMPETITION
Ally's Sr Company dancers will be participating in the Gems Dance Competition on Saturday, February 27 in Duluth. More details will follow in the next couple weeks. A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
Sr Co Jazz/ Funk and Sr Company dancers will be participating in the Masquerade Dance Competition Friday, March 5th thru Sunday, March 7th at the DECC in Duluth. More details will follow in the next couple weeks. A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.
TRIPLE S DANCE COMPETITION
Sr Co Jazz/ Funk and Sr Company dancers will be participating in the Triple S Dance Competition on Saturday, March 13 in Duluth. More details will follow in the next couple weeks. A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
All Level III Tap; Co Tap; Jr Co; Sr Co; Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Sr Co Jazz/Funk dancers will be participating in the Spring Fling Dance Competition; the date and location is yet to be determined. As soon as we have that info we will pass it along to all dancers involved.
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.
As the bad weather season is here and the COVID virus continues, I want to remind all families to check your email on a regular basis. We have multiple instructors that come from out of town to teach their dance classes; if we cancel dance class for any reason, I will text and/or email to notify parents. This year as been challenging for all of us and I appreciate parent’s flexibility as we continue to navigate through the daily challenges of the virus. 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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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)