Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult

ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE

DATES TO REMEMBER:


2018 SPRING DANCE RECITAL  
Friday, April 20th & Saturday, April 21st
Friday, April 27th & Saturday, April 28th


REGISTER FOR SUMMER CLASSES & ORDER YOUR DANCE SHOES

Monday, May 7th 4:00 - 6:00 pm



SPRING DANCE RECITAL
The Spring Dance Recital is right around the corner. Copies of the Recital Handbook are available at the studio and here on the website. Please read through this so you know what is expected of your dancer.
Tech Rehearsal: Monday, April 16 & Tuesday, April 17 (a copy of the schedule is available below)
Dress Rehearsal: Thursday, April 19 (dancers arrive at 5:30 pm)
Show Dates: Friday, April 20; Saturday, April 21; Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28 (dancers arrive at 5:30 pm)
Show Time: 6:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Ashland High School Auditorium
Tickets: Available for purchase by contacting ASOD
Ticket Cost: $8.00 each – kids 3 & under are free if sitting in an adult lap.


TECH REHEARSAL – MONDAY, APRIL 16th & TUESDAY, APRIL 17th
Dancers should wear regular class dancewear and dance shoes and sit in the auditorium with their class and wait until their group is called on stage. Please arrive a few minutes early. DO NOT BE LATE!! Once the dancers have practiced their dance pieces on stage they may leave. All dancers and their families are invited to join us in the commons area at the Ashland High School either before or after your time on stage for the Tech Rehearsal. We will be serving pizza, subway and drinks from 4:00-6:30 pm on Monday, April 16 and from 5:00-6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 17. A complete Tech Rehearsal schedule is available here.

 DRESS REHEARSAL – THURSDAY, APRIL 19th
Dancers should come in their recital outfit with their hair and makeup done. They should go directly to their assigned dressing rooms. All dancers need to be at the Ashland High School in their dressing area by 5:30 pm. Dress rehearsal is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm running through the entire program. Dancers will be able to watch the dress rehearsal in the auditorium when they aren’t performing on stage. Parents and friends will not be allowed to watch the dress rehearsal unless they are scheduled to help out in some way.  Parents are welcome to wait for their dancers in the commons area at the High School, if they don’t want to just drop off their dancer, leave and come back to pick them up. The entire program should be done around 8:00 - 8:30 pm.


DANCERS AGES 3-6
Recital week is a long week for all dancers. With that in mind, all Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap dancers can leave on dress rehearsal and recital nights after their second dance on stage if they don’t mind missing the finale dance which includes all the dancers. Parents need to make sure they tell their class paren2 that they are taking their dancer home early.


RECITAL TICKETS

All remaining dance recital tickets are now available for pick up at The New England Store, downtown Ashland. There are only tickets available for the performance on Friday, April 27th. All three other performances are sold out!   Tickets are $8.00 each. All tickets are general seating and available on a first come first serve basis. Kids 3 & under are free if sitting in an adult lap.


DANCE RECITAL COSTUMES
 PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR DANCERS WEAR THEIR COSTUMES AT HOME OR TO CLASS! Costumes should only be worn on Picture Days and then not again until Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, April 19. There is no replacing costumes if something happens to them or if something gets lost. We have spent several hours steaming all the costumes. PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP THEIR COSTUMES HUNG UP!!!  


FATHER/DAUGHTER DANCE

We will hold practices for the Father/Daughter Dance on Saturday, March 31; Saturday, April 7; and Saturday, April 14 from 10:00 - 11:00 am. This group will perform at the Spring Dance Recital on Saturday, April  28. Dancers will wear their recital costume and Dads should wear a black tshirt, jeans and tennis shoes.


UPDATED CONTACT INFORMATION
Please update the phone number and mailing address for Ashland School of Dance to the following:

1316 Main St West

Ashland, WI 54806

715-413-1074


FINAL DANCE PAYMENTS DUE THURSDAY, APRIL 5
Your final payment for April classes are due Thursday, April 5!! All dance accounts must be paid in full in order for dancers to participate in the recital rehearsals and performances.

 
LAST DAY OF DANCE CLASSES
Sunday, April 15 will be the last scheduled day of dance classes for this dance season. There will be no dance classes the week between the recital performances (Sunday, April 22 – Thursday, April 26).

DANCE PICTURES
If you ordered pictures of your dancer on one of the picture days, they will be available for pick up the week of the recital.


TIGHTS & HAIR STYLE NEEDED FOR PICTURE DAYS &

RECITAL PERFORMANCES

The attached document shows the color of tights and the hair style needed for each of our dance classes for picture days in March and the recital performances in April. If you have a dancer in more than one class they DO NOT have to change their hair style. Please remember if your dancer needs to wear an undergarment under their costume, please be sure they have something that is nude!


RECITAL VOLUNTEERS
Our recital week is only successful if we have volunteers! Thank you to those that have signed up to volunteer at this year’s recital!! Please use the following link to  sign up to volunteer if you haven’t already signed up to volunteer backstage. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090448aead2ea0f49-2018.  Volunteers will need to arrive by 5:15 with dancers arriving at 5:30 on recital nights. This year’s recital is at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 20; Saturday, April 21; Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28.

 WATER BOTTLES
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!! (There is nowhere to get a drink of water in the dance studio area).


CLASS ADVANCEMENT
The instructors have been 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 or Level I Jazz/Tap. After dancers reach Level I they are moved up to the next level by the instructors. In the coming weeks, instructors evaluate dancers 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 other things to 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’ll leave this up to our instructors:)

ATTENDANCE TO DANCE CLASSES
We want to stress the importance of attendance to dance class. In ourpolicy 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.


DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP YOUR DANCERS
We are requesting that all parents walk up to the dance studio with their dancer to drop them off for the start of each class. We also want an adult to walk up to the dance studio to pick them up after class. Instructors will NOT send dancers downstairs without an adult! We don’t want dancers waiting unattended.


DANCE SHOES

Dancers must wear dance shoes while in dance class!! No exceptions!! All dancers are expected to have the appropriate pair(s) of dance shoes for their dance class. The following list shows what each class needs for dance 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

Int & Adv Tap – Black Tap shoes

All Jazz/Funk classes – Black Jazz shoes

Jr & Sr Company – Pink Ballet & Black Jazz shoes


MONTHLY TUITION PAYMENTS 

If you are 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 1310 Vaughn Ave. 


PARENTS MUST REMAIN WITH YOUR DANCERS TILL CLASS STARTS
Parents: When you are dropping your dancer off for dance class, PLEASE DO NOT DROP THEM OFF AND LEAVE BEFORE CLASS START!! All dancers through Level II should have a parent present with them in the waiting room until class starts! And please remind your dancers there should be no running around and yelling or using loud voices while waiting for class to start. Thank you in advance for your help!!


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.

WAITING ROOM AT STUDIO
Parents are welcome to wait in the waiting room at the dance studio while their dancer is at class but we ask you to make sure siblings aren't running in and out of the dance room while classes are scheduled. This is a distraction to the dancers and the instructors. Also, if you bring a snack up to the studio please be sure to clean up after yourself and your kids so there isn't food or trash left behind. Thanks in advance for your help! 
 
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 (asod@centurytel.net) if you didn't receive a copy of this month's newsletter by email. Extra newsletters are always available in our waiting area at the dance studio. All of the information is posted here on our website too. You can also find us on facebook. 

FUTURE SOLOISTS 
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.

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: 206 6th Ave West (3rd Floor) Ashland, WI 54806