ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Poms,
Musical Theater & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
DATES TO REMEMBER:
HUGO'S PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Sunday, October 3 - Thursday, October 21
BENOIT CHEESE FUNDRAISER PICK UP
Thursday, October 21 4:30 - 6:30 pm
NO DANCE CLASSES
Sunday, October 17
Sunday, October 31
REGISTRATION & SHOE FITTING FOR WASHBURN SESSION
Tuesday, November 16 5:00 - 7:00 pm
FIRST DAY WASHBURN SESSION CLASSES
Sunday, January 9
2022 SPRING DANCE RECITAL PERFORMANCE
Thursday, April 28
Friday, April 29
Saturday, April 30
WASHBURN DANCE SESSION REGISTRATION
Our first session of dance classes in Washburn will begin Sunday, January 9. Registration and shoe fitting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16 from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Washburn Mediation Center (325 Washington Ave, Washburn, WI). All classes are one day a week for the session. Dancers that participate in the Washburn session will learn one dance for our Spring Dance Recital in April. All class space is available on first come first serve basis. If you’d like to register your dancer prior to the November 16th registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request registration information.
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE TSHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS
ASOD gear (tshirts, sweatshirts, hats, bags, shorts, leggings & sweatpants) are now available to order! Order forms will be emailed to all dance families and available for pick up at the dance studio. All merchandise needs to be preordered. (WE WILL NOT ORDER EXTRA SIZES). All payments are due when you turn in your order. Orders and payments may be given to your dance instructors. Orders will be available for pick up at the beginning of December. All orders & payments are due back to ASOD no later than Thursday, October 28th.
BENOIT CHEESE FUNDRAISER
Cheese orders will be available for pick up on Thursday, October 21 from 4:30 - 6:30 at the dance studio. Pick up on that date is mandatary because your order needs to be refrigerated. If you're unable to pick up on that day you need to make arrangements for someone to get your order!
HUGOS PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Our second and final fundraising started Sunday, October 3. Check your email for complete the details. Order forms are available for pick up at the dance studio. All orders and payments for the Hugo’s Pizza fundraiser are due back by Thursday, October 21. Pizza certificates will be available for pick up at your dancer’s class in November. Dancers earn approximately 20% of their total sales. This fundraiser is optional. If you don’t participate in either fundraiser your first costume deposit of $30.00 is due by Thursday, October 7. Payment for the fundraiser is due at the time of the sale. Checks should be made payable to Ashland School of Dance or ASOD.
OCTOBER TUITION PAYMENTS
If you are paying for your dance tuition monthly, you should have received an email stating the amount that is due for your October dance payment. If you didn’t receive any email, please send us your email so we have your email on file. October dance payments are due no later than Friday, October 1. Payments may be done through Venmo (@asod5678), given to your dance instructor or mailed to 1316 Main St West, Ashland.
RECITAL COSTUME DEPOSITS
If you choose not to participate in the Benoit Cheese or Hugo’s Pizza fundraiser, your dancer’s costume deposit of $30.00 will be due by Thursday, October 7. If your dancer is in more than one class, a $30.00 costume deposit is due for each class. The remaining costume balance must be paid in full no later than Thursday, November 4. Normally, costs of costumes range from $50-$65 per costume. Each class has one costume except for Ally’s Jr Co and Sr Co classes – (these two classes have a costume deposit of $60.00 due by Thursday, October 7). Pictures of costumes will be posted at the studio as soon as all costumes are finalized. A complete list of costume prices by class will be emailed to parents at that time too.
SPRING DANCE RECITAL
We are already planning for the 2022 Spring Dance Recital. . . . .instructors have picked their music, started their choreography and we’re almost done finalizing the costumes. The recital will be held at the Salem Baptist Church on Thursday, April 28; Friday, April 29 and 2 performances on Saturday, April 30. Since the costume search is nearly complete, in order to receive the costumes before picture days in Feb/March and the recital in April, we measure all dancers for their costume at the end of October. Costumes orders are placed the beginning of November. All costumes need to be paid in full before we order them. Dancers in Creative Movement through Level II will each perform in 2 of the 4 recital performances; dancers in Level III, Jr Co and Sr Co will performance in all 4 performances. More information on the recital is included in the Recital Handbook. A copy of the Recital Handbook may be found on our website. We will keep everyone updated on the recital through our website, emails and monthly newsletters.
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 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 their 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. 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. Thanks in advance for your help!
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.
NO CLASS DATES
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.
Our dance instructors and assistants will attend the Showstopper Dance Convention in Wisconsin Dells on October 16th & 17th. This convention is open to all dancers ages 6 and up. Check out their website for complete details (www.showstopperonline.com). It’s a great experience for all dancers! Parents would be responsible for providing transportation to and from the convention for their dancer.
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 plan to attend competitions held in the Duluth and one in the Minneapolis area; ASOD’s Jr Co dancers plan to attend a competition in Duluth. The minimum age for a dancer to compete is 6 years old. Competitions do involve extra costs that include: private lessons and competition fees. If you have a dancer that is interested in competing, please contact ASOD.
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.
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
Poms - Black Jazz shoes
Musical Theater - Black Jazz 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
All Jr Co and Sr Co dancers are invited to do a solo or duet dance in the Spring Dance recital. There will be a sign-up sheet at the dance studio. The deadline to sign up for a solo or duet is Thursday, Sept 23. More details will follow in a separate email to all Jr Co and Sr Co dancers.
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!!
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.
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 (@asod5678).
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
Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East Ashland, WI 54806 (Bohemian Hall)