ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE

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

DATES TO REMEMBER:


BASKETBALL GAMES PERFORMANCES
Thursday, February 22nd


PICTURE DAYS

Saturday, March 3

Saturday, March 17


NO CLASS DATES

Sunday, April 1


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



LEVEL II & LEVEL III BALLET/JAZZ CLASSES MOVE TO SUNDAYS
Level II Ballet/Jazz and Level III Ballet/Jazz classes will be moved from Mondays to Sundays starting Sunday, January 7. Ally is unable to teach on Mondays due to a college class that is held on Monday evenings. Level II Ballet/Jazz will be held from 12:10 – 1:25 and Level III Ballet/Jazz will be held from 1:35 – 2:50 on Sundays.


JAZZ/FUNK CLASSES MOVE TO SUNDAYS
All Jazz/Funk classes will be moved from Tuesdays to Sundays starting Sunday, January 7. The last scheduled TuesdayJazz/Funk classes will be held on Tuesday, January 2. After January 2, Anessa is unable to teach on Tuesdays due to her college class schedule. Jr/Sr Co Jazz/Funk will be held from 12:30-1:30; Level II Jazz/Funk will be held from 1:45 – 2:45; Level I Jazz/Funk will be held from 3:00 – 4:00; and Level III Jazz/Funk will be held from 4:15 – 5:15 on Sundays starting January 7.


DANCE PICTURES
Dancers will have their pictures taken at the dance studio on Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, March 17. A complete schedule will be emailed to everyone and posted at the dance studio this month. All dancers will have their individual and group pictures taken during their class’s scheduled time. If you choose not to have an individual picture taken, please have your dancer at the studio for their class’s scheduled time for a group picture.  Please let us know if your dancer is unable to attend their scheduled date and time for pictures. We will try to reschedule individual photos but then your dancer won’t be in the group picture. We have over 35 families with siblings and dancers that take multiple classes; it is impossible to try to get each family’s classes on one day so I apologize in advance!! We really ask for your patience and understanding if your dancer’s pictures aren’t on the same day or their class times aren’t back to back.


Saturday, March 3rd   
  9:00   Creative Movement - Monday class
  9:45    PreBallet/Tiny Tap - Monday class
10:45    PreBallet/Tiny Tap - Wednesday class
11:30    Int Tap
12:30    Level III Jazz/Funk
  1:30   Level III Ballet/Jazz
  2:30   Jr/Sr Co Jazz/Funk
  3:30   Adv Tap
  4:15   Jr. Company & Soloists
  5:00   Sr Company & Soloists


Saturday, March 17th

9:00     Creative Movement – Sunday class
  9:45   Creative Movement – Wednesday class
10:45    Level II Ballet/Jazz 
12:00    Level II Jazz/Funk
  1:15   Level I Jazz/Tap
  1:45   Level I Jazz/Funk
  2:45    PreBallet/Tiny Tap – Thursday class
  3:45   Level I Ballet/Jazz


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!


ORDERS FOR TIGHTS

If you'd like to order tights through the studio, please return a completed order form and payment to ASOD no later than Thursday, February 1. Order forms may be picked up at the dance studio. Ordering tights through the studio is optional. We place a group order to save families from having to pay shipping costs on one or two pairs of tights.


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.

RECITAL REHEARSALS
Tech Rehearsal will be held over 2 days (Monday, April 16 & Tuesday, April 17) this year. Each class will perform on stage on one of the Tech Rehearsal nights. A complete Tech Rehearsal schedule will posted here on the website soon. Dress Rehearsal will be held on Thursday, April 19 with dancers arriving by 5:30.  All dancers are required to attend both rehearsals. We do offer pizza, subway and drinks to all dancers and their families on both Tech Rehearsal nights.

RECITAL TICKETS
Tickets for the dance recital will be available for purchase on both pictures days (Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 – 4:00 and Saturday, March 17 from 9:00 – 4:00). 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.


 SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
All Jr/Sr Company Jazz/Funk dancers will be participating in the Spring Fling Dance Competition on Saturday, March 24. More details will follow later this month.


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).


BASKETBALL GAME PERFORMANCES
The Level III Jazz/Funk, Jr/Sr Jazz/Funk, Jr Company & Sr Company classes will be performing at halftime of the following High School basketball games here in Ashland: Tuesday, December 5; Friday, December 22; and Thursday, February 22. There will be no Level III Jazz/Funk & no Jr/Sr Co Jazz/Funk on Tuesday, December 5. Dancers should wear black jazz shoes, black leggings and the ASOD Disney tshirt that has been provided by ASOD. Dancers should meet in the commons area at the Ashland High School at 7:15 pm. Dancers may leave after the halftime performance.


JANUARY INVOICES
January invoices have been emailed to everyone. They’ll include your regular monthly rate and the semester rate if you’re interested in paying for the remaining classes (January thru April). January payments will be due no later than Monday, January 8th.


CLASS ADVANCEMENT
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 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:)


DANCE RECITAL COSTUMES
All recital costumes have been ordered! And some have already arrived! As costumes arrive we will ask dancers to try them on just to make sure they fit. ALL COSTUMES MUST REMAIN AT THE DANCE STUDIO TILL WE ARE ABLE TO GET THEM ALL STEAMED.


SOLO/DUET DANCERS
Solo/Duet dancers should be working on their recital dances – they will need to show Ally their completed dance by the end of February.


NEW DANCE T-SHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS
Your ASOD Tshirts and sweatshirts are now available for pick up at the dance studio.


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.


JAZZ/FUNK DANCERS
All Jazz/Funk classes will be moved to Sundays starting Sunday, January 7.


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.

DANCE SHOE ORDERS
Dance shoes are mandatory when attending dance class. If dancers don't have dance shoes, they may be purchased through the dance studio. Please remember to put your dancers name in their dance shoes!! If you ordered dance shoes on one of our registration nights, the shoes will be available for pick up at your first dance class. If you still need to order shoes, please bring your dancer to class early so they can get fitted. All shoes need to be paid for when orders are placed.

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: 715-292-3567
Email: asod@centurytel.net    
Mailing Address: 1310 Vaughn Avenue Ashland, WI 54806
Studio Address: 206 6th Ave West (3rd Floor) Ashland, WI 54806