ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
DATES TO REMEMBER:
MAKE UP DANCE CLASSES
Saturday, February 17th - Int & Adv Tap
Monday, February 26th - Int & Adv Tap
BASKETBALL GAMES PERFORMANCES
Thursday, February 22nd
Saturday, March 3rd
Saturday, March 17th
NO CLASS DATES
Sunday, April 1st
2018 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Friday, April 20th & Saturday, April 21st
Friday, April 27th & Saturday, April 28th
SUNDAY, MARCH 4 DANCE CLASSES
The following classes will be cancelled on Sunday, March 4: Int Tap, Adv Tap, Level 2 Ballet/Jazz; Level 3 Ballet/Jazz; Jr Company & Sr Company. Ally and Hannah will both be out of town on Sunday, March 4. We will hold a make up day for all of these cancelled classes. Make up day information will follow in the coming weeks. ALL JAZZ/FUNK CLASSES WILL RUN AS NORMALLY SCHEDULED ON THIS DAY! Please email if you have any questions.
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 CLASS FOR COMPETITION DANCERS
Ally and Anessa would like to have a class with all the competition dancers on Friday, March 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. They will use this class time as their final opportunity to perfect the dances for the competition on Saturday, March 24. This class would include: all Jr/Sr Co Jazz/Funk dancers and Sr Company dancers; along with any dancer that is planning on doing a solo for competition.
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.
INT & ADV TAP MAKE UP CLASSES - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 & MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH
We will hold a make up day for the Int & Adv Tap dance classes there were cancelled on Sunday, December 3 & 11. The schedule for the make up days will be as follows:
Saturday, February 17th
10:00 - 11:00 Int Tap
11:10 - 12:10 Adv Tap
Monday, February 26th
6:00 - 7:00 Int Tap
7:10 - 8:10 Adv Tap
Please email if your dancer is unable to attend either of these make up days.
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
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 &
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!
DANCE RECITAL COSTUMES
Almost all the costumes have arrived; the last couple costumes will arriving over the next couple weeks. Dancers will be bringing home their costumes over the next couple weeks. PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR DANCERS WEAR THEIR COSTUMES AT HOME OR TO CLASS! 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!!!
ORDERS FOR TIGHTS
If you'd like to order tights through the studio, please return a completed order form and payment to ASOD ASAP! 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.
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.
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.
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. We will hold a class on Friday, March 23 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm for all competition dancers. Ally and Anessa will use this class time as their final opportunity to work with competition dancers. Please email if your dancer is unable to attend this class.
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 High School basketball game on Thursday, February 22 here in Ashland. There will be no Jr Company or Sr Company classes on Thursday, February 22. 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 7:30 pm. Dancers may leave after the halftime performance.
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:)
Solo/Duet dancers should be working on their recital dances – they will need to show Ally their completed dance by the end of February.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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: 206 6th Ave West (3rd Floor) Ashland, WI 54806