ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
DATES TO REMEMBER:
NO DANCE CLASSES
Wednesday, November 22nd - Sunday, November 26th
Sunday, December 24th - Monday, January 1st
2017 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Friday, April 20th & Saturday, April 21st
Friday, April 27th & Saturday, April 28th
RECITAL COSTUME MEASUREMENTS
We will be measuring all dancers for their recital costumes during their scheduled classes before the Thanksgiving break. We will attend each class once to measure dancers; if your dancer misses their dance class when we are measuring you’ll have to bring her up to the studio another time to get measured. All parents need to sign an order confirmation for their dancer’s recital costume; so please be sure to come up to sign your dancer’s order form. Costumes can’t be ordered until a parent signs their order confirmation form! And costumes can’t be ordered less they are paid for in full so please be sure to make your costume payment on time!!
HUGOS PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Your dancer will get getting their Hugos pizza certificates soon! They will be sent home from dance class with your dancer. Please email if you have any questions regarding the pizza certificates. The total amount that your dancer earned on their order is written on the bottom right corner of your order form. This amount isn’t exactly 25% of your dancer’s total sales because sales tax (5.5%) has to be deducted from the total amount of your sales first.
NO CLASS DATES
Just a reminder that there will be no dance classes on Wednesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 26! Classes resume normal schedule on Monday, November 27. We hope everyone as a Happy Thanksgiving!
Solo/Duet dancers should be working on their recital dances – they will need to show Ally a completed portion of their dance the week of December 7. And start thinking about your costumes. . . . .if you want to look through our costume books let us know. If you are ordering a costume through one of our companies you’ll need to get us that information by November 5th.
JUST FUNDRAISING SNACKS FUNDRAISER
Orders will be available for pick up at your dancer’s class the end of November. Dancers earn approximately 50% of their total sales.
NEW DANCE T-SHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS
New ASOD dance shirts will be available for order later this month. Order forms will be available for pick up at the dance studio. Size samples will also be at the studio. All t-shirts/sweatshirts need to be preordered. (WE WILL NOT ORDER EXTRA SIZES). All payments are due when you turn in your order. Orders should be available for pick up before the Christmas break in December.
We are already planning for the spring dance recital on Friday, April 20; Saturday, April 21; Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 2018. The costume search is nearly complete. In order to receive the costumes before March picture days and the April recital, we measure all dancers in November and place costume orders the end of November. This way you won’t have to make the full costume payment the week before Christmas. All costumes need to be paid in full before we order them. More information on the recital and costumes is included in the Recital Handbook. A copy of the Recital Handbook can be found on our website or you may pick up your copy of the Recital Handbook at the studio. We will keep everyone updated on the recital through our website, emails and monthly newsletters. Please remember, if you have chosen not to participate in either of the fundraisers your first costume deposit ($25.00) is due October 12. And your final costume payment is due November 9.
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.
Please be sure 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).
All Jazz/Funk classes are scheduled for Tuesdays for the fall dance semester (Sept thru Dec) but there is a possibility of the Jazz/Funk classes changing to Fridays for the spring semester (Jan thru April); this change depends on the instructor’s college class schedule. We should know in early December if the Jazz/Funk classes will stay on Tuesdays or change to Fridays for the Spring Semester. We just want everyone to keep this in mind as we start the dance season.
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 (email@example.com) 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: 1310 Vaughn Avenue Ashland, WI 54806
Studio Address: 206 6th Ave West (3rd Floor) Ashland, WI 54806