ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
DATES TO REMEMBER:
HUGO’S PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Sunday, September 16th – Thursday, October 4th
SHOWSTOPPERS WORKSHOP- Wisconsin Dells
Saturday, October 13th – Sunday, October 14th
NO DANCE CLASSES
Sunday, October 14th
Wednesday, October 31st
2019 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Friday, April 26th & Saturday, April 27th
Friday, May 3rd & Saturday, May 4th
2018 FALL DANCE CLASS REGISTRATION
Fall dance classes are underway! If you have a dancer interested in signing up for a fall class please contact us ASAP! We are only able to accept new dancers into our fall program through the first week of October. All class space is available on a first come first serve basis; spots are limited in each class. Many classes have limited spots remaining. You MUST submit a completed registration form with the first month payment in order to hold your spot. A copy of our 2018 Fall Dance Schedule is available on the schedule tab of this website. Please email (email@example.com) to find out if a particular class still has availability or if you have any questions.
HUGOS PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Our annual Hugos Pizza fundraiser has began; order forms may be picked up at the dance studio. All orders and payments for the Hugos Pizza fundraiser are due back by Thursday, October 4. Please remember to total each row and column on your dancer’s order form! Pizza certificates will be available for pick up at your dancer’s class the beginning of November. Dancers earn approximately 25% of their total sales.
We are already planning for the spring dance recital on Friday, April 26; Saturday, April 27; Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4, 2019. The costume search is nearly complete. In order to receive the costumes before the picture days in March and the recital in April, 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 is attached and may can be found on our website. 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 11. And your final costume payment is due November 8.
Personalized Ashland School of Dance jackets 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 jackets need to be preordered. (WE WILL NOT ORDER EXTRA SIZES). All payments are due when you turn in your order. Orders will be available for pick up before the Christmas break in December.
For dancers who are interested: Competition season is right around the corner, and this year we’d like to open up the opportunity to all dancers who are interested in doing a solo, duet or trio at a local competition. The minimum age for a dancer to compete is 6 years old. Competitions do involve cost of private lessons with Ally and competition fees. If you have a dancer that is interested in competing, please contact ASOD.
If you chose not to participate, in either fundraiser your dancer’s costume deposit of $25.00 will be due by Thursday, October 11. If your dancer is in more than one class, a $25.00 costume deposit is due for each class. The remaining balance of costume must be paid in full no later than Thursday, November 8.
If you ordered dances shoes and haven’t received them yet please be sure to send us an email to let us know! Dance shoes are mandatory when attending dance class. If you haven’t ordered your dance shoes please do so ASAP. Please be sure to write your dancer’s name or initials in their dance shoes!!
If you are paying for your dance tuition monthly, you will receive an email showing the amount that is due for your October dance payment. If you don't receive any email, please send us your email so we have your email on file. October dance payments are due by Thursday, October 4! Payments may be given to your dance instructor or mailed to 1316 Main St West, Ashland.
This year both Int and Adv Tap will have class two Sundays a month. The upcoming tap classes be held on: September 23; October 7; October 21; November 4 and November 18.
All dancers are invited to attend the Showstoppers Workshop at The Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. Our instructors and assistants will attend the workshop on October 13th & 14th. This workshop 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!
NO CLASS DATES
Just a reminder that there will be no dance classes on Sunday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 31!
DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP YOUR DANCERS
When bringing your dancer to class please stay at the studio with your dancer till 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). We will not send dancers out of the building without an adult.
STUDIO WAITING ROOM
Since our new 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. Throughout the dance year, instructors will invite family in the dance room to watch the last few minutes of class for those that are interested. 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. Thanks in advance for your help!
We will offer two fundraisers this fall. The first fundraiser will be selling pizza certificates from Hugo’s Pizza. This fundraiser will be Sunday, September 16th through Thursday, October 4th. Payment for the pizza certificates is due at the time of the sale. Checks should be made payable to Ashland School of Dance or ASOD. Pizza certificates will be available for pick up at your dancer’s class the beginning of November. Dancers earn approximately 25% of their total sales. The second fundraiser will be selling cookie dough. Everything for this fundraiser is $10.00. Dancers earn approximately 30% of their total sales. Please remember both fundraisers are optional and all the money your dancer earns on their fundraiser(s) is put towards their recital costume and then class tuition. (FYI – in the past there has been dancers that have paid for their recital costume and a couple months or even a semester of classes.) If you don’t participate in either fundraiser, your costume deposit of $25.00 is due by Thursday, October 11th.
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!
If you still need to order shoes, please be sure to let your dance instructor know your dancer needs to get fitted for dance shoes. All shoes need to be paid for when orders are placed. Dance shoes are mandatory when attending dance class. We’ll be placing our final shoe order on Friday, September 15. Please be sure to write your dancer’s name or initials in their 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 – Nude Lyrical shoes & Black Jazz shoes
AGE REQUIREMENT FOR FALL 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 for this fall.
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 1316 Main St West, Ashland.
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.
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. 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.
Like Ashland School of Dance on Facebook to keep up on all the dance updates and reminders.
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)