DATES TO REMEMBER:
Saturday, February 20
Saturday, March 20
GEMS DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, February 27
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
Friday, March 5th – Sunday, March 7th
TRIPLE S DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, March 13th
NO DANCE CLASSES
Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19
Sunday, April 4
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, March 27th
SPRING DANCE RECITAL REHEARSALS
Monday, April 19 - Tech/Dress Rehearsal
Tuesday, April 20 - Tech/Dress Rehearsal
SPRING DANCE RECITAL PERFORMANCES
Thursday, April 22
Friday, April 23
Saturday, April 24 (2 performances)
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Dancers will have the opportunity to have their individual pictures taken at the Focus Photography studio on Saturday, February 20th and Saturday, March 20th. The Focus Photography studio which is located at 214 Main St West (across from the Court House on Main St; next to the Historical Museum). Each group will have a specified time on one of the two picture days. A complete schedule can be viewed by clicking the above Picture Day Schedule button. Dancers will have their individual pictures taken during their classes scheduled time. Dancers will be able to bring home their recital costumes before their picture day. Picture are optional! If you choose not to have your dancer's pictures taken this year, please be sure to email me ASAP to let me know they won't be there. If your dancer is unable to attend their classes day/time, but would like to reschedule their individual pictures for the other picture day, please email and we can work out a specific time for them to come. Please note the times on the picture schedule may change slightly once we know exactly which dancers will be participating in picture days. Any changes to the schedule will be emailed to all parents.
Above you will also find the specifics on hair style and tights that are required for each class for pictures and the recital. If you'd like to order tights through the dance studio, please complete a tights order form and return to your dancer's instructor no later than Thursday, January 28. Order forms available at the dance studio. Ordering tights through the studio is optional, we offer this option since there's no place local to purchase tights. A note for older dancers: If your dancer needs to wear an under garment, please be sure they have a nude color bra or nude leotard for under their recital costume.
Dancers will need to show their COMPLETED SOLO & DUET DANCES by mid-February! Dancers are required to show what they have done with their dances at class each week. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE PRACTICING AND WORKING ON YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY EACH WEEK. If you need assistance with your choreography, please be sure you are in contact with your dance instructor now.
GEMS DANCE COMPETITION
Ally's Sr Company dancers will be participating in the Gems Dance Competition on Saturday, February 27 in Duluth. More details will follow in the next couple weeks. A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
Sr Co Jazz/ Funk and Sr Company dancers will be participating in the Masquerade Dance Competition Friday, March 5th thru Sunday, March 7th at the DECC in Duluth. More details will follow in the next couple weeks. A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.
TRIPLE S DANCE COMPETITION
Sr Co Jazz/ Funk and Sr Company dancers will be participating in the Triple S Dance Competition on Saturday, March 13 in Duluth. More details will follow in the next couple weeks. A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
All Level III Tap; Co Tap; Jr Co; Sr Co; Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Sr Co Jazz/Funk dancers will be participating in the Spring Fling Dance Competition on Saturday, March 27th. More details will follow later this month.
SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Mark your calendar with the 2021 Dance Recital dates – Thursday, April 22nd; Friday, April 23rd; and 2 performances on Saturday, April 24th at the Salem Baptist Church in Ashland. Each class will perform at 2 performances (Jr Co and Sr Co dancers will perform at all 4 performances since they each have 4 dances). Half of the dance classes will perform on Thursday and Saturday afternoon; and the second half of the dance classes will perform on Friday and Saturday evening. There will be two performances scheduled on Saturday; one in the afternoon and one in the evening. If you have a dancer, in multiple classes, they may end up dancing in all four performances. Dancers will also required to attend their Tech/Dress Rehearsal practice which is held on either Monday, April 19th or Tuesday, April 20th. Rehearsal schedules will be posted on the website later this month. Recital tickets will be available for purchase on picture days. Each class performing at performances, will be reevaluated before we start selling recital tickets in February/March. If restrictions on group sizes change, we will reconsider having all dancers perform in all four performances. More info on the recital will be emailed to all dance families as it becomes available and shared here on our website. The Recital Handbook also has some other general recital info.
DANCE RECITAL COSTUMES
The last couple recital costumes are scheduled to arrive by February. As the remaining costumes arrive, we’ll have dancers try them on to make sure they fit. If your dancer has already tried on their costumes, I will get those steamed so dancers can take their costumes home before picture days. Dancers are responsible for any alternations needed on costumes. ALL COSTUMES MUST REMAIN AT THE DANCE STUDIO TILL WE ARE ABLE TO GET THEM ALL STEAMED.
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; 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. In the coming weeks, 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.
Most classes have finished up their first recital dance and will start their second dance in January. Dancers can only learn their recital dance choreography when they attend dance class on a regular basis. If you want your dancer to be able to learn their entire recital dances, PLEASE make attendance to dance class a priority!!
As the bad weather season is here and the COVID virus continues, I want to remind all families to check your email on a regular basis. We have multiple instructors that come from out of town to teach their dance classes; if we cancel dance class for any reason, I will text and/or email to notify parents. This year as been challenging for all of us and I appreciate parent’s flexibility as we continue to navigate through the daily challenges of the virus. All cancelled classes will be made up at a later date; all make up class details will be emailed to parents once dates and times are set.
JANUARY TUITION PAYMENTS
January invoices have been emailed to everyone; payments may be given to your dance instructor, mailed to 1316 Main St West, Ashland or sent through the Venmo app. Payments are due no later than Thursday, Jan 7th. Payments may be given to your dance instructor; mailed to 1316 Main St West, Ashland or sent through the Venmo app.
HAND SANITIZER & MASKS
When dance enter and exit the studio, we ask that they use the hand sanitizer that is on the table. Also, for right now we ask that dancers wear a mask in the studio when they are unable to distance themselves from other dancers.
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).
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.
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.
Dancers are expected to have the appropriate dance shoes for their dance class. Wearing dance shoes during class is a must! No exceptions!! 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.
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 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.
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. 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!
All shoes need to be paid for when orders are placed. 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.
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
Tap Classes (Level II; Level III; Co Tap) – Black Tap shoes
All Jazz/Funk classes – Black Jazz shoes
Jr & Sr Company – Nude Lyrical shoes & Black Jazz shoes
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!
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 (email@example.com) 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.
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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)