Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Poms & Funk Classes
For Dancers Ages 3 & up 

Ashland Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East, Ashland, WI        Washburn Studio Address: 325 Washington Ave, Washburn, WI       Iron River Studio Address:  8265 US Hwy 2 Iron River, WI        Mailing Address: 1316 Main St W, Ashland, WI

ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE



DATES TO REMEMBER:


AUGUST DANCE SESSION

Monday, July 25 - Thursday, August 25


2022 FALL DANCE CLASSES BEGIN IN ASHLAND, WASHBURN & IRON RIVER

Week of September 11

BENOIT CHEESE FUNDRAISER
Sunday, September 11 - Thursday, September 22

NO CLASSES DATES
Sunday, October 16
Monday, October 31

WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE

Saturday, January 21 


2023 SPRING DANCE RECITAL

Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22

FALL DANCE SESSIONS - ASHLAND, WASHBURN & IRON RIVER!
REGISTER NOW! All fall classes are scheduled to begin the week of September 11th. Check our the 2022 Fall/Winter Schedule page here on our website for complete schedules at all 3 locations! Now offering classes in Ashland, Washburn and Iron River! To register your dancer for a fall class, use the register here button above or the following link:  https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod. First month payment is required to hold a spot for your dancer in a fall dance class. Payments may be done online at the time of registration. All class space is available on a first come first serve basis; availability in each class is limited. Please note several classes are already full or near full! All classes (except for Int/Adv Ballet/Jazz and Sr Co) are 1 day a week starting the week of Sunday, September 11. Both Int/Adv Ballet/Jazz and Sr Co are held 2 days a week (Sunday & Wednesday). Anessa’s Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Sr Co Jazz/Funk classes are held on Tuesdays.  


Shoe Fitting: If your dancer needs shoes for their fall dance class, please email asod@centurytel.net to set up a shoe fitting time before their first dance class.  

If you have any questions, regarding the fall schedule please be sure to contact us, we’ll help you find the perfect class for your dancer! A couple classes are already half full . . . so don't wait to register!!  You can use the Register Here button above or the following link to register for classes: https://dancestudio-pro.com/online/asod 


The following age requirements are required for fall dance classes:

Creative Movement dancers must be 3 years old by Sept. 1

Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap & Pre-Jazz/Funk dancers must be 5 by Sept 1

Level I dancers must be 7 by Sept 1

Pom dancers must be 6 by Sept 1

Dancers in Level 2 and up are all moved up by instructor recommendations.

Please let us know if you have any questions on which class(es) your dancer may sign up for this fall.    


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.


​DANCE SHOES
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. 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. ​

Creative Movement – Pink Ballet shoes
Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap – Pink Ballet & Black Tap shoes
Level I & II Ballet/Jazz classes - Pink Ballet & Black Jazz shoes
​Jazz/Tap - Black Jazz & Black Tap shoes
Poms - Black Jazz shoes 
Tap Classes (Level III) – Black Tap shoes
Jazz/Funk classes – Black Jazz shoes
Level III Ballet/Jazz - Nude Lyrical shoes & Black Jazz shoes 
Jr & Sr Company – Nude Lyrical shoes 


SOLO/DUET DANCERS
All dancers (all ages) are invited to do a solo or duet in our Winter Showcase Performance in January and at any dance competition (which normally are held in the spring). Doing a solo/duet does involve extra commitment and costs from dancers and their parents. Dancers are required to meet with an instructor for private lessons ($30/hr). Learning a solo/duet dance normally requires 2-4 private lessons and practicing at home on a regular basis. Other costs include: the purchase of another costume and a $25 fee to have a song cut. If you decide to do a competition there are additional registration fees for each competition. If this is something your dancer is interested in pursuing, please email asod@centurytel.net otherwise you can talk to Ally or Anessa too! In order to do a solo or duet in our Spring Dance Recital, dancers must be taking a Jr Co or Sr Co class. 


FALL FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES
We will again offer two fall fundraisers to our dance families to help pay for their dancer’s recital costume. Average cost for recital costumes are $60.00. Each class has one recital costume with the exception of Ally’s Jr Co and Sr Co; both of those classes will have 2 recital costumes.  Our first fundraiser will be with Benoit Cheese and the second fundraiser will be selling Hugo’s Pizza certificates. Please remember participating in either fundraiser is optional and all the money your dancer earns on their fundraiser is put towards their recital costume and then their class tuition. 


The first fundraiser with Benoit Cheese is scheduled to start on Sunday, September 11 with all orders and payments due back to ASOD no later than Thursday, Sept 22. (It’s starting a week earlier than originally planned to accommodate the schedule at Benoit Cheese). Check your email, order forms will be sent to everyone by the first week of September for those that want to get a jump start on fundraising. Cheese orders will be available for pick up on Thursday, October 6 in Ashland at the dance studio (319 11th Ave East). Please note: when you participate in our fundraisers, as a parent you are responsible for collecting payments for your orders, turning in your order form and payments by the due date, picking up your order and lastly delivering your orders.  If you participate in the Benoit Cheese fundraiser, pick of your order on Thursday, October 6 is mandatory! If you’re unable to pick it up, you are responsible for finding someone that is available to pick it up for you. No exceptions!! ​

WINTER SHOWCASE PERFORMANCE
*NEW THIS YEAR* A Winter Showcase Performance on Saturday, January 21 at the Ashland High School Auditorium. All dancers in the Washburn and Iron River sessions will participate in this performance; and dancers from Ashland in Level II; Level III; Jr Co and Sr Co classes will also perform in the Winter Showcase Performance. All classes with the except of Jr Co and Sr Co will do one dance in the Winter Showcase performance. (Ashland dancers in Creative Movement, PreBallet/Tiny, PreJazz/Funk, Poms and Level I will all participate in the Spring Dance Recital only). For the Winter Showcase Performance, dancers will wear a costume, tights and dance shoes. Costumes normally costs approximately $60-$70; we will order costumes in October. Your first costume deposit of $35 will be due mid September with the balance due by Thursday, October 13. Tickets for the Winter Showcase Performance will be available for purchase in November. More details on times and rehearsal expectations will follow as classes begin.

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​​​CLASS ATTENDANCE
If your dancer is unable to attend their dance class, please be sure to email asod@centurytel.net or send us a message to let us know they won’t be at class. If your dancer isn’t feeling well, please be sure to NOT send them to dance class!!​ 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 regular season (Sept-April) will not be allowed to participate in the spring dance recital performance.”  Dancers only progress if they attend class on a regular basis. 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 Ashland 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 or in the entryway when dance classes start. We have found that dancers perform better when they aren’t being watched by everyone in the waiting room. 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. Once kids enter the dance room, we ask that kids DO NOT RUN AROUND while waiting for class to start. Thanks in advance for your help! 


DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP YOUR DANCERS
If you have a Creative Movement, PreBallet or Level I 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. 


NEWSLETTERS & WEBSITE
Throughout the dance season, please be sure to check your emails regularly and read the monthly newsletters. Our main form of communication is email. The monthly newsletters always have lots of important information. All newsletters are emailed to everyone who provided an email address on their registration form. Please email us (asod@centurytel.net) if you didn't receive a copy of the newsletter by email. Extra newsletters are always available at the studio. All of the information is also available here on our website too. (www.ashlandschoolofdance.info). You can also find ASOD on Facebook.


NO CLASS DATES

Please note the current “no class dates” listed here at the top of our website's home page. A complete list of "no class dates" may be found on the schedule tab. Please note: ASOD doesn’t follow the school schedule; sometimes we have class when there is no school and vice versa.


 DANCE COMPETITIONS
For dancers who are interested: Competitions are open to all dancers who are interested in doing a solo, duet or trio at a competition. ASOD’s Sr Co dancers have attended competitions held in the Duluth and Minneapolis area; ASOD’s Jr Co dancers usually do a competition in the Duluth area. The minimum age for a dancer to compete is 6 years old. Competitions do involve extra costs that include: private lessons, additional costume, and competition fees.  If you have a dancer that is interested in competing, please contact ASOD.


SOLO/DUET DANCERS
In order to do a solo or duet in our Spring Dance Recital, dancers must be taking either a 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 or jazz/funk classes. With the appropriate amount of time and class experience, dancers will move from Level I to Level II to Level III to Jr Company.


​​​​​​​​​WATER BOTTLES
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!


​​CLASS ADVANCEMENT
Over the dance season, the instructors evaluate the dancers in their classes 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. 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.
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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).​

​​​​​​​​​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. 


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.

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: 715-413-1074
Email: asod@centurytel.net    
Mailing Address: 1316 Main St West Ashland, WI 54806
Studio Address: 319 11th Ave East Ashland, WI 54806 (Bohemian Hall)