Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
DATES TO REMEMBER:
COOKIE DOUGH PICK UP
Thursday, November 29th 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday, November 18
Sunday, December 9
Sunday, December 16
NO DANCE CLASSES
Wednesday, November 21st - Sunday, November 25th
Sunday, December 23rd – Thursday, January 3rd
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, March 23
2019 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Friday, April 26th & Saturday, April 27th
Friday, May 3rd & Saturday, May 4th
COOKIE DOUGH FUNDRAISER
All cookie dough orders will be available for pick up at the dance studio on Thursday, November 29 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Pick up of your cookie dough order on this day is mandatory! If you’re unable to pick up your order, please be sure to arrange for someone else to pick up your order on Thursday, November
The remaining balance of all recital costumes will be due Thursday, November 8. Costume payments may be given to the instructors at the studio or mailed to 1316 Main St West. Cost of recital costumes for each class are as follows: Creative Movement $45; Preballet/Tiny Tap & PreJazz/Funk $50; Level I classes $55; Level II classes $60; Int Tap $60; Level III classes $60; Jr Jazz/Funk $85; Adv Tap $65.00; Sr Co Jazz/Funk $90; Jr Company Class (2 costumes) $115; Sr Company (2 costumes) $115.00. All costumes must be paid in full no later than Thursday, November 8. You should have received an email stating if you have a balance due on your costume.
BASKETBALL GAME PERFORMANCES
The following dance classes perform at halftime of 2 basketball games at the Ashland High School: Jr Company; Sr Company, Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. These dancers have been learning a dance during the past couple weeks of dance class. The two basketball games will be on Tuesday, November 27 and Friday, December 14. We would like dancers to wear an “ugly sweater” and black leggings for the halftime performances. If you don’t have an “ugly sweater” at home, there is some available for purchase at goodwill or the thrift store. We don’t want parents spending a lot of money for this! On Tuesday, November 27; Jr and Sr Company will not have their regularly scheduled classes. They will perform at the basketball game in place of their regular class time. On Sunday November 11 we would like to hold a group practice with all 4 classes. This practice would be held from 4:15 – 5:45 pm.
MAKE UP CLASS: JR CO & SR CO – SUNDAY, December 2nd
Jr Co and Sr Co will have a make up day on Sunday, December 2. This make up class is for the classes that were cancelled on Sunday, December 2. Instead of having two separate class times on Sunday, December 2; Jr Co will have one 2 hour class and Sr Co will have one 3 hour class that day. Class time for December 2 will be: Jr Co 3:15 – 5:15; and Sr Co 5:20 – 8:20. Please email if your dancer is unable to attend this class.
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE TSHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS
ASOD Tshirts & sweatshirts have been ordered. Orders will be available for pick up before the Christmas break in December.
Solo/Duet dancers should be working on their recital dances – they will need to show Ally & Anessa a completed portion of their dance the week of December 2. 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. Solo/duet songs need to be less than 2 minutes in length. Choices of songs are available on a first come first serve basis. Please turn in a final cut version of your solo music on a CD no later than Thursday, November 8. If you decide to order a costume from our books, we will need that info by November 15. Remember to get your song approved before you start choreography.
RECITAL COSTUME MEASUREMENTS
We will be measuring all dancers for their recital costumes during their scheduled classes the week of November 4th. Between classes that week, 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 them 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 (no later than Thursday, Nov. 8)!!
NO CLASS DATES
Just a reminder that there will be no dance classes on Wednesday, November 21 thru Sunday, November 25 and Sunday, December 23 thru Thursday, January 3.
The upcoming tap classes be held on: November 18, December 9 and December 16.
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.
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!
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 (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)