ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
DATES TO REMEMBER:
LEVEL 3 TAP & CO TAP CLASSES
Friday, November 15
BASKETBALL GAME PERFORMANCES
Friday, November 22
Friday, December 6
Thursday, January 16
NO DANCE CLASSES
Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29
Sunday, December 22 - Thursday, January 2
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, March 21st – Superior High School
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
March 6th – 8th – DECC
2020 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18
Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE TSHIRTS & SWEATSHIRTS
The new ASOD Tshirts and sweatshirts are here! If your dancer ordered one, they will be able to pick them up at their next class!
HUGOS PIZZA FUNDRAISER
Pizza certificates are now available for pick up at the dance studio. The total amount your dancer earned on their pizza fundraiser is written on the top right hand corner of their order sheet.
BURGER BARN FUNDRAISER
Our second and final fundraiser is complete! The Burger Barn certificates are now available for pick up at the dance studio. Dancers earn 25% of their total sales.
BASKETBALL GAME PERFORMANCES
All Jr Co; Sr Co; Jr Co Jazz/Funk & Sr Co Jazz/Funk will perform at halftime of the following basketball games held at the Ashland High School: Friday, November 22; Friday, December 6 & Thursday, January 16. Please be sure to email if your dancer is unable to dance at these games. For the these performances, dancer will wear their new white ASOD tshirts and black leggings, and clean soled tennis shoes. On Friday, November 22, dancers should plan to meet in the commons area at the Ashland High School at 7:30 pm. Dancers may leave after the halftime performance. On Thursday, January 16; Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Sr Co Jazz/Funk will not have their regularly scheduled classes. They will perform at the basketball game in place of their regular class time.
All dancers have been measured and costumes should be paid for in full! All costumes will get ordered over the next week. As costume arrive, we will ask dancers to try them on at class to make sure they fit. All costumes will remain at the dance studio until we are able to steam the costumes.
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 1.
LEVEL III TAP & CO TAP
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! For the month of November, Level III tap and Co tap classes will be held on November 1 & Friday, November 15. Level III is held on those Fridays from 4:30 - 5:45 and Co Tap is held from 5:50 - 7:05. Please be sure to email if your dancers is unable to attend those classes.
NO CLASS DATES
There will be no dance classes on Monday, November 25 thru Thursday, November 29. We hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!! Classes will be held as regularly scheduled on Sunday, November 24 and Sunday, December 1.
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.
We are already planning for the spring dance recital on Friday, April 17; Saturday April 18; Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25, 2020. The costume search is complete and all costumes will be ordered in November. 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 here on our website. We will keep everyone updated on the recital through our website, emails and monthly newsletters.
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!
If you still need to order shoes, dancers can get fitted for their shoes on the first day of class. 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. If you order dance shoes at registration, they will be available for pick up at the dance studio at your dancer’s first class in September.
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
2020 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Our 2020 Spring Dance Recital will be held at the Salem Baptist Church here in Ashland at 6:00 pm on Friday, April 17; Saturday, April 18; Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25. Tech Rehearsals will be held on Monday, April 13 & Tuesday, April 14 with Dress Rehearsal scheduled for Thursday, April 16.
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.
Remember to send a water bottle with your dancer to each and every class!!
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.
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)