Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
DATES TO REMEMBER:
SUMMER DANCE SESSION
Monday, June 1 - Thursday, June 25
LEVEL 3 TAP & CO TAP CLASSES
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
TBD – Superior High School
LAST DAY OF REGULAR DANCE CLASSES
TECH REHEARSAL - SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH
DRESS REHEARSAL - SALEM BAPTIST CHURCH
2020 SPRING DANCE RECITAL - 6:00 pm
SUMMER DANCE SESSION - JUNE 1 - JUNE 25
As we start back to gather at the studio, we want to keep all of our instructors, dancers and families safe. The June session will be a section of summer classes; and not the remainder of recital classes. We will schedule the remaining 3 weeks of recital classes once we know when the recital can be scheduled.
The schedule below shows the classes that we'll be offering for the month of June. We will continue registration through email so we don't have a big group gathering at the studio at one time. If someone needs shoes, please contact ASOD by email, text or phone; ASAP to set up an individual time to get fitted for shoes. The first portion of this session will be for dancers ages 7 & up. We feel it's best to start with these kids because they are more capable to understand the fact of not touching each other during class. If this goes well, we will discuss the option of adding classes for younger kids. The classes offered for the month of June will be by age and not by level.
June Session class costs: 45 min class is $30; 60 min class is $40; 90 min class is $50 – the cost includes 4 classes. All classes for this session are one day a week for the 4 week session. Each class is limited to 9 dancers. You must mail or drop off your payment (1316 Main St West, Ashland) otherwise you may pay through Venmo (username: ASOD5678); since class space is so limited your payment must be received before a spot can held for your dancer. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions. Schedule is subject to change depending on registration.
Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 25
3:00 – 4:30 Lyrical/Turn Technique (Ages 11 & up)
4:35 – 5:35 Strength & Flex (Ages 11 & up)
5:45 – 7:15 Contemporary/Improv (Ages 11 & up)
4:00 – 5:00 Ballet/Jazz/Tap (Ages 7 – 10)
5:10 – 5:55 Strength & Flex (Ages 7 – 10)
6:00 – 7:00 Jazz/Funk (Ages 7 – 8)
6:30 – 7:15 Jazz/Funk (Ages 9 – 11)
7:20 – 8:05 Jump (Ages 9 & up)
8:10 – 8:55 Jazz/Funk (Ages 12 & up)
Dance picture orders have arrived!! Please contact Pam at Focus Photography to arrange pick up of your order. If you have any concerns regarding your dance pictures, please contact Pam directly by phone 715-292-0570 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 SPRING DANCE RECITAL DATES
Our 2020 Dance Recital has been postponed due to COVID-19. When it's rescheduled we will update our website and notify all dance families. – 6:00 pm on TBD at the Salem Baptist Church in Ashland. Doors open at 5:00 pm. All dancers perform on all 4 recital nights. Dancers are also required to attend their Tech Rehearsal practice which is held on TBD and the Dress Rehearsal on TBD.
Recital T-shirts have been ordered! All shirts have arrived and dancers will get them at their next class.
MAKE UP DANCE CLASSES – JR CO JAZZ/FUNK & SR CO JAZZ/FUNK
Both Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Sr Co Jazz/Funk will have make up classes on a TBD. This make up class will be for the classes that were cancelled on Thursday, January 23.
TECH REHEARSAL - TBD
Tech Rehearsal scheduled for Monday, April 13 & Tuesday, April 14 at the Salem Baptist Church in Ashland has been postponed. For Tech Rehearsal, dancers should wear regular class dancewear and sit in the auditorium with their class and wait until their group is called. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE!! Once the dancers have practiced their dance pieces on stage, all dancers and their families are invited to join us for pizza, subs & drinks in the commons area at the church.
DRESS REHEARSAL – TBD
Dress Rehearsal scheduled for Thursday, April 16 has been postponed! Dancers should come in their recital costume with their hair and makeup done. They should go directly to their assigned dressing rooms. All dancers need to be at the Salem Baptist Church in their dressing area by 5:30 pm. Dress rehearsal is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm running through the entire program. Dancers will be able to watch the dress rehearsal in the auditorium when they aren’t performing on stage. Parents and friends will not be allowed to watch the dress rehearsal unless they are scheduled to help out in some way. Parents are welcome to wait for their dancers in the commons area at the church, if they don’t want to just drop off their dancer, leave and come back to pick them up. The entire program should be done around 8:00 pm.
DANCING WITH MY GUY
Practice for the Dancing With My Guy recital dance will be held once regular dance classes resume TBD. Dancers should bring their dance shoes and Dads should bring a pair of clean soled tennis shoes. Please let us know if your dancer and their guy (Father/Grandpa/Brother) are unable to any of these classes. This group will also have Tech Rehearsal and they will perform at the dress rehearsal. For the recital, this group will perform at our final recital performance.
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.
LEVEL III TAP & CO TAP
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The final tap classes for Level III tap and Co tap classes will be held on TBD. 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.
Solo/Duet dancers should be working on their recital dances – they will need to show Ally & Anessa their COMPLETED DANCES by mid-February. Starting in January, dancers will be required to show what they have done with their dances at class each week. If you need any help with choreography, please be sure to ask now! Don't wait until it's too late!!
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 which has been rescheduled to TBD at Superior High School. More details will follow.
The recital is only successfully with the help of our parent volunteers. All parents with dancers in Creative Movement through Level 2 are REQUIRED to volunteer backstage on at least one night of the recital. Volunteers are responsible for keeping an eye on your dancer’s class when they aren’t performing on stage. Volunteer sign up info will be emailed to everyone in January.
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 Ballet/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 dancers 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.
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 Ballet/Jazz – Pink Ballet & Black Jazz
Level I Ballet/Tap - Pink Ballet & 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
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 (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)