ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Sunday, January 13
Sunday, January 27
Saturday, February 16
Saturday, March 9
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
Saturday, March 23
Monday, April 22
Tuesday, April 23
Thursday, April 25
2019 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Friday, April 26 & Saturday, April 27
Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4
DANCE RECITAL COSTUMES
The last of the recital costumes are scheduled to arrive next week (Jan 18) . As costumes arrive we will ask dancers to try them to make sure they fit. Dancers are responsible for any alternations needed on costumes. All costumes must remain at the dance studio till we are able to get them steamed. I HAVE SPEND SEVERAL HOURS STEAMING COSTUMES; WHEN YOUR DANCER BRING THEIR COSTUME HOME, PLEASE MAKE SURE IT REMAINS HUNG UP SO IT'S NOT A WRINKLED MESS FOR PICTURES OR THE RECITAL!!
All dancers will have their individual and group pictures taken during their class’s scheduled time. Our first of 2 Picture Days is scheduled for Saturday, February 16 and the second day will be held on Saturday, March 9. If you choose not to have an individual picture taken, please have your dancer at the studio for their class’s scheduled time for a group picture. Please let us know if your dancer is unable to attend their scheduled date and time for pictures. We will try to reschedule individual photos but then your dancer won’t be in the group picture. We have over 35 families with siblings and dancers that take multiple classes; it is impossible to try to get each family’s classes on one day so I apologize in advance!! We ask for your patience and understanding if your dancer’s pictures aren’t on the same day or their class times aren’t back to back. Click the "2019 PICTURE DAY SCHEDULES" button above to view the schedule for both Picture Days.
JANUARY TUITION PAYMENTS
January invoices have been emailed to everyone; payments will be due no later than Thursday, January 10th.
MASQUERADE DANCE COMPETITION
Sr Co Jazz/ Funk and Sr Company dancers will be participating in the Masquerade Dance Competition Friday, March 1st thru Sunday, March 3rd at the DECC in Duluth. The cost per dancer for Sr Co Jazz/Funk dancers is $45.00. This payment is due to ASOD no later than Thursday, January 17th. (Sr Company dancers can contact Ally directly for the cost for their class). A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.
SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION
All 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 23 at Northwestern High School. More details will follow later this month.
2019 RECITAL DATES
Mark your calendar with the 2019 Dance Recital dates – 6:00 pm on Friday, April 26; Saturday, April 27; Friday, May 3; and Saturday, May 4. 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 either Monday, April 22 or Tuesday, April 23 and the Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, April 25. Tech Rehearsal schedules will be posted on the website later this month. Tickets will be available for purchase on picture days (Saturday, February 16 & Saturday, March 9).
2019 RECITAL VOLUNTEERS
The recital is only successfully with the help of our parent volunteers. All parents with dancers in Creative Movement through Level 2 are asked 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. Volunteers sign up info has been emailed to everyone. You can sign up to volunteer by copying and pasting the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090448aead2ea0f49-spring
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 other things to 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’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!!
Dancers will need to show Ally and Anessa their COMPLETED SOLO & DUET DANCES at the end of February! Be sure you are working on your solo/duet each week!!
The upcoming tap classes be held on: Sunday, January 13 & Sunday, January 27.
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 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.
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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)