Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult

ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE

DATES TO REMEMBER:


TAP CLASSES

Sunday, March 24

Sunday, April 7

Sunday, April 14


MAKE UP PICTURE DAY

Saturday, April 6


SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION

Saturday, March 23


TECH REHEARSAL
Monday, April 22

Tuesday, April 23


DRESS REHEARSAL
Thursday, April 25


2019 SPRING DANCE RECITAL 
Friday, April 26 &  Saturday, April 27 
Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4

RECITAL TSHIRTS – ORDERS DUE THURDSAY, MARCH 14
Recital T-shirts are now available to order! Completed order forms and payments may be given to your dance instructors. All orders and payments are due back to ASOD no later than Thursday, March 14. Order forms are available for pick up at the dance studio.


FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE
Practice for the Father Daughter Dance will be held on Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, March 31 from 12:45 – 1:45 at the dance studio. 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 partner (Father/Grandpa/Brother) are unable to attend these classes. This group will also have Tech Rehearsal on Tuesday, April 23rd at 6:00 pm.


RECITAL TICKETS
Recital tickets have been selling quickly the last couple weeks! The recital performance for Saturday, May 4 is already sold out! As for the other 3 performances, the availability for tickets is as follows: Friday, April 26 - 30 tickets remain; Saturday, April 27 - 10 tickets remain; and Friday, May 3 - 75 tickets remain available. Recital tickets are available by emailing
asod@centurytel.net. Tickets are $8.00 each. All tickets are general seating and available on a first come first serve basis. Kids 3 & under are free if sitting in an adult lap. When purchasing tickets you do need to know which night you want a ticket for; we can only sell a certain number of tickets for each night. If you haven’t already done so, start checking with your family and friends now to see when they want to attend the recital! In the past, we have sold out performances for all 4 nights!


MAKE UP DANCE CLASSES – JR CO & SR CO
Both Jr Co and Sr Co will have a make up classes on Sunday, March 17 & Sunday, March 31. The make up classes will be for the classes that were cancelled the week of Sunday, January 13. As we have done in the past with Sunday classes, Jr Co will have one 2 hour class and Sr Co will have one 3 hour class. Jr Co will be 3:15-5:15 and Sr Co will be 5:20-8:20. Please email if your dancer is unable to attend this class.


COMPETITION DANCERS: FRIDAY, MARCH 22nd
Ally and Anessa would like to have a class with all the competition dancers on Friday, March 22 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. This class would include: the Jr Co Jazz/Funk class; Sr Co Jazz/Funk; Jr Company and Sr Company. Remember the Spring Fling Competition is Saturday, March 23. As soon as we get the schedule information, we will pass it along to everyone.


MAKE UP PICTURE DAY - SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Our make up picture day is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at the Focus Photography studio (214 Main St West, Ashland). A copy of the complete picture schedule is shown below and available at the dance studio. Dancers should have come home with an order form; please be sure to bring the order form with you on Saturday for pictures. Payment for all pictures is due on Saturday, April 6 when you come for pictures; all payments for pictures are made directly to Focus Photography. If you choose not to have an individual picture taken, please have your dancer at the studio for their classes’ scheduled time for a group picture. Please email us to let us know if your dancer is unable to attend their classes’ scheduled time for pictures. AND PLEASE DON’T BE LATE!! Arrive 5-10 minutes early if possible!! 

Saturday, April 6th
  9:00     Level II Jazz/Funk
10:00     Level III Jazz/Funk
11:00     Level III Ballet/Jazz & Soloists (Brielle/Bailey)
12:00     Int Tap & Soloists (Andrea)
  1:00     Jr Co
  2:00     Sr Co Jazz/Funk & Soloists
  2:45     Sr Company & Soloists



ATTENDANCE
We only have 6 weeks of dance class left; attendance to class is VERY IMPORTANT, as the instructors are trying to finishing up the recital dances with each of their classes. Dancers can only learn the recital dances if they attend class each week!! The last day of regular scheduled classes is Thursday, April 18.

SUMMER DANCE SCHEDULE
We working on a summer dance schedule and should have it posted on our website soon.


SPRING FLING DANCE COMPETITION - SATURDAY, MARCH 23
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 23rd at Northwestern High School. A complete competition schedule is normally available the week of the competition.


MAKE UP CLASS - JR CO & NO  SR CO

We will hold a make up day on Saturday, March 30th 11:00 – 1:00 Jr Co & 1:15 – 4:15 Sr Co. Please let us know if your dancer is unable to attend this class.  


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 at the Ashland High School Auditorium. 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 Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 and the Dress Rehearsal on Thursday, April 25. Tech Rehearsal schedules is posted below. Tickets are available for purchase by emailing asod@centurytel.net 


TECH REHEARSAL – MONDAY, APRIL 22nd & TUESDAY, APRIL 23rd  
All rehearsals and recital performances are held at the Ashland High School Auditorium. For Tech Rehearsal, dancers should wear regular class dancewear and dance shoes and sit in the auditorium with their class and wait until their group is called on stage. Please arrive a few minutes early. DO NOT BE LATE!! Once the dancers have practiced their dance pieces on stage they may leave. All dancers and their families are invited to join us  for pizza and/or subs before or after your time on stage for the Tech Rehearsal. We will be serving pizza, subway and drinks from 4:30-7:00 pm on Monday, April 22 and  Tuesday, April 23. A complete Tech Rehearsal schedule is available to view by clicking the "Tech Reherasal schedule" button.


DRESS REHEARSAL – THURSDAY, APRIL 25th
Dress Rehearsal is held on Thursday, April 25 at the Ashland High School Auditorium. Dancers should come in their recital outfit with their hair and makeup done. They should go directly to their assigned dressing rooms (all dressing rooms will be marked when dancers arrive). All dancers need to be at the Ashland High School 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 High School, 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.


DANCE RECITAL COSTUMES
Parents are responsible for all necessary alterations that need to be done to their dancer’s recital costumes. If your dancer’s costume needs altering please call Diane Beiersdorff 715-278-3291 to get it altered ASAP! WE HAVE SPENT MANY HOURS STEAMING COSTUMES!!Please be sure your dancer’s costumes remains hung on the hanger until their picture day and then recital week. Costumes should only be worn on picture days and then not again until the dress rehearsal on Thursday, April 25th. There is no replacing costumes if they happen to get damaged at home before the recital.


TAP CLASS
The upcoming tap classes be held on:  Sunday, March 10 and Sunday, March 24. 


TIGHTS & HAIR STYLE INFO FOR PICTURE DAYS & RECITAL
Here is the document showing the color of tights and hair style that your dancer will need for their upcoming picture days and the recital performances. Ordering tights through the studio is optional. We provide this option since there aren’t any places in Ashland to purchase tights and to save parents from having to pay shipping costs if they choose to place an order online. If you choose not to order tights through the studio, we ask that your dancers have the color tights that is listed on the “tights & hair style info” attachment for picture day and for the recital performances.  If you choose to order tights through the studio, please return your order form and payment no later than Thurs, January 31. All orders and payments may be given to your dance instructors at the dance studio. Copies of the tights & hair style document and tight order forms are available for pick up at the studio. Click the "Tights & Hair Style Info" button above to view the document. 


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


LAST DAY OF DANCE CLASSES
Thursday, April 18 will be the last scheduled day of dance classes for this dance season. There will be no dance classes the week between the recital performances (Sunday, April 28 – Thursday, May 2).


CLASS ADVANCEMENT
Over the last couple weeks, the instructors have been 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. 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. All families will dancers in Level I and above will get an email mid-May letting you know if your dancer has advanced to the next level.

SOLO/DUET DANCERS
Your recital dances should be complete! You will be showing your dance each week at class.


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! 


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


DANCE SHOES

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 (asod@centurytel.net) 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. 

FUTURE SOLOISTS 
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.

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)