Offering Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Funk Classes
For Ages 3 to Adult
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
DATES TO REMEMBER:
LEVEL 3 TAP & CO TAP CLASSES
Friday, Sept 20
Friday, Sept 27
Friday, October 4
Friday, October 18
SHOWSTOPPER DANCE CONVENTION
Saturday, October 12-Sunday, October 13
NO DANCE CLASSES
Sunday, October 13
Thursday, October 31
Monday, November 25 - Friday, November 29
2020 SPRING DANCE RECITAL
Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18
Friday, April 24 & Saturday, April 25
FALL DANCE CLASSES
Fall dance classes are underway! All dance classes will be held at the dance studio with is located at 319 11th Ave East, Ashland. Be sure to send a water bottle with your dancer! If you're interested in registering your dancer for a fall dance class please contact ASOD by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 715-413-1074 for registration information. Spots remaining in many classes are limited; some classes are almost full.
If your dancer ordered dances shoes at one of our registrations, they will be available for pick up at their first dance class. If you still need to order shoes, your dancer can get fitted for shoes at their first class. Please come to class a few minutes early if your dancer needs to get fitted for 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 13. Please be sure to write your dancer’s name or initials in their dance shoes!!
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!
FUNDRAISING OPPORUNITIES FOR RECITAL COSTUMES
We will offer two fundraisers this fall. The first fundraiser will be selling pizza certificates from Hugo’s Pizza. This fundraiser will be Sunday, September 15th through Thursday, October 3rd. Payment for the pizza certificates is due at the time of the sale. Checks should be made payable to Ashland School of Dance or ASOD. Pizza certificates will be available for pick up at your dancer’s class the beginning of November. Dancers earn approximately 20% of their total sales. The second fundraiser will be selling gift cards to The Burger Barn in Ashland. Dancers earn approximately 25% of their total sales. Please remember both fundraisers are optional and all the money your dancer earns on their fundraiser(s) is put towards their recital costume and then class tuition. (FYI – in the past there has been dancers that have paid for their recital costume and a couple months or even a semester of classes.) If you don’t participate in either fundraiser, your costume deposit of $25.00 is due by Thursday, October 10th.
All dancers are invited to attend the Showstoppers Workshop at The Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. Our instructors and assistants will attend the workshop on October 12th & 13th. This workshop is open to all dancers ages 6 and up. Check out their website for complete details (www.showstopperonline.com). It’s a great experience for all dancers!
For dancers who are interested: Competition season is right around the corner! Competitions are open 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.
NO CLASS DATES
Remember there will be no dance classes on Sunday, October 13 and Thursday, October 31!
LEVEL III TAP & CO TAP
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! For the month of September, Level III tap and Co tap classes will be held on Friday, September 20, Friday, Friday, September 27; Friday, October 4 & Friday, October 18. 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.
JR CO JAZZ/FUNK & SR CO JAZZ/FUNK
Both Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Sr Co Jazz/Funk classes will have their first class on Thursday, October 3.
FUTURE SOLO/DUET DANCERS
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.
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 (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.
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)