April 2018

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Dear Parents and Dancers:

Happy Spring to all! Accompanying this newsletter is the Recital Ticket Lottery and Ticket Purchasing Information sheet. Our Ticket lottery begins Monday, April 9th. Please refer to the Ticket Purchasing Information sheet for details.

EASTER VACATION – The studio IS closed for Easter vacation from FRIday, March 30TH – SATURDAY, APRIL 7th.  Classes resume MONDAY, April 9th.  Remember to mark your calendars now!

 PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK – Parent Observation Week will be held MONDAY, APRIL 16TH – SATURDAY, APRIL 21st. Parent Observation Week is primarily for parents only please, as we do not have the room to accommodate friends and other relatives. Siblings are not permitted to wait outside the classrooms unsupervised. In the past we have had problems with brothers and sisters running up and down the hallways and going into rooms in which they are not permitted. Please bring a folding chair with you for your comfort if you so desire. TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND REFRAIN FROM CONVERSATION DURING YOUR DANCER’S CLASS AS A COURTESY TO BOTH THE DANCERS AND TEACHERS.

BE CAREFUL! – There will be many cars in the parking lot during Parent Observation Week, so please be careful! Watch for children darting in between cars, etc. DO NOT PARK ANYWHERE ON OUR LAWN OR IN THE DRIVEWAY ENTRANCE. Parking is available on Marquette Avenue if there is not enough space in the lot.  DO NOT STOP YOUR CAR IN FRONT OF THE LOBBY DOOR ENTRANCE! We need to keep our driveway clear to keep the flow of traffic running smoothly! DO NOT BLOCK THE DRIVEWAY WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR YOUR DANCER! DO NOT PARK IN OUR HANDICAP SPACE NEAR THE FRONT DOOR UNLESS YOU HAVE A HANDICAP STICKER IN YOUR VEHICLE! PLEASE OBSERVE OUR PARKING LOT SIGNS! Thank you so much for your consideration! Thank you for your cooperation in helping make your Parent Observation Week run smoothly!

MONTHLY TUITION – Tuition payments for April must be made by Saturday, April 14th to qualify for the $50 YDA Gift Certificate drawing. The winner of our drawing next month will receive 10 free recital tickets! Congratulations to our winner from last month’s drawing for a $50 YDA Gift Certificate, Kennedy Kapocious!

2018 RECITAL LINE-UP – The 2018 Recital Line-Up will be emailed to all YDA families on Monday, April 9th. The performance line-up is the exact order of dances in each of the 6 recital shows. All shows begin at 7:00pm. Please refer to the Recital Performance Schedule 2018 that you received on Monday, March 5th to know in which of the 6 shows each class will perform.

RECITAL COSTUMES – Some costumes have arrived and dancers will be trying them on, checking for fit. Dancers will be bringing home their costumes along with a “costume instruction sheet” at the end of April. The costume instruction sheet lists the required tights (style & color), shoes (style & color), hairstyle and additional instructions. If you have any questions after receiving your costume and instruction sheet, please ask your child’s teacher for help. Dancers in each class are required to have the same hairstyle, shoes, tights, etc. PLEASE READ THE COSTUME INSTRUCTION SHEETS CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS “TO THE LETTER.”

IMPORTANT! – No dancer will be given any costume until all outstanding fees are paid through April. This includes unpaid late tuition fees and bounced check repayments and fees. Feel free to inquire at the desk to see if you have any recorded unpaid late fees.

HAIRPIECES – Some dancers enrolled in more than one class may require a change of hairstyle for each specific dance. Most ballet dances require a bun hairstyle whereas the majority of the other classes require some sort of curly hairstyle. Many parents have found that buying a curly hairpiece to match their child’s hair color is an easy way to change from a bun to a curly style and vice versa. We have found www.cheerleaderhairpieces.com has some of the most natural looking hairpieces in many color choices. We have a color wheel at the front desk so you can find the appropriate match. Check it out!

DANCE SHOES AND RECITAL PICTURE DAYS – If you have not ordered shoes for the recital, please do so now. At this time, we cannot guarantee you will receive your shoes in time for our Recital Picture Days: Sunday, May 20th, Tuesday, May 22nd and Wednesday, May 23rd. Backordered shoes can sometimes take up to 6 weeks to ship. Dancers must be in full costume with required hairstyle and make up for class pictures, even if you do not plan on purchasing any pictures. As most of you know, our class pictures are displayed on our lobby monitors and in the hallways at the studio and we would like everyone to be included in these pictures. A lighter version of stage make-up is strongly suggested for pictures.  Stage make-up information will be available at the end of the month.

RECITAL TICKET INFORMATION – Tickets for our June 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th and 15th performances go on sale SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH.

Recital tickets are sold using a lottery system. The lottery system is explained in the separate “ticket” newsletter you should have received along with this newsletter. You are limited to a 10-ticket maximum per family during the first week of ticket sales to ensure that every family gets an even share of tickets. Beginning Monday, May 7th at 4:30 p.m. all remaining tickets will go on sale.

Ticket sales on SATURDAY, APRIL 28TH begin at 8:00 a.m. Tickets are $15.00 each for all performances. Everyone must purchase a ticket to attend our shows, except of course the dancers backstage and children age 3 & under if seated on a lap of a guest. Please make note at this time that absolutely no dancers are allowed in the auditorium during any of the performances unless they are not performing in that particular recital and have bought a ticket for that particular show.


BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Now is the time for parents AND dancers age 12 and older to volunteer to help backstage during our recital week Saturday, June 9th through Friday, June 15th. We need as much help as possible! Please consider helping backstage during at least one of our 6 performances. Our backstage staff will be here at the studio on Saturday, April 28th (Recital Ticket Day) to help you with your questions.


Auditions for the 2018- 2019 Technique Intensive Program for dancers age 7-18 years will be held Tuesday and Thursday, May 29 and 31. 

*Age listed below is the dancer’s age as of JANUARY 1st, 2019 (not necessarily their current age)*

Dancers Ages 7-9*Tuesday, May 29th from 5:30 – 7:00pm (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE)

Dancers Ages 10-12*Thursday, May 31st from 6:30 – 8:00pm

NEW THIS YEAR: Dancers Ages 13 and Older interested in auditioning for the 2018-2019 TI Program must submit an application and video if they were not involved in the 2017-2018 YDA TI Program. Please inquire for details.

To learn more about Young Dance Academy’s Technique Intensive (TI) Program, as well as our Competitive Dance Program, please pick up an informational packet beginning TODAY!

Hard copies are available only. We will not email our Technique Intensive Program

In addition, please attend an important meeting for all those interested in the TI and Competitive Dance Programs to be held on Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 a.m. at the studio. This meeting is primarily for parents who have not had their dancer involved in any of the above listed programs during this past dance season, however all are welcome and encouraged to attend to be well informed. The presentation will last approximately 20-30 minutes and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Please read over our informational packet before you attend the meeting, as many of your questions will be answered in the packet.


 •        Recital Performance Schedule & Accompanying Letter of Explanation – Lists which dances are in each specific show (Received on 3/5)

•        Young Dance Summer Schedule – Continue your love of dance throughout the summer with our 8-week programs. (Received on 3/12)

 UPCOMING INFORMATION – In the next several weeks you will be receiving the following:

•        Performance Lineup – Lists the order of dances in each show.

•        Dress Rehearsal Schedule – Dress rehearsals will be held at Greendale High School on June 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.

•        Recital Picture Schedule and Picture Package Information- Sport Pics, the company who photographs our dancers, will mail pictures directly to you! Recital pictures are taken at Young Dance on May 20th, 22nd & 23rd.

•        Recital Costumes with Costume Instruction Sheets – Lists costume pieces, accessories, required style and color tights, sewing instructions, placement of headpieces, required hairstyle, etc. (end of April along with recital costumes).

•        Stage Make-Up Application Instruction Sheet – Includes diagrams and tips for applying cosmetics for stage and styling hair in the required hairstyles. (end of April along with recital costumes)

•        Recital DVD Purchasing Information - NOTE: NO VIDEO CAMERAS OF ANY KIND are allowed in the auditorium during any of the recital performances on June 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th & 15th! Watch for DVD/Blu-Ray order forms in May.

•        YDA’s Summer Dance Intensive – Young Dance Academy hosts its very own 2 week Summer Dance Intensive featuring a faculty of master class teachers from the Broadway stage, to TV, movies and professional dance companies.  Watch for more information to come in May.  Our Summer Dance Intensive will be held from Friday, August 10th through Thursday, August 23rd.

IMPORTANT –Please make certain you pay close attention to your emails from Young Dance during the next couple of months leading up to our rehearsal and recital weeks. If you have any questions, please call the studio and someone from our staff can answer them for you.  Please check our website www.youngdance.biz frequently for any information you may have missed. You may download these informational notes from our website as they become available. All of the upcoming information will also be available on the Young Dance app under the “Recital 2018” tab.

REMINDER Don’t forget to be up-to-date on tuition payments!

·        No costume will be given to a dancer whose tuition is not paid in full through April, including any outstanding past due balances.

 ·        No tickets will be sold to any family whose tuition is not paid in full through April, including any outstanding past due balances.

Thank you and don’t forget Parent Observation Week beginning Monday, April 16th!

Sandy and Staff

March 2018

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Dear Parents and Dancers:

MONTHLY TUITION – March tuition is due by Wednesday, March 7th.  Payments are considered late and subject to a $5.00 per week late fee if made after March 7th. Lauren Murphy was our $50 YDA Gift Certificate raffle winner for the month of February. Congratulations, Lauren!  Payments must be made by March 7th in order to participate in this month’s drawing for a $50 YDA Gift Certificate.

EASTER VACATION – The studio will be closed for Easter vacation from FRIday, March 30TH – SATURDAY, APRIL 7th.  Classes resume MONDAY, April 9th.  Remember to mark your calendars now!

PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK REMINDER – Parent Observation Week is NEXT MONTH, Monday, April 16th – Saturday, April 21st. These dates are listed in the studio brochure. Make a note on your calendar if you haven’t already.

HOLIDAY SHOWCASE DVDs – Don’t forget to pick up your DVDs & BluRays at the front desk if you have not already. Late orders may be picked up beginning Monday, March 12th.

JUNE 2018 RECITAL DATES – Below is a reminder of our confirmed June recital dates for 2018. All performances start at 7:00 p.m. in the Greendale High School Auditorium.  Please note: There will be 6 shows this year, not 7. There will not be a show on Saturday, June 16th. The recital dates are as follows:

RECITAL SCHEDULE – You will receive a specific recital schedule. You will then know exactly in which of the 6 shows your dancer(s) will be required to perform. The recital schedule will be complete and no changes will be made. For more details, please refer to the schedule when it comes out later this month.

  • Saturday, June 9th
  • Sunday, June 10th
  • Monday, June 11th
  • Tuesday, June 12th
  • Thursday, June 14th
  • Friday, June 15th

DRESS REHEARSAL DATES – Below is a reminder of our 6 confirmed June dress rehearsal dates for 2018. All dress rehearsals are on stage in the Greendale High School auditorium. The dress rehearsal dates are as follows:

DRESS REHEARSAL SCHEDULE – A specific schedule will be available in April. Rehearsals are in full costume and make-up with proper required hairstyle. These rehearsals take the place of most regular classes in June (there will be regular classes held at the studio on Thursday, May 31st and Saturday, June 2nd), however your dancer’s specific rehearsal day will not be the same day as your dancer’s regular dance class day or days. Again, watch for the rehearsal schedule in April. There are NO tuition fees for June!

  • Friday, June 1st (evening)
  • Saturday, June 2nd (afternoon & evening)
  • Monday, June 4th (evening)
  • Tuesday, June 5th (evening)
  • Wednesday, June 6th (evening)
  • Thursday, June 7th (evening)

RECITAL CONFLICTS – I have been doing my best to work out everyone’s recital conflicts.  I have no doubt though that there will be problems.  If a school requirement or the like makes it impossible for your dancer to be at a particular performance you are scheduled to attend, you must let your teacher know immediately (as soon as the recital schedule becomes available). Teachers will not re-choreograph a dance to accommodate a missing dancer, as this is too much to expect of the dancers in the class. Instead, the teacher will replace your dancer with a substitute for the performance that your dancer will miss. Therefore, the substitute dancer will need to borrow the missing dancer’s costume for that particular performance. The teacher for each class will be in charge of the costume being loaned. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation in this matter, as it will allow students to attend graduations while keeping a recital number running smoothly.  Thank you in advance for all of your help.

RECITAL SHOES – Did you order your recital shoes yet? April is a busy time for shoe suppliers. Please have orders placed by the end of March.  If you decide to wait we cannot guarantee you will have your shoes for your recital pictures in May. Check the shoe bulletin board in the hallway if you’d like to purchase or sell any used shoes.  

RECITAL MUSIC – Everyone should have received recital music CD. If for some reason you did not, please check at the front desk.  If you have misplaced your CD, additional CD’s are available at the front desk for $3.00 per replacement CD.

“ALL BOYS" RECITAL DANCE – Our first “All Boys Dance” Rehearsal is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th from 2:30 – 3:30pm at Young Dance Academy. Please let us know in advance if you will not be in attendance.

RECITAL TICKET SALE - NEW DATE THIS YEAR Recital tickets will go on sale in APRIL this year at a limit of 10 per family during our first week of ticket sales.  We use a lottery system for ticket sales, which will be explained later this month.  Everyone seated in our audience requires a ticket. Children 3 and under do not need a ticket if seated on the lap of a parent. All seating is reserved and tickets are $15.00 each for all 6 performances. Our ticket lottery sale day is Saturday, APRIL 28th.  If you fail to participate in the ticket lottery you will have through Saturday, May 5th to purchase your 10-ticket limit or fewer. On Monday, May 7th any remaining recital tickets will go on sale first come – first serve at 4:30pm at the studio.  Watch for more recital ticket purchasing information to come in April.

RECITAL PICTURE DATES – Class and individual pictures of your dancer in full costume are taken here at Young Dance in May.  This year pictures will be taken on Sunday, May 20th, Tuesday, May 22nd AND Wednesday, May 23rd. Schedules and picture package information will be available in April.


Auditions for the 2018- 2019 Technique Intensive Program for dancers age 7-18 years will be held

*Age listed below is the dancer’s age as of JANUARY 1st, 2019 (not necessarily their current age)*

Dancers Ages 7-9*Tuesday, May 29th from 4:30 – 6:00pm

Dancers Ages 10-12*Thursday, May 31st from 6:30 – 8:00pm

NEW THIS YEAR: Dancers Ages 13 and Older interested in auditioning for the 2018-2019 TI Program must submit an application and video if they were not involved in the 2017-2018 YDA TI Program. Please inquire for details.

Information packets and a specific audition time schedule will be available Monday, March 12th. I am currently revising this season’s TI Program information packet for the 2018-2019 season. Once the information packets are available, please read it over carefully so you are well informed of the requirements prior to the audition.

CONGRATULATIONS – Congratulations to the Technique Intensive Program dancers who competed mid-February at the New York City Dance Alliance Convention/Competition in Chicago, IL! Check out our website for the detailed results! The dancers will be attending the NUVO dance convention in Chicago, IL and the Tribute National Talent Competition in Oswego, IL this month. Good luck, dancers!

SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION - A variety of classes will be held over the summer in our 8-week program from June 18th – August 9th, 2018. Summer classes at Young Dance Academy are offered during both daytime and evening hours Monday through Thursday, as well as Saturday mornings. We also offer 2-Day Themed Mini Dance Camps that perfect for dancers ages 3-5. Mini dance camp classes are held Tuesdays & Thursdays throughout the summer from 5:00 – 6:00pm beginning Tuesday, June 19th. Each week is a different themed class. Both of our summer programs schedules will be available and emailed to you on Monday, March 12th. 

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND – For those of you making weekend plans in advance, the studio will be closed for Memorial weekend Friday, May 25th– Monday, May 28th.

Thank you and think spring!

Sandy and Staff


February 2018

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Dear Parents and Dancers,

February is already here and recital dances are well under way in all of the classes performing in the recital. Individual recital music CDs were handed out in classes beginning Monday, January 22nd. If your dancer was absent and did not receive his or her CD, please see the front desk staff. If you misplace your copy, a new copy can be purchased at the front desk at a cost of $3.00 per CD. Remind your dancers to practice using the music we have provided. It is more fun and much easier to practice as you go, rather than waiting until the last minute to try and practice the entire dance as it gets close to the recital!

TUITION REMINDER – February tuition must be paid by Wednesday, February 7th (also any other past due tuition payments) to be eligible for the $50 gift certificate drawing. Late payments will incur a $5.00 per week late fee. Congratulations to Ella Frank, winner of last month’s gift certificate drawing!

HOLIDAY SHOWCASE DVDs – Holiday Showcase DVDs will be available for pick up at the studio beginning MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12th. You may still place an order for a Holiday Showcase DVD at $45.00 per DVD. Late orders placed by Saturday, February 17th will be available for pick up at the studio beginning Monday, March 12th. Any late orders placed after February 17th will be charged a $10.00 late fee bringing the total cost to $50.00 per DVD.

“ALL BOYS” RECITAL DANCE – As many of you know, each year all of the boys enrolled at Young Dance Academy are eligible to participate in our “all boys” number in the June recitals.  All families with a boy enrolled at the studio will receive an email next week with further details. 

RECITAL SCHEDULE – I have been working on the recital and rehearsal schedules for our June recitals and will have completed schedules to you by the end of March. My most important goal is to make sure that dancers in the same family perform all of their dances in at least one show together. This process is done so families do not have to purchase tickets for more than one performance if they do not desire to do so. It is very difficult to make this possible for all families, and occasionally, I cannot accommodate everyone. Also, it is impossible to make allowances for those going on vacations, etc. however; I do realize that some things are out of our control, such as graduations and family weddings. DANCERS ARE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL PERFORMANCES SCHEDULED FOR THEIR PARTICULAR CLASS. If your dancer is required to dance in 3 shows, they must be there for all 3 performances and corresponding dress rehearsals. Our dancers do not stay in one particular spot on stage for the duration of their dance. They are continuously changing formations and it is unfair to expect the rest of the class to accommodate for your dancer’s empty spot because of a trip to Great America or leaving early for a family vacation before the end of recital week. Once the schedule is finished, NO CHANGES WILL BE MADE! Changing it would affect too many people so once it is done it is final. Please note that the majority of classes will perform in 2-3 shows.

PLEASE NOTE: Dancers and parents, please pay particularly close attention to the policy that dancers need to be at ALL of their scheduled performances. In the past, we have had dancers not show up for a scheduled performance, but managed to make it to the show that they had purchased tickets for their family. This causes many problems backstage before the show and can negatively affect the performance of others. Please phone the studio ahead of time if your child is injured or ill at the last minute and will not be able to make a scheduled performance.


RECITAL SHOES – Many people have recently asked questions about dyeing dance shoes for the recital. Please do not dye any shoes until just before recital pictures. Dye can be purchased at most cobbler or shoe repair shops. The elastic straps on ballet slippers cannot be dyed, so the elastic must be changed to match the shoe color. Laces on jazz shoes cannot be dyed and must also be replaced. When dying ballet slippers pink; choose a light pastel pink to match the pink ballet slippers sold at the studio. Test the color on scrap material before applying to dance shoes! If your dancer is required to have a strap or children’s tap shoe, the oxford tie tap shoes are NOT acceptable; they will not coordinate well with dancers’ costumes if it is a certain style dress or skirt. Do not forget to check our bulletin board in the hallway in between the boys’ and girls’ dressing rooms. Even if you do not need shoes yourself, there are many people looking for shoes that you may have at home and can get rid of usefully. If you have put a note on the board and have sold shoes, remember to remove your note to make room for new notes. Also, the board in the hallway is for shoes and dancewear ONLY and not for any other advertising.

SNOW CLOSINGS – As a general rule, the studio is closed when Oak Creek Public schools close due to inclement weather.  If you are unsure if we will be closed, please call the studio, check our website and check on FOX 6 (Channel 6) or at www.myfoxmilwaukee.com. You may request a make up class if you so desire. As it states in our fall brochure, no refunds are given for classes canceled due to weather conditions.  PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT CLOSE FOR PREDICTED STORMS.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!

Sandy & Staff

January 2018

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Dear Parents and Dancers,

Our 10th Annual Holiday Showcase was a HUGE success and we thank everyone who participated as well as those who came to see the performances! We were very fortunate to have the weather cooperate for us on Saturday, December 16th during this season of unpredictable Wisconsin weather! Parents, you did an absolutely amazing job with everything from costuming your dancers to bringing them to their rehearsals! You all worked together and stayed positive and enthusiastic! Thank you again to Emma Dresen, Nicole Patterson, Barb Pergande and Carrie Ann Poff, and all of the amazing volunteers who helped make the rehearsals and shows run so smoothly. We are all excited and looking forward to working with you again in the future as we plan our June recitals and rehearsals!

A portion of the profits from our 10th Annual Holiday Showcase was donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Southeastern Wisconsin.

To order a DVD or Blue-Ray of the performances, please fill out and return an order form with full payment to the front desk. Each DVD or Blu-Ray includes both the 2pm & 6pm performances AND the video clip of pictures set to music highlighting preparations for the showcase! DVDs and Blu-Rays are priced at $40.00 each. Full payment must accompany your order. Orders will be taken through Saturday, January 13th. Any orders received after January 13th, between January 15th and February 10th, will be charged a $5 late fee. Late orders received after February 10th will be charged a $10 late fee. Get your DVD and Blu-Ray orders in by January 13th! DVDs and Blu-Rays will be ready for pick up on Monday, February 12th, 2018. If you haven’t picked up your Holiday Showcase t-shirt, it is available at the front desk.

IMPORTANT INFO CONCERNING BACKSTAGE VOLUNTEERS FOR OUR JUNE RECITALS – We are so thankful and extremely appreciative of all of our parent volunteers who generously donate their time during our December Holiday Showcase day and during our June recital week each dance season.  As you can imagine, we need to have backstage dressing rooms adequately staffed to take great care of all of the dancers, especially those youngest dancers who need lots of help with trips to the bathroom, costume changing and general attention. We had an amazing group of parents backstage helping with the Holiday Showcase and hope you will volunteer for the June recitals as well. We will need lots of volunteers for June so please keep us in mind when the time comes for volunteering!

Recital Costumes – The costume orders are complete and beginning Thursday, January 4th, dancers will be shown a picture of their recital costumes. You will also be receiving a 2018 Recital Shoe Style & Color information sheet during the week beginning January 15th that lists the shoe requirements for each class for the June recital. The 2018 Recital Shoe Style & Color information sheet will also be conveniently available on our YDA app.

IMPORTANT – Please note the shoes pictured in the recital costume book are not necessarily the style and/or color chosen for your dancer’s class. Please refer to the 2018 Recital Shoe & Color information sheet for the required shoe style and color of your dancer’s class when it becomes available beginning January 15th. Please order all shoes by early April! We encounter problems with shoes on backorder every year for those who wait too long to place their recital shoe order.

RECITAL SHOES – If you only need to change your dancer’s shoe color, most can be dyed (wait until just before recital pictures in May). If you need a completely different style of shoe than what your dancer already has and you do not wish to order a brand new pair, you may post a shoe request on the bulletin board in between the boys and girls dressing rooms. State the shoe style, color and approximate size you need. Be sure to include your name and telephone number on the card as well. You may also post if you have used shoes as well. Do not wait until the last minute! Now is the time to try to sell or buy used shoes! Note: Please avoid putting your dancer in a position where they have the incorrect shoes.  Please follow the shoe requirements to achieve a uniform look for the recital dance.

RECITAL MUSIC CDs – Each dancer will be provided with a CD of their classes’ recital music to be used at home to practice their recital dance. A CD is given to each dancer initially at no additional cost. Teachers will hand out individual CDs to their students beginning Monday, January 22nd. Music editing is completed in mid-January and therefore we will not have the proper edited versions of recital songs until the end of the month. If your CD has to be replaced, you will be charged $3.00 for a replacement. Please encourage your dancers to practice every week even before they receive their recital music on CD! Practicing for preschool age classes is simply listening to and learning the words to their song once they have their CD.

MONTHLY TUITION January tuition is due this week Thursday, January 4th through Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. Any payment made after Wednesday, January 10th is considered late and will require a $5.00 per week late fee. The winner of the $50 YDA Gift Certificate for January is Rachel Kempka! Congratulations, Rachel! Don’t forget to get your tuition payment in by January 10th to be eligible for our $50 Gift Certificate drawing for February!

UPCOMING DANCE CONVENTION – If you are interested in attending the New York City Dance Alliance dance convention in Rosemont, IL on February 9th & 10th, you must register at the front desk by Saturday, January 6th. A registration form can be found attached with this email and also at the front desk. Conventions are open to all YDA students age 7 & older. There is also an opportunity for 5-7 year olds to attend convention classes in a program through NYCDA called “Ready, Set, Dance”. Pick-up more information at the front desk today! Dance conventions are a great way to provide our dancers with a chance to take classes with professionals from all over the country. It is also a way for parents to observe their young dancers in a competitive dance environment and therefore help to assess their level of interest in the “sport” of dance.

INDIVIDUAL CLASS RECITAL PERFORMANCES – In late March you will receive a schedule of when each class will perform in the recitals, June 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th, 2018. Classes may perform in anywhere between 3 and 7 of the shows.  Our audiences are getting larger every year and in order for your guests to see all of your children together during one performance, it is necessary that your dancer’s classes perform in at least three shows.

You do not need to attend more than one show as parents in the audience. You may drop your dancer off backstage with their assigned dance-sitter or stay backstage and be a volunteer. We will be asking for volunteers to help out backstage at a later date. All dancers are expected to perform in ALL performances for which they are scheduled so you need to reserve ALL show dates until the list is complete in the middle of March.

RECITAL TICKETS – This year we are again planning a ticket lottery to avoid a long line for recital tickets in May. More details will follow in the upcoming Newsletters. Recital ticket cost is $15.00 per ticket for all shows. For more ticket information, please refer to our studio brochure.

LOST AND FOUND – Our lost & found will be emptied and all items will be taken to Goodwill after Saturday, January 13th including those items left at Greendale High School during the Holiday Showcase performances. Please check the lost and found this week.

SNOW CLOSINGS – Just a reminder… As it states in our studio brochure, the studio will be closed and no classes will be held when the Oak Creek public schools close due to the weather. It is by judgment of the owner to close the studio due to inclement weather on Saturdays or during after school hours. If you are in doubt as to whether classes are being held, please call the studio for a recorded message or check on our website, www.youngdance.biz. No refunds will be given for classes canceled due to the weather. Dancers may attend a make-up class upon request. In addition, we are registered with Fox 6 and their Storm Team, so watch for our possible closing on TVs Channel 6 or www.fox6now.com. 

AS A REMINDER…dancers may eat in the lobby area ONLY, not the dressing rooms or hallways.  Thank you for helping to keep the studio clean and pest free!


Thank you & Happy New Year!

                                                                           Sandy and Staff  

December 2017

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Dear Parents and Dancers,

Thank you to everyone who attended classes during parent observation week last month! It was great to see so many of you! We hope you noticed as much progress and enthusiasm in your dancer as we do! If you have any questions or concerns please call the studio and your dancer’s teacher will get back to you promptly. All dancers should be confirmed in all classes at this time as recital costumes are being ordered. It will be difficult to make changes at this time.

Our 10th Annual Holiday Showcase

Thank you to all who signed up to participate in the 2 performances of our 10th Annual Holiday Showcase “Celebrate An Old-Fashioned Christmas” to be held in the Henry Ross Auditorium at Greendale High School on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th! We have over 250 dancers participating this season!

Dancers have been busy working on their individual choreography and we are excited to begin our IN COSTUME staging rehearsals on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2nd and SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3rd! You should have already received 3 separate Holiday Showcase informational emails. The most recent notes are the staging in-costume rehearsal schedule for both Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd and the ticket purchasing information.  If your dancer is signed up for the Holiday Showcase and you are missing any of these documents please contact the studio immediately so we can get those notes to you.

Please note: Holiday Showcase participants will receive the schedule for Saturday & Sunday, December 9th & 10th via email on Monday, December 4th.

Please remember to check your email daily!  The next Holiday Showcase note will be sent Monday, December 4th.  If your dancer is a Holiday Showcase participant and you do not receive an email from us on Monday, December 4th, please contact the studio immediately so we can get the note to you.

TICKETS for our Holiday Showcase are $12.00 each.

Tickets for families with dancers participating in the Holiday Showcase go on sale Monday, December 4th. December tuition must be paid in full to receive your tickets. Remaining tickets will be sold to the general public on Tuesday, December 5th beginning at 4:30 p.m. All seating is reserved.

There will be lots of holiday treats and gifts for you to purchase for your dancers before and after each of the performances. Our TI dancers will be selling holiday floral bouquets and lots of other goodies as they continue to raise funds for their trip to Dance Excellence 2018! Thank you to all that have been supporting their goals!


THIS YEAR WE WILL BE DONATING AGAIN TO the Ronald McDonald House of Milwaukee!


CONFIRMED RECITAL DATES!!! - Please make sure you received the October newsletter confirming our 2018 recital and dress rehearsal dates at Greendale High School. You are also able to download our monthly newsletters from our website as they become available at www.youngdance.biz. As it states in our studio brochure, dancers do not perform in every show. A performance schedule will be available in late-March or early April. The performance schedule will list the recital dates in which your dancer’s class will participate.

RECITAL COSTUME MEASUREMENTS – All dancers should have been measured for their recital costumes as of today. We are completing our costume orders at this time as it takes 16 – 20 weeks to receive most orders. If you have not been measured for your JUNE recital costume, please do so this week! If you do not intend on performing in the recital, please let us know immediately!

DECEMBER MONTHLY TUITION - Don’t forget your December tuition is due beginning Friday, December 1st. Any payment made after Thursday, December 7th is considered late and you will be charged a $5.00 per week late fee. Be sure to pay your tuition on time so that you are automatically entered into the raffle for our $50 Gift Certificate drawing. The winner of the $50 YDA Gift Certificate for November was Gabriella Malig-on. Congratulations, Ella!

IMPORTANT REMINDER – You must have your tuition paid in full for the month of December in order to purchase Holiday Showcase tickets.

DANCEWEAR ORDERS - Any items that were ordered by Saturday, November 18th will be in before Christmas vacation. Any embroidered or screen printed items that are ordered after November 18th cannot be guaranteed for Christmas. However, you may still place an order and we will do our best to get it in by Christmas. Don’t forget to check out our NEW apparel on the racks in the lobby this week! These items can be purchased off the rack and do not need to be ordered.

YOUNG DANCE ACADEMY GIFT CERTIFICATES - YDA gift certificates are available (any dollar amount) year round. They make great Christmas gifts and are good for any purchases made at the studio, including monthly tuition!

SNOW CLOSINGS - As it states in our brochure, the studio will be closed and no classes will be held when the Oak Creek schools call a “snow day.” It is the judgment of the owner as to whether the studio will be closed due to bad weather on a Saturday or during after school hours. If you are in doubt as to whether classes are being held, please call the studio for a recorded message or take a look at our website at www.youngdance.biz. You may also log on to www.fox6now.com to confirm our snow closings. No refunds are given for classes missed due to a “snow day.” Your child may attend a make-up class upon request.

COMING IN JANUARY - Immediately following Christmas vacation, dancers will be shown a picture of their recital costume and hear their recital music. Teachers will begin working on recital dances after Christmas vacation for about 15 minutes at the end of each class during the months of January and February. During the first part of January, you will receive via email a “Shoe Style & Color” information sheet that will list each class and the shoes that will be required for the recital.

Hope to see you at our 10th Annual Holiday Showcase “Celebrate An Old-Fashioned Christmas” on Saturday, December 16th at 2 and 6 PM.  Remember… If you have a dancer performing in the Holiday Showcase, please check daily for email updates. Holiday showcase participants: your day to purchase tickets is MONDAY, DECEMBER 4th. If you have not received an email concerning ticket sales and your specific ticket purchasing time, please contact the studio prior to Monday, December 4th. All remaining tickets will be on sale at the studio on Tuesday, December 5th beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Thank you,

Sandy and Staff