NOVEMBER 2015 E-Newsletter

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November 2015 Newsletter

181 West Marquette Avenue ∙ Oak Creek, WI 53154 ∙ (414) 768-9876 ∙

Dear Parents and Dancers:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13th is our highly anticipated 7th annual “Night on the Town” fundraising event!

Join us at the Oak Creek Legion Hall (9327 S. Shepard Avenue) from 6:30–11 p.m. for an evening of fun, food, music and AMAZING PRIZES! Take a look at some of the raffle baskets up for grabs in the lobby today!

Tickets are available in advance at the studio for $20.00 each and are selling out quickly! Cost is $25.00 at the door without a ticket. All profits benefit our dancers attending Dance Excellence in Los Angeles!

MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS and ANNOUNCEMENTS – Please make sure that you are receiving our monthly newsletters, which are emailed to you once per month. Hard copies of the newsletters are also available in the studio lobby. If you did not receive the September or October newsletter(s), copies are available at the front desk or you can download newsletters from our website at A Holiday Showcase 2015 newsletter was emailed out to you on Wednesday, October 28th. Be sure you have received this newsletter explaining this great performance opportunity for your dancer(s)! If you are not receiving emails, please update your current email address at the front desk.

MONTHLY TUITION – Just a reminder, November tuition is due Monday, November 2nd through Saturday, November 7th! Any payment made after Saturday, November 7th is considered late and requires a $5.00 per week late fee. The winner of “free tuition” for November was Jaicee Shekoski! Congratulations, Jaicee! Don’t forget to get your tuition payment in by November 7th to be eligible for our free tuition drawing for December!

Don’t forget to sign up for our 2o15 Holiday Showcase!

You should have received an email on Wednesday, October 28th concerning our 2015 Holiday Showcase to be held at Greendale High School in the Henry Ross Auditorium on Saturday, December 19th.

There will be a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. and a 6:00 p.m. evening show. Dancers must be able to perform in both shows!

You MUST sign up by Saturday, November 21st!

PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK – PARENT OBSERVATION WEEK IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16th – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21st.  This is primarily for parents ONLY, as we do not have room to accommodate additional relatives and friends. The only seating available is the floor. You may bring a folding chair with you for your comfort. Please remember to be considerate of dancers, teachers and other parents and take crying and/or noisy children out of the room. Siblings are not permitted to wait outside the classrooms unsupervised. Please turn off all cell phones and refrain from conversations during your dancer’s class as a courtesy to BOTH the dancers and teachers. Thank you for your cooperation in helping make observation week run smoothly!

PARKING LOT REGULATIONS – There will be an especially large volume of dancers and parents in the parking lot and on the street during Parent Observation Week. Please think of safety as your priority and not convenience each time you enter and exit our parking lot. Please strictly follow the guidelines below to ensure the safety of all:

  • Please do not stop your car anywhere in the parking lot unless it is in an actual parking space!
  • Do not sit in your vehicle waiting for your dancer unless it is in an actual parking space!
  • Do not block the driveway or any part of the parking lot as it disrupts the flow of traffic!  Keep your car moving unless it is in a space.
  • Please always take young dancers by the hand and walk them in and out of the building.  Watch for children at all times as they are often darting in between cars.
  • Drive slowly at all times.

Remember that parking on the south side of Marquette Ave. is prohibited on Saturdays during open studio hours. Please remember to park only the north side of Marquette Ave. on Saturdays.

RECITAL COSTUME MEASURING – Dancers are being measured for recital costumes beginning Monday, November 9th. NEW THIS YEAR – Dancers will be measured during their class time by our measurement team.  If your dancer misses class during the week of November 9th, please make sure they stop at the front desk during the following week to be measured.  Be sure to ask your dancer if their measurements were taken.

Since we must order costumes 6 months before they are worn for our recital, we do allow for growth. In most cases, costumes are ordered an entire size larger than the measurements indicate.  Also, please have your female dancer know their leotard size when they come to be measured.  We will use that as a “back-up” when comparing measurements to the guide in costume catalogue size charts. Costumes are ordered early as most companies take approximately 4 months to ship.

Recital costumes do NOT come custom fit! Sizing is “general” and most costume styles are available in child and adult sizes small, medium and large only. If someone appears to be in between sizes, we generally order the larger size. If costumes need to be adjusted in any way, it is the dancers’ responsibility to have alterations done.  We cannot judge how much or how little each child will grow within 6 months. We are also dealing with many costume companies with different size charts and different manufacturers.

Please, do not expect a custom fit costume and realize that you are responsible for having the costume altered. Also please note that oftentimes costumes have to be ordered in a larger size for those with long legs to ensure a long enough leg for costumes that include a pant. 

IMPORTANT – If you have been a student in the past and the costumes you receive each year are habitually way too big or even too small, please let us know NOW so we can make note of it.  In some cases a dancer’s measurements are deceiving, especially those with extra long or extra short torsos.  We’d like to rectify a situation before it is a problem if we are able.  Please do not expect us to remember each year who has this problem and who does not.  Please leave notes and messages with the front desk staff so we can make notations by your child’s name.  We may call you for more details if necessary.


­The studio will be closed Monday, November 23rd – Saturday, November 28th for Thanksgiving vacation. 

The studio will be closed for Christmas vacation Monday, December 21st – SATURDAY, January 2nd.  Classes resume on Monday, January 4th.  I will remind you of these December dates again in the December newsletter.

As it states in our brochure, full tuition is paid every month no matter how many vacation days are in that month. Vacation days, etc. are figured into our yearly schedule so that each class receives the same number of classes per year no matter which day your dancer attends class.

TI PROGRAM NEWS – Thank you to all the dancers and their friends who attended our Spooktacular Halloween-themed Dance Party on Saturday, October 24th. Everyone had so much fun! All profits will benefit the TI dancers and their trip to Dance Excellence in Los Angeles.

TI dancers are taking orders for poinsettia plants from Monday, November 2nd through Saturday, November 21nd.  Plants will be available for pick-up on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4th. The plants come in a variety of sizes and range in price from $15.00 & up and are available in a variety of gorgeous colors.  We have been told that our prices are the most inexpensive people have seen!  They are truly beautiful plants!  Place your orders for poinsettia plants at the front desk TODAY!

Holiday Gift Ideas – Young Dance gift certificates in any monetary amount are available for purchase and make great holiday gifts! In addition, we will have many more YDA items on our dancewear racks including stylish leotards, sweatshirts, hats and T-shirts.  All custom orders must be placed by Saturday, november 21st in order to insure they will be in before christmas vacation.

Hope to see you during Parent Observation Week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sandy and Staff