JANUARY E-News 2016

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JANUARY 2016 NEWSLETTER

Our 8th 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 19th 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 Laura Eichel, Emma Dresen, 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 8th Annual Holiday Showcase was donated to the Ronald McDonald House of Southeastern Wisconsin.

To order a DVD of either performance, please fill out and return an order form with full payment to the front desk. Each DVD includes the video clip of pictures set to music highlighting preparations for the showcase! DVDs are priced at $30.00 each, Blu-Ray at $40.00 each. Full payment must accompany your order. Orders will be taken through Saturday, January 16th. Any orders received after January 16th, between January 17th and February 15th, will be charged a $5 late fee. Late orders received after February 15th will be charged a $10 late fee. Get your DVD and Blu-Ray orders in by January 16th!

DVDs and Blu-Rays will be ready for pick up on Monday, February 15th, 2016.

A limited supply of extra Holiday Showcase T-shirts are available for purchase at a cost of $10.00 each.

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 Monday, January 4th dancers will be shown a picture of their recital costumes. You will also be receiving a 2016 Recital Shoe Style & Color information sheet during the week beginning January 11th that lists the shoe requirements for each class for the June recital.

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 2016 Recital Shoe & Color information sheet for the required shoe style and color of your dancer’s class when it becomes available beginning January 11th. Please order all shoes by early April! We encounter problems 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 is provided with a CD of their classes’ recital music to be used at home to practice their recital dance. A CD will be given to each dancer initially at no additional cost. Teachers will hand out individual CDs to their students beginning Monday, January 25th. 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 MONDAY, January 4th through SATURDAY, January 9th, 2016. Any payment made after Saturday, January 9th is considered late and will require a $5.00 per week late fee. The winner of “free tuition” for January is Anya DeSotel! Congratulations, Anya! Don’t forget to get your tuition payment in by January 9th to be eligible for our free tuition drawing for February!

TECHNIQUE INTENSIVE PROGRAM – Many of our TI Program dancers will be attending the New York City Dance Alliance convention and competition in Lansing, MI January 15th – 17th. Good luck dancers and safe travels to you and your families!

UPCOMING DANCE CONVENTION – If you are interested in attending the New York City Dance Alliance dance convention in Rosemont, IL on February 13th & 14th, you must register at the front desk by Saturday, January 9th. 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 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th and 18th, 2016. 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 $10.00 per ticket for all shows. For more ticket info please refer to our studio brochure. Please note: This is the final season that our recital ticket prices will be the low, low price of $10 each. Auditorium rental fees have increased significantly over past years, especially this year, making it necessary for us to raise our recital ticket prices for next season. Ticket prices have been $10 each for at least the past 15 seasons!

LOST AND FOUND – Our lost & found will be emptied and all items will be taken to Goodwill after Saturday, January 9th 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