April 2017 Newsletter

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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 3rd. Please refer to the Ticket Purchasing Information sheet for details.

PARENT OBSERVATION WEEKParent Observation Week will be held THURSDAY, APRIL 6TH – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12TH. 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 Friday, April 7th 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, Aimee Paff!

2017 RECITAL PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE – The 2017 Recital Performance Schedule and accompanying letter of explanation was emailed to all YDA families on Monday, March 27th. Please make sure you received this along with the accompanying letter labeled “Explanation of the Recital Schedule” as I will not be repeating much of the important information that is included in that newsletter. Hard copies of these are available at the front desk or you may download them from our website. If you have any questions concerning the performance schedule, do not hesitate to ask.

RECITAL COSTUMES – Some costumes have arrived and dancers will be trying them on, checking for fit. Dancers will be bringing home costumes along with a “costume instruction sheet” at the end of April. The costume instruction sheet lists the required tights (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 unpaid late fees listed on your registration card.

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 21st, Tuesday, May 23rd and Wednesday, May 24th. Back-ordered 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 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th performances go on sale SATURDAY, MAY 13TH.

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 22nd at 4:30 p.m. all remaining tickets will go on sale.

Ticket sales on SATURDAY, MAY 13TH 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 10th through Saturday, June 17th. We need as much help as possible! Please consider helping backstage during at least one of our 7 performances. Our backstage staff will be here at the studio on Saturday, May 13th (Recital Ticket Day) to help you with your questions.


Auditions for the 2017-2018 TI Program

*Age listed below is the dancer’s age as of JANUARY 1st, 2018 (not necessarily their current age)*

  • Dancers Ages 7-10* – Tuesday, May 30th from 4:30 – 6:00pm
  • Dancers Ages 11-12* – Tuesday, May 30th from 6:00 – 7:30pm
  • Dancers Ages 13 and Older* – Thursday, June 1st from 6:30 – 8:30pm

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 29th 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.

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 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th.


  • 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 21st, 23rd & 24th.
  • 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 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th & 17th! Watch for DVD/Blu-Ray order forms in May.
  • Summer Program Information – A variety of classes will be held over the summer from June 19th – August 10th, 2017.
  • 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 Saturday, August 12th through Friday, August 25th.

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 2017” 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 May, including any outstanding past due balances.

Thank you and don’t forget Parent Observation Week beginning Thursday, April 6th!

Sandy and Staff